Sherman Oaks Winter MeetUp Eludes Hollywood Paparazzi Or Did They?

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Sherman Oaks 2015 Winter MeetUp

Eludes Hollywood Paparazzi Or Did They?

 

Rive Gauche Cafe - AR Winter MeetUpIt seems fitting that the Tri-County(Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara) 2014 Winter MeetUp took place relatively close to the studios and sound stages of Los Angeles.   Some of the best in movies and television has been filmed in the region and as the Sherman Oaks event proved the spirit of providing good entertainment and fun times along with learning and sharing is alive and thriving.

 

 

There were introductions to new people to be made as well as those who we may have spoken by phone yet never met face-to-face. Add some very special drop-in guests and you begin to get an idea of the plot twists that made this MeetUp a "two thumbs up" production in true Hollywood fashion.

 

 

Much  like  many films the idea started small -- just a get together that transformed into a MeetUp. Considering there were four people acting as hosts and the all too often disparaging things said about committees, our event seemed to be an ideal setting to learn, ask and to share.  Lots of discussion of ideas and information was shared but most of all there was laughter. Yes, there was lots of laughter.

 

Rive Gauche Cafe in Sherman Oaks provided a circular table for us away from most of the afternoon lunch visitors on Saturday, January 24, 2015 starting at 1PM.   The hosts were Endre Barath, Jr., Ron & Alexandra Seigel and myself. Three posts previewing the MeetUp were completed and ready for the curtain to be pulled back(sorry AR Staff about that curtain reference).   

 

 

In addition to the four of us, there were three additional members who responded in the affirmative they would be attending along with a possible fourth.   Just the right size, we thought. Of those who sent their RSVP and attended were Iris Messina and Inna Ivchenko.

 

Dick Greenberg - Fort Collins Real Estate

 

Then a plot twist. Upon arriving at the restaurant the first surprise -- Dick Greenberg of Fort Collins, Colorado was there to greet us.   

 

After the shock wore off(ok I admit it, I was still a little stunned on the way home), the group eventually sat down.  Introductions and conversations and food.  For me it was a very comfortable atmosphere.  I guess that is the power and the unique appeal of ActiveRain which was discussed at length.  

 

ActiveRain MeetUpTwo hours practically flew by and both Iris and Inna had other plans. The five of us decided to stay(a bottle of fine wine was yet another incentive, thank you Ron and Alexandra) until it had become clear the table needed to be set up for dinner and the staff suggested a spot in the lounge by the fireplace.  

 

 

Before we moved -- yet another plot twist, Melinda (Mel) Peterson from Grants Pass, a Valley Girl before she moved to Oregon, dropped by as her SoCal stay was ending the next day. She had previously met Ron & Alexandra (as Dick had as well) and knew of the MeetUp(although not quite the correct time) so yet another fun Saturday afternoon surprise.

 

With early evening drives in multiple directions ahead of us and Mr Greenberg needing some shut eye from his early morning flight that day(just for this event, mind you) plus a return trip on Sunday, the Sherman Oaks 2015 AR Winter MeetUp, the first most of us had ever attended, ended close to 6PM.

 

 

So of course, you are wondering(in fact, I received a couple of emails asking) about photos.   It was decided by the hosts that this would be a paparazzi-free zone but through the power of the photoshop skills of a friend(no, not Sharon Tara), I share how this group avoided the lights and cameras with a homage to our visitor  from Colorado in appropriate disguise.

 

ActiveRain Winter 2015 MeetUp Sherman Oaks

 

 

 

Sherman Oaks 2015 Winter MeetUp

 

Eludes Hollywood Paparazzi Or Did They?

 

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Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

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P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

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Michael Jacobs
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And maybe next time you could be the Allen Funt-like candid videographer.  It actually seems fitting that the real Debbie Reynolds would make her way to center stage for a California Winter MeetUp.  

Jan 27, 2015 11:48 PM #39
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Michael Jacobs
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Tammie White -- I parked in a different place than Dick Greenberg  so I didn't see his vehicle but it does seem fitting for California, doesn't it?

 

He had written a post about test driving a Lamborghini and thought the photo worked so well for this post.  Thanks for your nice comment.

Jan 27, 2015 11:52 PM #40
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Sharon Tara
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This is fabulous!  My mention was a nice surprise! Your photo editor did an excellent job....I love the beards!

This meetup sounds like the most fun of all....this is the one we all wish we attended!

