Zooming Across The Years

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

marching along in 1985

Sometimes we need something bad to happen to force us to do something we should have been doing all along.

COVID-19 has forced a lot of people to change habits.

More time with family.

More food stashed away just in case.

WAY more toilet paper bought (judging by shelves that are MOSTLY staying empty).

And of course the process of buying and selling a home has changed a bit, at least for the short term.

And another thing that has changed?  The helpfulness of technology to keep our social distances and still stay connected.

My engineering job uses various web conferencing tools.  Skype, Webex, Zoom, a lot depends on which country the meeting organizer is home based out of.  I work with people from China to Europe and East Coast to West Coast in the U.S.

I'm not really the most social of people by nature.  Engineer, introvert, this work from home and shelter in place doesn't have me banging on the doors yelling "let me out!!".

And it's easy to let Life get in the way of keeping in touch, but technology let's us bridge the miles with a few clicks.

Last night 14 guys I mostly hadn't seen since an Annapolis day in May 1985 when President Reagan shook each of our hands, we were handed our diplomas, swore our commissioning oath, tossed our midshipman covers (hats to most of you) in the air, then donned our officer insignia and new covers and started the next chapter in our lives. 

A handful of them were present 10 days later to usher in Liz and me getting married, and then for the most part we scattered to the corners of the earth on our new duty assignments.

Once in a great while I'd cross paths with one of these 30 guys from 4th Company, but over time contact was lost with most of them until Facebook and LinkedIn made it easier to find each other again.

Last night 14 of us gathered together on a Zoom call.  Not a bad percentage for 35 years after graduation.  We're still scattered around the earth.  The organizer of the call was in Hong Kong (he's a commercial cargo pilot), a fair number of the guys are retired after finishing a long career in the Navy and moving on to their 2nd (or 3rd) careers.  Some are just a few miles from their hometowns (something we had to learn about each other almost immediately after our Induction Day in 1981).  Somewhere in my basement is a hand written list, Giles..Dumfrees VA, Doug..Holidaysburg, PA, Louis...San Bernadino CA...yep, most of that roster is still in my head 39 years later. 

It was great catching up with each other.  The faces were the same, but older.  It was a quick two hours and we have plans to do it again.  The years may pass, but the comraderie is always there.

No real estate lesson in this one today folks.  Just a reminder, use this "forced" time off to reach out to the people you care about.  You won't regret it.

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz

P.S.  Go Navy!!!

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  1. Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO 04/23/2020 06:27 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - actually stories of "connection"  does relate to real estate.  The methods may change but the idea of effectively keeping in touch is a good lesson.  

Apr 04, 2020 04:29 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- We're going to try to get our family to Zoom soon, especially since we won't be together for Easter. I'm going to have to practice first, though. bet it was fun for you reminiscing.

Apr 04, 2020 04:54 PM #2
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thanks for your service Liz and Bill Spear . Of course I have to say "Go Air Force" being my 19 year old daughter is Air Force National Guard but she is currently at the Navy Base in Gulfport MS receiving training for CE.

Apr 04, 2020 05:11 PM #3
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes


Apr 04, 2020 05:17 PM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Agree, connecting with people is huge. What a wonderful exchange and catch up. Zoom is not just about business. In fact, perhaps, right now, it's about something much bigger. Good for you. 

Apr 04, 2020 07:07 PM #5
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I have been reflecting on similar thoughts lately.  This quarantine is forcing/allowing us to do things that we should have been prioritizing all along.

Apr 04, 2020 08:45 PM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. Sometimes adversity creates time for otherwise overlooked opportunities. Enjoy your day!

Apr 05, 2020 04:55 AM #7
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Bill,
One of the main reasons I originally joined Facebook (back in '08) was to connect with out-of-area family and friends. It has worked well. I do love the unfiltered aspect of live video conferencing. 

I belong to a Mastermind group with people from the U.S., Canada, and Ecuador. How cool is it that we can all be together on a video conference as often as we like?

Apr 05, 2020 06:22 AM #8
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Bill - what a lovely post of rememering all the guys you graduated with from the Navy!  Go Navy!  It's good to hear 14 of you connected after all these years. Sure many years have gone by, but doesn't it bring it all back into focus in the moment and isn't great to catch up with where they all are today.

Apr 05, 2020 09:55 AM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Zooming has a whole new meaning in these quarantine times. Stay home and stay whole.

Apr 07, 2020 11:26 PM #10
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill I missed this great post of yours thanks to a re-blog I am here:)) now with that said there is a gathering that one of my classmates is working on and would you believe it it is the 45th year reunion Class of 1977 USMA... time does Zoom by fast, Endre

Apr 23, 2020 09:57 PM #11
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I missed this post also. I think it's fantastic that you were able to Zoom with your Annapolis buddies. It's interesting how a lot of time has passed, but none has. 

Enjoy your day!

Apr 24, 2020 05:28 AM #12
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