Many Manny Memories. What is Your Favorite Memory of Laurie?

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When I found about the all-too-soon passing of Laurie Manny first thing this morning, my heart dropped seemingly to the floor below me. My mind raced with a mulitude of thoughts and the ever common question of, "Why?"

While my soul felt like it had just been hijacked by a looming darkness eclipsing any light, the saving grace I found was in the posts and outpouring of comments in her honor and memory. Still deeply saddened, I thought of all the memories I had of Laurie and her contributions ... not only to this forum but to my own life.

It wasn't all that long ago when I was a fresh newbie in these parts and would mix in with the occasional off the wall posts between Mortgage Posts. Yes, I did write about Real Estate pretty consistently at one point. Well, there was one particular eve when I was feeling a bit "edgy" and off the wall and decided to play a little self-deprecating prank. Without going into specifics, the post led to me being banished from the forum. The talk among the high-ups at the time was that the banishment would be permanent. As it turned out, that obviously didn't happen. And you know who played a large part in my getting a second chance to try and behave myself? Laurie "Freaking" Manny, that's who. An email led to a correspondence that brought an unexpected friendship into my life.

I remember late one Friday night well after the "incident" when we talked for at least an hour about everything under and above the sun. Laurie was one of the few in any facet of life that intimidated me. Perhaps that's because I was pretty confident that she knew her shit, or maybe it was because her knowledge & passion was only outweighed by the depth of her humanity.

Over a month ago, I was so excited when I saw her face pop up on my subscribed-to list. She hadn't been nearly as active around here as she once was. But I could darn sure bet that anything typed from her end of the spectrum was something I was going to read and take heed to.

For those who also knew her, feel free to share a Manny Memory ... she touched many a blogger and many a life. And Laurie, if you are up there reading ... I only swore once as I write to honor you, and I'm totally sober. I know, you're disappointed in me. I love you Laurie Manny!

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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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I did not know Laurie, but I do recall the name, but it seems that she was a great AR member.

Aug 27, 2010 03:28 AM #15
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Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate
Jason - there have been many posts and comments about how Laurie impacted our lives. I never met her personally, but did speak to her on the phone about websites, etc a few years ago and I so appreciated her advice. It is very sad she passed away.
Aug 27, 2010 04:03 AM #16
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Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

My first of many memories of Laurie... She encouraged and inspired!

Mitchell - What wonderful material you have to write about.  I am still fairly new to AR.  The only thing I miss about New York, is Manhattan.  I adored it.  I just went back through your many posts and find myself almost needing to get onto a plane and come back for a visit, for a fix.  Great Stuff,

Thank You,

Laurie

Laurie Manny (Long Beach CA Real Estate)

She was a newbie, but by her second comment she had her own Laurie signature. I still don't know how to do that. A few weeks later she was the Queen. I never had much of an interest in SEO, I still don't, but I got it through osmosis from knowing Laurie. She had many brilliant ideas.

I miss her very much. The news of her untimely death was shocking and devastating.

 

Aug 27, 2010 04:13 AM #17
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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I never new Laurie, but she must have been one reallllly nice person with the comments and posts on her.  I am going to go read some of her posts.

Aug 27, 2010 05:20 AM #18
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Lori Bowers
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How kind of you. I did not know her, but so thoughtful to do this blog.
Aug 27, 2010 06:16 AM #19
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Aug 27, 2010 09:19 AM #20
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
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Hi Jason~ I knew her through some of her writing, and by comments she made.  I admired her from afar!  Such a sad and untimely death.  I am saddened by her death. She will be missed so many! 

Aug 27, 2010 09:25 AM #21
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

These are beautiful words.  She obviously touched you very deeply.  Wonderful tribute.  I am sorry for your loss of such a dear friend.

Aug 27, 2010 09:40 AM #22
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Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
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Jason - Death will always be abrupt ....regardless of the lingering passage. Personally , I want out in a flash... but I have no real choice. Cheers to the memory of your friend. May we all make more friends. A great post to a friend.

Aug 27, 2010 10:00 AM #23
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Brien Berard
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Wow, "Real estate is not a job, its a lifetime commitment".  Great quote of hers in that Inman article.  This seems like a good philosophy to go by.  Sounds like she was a great lady.

