My Apex North Carolina And Huntsville Alabama Connection Finally Realized

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My Apex North Carolina And Huntsville Alabama Connection Finally Realized

I'd planned to visit Pinehurst North Carolina for more than a couple of years now because a Chicago buddy, Bill, and his wife, Diane, moved there and since another long time Chicago buddy and his wife were visiting Pinehurst this last Labor Day...it was a no brainer...a road trip was in order.  We all stayed at Bill and Diane's house, we drank, ate, laughed and had a great time.

What really put the icing on the cake, however, was that I had been hoping for a long time to meet up with ActiveRain's very own and photoshop master extraordinaire himself, Craig Rutman.  This would be our first face to face and I wasn't sure what to expect...I kind of expected to meet this guy...

Craig relaxing at home.

The gentlman below is who I actually met and I couldn't have asked for a better first meet.  I was given the 10 15 cent tour around the cool and quaint town of Apex NC and we ended up at Apex Wings for a cold one and...well...WINGS!!  We naturally talked about business and Craig was kind enough to share a few pointers with me that I plan to make full use of.  What was really surprising was how natural and easy our conversation was...I'm not an open book and don't usually share much about my family and life, but we both seemed to open up in the short time we had to talk and I appreciate getting to know Craig better.  I'd like to say one more thing;  if you read Craig's posts and comments or have ever talked to him on the phone then you know or get a sense of who Craig is.  There's nothing pretentious about Craig and there is nothing photoshopped about the guy you meet...if you ever plan a trip to the Raleigh/Cary/Apex, North Carolina area you should give Craig Rutman a call...if for no other reason, wings and a cold one might be on Craig!!!

Craig and Nick at Apex Wings

Craig got out a post about our meet within an hour or so of saying our good-bys...if you want to check out the George Clooney and Tom Cruise sighting in Apex...you know what to do.  By the way this photo was taken by our waitress, Tina, who apparently likes to give Craig sass...I immediately liked that about her.

Nick T Pappas

If you need a knowledgeable real estate professional in Madison Alabama or Huntsville Alabama area, why don't you let me Google that for you! I also know outstanding agents in all states and Canada should you need help relocating to a new area.

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Craig Rutman
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Nick, it was truly a pleasure finally getting the opportunity to meet up face to face with you. There's nothing more that needs to be said that you didn't address perfectly in this post.

We WILL do this again my friend.

Glad to see you made it home safely.

Next time in the Madison/ Huntsville, AL area!

 

Sep 05, 2011 01:52 PM #1
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Ellen Caruso
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Nick, I'm sure with your personality and his, it was an easy meet. Both of you are outgoing people each in your own right! Glad you had a great time to share with us!

Sep 05, 2011 02:13 PM #2
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George Souto
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Nick I see Craig on the left, but why didn't you have the old guy on the right take the picture so that you could have been in a picture with Craig :)

It is always meeting up with people that we meet on the Rain.  I will get a chance to meet a few more new members on Wednesday at Dagny Eason's house for an AR get together.

Sep 05, 2011 02:17 PM #3
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Nick tell the truth this was the second time you met, the last time is when you took the first picture of him:)))

Sep 05, 2011 03:21 PM #4
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Marie Graham
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How cool was this??  Good to share that YES it is ok to connect with people beyond the keyboard.

Sep 05, 2011 06:05 PM #5
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Debbie Walsh
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Oh it is going to be so fun meeting George on Wednesday!

Sep 05, 2011 11:53 PM #6
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Don Sabinske
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I see you can photoshop with the best of them (Craig and Michael).  Looks like you had a great time!

Sep 06, 2011 08:31 AM #7
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Toni Weidman
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So that's what you were up to: a meeting with Craig. Looks like you two had a great time.

 

Sep 06, 2011 09:45 AM #8
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Nick T Pappas
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Craig-I guess that means I have to buy next time :))

Ellen-Craig is a good guy...really enjoyed bending an elbow with him.

George-the "old guy" was kind of a fixture in the joint and wouldn't go away...felt kind of sorry for him.

Endre-okay, you caught me in a little fib...you are so perceptive.

Marie-be careful what you wish for...you may be next!!!

Debbie-I'm sure the "fun"/pleasure will be all George's if meeting you.

Don-wish I could take credit for that, but Michael and Craig are the best.

Toni-our lips are sealed...unless you are inviting us down for a cold one!

Sep 06, 2011 10:39 AM #9
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Debbie Walsh
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Why thank you kind sir!  Are you going to your own meet up?

Sep 07, 2011 12:23 AM #10
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Nick T Pappas
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Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Debbie, not as yet...we haven't had time to set anything up.

Sep 08, 2011 11:19 AM #11
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Nick - I should check out Craig's blog to see what kind of person he expected to meet .....

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