Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: Why Would Anyone Want to Read About My Life? - I’ve Been MEME’d

Why Would Anyone Want to Read About My Life? - I’ve Been MEME’d

While getting my Active Rain morning fix I received a message that I have been MEME'd by Neal Bloom, who is a really cool blogger.  My dirty laundry? I have now been MEME'd  

Well here is my life:

I am a husband and father of two boys, one in high school and one in kindergartener.   My wife and I have been happily married for 12 years.  At the time we got married my wife had a three year son, Daniel.  I became his dad, a responsibility and joy I gladly took on.  We waited a few years mostly for me to grow up.  My wife finally gave up on that ever happening and added our next big joy in our lives, Jacob.

What little spare time I have is spent teaching chess and organizing events.  Both of my son's play competitively and have won a few trophies and medals each.  My youngest Jacob is the Kindergarten current state chess champ.  He also plays soccer and nicknamed his right foot: "Thunder Foot"

My oldest Daniel plays center for the Mililani High School football team.  He now out weighs me by a bunch.  I day I never thought was possible.  If you read further down I will explain that remark.

My wife Darnelle is the love of my life and she keeps me feeling young.  She has the patience of a saint when it comes to me.  Without that I would have driven her crazy years ago.

I was born in Racine, Wisconsin.  I grew up in Logan Square, a neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago.  At age 18 I took a month off and spent it in Hawaii.  I stayed with my older half brother Russ and his family, who originally came to Hawaii in the Marine Corp.  After visiting a 2nd time I decided Hawaii was the place to live.  A couple of years later in 1982, I made Hawaii my home and have never regretted it.

I spent many of those years in the printing and graphics industry, which took me to Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles.  After a few years of traveling almost full time I came back to Hawaii (home).  A few years later I met my wife Darnelle and have planted my roots even deeper here.

1)  I hate to wear a tie.  Fortunately in Hawaii, aloha shirts are the closest thing to a tuxedo.  I wear golf shirts with my name and Century 21 logo embroidered on it.

2) I heavily volunteer in the community and sit on several boards including:

  • Commissioner, State Civil Defense Advisory Council
  • Vice-chairman, Honolulu Board of Realtors, Leeward Region
  • President, Hawaii Chess Federation a501(c)3
  • Vice-President, Director, Mililani Chess Club a501(c)3
  • Vice Chairman, Mililani Drug Free
  • Vice President Mililani Garden Homes AOAO

I have also volunteered and sat on boards for several other non-profits and community groups and have been politically active over the years.  My community involvement was one of the things that drew me back to real estate.  It seemed like a natural business for me.

3) I enjoy technology and have been building my own websites for several years.  My Treo phone does not have internet.  I get to many e-mails and the screen is too small for my liking.  I carry a laptop with a Sprint Card along and always have a digital camera with me.

4) I have been on a strict doctor supervised diet to get better control of my health.  I just stepped on the scale this morning have lost 128 lbs so far.  I will hold off on posting pictures for a couple more months; mostly because I need to take new ones.

5) My slogan is "Not Just Another Pretty."  I came up with it late one night when getting my very first ad together.  I decided that humor would be part of my advertising.  I looked through several publications with many real estate ads that had glamour shots from 20 years ago of agents in my area.  I am just  not the glamour shot.  It then hit me and has been my slogan ever since.  You have to have a mug like mine to pull that one off.

So...now that you read about my boring life...It is my pleasure to pick on 3 new victims.  I would like to pick on Leslie Bloss, Scott Daniels and Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman.

Hopefully no one else has zapped them already.

 

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

www.HawaiiRandy.comOahu (Honolulu County) Property Search  Hawaii Military Relocations

Comment balloon 27 commentsRandy Prothero • March 23 2007 01:00PM

Comments

Normally, I would say naw, I don't want to hear about your boring life, but since it was you I just had to read it.  
Posted by Roger Stensland, Let's Move! (The Cascade Team Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Roger - Thanks, I hope I didn't put you to sleep.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Randy, You've got an interesting life there.. no GTO tho huh? :) You're quite the role model for your sons. I like the lil ones nickname for his foot!
Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 11 years ago
Lysa- They are both real characters. No GTO, that will be when I go through the mid life crisis.  I have also had my eye on getting a custom chopper.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Randy, thanks for the mini history report of you life.  Good thing that your wife gave up on you growing up, because that might just never happen....LOL
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 11 years ago
Loved it!  You know, I've actually been to Racine.  Never thought I would admit that in public, but hey, you're special. =)  And I truly admire you for raising your wife's son in a loving two-parent household. That's a big task and sounds like you took it on right, and all of you are better for it.
Posted by Leigh Brown, CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC (Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive) over 11 years ago
you're a cool guy!! great accomplishments.
Posted by Gloria and Jason Belmonte, www.cecilcountyhomesearch.com (Prudential Fox&Roach The Belmonte Group) over 11 years ago

Randy ,Great MEM, i am glad you made me look good! lol.

