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The Christmas MeMe - Where can Santa be?

My friend Paula Swayne tagged me in the newest MeMe, the Christmas MeMe. Here are the rules:

You have to name one gift you would like to have on Christmas. It has to be an object. We all want happiness for Christmas. If you could pick one single gift out for yourself-what would it be? Remember-it has to be something you can touch and hold.... Once you have done this, name five people or more and send this to them for them to name the one special gift they would like to have.

Frankly, I am one of those people who pretty much has everything I could possibly want. I have a wonderful wife and two great kids, a semi-crazed brother who I love, some incredible friends and for the most part, a good level of the intangible things in life like health, happiness, peace of mind, and a good outlook no matter what the day brings! Financial security would be nice but it's never guaranteed is it? My wife and I want to remodel our house (especially the kitchen) and would like to travel a lot more.

People always laugh when I tell them that if I won the lottery, I would do two things; Quit work to play (no, I am not one of those nuts who would go to work the next day) though I enjoy my job but simply have too many things I really enjoy outside of work. And the second thing would be to have someone drive me around in some kind of big safe extremely comfortable car with all the bells and whistles. I would also like my "chauffeur" to go through my magazines and take out all of those pesky "inserts" and advertising cards that fall out as you read, so I can avoid the irritation they cause. I believe this is called "magazine grooming". Like I said...I already have pretty much everything I need and I'm alive!

Jump off in this RIDE! CLS550Okay, I seemed to have veered off track here. Paula also told me that it must be a "material" item so here goes and I have to tell you it's something of a "guilty" pleasure. Because I DO drive quite a bit and don't care for it that much (I blogged about this awhile back: Two Words...that could save your life! ) I like to be as comfortable as possible while behind the wheel. When I work with buyers I drive our Lexus which is nice but lately I have been eyeballing something different. I thoroughly  researched this, drove several and finally came to a decision. Granted, the back seat is probably crowded but maybe it would encourage buyer's to make a faster decision. OOPS, did I actually say that? I was planning on making a purchase sometime next year until the downturn and our son starting college and well, you know how it goes...So as long as we are wishing for something from Santa, I want one of these fine rides...I know, I can already hear some of you but I am built for comfort and it's truly a guilty pleasure!

Okay, now to pass this on and please forgive me if your not one who likes doing meme's like me!

Bob Cumiskey  and  Alan May 

and let's see...oh yes, how about these three:

Mike Jones            Pippa             Betina Foreman

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50 commentsRussell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI • December 04 2008 05:42PM

Comments

This may sound silly but I really would really want the leather Phillies World Series jacket. It is a little too mcuh for me to buy for myself. But it would be cool to have. Thanks for writing. Merry Christmas.   Bonnie

Posted by Veronica DeCarolis (Weidel Realtors) about 1 year ago

Ahhh!!  Fine choice Russell!  Looks like a nice ride, wouldn't mind one myself.  KM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX~Real Estate 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) about 1 year ago

Well, I do hope that Santa is good to YouYou, Russell!  He's always good to me but, this year, we're pulling back a bit and happy to do so!  Merry Christmas!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell - Search Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte NC Neighborhoods (Helen Adams Realty) about 1 year ago

Beautiful car - I got tagged for the meme, and going to include my guilty pleasure . . . I love cars. I am in the same boat as you - my daughter started college in the fall, so .  . well you know how it goes! Anyway - I can't wait to get that photo to share with you what I want! And for sure, it is a guilty pleasure!

Posted by Sharon Paxson Newport Beach Real Estate (Prudential California Realty, DRE License 01501912) about 1 year ago

Russell:  I'd love to have one of those Christmases when you walk out into the driveway and see the big red bow on a brand new car.  I think for most of us, that'a a television commercial moment only.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker (Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 1 year ago

Russell, now that is a cool looking car, but for me I'm driving it. You can keep the chaueffer.

Posted by Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTOR® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 1 year ago

You go Russ! And I'm with Gary...I'll drive it. I get all paranoid with other people driving.

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

Bonnie It's the holidays and nothing is silly when we are wishing! I hope someone sees this (maybe you should give them a hint) and that it shows up at your house! Thanks for dropping by!

