Is this my third "MEEM", or my third "MEE MEE"? Either way, I hope you like it

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I honestly don't claim to know the pronunciation of the word "meme", but this is the third one that I have written on Active Rain.  I really had to give it some thought to come up with five things that you don't already know about me, since I am very open with regard to my life when I write.  I was tagged by Simon Conway a few days ago.

Without further ado, here we go:

1. I am good at impersonating others.  I actually began working on voice impressions when I was about nine years old, as I was allowed to watch "Saturday Night Live" at a very early age (probably six or seven).  I had tons of classic comedy albums as well (still have them), including Steve Martin, George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Rich Little, and Richard Pryor.  In my stepdad's collection, I was also exposed to Bill Cosby, the Smothers Brothers, and Bob Newhart.  I spent countless hours listening to these records and memorizing the bits.

This ability to do impressions has come in handy in developing friendships over the years, because, let's face it, everyone enjoys a good impression.  As a teenager, I could do spot-on impressions of my teachers and even some of my acquaintances.  As an adult, I have lampooned former employers, fellow agents, clients, you name it.  If someone has a distinctive voice or mannerisms, I can't really help myself.  When I was in the restaurant business back in 1993 or 1994, I would go out with my friends and they would inevitably ask me to do my impression of one of several managers that we worked with.  My crowning achievement was an impression of our mutual boss interacting with Elvis.

 

I asked my wife for some help compiling a list of decent impressions in my repertoire, and we came up with these: Johnny Carson, Pee Wee Herman, Kermit the Frog (and Ernie - almost exactly the same voice), Barney, Dieter from SNL, Alfred Hitchcock, Ronald Reagan, Grandpa from "Rugrats", Homer Simpson, Marlon Brando, many of Christopher Guest's characters, Da Bears guys, Matt Foley (Chris Farley's character), Jon Lovitz as Tommy Flanagan the Pathological Liar, and others.  As you can see, there is a heavy emphasis on kids' shows and SNL.  I really prefer to have them surface naturally during conversations rather than "on demand". 

 

 

2. In college, I was the president of my fraternity, Delta Chi.  My nickname was "Otter", like the character from  "Animal House".  No, I am not joking.  There were a number of reasons for this, but this is a family blog, so let's just say that I was good at networking and well-liked. 

I was actually interested in being in another fraternity, but they didn't give me a bid because they didn't want my best friend at the time.  I decided to start my own fraternity, and we were later affiliated with the national group.  This was actually good training for running a brokerage later, since I was dealing with some pretty disparate personalities and trying to maintain focus and peace.  Overall, it was a terrific leadership experience.

 

3. My wife and I are both only children, and my parents are both only children (so is my mother-in-law).  We really wanted several children since we had never experienced having lots of kids in the house. 

My parents were only kids because they were both adopted.  Believe it or not, their adopted families had the same last name.  Someone introduced them, thinking, "Wouldn't it be funny if they got married?"  Well, they did get married, and my mom didn't have to change her last name, because it was already Crouch.  They didn't stay married, and my stepdad legally adopted me in 1975, so I grew up with the last name Simmons. 

In fact, everyone that knew me from kindergarten through high school would know me first as Jason Simmons.  This was sometimes a good thing, since Gene Simmons and Kiss were popular when I was in grade school.  It was also sometimes bad, since Richard Simmons' TV show took off around 1980 (fifth grade for me) and it was suddenly a less cool name to have.

 

In 1990, my grandmother really wanted me to change my name back to my birth name (Crouch), since my mom and stepdad had divorced and I had no connection to the Simmons family anymore.  I figured it was a good time to do this since I hadn't started a career yet, so I went along with it.  Only recently have I had more years with my current last name than with my adopted name.

 

4. Speaking of names, my middle name is Blaine.  According to my mom, I was named after Blaine Nye, who was a two-time Pro Bowl guard for the Dallas Cowboys (I was a fan before I was even born).  I looked it up today, and it turns out that he and I are the same height, which I found somewhat interesting.  You may also remember that the name Blaine was also prominently featured in "Pretty in Pink", as that was Andrew McCarthy's character who gets the girl.  Honestly, I wish she had ended up with Duckie (Jon Cryer), but that's just me. 

When I used to be in restaurant management, one of the waitresses was making fun of a rich customer, and she said, "He probably has some super-preppy name like Blaine."  I told her that was my middle name, and she didn't believe me, so I showed her my driver's license to prove it.  On a different note, I was later the best man at her wedding, since I played matchmaker for her and her future husband, who also worked for me at the time.

 

 

 

5. From the time I was a child until I was in college, I wanted to be a pediatrician.  I worked in a hospital volunteering from the time I was 14 years old, then I did an internship with a general practitioner in Dallas, and he even allowed me to work with him in the ER at Lakewood Hospital and watch some of the gruesome stuff.  None of that bothered me - it just seemed like part of what you do in order to become a physician. 

