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If MeMe's were Guitars...

Red Guitar







This! it's a long cersion and really takes off at 2:25, enjoy!

or this...

and one of my life long favorites

Don't let my taste for this type of music fool you, I am not about any particular style or type of music (My ipod is the most confusing shuffle you will ever hear) and it is the same with the rest of MeMe too...

I am - a serious person who does not take a whole lot of things too seriously.

I think - thousands of different thoughts every day and sometimes it is like a committee discussion but fortunately I do not act on every single thought that "pops' into my head!

I can - do just about anything I put my mind to as long as it's a good blend of dreaming and a nod to realistic expectations. Yeah, yeah I know but there are some things we gotta remember like gravity, the laws of nature, thermodynamics etc. etc.

I want - to make a difference in my family, my community and the world, no matter how small. I learned from my father to help others from a young age and that we have to make an individual effort. There is no such thing as the "compassionate conservative".

I have- a tendency to talk way too much so I make a continuous effort to try and slow down and listen and think before I begin speaking.

I wish- I could spend all my time traveling, playing, exploring, learning, reading, watching movies, listening to music, cooking, eating, volunteering, hiking, camping, hunting, running, relaxing and sharing it with my family. I am not one of those people who will waste away when I retire!

I hate - liars and bullies and always have a soft spot for the underdog, the underprivileged and the abused. Having said that, I have made a conscious effort to remove the word from my vocabulary because hate in any form is always destructive!

I miss - my Father in more ways than you can imagine but I have learned to let him go and cherish his love and everything he taught me.

I fear- the forces of power and politics are Balkanizing us as a people and that there is actually very little difference between us and and our neighbors. Unfortunately the 20% making up the extremes continue to try and convinced us that everything is black and white.

I feel - that my sometime cynical nature will keep me from seeing the best in other people, situations or circumstances. And I have learned that it can take more than prayer and meditation to solve a dilemma.

I hear- the sounds of the cicada's buzzing in the Texas heat outside in the valley behind my house. The birds at feeder and the the other everyday sounds of my life that are so familiar and comforting to me. Come back next month and the sounds will be different.

I smell- something good in the kitchen, her scent when we hold on to each other, the aroma of rich coffee when we wake up each day and the cool air during a morning run!

I search - for ways to be a better person, Husband and Father and have learned that when we search for wisdom, knowledge or any other attribute it is not just given to us, NOPE, we are given "opportunities" to learn the things we seek and it can be a real pain at times!

I regret - nothing anymore...It is an emotion that robs me of the time I could otherwise spend being happy and  enjoying the present.

I love - being alive; the first thought when I wake up every day is "Thank you for this day" followed by "Thank you for my beautiful wife and children".

I care- about others and value loyalty and honesty more than any other attribute in friends and family and anyone who I meet.

I always - thought God watched you until he got bored and then he killed you! What an incredible surprise to learn that I was wrong and that my life is filled with Grace.

I am not - a person who backs down from a confrontation, ignores problems or hides from the truth and I almost always speak up!

I believe - that my Ego is NOT my Amigo and that resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person will suffer.

I dance - when no one is looking and sometimes "bust a move" in public without thinking. My wife and I will dance around the house for no particular reason and I guess it's just the music sometimes...

I sing- out loud, completely absent minded along with my iPod when I am running and do not realize it until I see the amused looks on the faces of other people on the trail.

I don't always - get started right away because I  sometimes procrastinate and it is something I continue to work on in a constructive way.

I write - but not that well. If I could write like I talk it would be a breeze but putting it down does not flow as easily from my brain to my fingers as it does when verbalized. Then again I talk too much at times!

I win- every time I slow down and really listen, take my time and make a conscious effort to understand rather than be understood.

I lose - my peace, joy and bliss, when I allow some person, place or thing in my life to keep me from being happy and productive.

I never - want to lose my enthusiasm for living, my ability to enjoy the world and the great sense of imagination and humor that seems to be part of my genetic makeup!

I listen- to every kind of music imaginable so don't be fooled by the guitars, My ipod would thoroughly confuse a future anthropologist because it has Heavy Metal  and Mozart, blues, Rock, jazz, fusion Reggae, Funk, classical, experimental and well, you get the idea...And of course..I AM from Texas!

I can usually be found- wondering around in my thoughts because sometimes my mind has a mind of it's own.

I'm scared of - very few things (I cannot stand snakes) but I know that when I am in fear, I need to look at it and figure out why, then do something about it.

I read - everything I can get my hands on, I am interested in so many things that I usually read more than one book at a time!

I forget - but I am still learning that forgiveness is the gift you give yourself.

I just - have two prejudices; vegetarians (and their Hezbollah like compatriots, vegans) and the rude people who drive small BMW's. Although this summer I have become more tolerant and understanding of the former but less so with the latter.

