Tagging Along

by Osman Parvez

Mike Simonsen at Altos Research tagged me last week. I probably wouldn’t respond (I'm on vacation, in theory), but I like Altos Research. We share the same philosophy and mission to provide better information to buyers and sellers of real estate. Frankly, I’m also envious of his graphing skills. Plus this meme gave me a chuckle and in the memorable words of Jerry Greenfield (cofounder of Ben and Jerry’s), "if it isn’t fun why do it?"

5 things you probably didn’t know about me.

1. Knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em could be the essence of a good real estate decision. As it turns out, I can sing The Gambler and even accompany myself with an acoustic guitar. I’ve even performed at a few open mic nights over the years, including what used to be the Wolf Tongue in Nederland.

2. I’m a frequent participant in Boulder’s famous Cruiser Ride. Every Thursday night in Boulder, people get dressed up in colorful outfits for a casual and fun bicycle ride around Boulder. If you happen to see a few hundred cyclists parade by your home riding cruisers and shouting “Happy Thursday,” keep your eyes peeled for the guy towing a golden retriever. That's me.

3. Real estate markets aren’t the only thing I’ve studied. That's right, years ago I burned the midnight oil building financial models in a windowless cubicle far above Wall Street (actually midtown). I provided equities research coverage on telecoms including Quest, Worldcom, Global Crossing, and Level Three.

4. My research interests aren’t all business though. I’ve also studied frogs, including the wood frog (Lithobates sylvatica), coqui (Eleutherodactylus coqu), and spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). My last frog research project was about two years ago in Puerto Rico.

5. Over the last five years, I’ve been writing a book on creating more meaningful, passionate, and fulfilling work. Coauthored with a friend from biz school, the manuscript is now a few chapters and a good agent shy of publication. It’s a side project, certainly, but one that keeps inching along. The more I live, work, and learn the better the book gets.

And there you have 5 things you probably didn’t know about me. As for people to tag, I’ll give a nudge to  Keith at HP. For non real estate people, I'll tag Caroline,Barry at The Big Picture, and the only doctor (in training) and lawyer (on child rearing sabatical) I trust.

Here's the path to me:
Drew’s Marketing Minute
Trevor Gay of Simplicity
Success from the Nest
Dave of Rothacker Reviews
Ann Handley of the Marketing Profs Daily Fix
Nedra Weinreich, Spare Change
Toby Bloomberg, the Diva Marketer
Drew from Zillow

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  1. LOL!

    Great stuff! I posted my five items a few days ago... Please don't make me do that again or I'll have to switch from places I've worked to places I've lived!

  2. 5 things:

    1) I am practicing Rastafarian.

    2) I once killed a man with my bear hands.
    (Biggest problem was that it got good to me).

    3) I prefer quisp to quake

    4) I wear a very difficult to detect toupee

    5) I did some hard time for Child Pornography in the early 90s (she looked 18) but was released early for good behavior as part of a Merrill Lynch Training program .

  3. What! I link to you! I wanna be tagged. :::pouts, then tags self.:::

    1. I got food poisoning on my honeymoon.
    2. I went to a performing arts middle school.
    3. I was once involved in a whale rescue.
    4. I had a hamster named after my Mom's best friend.
    5. When I was a kid, I used to play in the sewers that ran behind our house.

  4. PS. Since my blog's not really "of note" you don't have to link me back. Merry Christmas, don't ask me for anything else.

  5. Ouch!

    Ok Caroline, you're right. As my favorite commenter, I should have tagged you. EVEN though you used somebody else for your real estate agent.

    So, if you reload my post you'll see that I've given Dustin the shove and added you. As for blogs of note... well, they're mostly real estate or economics related. But then again, you do work for Google Sketchup. And, as I've recently discovered, Sketchup is wickedly useful for playing around with real estate design concepts. And you're here in Boulder.

    So... tell you what. I'll add you to Blogs of Note in exchange of a sketchup post or two. Maybe even links to your latest sketchup models in the warehouse. Deal?


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