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My Favorite Memory in the Rain!

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

Tomorrow December 22nd is my birthday. Back in the early days of ActiveRain, when we only had about a thousand members or so, I had the pleasure of serving as one of the moderators. The morning of my birthday, as I logged into my account, nearly every member on the platform had changed their profile picture to one of me sporting a Santa's hat! It was a fun, heartwarming birthday gift of friendship from all the people I had become acquainted with here in the Rain!

Do you have a favorite memory of your involvement here in the Rain?

(Most people who know me know that I LOVE crab! Dungeness Crab to be exact. Living here on the Kitsap Peninsula in WA State, we are surrounded by the pristine waters of the Puget Sound, and are fortunate to have access to a bounty of shellfish!)

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Rich Jacobson is a REALTOR® and licensed Broker with Fathom Realty. He's a Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, skilffuly vanquishing anything in a shell! He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello and Happy Birthday in advance, Rich - what struck me about your post today was your remembrance of AR with a membership of about 1000.  Even though the estimated population of ActiveRainLand has shown lots more, I wonder when was the last census???  It remains an interesting place and certainly memorable for many reasons.  Regardless of how one counts it.

And speaking of counting, get those candles ready.  The cake is almost done.  🎂

Dec 21, 2023 12:25 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow, nice to see you posting on here after a long absence.  Great story and happy birthday!

Dec 21, 2023 02:27 PM
Rich Jacobson

Hey, Georgie! Mele Kalikimaka!

Dec 27, 2023 09:48 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Rich- Happy Almost Birthday!!!  I wish I could remember the member count when I joined but I'm sure in 2008 it was still higher than 1,000! I do remember watching it grow. There have been many memorable moments here but what popped into my mind first was the time we banded together to use social media to help a member stay in her home until after her husband passed away. 

Dec 21, 2023 06:16 PM
Rich Jacobson

great memory, Kathy! Happy New Year!

Dec 27, 2023 09:49 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Happy Birthday and don't be a stranger. Welcome back. Favorite memory... Hmmmm. Discovering Active Rain late 2006 and enrolling in the early Class of 2007 Rich Jacobson . AR was a strong resource to learn, share, improve. To bring it all home back to our own zip codes to apply in our market areas.

Dec 22, 2023 03:27 AM
Rich Jacobson

Lots of really great memories, Andrew! And you have been a valued part of it!

Dec 27, 2023 09:50 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Happy Official Birthday! I love your memory - that must have been such a wonderful surprise. My very first blog post here was featured and I got about 90 comments. I didn't even know what it meant to be featured and I couldn't even believe all these people I didn't know were so welcoming and encouraging. That was my very first ActiveRain memory.

Dec 22, 2023 04:22 AM
Rich Jacobson

Such a great memory, Kat! It was always so affirming to have your post featured by the Gold Star Fairies!

Dec 27, 2023 09:51 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Mine is attending twoRAINCAMPS and meeting Rainers in person including Bob , Ben and AR Staff members !

Dec 22, 2023 05:21 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Rich Jacobson ,

Happy Birthday! Good to read your post about what stuck in your memory about AR. For me it was the rain camp in Houston and all the friends I made there and here on-line!

Dec 22, 2023 05:33 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

A Happy Birthday to you. As to memories, meeting in person AR members from Phoenix beginning with Brian England are among my first memories.

Dec 22, 2023 05:48 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Rich! Happy Birthday! Many happy returns of memories in the rain! Best wishes for health and happiness! I don't remember that event, it would have been fun to see it!

I was reading for a long time, before I ventured to write my first blog. The challenges/contests, we have here, have raised my awareness about so many topics and have made me feel like a close friends to so many members. I love the in-person meetings with out-of-town and Phoenix area members.

Dec 22, 2023 08:09 AM
Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett

I remember attending the first AR meet up in Seattle and from over the years, those guys have become good friends.

Dec 22, 2023 09:35 AM
Rich Jacobson

Hey, Toby! Nice to see your face pop-up here!

Dec 27, 2023 09:52 AM
Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett

And totally, forgot. Happy Birthday Rich and congrats on all your successes.

Dec 22, 2023 09:36 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Happy birthday to you and many more.

I would say my best memory of ActiveRain was attending the Raincamp in Washington DC, which was done to personally honor Lenn Harley on being the first 1,000,000 point member. They awarded her a few extra just to make it official.

I have been fortunate to have met so many members including all of the key people at the top

Dec 22, 2023 11:59 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

And I was sitting with Lenn when that happened. What a treat!

Dec 22, 2023 06:46 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Well, Happy, Happy Birthday, my friend! We would LOVE to have you back here - you are sorely missed, Rich!

I love your memory and I can tell you that I have a great one with you in Seattle! We all had such a blast during that trip. I will say, it was such an honor to hang with all of the cool kids, including you, during that trip!! 

Dec 22, 2023 09:17 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Rich Jacobson: That was one of the first things I did on your Birthday. I wish you a Happy Birthday. I hope you received my message. I hope it was GREAT!

Dec 23, 2023 06:02 PM
Rich Jacobson

Such fun times! Happy New Year, Hannah!


Dec 27, 2023 09:53 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Happy belated December birthday. Mine is coming soon.

My favorite AR memories are my featured posts, and the friendships I've made throughout the country. Good to see you, Rich!

Dec 26, 2023 05:15 PM
Rich Jacobson

Happy Birthday to you as well! And a Happy New Year!

Dec 27, 2023 09:54 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

That is a wonderful memory. One of my favorites was a rain camp that attended. I’m kind of late to the party but wishing you a belated birthday. And many more! 

Feb 03, 2024 06:42 AM