I am happy about - the fact I am enjoying having a GREAT LIFE and that no matter what happens everything is going to be alright. No really, it me on this one!

And something to send you along...  gently and with a simple melody...

Thanks to Jennifer for the invitation and inspiration and also Jason & Jason 

I tag: marti  and Liz and Brad (unless he has already been tagged this go around)

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44 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • August 29 2008 12:44AM


Hey! I am glad you finally posted this! You are really open and it's as serious as you but you are so much fun too! And you always were a rocker at heart! I am glad I was the first person to commenet on this one and want you to know you did a great job!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell - I beg to differ, I think you do write rather well!  I have really enjoyed this batch of MeMe's and this one was no exception.  You sound exactly like the type of guy I want on my side.  Well done, my new found friend.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Pretty Fly for an Allentown Guy (None needed;)) about 1 year ago

RUSSELL - It's hard to believe that someone that mentioned thermodynamics doesn't believe that he has the writing skills equal to his verbal skills.  I think that you are selling yourself short.  Interesting meme.

Posted by Adam Waldman - Long Island REALTOR® (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) about 1 year ago

Mattie Thank you, I decided to try and NOT think to hard when I filled this out and it probably sounds more serious but was so much fun!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I absolutely LOVED your MeMe and think you did a beautiful job of writing shows a lot of thought and brings out a wonderful person.

Posted by Carole Provenzale and Laura Cerrano Owner, Feng Shui Long Island & New York (Feng Shui Long Island & New York City/Feng Shui Manhattan ) about 1 year ago

Jason Thanks for taking a look and commenting. I already know you are the type I want on my side too and I really appreciate your writing as it has opened up a whole new attitude about my own writing. Oh and since we are such avid music fans, thanks for showing me how to do This!

Adam Thank YOU for commenting. I have been a fan of your writing and groups almost since I got here. Interesting is a good way to describe the meme. I just decided to let er' rip and like most of us I am made up of lots of different and sometimes conflicting components but I am pretty comfortable and this was an great exercise!

I look forward to raeding more from both of you and thanks again - Russell

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

CaroleI thank you for the comments and I am glad I was tagged to do this. I was a bit hesitant at first but saw some good writing that was both helpful and encouraging and it is also a great way to learn more about and connect with other people here too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

I forget - but I am still learning that forgiveness is the gift you give yourself.

When I started forgiving self...there was nothing left to put blame on'll see plenty here.

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman HAWAII Relocations & Real Estate (Century 21 Liberty Homes) about 1 year ago

SallyThank you so much for that, it is probably the biggest hurdle to forgive ones own self! I am still learning that forgiveness sets us free but every once in a while the resentment lingers. I truly appreciate your comment and Thanks!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell - Great job on your first meme!  I have written six or so different memes during my time here, so I kinda phoned the last one in.  Thanks for the mention, my friend.  I see you are a Zappa fan!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 1 year ago

Jason Thanks for checking this out. I have had a good time meeting a lot of new folks here and it's just getting better!

Frank Zappa was my first record album purchase! I won't tell you how long ago but here is a hint. I went to the store to purchase The Beatles "Rubber Soul" and ran across this really weird album cover to a double album entitled "Freak Out" and could not resist! It was totally strange and wonderful at the same time and it affected my musical tastes from then on! I was fortunate to see him at Armadillo in Austin 3 times and it was always amazing!  UH-Oh...I am off on a bit of a tangent! have a great holiday weekend!

Freak Out

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago


I saw a blog with the meme thing as the subject so I thought I would check out the group and here is a meme by you! I do not  want to fill one out myself, it's too personal.

I think your meme is wonderful and so open. Knowing you, I would say this represents yourmore serious side but there are plenty of hints at your somewhat wild and very humorous side!  You are proof that a person cn be very professional and "serious" and still have a good sense of humor and a laid back attitude. Thanks for the entertaining article!

Posted by Anne Giles (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Anne A person I respect very much sent the meme to me...that sounds funny but I just sat gown and let er' rip! Although I did think some before answering (BUT NOT TO MUCH)and you are right, I do take my business seriously but I have a pretty laid back attitude and somewhat wild sense of humor! Thanks for commenting!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Simply fabulous!!!  I'm sorry I'm late to the game - I've been unable to login :( 

You've given us a very rich insight into the man you are. (Or imagine yourself to be...) As I read this, it occurred to me that I would love to pair this version of the meme we each did of ourselves alongside to the identical one filled in by the one we are closest to. I may just start that, who knows? And what would she say?

Honestly, I get a strong sense of you in the warm and thoughful comments you leave. It tells me that you really do think, and you absolutely care. All of that and so much more comes through here and I wish you lived nearer so I could have the opportunity to know you better.

