An Active Rain Meetup That Reached New Heights

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 DRE# 319853

An Active Rain Meetup That Reached New Heights

Last evening was our AR meetup that was planned back in March. Unfortunately as time went on everyone dropped out of attending. I ended up cancelling it but Jeff Dowler and I were so bummed that we decided to meet anyway. I am so glad we did.

We orginally were going to meet in Annapolis but changed it to National Harbor overlooking the Potomac River. Though traffic was anything but delightful getting there, once there it was calm, beautiful and well worth the trip.

We met at this restaurant called McLoones Pier House that overlooked the Potomac River and the giant ferris wheel. I had asked one of the servers if she had been on it and her answer was yes and she loved it. Me not being totally thrilled with ferris wheels decided to trust her take on it and give it a whirl. When I mentioned it to Jeff he was definitely up for the adventure.

As the sun was setting we paid our food and drink bill and headed towards this gigantic wheel. Neither one of us had been on a ferris wheel in probably 30 years or more so the excitement was building and my nerves were starting to come alive. What was I thinking I said to myself? Obviously I wasn't thinking at all and before I knew it I was standing at the gate to board the basket in front of me.

It was all enclosed, climate controlled and music playing. There were 2 long seats on each side so each basket could seat 6. Jeff was like a little kid and couldn't wait for it to start moving. I was like 'do not move, if you shake this thing I will certainly kill you'.

It turned out to be truly delightful. No swaying, very smooth, and the views were spectacular. This ferris wheel was built to be strong and steady. We circled around I think it must have been 6 or 7 times. When I stepped off I looked up at the attendant and said 'that was so cool'!! He laughed and said he was glad I enjoyed.

I am so glad Jeff and I decided to 'go for it' and have a meet up anyway. It turned out to be one of the best I have ever attended.

An Active Rain Meetup That Reached New Heights

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About the Author Martha Brown- As a third generation Annapolitan I love to write about my experiences in and out of the real estate market. Licensed since 1992 all with Long & Foster I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and a Seller Representation Specialist (SRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. My goal is to help my clients understand the real estate market and to then make sound real estate decisions. 


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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Martha,  the two of you are the perfect combination for a duo meetup. I've meet Jeff Dowler - I hope someday to meet you in person. 

May 17, 2017 02:13 PM #18
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh wow, I haven't been on ferris wheel for years.  So glad you had fun and so glad you got to spend time w/ Jeff.  Hopefully I'll meet him one of these days.  He was here, but I was totally busy or out of town. 

May 17, 2017 02:36 PM #19
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

I always think they are so great. Glad you weren't too scared. I myself do not like it when people 'rock the boat'. I remember one year at the Air & Water Show we were on the ferris wheel at Navy Pier (Alan explained it) & the Thunderbirds buzzed each side of the ferris wheel! It was so awesome & my friend screamed which made it all the more laughable!

May 17, 2017 03:33 PM #20
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Martha, I looked forward to this ever since you posted and then life happened (and continues to happen). Hopefully, I'll make it on the next AR adventure in the Metro area. Living out here in the valley gets pretty quiet at times. I can use the excitement.  I'm so glad you all had a good time. 

May 17, 2017 05:22 PM #21
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. I don't know if I'd have had the nerve to go up that high.

May 17, 2017 08:18 PM #22
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I am so glad that the two of you got together.  It was a rough day for me to leave the area.  My scheduled mom chores ran longer than anticipated.  That happens a lot these days.

May 17, 2017 08:20 PM #23
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

What a wonderful meetup! I'm glad you decided to meet anyway, and I'm happy to hear you decided to have some fun too. It sounds like a great time.

May 18, 2017 03:18 AM #24
Alan Gross
PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company - Bethesda, MD
Loan Consultant

Martha Brown  Glad to hear you and Jeff had a great time getting together. The ride on the Ferris Wheel must have been fantastic with the sunsetting. Sorry I couldn't make it. I had committed to another meeting I had originally bypassed after I got you cancellation notice. Based ont he comments I you've gotten it looks like a lot of people with they had come.

May 18, 2017 05:44 AM #25
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There are a number of Ferris Wheels around the globe, that are so much larger than those I remember as a kid.  I remember staring at the London Eye when in that city in 2006, and being simply amazed.

I'm glad you were able to meet up with Jeff.

May 18, 2017 06:03 AM #26
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thank you for sharing how a meetup that failed ended up soaring.

A story well told.

May 18, 2017 07:00 AM #27
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The literal definition of a meet-UP took place....a new ActiveRain first

May 18, 2017 07:09 AM #28
Anne Corbin
Fritz Realty LLC - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I love National Harbor!! This Virginia girl has been there a few times, but I haven't ridden the ferris wheel. I'll have to make sure I do this next time I am up there.


Great post.

May 18, 2017 09:10 AM #29
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

How great is that? A meet-up that was even more than real estate. Couldn't tell you when I was last on a ferris wheel but a group mentality might have been just enough to persuade me to go.

May 18, 2017 01:03 PM #30
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

Well that was certainly a novel meet up for sure. And you got to meet a left coaster also.

May 18, 2017 01:46 PM #31
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Jeff made some comment about not being fond of heights and you weren't too sure either...but you both did it. I don't think I could have. I would have had a panic attack I'm sure. So glad you enjoyed it!

Certainly the most adventurous meetup I've heard of!

May 18, 2017 01:51 PM #32
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Sounds fun.  Sometimes you just have to do what you think you should.  It pays off.

May 18, 2017 04:05 PM #33
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

The two most important people showed up. What a great treat to go on the ferris wheel together, That's taking the meet up to new heights!

May 18, 2017 08:15 PM #34
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Martha

Came back to read all the comments - it really was a fun evening from start to finish. And so nice to get the call from Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  while we were there, too!

I also got to have lunch with Patricia Kennedy  on Wednesday which was great fun!


May 19, 2017 08:41 AM #35
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

What a fun story, Martha. You know, that's my rule too. NO ROCKING the ferris wheel chair. Not even one little bit. It's a little frightening to be sitting at the top when the wind kicks up. Makes my heart pound. I have broken relationships over rocking the chair when I asked not to. Complete disrespect. If people think it's funny to cause me stress like that, I don't need them in my life. Good to hear Jeff didn't rock it for ya.

May 19, 2017 04:27 PM #36
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge

Too bad it was cancelled but you made lemonade out of lemons.

Jun 10, 2017 01:26 PM #37
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