When I started in my pre-med classes, I realized two things: I didn't have the serious science background to handle the biology and chemistry stuff as well, and I had no desire to be in school long enough to be a doctor. 

Looking back on this, I am so thankful that I didn't go into medicine, as there is no way that I would have the time with my wife and kids that I currently enjoy.  My kids are extremely important to me, and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to genuinely contribute to their upbringing as a hands-on dad.

 

 

Well, that wraps up this latest meme.  Thanks for taking a few minutes to read about me.  Happy new year! 

For the next round of memes, I would like to tag two of my good friends, Adam Waldman and Julie Neerings.  Additionally, since he sent me a personalized video message in the comments section of my last post (which was very cool), I would like to tag relative newbie Jeff Pickering.

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Karen Anne Stone
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Hi Jason:  What a great MeMe, Jason.  I also think Duckie would have been a better choice that that preppie guy Blaine.  I think their two personalities, Duckie's and Molly Ringwald's, were a much better match.  But, what do I know.  Thanks for sharing more about yourself.
Jan 02, 2008 01:31 AM #17
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Jason-What a fun MeMe.  I can just see you with your family dancing around and making impersonations.  What a great time.  So does "little big Crouch" have that same talent?  I'll bet he's getting down the impersonations perfectly.  It's great to see you and your sweet wife break the "only child" chain.  Growing up an only child myself, I love having my little family of 3.  

Thank you for the tag-This is funny!  I seriously have a hard time writing about me, but I'll just DO IT! 

Jan 02, 2008 08:32 AM #18
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I enjoyed reading this... I hadn't read any of your previous MEMEs...Having more than one kid is great!  I only have two and sometimes I wish I would have had more... its just a bunch of fun when everyone gets together and brings their boyfriends/girlfriends....The more the merrier!  I know you are having fun now but its even going to get better!  Have a Great Day!
Jan 02, 2008 10:54 AM #19
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Melissa Corman Sieg
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What a great post!  I am new to AR and still "meeting" people, I find your posts and blog to be very welcoming as are many in this partuclar group.  I am one of five kids in my family (I'm right in the middle).  As is typical of "the grass is always greener", I found myself thinking many times as I was growing up that I wished I was an only child!  However, as I matured into adulthood and we sit around at holiday time telling stories of things we did while growing up, I'm so glad I ended up in a big family!

Have a greta New Year!

Jan 02, 2008 12:55 PM #20
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HEATHER - I am glad you liked it.  I will do my best to keep on writing!

SIMON - I am familiar with Billy Conolly, but I don't have any of his CDs yet.  The site looks very cool!  Glad that you liked this meme - thanks for tagging me this time.

KATHY - Thanks!  By the way, it's funny that you said that about my high school friends.  You might enjoy reading about one funny experience I had on a high school ski trip in 1988:  1988 - Memories and Music

 

 

Jan 02, 2008 02:03 PM #21
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ADAM - I haven't decided whether or not to add that one to the list.  Your surveillance truck appears to have four flat tires and a boot on the front left wheel - yikes!

JAN - Thanks for your stellar compliments - you made my day!  Yes, there are some implications there with the name Otter, most of which are probably true.  Happy new year!

VANESSA - I am always happy to make friends with another Cowboy fan.  Thanks for letting me know.  Yes, Carlin and Steve Martin both look a lot different these days.  I need to check out your meme - I missed it somehow.

TERI - Thanks so much for your continued support and positive comments.  This stuff does give a good picture of who I am.

MARCHEL - The impressions are fun - my wife is good at them, too!  Needless to say, our son has already started with the voices (he just turned nine last month).  As for waiting tables, I am a former restaurant manager, and I can attest to the fact that this is a great way to learn about people.  Good stuff!

ELAINE - I realize that there are a lot of places you could go with that particular euphemism, many of which are probably accurate.  As I mentioned, this is a family blog, so there was no need to push it any further in the post.   

LISA - I like the disparate elements of this meme as well.  I thought it turned out better than I expected.  I can't really do Adam's voice yet, but there are some other AR people that I do pretty well.

PAUL - Glad to hear you liked it, although I feel like it pales in comparison to your latest effort.  Yours was stellar (or "nails", as you are fond of saying). :-)

MISSY - Thanks for checking out this latest meme of mine.  Glad you liked it.  Yes, the kids are super-important to me.  Have a great new year!

KAY - Actually, there are some things that I will likely never reveal here, no matter how many times I am meme'd.

GARY - That is a great way of putting it.  It didn't take me very long to realize that I didn't want a career in medicine.  Happy new year!

FRAN - I am glad you enjoyed this one.  As for me, I could do without another meme for awhile - it made me a little tired trying to come up with five fresh things to talk about here.

