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O.K. I give! Here is my Super 8 MeMe all about me!

Yes, many AR members have invited me to write my Super 8 MeMe all about me, most recently Mirela Monte and Jessica Horton so here you have it.  Sorry I can't remember the names of everyone else that invited me and sorry it took so long but here it is at long last.

Some Super 8 MeMe's had more questions than others so I combined some of the questions from other posts with questions from others and this is what I came up with.

Who is your favorite musical artist? (post a utube video)

That's a hard question.  You see I agree with Ray Charles when he was once asked by a reporter what his favorite music was.  He looked at the young man and said "I love the good and hate the bad".  I could not have said it any better.  I can listen to country, pop, opera, jazz and much more all in the same day! Whenever I have had a hard day and am really stressed out I listen to Andrea Bocelli and specifically a song named "Sogno" which is "Dream" in Italian and this song is a love song. The passion and emotion Andrea displays in this song gives me goose bumps every time I hear it. If you wonder if this song is any good just look at the lady at the end of the video. You don't have to know Italian to feel this song in your soul!


Who is your favorite artist? (post a flickr photo)

I have never seen anything like the paintings of  William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) I own this painting of his called "The Young Shepherdess" (1895).  This painting faces me in my office and to me represents all that is important in life:  "To be content and at peace with our life and all of our surroundings." I sometimes shut the door of my office and simply take a deep breath and stare at this painting for a long time. It takes me back to a time and place that touches my soul.

Who is your favorite blogger?

That is a hard one. I could pick dozens and dozens of blogs that I read on a regular basis but I will answer this question by saying which bloggers influenced me and helped me the most when I joined Active Rain in February of 2007.  Member Chris Elizabeth Griffith not only got me excited about improving my writing skills but spent a long time on the phone explaining anchor text, photo naming, etc.  Member Karen George simply wrote some amazing SEO blogs and helped me get my Active Rain profile and blogs recognized by Google in amazing speed. I am indebted to Chris Elizabeth and Karen and include them in my prayers constantly.

If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and what is the most interesting thing about them?

Without hesitation it would be Pope John Paul II who is by far one of the most intriguing individuals of the 20th and 21st centuries.  If you have never read his life story it will really blow you away.  He overcame a lot of obstacles in his life and not only became a huge spiritual leader but learned 14 languages fluently and had the gift of bringing people of all religions and political beliefs together.  I have a young friend that once saw Pope John Paul II in person and she said her legs got weak and she felt a feeling in her body that she had never felt before and has never felt since. My friend told me that it was like there was a super natural spirit there that day.  P.S. And I struggle with 2 languages!

Who has been the person in your life that has had the greatest impact on you?

Very simply my mom and dad.  My Dad taught me a hard work ethic and my mom taught me love and compassion. What two better things to learn in life?

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I envisioned me following my parent's footsteps and continuing on with the family farm.  I would not trade my youthful days on the farm and I could write a book about all that I learned and the impact of the hard work ethic.  My father instilled in me that hard work ethic and he accomplished an amazing feat with only a 3rd grade education.  I believe this is why I attack anything with a passion if I am truly interested in it.  I also think this is why I was so successful with Active Rain so quickly.  I read every valuable post and called many AR members in an attempt to learn all I could learn.  Thank you Dad, I love you and miss you.

What is the most interesting piece of trivia you know?

When we talk about someone who is strong in a certain area such as a good writer we usually say their "forte" is writing with an emphasis over the "E".  The correct pronunciation is actually "FORT" as in a fort in ancient Greece.  I know everyone would look at us weird but I guarantee you I am right.

If you could do anything what would you do?

I would work with underprivileged children and help them in some way.  I hate to see pain and suffering in the world but when it comes to children it breaks my heart to see them hurting or suffering in any way.  I would love to work with children either with the Tiger Woods First Tee foundation or in some other way.

If you could live in any point of history, what would it be and why?

I would go back to the 70's in a heartbeat!  I was still on the family farm and even though there was some tough times due to mother nature I never felt so content and at peace.  The economy was great, gas was an average of 75 cents a gallon and Disco was on fire!  Yes, just like Tracy Santrock, I was the Disco King west of the Mississippi!  Well that may be taking it a little far but you should have seen me in my polyester bell-bottom pants, silk colorful shirt and elevator shoes!  I was a sight to behold!  My sister and I took disco lessons and a photo of us on the dance floor even came out on the front page of the local newspaper in 1978!


What's your favorite game? 

