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An ActiveRain Meet-up in Florida

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Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

An ActiveRain Meet-up in Florida

We are in escape mode from the winter in Connecticut and are appreciating some of the sunny days in Central FL.  With a little bit of conversation and a heartfelt invitation we ventured north to the area known as The Villages.  

It is a well-established community and from what one can see as we got closer to the area, it is very much a community of active adults, and the primary mode of transportation is a golf cart.

They are all over the lace nd one has to keep an open eye as those who live here have a sense of entitlement and as they own the road, one needs to respect that.

Our purpose, however, was to sit and engage in some time with Dick Betts, an ActiveRain member that lives in the Villages, but also heads a very successful Team of agents under the brokerage of Touchstone Realty, that may well be the #1 team in The Villages.

An ActiveRain Meet-up in FloridaWe enjoyed a lunch with Dick and his more than lovely wife, Michelle and the conversation flowed with very little pause.

Over the years, I have had more than a few such encounters and they share the common thread of being very friendly since we see so much of each other on the platform and with commenting get an understanding of character and this breeds familiarity.

We discussed many a topic and as they are planning a trip to a location, we have visited many a time, we offered a few suggestions and will have to wait for their post vacation blog to see if we helped at all.

Dick is very well known in the community as we saw several people looking his way with whispered awes, and even a pause from our waitress as she recognized a local celebrity.  There was even an incident of a car driving over a curb as they got distracted by him.

We enjoyed the meet with an AR family member and hope to maybe do it again in the future, or for us find another member to share a cup of coffee with.

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Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Michael Jacobs   The state was drenched all weekend of Feb 17-8. It averaged almost 2 inches of rain. We were safe as we were indoors.

Leanne Smith   These meet-ups are always enjoyable as we get to chat in person with a face that we see on the computer screen.

Feb 21, 2024 05:03 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!   I must confess, it was more than whispered awes, as Dick Betts stood u to take pf his jacket and when the name of his agency showed on his shirt, he got a standing ovation.  One young lady even came over and asked for his autograph, and then I saw it was the lunch bill, so I was okay with him signing it.

Hannah Williams   We talked briefly about his adventures at conventions.

 

Feb 21, 2024 05:07 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Anna "Banana" Kruchten   He does get a lot of activity. He had on a smart watch, and it kept lighting up throughout the lunch. It was like being in an early Dick Tracy comic strip.

Whie I do enjoy playing golf when the occasion affords, on that trip to AZ, I didn't play as I was focused on seeing all the natural wonders of AZ: The Grand Canyon, and Anna 'Banana' Krutchen

Feb 21, 2024 05:13 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Right - The natural wonders of AZ!!! 😊

Feb 21, 2024 01:26 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

George Souto  It was pure coincidence that my short was that color, and I got no extra attention as I walked along the Square.

Anna "Banana" Kruchten   Thank you for the recognition.

Feb 21, 2024 05:15 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Kathy Streib I do look for the opportunity when it presents itself and so far, have only had 1 person does not want to meet up.  I don't think time will allow for me to meet either of them.

Feb 21, 2024 05:17 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Dick Betts   I too enjoyed the visit. I will look for a post at the end of March on your vacation and hope that the recommendations we have made were helpful. 

It is true, putting a real person to a screenshot is different and makes for a little bit of a smile when we see that screenshot afterwards.

 

Feb 21, 2024 05:20 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Brian England   WYSIWYG and he is every bit as personable as one might suspect from his posts.

Wayne Martin   I understand and you are every bit that far away from where we are. Some other time, maybe

Feb 21, 2024 05:22 AM
Wayne Martin

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - I am about 40 miles north of West Palm Beach. Used to get close to The Villages when we lived in Ft. Myers and my son was at the University of Florida. Now, not so much living in downtown Chicago. 

Feb 21, 2024 07:42 AM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 awe, ovation, Dick Tracy Watch, autograph?  I think the crowd was pointing at the guy who ran over the curb not me!

Feb 21, 2024 06:15 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754

Dick Betts   I don't think I saw that!

Feb 22, 2024 05:11 AM
Dick Betts

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 so a buddy last night asked if I was posing for a picture on the square with my dad?  He was riding by when we took our picture.

Feb 22, 2024 06:54 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Happy to hear you had some laughs and enjoyed your visit together Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 😎

Feb 21, 2024 06:20 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, glad to hear you were able to spend time with Dick Betts. I left FL right before you got to the Sunshine State. Hope to see you in person again soon!

Feb 21, 2024 02:52 PM
Dick Betts
TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE - The Villages, FL
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Beth Atalay you really want to see Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 again????  Wow, I'm surprised!

Feb 21, 2024 06:30 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 When time allows, I try to find people near to where we are going to be and on occasion, but not all, it works out.

Feb 22, 2024 05:13 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Beth Atalay   You're sending mixed messages. You leave when you know I'm coming and then send regrets?  

That's like me mentioning I'm coming, and you say you're out that year.

Dick Betts   Beth comes from a culture that appreciates antiquities, that may be beyond you!

Feb 22, 2024 05:15 AM
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

Ed, Just came back from Del Ray last night. Had a wonderful time, and glad to read you're enjoying your trip!

Feb 22, 2024 06:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

What fun to have lunch with Dick Betts while on your trip. AR Meetups are the best!

Dick would certainly be on my list of people to meet if I ever am in the area, or nearby.

Jeff

Feb 22, 2024 09:44 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

What a great opportunity that was for both you and Dick Betts.  I'm glad you two made it happen.

Feb 22, 2024 08:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 22, 2024 08:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ed,

Loved reading your post and glad that Carol Williams featured it in her Second Chance Saturday Series and see Myrl Jeffcoat featured it in her Old Farts Club! Well done!

Feb 24, 2024 05:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Feb 24, 2024 06:37 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Nice of you to have an impromptu meet-up at The Villages. It is quite a place and still growing.

Feb 27, 2024 06:30 PM