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post #31 of 50
1. How/why did you become a Realtor?
2. What's the largest number of properties you've sold in a week?
3. Are there any pictures of Pengy, and if not, when will there be some?
4. What's was the flavor of the last ice cream you ate?
5. What's the last restuarant you went to and what did you have?
post #32 of 50
1.- Can you ride a Bicycle? do you have one?
Yes, I can ride a bicycle, and yes, I have one. Do I ride it often? Nope...

2.- Place to live: what do you prefer? Mountains or Beach?
Dunno. How about the mountains at the beach?

3.- wich weather do you prefer? Hot or Cold?
If I had to choose, I'd prefer cold. But since I live in So CA, I generally don't get to choose...it's generally pretty mild here.

4.- Do you know the Snow?
I love the snow. I've skiied all my life, and think that a good snowstorm is a wonderful thing. I'm actually jealous of those back east right now.

5.- Wich beverage is your favourite? Beer or Wine?
Actually, I will drink wine over beer, but my favorite is margaritas.

Best-
Michele
post #33 of 50
1. How/why did you become a Realtor?
I love a challenge. Real Estate sales are the highest dollar investment a person can make, usually. To be able to guide a person in either selling or buying their home (or both) is an amazing journey, and most fun. I'm good at what I do - I've only lost 4 from escrow in more than 6 years. And that's a pretty outstanding record. Sure, the money's good, but what's more important is helping people acheive their piece of American Pie.

2. What's the largest number of properties you've sold in a week?
I once sold 5 properties in 3 weeks, total value of over 2 million dollars (gross value). That was when I had just started out, and it made me think real estate was easy. I got a rude awakening when I had a dry spell lasting over 9 months, with no change in activity to create or break the dry spell. That's one of the things I teach about, too...how to survive the down time and make the most of the uptime.

3. Are there any pictures of Pengy, and if not, when will there be some?
There were some up, but they went poof in the crash. I will try to get some up again tonight over on the photos forum.

4. What's was the flavor of the last ice cream you ate?
Black Raspberry Avalanche.

5. What's the last restuarant you went to and what did you have?
My word, that's thinking. Um....Jerry's Deli, for lunch with my father, last Friday. I had a corned beef on rye with pickles and french fries.

Best-
Michele
post #34 of 50
Congratulations Michele!
Do you have a favorite quote or prayer to help you overcome the challenges in your life?
post #35 of 50
Do you have a favorite quote or prayer to help you overcome the challenges in your life?
Yes and no. For a long time, the Biblical story of Job was something I'd think about a whole lot...and crave that sort of faith and patience. More recently, it's been the Prayer of Jabez:

"Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
And that You would enlarge my territory.
That Your hand would be with me,
And that You would keep me from evil,
That I might not cause pain."

And then there's the search for the window.

I had a teacher who befriended me as a teenager. You know, the teacher that you met that you went to talk to and "hang out" with even when you didn't have her for a class. The one that, as you look back, you realize cared for you as a person, and not just a name on a roll-call list.

Mrs. Rosoff was such a person to me. And when things would go wrong - I didn't make cheerleader, or I didn't get the part I wanted in the school play - I'd go to her. During some of the toughest years of my life, you could find me with Mrs. Rosoff, just hanging around. The year my parents divorced and my dad was diagnosed with cancer (stage 4 non-hodgkins lymphoma, life expectancy 1 year; he's still with us, 26 years later), I stayed after classes and helped her with all the classroom stuff; I'd be there before school, helping get her arranged for the day. She was a solace, a comfort, an island in a violent, stormy time.

She would always encourage me to keep my eyes open for the window which was sure to open when the door closed. She knew - really, completely knew - that the window was there if we but looked for it...I'd tell her my troubles, confide in her, and she'd say "yes, but where's the window? Let's find that..." and together we'd find it. I learned how to look for the window because of her...and it's an active looking, an art and skill, that I discovered under her teaching.

Her guidance has stayed with me all my life. When I go through rough patches - and they can be extremely rough for me - I try really hard to remember to look for the window...always look for the window.

So yes and no....see what I mean?

