Where Have all the Cowboys Gone?

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Real Estate Agent with Savvy + Company Real Estate NC: 277197

Jennifer misses the old days of ActiveRain

 

How well I remember the wild, wild west. That adventurous place back in time where we roped and blogged our way into the new frontier of real estate. We saddled up and settled in and found our storytelling voice. Meanwhile, others held back and circled around the campfire, perfectly content to listen awhile as we spun a few yarns under the first light of the bright western stars.

There were outlaws, gangs and gunslingers, and even a few legendary battles. Gaming, round-ups and rustlers and a few hangings to boot. Late nights in the saloon were good for drunk blogging, some spirited wrangling and if you were lucky, a new sweetheart on your arm. But more important, we had true pioneers who laid claim to the new gold of our industry. Cowboys and cowgirls with the spirit of tomorrow fearlessly plowing a new crop of writers with their inspiring guidance and expert roping skills.

Yep, those were the days. And now I wonder… where have all the cowboys gone?

It isn’t as though I awoke one morning on this hot, dry plain to find the sun hadn’t risen in it’s assigned position. Or that in the few short years since we’ve settled these hills, there haven’t been new and fresh voices. There are plenty. But the echoes in the canyons don’t reverberate with the same soul anymore. The reins have been pulled in, the stories have all been told, and things have become awfully tame on this big old dude ranch of ours.

With the rustling wind at my back, I ride into the open range and hope the old cowboys who’ve ridden off into the sunset have found their blue skies and green pastures. Their just reward for all they have given of themselves and all that we have gained from their tenure. They are missed and they are Wanted, Dead or Alive.

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Rainer
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Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Jennifer,
Where is Susie Blackmon?  She is always looking for a cowboy!  If you haven't read her here on AR, go find her--she's a hoot (and excellent photographer!)

May 21, 2009 11:07 PM #26
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Inna Hardison
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Oh how true this is now, my dear Jen... Flatfooted we trudge, missing us and them, free-falling, geedy... If I joined now, i doubt i'd stick around much:-(

PS: Bryant said boobies - that was cool:-)

May 22, 2009 02:13 AM #27
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Shane M. Risher

Well, I just hope thing don't break down to a Spaghetti Western in your AR world...

Love the post Jennifer, yes, I agree. Jason surely needs to put his shirt on...

Maybe the one with him shirtless on it...

May 22, 2009 04:19 AM #29
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Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
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@ Risher - You know you love me shirtless:)

May 22, 2009 04:29 AM #30
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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Dano... You may be right. I was just commenting to someone from the old days how when left to our own devices, we took the forum in unique and clever directions and carved a niche that was engaging, communal and educational. Too many sticks began poking and prodding only to blunt the natural artistry of the community. It's a crying shame.

Carol... WHAT new sheriff? I see these cryptic references and feel positively out of the know... Fess up already!!

Cynthia... I don't know where she is, but I am aware of her hankerin' for her own cowboy. I found mine here, so maybe she can rope one of her own as well!

My Inna... Me either. Boobies boobies boobies boobies and more boobies ;-)

Shane... It already has, which is kinda the point of this rant. A rant with a soundtrack :)

Jason... He just can't get enough...

May 22, 2009 05:11 AM #31
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Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Realty Services - Darnestown, MD
GRI, Gaithersburg, MD

Jen, I am one of the faders, I admit it.  I am in awe of all the folks that always something new and wonderful to share, but I must admit that I have been so busy with RE that I a spent.  I think I am out of words or at least out of energy.  Not complaining, blessed to be busy, just don't have it in me when I have been getting home late as of late.  However, I will be in Philadelphia next week at REBCPHL and hope you and your betrothed are there.  Miss you.

May 22, 2009 03:05 PM #32
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Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Beautifully written, as always.  But I see the faces, now and again.  Maybe not the all night hijackings, but there is still the laughter and the camaraderie.  And, you gotta love a man who says boobies!

May 23, 2009 12:35 AM #33
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Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ

I have not been on AR long enough to be considered an original "Cowboy" but I did fall off a horse once completely sober.

May 23, 2009 11:32 AM #34
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

A lot of what originally drew me to AR is now gone, however, I still like it here. It does seem at least to me however that much of the spice is gone.

May 23, 2009 04:59 PM #35
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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Hey Audrey! Nice to see you here, even if you're only dropping in for a drink :) Jason and I had hoped to make it to Philly, but I may need to be in NYC that day, so it's not looking likely. We have been talking about hosting an AR gathering this summer though, and if we do, I'll be sure to give you a call so you won't miss hearing about it. Until next time, BIG HUG to you and I hope you continue to be blessed with lots of biz!