Actually my nephew, was in many chess tournaments in Florida, when he was younger I know has like third in the County for his age?

Not sure if he still is competing, he is now in College.

Great about Jacob, you are making me sob !

Better watch out for Daniel, he might take you out.

you know my feelings about Hawaii, i should have though of the same thing and moved there.

I was answering you from my Blackberry to your Trio, we both must love electronic gadgets.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Wow playing chess in kindergarten. And the state champ! Amazing. Way to go Randy. You must have a lot of patience to teach a 4 ro 5 year old chess.
Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com) over 11 years ago

George - I am glad she gave up on me growing up to.  I do not think it will ever happen.

Leigh - I have no regrets.  He is a great son and I am so lucky that I am his dad.

Neal  - I am actually picking this up with my laptop.  I find the Treo has too small a screen for me to handle so many e-mails.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Debi - I find teaching the young ones is sometimes easier than the teenagers.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Randy-Great story.  You are not only a great REALTOR but a respectable gentleman and father as well!  Aloha and have a great weekend.
Posted by 1SG (Ret.) David Kucic, President and Owner (Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago
128 lbs?!  That's how much I weigh.  You have lost a whole person!  That is fantastic!
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 11 years ago

Hi Randy, I was pleased to see you had been Memed and couldn't wait to come in and read it! So you are a chessman! I also had to smile due to a memory of getting out of a car in Hawaii on vacation and having someone come up and ask if I wanted any 'Maui Wowie.'  Well, I can see from your community activities people may not feel so free to do that now lol.  (And yes, I declined)

I truly appreciate your 'meme ing' me, but Randy, I've already been memed. Twice!  So, here is a link:

Carole's Meme

 

Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) over 11 years ago
A CUSTOM CHOPPER?? Oh Noooo LOL!!! You should go get yourself a old evo and chop her yourself :)
Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 11 years ago
Randy good point about the teenagers. I don't have children. Only an 8 yo nephew and and 5 yo neices so I have no point of reference. :)
Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com) over 11 years ago

David - Thank you, that means a lot coming from a retired 1st Sgt.  I know you completely understand honor.

Chris - about 40 more pounds and I will be there.  My goal is by summer.

Carole - Thank you, I will definitely stop and read you post.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Lysa - No time or place to work on one.  My welding is not very good either.

Debi - I have two children and about 1500 nieces and nephews.  Half the youngsters in our town call me uncle. (In Hawaii that is a common way of addressing adults).

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Hey Randy-I was going to tag you but I saw someone beat me to the punch. Interesting stuff, I really enjoyed your history.  Congrats on your weight loss!  Can't wait to see the new Randy.  I just learned to play chess during all of our huricanes here.  I have a handwritten cheat sheet of where the pieces go but I am not to shabby. Of course I won't be competing that's is for sure. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Midori Miller, Digital Marketing Director (Talk 2 Midori, LLC) over 11 years ago
Midori - On my chess websites I have a cheat sheet for playing and a couple of tip sheets for tactics and strategy.  www.HawaiiChess.org and www.MililaniChess.org
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Randy,

I forgot about that large wieght loss, that is awesome!

I make a big deal that if I do not get to the gym atleast 3-4 times a week, my stress level rises and so does my weight, your Dr. is right, it is well worth it,for you and your family.

I'd rather lose the weight than to lose my mind!! Wouldn't you?

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Neal I'm sure I can guarantee I'm not losing my mind, weight loss or not LOLOL
Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) over 11 years ago

Neal - I was losing my health, so I had to finally take control.  I am so glad I did.

Carole - They say your mind is the second thing you lose as you age.  Fortunately I can not remember the first thing.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
LOL good one Randy :-)
Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) over 11 years ago

I am proud to say......I know more about you than what you told here....haha.  After you called a little while ago....I am not so afraid to admit (anymore) how addictive this has become.  (and I'm not cheating with the poochie picture!)

Since you already saw the other one I'm sticking in a different pose....before the groomer appointment....haha.

 

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago
Randy - I am proud to think of you as a friend - the world needs more people like you!  great story what wonderful commitment you have
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Thesa - That is really nice of you to say that.  Thank you.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

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