Rescued by Russ.

Industry Observer with ARFCO Media

Everyone needs a rescue from time to time. But let me begin this little tale with some backstory... I was in Wenatchee a couple of weeks ago to teach a clock hour class. It’s just before noon on Wednesday, May 25th when I arrive to meet fellow co-worker and friend, Mike Leeds.

Mike has been with First American Title a year this month. He’s a great guy, a wonderful collaborator, and a super welcome addition to our team. Funny, wherever we go, be it lunch, a store, or walking down the street, we run into someone he knows! 

So Mike and I head west up Highway 2 about 23 miles to Leavenworth. Washington’s little Bavarian village in the Cascade Mountains. We’re making a few calls so I can meet clients, delivering a couple of commission checks (always a welcome call with smiles) and enjoying some time together to catch up on things, talk about marketing, and our class on Thursday.

Rescued by Russ #1, Leavenworth, Washington.

We pull into our first stop and while we’re doing a quick review of the itinerary Mike’s car dies in the parking lot. He tries several times to start it, but no go, it’s dead. Mike makes a heads up call to his wife Kaylene, then his mechanic, and thank goodness Leavenworth is walkable. We make our stops and about 30 minutes later here comes Russ from Cashmere to our rescue! Yay!

Russ is one of those friendly ‘salt of the earth’ kinda guys who instantly has everything under control. Within a few minutes he’s got the car on the flatbed and we’re on our way back to Wenatchee. Russ is also a great storyteller and he keeps us more than entertained about his adventures like working on the wind farms at Vantage and deep sea dive welding off the coast of Alaska.

Rescued by Russ #2, Leavenworth, Washington.

He’s been all over the world doing construction and he owned his own hydraulics business (his passion) until like many he went bust in 2009 when the economy bubble burst. But Russ is no quitter. He's a fighter from the get go and now driving a towing truck he's working his way back to the profession he loves. Bless you Russ! I wish you well and every success!

I can’t begin to express how much a day like this one impresses me. More and more as I go through life I realize how precious it is to be connected to networks (like Activerain!) and how wonderful it is that friends have friends who show up when you’re in need.

We all need a rescue from time to time. Thanks again Russ!

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Comments (20)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes, we all need a rescue at one time or another...Great to have a guy around like Russ

Jun 13, 2016 10:07 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely story, and it is wonderful to have a great network of friends around you.  It is a testament to great human beings.  A

Jun 13, 2016 10:29 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Rene Fabre to paraphrase a song, "you have friends in many places". 

Jun 13, 2016 10:50 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Indeed it is, William Feela !! Thanks for stopping by!

Jun 13, 2016 11:00 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Thanks A... Ron and Alexandra Seigel ... Those who have friends are blessed. And I count those blessings! Thanks again...

Jun 13, 2016 11:03 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Hey Dan Tabit ... Thanks! I hope that's in high places, or maybe low's not so bad, been there too :O)... (Garth Brooks, Friends in Low Places.)


Jun 13, 2016 11:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Sorry about the problems you had, but what a great story and a happy ending. Great shout-out for Russ!


Jun 13, 2016 12:13 PM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Thanks Jeff Dowler CRS ... it was a fun day. A beautiful drive from Seattle over the mountains to Wenatchee, then up to Leavenworth. And total + for me was, hey it's not my car, you're the local Mike, make it so... :0) ... and it was cool that part of that day included Russ. I felt local...

Jun 13, 2016 12:23 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

yes we sure can.  I was telling a new client the other day about the number of times I've known about people and boat rescues on our local lake.  She said... "sounds likea  great place to live"

Jun 13, 2016 01:36 PM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

I can think of worst places to kill time than Leavenworth! Seriously, that had to be one of the best places to be without a car - I love it there. 

Glad there are great people like Russ around.  Things like that happening make for fun stories. 

Jun 13, 2016 04:37 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is one of the things that I miss about living in a small town.  I remember being broken down as a high school student and I didn't have to call anyone because someone stopped to help me.  That wouldn't happen in the big city, I would have to call someone like Russ as well, which sounds like it wouldn't be a bad thing at all.

Jun 13, 2016 10:53 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I was rescued by a super tow truck driver a year and a half ago.  It's a blessing when you find a good one.

Jun 14, 2016 04:38 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Hi Tammy Lankford, me too, I love small communities that look out for each other!

Jun 15, 2016 03:42 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Tis true Libby Cousins !! We really enjoyed our time in Leavenworth and had a few great visits with local real estate pro's. It was a beautiful day and walking around town was a joy! I love Leavenworth too! And thanks to Russ, we got rescued and heard some great stories too! Thanks!

Jun 15, 2016 03:45 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Hi Brian England ... Agreed, I miss small town too and one of the good reasons I love traveling around the state. Renton used to be that way. I didn't have to move to the big city, it came to us! Speaking of the big city, I had a flat tire a while ago on Freeway. I got to speak to a computer when I called ;O) and they texted me estimated arrival times for a couple of hours.

Jun 15, 2016 03:49 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Indeed it is Chris Ann Cleland !!! Everyone needs a Russ in their circle!

Jun 15, 2016 03:59 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Sounds like you had a very good day . . . . and that's a good thing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 15, 2016 10:34 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I wondered where you were until I saw the final photo. That day was inconvenient in many ways but a day full of discoveries too.

Jun 19, 2016 07:11 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Rene, there are people/angels that show up in our lives sometimes for a moment or a lifetime. They are instrumental no matter how much time they spend with us. It is the evolved being who notices them. You do. No surprise. That's why I adore you. 

Jun 20, 2016 11:56 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Rene what an awesome story and what a positive spin on a crappy event, loved it and only you could describe a bad scene in such a positive manner, no wonder I love reading your posts, Endre

Jun 23, 2016 04:31 PM