I love Sherades and it is a great game for all ages. I used to like Pictionary but I very simply suck at drawing!  I stopped playing Pictionary when everyone started laughing at me when they looked at the sketch of a dog I attempted to draw!

What is your biggest missed opportunity?  

Lord, I could write a book about this subject!  The amount of real estate investments that I should have, could have made would make me cry if I thought about it too much.  It never ceases to amaze me how many great real estate investments are passed up due to fear. 

What is the most interesting job you have ever held?

I have never had a 9 to 5 job.  I went directly from the family farm to real estate and began my real estate career in February of 1980.  I think real estate has to be the most interesting.  You see by starting in 1980 it wasn't long until mortgage rates hit 17 1/2 % and the prime rate hit 20%. I had the good fortune to be working for an amazing broker that closed all our closings himself.  He taught me to use an HP 12c like no other and taught me a lot about all-inclusive deeds of trusts, 2nd deeds of trust, wrap-around contracts and personal finance.  I have used all my broker taught me over the years that have helped me to be very successfulWithout starting my career at the toughest time in the past 30 years I doubt I would have seen the success I have seen.

Now here are 8 friends I would like to tag:

Patricia Beck

Cindy Bryant

Janice Sutton

Pam Pugmire

Katerina Gassett

Colleen Fischesser

Randy Prothero

Bill Gassett





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Comment balloon 50 commentsGeorge Tallabas • June 01 2008 07:25PM


George...I was crazy about the 70's. I was memed too and that was my favorite time. I was a disco queen for sure. It was such a liberating time with all the fabulous clothes and shoes!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

Hi George...this post must have taken you a while, very well done. I Love your thoughts. It's always great to look back, and some times wonder "if I had bought this or never Sold that", but that's life we're only here a short time, it nice to see you have enjoyed yourself.

 I truley enjoy your personal input here in AR and enjoy reading your posts, I regularly Quote your story to fellow Realtors about your post about the Lady in Seattle handing out 5,000 business cards a year...thanks George for sharing that story with us all.

Cheers, have an awesome Week!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Lizette - Good for you! My fiend Tracy Santrock loves the disco era of the 70's as well. Those of us that love the disco era should all get together and relive them! LOL

Fred - thank you my friend for all your support and for getting something positive out of what I write!  Have a great week!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

This was great, George. I loved learning all this neat stuff about you. Thanks for sharing this personal side of you.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago
Jeff - Thank you my friend!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago
George, you're the best. I can't believe you still think this old hag was your guide. You always did it on your own. You were brave enough to pick up the phone and ask when you weren't sure. Kudos to you to learn more.
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) almost 11 years ago

George, great insight into the Disco King west of the Mississippi. I liked the Italian song believe it or not. The painting you just want to keep looking at for some reason. Farming and real estate for a long time. You are definitely the veteran here. With regard to mispronounciations like forte, many pronounce the car as a "porsh" when it is really pronounced "porsh sha" for a Porsche. Great post!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Chris Elizabeth - I always think of you when I think of my success here on Active Rain and always will.

Gary - Thank you so very much my rock!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Very nice meme George. I really enjoyed learning a little bit more about you.

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 11 years ago

Monika - Thank you and I hope all is well.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George- Wow, kindred spirits of disco. I was a disco queen and seriously entered every dance contest that I could find! Ah, those were the days! I see you meme'd me, well now I have been tagged at least 4 times, I better get busy:)

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago
Katerina - You go Disco Queen! Lets all of us 70's kids "Shake It" together!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Are you serious??? The "E" is silent!!??  Man, I love the way that word sounds when you pronounce the "E."  I always feel a little more worldly when I use that word:-)  You might be right, but I'll gladly continue to be wrong on that one:-) 

Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) almost 11 years ago
Matt - Thanks for stopping by. I purchased the tapes "Verbal Advantage" years ago and was shocked when they said "Fort" was the correct pronunciation. Have a great evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George - Great MeMe! As an Italian I love listening to Andrea Bocelli, I have to tell you that the goose bumps are even bigger when you understand what he is saying :)

Posted by Maria Mastrolonardo, Realtor, Naperville, IL Real Estate (RE/MAX of Naperville) almost 11 years ago
Maria - Thank you so much. Andrea's music has so much passion to it that it touches my soul every time I hear it. Have a great evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George -- You are amazing.  I enjoyed reading more about you and those things and people who influenced your life.  I like Andrea Bocelli -- but I am a Pavarotti fan! 