I did learn something here - something I very much NEED to learn:  "I forget - but I am still learning that forgiveness is the gift you give yourself."

My new mantra for awhile. Thank you Russell :)

Posted by Allentown PA Real Estate Broker * Jennifer Monroe * about 1 year ago

I keep hearing MEME this and MEME that, but what is MEME?

Posted by Michael Klijanowicz - Relocation Specialist - Baltimore & Harford County (Baltimore & Harford County Maryland - Long and Foster ) about 1 year ago

Jennifer Thank you so much for inviting me to do this. I liked  this exercise and you are absolutely correct that it is a blend of "who I am as well as who I imagine (and hope) to be"! I have to tell you that: "I forget - but I am still learning that forgiveness is the gift you give yourself." has a double meaning that Sally Cheeseman noted, forgiveness of self (the most important -Thanks Sally) and my point that the act of forgiving is sometimes more difficult than others but it is always a gift we give ourselves.

I feel the same way about you and Jason and truly believe we would enjoy knowing each other if we lived in closer proximity! I am however very glad to know BOTH of you from any point on the planet OR point of view!  And  by the way, I think you have a spectacular idea about pairing the meme's but it may just work for you too (at least here in the rain -although I  sent the format to my bride so we could compare ours too!)

Say...aren't the BoDeans from the Pacific Northwest somewhere? They reformed and some of their songs remind me of you and Jason (as well as my wife and me!) We just came in from an outdoor show tonight at Bat Fest (a celebration of the two million bats that live under the Congress Avenue Bridge) and they play a killer set so here is a wish for Good Things... for both of you! Thanks again for inviting me to do this, it was a blast!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

MichaelA meme is a post about yourself and this particular one is in something of a self revealing format. You usually receive it as a "tag your it" style from another member. I was a bit intimidated at first but just wrote down my responses without THINKING TOO MUCH and it was an interesting exercise. Its a great way to learn more about others here and also reveal something more about yourself than a "profile"  listing!

Check out the group: Meme's!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

 Hi Russell, re "I hate - liars"... great answer. I tell my friends, if you kill someone I will help you bury the body, just don't lie to me about it! ;-)

 Your guitar opening is soooooooooooooo original, love the pic as well.

Posted by marti garaughty (The Art of Marketing YOU) about 1 year ago

Marti- I am so flattered that you like it! And I have to tell you we are definitely on the same page with friends and "bodies" I am still laughing thinking about your comment and the fact that I gave said something similar to my own close friends. have a great weekend my friend!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, thanks for sharing I too was tagged by the Meme bug and did my best not to offer much in the way of serious response. Your is better more grounded and I hope you torch will be taken up by those you tagged.

Posted by Steve Loynd, Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., Loon Mt, NH. about 1 year ago

Love the musical choices, and I am also working on my habit of procrastination.

Posted by JL Boney, III Columbia, SC Real Estate (Russell and Jeffcoat) about 1 year ago

Russel- I found you on Liz M's meme and liked your comment, glad I came by to read this....funny but sometimes we don't take the time to try to know someone depending on who they hang out with.  Glad I found you where I did, and loved your answers.

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) about 1 year ago

Steve Thanks for your comment, I had some good inspiration and I did think about my answers but not too much!I really enjoyed the whole thing, including these great comments!

JL Rock on my friend and we will get around to the procrastination issue...eventually!

KathyI am glad you stopped by and commented too. Now I will have to check in at your blog! Thanks!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russ I love this. What a beautiful insight of who you are. If the world were filled with more personalities

and values like the ones that Russ Lewis has....what a wonderplace it would be..

Posted by June Lewis Realtor® Northwood Realty New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 1 year ago

JuneThank you so much for the compliments and I have to tell you I was a bit intimidated but just put it out without tryingto think to much! I remember we have the same great name and now i am going to check your blog too!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell Lewis - Liked you you more now :-)

Posted by Gail MacMillan - CRS, e-PRO, GRI ~ Titusville FL Real Estate Brevard County ( about 1 year ago

Gail I am flattered! This was a fun and challenging effort. I was grateful for the chance and met some very cool folks in the process. (who reminded me to NOT think to hard about the answers!) Thanks again!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Love your Meme, Russell! It was an interesting and entertaining read. There has to be an untold story here somewhere, though.  Why are you a little Beamer Driver hater?

