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Anna Altic in depth interview – too much information [TMI series]

We’ve been interviewing for years off and on and rather than serious, business-y interviews, we’ve done “Bubble Gum Interviews” with real estate industry insiders. Because some people don’t get the bubble gum reference, we’re going to test out calling them “TMI Interviews,” short for “too much information interviews.” This is just a fun, silly interview where everyone’s hair is down and you get a chance to get to know people better. We encourage razzing in comments!

Today, we ask to know ridiculous details about the life of AgentGenius writer Anna Altic who is a gorgeous family woman and a brilliant Realtor leading the charge for green initiatives. But instead of learning about her inspiration and business, we’re asking her about heroes and stuff:

What is your worst eating habit?

I believe drawn butter should be included in the list of major condiments along with ketchup, mustard, and mayo because I would I would dip everything in it. Lemon butter comes in a close second and I frequently design entire meals around things I can dip in lemon butter like artichokes, crab, bread, steak and more crusty bread.

Tell us a funny pet story.

My brothers and I convinced my mother when were little that we couldn’t live without a goat. She relented and we got a baby goat we named Sambo. Sambo got very attached to us and would follow us everywhere including once following us to the grocery store on a candy run unbeknownst to us.

He walked in through the automatic doors went to the produce section and helped himself to lettuce all the while leaving little poops in the aisles and the manager yelled over the speaker for someone to “please get their damn goat out of his grocery store.”

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When I was six my aunt came to live with us for a few months because she had become addicted to morphine (I didn’t know the reason when she came). She slept a whole lot in my room the first few days and Sambo snuck in the house on the third day and went looking for me in my room. He jumped on the bed and started licking her and she started screaming “PLEASE GOD MAKE THE DT’S STOP!!.”

Of course I demanded of my mother a full explanation of what DT’s were. For show and tell in the first grade, I brought a picture of Sambo and explained to the class that it was my goat that my aunt thought was a hallucination on account of having delirium tremens from doing drugs and that it was much better to have a real goat then hallucinations so don’t do drugs. I of course, got a note home.

What is the creepiest thing you’ve seen while on the job?

I was once out with a buyer looking at older homes. We went in to one that was completely remodeled and I was standing in the hallway looking at some of the seller’s gold records (we are music city, you see it a lot) and just had this kind of weird chill on back of my neck like someone was holding a cold water bottle against it.

My buyer rounded the corner, his eyes got kind of big and he said, “we need to go!” When we got in the car I asked him if he was feeling ok and he said, “ you are going to think I am crazy but when I came around the corner, there was something behind you and it was wrapping it’s hands around your neck.”

If you could be any super hero, who would it be and why?

I personally think super heroes are way over rated. If I had my druthers I would be a wizard. I am completely disappointed that I’m a muggle because apparating, making potions, and having my own house elf would rock my world. Wizards also get to drink butter beer so obviously that works with my dietary preference.

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What is your favorite kind of music?

I can’t really say that I have a favorite genre or even era of music. If I listen to music, it pretty much centers around singer/ song writers that you know can write compelling lyrics, have mad pipes, and can perform their own songs eight different ways depending on their mood.

TMI, Anna

So now you know about Anna’s insane affinity for butter which even impacts her attitude toward super heroes (if you missed that, read again from the top). Have you ever had any ghost stories at work or crazy drug aunts that freak out about your goat? Give us your TMI details in the comments below or simply razz Anna for her TMI details!

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Benn Rosales

    July 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    But Anna, if you had to go under the sorting hat, what house would you be in? That would be telling!

    We’ll send you butter for Christmas!

  2. Erica Ramus

    July 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    My best friend once house-sat for me, and for some strange reason only a best friend could fathom, she cleaned out my refrigerator and threw out all the expired crap. She counted 5 bags of shredded cheese and 7 containers of sour cream, most of which were unopened and out of date. Apparently I am afraid of running out of cheese or sour cream.

    We all have our weird food fetishes. Butter it is!

  3. Nadina Cole-Potter

    July 10, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Gorgeous family, hysterically funny post! Reminds me of the occasional profiles of business leaders in our local business journal. Hopefully, the satire-impaired will get a clue because, like diamonds, whatever is posted on the i-net is forever!

    As for my own TMIs, they do not seem to be too far removed from real life to me. Bizarre bazaar.

  4. Joe Loomer

    July 11, 2010 at 10:03 am

    This post grabbed me the moment I saw the wonderful picture! What a gorgeous, down-to-earth Lady Anna is! Capturing the way she is looking at her husband amidst the obvious joy surrounding her is priceless.

    I may not have the same predeliction for butter on everything, but I love me some crab dipped in butter.

    I save and refrigerate the pan drippings whenever I cook bacon. I’ll thaw it out and spread it on filet mignon before grilling, or use it to season potatoes or stir-fry dishes. Not the healthiest way to cook up your food, but dang if it doesn’t add some serious pop to the food!

    That – to my knowledge – is my only quirk. My wife may be able to add several hundred to my list, so that’s why I didn’t ask her before writing this comment or the comment itself would be longer than the interview.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  5. Anna Altic

    July 11, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I would Iike to think I would be Gryfindor but considering Luna Lovegood is my favorite wizard there is real potential I could be Ravenclaw. Thanks for all the kids comments… my husband swears I should write a book.

  6. Stephanie Crawford

    July 24, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Anna, considering your skinny bum, I’d have thought your favorite food would be tofu, or something green and organic!

    I can be a little OCD with my food. I always save the best bite for last and I like to create patterns in the peanut butter jar with a fork. This folk design game also works well with Cool Whip and ice cream.

    I’ve heard they make Harry Potter-flavored jelly beans. They come in flavors like favorites like Dirt, Earwax, Earthworm, and Vomit; though I’m not sure what that has to do with Hogwarts or wizards?!?

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