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 11 years ago

Joan - Thank you my friend.  I love Pavarotti as well and it was real hard picking a video because I love so much music. Have a great evening my friend.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Great MeMe, George!  I love Andrea Boccelli!  He has a voice that just makes the whole world go smooth.  Beautiful!


Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 11 years ago

Carol - Thank you my friend. Andrea Bocelli was touched by the hand of God in my opinion. I hope all is well and have a great evening and week ahead.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago


...And I don't mean just the soul piercing song and the bucolic painting...

I need a few minutes to compose myself.  I'll be back in a bit to augment these comments.

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago
  Va ti aspettero
Il fiore nel giardino segna il tempo
Qui disegnero il giorno poi del tuo ritorno
Sei cosi sicura del mio amore
Da portarlo via con te
Chiuso nelle mani
Che ti porti al viso
Ripensando ancora a me
E se ti servira lo mostri al mondo
Che non sa che vita c'e
Nel cuore che distratto sembra assente
Non sa che vita c'e
In quello che soltanto il cuore sente
Non sa.

Qui ti aspettero
E rubero I baci al tempo
Tempo che non basta a cancellare
Coi ricordi il desiderio che
Resta chiuso nelle mani
Che ti porti al viso
Ripensando a me
E ti accompagnera passando le citta da me
Da me che sono ancora qui
E sogno cose che non so di te
Dove sara che strada fara il tuo ritorno

Qui ti aspettero
E rubero I baci al tempo
Un rumore il vento che mi sveglia
E sei gia qua.


Go, I will wait for you
The flowers in the garden mark the time
Here I will draw the day of your return
You are so sure of my love
You take it away with you
Cupped in your hands
When you touch your face
As you still think of me
And if you need to, you can show the world
The world that doesn't know what life there is
In an uncaring absent heart
Doesn't know what life there is
In that only the heart can feel
Doesn't know.

Here I will wait for you
And steal kisses from time
Time is not enough to erase
The memories and the desire that
Remains closed in your hands
That you bring to your face.
You still think of me
It will follow you and passing me in the city
I'll still be here
Dreaming of things that I don't know about you.
Where is the road that you will take on your return
I dream

Here I will wait for you
And steal kisses from time
I dream
A noise, the wind awakens me
And you're already here.

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago

Loved learning more about you... and listening to Andrea.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing almost 11 years ago
George, What an informative piece. I know you've always praised Chris Elizabeth and Karen George. Everything that they have given to you and then you giving back has helped us all become better bloggers, writers, business people. Thank goodness I'm not the only one that likes disco!!
Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) almost 11 years ago

George, wow you had more questions answered than I received. Those were good ones. Yes, I too loved Disco. It was fun, loved the sparkling platform shoes. How I walked or danced in them I have no clue.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

Mirela - Thank you my friend!  Yes, I printed those lyrics out about 3 years ago and loved them.  Sogno is just one of my favorites of all time!

Suzie - Thank you so very much.

Tracy - Thank you, Thank you!  Have a great day.

Missy - I still think all of us disco kings and queens need to get together and re-live the 70's!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

This was great, George!  Thank you.

Very beautiful painting too.  I loved it.  =]

Posted by Jessica Horton Jessica Horton Realty, Jessica Horton: I'm not #1... You Are! (Jessica Horton - Jessica Horton & Associates) almost 11 years ago

Jessica - You are welcome and if you have not checked out the other paintings of William-Adolphe Bouguereau please do so, they are amazing!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George, thanks for all of the good insight -- as always.  Just need a little tutorial on anchor text and photo naming.  You continue to be my favorite on AR!! 

Posted by Gina Zimmerman, Fort Wayne Real Estate (North Eastern Group Realty) almost 11 years ago
Gina - What a kind thing to say! If there is anything I can do to help you please let me know.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George, I listened to "Sogno" throughout the day today.

I had a Bouguereau painting at my house.   My ex has it now; when I left, I left him the house and everything in it; I figured it was a lot easier to make new money, than fight for any piece of what we built together.  We're still friends as a result of that, and starting the business from scratch while I had nothing, made me hungry enough to make it a success in a hurry...

I still listen to disco & dance it around the house while I'm doing housework.  My daughter just rolls her eyes.  Her crazy mom has no shame...

Teaching your kids the core basics about life and what it takes to make it, is probably the most important thing parents can do.  Engendering a good moral compass in them lasts a lifetime.  It's not an easy task (Parenting is not for sissies...).  It takes leading by example and saying the same things again and again (consistency).   I have a few phrases my kids have heard a thousand times, such as "You can't be a little bit pregnant, or a little bit of a liar".

