I do kind of dig this place.

Services for Real Estate Pros with Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina

Being my biggest critic, my staunchest advocate, and the only reason I'm not always well-reasoned ... I come to you today for a favor.  It's not a big favor.  It's not a small favor.  It's just a favor.

You see, way back in 2006 I believed in something.  I believed in a Community of Real Estate Professionals who would write about Real Estate, Politics, Fart Jokes, and maybe help the would-be consumer who happened upon that post they were looking for along the way.  I wasn't disappointed.

And still, in whatever way you deem successful to be .. that something survives in the form of ActiveRain.  So many smart folks, different ideas, occassional drama and point whores ... seriously, why would I watch Jersey Shore when I have a better version of entertainment and enlightenment at my very fingertips?

All that written, the favor I ask is this:  BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF ACTIVERAIN. My belief has not waned. It's been curtailed, challenged, and even uninvited at times. But it has never waned.

My belief in AR is pretty damn strong.

Whether you are a political or not, fancy yourself a blogger or not, stay tuned right here.  Because the questions and answers to all the world's ills will at least be addressed and undressed right here.  And it's a hell of a good start to a hell of a Good Nation.

We ain't Rome.  But we learn from it ... one comment, one blog, one idea ... at a time.

That's my Jack Handy moment.  I leave you with this :)

Comments (20)

David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Glad to see you enjoy it as I do too!

Keep the faith and keep pressing on better times are ahead

Jul 24, 2012 01:52 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Looks like for better or worse we're all in the Rain together.... At least for today :)

Jul 24, 2012 01:54 PM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Being that you have been a member for ever, Ii don't see what the problem is or see the need for help.

Jul 24, 2012 02:30 PM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

Keep that RAIN fallin!  Liked the video.  Now lets get down to trying new things and learning from each other.  I am a sponge, most of the time.

Jul 24, 2012 04:15 PM
Satar Naghshineh
Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp. - Irvine, CA

Welcome to Paradise

Jul 24, 2012 06:27 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Interesting, but I think I prefer this version:  Right Now

And Active Rain is now like the Energizer Bunny, it changes, yet the same.  Some of the faces come and go and maybe even come back again, but it's still a fantastic place for learning.  Bill

Jul 24, 2012 08:34 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I enjoy the interaction, but my real goal is SEO for my website and name.  And I get it!

Admittedly, my fart APP on my phone is sometimes used to wake my daughter in the morning.  She loves it...

Jul 24, 2012 09:02 PM
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX


"Fart jokes?"

Allot of gas passes here, but you're the only one I know to bare your farter. That had worried me until Jay disclosed his "fart APP!"



Jul 24, 2012 11:36 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I believe  and this my take on it here but your version was interesting too. :)

Jul 25, 2012 02:29 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Jason, it's not perfect but it is a forum for many.

Jul 25, 2012 02:32 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


It took awhile, but I too have come to feel the power of the Rain. More than an occasional sprinkle, its healing waters seem to cleanse my soul on those days when you loose a multi-million buyer because there isn't anything here he wants to buy and runs off and buys elsewhere. It brightens the times when a good friend lists with someone else and when running into them later, they simply forgot about you even though you see them regularly and consulted often on his real estate needs.

Even though I came here quite a bit later than you, AR has so much to offer to almost every one of us who spend time here. It continues to amaze constantly. Glad you are still here and I will look forward to more. cheers cvc

Jul 25, 2012 02:40 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

If AR was only Market Reports and consumer based posts we wouldn't be here all day every day.  I get my laughs from AR, my tears too.  This place is a one-of-a-kind, needle in a haystack, rare kobe beef steak, celebrity sighting, free VIP ticket holders kind of place.  That probably doesn't make sense to anyone but me but hey....whaddayagonnado? 

Believe in ActiveRain!  Scream it from the rooftops!! 

Jul 25, 2012 03:08 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Jason - I've been kicking around the internet since Al Gore invented it, and you're right - this is a special and unique place, filled with special and unique people. I had no idea how badly I needed this place until I got here and started experiencing it - my only regret is that it's virtual, which doesn't mean that it's not real, just less accessible than I'd like. Easy favor to grant, I was doing it anyhow.

Jul 25, 2012 04:16 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

ahh believe... ahh believe!

Jul 25, 2012 06:55 AM
Kristi Knutson
Kirkland, WA
Blog Trainer ☂

That video was like a trainwreck - I couldn't look away! I also forgot how I got to that part of Youtube.. oh yeah, I blame you!

I had to giggle at the Jersey Shore mention - glad we outrank it ;) So happy to have you here!

Jul 25, 2012 08:35 AM
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jason, it sounds like you are just "Singing in the Rain"---this is where all my droogies hang out :)

Jul 26, 2012 04:43 AM
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Jason, I am so thankful that you still believe in the Rain.   And, that video was awesome.  I know I have seen it before, but I can't remember where, probably anothe rone of your posts!  You have our backs, we have yours.

Jul 26, 2012 12:19 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jason I read your post a couple days ago and I clicked on your link and when I closed it out I was out of your blog, hence I figured you meant to kick my butt out....well not so fast I am BACK:)) so now it is even better with all the comments!:)))

Jul 26, 2012 05:56 PM
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Jason, you have a very loyal group of followers who felt the same way when you announced that you were "retiring".  Thankfully, it was just a reprieve from the interaction here.  And, now we now you are committed and commitable. 

Thanks, man.

Jul 28, 2012 08:42 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

@Don - They are just looking for the next train wreck ;)  I take the bus, albeit the short one:)

Jul 28, 2012 11:38 AM