Who is the Most Awesome Person Today? My Version of ActiveRain's Daily "Member Spotlight"

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Who is the Most Awesome Person Today?

My Version of ActiveRain's Daily "Member Spotlight"



"Follow your passion, and success will follow you."

Arthur Buddhold

Who is the most awesome person today?

We all have passions in life. Some of those passions are hobbies. Some can be manifested in just trying to be the best at something.

One of my passions is to bring a smile to the face of whoever I come in contact with each day. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. But, if I can make someone's day a bit brighter because I made them smile, then all I can say is, "mission accomplished!"

Whatever your passions are, it's good to be passionate at what you do. I'm passionate about my Real Estate career. I truly love working with buyers and sellers in the Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area.

I've made a lot of friends here in the Rain. Many of you are passionate about what you do.

It shows in your writings, and it shows in our calls or emails back and forth.

I've decided to make 2011 a year in which I introduce you, my dear readers, to a Rainer who you might not know, but probably should.

ActiveRain posts a "Member Spotlight" in their "Daily Drop" newsletter. This is my version...

For this week's post, that person is:

Michael Thornton.

Michael Thornton is not only passionate about his work, he's apparently passionate about his choice of fashion!

While I've not actually met Michael yet, we talk on the phone all the time. This guy is passionate about his home inspection career, his photography, his blogging, and, apparently from the picture above, his choice of fashion!!!

Without getting all sappy (clearly not my style being the manly man that I am!) I encourage you to subscribe to Michael's blogs.

Michael is as passionate about his work as squirrels are about their nuts!

Michael is as passionate about his work as a squirrel is to his nuts!


Whether he's writing about home inspections, photography, how to be a better blogger, or just goofing around, you will learn something. 

Next week's spotlight will be on: Amy Hahn, North Carolina's Crystal Coast Realtor extraordinaire!



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Craig Rutman is a North Carolina Residential Real Estate Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the Raleigh - Cary – Apex metro areas; or any place else in the country by connecting you with a relocation professional in your destination of choice.

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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
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I am multi tasking. Just wanted to stop by with 1.41 mins to go and say JETS JETS JETS. Wish you were coming to Baltimore. PLEASE pound the Steelers into the ground!

Jan 16, 2011 11:39 AM #39
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Alan May
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Clearly, it's the sweater!

Jan 17, 2011 01:55 AM #40
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Cindy Edwards
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oh yes, must agree with comment above, it's the sweater for sure...

Jan 17, 2011 02:20 AM #41
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Lottie Kendall
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Great idea, Craig. I always enjoy your posts, and I'll be sure to catch your roasts of some neat Active Rain friends. Love Michael's sweater!!

Jan 17, 2011 03:25 AM #42
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Claudette - There's no doubt Michael knows his stuff when it comes to home inspections. Fashion on the other hand is not one of his strong traits!

Debbie - Thank you Debbie!

James - Abbot and Costello! Ha! Ha! Ha! More like Frick and Frack I think!

Charles - Every now and then I come with a pretty good idea if I do say so myself!

Judy - That sweater gets a lot of mileage! It's just too goofy not to use over and over again!

Jan 17, 2011 04:17 AM #43
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Ed - Don't look now Ed, but I've got you tagged for one of these!

Nick - Fear the blog Nick. Fear the blog!

Mel - Mission accomplished!

Ruth - Naturally, I'm humbled... and scared! Was it anything good?!!!

Nevin - Next time you stay at a Holiday Inn Express, could you please leave a tip for the housekeeper you cheapskate!

Jan 17, 2011 04:21 AM #44
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Jason - Only my mind and Photoshop, of course!

Laura - What is it about clowns that makes people afraid of them?

Gabrielle - I second that Gabrielle. He's a pretty good one to subscribe to.

Larry & Sheila - My job is done here!

Dan - Michael wore that in to court one time and his lawyer said, "If the sweater fits, you must acquit." He got 15 to life!!!

Jan 17, 2011 04:25 AM #45
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Craig - Shhh! Don't tell anyone. They all think that's really Michael's sweater!

Debra - That's what I want to know! Who would even knit one like this?

Judy - Thank you Judy. You're one special lady and I'm happy to bring a smile to your face.

Gloria - Much like I have a picture for everything, you seem to have a video for everything too!

Kathy - Thank you Kathy. I'm not sure when I subscribed to Michael's blogs. But I'm glad I did. He writes a good one.

Jan 17, 2011 04:30 AM #46
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Mary - I have full creative license here Mary! Featured member's wardrobes will be chosen by me!

Ellie - Nice job with the multi-tasking Ellie! I kind of was rooting for Baltimore too. I'm a big Ray Lewis fan and I hate the Pittsburgh Squealers!

Alan - No question about it! It's the sweater!

Cindy - It's undeniable! The sweater makes the man!

Lottie - Thank you Lottie. Stay tuned. You never know who I will roast post about!

Jan 17, 2011 04:35 AM #47
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Dawn A Fabiszak
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Craig ~ I like your first choice of spotlight.  I especially like the rat picture!

Jan 18, 2011 10:28 AM #48
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Dawn - That's not a rat silly girl! It's a squirrel! But to see Michael and his pet rat Sergio, click here!

Jan 18, 2011 10:36 AM #49
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Ann Allen Hoover
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Everybody sitting around me wants to know what's got me so tickled!  I just got back from the birthday post!

Jan 19, 2011 02:02 AM #50
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Ann - Well if I brought a smile to your face then all I have to say is, "Mission Accomplished!"

Jan 19, 2011 02:06 AM #51
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With a wardrobe like that, he must be hot!  I'm off to check out his blog.

Jan 19, 2011 02:29 PM #52
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Georgina - I'm not so sure if Michael was ever "hot" as you put it. But if so, it was.......

Jan 20, 2011 02:48 AM #53
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Marian Goetzinger
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Is that a Michael Simmon sweater?

Oh, Craig, I sure have been missing the fun around here.  Loving this series.

Jan 20, 2011 08:15 AM #54
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Craig,

I'd like to know where Michael shops. He sure has an interesting wardrobe!

Jan 23, 2011 12:10 AM #55
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Marian - It's not a Michael Simmon, Marian.... A Richard Simmons perhaps. But definitely not a Michael Simmon!

Irene - I'm pretty sure most of his clothes are hand me downs from sympathetic ActiveRain members!

Jan 23, 2011 03:01 AM #56
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Joni Bailey
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I came here to your blog because of Michael! He makes me laugh and his photography blows me away! ♥ A great guy! I can see why you get all sappy talking about him! 0:O)

Feb 03, 2011 03:24 PM #57
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Joni - I only get all sappy because Michael's a sap!

Feb 13, 2011 08:59 AM #58
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