Thank you George for a great MeMe blog!   The reason you are successful, aside from your great work ethic and internal moral compass, is that you are genuinely interested in people and in bettering their lives.  It doesn't go unnoticed and it also brings good karma.  You have been blessed, and we are blessed to have you!


Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago
Mirela - Wow! Thank you for a most amazing comment. My mom (by the grace of God) is still with us and we still make tamales by hand every year before Christmas. We all get together and turn up the music loud and act like children. Staying young at heart is what keeps us excited about getting up each morning. I am so happy you listened to Sogno all day. Andrea Bocelli has a voice from the heavens above that I never tire of. Tell me my friend, which painting of Bouguereau did you have? There is a story about "The Young Shepherdess". You see I dated a young lady for several years in the 80's and she died in her sleep from a brain anurism at the age of 27. The Young Shepherdess has all the qualities that Alicia had. Beauty, simplicity, humility, compassion, love. The Young Shepherdess is a very special painting to me and is one of the possessions I hold dear to my heart. Thank you again for the heartfelt comment and I hope you have a blessed evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago


That is such a sad, sad thing!  "God always takes the good ones early", as my Grandmother always says...  Wow!  Now I understand your ties to that painting.

Many years ago, on the Orient Express, I met a Palestinian man who saved my life (story is too long to tell here).  I stayed in touch with him over several years.  At one point he called me and confessed that he was in grave danger in his country and needed to come to the states.  I brought him here and we helped him get on his feet.  He became my (now) ex-husband's best friend.  When he came here to the States, he gave me a silver locket.  It was very ornate and elaborate and I didn't care much for it at the time.  Several years ago he passed away.  Now that locket is much treasured...  I know exactly what you mean, George.

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago
Mirela - Many things happen in our lives that we cannot see the value of until years later. I have been through so very much in my life...I could write a book about it. It is often said "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". I believe that is where I have gotten my strength. All the trials and tribulations mold us into the people we are today. I would love to hear your stories someday my friend. It would be a treat. God bless and goodnight.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Thank you George!  God bless you!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago

What a great post.  I enjoyed reading every word.  I never would have pegged you for a disco king!  all the best and have a great week!

Posted by Leslie Stewart, Realtor, ABR, CRS, Oregon Licensed Broker (Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals) almost 11 years ago

Leslie - Good morning.  I was a self-proclaimed Disco King...LOL!  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George - This post is amazing. You are so open and willing to share yourself with others. Perhaps it was the influence of Bochelli that got you started. I know he opens my heart. Thank you.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) almost 11 years ago

Judy - Good morning and thank you so very much. I appreciate the kind words and have a wonderful day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago


This is an amazing super meme. I absolutely love Andrea Bocelli too! He is an amazing talent!

Posted by Michelle Pimentel, ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging (Empire Home Staging Solutions) almost 11 years ago

Michelle - Good morning and thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Cool post, must have taken days.

Posted by Rebecca Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) almost 11 years ago

Schrader - Thank you.  It actually only took me about 2 1/2 hours. Have a great day.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

Wow, do you ever get alot of comments!  I've been tagged several times before, but kept forgetting to do it.  These questions will take some thought.  You have such great answers and tastes in the arts!  You should post a pic of your disco era!! 

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Cindy - Good morning my friend and "Thank You"!  Unfortunately the only photo I have is the one the newspaper took and it is on only newspaper print and by the time one scanned it the photo would not be very clear.  I would LOVE to read your Super 8 MeMe and please let me know when you get around to doing it. Have a fabulous day!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

George- thank you so much.  I really, really appreciate the mention.  I have been pretty sick lately, so I'm sorry it took so long for me to respond.  

Posted by Karen George almost 11 years ago

Karen - Thank you my dear friend.  I know you are still going through a tough time and I just care deeply about you as many AR members due.  I appeciate you stopping by and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago
What a great meme George! I really like the picture of the painting you talked about in your post, I've never seen it's so peaceful. Wonderful job and thanks for sharing with us!
Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) almost 11 years ago

Patricia - Thank you my dear friend and thank you for all your support and friendship that I value so much. Have a fantastic day!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago
Hi George...You have another Andrea Bocelli fan here. So is my mother and my sisters. We enjoy watching him perform and thank PBS for giving us those opportunities. You are a special writer. Kathleen
Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 11 years ago