ActiveRain Yackup - Whoops I mean Meetup

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ActiveRain Yackup - Whoops I mean Meetup


Due to a big winter storm that hit Phoenix our ActiveRain meetup was small and yet very delightful.We normally have a big group at our meetups and I'm sure it will be again in the spring time when the snow and ice melt. I am kidding about the snow!


It was so nice to be able to sit and chat with Jan Green - just the two of us and Mr. Banana of course!  He was a good sport to  sit between 2 rain yackers! Jan has had a tough month or so as she just went through back surgery. She's doing pretty good and looking forward to getting back into blogging again soon.  Jan and I have been friends for many years now and it's a gift!



If you've been to an AR meetup you know what it's like

to meetup with fellow rainer - Yack! Yack! Yack!



This yacking phenomenon happens all the time no matter where I am in the country visiting rainers- and that's a good thing! There is a never ending list of stuff to talk about - kind of like there is a never ending list to blog about.



Tonight I'm excited about another meetup with Belinda Spillman and her husband Craig. They're in town trying to warm up a bit from the Denver snow storm. You can imagine their surprise seeing snow on the cars in Phoenix!


They stopped  by yesterday on their way into town to drop off a surprise for Mr. Banana - green chili sauce from his favorite place in Denver - The Brewery Bar. That's a rainer for you - going out of their way to surprise somebody! Mr Banana is a happy camper having his green chili sauce just in time for the Super Bowl!



Tonight we're going to be grilling steaks outside and enjoying the sunset - poolside while sipping on margaritas. A little birdie just happened to mention Belinda loves margaritas. Margaritas during a snow storm in Phoenix should be just the right touch don't ya think?




If you haven't been to an ActiveRain meetup pull out all the stops and do whatever you can to meet fellow rainers in person. It's like meeting up with somebody you've been friends with for years.  The conversation starts right where you left off online....and you know the rest.... Yack! Yack! Yack! 


Yack On Rainers!



ActiveRain Yackup - Whoops I mean Meetup

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thanks for the story of your meetup, and Jan Green is someone I would enjoy meeting one of these days.  We had the pleasure of meeting Belinda Spillman a year ago along with hubby Craig.  They were both a delight, and like them we managed to get out Denver where we were working this Monday.  I am sure they will enjoy your hospitality and the Phoenix weather,  Have a great weekend,  A

Feb 05, 2016 05:22 AM #4
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That photo of the cars looks like it would be a scene from Radiator Springs, and you can just hear Mater talking about the snow as well. Glad that the libations made the conversations more lively for your 2 Yackoffs

Feb 05, 2016 05:34 AM #5
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Anna - I wish I could have been there for both of those yackups - it's hard to beat good friends, great conversation and snow in Phoenix!

Feb 05, 2016 05:36 AM #6
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Anna: Would be nice to join you and be in the (heated?) pool with a Margarita and snow all around. Sounds like some of my skiing vacations.

Feb 05, 2016 05:47 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Anna --- did Belinda Spillman bring that snow along with her famous flip flops?    And I'll take one of those margaritas too -- no salt, please.  

Feb 05, 2016 05:57 AM #8
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I had a feeling when I saw Belinda's Facebook post that she and Craig were leaving for Arizona that would be landing on your doorstep.  Have fun!

Feb 05, 2016 06:30 AM #9
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Active Rain Yackup! I like it and I'm all for renaming the "meet-ups" Anna! I always look forward to ours, I wouldn't miss one organized by Margaret. They are so much fun and time always goes by way too fast.

P.S. You almost had me there with the snowmen!

Feb 05, 2016 08:11 AM #10
Joy Bender
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Hi Anna.  Enjoy your evening get together with Belinda and Craig. 

Feb 05, 2016 08:33 AM #11
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

It has been a quick visit but a fun one.   So glad the weather was perfect today.  Thanks for having us over tonight.

Feb 05, 2016 08:34 AM #12
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Yes Anna a margaritta will go just about right with any weather.  Too funny for Belinda trying to escape the snow.  Warm company makes a big difference.  mark

Feb 05, 2016 08:51 AM #13
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Anna - you are a doll!  Thank you for your encouragement, friendship and being a true mentor to all of us.  I've learned a lot from you and "treasure" our fun times together.  Kudos to you and best wishes to you for a powerful 2016! 

Have a fun time with Belinda and sip one for me!



Feb 05, 2016 09:24 AM #14
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have never met a rainer that I didn't feel like I'd known for-ev-a and like we were old friends re-connecting and catching up.

Feb 05, 2016 11:26 AM #15
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's nice to get to meet the members who we blog with at an Active Rain meet up.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 05, 2016 11:49 AM #16
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Anna. I know and like Jan and am glad you were able to get together. The pool and dinner sound wonderful too.

Feb 05, 2016 09:39 PM #17
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

A couple of nights ago i am watching the weather channel and the temp was colder in Arizona than NH, i was shocked, got a chuckle and knew we would pay for it Anna Banana Kruchten , Thursday was 62 and Thursday night a dusting of snow promised with a cold front and 7 heavy wet inches appear. 

Feb 05, 2016 09:40 PM #18
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

A "Yackup" - I have found that when I lunch with Elizabeth Weintraub, it's more like one of those than anything else!

Feb 05, 2016 11:41 PM #19
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

What fun especially the Belinda part! I had no clue you guys got snow like that.

Feb 05, 2016 11:53 PM #20
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

That's the way to host a meetup--in your home. Have fun!

Feb 06, 2016 08:26 AM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sounds like a good time, Anna, but how could it not be with Rainers like you and Jan, and of course Mr. Banana!

Too bad about the weather, but it's that time of year isn't it?


Feb 06, 2016 08:34 PM #22
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Yackety-yack! I do like the sound of that Anna! Would love to have another MeetUp and may need to travel to do so.

Feb 08, 2016 03:32 AM #23
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