Kristin It is extremely nice and I was feeling a bit guilty even looking but if business picks back up and we don't go broke with the kids in school, maybe...

Debe Same here, we always go overboard but like you we are also pulling back some to cope with the times and rising expenses of college! We will still have a LOT of fun though!

Sharon I tagged you before I realized you had already been tagged! Anyway, it is a guilty pleasure but so much fun and will have to wait as you said. we both have kids in college and it's sooooooooooo expensive! I will look for your post soon!

Chris Ann Well put and you are so right, it only seems to happen in the TV commercials!   Rats...

Gary Oh, for sure, I would definitely be driving this one (they are amazingly comfortable and responsive) and would only hire a driver if I won the lottery...Thanks again for dropping by!

Sally Hi there, Oh I agree, when I was driving these, it just made me want one more because they are so comfortable and I could never afford a chauffeur unless I did win the lottery...Maybe I should have wished for that!

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

cwap.... I thought I was flying under the radar??

Posted by Alan May, Coldwell Banker Evanston Realtor®, Evanston Real Estate (Evanston Condos, Evanston Homes, North Shore Homes) about 1 year ago

That's quite the sled, Russell!  If you are going to spend that much money, get the convertible! Your buyers will love it.  I had a BMW 650 (looked a lot like your Benz, too) until recently and the lack of backseat was never an issue as long as the weather was perfect and the top was down.  When I had more than one buyer to take on tours, I just drove the Escalade...no problem.

You go get your Benz!  You deserve it with your bad self.

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

Russell, That is a nice looking car!  I hear you though about the college. 

I was tagged a couple of times on this one but I have not been able to come up with anything that I want; other than getting my son home and that's not in the rules as I'm reading it. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell!
You are the only person I know who can take a meme and make it a literary creation!  Lots of fun! You know, it is always dangerous to do something this well, because it usually means people will want more!  So...methinks you are going to see many more memes in your future!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunnigan, REALTORS (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) about 1 year ago

Hi Russell,
Good one.  My Dad says if he won the lottery he'd buy a Rolls and hire a chauffeaur so in my opinion, you're in good company!  LOL!

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 1 year ago

Alan Well of course not! I owed you one...remember?

Amanda Jump off in this bad ride! You are always so funny and now I know why you wanted to know about my BMW prejudice! Don't worry, it's only the nitwits that drive the little" ones!

Marchel You do know what i mean, he even has a pretty good academic scholarship that covers about a 1/3rd but it's still very expensive!

I also want you to know we are thinking of you and of your son returning home safe and sound!

Paula I am so glad you tagged me and yes, I can never seem to just keep it simple!

Cynthia I am surely in good company! Your Dad sounds like a great guy!

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

Ahh- There you are!!!  I don't know Russell, you would have had to be a VERY good boy to have Santa leave that little item...but I'll put in a good word for you ;-)

Nissan 350Z

Now me, my ride would look more like this:
I've had this car before, turbo charged with
Targa Top and ground effects, OH it was
F-U-N with a Capital F

Gail MacMillan Titusville Fl Real Estate

p.s. I just got tagged with another MeMe, it's probably this one, hey can I borrow my car ;-)

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

Dear Russell,

Sorry for the late response I was out yesterday for buyers walk thru and closing. So thanks for the tag, because you know I never have enough to do this time of year with 18 niece's and nephews the shopping never stops!

My suggestion would be to get that cool new ride, but make it a rag-top. I have been a convertible girl for about 20 years and could not imagine buying something too confining with a solid roof. Put the top down and take that shiny new baby to the lake on 620! In fact take me with you that sounds like fun!

;)

 

Posted by Betina Foreman-Serving Lake Travis, Lake Austin and the greater Austin area! ((512)771-6318 Prospect Real Estate Solutions, LLC) about 1 year ago

I hope you get that car for Christmas. 

I actually cancelled subscriptions to magazines due to those inserts.  I could not take the grooming anymore, it became an aggrevation.  One magazine called to ask why I refused to renew and I told them because of the inserts.  They were speachless and had no reply except "thanks for your time" ! 

Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) about 1 year ago

Russel, Thanks for the tag.  I'll do my best not to let you down.  Since it has to be a guilty pleasure "material" thingy, guess that leaves out wishing for my two front teeth.  LOL. 

Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 1 year ago

My guilty pleasure is your yearly Christmas homemade jam! I think there is a hole in the jar, though. I keep running out way too soon!

Posted by Terri Moore (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Okay, I came back to reply and I have done this twice and it's not letting me reply here so....it must be theGrinch !!! I guess I will go to the end of the line and start over!

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

Russell,

Another meme...  LOL.  I'm a good sport; I'll do it.  Have a great weekend yourself.

 

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC) about 1 year ago

How cute is that title??? What if it said The Christmas MeMe.  Where can Santa BeBe?  Cute just the same!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston Real Estate Agent Elkhart Indiana Subdivision Specialist (Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) about 1 year ago

HAHA!  How would Santa ever get that thing down your chimney???

Posted by Renee Burrows - Las Vegas Real Estate (702-580-1783) www.ShackDiva.com (The Force Realty -Realtor>Estate>Probate>REO>Short Sale) about 1 year ago

HAHA! Evelyn - very funny!! Russell give that girl some sugar ;-)

 

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

Mike Thanks for being such a good sport, I know you will not disappoint and look forward to reading your meme soon!

Evelyn That is very funny and i wish I had thought of it! i will have to check out your blog!

Renee Hi there, yes it would be work, I would prefer he just left it in my driveway with a big red bow attached!

Gail I started laughing as soon as I saw her comment. It's funny you mentioned "sugar". my grandmother used to say, "Give me some sugar...and make it smack!"

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

Well now I tried to enter some replies further up this post and it was stopped by the ghost in the machine, so here we go again: 

Gail WOWThat is certainly a bad ride and I notice that you have a lot in common with Sharon and Amanda and Betina...You all are crazy for the convertibles! Oh and BTW if you need your car back let me know! You are so much fun!

Betina You are in good company with some of the other great people here. Y'all are all into the "rag top" rides! I think that is fun all the way around. And I have to trell you, way to go on the buyers...I wish I had a couple! Have a great next week!

Chad Thanks for dropping by, I KNOW we have a lot in common and I am sure there is a huge crowd out there that would agree about the Magazine grooming! I am going to comment on one of your posts right after I finish replying!

Bob Thanks for being a great sport! I knew you would post something interesting and funny too and I totally like your idea of the ultimate gift. An island is to beat the band!!

Terri Thanks for dropping by! I promise you are on the list for come treats this Christmas!

 

 

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

Russell this certainly looks like fun! I hope you get whatever you wish for this Christmas as you certainly deserve good things for all the work you have done for others over the years!

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

Oh Boy! This looks like so much fun. I have enjoyed reading the comments as much as your blog! you are always such a hoot! I hope you get your wish! If not at Christmas, sometime in the very near future!

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

Russell - ahem...my wishful thinking car is NOT a BMW, it's a Nissan 350Z.  Shoulda put the cursor over the picture - GOTCHA...again ;-)

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

This is very clever. I wish I had more time to blog but I will leave that up to you! You had better have been a very good boy to have a gift like that in your driveway Christmas morning!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Cool. now we know what is on your Christmas list! I think it is so funny that you want someone to "groom" your magazines! That would be extravagant!

 

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

I am sure you have been a good boy this year and hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Anne This is a fun exercise and a great way to get to know others here at Active Rain!

Allysoun The meme's are a way that people at AR can express themselves in a variety of subjects! And I have been a good boy lately but will have to wait until AT LEAST next year for Santa to deliver!

Scott You would be an awesome blogger  and I wish you had the time!

Mattie What the heck, as long as I am wishing, might as well go for the absurd as well as the practical!

Jeannette Thanks so much for your gracious comments!

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

You never did tell me why you don't like little Beamer drivers!  You'll have to tell me the story the next time we see each other.  (Careful! My first and favorite one was a 330ci!)

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

This was such a humorous post and very revealing. Thanks for the laugh!

