The Tortoise and the Hare---and getting from here to there.

Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

My buddy Steven Smith told me to go and sign up on ActiveRain back when ActiveRain first started.

I signed up, but did not start blogging for about a year.

By the time I started blogging he had a 100,000 point lead on me and it stayed that way for many years.

I pretty much figured I would never go by him.

At some point he slowed down his blogging in the rain and it was only recently that I realized he was in sight---just around the next bend---napping by the side of the road.

I had slowed my own blogging down to a crawl as well, which made the site of his bushy tail off in the distance all the more surprising.

In the quest to keep up with him (ever mind catch up to him) it did not help my cause much that, he got 10% of all my blogging points!

In the early days we had a ton of fun with the antics of Nutsy the Squirrel, Raven de Crow, and Barbara Duncan.  If you do a Google images search for "Nutsy the Squirrel Buell" you can still find dozens of photo-shopped pictures from those many adventures.

Sometimes Steve just liked to play dress-up.

But most of the time he just liked to spend quality time in his favorite jacket.

As I post this, I will have gone by him, but I am a little concerned about what will happen when the hare (or in his case the squirrel) is awakened and discovers the turtle is now ahead.

Regardless, if it had not been for Steve, I might not have been lucky to have found my way here----and I am totally grateful for that.

Thanks Steve.


Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle.

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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Charles Buell ,

OMG!! This is a great post. Steven L. Smith will get a kick out of it I'm sure. Will be anxious to see if you nudge him to get back to blogging!

Jan 29, 2016 10:06 PM #1
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Charles Buell I think Steve is lost in some cantina and I heard their were animals involved 

Jan 29, 2016 10:50 PM #2
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I miss Nutsy!  I teased Nutsy all the time.  And Steve too.

Then Steve retired and his grandson Mason took over the business from him.

Hopefully they're doing well.

You are.

And Croakster wanted to say hi to all of you.

Jan 29, 2016 11:16 PM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I miss Nutsy and I have enjoyed reading both you and Steve's blogs for years Charles Buell . I am a follower of both of you.

Jan 30, 2016 03:01 AM #4
Rosemarie Heindel
Harry Norman Realtors - Big Canoe, GA
Rosemarie Heindel

If Steven Smith has retired and given the business to a family member, maybe he isn't interested in being active here anymore? That's an interesting anecdote that he gets 10% off all your points, so he is gaining points from you while still napping on the side of the road. You have to love those referral points that just keep earning for you. Charles, maybe you can find someone to refer and then that will gain you as many points as Steven gets from you?! Maybe Steven and Nutsy will wake up and be back to entertaint he rest of us! Cute pictures!

Jan 30, 2016 03:17 AM #5
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Oh gosh .. I'd almost forgot about Nutsy, Charles Buell ... and reading his antics when I first started here on AR.  Maybe with this post you will have awakened not only Steven ... but another nut too??


Jan 30, 2016 03:57 AM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Charles - Death matches for points are a common thing here. There are a few members I always keep a close eye on, either in the distance ahead or over my shoulder.

Jan 30, 2016 05:17 AM #7
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Rosemarie - that he gave the business to his grandson is kind of an inside joke.   I don't know how old Mason is now, but I suspect about 6.  Steve is still out there...

Jan 30, 2016 07:49 PM #8
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Charlie!

I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain. 

Jan 30, 2016 11:59 PM #9
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Funny! It took my follower to catch me a couple days in a row for me to get moving again. Feeling good, taking the lead. 

Jan 31, 2016 12:21 AM #10
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Charles Buell I am sure you know if he is your 'sponsor' at ActiveRain, you contribute to his points, too ---- so he has to work just 90% of what you do, to stay at par with you.

Good Luck - as I see squirrel is going to wake up...

Jan 31, 2016 08:26 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Charles- this has to be one of the best and most fun posts I've read !   Love it and I think Nutsy should return. 

Jan 31, 2016 09:03 AM #12
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Charles, I never thought I'd catch the gal that got me started on ActiveRain, but it happened. I crossed in to Millionaire land a ways back, but I've been stalled. Time to get back to it. Maybe she'll rejoin the race too. What do you think Ruth Vogt ?

Jan 31, 2016 11:11 AM #13
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I love this!! the whole story! pretty fun...  wonder if Steve will get back in the race! slow and steady wins the day!

Jan 31, 2016 12:45 PM #14
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Charles, I must go and check on Nutsy and Steve!! As a gentleman, you should never have passed Steve and Nutsy with points.  My cat, as I remember, ate your darned ole crow, which you called a raven, and it was probably my favorite blog of all time.  There was my cat, sadly gone now, devouring that bird and Nutsy came to her defense.  We had so much fun!  That is probably why I have stayed with blogging for so long. The blog sorta turned into more of a historic blog about Searcy and I have not had time to tease you and Nutsy.  But congratulations, anyhow, on the points.  Now I am off to check on my little godchild, Nutsy.

Feb 01, 2016 08:43 PM #15
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Oh this is funny.  I guess it's all about patience and persistence.

Feb 02, 2016 08:48 PM #16
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