Jan 28, 2015 12:29 AM #41
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Sharon Tara - Thank you.  I will pass along your compliment.   

Jan 28, 2015 12:38 AM #42
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Hi Michael - I wish that Lambo was my car. And I have to say that My Dinner With Andre was one of the great ordeals of my life - a truly dreadful experience - and couldn't be farther from the fun we had.

Jan 28, 2015 12:38 AM #43
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Hi Dick Greenberg -- oops, I have changed my mistaken Masserati for the correct vehicle.  

I think many feel the same way about My Dinner with Andre(not Endre Barath, Jr. ).  While I do recall seeing it, I don't remember it as quite the ordeal you experienced.  

Jan 28, 2015 12:46 AM #44
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Michael Jacobs - They say that the Southern California agents have all the fun, and this was a good example of just how much fun!  So glad you shared photos of the event!

Jan 28, 2015 09:31 AM #45
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Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com - I'm not so sure about that, fun can occur nearly anywhere and definitely in the Tahoe area.  

Jan 28, 2015 10:07 PM #46
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Michael Jacobs ~ I have been waiting to read this post! It looks and sounds like you had a blast... I only wish I could have joined in on the fun "plus" I've always wanted to see what I look like with a beard... Anyway, I would have pegged Dick driving a bright green Lambo... Anyway, way to do up my friend

Jan 29, 2015 06:41 AM #47
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Jon Kolsky -- sorry you missed the beard growing segment of the MeetUp as well as the fun times -- I'm sure there will be other opportunities plus you never know where in the world Dick Greenberg will show up --- he's like the Matt Lauer of ActiveRain without any of that Ann Curry animosity.    

I think these surprise entrances will soon become part of the AR experience.  In fact, I hear Roger D. Mucci is taking on yet another role since Dame Edna has recently announced her retirement.    His persona La Mucci Susan Gucci-Tucci will be on tour at select cities throughout North America chatting it up about absolutely nothing but with aplomb like no other.

Jan 30, 2015 01:42 AM #48
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I'm starting to question why I like you Michael.  

Jan 30, 2015 02:37 AM #49
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Question away, La Mucci Susan Gucci-Tucci Roger D. Mucci , others do and on a rather consistent basis.   

Jan 30, 2015 03:01 AM #50
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Not sure how I missed this one - it was even featured. Oh well, a little late to the party, but from the sounds of it - that does happen. Even to 'non-valley' girls.  :) Wish I'd been at that table too...

Jan 30, 2015 04:07 AM #51
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Debb Janes -- well, you finally made it - we were waiting for you!  You would have made a nice addition to the table.  Not featured but grateful for the many comments.  

Jan 30, 2015 04:18 AM #52
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Hi Michael, Sorry I missed this. This certainly sounded like a great meet up with more joining in that might have been expected. Glad you all had a wonderful time and would love to have been there to meet and see all these great beards. . I am good at visualization. :-)

Jan 31, 2015 05:49 PM #53
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Yes, William Johnson , it was a terrific MeetUp.  While there was a no show of someone who sent a RSVP, the drop-in guests were most welcome and very much a surprise.  

A very low key event as you can tell.  

 

Jan 31, 2015 11:16 PM #54
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OMG... here I am again, fashionably late to the partaaay!  You totally crack me up Michael (for sure!).  I so enjoyed meeting you, Endre, Dick, and of course seeing Ron & Alexandra again.  Such fun peeps.

Now... about the stash' and the beard... eh huh... I could've been (and still can be, I guess) a Valley Guy... hee, hee!  And... where's your pic... Mr?!

Loved your write-up and the visit... looking forward to the next AR meet and greet

Feb 06, 2015 06:00 AM #55
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson -- maybe late but fashionably so indeed.   It was a day full of surprises, fun times and with/without a beard, it was great meeting you as well.   Your timing ended up being perfect and I'm sure Ron & Alexandra SeigelEndre Barath, Jr. and Dick Greenberg would agree.

You can take a person out of the Valley but you can't take the Valley out of a person -- embrace the gnarliness.   Glad you "found" us that day and you "finally" made it to this post.   Have a great weekend.

Feb 06, 2015 06:54 AM #56
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This is too funny!  I love the photo montage at the end.

Jan 26, 2016 12:29 AM #57
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Glad you liked it Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA -- unfortunately, there will be no  bearded photos from yeseterday's MeetUp.  

Jan 26, 2016 12:57 AM #58
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