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

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I always enjoy seeing Michael Jacobs when I am in the area and it was quite the treat to also be able to finally meet Endre Barath, Jr. and John Pusa such a fun lunch we had together!

Original content by Endre Barath, Jr. 01238708

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.


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) or visit one of my websites at I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708



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Comments (38)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Brian I hope you guys behaved yourselves, Endre can get a little feisty.  ☺️

Sep 24, 2022 02:02 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Yes, the week has been very busy Jeff Dowler, CRS but I have had some downtime as well to just relax at the beach.  It is always fun to see those that I interact with in the Rain.

Sep 24, 2022 02:05 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Yes, it definitely ended well Ed Silva and we had a very enjoyable lunch together!

Sep 24, 2022 03:53 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That was nice of Endre Barath, Jr. to mention Brad Andersohn and very nice of him to comment on the post.  I do not know him but I am quickly learning that he is beloved in the Rain Hannah Williams 

Sep 24, 2022 03:55 PM
Brad Andersohn

Thanks Brian - it’s great to meet you and I look forward to your comments and posts.

It’s inspiring to be back here again surrounded by the same amazing people as when I went to Zillow for a spell. May the “rain” be strong in your forecast. 👍🙏❤️

Sep 25, 2022 09:33 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I am going to plead the 5th on that one George Souto but I can tell you that your name came up in conversation.  Do you think we talked good or bad about you?

Sep 24, 2022 03:56 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I did read this one on Endre's site Brian, but in case anyone missed it, I'm glad you reblogged it!

Sep 25, 2022 04:50 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

We had such a good time together Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I am glad that we were able to get together for lunch.

Sep 25, 2022 05:50 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Brian,

Didn't any of you take a pic?  I always enjoy seeing everyone together. 

Sep 25, 2022 10:58 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Nope, I guessed we messed up Sheri Sperry - MCNE® but when we get together again in December I will make sure that at least one photo is taken that can be shared with our friends in the Rain.

Sep 26, 2022 05:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - what a nice meet-up! I love that everyone made an effort and did succeed to attend. 

Sep 27, 2022 07:29 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It seems that people are open to a meeting when I reach out to them and let them know I will be in their area Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP some will even drive through heavy rain, haha.

Sep 27, 2022 08:13 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - you are a lucky man to have people willing to drive through the heavy rain to meet you with wet hair, soaked clothes and shoes.

Sep 27, 2022 09:08 AM
Brian England

I truly am and you are definitely a wonderful woman Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I am happy to have you in my life!

Sep 27, 2022 01:22 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

I love it when it all works out, Brian England and Endre Barath, Jr.. When I was in Texas, we were blessed to have lunch with Kathy Streib, she is one of my favorites (among many)!

Sep 27, 2022 10:24 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I am glad you all were able to meet.  I would have loved to join you, maybe next time.

Sep 29, 2022 11:05 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am not sure how I missed your comment Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and only seeing it now.  It was very nice speaking with you on the phone earlier and I am really looking forward to meeting you and enjoying the Silobration!  Kathy Streib is one of my all-time favorites, I have to admit that I am a bit jealous that you have met her and I have not.  I sure hope that I will get to meet her one day in the future!

Sep 29, 2022 12:34 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I know we were too far away for you to join us Ray Henson but if Pasadena is an area you would be willing to drive to, I can invite you to our next meetup there which will be in early December.

Sep 29, 2022 12:37 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am glad that you all had a chance to meetup and enjoy a great lunch and visit.

Sep 29, 2022 01:53 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It was such a great time Bob Crane I always enjoy meeting people in real life that I have interacted with in one manner or another.

Sep 29, 2022 02:14 PM
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Sounds like a good time.  I did make it to one meetup back in the day in San Francisco.  I ended up getting a guided walking tour of the Presidio that day. 

I was actually driving through Pasadena on the 22nd on my way to Phoenix from northern Ca.  Thanks for sharing Brian England 

Sep 29, 2022 02:59 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I wish I had known that beforehand Jim Patton and you could have joined us for lunch in Pasadena or if I was in town while you were in Phoenix we could have gotten together.

Sep 29, 2022 03:13 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.   Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Nov 23, 2022 07:56 AM