My Susan... The hijackings were a blast, but they eventually became a bit forced. I admit we do still have some great people here and I've met some true friends for life. And then Jason, what can I say? This place literally changed my life. I'm just whining a little because I miss the freshness this forum once had. MWA!

Cameron... You actually made me smile with that! Somehow I can just picture it and it's the kind of silliness I've been missing here. Fortunately, I now have it 24/7 in my own home ;-)

JL... How can we bring back the spice? After all, Madonna has done a splendid job of continually reinventing her act. We have some terrific personalities here, we should be able to think of something. Ideas??

May 24, 2009 12:25 AM #36
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Missy Caulk
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I wish you could see my computer and my right side. I have so many old cowboys on the bottom half. They are still there, I hate to delete them as they may come over the mountain again and I would't want to miss it.

As they have gone on to other pasture, I have met more. Nothing stays the same, and I still connect with them at conferences, facebook and Twitter.

May 24, 2009 02:13 AM #37
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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Missy... Funny you should say that because my 'right bottom half' looks exactly the same! (must be our age, eh?) Now and then I email someone just to be sure all is going well in their world and to let them know they are missed :) Because so many certainly are!

May 24, 2009 03:34 AM #38
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Jennifer I haven't seen any cowboys lately but the last one left his boots behind.

Now here are some boots that are made for walking

May 24, 2009 06:02 PM #39
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Jennifer,  I am not able to visit AR as often as I could before but I do sometimes feel the same loss of the sense of community and family we had two years ago.  Of course, back then we had probably less than one third the membership so it was easy to feel like we knew most everyone who was actively writing.  Now when I go to the home page I am lucky if I recognize even a few of the featured bloggers.  Such is the result of growth and the fact that many of us have gotten so busy because our blogging has brought us business!  I have been wondering how you have adapted your real estate business to your new community?  I created the Newbies Again Group when I was still learning how to deal with alll the the changes.  It did take me a couple of years to gain the knowledge and local expertise to feel confident.  I'll bet you are already doing well!

May 25, 2009 12:38 AM #40
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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Charles... Those boots are perfect! You know what they say about the size of a man's shoes ;-) Scarcely have one of my posts come and gone without at least one pair of shoes in the comments. Around here, shoes are the shit!

Diane... Agreed on all counts. It was an era that most of us will never forget. If you think about it, it's an amazing thing to be so connected to those in our profession from all over this continent. I have learned so much here. I have thought of you though, knowing that you've been through the process of changing to a new market and if anyone would know how to guide me, it would be you. We should be in touch offline. I miss you :)

May 25, 2009 12:52 AM #41
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Janet Guilbault
Guild Mortgage - Walnut Creek, CA
San Francisco Bay Area Direct Mortgage Lender

Hi Jen:

I agree with you. Thank you for coming out and saying what was on my mind.

I have wondered if blogging has a life cycle or something. Or if the large size of the community has changed things around.

Something is just missing. I don't know what it is. But at least now I know I am not imagining things.

May 31, 2009 08:22 AM #42
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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Hiya Janet... No honey, you haven't had too many glasses of wine. (Is there such a thing??) As with all things in perpetual motion, the flames have died out. But who is to say we won't have another ignition? To be honest, I am sticking around for just such an event :)

MWA!!

May 31, 2009 02:09 PM #43
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Janet Guilbault
Guild Mortgage - Walnut Creek, CA
San Francisco Bay Area Direct Mortgage Lender

Does Mr. Sardi agree with us? His blogging seems to have changed.

Jun 01, 2009 11:31 AM #44
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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Janet... In what way has it changed? He does agree with us, but he is also one of those who believes in being part of the solution. Which is why he'srarely dull :)

Jun 02, 2009 08:46 AM #45
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Well for Heavens sake! I have been so busy that I missed the new posts by my favorite blogger here at Active Rain. Stopping by your blog is like having dessert, make mine a nice slice of pie! I love the tune you chose for accompaniment and it's certainly perfect for your statement that "We saddled up and settled in and found our storytelling voice." Willie is a true story teller and incredibly modest and funny too! Anyone who has ever met him even in passing would agree! Here is a little homage to cowboys for you...

Cowboy Song

...before I mosey along and head up to your newest post. I hope you and your beloved are doing well!

 

Jun 04, 2009 11:46 AM #46
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