Best-
Michele
post #36 of 50
Oh Michele, thank´s for your answers!
hummm let see...
1.- Wich is your favourite colour to wear?
2.- If you can travel in time wich age you choose to live and say why...
3.- Choose one Sunrise or Sunset and say why like.
4.- What is the most crazy thing that you do it? ( I mean for example, Jump in parachute, Bungie jump etc)
Cheers!
post #37 of 50
Congrats Michelle! Just one question! (I'm busy at work darn it)

Tell us about your grandparents......did you know them, etc!
post #38 of 50
1.- Wich is your favourite colour to wear?
I don't have a favorite color to wear, but often I have something lavendar or purple on. For some reason, that seems to be a lot of my wardrobe lately.

2.- If you can travel in time wich age you choose to live and say why...
I think I already answered this above, but again, 1300's England, or the 1800's in the "Wild West." There was great opportunity and challenge, both of which I crave.

3.- Choose one Sunrise or Sunset and say why like.
Sunset. There is something peaceful about it that I don't find in sunrises. Something completing, something ending, and an opportunity to look back on the day and see your accomplishments. That and we have amazing sunsets here, and not so spectacular sunrises.

4.- What is the most crazy thing that you do it? ( I mean for example, Jump in parachute, Bungie jump etc)
Actually, the most crazy thing I do is parachute. I will NOT bungie jump. That's insane...and I don't really think of skydiving as crazy. There are a whole lot of safety precautions, checks and balances, that we go through which makes it as safe as it can be. Of course, we still are jumping out of an airplane, but the equipment we use is over-engineered and the safety features are redundant.

Cheers yourself!

Best-
Michele
post #39 of 50
Hi, Susie!

Tell us about your grandparents......did you know them, etc!
I didn't know my maternal grandparents at all; both had passed away before I was born. My grandfather on my father's side had passed away, as well, but I knew Grandma on my father's side. She passed when I was about 18...at 98 years old. Grandma Rebecca was a funny, quiet, shy lady, who thought the sun rose and set on my father. She was a sweet, jewish grandma...her family came from Russia in the late 1800's, and she grew up in New York City. She came out here in the early 60's, and lived out the rest of her life near my father.

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Michele
post #40 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by noni
Hi, Susie!

Tell us about your grandparents......did you know them, etc!
I didn't know my maternal grandparents at all; both had passed away before I was born. My grandfather on my father's side had passed away, as well, but I knew Grandma on my father's side. She passed when I was about 18...at 98 years old. Grandma Rebecca was a funny, quiet, shy lady, who thought the sun rose and set on my father. She was a sweet, jewish grandma...her family came from Russia in the late 1800's, and she grew up in New York City. She came out here in the early 60's, and lived out the rest of her life near my father.

Best-
Michele
Awww, thanks for sharing.....I love grandparent stories......
post #41 of 50
Miss Michele!
Congrats on being on the hotseat this week, what a splendid choice.
Here is what I would like to know~~

Why did you say you wanted a house that faces East when you love sunsets more than the sunrise?

What was the most profound epiphany in your life and has it affected you since?

Tell me a little bit about your talent. When did you first know you were a good writer? and what is the process like for you-- do you rough draft by hand or keyboard? Do you make mind maps or use any mental tools to help you achieve organization in material? Do you prefer to write poetry or prose?
Have you ever experienced writer's block?

....and when did you realize that you could never be a superficial person?

Elizabeth
post #42 of 50
My questions:

1. Cream or sugar in your coffee? Or black?
2. Have you ever been scuba diving?
3. You're going to the zoo. What top three animals do you really really really want to see?
4. Do you bite your fingernails? Or cut them?

Congratulations!
post #43 of 50
Hi, Elizabeth!

Why did you say you wanted a house that faces East when you love sunsets more than the sunrise?
Well, if the entire back is glass, and the front faces east, I figure that the whole back of the house, facing west, would be bathed in sunset rays, and even if it were cold, I could watch the sunset from the sofa. See?

What was the most profound epiphany in your life and has it affected you since?

I would say there were two, and both affect me daily.

