Jamie Geiger at the Real Estate Cactus tagged me to play in the latest meme running around the real estate blog community.
What’s a meme? Think a list of questions, usually somewhat personal, that propagate “virally” across the net.
These things are sort of goofy. But I have to admit, I enjoy reading them as they are a great way to learn a little bit more about the people that write them. And I for one, like to learn more about people.
So here are my responses….
1. Who is your favorite musical artist? (post a youtube video)
This question is almost impossible for me to answer. I like a lot of different types of music. Rock, country, jazz, blues, classical. Just about anything is fair game. I suppose my favorite genre is “classic rock” (“old stuff” according to my teenagers).
I’m partial to those who compose compelling lyrics — the “pure song writers” for lack of a better term. Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Lennon/McCartney to name but a few of the best. Jimmy Buffett will always hold a special place in my heart.
I can’t post just one YouTube video. Partly because I can’t pick one artist, and partly because this free WiFi spot I’m currently at blocks YouTube.
2. Who is your favorite artist.
“Artist” could really be anything, could it not? it appears most answering this question are picking a “visual artist”. But is that a painter, a sculptor, a photographer?
I’ll go with Michael Atkinson. His use of colors and white space has always been interesting to me and I’ve never seen anything by him I didn’t like.
Having been in the Sistine Chapel, it’s also hard to go wrong with Michelangelo…
3. Who is your favorite blogger?
Please. I’ve currently got 619 blogs in my feed reader — ranging from politics to news to tech to humor to of course real estate, and everything in between. I don’t think I can pick a favorite — they are all written by very different people on very different subjects.
4. If you could meet anyone (alive or dead), who would it be and what is the most interesting thing about them?
My initial reaction to this was I’d like to “meet” Osama Bin Laden. But I don’t think that’s what this question is really looking for…
I enjoy talking to really intelligent people. To that end, it would be cool to have a sit-down with the likes of DaVinci, Hawking, Einstein, Socrates, Franklin, Madison, Jefferson, Mozart, Newton….
Ronald Reagan would have to be in my Top 10 list. Curiously to some, I’m sure, is I’d put Jack Nicklaus in that Top 10 as well.
But I guess if I had the choice to meet anyone, it would be Roscoe Thompson — my grandfather that passed away when my Father was just a child.
5. What did you want to be when you grew up?
I was a kid in the 60s. Didn’t we all want to be an astronaut? (which to this day would be a wicked cool job)
6. What is the most interesting piece of trivia you know?
I should defer this one to Francy. I love trivia games and she frequently reminds me that my mind is full of useless information (but I’ll have trouble telling you what I had for lunch yesterday).
How about this — 98% of people think Thomas Edison invented the first light bulb. And they are wrong. Edison patented the first commercially practical incandescent light. Sir Joseph Swan is generally attributed with inventing the first light bulb. Swan demonstrated a working light bulb 19 years before Edison received his patent.
Did you know Alaska could hold the 21 smallest states?
7. If you could live in any point in history what would it be and why?
There are a ton of historical events I’d love to have witnessed (top of the list would be the Constitutional Convention — can you imagine watching the Founding Fathers draft the Constitution?!).
But to live in? Why the here and now.
8. What is the most interesting job you have ever held?
Being a father. Sometimes I think I do an OK job, other times I fail miserably. These kids came with no instruction manual. It’s a job that changes every day and I learn something new every day. What could be more interesting than raising two kids in today’s world?
I’m supposed to “tag” eight people to answer these questions…
I struggle with this. I know some people hate these things. They are no fun if you feel forced to comply. I’m also WAY behind in my reader, so I don’t know who has already been tagged.
So let’s play this way. If you are reading this, there is one thing that is certain — I’d love to know more about you. Therefore, anyone that reads this is hereby “tagged”. If you want to post, please do so. If you don’t, then don’t.