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Return of Bloggie! - Is it Hamsters or Squirrels running the servers at Active Rain?

Mortgage and Lending with Funky Quail Vintage

A while ago, I did a blog on the new mascot for Active Rain, and I officially named him BLOGGIE!  Well, Bloggie met with mixed emotions....so, I gave some thought to quitting the Mortgage Business and going to Mascot School myself, and...as of now, STILL have not decided on that career path yet!  Read to the end of the blog for the ACTUAL new Mascot of Active Rain! (not approved by anyone at AR btw!)LOL Please note:   CLICK on any pictures below if you have speakers and need a laugh!

Here's Bloggie!

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin thought he was cute!

Cindy Jones thought squirrels, not hamsters kept Active Rain running!

Eric Reid suggested that I roll out a big wheel! 

Kristin Moran really LIKED Bloggie!

Donna Harris thought he was scary looking Hamster.

Sherry Scales thought AR deserved something better!

Karen Monsour thought Kelan was in charge and the future of AR! (tell me the relevance on that one??)

Russ Ravary thought AR was powered by squirrels too, and thinks a contest is in the air!

Brian Burke thought Bloggie was cute, but he had been sniffing paint fumes all day! (painting his office)

Richard Iarossi wanted to know if Bloggie was potty trained or not?

George Paukert wants to see BOB or BRAD in the suit!

Sally & David Hanson are busy running the the treadmill we call Real-Estate!


Now, let's get back to our Hero...



We find our Hero Bloggie, returing to his homeworld, plagued by the Evil HVCC, and stuck in the middle of an epic battle between the Realtors & the Lenders.  Our Hero, faced with the challenge of changing his appearance, (due to multiple contacts with appraisers and exerting "undue influence" on them...) has enlisted his Jedi Master for aid! 

Bloggie Wan-Kenobi

"My young paduan..you must UNLEARN what you have learned!"  Forget about closing your deals in 30 days or less...no, we must close our deals in 60 days or less, wait, make that 90 days!

We must slay appraised values, cut commissions, blame each other, and work for free!

We must hold noone responsible!

Wait, that is a Jedi mind trick right?? 


Having learned all he could from his Master, our young hero Bloggie has decided to "drift" to the dark side, and now learn the fraudulant tricks...from a master of deception and deflection...No, not Emporer Palpatine..

but Count Spookoo   and..Darth Frank....   his trusty side-kick. Together, they have unleashed the power of the darkside on all of us!..Because Darth Sidious Frank wants world domination...he has the Death Star on its way, aka:  The Mortgage Disclosure Improvement Act!  All part of HERA!   Pretty soon our young hero bloggie will no longer be RUNNING THE SEARCH ENGINE WHEELS at Active Rain...nope...he will be getting unemployment ,a loan modification,and two part time jobs like the rest of us!  At this point, our Hero is confused....he could committ fraud and make lots of money, but then, in the end get caught, and go to jail, or he could embrace the power of the FORCE and be honest, trustworthy and vigilent all the way to the poor house!  Do you see his dilemma??  Way to go Evil Empire!  That's the way to get our economy BACK ON IT'S feet!  Yeahh...unemployment!  :(

In the end, what does our hero do??????????????????????? 

Our Jedi Bloggie has completely transformed into an AMBASSADOR of the Industry!

Soon to be seen on Larry King, live with Regis & Kelly, and at a MALL near you!

Our young HERO Bloggie has accepted his role as Ambassador to the Social Networking Nation, and as Mascot of Active Rain!

He promises to keep a postive flow of information streaming into our Network, and increase our GOOGLE JUICE whenever possible!


Keep Marketing,Keep Educating,Keep Learning, and most of all Keep Listening!

Thank you Bloggie! 


Thanks for reading & Keep selling!




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Darin Osenberg
Funky Quail Vintage - Nashville, TN

Beth, Im all doped on on Cold Medication, but this was FUN putting together late last night when I couldnt sleep!-  D

Jul 21, 2009 06:01 AM
Brian Lee Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Kenna Luxury Real Estate

HAHA! I need to show this to my son who is crazy about Star Wars - I Love it my young padawan! LOL ~Rita (yes, it's me)

Jul 21, 2009 09:42 AM
Lisa Udy
Platinum Real Estate Group - Logan, UT
Logan Utah Realtor

Hey Darin! 

HAHAHAA, the hamster dance is the funniest thing ever! I remember seeing it a few years ago, and I almost messed myself. Thanks for bringing back the memories! :)


Jul 21, 2009 10:00 AM
Darin Osenberg
Funky Quail Vintage - Nashville, TN

RITA!  THERE YOU ARE!  HOW ARE YOU?? I AM SOOOOOOOO GLAD YOU buzzed in!  You have to email me at my regular email, PLEASE!   Business  Darin@osmwi.com   I hope you are well! I was in SHOCK when I saw your blog announcement!  I pray all is okay!  Take care, and I hope your son DOES LOVE IT! :)


Jul 21, 2009 10:05 AM
Darin Osenberg
Funky Quail Vintage - Nashville, TN

Lisa U-  Got your email...in the process of responding!  SOUNDS GREAT btw!  THANK YOU!