The first was coming to terms with depression as a medical issue rather than a character defect. I remember sitting there one day, and realizing that if it were a character defect, I'd had more than 20 years to correct it; and I had the willpower to change it, but it never changed...but as it's a medical issue, I would need to take medication for the rest of my life. That realization opened my eyes to the need to educate people about depression, because so many people believe it's a pattern of behavior which can be changed with therapy and behavior modification. But it's not - it's a chemical imbalance...and that doesn't get better by talk therapy, no more than a diabetic gets better by talk therapy.

The second one was the jump after my parachute malfunctioned. That was the hardest thing I had ever done - not physically; after all, it's not hard to fall out an open door of an airplane; but mentally and emotionally. The determination, the commitment to myself, and the overcoming the abject terror of getting out into the sky again taught me more about myself in that 4 hours than I'd ever learned...and a whole lot about what's real and what's made up. Fear doesn't have a place in my world any longer, unless there is something to be fearful of. My life has opened up immensely since that jump, because I learned that it doesn't really matter unless it's life or death, and what we commonly think/fear is really not about life or death, but about approval and acceptance.

For example, the files not being completed on time? Meh, so they'll be there tomorrow. No one will die if they don't get done today. Speaking in front of 1500 people? Meh, the worst that will happen is someone gets bored. So he gets a nap. That's not so bad...he's not going to die, and nor am I, should he fall asleep. If they never ask me back, I will not die...I'll just learn and move on. Stuff like that has become very clear for me, and because of that, I think that's lifechanging epiphany.

Tell me a little bit about your talent. When did you first know you were a good writer? and what is the process like for you-- do you rough draft by hand or keyboard? Do you make mind maps or use any mental tools to help you achieve organization in material?
Wow. Um, let me see.

I didn't realize (and still don't always trust) that I was a good writer until about 3 years ago, when I was published on my first submission. Few edits were made, and I was completely shocked when the publisher asked me for additional submissions. The next moment I realized it was when a production company called and asked me if I would be willing to be interviewed about an article I wrote; I didn't believe them until the crew showed up, and the lights went on. LOL! And then more recently, when people read my stuff and write me and let me know I've touched them somehow.

I suppose the real test of my writing will be when I submit "Sucking Mud" somewhere...that will be an interesting time in my head. LOLOL!

The process for me is odd. It's not like I've heard other people write. For me, I either get a title in my head, or a thought with a theme. Sometimes I *must* write it right then, but mostly, I jot the title/thought down, and leave it for "later." I never know when later comes, either.

I'll sit down at the keyboard, turn on some music, and let loose. It's like my brain turns off and the hands connect to a far deeper place, and out comes the piece. Often the essay is complete when my hands leave the keyboard, with slight/minor modifications...a word change here or there, a grammar correction. Rarely will the piece need massive editing. And I can't claim that for me at all...it's just the way it happens. It's really an "outre" thing.

If I am writing an article, I've usually researched the background a bit, and then I go interview. I organize slightly, but mostly, again, it's an intuitive writing from notes or recorded conversations. This person should be here...(write it out) and then this thing needs to go here (write it out) and then this part should be introduced...that kind of thing. It's scary and weird, but also very fun.

Do you prefer to write poetry or prose?
Prose. Although when I was younger, I wrote lots of poetry. Now, however, it's more prose and essay/slice of life stuff.

Have you ever experienced writer's block?
I guess so. I don't write unless something is coming out, like I described above. Sometimes there will be long stretches between titles/themes, so I suppose that's writer's block, the Michele version. However, again, I don't really write fictional stories, but rather memories, thoughts, experiences, and so forth, so those are far easier to access than the imaginative aspect of writing. That's not to say I haven't written stories; I have...but they usually aren't my favorite thing, or perhaps I should say they usually aren't the ones falling out of my head.

....and when did you realize that you could never be a superficial person?
I haven't realized that yet! LOLOL!!! Superficiality grabs me and runs my life sometimes, and holds on really, really tight once it gets it's grip. I am materialistic, selfish and vain betimes...but I also try to live from a position of abundance and love, rather than lack and fear. When I am successful at that, I am not often superficial...but I am not always successful. LOL!

Great questions, Elizabeth!

