"Rain" Friends are the BEST Friends!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living 272617

I've been dancing here in the "Rain" since like 2007? In fact, I just went back and found my very first post!

I've learned so much from my time here. From blogging and SEO to other parts of my profession, the learning opportunities at and within the Active Rain community have been awesome!

But so have the friendships I have made. A few have come and gone, but most remain. And some of those are truly friendships that I cherish...and think the other does too. 

A reminder of those friendships and how wonderful it is to get together IRL (In Real Life) were ever present this past Saturday morning as we had a AR MeetUp here in Atlanta. Two of my BFF's, Debe Maxwell, CRS and Tammy Lankford, made long trips (4 hours and 1.5 hours) just to have breakfast and meet Sally K. & David L. Hanson ! I'd never met these two, and they were everything and thensome as far as wonderful and giving people go. I had a great time visiting and learning from them both! 

But it can be amazing in your own city...you just get caught up in your own life and don't see the local people you know. So a few hours with Tim Maitski, and Michelle Francis and Lynn Friedman was a special treat as well. And my lender friend Rodney Mason with OnQ Financial (whom I will soon be neighbors with in my new Midtown Atlanta office!) and a new connection with Jenna Dixon.

So it was a small group in size, but huge in knowledge and friendships! 

I'm on a mission to dance MORE in The Rain in 2018! And these people certainly are an inspiration!!!

Cue music......"Thank you for being a friend....."


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Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

Thom,  It was nice meeting up with you again.  Maybe we'll cross paths this year in a transaction.

Jan 28, 2018 08:51 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

How cool, I saw Sally's post and it looks as if you had a great time. And, I agree with you, the best part of AR is the friendships. 

Jan 28, 2018 09:00 AM #6
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

How pleasant is the company of joy.....richfuscious

Jan 28, 2018 10:32 AM #7
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

I am glad you have been able to make such good friendships here on ActiveRain. Thank you for sharing. 

Jan 28, 2018 10:52 AM #8
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Thom, you are so right - we learn every day so much on this platform. I liked this abbreviation, IRL, that you came up with  ... vs URL ...

I feel most of your friends are ones I know, too. I am glad you had a pleasant Meet-Up. 

Jan 28, 2018 12:54 PM #9
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Now that is a meet-up of meet-ups.  Great photos ... I would love to meet more AR peeps in person. Most certainly you and the others mentioned here. 

Jan 28, 2018 02:30 PM #10
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I keep thinking I'll have a schedule when my Donald and I travel to be able to meet up with a group of AR peeps from somewhere else, but it hasn't happened.  I've met a few on our travels... Emmy and Kent, visited Jane Peters although I had previously met her and visited Lisa Heindel in N. O.   But really need a AR convention with some serious learning and sharing.

Jan 28, 2018 05:03 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

We need a central location RainCamp - those were THE BOMB and we had so much fun meeting dozens and dozens of other members. It really helped propel this forum too!

Thom, it is always such a treat to chat and/or visit with you! I loved the group we had and what wonderful peeps - each and every one! It's always great getting hugs from you and Tammy too! ;-) And, I learned Miss Sally fits in that great hugger category too!

Hugs and until we meet again...

Thank YOU for being a friend...

Jan 28, 2018 06:19 PM #12
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I love theidea of a central location RainCamp! I knew this was happening - and I was so jealous - sounds like you guys had a great time! 

Jan 29, 2018 04:22 AM #13
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

That must have been such an amazing get-together!!  

Jan 29, 2018 05:11 AM #14
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Thanks for sharing. This is so true!

Jan 29, 2018 09:26 AM #15
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Hi Thom, look forward to the music you have cued up to dance to. 

Jan 29, 2018 09:33 AM #16
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Wow! Those ladies look good! A 4 hour drive is incredibly impressive. Now, that's the definition of effort.

Jan 29, 2018 02:20 PM #17
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thank you, Jill Sackler - definitely worth the trip to see these amazing AR peeps!

Kudos on the Daily Drop recognition too, Thom!  

Jan 29, 2018 06:18 PM #18
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Thom Abbott ,

How cool is this..love that you were able to get together..great photos, great smiles and great fun! Than you for sharing!

Jan 29, 2018 06:56 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Thom

Sounds like great times with these special Rainers, and there are many here. Meeting those we have gotten to know online is the ultimate gift!

I hope to meet Debe Maxwell, CRS  in Dallas, hopefully, at CRS Sellabration, at a meetup being planned with Lisa Von Domek  and who knows who else?


Jan 29, 2018 08:37 PM #20
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I can't wait, Jeff Dowler! Do you and Lisa Von Domek have a time/date set yet?

Jan 29, 2018 08:47 PM #21
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

What a wonderful testimony of the value of friendships found in the rain!

I am inspired.

Jan 30, 2018 07:06 AM #22
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

What a wonderful post not only are you Dancing in the Rain Thom Abbott  You are singing in style ..How lucky are you to meet-up with this amazing group of people ?

Jan 30, 2018 07:33 AM #23
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Thom, Always fun to get together with our Rain friends.  My Facebook photo this morning is from one of those trips, the Florida one :)

Jan 30, 2018 07:52 AM #24
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