KATERINA - Yes, real estate is a terrific career for those of us who want to spend time with our families.  Thanks for reading, as always.

Jan 02, 2008 02:19 PM #22
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KAREN ANNE - As usual, thanks for your comments.  I heard that the original cut of the movie had Molly Ringwold ending up with Duckie, but the test audience didn't like it, so they made a change.  Too bad!

JULIE - Yes, my son is already working on his voices, too!  I look forward to seeing your meme sometime soon.  I don't think I knew that you were also an only child.  Take care -

TANA - Thanks for checking out my latest meme.  My wife and I would welcome a fourth child if we are able to have one.  Kids are great! 

MELISSA - I am glad you like the Family Ties group so much - I founded this group in September.  I can tell you one drawback to being an only child - when you have kids of your own, it is much harder to figure out who would do the best job taking care of your kids if something happens to you.  This is not something we ever thought about until we were parents.

Jan 02, 2008 02:39 PM #23
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Kids are indeed great - but Jason - I promise you they turn into teenagers!! I have two of them right now and the other two in their 20s! Enough already! :)
Jan 02, 2008 02:43 PM #24
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SIMON - It's funny - I was just commenting on your song post as you were commenting here.  I realize that they do get older (and more ornery, in many cases).  I didn't realize you had four kids of your own.
Jan 02, 2008 02:47 PM #25
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Actually I was calling you while commenting on your blog while you were commenting on my song post! Do I hear Twilight Zone music?????

Anyway, not only do I have four kids Jason, but I have three grand children as well! They are a joy - especially as I get to give them back when they get tired, whiny or dirty!

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Simon & Jason - I have two kids of mine own ages 24 (son) and 21 (daughter).  I wasn't certain I would live through their teen-age years.  I often said I thought aliens took my daughter when she was 12 and left me the creature from the black lagoon and then brought back my wonderful daughter when she was 16-17.  As it turns out, she and I are best friends and when she got married this past summer she had me serve as her matron of honor as well as mother of the bride!  So there is hope, I promise!
Jan 02, 2008 02:53 PM #27
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SIMON - I am taking care of my son right now, but I will try to call you back soon.  Two of my kids have a stomach virus, and this was supposed to be a big date night for me and my wife (today is our 15th anniversary).  Something tells me that it will be postponed a bit.

MELISSA - I have heard similar stories from other parents with teenage and grown children.  Congrats on being the matron of honor for your daughter!

Jan 02, 2008 03:00 PM #28
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JASON:  This is a GREAT meme!! I just did my third one also. WOW!! We do have a lot in common. Life just gets more and more interesting everyday. I LOVE impressions...and I'm pretty good also...when I'm in the mood. YES...very interesting indeed!! GBU!!
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Jason, thanks for further insights into yourself..  always nice to hear about fellow  agents and near neighbors.  :)

Jan 02, 2008 06:58 PM #30
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Jason,
Very interesting and unique story about your parents!  Thanks for sharing with us.

Jan 02, 2008 09:35 PM #31
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Jason,  Great MeMe.  It's always nice to learn more about the people that you consistently read.  Quite an interesting story and life.
Jan 03, 2008 07:50 AM #32
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Jason - You have an incredible ability to reveal more of yourself with everything you write. I look forward to shaking your hand someday. Austin road trip!
Jan 03, 2008 08:06 AM #33
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Grandpa from "Rugrats"! So does that mean you eat "pancakes and applesauce"? (Have you seen that episode?) Either way, that's what happens when you have kids, I guess -- you know stuff like that. And I am very impressed by your list of decent impressions. It is always a fun thing to talk and act like someone else to make others laugh.

Brian Wilson, Zolve.com 

Jan 03, 2008 10:53 AM #34
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Jason - Nice meme. I am impressed by your impressions. Everybody loves a comedian. Thanks for sharing with us Jason.
Jan 03, 2008 11:16 AM #35
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ELIZABETH - Your enthusiasm is infectious.  I always look forward to your comments on my blog.  I am so happy that you liked this meme.  It took me a bit of time to come up with five fresh things that people don't already know about me.  God bless you, too, my friend!

ANONYMOUS - I am glad you liked it.  Are you a member here?

DAVID - I thought it was interesting enough to include this.  Glad you enjoyed it -

MARC - Thanks, man.  I am pleased that you found it interesting.  Have a great weekend!

TOM - I thank you for your kind compliment about my writing.  I would love the opportunity to meet you someday - come on over to Austin!

BRIAN - As you mentioned, several of my impressions are for my kids' enjoyment.  Parenting changes our perspective a bit.  Thanks, as always, for your comments.

RYAN - Thanks, buddy.  I actually wanted to BE a comedian for awhile, but I hate public speaking.

 

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