Posted by Jeannette Spinelli (Avenue One Properties) about 1 year ago

Tis the Season....for wishes & dreams to come true!!!!

Love your blogs - they always make me smile.

 

Posted by Mandy Andrews (Texas American Title Company) about 1 year ago

Hey ther, I just wanted to say again how much I liked this one! BTW...you need to catch up on some replies!

Posted by Mattie Lewis (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago
Whoops! I fell behind in my replies and will return later. Thanks for all of your comments!
Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (AvenueOne Properties, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 1 year ago

Amanda I think I sent you the post about driving (it's in the body of this post) my main complaint is with people who drive the little ones and there is a study out about that particular subject. It just seems that a larger contingent of that group have less manners on the road and of course this would NOT include you! Too funny

Mandy Hey there, great hearing from you and thank you for the comments.

Jeannette & MattieI truly appreciate your comments and support and you should also think about blogging a little yourselves! Thanks again!

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

YOO-HOO Russell, I'm reviving this dusty old post (geez 2 days old) because you told me today you are feeling naughty!  It was either this or send you to My Naughty Corner with Patty P (perhaps the better option ;-)  You never did acknowledge my ride properly :(  Do you know the story about "La Petit Prince"...might have to do a post about him.  If you do know the story, you will better understand my persistance.  Apart from that, there is naughty and there is naughtier...go ask PP  LOL

Gail MacMillan Titusville FL Real Estate

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

Okay, I came back to email this link to a client and have to tell you this this is so much fun! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season!

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

 Gail I definitely belong in the naughty corner at times! I am laughing at the thought of how much fun it has been getting to know you and all the interesting and fun people you know here at AR! "there is naughty and there is naughtier" I don't know why I like that but of course I DO! And no, I do not know about "La Petit Prince" but look forward to learning more soon!

Allysoun Thank you my serial commenting friend, I wish you had the time to blog so I could comment on your posts!

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

Christmas is right around the corner!!! Are we still having tamales the night before??? I can't wait!

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

I think a new ride is a legitimate request for Santa. Don't you want a GM, Chrysler, or Ford, though? LOL

Best wishes for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity in 2009.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego home inspector (Russel Ray, Property Consultant) about 1 year ago

Just checking in to say I enjoyed reading this and knowing you, it would be a "guilty pleasure" however, for all the good things you do in our community as well as representing the company and real estate in general so well, you deserve any gift you could want! Have fun over the holidays!

Posted by Scott Harvey (AvenueOne Properties) about 1 year ago

Mattie Yes we are having aor traditional "tamale supper" the night before Christmas and I am also looking forward to a few days just relaxing!

Russel Actually I do have a Ford but just like the way this one performs and rides...It looks as though this one will have to wait until next year and that's alright!

Scott I mentioned that I will have to wait longer and that's okay because we have so much  compared to others in the country and the world. I remember that when I help out, it's a gift for me too that cannot duplicated in any way!

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

Howdy there Russell

Russell, my friend

Seen that Santa is on his way, just may be he will bring ya a winny ticket.

A white Christma, for you and your family to enjoy, This is a photo of, part of my back yard.

White Christmas

Have a fun day

to you and your family

Merry Christmas to you

God Bless One and All

Posted by Discover and Explore New Hampshire with Dale Baker (Baker Home Energy Audit & Commercial Properties Inspections ) about 1 year ago

Russell, with some free time, I am reading all three of your Christmas/Holiday posts. This looks like fun but I am not sure what meme is supposed to be? I do hope you get whatever you like because you deserve the best!

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

Dale Santa did not bring a winning ticket but maybe I will mosey down to the store and buy one on New Years. Otherwise i just need to get to work to make it happen. Thanks for dropping by, I love your holiday graphics. Stay warm my friend!

Anne I appreciate you checking out my posts for the season! A meme is s a post that allows members to reveal m ore about themselves. Though many complain when tagged to do one, I think they don'tmind as much as they let on and I enjoy them myself both writing about myself and the fun of reading others!

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

Rats...Santa did not bring me a new ride but that's okay! I plan on working hard and doing well enough this year to maybe purchase one myself!

Happy New Year to all!

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

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