friends: And Nothing Happened...
- 01/28/14 08:52 PM
When I read about the mass killings, I always ask myself, what would have happened if the shooter were killed before s/he could kill anyone? Would we hear about it if this how it would end up in the school rampage, which took the lives of 26 people?
Or the shooting in the movie theater, or that rampage at Virginia Tech?
What if I tell you that there were supposed to be a mass shooting in Daytona Beach, and the only reason you did not hear about it is because the shooter died first?
A few weeks ago we were stunned
friends: Happy New Year, dear Karen Anne!
- 12/31/13 06:48 PM
No, I can’t just close 2013.
I accept that bad things may happen to good people… I accept it. But it is so unfair…
I do not know about Karen Anne Stone’s condition. Do not know whether there is something she might need, but is not asking us… I know that she is not well, as there are no witty comments, sharp blog posts…
Her last blog post was August 13. She wrote about her last procedure before the surgery, and how scared she was of the whole thing. She somehow knew this would not be a walk in the
friends: How Karen Anne Stone Is Doing...
- 08/30/13 06:32 PM
It was over 2 weeks ago that I wrote Good Hearts Need Fixing Too... about Karen Anne Stone and the open-heart surgery she just had. Stupid me, I sent her flowers right away. Margaret Rome tried to warn me that it was a bit too early, as Karen Anne was in ICU, but I was faster than that…J
Margaret kept checking on Karen Anne’s condition, called the Hospital and spoke to the nurse, and then would comment on my blog with the update.
Margaret, thank you so much for it.
However, I doubt that many people go back that far
friends: Our First AR Multi-Millionaire. Congratulations, Lenn Harley
- 07/10/13 03:15 PM
Now we got the first multi-millionaire, and we all know her. Congratulations, Lenn Harley.
2 Million points... What a journey.
Lenn was #1 for quite some time before Todd. I think, she passed Bryan Tutas, and became the Queen of Active Rain until a young and aspiring Todd Clark took the throne.
He is still here, not far behind. It is simply mind boggling journey and it shows the personal qualities everyone could only envy about.
I do not need to list them here.
She has what to say.
She knows how to say it.
She is saying it with
friends: The Power of Kennedy
- 03/17/13 04:48 PM
My blog post"Relationship Is When You Are Naked In Bed" was featured, had its share of activity for few days, and then it all stopped. That's how blog posts live and die, nothing unusual.
Unusual , however, was that today, on Sunday morning, after 3 days of it being dormant, there were comments, and not an occasional one, but ten of them. That was very unusual, and I was puzzled by it, and even commented on this strange occurence asking why suddenly there was extra activity.
And right after that the comment popped up and it was from Patricia Kennedy,
friends: Mike Cooper. AR Rising Star.
- 05/18/12 08:16 PM
I have been on AR for some time and I watched people leaving and people coming. Everyone is different. Some come unnoticed, and then their stars line up and they start shining, and some enter AR orbit with enough light and speed to be immediately noticed.
I think Mike is that star. We met today in my office and then had lunch at Zen Bistro, a local tiny Thai Restaurant. I thought I know Mike from his very impressive blog posts, but I did not read his “about me” page until just now, and I regret it. There is so much
friends: A Mentor To Sensei
- 05/13/12 10:27 PM
When I read Dick Greenberg’s Sensei/Grasshopper - An April Challenge! I knew that I did not need to ask if anyone needed my help. I knew exactly what I was going to do. I have known Alex Lopouchanski for probably 6 years now. It all started when we were working with a client, who was illegal alien, and had difficult time getting a mortgage, and after two powerful mortgage brokerages failed, the Buyer came to me with an ad from the Russian newspaper and asked me to call the guy. I was more than skeptical, but called. He managed to get
friends: My Fierce Competitor... Congratulations!
- 03/11/12 10:08 PM
If you go to Leaderboard in Florida, you will see that my fierce competitor is Gabe Sanders from Stuart, Florida.
Interestingly, there is something in common between us besides being older males.
We are both Jewish (even though I am not religious), and we are both immigrants, who came from Eastern Europe. He – from Hungary. I – from the Soviet Union.
Of the two, he is much smarter, because he came in 1956, and it took me way too long to get out of the Soviet Union. So, Gabe in America realized his American dream, while I in America realized
friends: Do You Enjoy Sex or The Art of Landing A Job...
- 02/15/12 08:09 PM
He came to US from the Ukraine when he, like me, was 40. I was a regular guy, and Nick was a decorated guy, one who was involved in coming with his best men and pumping the concrete into Chernobyl’s reactor in 1986 right after the explosion. He was a big boss, used to have a company car, a driver… and still he immigrated to the US, was looking for every opportunity to work, took construction jobs and shoveled dirt…
His wife, a music teacher, took college courses in accounting, and she was able to land a job. Not a lot
friends: My Old AR Friends
- 01/29/12 11:50 PM
Suzanne McLaughlin posted I Said Goodbye Today to a Lot of Old Friends.... Excellent blog. She made me think about those who I subscribed to in my time on AR.She inspired me to write this blog post. I have less than half of Suzanne’s number of members, who I subscribed to. When I go to AR, I am looking at dashboard first and comment on blogs that caught my attention. When the dashboard is just listings and market reports, then I turn to my subscription list and read and comment on the posts.