Regarding this blog...you know, sometimes we JUST have to have fun dont we??  :)  I thought, what a better combo...than the hamster dance, WITH star wars!  :) LOL


Jul 21, 2009 10:06 AM
Brian Lee Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Kenna Luxury Real Estate

Will do sir :) - it's good to be back! Feels like I've been gone ages! ~Rita (the profile photos seems to lag behind as I already changed it something that looks more like me :) LOL.

Jul 21, 2009 10:08 AM
Dan Magstadt
Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc - Lake City, FL

It's about time we got a mascot around here!! Great post...


Jul 21, 2009 10:15 AM
Darin Osenberg
Funky Quail Vintage - Nashville, TN

Rita- Welcome back!


Dan-  I agree, we DO need a Mascot!  I had someone tell me today, it should be a frog...for Frog Blog..etc....I dunno...I liked Bloggie the Hamster!  :)  Enjoy the vids!  They are hilarious!  Click on any picture!  :)

Jul 21, 2009 10:20 AM
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

First I'll clear up the relevance of Kelan. That's my little boy and he's quite the young blogger if I do say so myself.

If we do settle on a mascot, I nominate Brad to wear the costume. I will of course wear it if it comes with a working light saber, but not unless. The light saber is a deal breaker for me. Trulia has the map marker.......hmmmm.........I think Jon got bit by a small varmit (is that how you spell that?) when he was little so Bloggie might conjure up bad memories for him.

Jul 21, 2009 10:51 AM
Darin Osenberg
Funky Quail Vintage - Nashville, TN

BOB- You have me LMAO right now!  You are funny!  I will get the tekkies working on the WORKING LIGHT SABER!  

Kool about Kelan!  Wait...that's a blog title right there!  NOW, I know what KAREN was talking about!

Thank you for the clarification!  oh...and your hilarious comments!  Glad you enjoyed it!  - Bucky...errrrrrrrrrrrr............Darin

Jul 21, 2009 10:56 AM
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

An Active Rain mascot huh?  Now there's an odd thought...

Jul 21, 2009 10:57 AM
Darin Osenberg
Funky Quail Vintage - Nashville, TN

Hey there BOB!

Yes, I DID think a mascot would be a good idea..just look at the GEICO GECKO, AFLAC DUCK..etc...

Oh, and we are going to have "bloggie" sightings, all over the country!  He could be speaking at schools about social networking, he could do interviews on Larry King Live, or even Letterman!

We could even have him streak across the field during the superbowl!  HEck, Ill bail him out!  What advertistement huh???


:)   -  Thanks   Darin

Jul 21, 2009 11:13 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am giggling reading the comments above, and now can't think of anything funny to say!  Thanks for the laugh!

Jul 22, 2009 12:21 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

I think you need to see if the Rain Gods could get you a year long airline ticket and you could fly coast to coast as the ambassador mascot for AR spreading the good word on real estate on lending and disspelling all of the media bla bla...or then there is a tour bus....or a train....or...

Jul 22, 2009 12:28 AM
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

I'm sorry that I was so confused.  I thought that it was the University of Wisconsin Mascot.  My bad!

Jul 22, 2009 12:30 AM
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

My fiance is a DIE HARD Michigan Wolverine fan. So, I can almost guarantee Larry, that the ActiveRain mascot will not be the Wisconsin Badger.

(When I say DIE HARD, I mean that she knows who they are recruiting as juniors in high school.......she's a little crazy, but don't tell her I said that)

Jul 22, 2009 05:56 AM
Darin Osenberg
Funky Quail Vintage - Nashville, TN

Kristin- You out of something to say?? COme on....:)

Hansons-  Great Ideas...now , ponying up the CASH is the key!  :)

Larry-  Well, not intending for BUCKY to be the mascot, ....really, I think we COULD have a contest!! LOL


Jul 22, 2009 06:33 AM
Darin Osenberg
Funky Quail Vintage - Nashville, TN

B STEW-  Yes, I believe that the Wolverines & Badgers, are NOT going to mix...similar to Ohio State!

Bloggie for President! 



Jul 22, 2009 06:34 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Darin, you are such a nut. Really needed a good laugh this morning!

Jul 25, 2009 02:03 AM
Darin Osenberg
Funky Quail Vintage - Nashville, TN

Was the NUT comment a Pun by chance??  :)

THANK YOU!  I am damn proud I am a nut!


Jul 25, 2009 01:47 PM