Posted by: Gay Potter | December 30, 2008

Gay Potter, Arizona Realtor? 7 Things About Me That Have Nothing To Do With Arizona Real Estate

My friend Justin McHood and his unsuspecting wife Tammy, I use the friend term loosely!  I want to beat him for tagging me today with a challenge to list out 7 things about me.   Justin was tagged by Steve Belt, I noticed this in Steve’s blog and was grateful I was not named by Steve, but Justin got me so here goes……..

1. I am a Arizona Native, grew up in Lehi, (and no I am not LDS)  the Mormon settlement in Mesa, Arizona.   Lehi was a wonderful place to grow up, tree canopied streets with open irrigation ditches.   We rode our horses bare back all day, racing them through the orchards playing tag and returning home at dusk.  Our parents did not know where we were or what we were doing most of the time.  I am sure they really did not want us swimming in the irrigation ditches or swimming our horses in the lake that had formed down at the river bottom.  I remember dirt clod fights (splitting my head open once), tree forts, playing baseball and tackle football with the neighborhood boys.   I was not much into playing with dolls.  Life was simple and safe back then.  

2. I went to Lehi Elementary (kissed my first boy, Mike- this was after I threw him down to kiss him), Carson Junior High (had a crush on Mark), Westwood High School )had a crush on Daylon), Mesa Community College (met David) and finally graduated from Arizona State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

3. My husband David is a Fire Fighter.  We have been together since 1979 and married in 1984.  He spotted me in 1978 at a Girl Scout Spaghetti Dinner. (I was a Brownie, Junior, Cadet and a Senior – 11 years in Girl Scouts)  My best friends mother told him to stay away from me because I was a “good girl”.  We met again on a softball field at MCC, he tackled me on the way in from the outfield,  during this wrestling match I accidentally kicked him in the mouth and chipped his tooth – it was love!

4.  I played competitive AAA Women’s and CO-Rec softball, traveling all over the Southwest from 1978 to 1995.   The majority of the time I played the hot corner, 3rd base.  I preferred not to play 3rd in CO-Rec (I liked my teeth) so I played a little 2nd base but mostly 1st base.  This skill of catching for big guys has come in handy in the back yard catching the Lacrosse ball for my almost 17 year old son.  My softball injuries required some interesting life adaptations, one being walking down the aisle to get married in a pair of peds because I had a sprained / hyper extended my arch sliding and catching my metal cleats on home plate.  My two cartilage surgeries and ACL replacement are all attributed to my softball days.  Since these surgeries I felt I needed to find a less pounding sport for my knee, it took me a while but I found it, GOLF!  My husband will tell you that I do not require any other channel on the television but the golf channel.   This is my fourth year playing.  The first year I taught myself, the second I decided to take some lessons and since then I volunteer as a mentor for other beginning women golfers to introduce them to golf and help improve their skills.  My goal last year was to break 100.  I met that goal and consistently shoot in the mid 90’s.  This years goal is to break 90 and beyond!   JUST GOLF!

5. I have two beautiful children.  My daughter who I carried for ten months and who it took me a week to get her delivered.  She is 19, a wonderful ,graceful ballerina who any mother would be proud of.  My son is 16 and might make 17 in a few months.  I nearly died giving birth to him.  I will never forget talking to my best friend at the side of my hospital bed as the doctor was trying to give my an epidural.   All the sudden,  I could not breath or talk, just cry.  My husband pushed the nurse out of the way, ripped open my hospital gown and started slapping the heart monitor pads all over me.   I could hear the doctor and my husband working together and the doctor saying, she will be okay in a few minutes.  Dave kept asking my questions that I could not answer.   It was a bit and finally I was able to look at both of them and say…..scared you guys didn’t I?     

6. My love of horses is a sickness that I have and share with some wonderful ladies.  I ride all over the state with the Arizona Cowgirls.  I have five horses.  My best trail horse is an Arab / Quarter cross.  He is graceful, powerful and beautiful!  He can also be a handful, this I attribute to the Arab.   I dislike Arabs for the most part, but it is the Arab part that takes me to some places that very few get to go.  I have another horse that is like my dog.  His name is Rio.   When riding in washes with a few friends or by myself I turn him loose to run free.   He never strays far.  If we change direction, all I have to do is call his name and say come on buddy and here he comes, running to catch up.  I raised him from birth and my husband will tell you that Rio would climb into my lap if I let him.   You will find me in my element, with my horses in the Arizona outback – the more remote –  the better it is!

7. Let’s see, number 7 – things I like and dislike maybe.  I hate PINK   – you will never see me wearing pink.  I won’t hit a pink golf ball or hit a ball off a pink tee.  I love red, turquoise and blue.  I love the water.  My husband and I sail our 18′ Hobie Cat in Mexico, California and some Arizona lakes in regattas.   We love to spend as much time as we can on our deck boat with our children and two chocolate labs.  My favorite lake is Saguaro Lake.  I hate how busy it gets but its beauty at sunset is wonderful and relaxing!  I love camping, traveling, reading a good book, jazz, light rock, some country, classical (no violins please).  I am a fanatic about enjoying a good glass of wine at sunset!

Well, that was easier than I thought it would be and you know more about me than you probably cared to.   Since I am new to blogging the hardest part is tagging someone who has not been tagged yet.

Justin said I’m supposed to post the rules, so here they are:

  1. Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
  2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
  3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

And I just can’t wait for these 7 individuals to tell all about themselves.

  1. Debbie Wheeler
  2. Debbie (Spellwight)
  3. Jay Thompson  sorry Jay – you have to do it too
  4. Chris Fairchild
  5. Dru Broomfield
  6. V Carson
  7. MaggeeGee
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Responses

  1. Great meme!

    My favorite line?

    “…I won’t hit a pink golf ball or hit a ball off a pink tee.”

    Make sure to poke Steve when you see him again for starting this whole thing…

  2. Are you kidding me – I have to do this? We need to get together first. Let your son make it to 17.

  3. Hey, I didn’t start it. Tyler Hurst started it. And he started it completely out of the blue. As in, he wasn’t tagged by anyone!

    Anyway, nice stuff Gay. I’m wondering if Mike is still traumatized to this day. 😉 Heck, I’m sure he’s ok.

    FYI, I’m not much of a fan of pink either. I might hit a pink ball, if I found one and there was an island green that was probably going to eat it anyway…

  4. @Steve – still think we will hold you responsible – since I hold you responsible to teaching one of my first blogging classes – you my friend are forever linked to me : ). I am sure Mike is ok, but at my 20 year class reunion, Craig, who I gave a pacifier to in 6th grade was still puzzled over the reason why??? I told him hopefully he had gotten over being a big baby by now, his wife was there,who I had known since 1st grade – Nope was her reply! Oh well, Kids can be brutal!

  5. Very nice! While I have had a chance to meet you a few times now, it is really fun to learn more. Like Justin, I enjoyed the part about the pink golf ball but also can relate to enjoying time at the lake and a nice glass of wine.
    I have told myself that I would never do another one of these things but, watching so many friends jump in, maybe I’ll give it a whirl…
    Happy New Year!

  6. Good to meet you, Gay. And, I’m working on my me-me. Not my favorite thing to do, but a great way to get to know people better.

    Happy New Year!

  7. Gay — I love pink golf balls and tees, I know at my age they are easier to find in the rough! Let’s golf again soon! Great Me-Me and sharing. I knew most about you after all these years, but still fun to read!
    Happy New Year my friend.

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