An unsanctioned Active Rain Meet-up hampered by Technological...

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An unsanctioned Active Rain Meet-up hampered by Technological Challenges still became a success…

For the old timers on this platform, you will recall that Active Rain loved sponsoring ‘Meet-ups’ by giving lots of Active Rain Points to  the person who would coordinate a Meet-up. Then points were given to those who attended. What a brilliant concept. Active Rain differentiated its platform from the other platforms by developing relationships with its membership.

 Active Rain used to have Community Mangers. Depending on how long you have been on the platform you might have remembered  Brad Andersohn                one of my favorite Community Managers. He helped us learn about SEO, and the various long and short tail buzz words to help us get up on  top of the Search Engines.

Three or four ownerships later the Community Manager Position fell to the wayside, if I might add sadly… There were a couple of Active Rain Members who took on the Community Manager Job at a non-paid status, but clearly they got tired of the ‘Thankless unpaid Job’ of doing it and faded away. Some of you know who I am speaking of…

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I am digressing, now getting back to my point of the post. Our member Brian England   wanted to have a Meet-up; this has been  going on over the past few years. I have been super busy and told him sorry I can not go to Carlsbad CA for a Meet-up. As the years went by, I said well if you ever Meet-up with     Michael Jacobs in Pasadena I will have no excuse. Long and short of it Brian coordinated a Meet-up in Pasadena.

He asked when I am available, I said anytime without checking my calendar. So, we set up the time for the 21st of September. Well go figure I had a dental appointment and had to request a change for our meet-up. By now Michael and Brian were amicable to make the change and on a side, note invited  John Pusa  from Glendale as well.

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So here comes the day, September 22nd I cleared my calendar and was heading to meet all three for lunch at the Green Street Café in Pasadena. I told Diane looking on the map it looks very close to New Balance where we get all our sneaker. So, I am driving  to be on time, the military background in me believes in 15 minutes early is being on time. I planned enough in advance and I get to Glenarm Blvd 25 minutes early and put in the navigation to prevent any mistakes.

 Turns out the Navigation of my Lexus RX350 is sending me on a 25-mile magical mystery tour. I have been stressing the entire trip second guessing maybe there is another New Balance store I didn't not know about as the takes me to Glassell Park,  Echo Park, Hollywood and the list goes on. By now, I know I am going to be late but now I am totally depending on the Navigation system. Finally, it puts me on Colorado Blvd. You could fry eggs on my forehead and I am texting Michael that  I am 8 miles away…. So 37 minutes late I arrive at our lunch meeting.

They all were very gracious for my tardiness. We ended up having a great Lunch an unsanctioned Active Rain Meet-up. The food was great as well as the company. No Active Rain points awarded, but relationships have been strengthened. There is no substitute for meeting people with whom you have been communicating with on the Internet for years and now get to break bread with them. Michael and I have met more than a handful of times, but this was the first time I met John and Brian. Amazingly in person they were even better than what you see them on the platform.

Now with that said Diane wanted to know what I am going to do with the Lexus Navigation, this is the second time it has happened to me in Pasadena. To make matters worse even the Google Guide that I am on did not ask me “ How was Green Street Café”? Tells me even Google did not know I was there. Hmmm makes me pause.

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I guess there must be a technological black cloud over me, and no I will not buy a new Lexus even though it is about nine years old. Michael and I were grousing how good our Laminated Thomas Guide was 20 years ago and we both still have it. So, I am ready  to pull it out of the garage for future trips to Pasadena.

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On the other hand, John had a better idea, next time we meet in Pasadena meet at Vroman’s  the bookstore and we all go from there to the new Restaurant.

Thank you for the great suggestion John and I am looking forward to our next Meet-up, points or no Points from Active Rain. Thank you all for your kindness and friendship.

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Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708

 

 

Comments (38)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  in all fairness Brian England  had the biggest commute...

Sep 24, 2022 12:11 PM
Brian England

It was well worth the commute and we will do it again in December!

Sep 24, 2022 03:57 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho  I figured you would appreciate the "planning" you and I have been bantering about for a while now:)))Endre

Sep 24, 2022 12:17 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  the strange part about this is when I generally get home my Google app notifies me with a question: So how did you like the place? in this case I did not even get the question asked and that is on my phone nothing to do with the car.... South Pasadena must be my  Internet Black Hole, :)))Endre

Sep 24, 2022 12:32 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre,

How fun!  How come no pics of you and the gang?  I can tell you that I have had some issues with my navigation as well.  Fortunately, rick was with me, so we could use Apple Maps.  In fact, Apple did a much better job of giving us the description of where to turn and what lane to get into.  Leave it to Apple!

