Friday, February 8, 2008

OK, I've been Meme'd

OK, I’ve been meme’d by Missy Caulk, my nearby neighbor in Ann Arbor, MI. This happened a couple of days ago, but being the “by the rules” kind of guy that I am, I’ve stayed with my existing blogging schedule for the week. So, now I have the time to respond.

If you don’t know what a meme is, think of “tag, you’re it”. Meme rhymes with dream.

The rules are that I am to share 7 things you might not know about me. If you want to know the subject matter for these 7 things, you’ll have to visit my blog on ActiveRain.

So, here goes:

1. I’m an avid golfer. Being in this line of work (Realtor), it doesn’t allow for me to get out to play as much as I’d like. Still, any time on the golf course is a good time for me. My handicap index is around 11, and Radrick Farms is my home course.

2. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by insects. Back then, I put my insect collection in the 4-H fair each summer. There is a moth in the Michigan State collection which I caught in my parent’s back yard in Ann Arbor.

3. Outside of real estate, my primary goal for 2008 is to read at least one book per week – so, 52 books for the year. So far, I’m on track, having just finished my 5th book of the year. My favorites are biographies. You know, you learn from your mistakes, but you can become brilliant by learning from the mistakes of others.

4. Back in college (Michigan, ’81), I had a friend who owned his own airplane. He called me one sunny Saturday morning in the spring and invited me to go flying with him. Taking the controls mid-flight, it was a thrill that I’ve never forgotten. When my kids ask about what it’s like to fly, I just tell them that it’s like driving in 3-D.

5. Between my junior and senior years in college, I visited a friend in Colorado for the summer – he was overseeing the construction of a home for his parents. While there, we climbed Mt. Sopris, at 12,951 feet. If you’ve ever been to Aspen, then you’ve seen Mt. Sopris, as it dominates the skyline just south of Glenwood Springs, on the way to Aspen.

6. For my 30th birthday, my wife and I celebrated in Freeport, the Bahamas. We went snorkeling – beautiful turquoise water, and the fish! Amazing!

7. When my son, Trevor, was very young, we went to a book signing given by Bo Schembechler. Trevor sheepishly approached Bo and told him that they shared the same birthday – April 1. Bo ruffled Trevor’s hair and asked “Do you know what that means, young man?” Trevor nervously shook his head. “It means that you’re going to be GREAT!” Trevor was beaming for days afterward. When Bo passed, Trevor understood the loss at a very deep level.


Missy said...

Vance, this was great. Has Trevor read the new book Bo co-authored my John Bacon. He would love it! I got it for Christa for Christmas and I'm on my 3rd time through.

Vance Shutes said...

Missy, He hasn't read it, yet, but he's read just about everything else about Bo.