Being one of the first contributors on this particular forum has been the proverbial blessing and curse. The latter is because I no longer do Mortgage Financing for a living. I'm no longer actively involved in Real Estate. The former is because of a few factors:
- I found my muse and her name is Alan May Jennifer Monroe, right here on Active Rain.
- I rekindled my love for writing, learning, and debating from many folks more wise and experienced than yours truly.
- I learned a hell of a lot about Real Estate, before, on, and after the job was done.
Today I spent some time perusing some of my initial posts and comments. I also took some time to read some of the uncircumcised posts from my favorite authors bloggers here on AR. While I couldn't be happier with my current gig as head "Wax Man" at Lance's Auto Wash, part of me wonders what could have been ...
In actuality, I pretty much love this place. In a way, many ways, I kind of grew up here. With every hint of drama concerning Featured Posts, Political Rhetoric, Copyright Infringement, and Gaming the System, there was always a delicate balance of unabashed Professionalism. I won't sit here slumped and pretend I have a lot of friends from this forum ... cause I don't. Many of the folks I've met here I wouldn't refer my former heroin dealer to. (Of note, Mom ... if you are reading ... that was a joke. I haven't done heroin since that incident with Dad in Little League back in '86)
But I've captured the difference from what is an online presence and a real world disappointment. There is no better avenue to lie, embellish, cheat, and even steal than the Internet. I've saw and experienced plenty of it. Jeff Turner still owes me money for shaving his skull:) I kid Turner. Never met the chap, yet have heard nothing but wonderful reviews.
And then there are the success stories, the people I'd trust with Turner's Razor at my throat. Erica Ramus is one of those people. Alan May is one of those people. Bill Archambault is one of those people. And dare I say, the brainchild that is the AR staff ... is many of those people. I don't always agree, yet therein lies an opportunity to learn ... or unlearn, and grow.
Throw away the violins for a moment upon reading what my issue is. And that issue is, do I keep involved even though I'm no longer directly involved in Real Estate?
Because the Rain needs me just as much as I need it. I'm now the consumer that knows and who has been educated.
I'll stick around because I can't help it.
~Said info above is for Entertainment Purposes Only and has no bearing on actual Real-Life encounters with said "Professionals". Though Ramus, May, & Archambault seem more than competent at what they do. If you've got a shell, here's my nut ... don't always believe what you read. Believe what is done.~