Best-
Michele
post #44 of 50
Hi, Mrsd.

1. Cream or sugar in your coffee? Or black?
I generally have a little coffee with my cream and sugar.

2. Have you ever been scuba diving?
No. I've never taken the time to learn. I also don't like meeting sharks and other creatures which would eat me. I don't have to contend with that in the sky! LOLOL!!! The most I've ever dealt with in the sky was a dive-bombing hawk...seems that she thought I was a threat. I just flew the other way, and hoped she didn't rip the parachute.

I have snorkeled in the pool, but that's about it.

3. You're going to the zoo. What top three animals do you really really really want to see?
Tigers, Lions, and other cats. The big cats are the only reason I like the zoo...I'll take my nephew and neice, and go with them where they want, but if left to my own devices, it's the big cats. I could watch them all day and not get bored.

4. Do you bite your fingernails? Or cut them?
When they get too long, I will trim them. I don't let them grow past 1/3 an inch off the ends of my fingers, because it makes typing hard. But I keep my toenails really short - my feet don't fit right in shoes if I don't. LOL, but I have learned to not cut them too short just before I go skydiving; it makes the landings really painful.

:smile:

Best-
Michele
post #45 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by noni
I haven't realized that yet! LOLOL!!! Superficiality grabs me and runs my life sometimes, and holds on really, really tight once it gets it's grip. I am materialistic, selfish and vain betimes...
Great questions, Elizabeth!

Best-
Michele

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH....Michele, you could not be a superficial person if you tried, goodness gracious! You shine far too brightly.
post #46 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by sashacat421
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH....Michele, you could not be a superficial person if you tried, goodness gracious! You shine far too brightly.

Thanks for thinking so.

Best-
Michele
post #47 of 50
Thread Starter 
Okay, I have one little question:

1. What is your most embarassing moment?
post #48 of 50
1. What is your most embarassing moment?
I don't know. Great question. I read this a while ago, but nothing jumped to mind. I don't get embarrassed easily, so you think it would be easy for me to recall my most embarrassing moment, but....but...

I'll think on it and get back to you.

Best-
Michele
post #49 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by noni
1. What is your most embarassing moment?
I don't know. Great question. I read this a while ago, but nothing jumped to mind. I don't get embarrassed easily, so you think it would be easy for me to recall my most embarrassing moment, but....but...

I'll think on it and get back to you.

Best-
Michele
HAH! I thought of one, although it's certainly not my most embarrassing moment *(which I think I've likely supressed, seeing as I can't remember it...LOL)...

So I run educational series for the agents in my company. 3 a month, one called "Nuts & Bolts," one called "Technology for Dummies," and one called "Lives Worth Living."

Lives Worth Living is designed specifically to enhance our lives on a personal level. Better retirement plans, lawyers, CPAs, vacation specialists, life coaches, and so on.

Well, I have a colleague who I adore that has great contacts in the legal industry. I had asked her for a referral for both a personal matter, as well as one for the Lives series. She put a card on my desk with "call him" written on it...and so I did. It was saturday, I was busy...and I got his voice mail.

I left a long, detailed message about the Lives series, what we needed and were looking for, what the commitments would be both from us to him and from him to us, and left him all the information on how to contact me. I talked on and on about the series, literally for about 90 seconds. I hung up...

And it occurred to me that I was expecting two referrals, and didn't know which one this was. I immediately called Jean (my colleague), and asked her. And sure enough, he wasn't for the Lives series, he was for the personal matter.

So after I picked myself up off the floor, I called the lawyer back. I apologized profusely, and left yet another long detailed message as to what I needed on a personal level.

The lawyer called me that next Monday, and introduced himself. The first thing I said was "I am so very sorry, and I hope you can understand me with both feet planted firmly in my mouth." He laughed, and after a great conversation, he agreed to take on the case. Seems we have similar senses of humor, as well.

LOL, I still get teased about that by both my attorney and by Jean. Deservedly so.

So there's one. If I can think of another, I will post.

Best-
Michele
post #50 of 50
Michele, "looking for the window"... I like it! Your answer is an inspiration. Thank you.
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