The Interesting People You Meet When You Step Away From Your Computer

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Sometimes I feel as though my computer and I are joined at the hip.  Practically inseparable, I am frequently on my laptop computer finishing projects, developing new professional relationships or otherwise faithfully staying connected with established contacts.  Clearly, smartphones have enabled us to function and exist with increased mobility.  Nonetheless, we all need a 'break' from our seemingly endless world of technology every now and then.  Oddly enough, I've met some incredible – and some unlikely people during those well-needed 'breaks.'

Many moons ago, as I was diligently working on my 'woodburning' desktop computer, I agreed to take a break and meet a friend for dinner.  To my surprise, I fortuitously shared an elevator ride and brief conversation with Barry Manilow, who was on the way to his concert.  Another time, after spending what felt like an eternity staring at a computer monitor, a friend coaxed me into meeting for lunch.  While at the restaurant, serendipity led me to cross paths with Donald Trump who graciously returned my greeting as I traipsed through the lobby on my way to the Ladies' Room.  Then, last week, I took an overdue break to meet a friend at Wrigley Field for an afternoon Cubs game.  While sitting in the Left Field Bleachers, I caught a glimpse of a familiar gentleman signing autographs and having his picture taken.  Lo and behold, there stood the Cubs owner, Tom Ricketts, mingling amongst the Left Field Bleachers fans.  After racing to the top of the stands as quickly as my feet could take me there, I managed to capture this photo with my smartphone.  Or, as Tom Ricketts called it, a "Selfie."

Carie Shapiro & Tom Ricketts

Call Me Maybe?!  If only I had the opportunity to say more to Tom Ricketts than "Can I get a picture with you?"  Being a lifelong, diehard, Cubs Fan, I wish I could have exchanged a few thoughts and ideas with him.  You know, the kind of thoughts and ideas that only a lifelong fan and the-relatively-new-owner-of-a-baseball-franchise-that-hasn't-won-a-World-Series-in-104-years could share with each other.  Meanwhile, the Cubs might certainly benefit from some positive PR especially these days.  Hey, how about this?  I'm a good writer.  I'm a proactive, networking extraordinaire.  I'm super creative.  I love sports, I love baseball, and I love the Chicago Cubs.  Not to mention, I own 2 laptop computers and have tons of cool friends.  Mr. Ricketts:  Perhaps the Cubs Organization could use my help?



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Matt Listro
National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro - Vernon, CT
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Thanks for sharing, Carie. Amazing to see the opportunities we are missing by being glued to technology.


May 15, 2013 02:03 AM #1
Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area


Cool stories. You are so right, technolgy is wonderful but does tend to limit our interpersonal interactions. Some of the greatest people I've met when out from behind my computer aren't famous but extraordinary individuals that change lives.

May 15, 2013 02:13 AM #2
Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Carie, you have the gift of being in the right place at the right time! And of course being away from the computer helps as well.

May 15, 2013 02:24 AM #3
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Carie, do you think you could blog the way to a Cubs victory? If so, my husband would be mighty beholdin'.

May 15, 2013 02:26 AM #4
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Matt:  Exactly!  There's still a whole, big world out there beyond cyberspace!

Trisha:  Well said.  Some of the most extraordinary people I've met have been through face-to-face meetings too!

Kathy:  At least 3 times, right? :)  Yes, I've certainly met many wonderful people in person, that's for sure!

Tammie:  I'm willing to give it a try!  And, your phrase:  Mighty Beholdin' ... I love it :)

May 15, 2013 02:26 AM #5
Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes

Great story.  Yes, we do get joined at the hip with all this technology.  I have often wondered if I could go a day without a phone, IPad, laptop, etc.  Wish I had the b**ls to try it!  lol

May 15, 2013 02:38 AM #6
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

garaughty, abstract art, graphic design, WordPress consultant

May 15, 2013 04:21 AM #7
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jean:  LOL!  Wish I did too :)

Marti:  Thank you for the Feature @ The Art of Marketing You!

May 15, 2013 05:16 AM #8
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I guess it makes me sound like a country girl but I was born in Chicago and raised in the northwest suburbs. I didn't move south until several years ago.

May 15, 2013 05:28 AM #9
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Tammie:  It's a terrific phrase ... I love it!

May 15, 2013 08:53 AM #10
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN
Carie, I thought that was a picture of Barry Manilow! ^_~ Yes, that is good advise to step away from our electronics and take time to meet people around us. There are lots of people out there who have missed meeting some famous people because they are too busy texting or looking at their smart phone screens!
May 15, 2013 09:00 AM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Carie, I have met Gary Morris (Country Singer) Louise Mandrell and Kenny Chesney. The funny thing is they are all ordinary people when not in a work situation.

May 15, 2013 09:15 AM #12
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!




Good evening Carie -

You nailed it it's really amazing at The Interesting People You Meet When You Step Away From Your Computer.  Seems like we forget their are real, live, walking, talking humans out there just waiting to be met.  Suggested.

May 15, 2013 09:40 AM #13
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Bruce:  Ha!  And, you're absolutely right ... many chance meetings and other gifts are missed by being preoccupied with our 'electronics,' for sure!

Debbie:  Agreed!  They are just ordinary people when not 'working' ... and usually extremely nice too :)

John:  Right!  There is a big, bright, wonderful world of people out there just waiting to meet us!  And, thank you so much for the "Suggest" :)

May 15, 2013 10:42 AM #14
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

I think you'd be great for the Cubs! Don't think it will help their chances of winning the World Series, though, unless they let you take the field :)

May 15, 2013 11:07 AM #15
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I find more business face to face than I do from any other source.

May 15, 2013 11:40 AM #16
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
Sometimes it does all of us good to turn the computer and the phone off and get away from them for awhile. We will discover a whole big world out there :-)
May 15, 2013 08:34 PM #17
Denise Watkins
Samson Properties - Upper Marlboro, MD
Realtor Serving DC and MD

I like working in front of my computer and connecting with people on line, but getting in front of people is much more rewarding to me and my business.

May 16, 2013 05:12 AM #18
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

Carie, technology is great for business but my favorite part of the real estate business has always been face to face.

As far as the Cubs are concerned I listened to an interview with Tom Ricketts. He seems to be very bright and a true baseball fan so perhaps the Cubs will be back in the "fall classic" soon.

May 17, 2013 05:26 AM #19
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I need to get out more and meet some interesting people. Lately I've been meeting land owners and cicadas not so interesting. LOL

Jun 06, 2013 01:24 PM #20
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