Aug 27, 2010 10:02 AM #24
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Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

We lost a pioneer...a friend and a dam good person...she taught me and lots of other people onher own time.

Aug 27, 2010 10:04 AM #25
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Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL
SFR, SRES, CNC
I Just saw the headlines from Inman.... will be back to prose my comment.... it was LAURIE who brought attention to a post of mine that was published my Inman.... This is still so unreal in my mind presently....praying for her loved ones....
Aug 27, 2010 10:51 AM #26
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Colleen Kulikowski
The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty - Buffalo, NY
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Nicely done...

Aug 27, 2010 11:18 AM #27
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Jason Sardi
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That she did, Erica. 

Aug 27, 2010 02:45 PM #29
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
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Jason, I didn't know really who Laurie was or that she was a pioneer here at Active Rain, but happened on her at a ReBarCamp via streaming video and it was clear that she knew what she was doing. I still vividly remember what she said and her tips and usually I can't remember half of what people say. She was an exceptional lady and this is a beautiful tribute.

Aug 27, 2010 06:06 PM #30
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Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor Strategize, Stage, Sell
Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor - San Pedro, CA
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Jason, Laurie and I were business partners for a while. During the time we worked together, we shared an office and she shared her passion about Long Beach! She knew the town like the back of her hand! She was the BLOG QUEEN to be sure! There was no one like her and there never will be anyone that can take her place! She put her heart and soul into the sites she ran and contributed to. She was a great blogger but she was also a one of a kind person! One of favorite memories of Laurie was how she got me hooked on El Pollo Loco tortilla soup and how everytime we went to any drive through she asked for an extra large diet coke with extra lemon! I was always saying "Laurie! It doesn't come with lemon!" LOL She would always reply It ~!~! better! She had a huge presence and she taught me so much! I will miss her greatly and I know I am a better person and a better agent for having known her. Wendy
Aug 27, 2010 06:36 PM #31
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Hi Jason,

Laurie will be sorely missed by MANY here in the Rain.  It wasn't that she was "nice" or "smart" or "helpful"--it was that she was everything wrapped into one amazing package--and she didn't mind helping, offering advice (no matter if it stung or not) and like you said, Laurie was simply REAL. 

Thanks for the wonderful tribute to her, Jason.  You never let us down with your words.

Aug 27, 2010 07:12 PM #32
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Paul Francis
Francis Group Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes

For me... I'll always remember Laurie as somebody who stood with me on the stupidity of associations that raided it's members with it's rules that could only be applied to members.

For anybody who knows what the above means... you know that Laurie was for the members and not the rulers of the members.

Like me, she questioned questionable rules and stood up for what she believed...Somebody who did not just roll over with any brain dead new rule created by somebody with no business and nothing better to do then make senseless rules..

If I would have made the move to Southern Cal.. Laurie would have been one of the first that I would have called for a job...

I'll miss her...

Aug 27, 2010 08:07 PM #33
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Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
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Well Jason, It is sad to be returning to AR under these circumstances but thank you for commenting on my memories of Laurie and for writing such a beautiful tribute to her.  When I think of Laurie I am instantly reminded of those awkward days of being new at blogging and AR in 2007.  While many of us aren't on AR as much, we will always remember Laurie and her huge presence her in the the blogesphere.  And yes, she could be intimidating too!

Aug 30, 2010 09:24 AM #34
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Jason...my memories of Laurie...wow.  Well I met Laurie here on AR.  I knew she was a moderator, along with Colleen and I used to watch how she interacted.  I swear I think she was the one that featured almost all my posts.  She would make comments about them, about how they were original (like yours I guess :)

Anyway...I remember last year when times were really tough...I was talking to Laurie.  We talked for quite awhile, and she tried to give me every bit of advice in her arsenal.  In the end she offered me a job as a Buyers Agent on her Team in Long Beach. 

Then several months ago she read something I wrote on Squidoo about losing my house (before I posted it here).  She sent me a message and told me she cried while reading it, that she cried for me and all of us.......that comment has haunted me this whole week.,  She cried that I lost my house, and I am crying she lost her life.  What kind of world is this?

Anyway...I have many memories of Laurie around here, but also some from interactions on other forums and in conversation.  She was one tough lady....with a huge heart!  That is what I remember most.

Aug 30, 2010 05:04 PM #35
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