Today I Met Ricki Eichler!

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I don't actually remember the day I first met Ricki Eichler.  Ricki is a Real Estate Broker in the Kerrville, Texas area.  I know I met her shortly after joining ActiveRain, so that would date our friendship to 2007.  Ricki has such a warm, gentle and wonderful way about her that we "hit it off" and have been ActiveRain friends/Blogging Buddies ever since.  Ricki and I have spoken by phone and talked about someday getting together, but up until today, that objective was elusive.

Today was REALTOR Lobbying Day at the Texas State Capitol in Austin (a topic for another post) and The Texas Association of REALTORS sponsored a BBQ lunch for over 2000 REALTORS attending this important event.  It was there that I finally got to meet Ricki and give her a hug.  She is one of the warmest, nicest and most caring people you could have the privlege of knowing.

Dallas Real Estate Broker Steve Shatsky and Kerrville Real Estate Broker Ricki Eichler

This is one of my favorite things about ActiveRain.  I feel fairly confident that if we both were not AR bloggers, Ricki and I would have never met.  And my life would have been that much less rich.  We all spend a lot of time talking about SEO, Google, social and industry issues and business tips.  We even spend time blowing off steam with an occasional rant, but my favorite part of ActiveRain are the wonderful friends it has brought into my life.  Ricki is definitely one of those people! 

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Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI
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Steve--I know people feel the same about you!!  Nice people attract nice people.  I am suggesting this too---AR is more than just a blogging platform!!  PS..LOVE your new photo---isn't that the second new photo in just a few months?  This one's a keeper!

Apr 12, 2011 04:56 PM #7
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Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

great picture Steve. I too have met other locals here on AR that I'm confident i would not have met otherwise. Cheers,

Apr 12, 2011 05:00 PM #8
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Richard Weeks
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Steve,

Thanks for sharing your story.  I would say this picture represents two of AR finest.

Also congratulations on your 1000th blog.

Apr 12, 2011 10:32 PM #9
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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
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Congrats on reaching 1000 blog posts!  I remember the first time I met you in person.  I hope to meet Ricki someday, too.

Apr 13, 2011 12:51 AM #10
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Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
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Thanks Steve, for the wonderful blog about our meeting.  It was truly the highlilght of my day! I look forward to many more meetings.  It is so special to get to know our AR buddies on here.  My blog is still in draft as my computer is messed up still, so you beat me to it!  Thanks!  See you again soon, I hope!

Apr 13, 2011 02:36 AM #11
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Heather Russo
Keller Williams Realty - Kerrville - Kerrville, TX
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I took the photo! :o)

Where the heck were all of the other TX activerainers???? I met only ONE PERSON!!!

Apr 13, 2011 08:01 AM #12
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Richard Weeks
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Heather,

We were all in Activer Rain blogging about how we wished we were in Austin eating BBQ.

Apr 13, 2011 08:06 AM #13
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Barb Van Stensel
Chicago, IL

Steve, this is so true and BTW, I miss seeing you on the web.  Hope things are going well.

Apr 13, 2011 09:37 AM #14
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Larry Story
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Steve,

I do treasure all the friends and relationships i have found here on ActiveRain.  

Apr 13, 2011 03:12 PM #15
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Well done post that expresses the thought of many of us. It is very nice to have good friends in the ActiveRain community.

 Blooming for home buyers this spring!

Apr 14, 2011 03:38 AM #16
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Carolyn Kolba
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Steve, from what I read here, it looks like both you and Ricki are pretty wonderful people.  So glad the two of you were able to meet up.

Apr 16, 2011 03:08 PM #17
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Christina ONeal
At Home Real Estate Group - Ripon, CA
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That is so cool :)  I'm glad you were able to meet :)  It is fun to meet someone that you have been communicating with online for such a long time.  We really get to know each other here :)

Apr 17, 2011 04:02 AM #18
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
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That's wonderful Steve.  And you are so right about that other aspect of AR that makes it so fun.  I really look forward to a Rain Camp close to here again so I can go and hopefully meet some of the people in person that I communicate with on a regular basis on AR!

Apr 19, 2011 08:09 PM #19
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Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
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Steve,

That is very cool! 

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Apr 20, 2011 04:51 PM #20
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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
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Steve - there it is again, ActiveRain being the thread to meet new friends.  BTW - I enjoyed your Facebook presentation in Garland this week!  Good job!

Apr 21, 2011 10:13 PM #21
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Hi Steve, nice meeting you at the Metro Tex class in Garland last week, looking forward to seeing you again at Rain Camp.  Sorry I was unable to attend the Capital trip this year, but plan on making it next year.  Is it car pool down or does Metro Tex rent a bus or something?

Apr 24, 2011 07:08 PM #22
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Hi Steve, oh virtual hubby of mine!  I keep missing you on FB so, I thought I'd come here to see what you're doing!  I think Ricki and I had the same impression of you--you were the highlight of our day when we finally got to meet you!

Huggggs!

Apr 29, 2011 06:44 PM #23
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AR is a great way to network with our fellow Realtors and others in the industry!  Nice to hear you think so too.

May 09, 2011 01:54 PM #24
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Awesome story Steve, love it :) AR has such great people you can connect with, not just for business but, for freinds as well :) excellent :)

May 12, 2011 02:33 AM #25
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I missed this post back in April Steve but so glad you got to meet Ricki.

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