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.
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!