Sep 24, 2022 02:16 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre it sound like the MeetUp was still a success.  I have the WAZE app on my phone, and it is a great back up, and always updated.

Sep 24, 2022 03:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  I guess we just got side tracked by my 37 minute late grand entrance:) Endre

Sep 24, 2022 04:37 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

George Souto  ironically I have Ways on my phone as well, but as the old saying goes hindsight is 20/20, or should have would have.....Endre

Sep 24, 2022 04:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Endre:

It's all about the people, and the points don't matter!

Sounds like a great meet-up despite the technology issues delaying your arrival.

Jeff

Sep 24, 2022 05:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  when I joined I wanted referrals.... then it became about the people... connections and friendships and spreading the word on the WWW.... not the points. Endre

p.s.: I smile there are some who are still all about the points they are missing out

Sep 24, 2022 11:12 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - I am happy to hear that despite it all, you finally got together and had a great meet-up. That's really all that counts but there are lessons too. The planning in advance, doesn't always work out perfectly, but in the end, it was perfect. I think John Pusa had a great idea about meeting at the Book Store. Friendship in person is a beautiful thing! I hope Brian England makes his rounds again and it reoccurs soon.  

Sep 25, 2022 05:07 AM
John Pusa

Hello Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP hope you can join us next time.

Sep 25, 2022 02:24 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Endre Barath, Jr., GPS has a mind of its own. Although many of us have been communicating online, most of us have never met in person, yet, we know a lot about each other. It would be awesome to have a huge AR meet-up. Sounds like you guys had a great time.

Sep 25, 2022 06:28 AM
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 Endre,
So glad the meet up finally happened. As everyone knows, I love meet ups... points or no points.

Sep 25, 2022 07:38 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England, Endre Barath, Jr. - I think Beth Atalay makes an excellent point. A huge AR meet-up could be possible by car pooling, especially by drivers like Brian who can drive the distance further with his vehicle than others who don't have a Tesla or electric cars. John Pusa the only way I could make it to CA would be if somebody else could swing by, pick me up and drive me to your meet-up. 

Sep 25, 2022 03:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  your comment and bantering reminded my of Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  she could pick you up with the Banana Jet:) Oh I forgot that was last month:))Endre

Sep 25, 2022 04:34 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Beth Atalay  had you been there it would have been a lot more fun:)Endre

Sep 25, 2022 04:35 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Carol Williams  you remind me of Jeff Dowler, CRS  12+ years ago he had the record how many AR members he met face to face.... hmm I wonder now between the two of you   who has met more members??? Endre

Sep 25, 2022 04:36 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Endre Barath, Jr. 

Well, I used to keep a list of Rainers I had met, but stopped that a few years ago. But at the time it was nearing 200 (lots of Meet-ups and RainCamps and the AR Birthday Party in LA in 2007) and may exceed that by now. I have a list somewhere in the archives.

Jeff

Sep 25, 2022 05:19 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Oh man what a  crazy map story Endre! I'd be sweating to and I don't like being late.  Glad you finally made it and enjoyed yourself.  We've had a lot of unsanctioned meetups both here in Phoenix and wherever I happen to be.  So much fun, and it's so true - it's like meeting old friends that we just had coffee (or wine) together last week.

Sep 25, 2022 04:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  I had a conversation with  Grant Schneider  today and we talked about a lot of subjects but we both fondly remembered meeting in Boston, MA five years ago at an AR Meet-up and yes we drank wine at that time and some people like Grant had to watch and could not drink because he had the longest drive back to New York, Endre

Sep 25, 2022 05:05 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

I'd love to meet up with Grant Schneider and you!  Now that would be a fun time!  We'll make dinner for you guys at our home!

Sep 25, 2022 09:11 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Anna he mentioned on his drive "home" to NY half of MA and CT was in a fog... imagine that? Yes meeting you at your home would be fun and a shorter commute for me than   Grant Schneider 

Sep 25, 2022 09:13 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I wish I lived a little closer.  I would have loved to be at this meeting of the minds.  I am glad you all were able to have lunch together.  That Brian England does get around, doesn't he?

Sep 29, 2022 02:19 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

"Unsanctioned" meetup must mean no points!   I so enjoy meeting up with AR peeps. It remains on my bucket list to meetup with you and Michael Jacobs and anyone else in the area that wants to join us.  

Oct 04, 2022 10:35 AM