Posted by Amanda Hall * FORT WORTH TEXAS Real Estate Broker * (Hall Team Homes ) about 1 year ago

Amanda Thanks for thecompliment, I am flattered and have to tell you that I was a bit intimidated by this (at first) when I was tagged by one of my favorite bloggers, Jennifer Bukaty. Through posting and reading other blogs and interesting comments (LIKE YOURS) have made even more friends on Active Rain. I am just now beginning to really enjoy the ride! Oh and the beemer people? I will reveal more soon! Have agreat weekend! Russell

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I enjoyed reading your meme and learning some things about you.  I love your love for family - your wife, children - your father - beautiful.  Like you, I am learning to forgive myself - still learning but improving with each day.  Loved what you wrote about be given opportunities to learn and grow, although sometimes I wish the lessons were easier you realize you're a stronger and better person for having gone through these lessons.  Very nice "meeting you" and getting to know you more. ~ Anne Marie

Posted by Anne Marie Malfi, Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA (Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals) about 1 year ago

Hello!I am hooked on these posts... I really enjoyed reading yours. Thanks for sharing; you sound like a great husband, father & person! Brenda :)

Posted by Brenda Tressler (Integrity Mortgage Services/Oracle Estates & Homes) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell, I was online voting in the top 20 women in real estate forum and looked at your blog to see what you were up to recently. I had never seen this one and it is very nice. As a person who knows you, I can attest to the fact that you have written a very truthful view of YOU. I am always amazed at the way you balance a very serious outlook toward business with a wonderfully funny sense of humor!

Posted by Allysoun Musslewhite (AvenueOne Properties, Inc.) about 1 year ago

Russell I am so impressed. I have worked near you for, what is it, 7 or 8 years and this is so you and so open. You are a remarkable person and truly as serious as you are funny and a joy to your family and friends. Very well written!

Posted by Michelle Keahey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Russell I was researching you, looking for a blog of yours that I read and I ran across this. I'm not really sure what the meme is but yours is amazing! You sound like the kind of guy I would love to work with and you and my husband would talk for hours considering it sounds like you have the same content on your ipods. Thanks for being open, seemingly a lost art in this profession.

Posted by Kristi May (Allen Tate Realtors) about 1 year ago

Anne MarieThank you for your very gracious comments. I was slow to write this but did not over think my responses and it is a great way to meet other people here at Active Rain. We rae completely in agreement about forgiveness and I am glad you stopped by. I am going to check your meme soon so we can get better acquainted!

Brenda I know I can always improve and these days it's something I aspire to in all of my relationships!

Allysoun You know me too well and have seen me in just about every state of mind) imaginable and we still manage to get along so well. You are a friend for always and thank you for commenting!!

Michelle Since you only sit a few feet from me in our office, both you and Allysoun know me as well as anyone and it's a privilege to be friends and work with both of you!

Kristi May You were researching me? That's kind of funny but it's alright,I don't think I have any warrants out these days! I think I would enjoy knowing your husband because I always like other music fans! I enjoyed doing this because one of the best writers here Portland Oregon Real Estate Broker * Jennifer Bukaty * (RE/MAX equity group, inc.) tagged me and I just let it all out. I have found Active rain to be so incredibly eye opening on so many levels and I am just scratching the surface! Thank you again for commenting and Iam going to look at your blog now! have a great week!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell, I am so impressed and as an associate and friend who has worked with your for many years, I can say that everything you wrote here is true! You are so open and fun and it is a pleasure doing business with you too!

Posted by Karen David-Mohr (Prominent Title, LLC) about 1 year ago

Karen Thank you! I am glad to see that you and maybe some of your associates are now srarting to get more involved here in Active Rain. I also consider yu a friend as well as  business associate!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Russell - I want what you're having, then I want that Paul Reed Smith Guitar.


Please, Please, Please???  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn ~ Community Manager (ActiveRain) about 1 year ago

Brad...I am laughing so hard! The weird thing is I have not played in years but still love them intensely...(that sounds a bit odd except to a fellow guitar fan). However, I have been kicking the idea around of getting back into it and maybe even engage one of the jillions of excellent musicians here in Austin to take lessons... PS I am looking forward to seeing you at ReBar camp next week!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Hey, I just read your Bookworm Meme and wanted to look at your first one. It's as good as when you wrote it!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago


Posted by Jason Sardi, Pretty Fly for an Allentown Guy (None needed;)) about 1 year ago

Hi Jason, it was great talking with you today!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Ha !!!! Zappa Hendrix and the Straits !!!!! Wow - those were the days huh !!! lol

... and I regret very little myself ! you, I choose to be happy at all possible times :o)

Snakes huh ????? ....I'll have to remember that ;o)

... told you I would keep my promise !

Cheers mate !


Posted by Sheldon Neal -- That British Agent -- (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) 9 months ago

Hi Sheldon, Thanks for actually taking the time to read this post! You are really incredible to have taken on such a challenge but I bet you get to read some great posts!

Nice to know we have some of the same musical interests too! 

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) 9 months ago


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