And yes, on my list the "oldest" post
friends: A Cool Guy In New York
- 11/23/11 11:38 PM
If you can find fun in Market Reports, check Mitchell Hall’s Manhattan Monthly Market Report - October 2011.
Maybe it is because I lived in New York (N.E. Bronx, to be exact), or simply because New York can leave anybody indifferent, but I find Mitchell’s report fascinating.
I do not think Manhattan is the most expensive real estate market, but it might be the most fascinating, due to the sheer volume of properties on a relatively small island. Which is not the island in the sea, but rather the Island of the World…
I am looking at condominiums and the
friends: Good SamARitan
- 09/30/11 10:35 PM
Like so many others on Active Rain, I see when something is not working on AR pages of other people, when the font used for navigation blends with background and you can't find «Blogs» or «Home» to click away, and I am annoyed with a long line of HTML code instead of text, and frustrated that the member put a broken link there...
Of course, I do not have that problem, do I? No, not me... All my stuff is working and it is others, who make all those mistakes...
Yep, absolutely true... until I get an e-mail from a member,
friends: The Magic of ActiveRain. A True Story
- 04/10/11 03:05 PM
I have been on AR for quite some time, and have sent links to some of my blogs to customers numerous times. I would usually receive an e-mail thanking me for the links, they would comment in the e-mail but they never commented on the blogs.
Imagine my surprise when I received this comment on my Catching The Sun blog:
Thanks for helping us to buy our 2nd home in Daytona Beach Shores, You and your family are wonderful people. You are honest , smart and never too pushy. Also thanks for putting the sunset and sunrise pictures,
friends: Pursuit of Happiness
- 03/26/11 02:16 PM
No, this is not about the Constitution, it is about Gary Woltal's blog.
He is guilty for making me think on this wonderful warm and sunny day in Daytona Beach.
Gary posted Avoiding Mono Mania In Life. It is usually very difficult to be in disagreement with Gary, but this time I felt I was, or, let's say, I was not completely agreeing. I started writing a comment, but when it went beyond a couple of paragraphs, I scraped it and started this post.
I think what Gary is saying would work for majority of us. Making our lives
friends: The Challenge That Took So Long
- 03/13/11 11:27 PM
Press Release challenge on AR was something new, I never did it before, so curiousity got the best of me. But my timing was terrible.
I am so late with this press release. First it was vacation, and I thought that I would come back and put it together, then hospitalization, and everything became slow and difficult...
Meanwhile my hero, knowing nothing about all this, is moving ahead with force... She added 10,000 points to her impressive 800,000 since then...
But time is just time. It did not change anything in the greater scheme of things, so here it goes:
friends: My Perfect Closing Gift
- 03/13/11 12:51 AM
My perfect Closing Gift is an invitation to a dinner. I know that many agents like giving some gifts. I for one never remember who gave me this or that present. Every time my wife would say «Remember who gave this to us?», I do not know what to say. I suspect I am not the only one. No matter what I bring to my customers, they may not remember it later.
But this is only half of the consideration. Dining with clients is the best time to socialize with them. They just closed on the condo, they are all excited.
friends: My Computer Got It All Wrong
- 02/22/11 02:16 PM
I got my computer yesterday, but I was still too weak. Today is much better, and, after I successfully negotiated with a nurse not to give me lowering blood pressure medication, as those crazy numbers (high in the 70 and 80s) were, using a computer jargon, keeping me low on resources.
I must admit I was lucky. Lucky because it did not happen to me while on vacation in Dominican Republic. I was lucky that when I got up at 3 AM in pain, I was able to connect the dots and understand what was happening to me, that I did
friends: One Crazy Thought... Maybe Not So Crazy
- 02/14/11 11:12 AM
When people are on vacation and are happily killing time, they sometime get crazy ideas. Following the honorable tradition, this is mine.
I see that no matter what the market condition is, agents, including AR members, spend money on training, and travel to places where they hope to learn how to grab the bird of luck by the golden tail.
So, sitting by the poolside and trying to plan the course of actions against the enemy of all vacations – growing belly, I instead veered in a different direction and thought that it could be a good idea to arrange either
friends: Gary Woltal Just Turned 800,000. Congratulations!
- 02/11/11 10:53 PM
800,000 AR points, that means.
I am on vacation and have unlimited time but limited Internet. So, I thought that maybe I have missed his post about reaching 800,000 points. Nope, I checked, Gary did not say a word. But then, hey, did we really expect him to do it? This is Gary…
I am sure no introduction needed. He is one of a kind, and one very kind…
He makes us all ponder … and we do…
He is very tall, way over 6’, but this is irrelevant. This is not his achievement. But the fact that he is tall
friends: What Stuff Are Millionaires Made Of?
- 02/05/11 12:38 PM
Lately there were too many issues with ActiveRain, it went into suicidal mode and so many of us were simply avoiding the frustration. Including me.
That’s how I missed AR’s next millionaire, Judi Barrett. But I still was able to catch it before she hit 2 Mil AR points (LOL).
Millionaire #6 is a broker/owner of Integrity Real Estate Services from rural Oklahoma.
Now, that we have 6 millionaires, there is a question, what millionaires are made of. What do they do? Or what do they do differently?
In our democratic Active Rain, the simplest answer would be that they work