12 Days of ThanksGiving 2017- ActiveRain Challenge (A found friend)

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12 Days of ThanksGiving 2017- ActiveRain Challenge (A found friend)


I don't have to go far to find my first thankfulness because it comes from the very person who is running the 12 day challenge on thankfulness.


Every two years my US Navy submarine, that has long since been scrapped has a reunion. Our ship, the USS Ethan Allen SSBN 608, only served for 23 years before it was decommissioned. We have been trying to find certain members of our crew for many, many years. The searching has been long and tenuous. Which brings me to my first blog post of thankfulness.



In Late July up 2017 we got a clue we're one of our shipmates which I served with for three and a half years was. I have not seen this person since his going away party in 1981. How many hours had been spent following leads but never amounted to anything. However in July of this year someone had seen that our friend might live in clarksville Tennessee. I only know one person in Clarksville Tennessee and that is the lovely and beautiful Debbie Reynolds. I would never have bought a real estate blog Empire could have helped me find a person in Clarksville Tennessee.


I called debbie Reynolds hoping she could look up property information and maybe give me a clue if he lived in Clarksville. Debbie did not hesitate she said she would look into it as time permitted. A couple weeks later I heard back from Debbie and she said that there was a person of that name who worked at the hospital where her son-in-law and that's her daughter new this man's wife. A couple more weeks went by and Debbie inform me that her daughter frequented a pizza restaurant where my friends wife work and that she would give her my information. You have to remember that I have not seen my friend since 1981 and nobody had heard from him in that many years. I told her to tell him that Julio ( my navy nickname) was looking for him and gave my phone number.


It was now the end of September and I thought that I might have followed up on a cold lead when my phone rang. It was from Clarksville Tennessee and I thought it was Debbie Reynolds but to my delight it was my long lost friend from the Navy. We reminisced for over an hour and now I have found one of the hardest people to find in the United States.


I am thankful where Debbie Reynolds in the time and effort that she and her daughter put forth for a realtor 3500 miles away in Tacoma Washington. She has never met me however I consider her a good friend and you guys all have learned so much about her from activerain.


I am writing this as part of her twelve days of Thanksgiving 2017 ActiveRain challenge however i'm also writing this to say thanks to a person who went the extra mile for a person in need who is very appreciative.


Thank you again Debbie Reynolds!

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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, this touched my heart, if it wasn't for ActiveRain, you never would've met Debbie. Glad to hear you found your friend from many years ago.

Nov 13, 2017 05:24 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Marvelous story. Debbie is truly a warm and compassionate human being. She is the real deal. The real Debbie Reynolds. Lol. 

Seriously, this is one of the BEST stories. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. And I'm happy you (and Debbie ) found your friend. D

Nov 13, 2017 08:46 AM #2
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

What a wonderful post, Paul... Great story and I'm glad you found an old friend!

Nov 13, 2017 08:54 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Paul- what a lovely story and one that again speaks to this wonderful community!!!

Nov 13, 2017 05:19 PM #4
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh my gosh, Paul, what a STORY!! And God Bless Debbie. Such a heart of gold! Funny how things in life come about, by simply asking for help. And the way it all came-to-pass is pretty dang remarkable and miraculous. I DO hope that you will someday meet Debbie in person. AND that you will once again be reunited with your longtime  crew member. 


Nov 14, 2017 03:42 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nov 18, 2017 04:26 PM #6
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, 

What a heart warming story! I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured this in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! Good for you for reaching out to Debbie Reynolds and it doesn't surprise me she made the effort to find your friend so you could be reunited! So glad to hear you have spoken with your friend.

Nov 19, 2017 06:09 AM #7
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I agree with Kathy and I am glad that she featured your post!  Congrats!

Nov 19, 2017 07:05 AM #8
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

What a heart-warming story of reunion, and isn't it great to have friends in the 'Rain?

Nov 19, 2017 08:38 AM #9
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

What a wonderful story! I am so glad to hear you were able to find your long-lost friend, with the help of a newer friend. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 19, 2017 10:59 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, I read every word of your riveting post. This just shows us how connected we really are to each other. I am so glad Debbie Reynolds was able to help you find your dear friend.  

Nov 19, 2017 01:27 PM #11
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

How great is that? I've never been to Clarksville, Tennessee but if it's like any other town, you can track people down if you have the will, public records being one and, now, pizza places! Good for you, Debbie Reynolds to get the job done; but we didn't expect any less from you.

Nov 19, 2017 03:08 PM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

What a beautiful story with a very happy ending! LOVE that you found your friend and a big WELL DONE to our friend Debbie!

Nov 19, 2017 04:14 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Paul

What a wonderful, heartwarming story. So glad you found your long-lost friend. And in such a marvelous way...through Debbie Reynolds (who I have had the tremendous pleasure of meeting in person several times in the last several years).


Nov 19, 2017 04:54 PM #14
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I love this story - and I'm not at all surprised that Debbie Reynolds dug in to help you reconnect. She's that kind of lady.

Nov 20, 2017 12:50 AM #15
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

That is an awesome story! I am so glad you reconnected with an old friend. I hope you have a great weekend. 

Nov 25, 2017 05:18 PM #16
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Paul, I am so glad that you connected with your Navy buddy. That was such a coincidence that my daughter knew him and connected the dots.

Nov 30, 2017 02:57 PM #17
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