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What kind of site is this, anyway?

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

I had just finished my typical morning routine.  Sitting in my chair, with my laptop.  Boob tube on, watching what world events had unfurled overnight to menace the general populace, while I perused Active Rain to see what interesting posts had been written, what questions had been asked and responded in the Q&A, what drama ARMS was referee-ing ... and to add my own personal responses to Q&A or posts when and where I felt the need.

A comment here, a comment there, and then ready myself for my morning's ablutions.  Just as I left the computer, my phone rang.  A bit of a surprise, because quite honestly I'm a bit of an early-bird and while I've been up for several hours, it's still early in the morning and the caller ID shows a number that I don't recognize.

I struggle with the thought of not answering the call... but then give in, because, after all, I'm a Realtor (yes... registered trademark) and who knows... it might be money... right?  I answer the phone, and it's a very excited voice who says: "Alan! It's Peter Mohylsky, what part of Bethlehem were you in?"

One of the comments I had, just made moments earlier on Active Rain, mentioned that I had lived in Bethlehem, PA as a child, and so had Peter.  Turns out, we had both lived in the very same neighbourhood, although not at the same time.  Small world, eh?  We had a brief, but very animated conversation and although I had never talked to Peter before, it was as though an old friend had reached out.

So, what kind of site is Active Rain?  It's a site filled with old friends ... some of whom you may not have met yet. We hadn't met, but from reading our posts and comments, Peter felt comfortable picking up the phone and calling me, and I was delighted that he did.

Ain't Active Rain grand?

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Alan - even ActiveRain is a small world.  After all.  Cue the musical accompaniment.  

Mar 28, 2024 05:34 AM
Alan May

There's music!?

Mar 28, 2024 06:14 AM
ActiveRain Member Support
Seattle, WA

Pulls out whistle, blows it hard...fighters to neutral corners or we're going to start deleting comments, you get me???

Mar 28, 2024 05:54 AM
Michael Elliott

When is your birthday?   I want to buy you a gift.   Thanks for the entertainment and support. 

Mar 28, 2024 06:02 AM
Alan May

Mar 28, 2024 06:17 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

Michael Elliott , I became self-aware at 2:14 a.m., EDT, on August 29, 1997.

Mar 28, 2024 07:09 AM
Michael Elliott

ActiveRain Member Support    we appreciate you.

Mar 28, 2024 07:14 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

We're doing our best to keep ActiveRain a good place to be :)

Mar 28, 2024 07:18 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Alan May  and Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert   wow that is awesome,  I love hearing this.  PS---Go Phillies !!!

Mar 28, 2024 05:59 AM
Alan May

It was, indeed, quite the treat.  I don't know how it was for Peter, but I lit up a cigarette afterward. ;-)

Mar 28, 2024 06:18 AM
Michael Elliott

Alan May  hahahah.  

Mar 28, 2024 07:14 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Wow, so nice. Yes, AR is a great place. People need to engage and get to know the folks on the other side. Have a great day Alan!

Mar 28, 2024 06:37 AM
Alan May

It has the ability to be that great place... if you allow it.

Mar 28, 2024 06:38 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

I've met a fair number of Rainers in person, and it's never like meeting a stranger.

There are far more that I never expect to meet in person, but I consider friends (yourself included).  There are many relationships built over the course of the years that expand beyond the virtual walls of ActiveRain, if people just provide the opportunity.

Mar 28, 2024 07:34 AM
Alan May

I've met a decent number as well, along with having attended a RainCamp, before I had a chance to really know a lot of rainers.  Over the years I've grown to "know" quite a few of youse guys, and I have to say that I would feel very comfortable borrowing money from almost any of you. ;-)

Mar 28, 2024 07:42 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's a long line behind my wife, 9 Chihuahuas, 16 cats, and approximately 500,000 honeybees.

Mar 28, 2024 07:59 AM
Alan May

I'm patient.

Mar 28, 2024 10:15 AM
Kathy Streib

Alan- you crack me up. And Liz and Bill Spear Bill...loan the poor man some money!!! 

Mar 28, 2024 07:16 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Coming from NW IN, I know exactly where Evanston is and in corporate often had deliveries in that area.

Mar 28, 2024 07:39 AM
Alan May

We are right where you left us.  Evanston has the benefit of being well-known as the host of Northwestern University, as well as the birthplace of many well-known individuals including (but not limited to) Charlton Heston, Marlon Brando and Anne Margaret.

Mar 28, 2024 07:47 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It's really funny what a small world AR sometimes makes it.  When I get an out of state buyer in the office it's rather often I actually KNOW someone from where they are from.  And for the past 13 years I have stopped and met at least one AR person on each trip.  It was Anna Banana last fall.

Mar 28, 2024 08:31 AM
Alan May

Isn't that fun?

Mar 28, 2024 10:07 AM
Peter Tamura
Coldwell Banker Select - Tulsa, OK

That's a nice story! I like to talk to people or meet them face to face. So much more context than texting and liking! 😁

Mar 28, 2024 10:04 AM
Alan May

You're right.  The written word doesn't allow for the texture and hidden meaning behind an actual voice and facial expressions.

Mar 28, 2024 10:08 AM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Lakeland, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Awesome story about the power of ActiveRain, thank you for sharing it with us!

Mar 28, 2024 11:44 AM
Alan May

It was truly my pleasure.

Mar 28, 2024 12:29 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

It is a small world especially when you consider the density of the North east US and how the winds of life have spread us around this nation,  Big shout out to Alan May and Will Hamm who started this adventure close to each other.  ActiveRain Member Support this is a dating site of sorts.  

Mar 28, 2024 12:41 PM
Alan May

Wait... where did Will start out?  How YOU doin'?

Mar 28, 2024 12:46 PM
ActiveRain Member Support

Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert, hey, those dating sites charge big monthly fees!  I need to have a conversation with the guys upstairs.

Mar 28, 2024 12:49 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Alan:

What fun that you and Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert connected on the phone as you did...much better than simply a written reply to your comment about Bethlehem.

I can't count on even dozens of hands the AR friends I've met in person over the years (including yourself in Chicago in November 2017) at meet-ups, RainCamps and REBar Camps, or that I have talked to on the phone.

ActiveRain IS indeed very grand!!


Mar 28, 2024 03:29 PM
Alan May

I do remember our glancing meeting in Chicago, I was there with our mutual AR buddy Noah Seidenberg.

Mar 29, 2024 06:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Alan- when Sharon Tara and I finally had the chance to meet in person, it was as if we'd known each other for years. It's hard to explain to someone what ActiveRain is when you speak of your "friend" whom you've never met and may not have spoken with but you know them from Cyberville. 

Mar 28, 2024 07:20 PM
Alan May

I think that's a legitimate statement... we know our digital penpals very well, don't we?

Mar 29, 2024 06:09 AM
Sharon Tara

Kathy Streib  It was so wonderful that day....hugging each other like long lost friends!

Mar 29, 2024 07:27 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

So many great connections! Virtual and otherwise, Alan. We are a magnificent group. 

Mar 29, 2024 05:00 AM
Alan May

We are, indeed.  And I'm so glad to see you back in the fold.

Mar 29, 2024 06:09 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

The friendships here are not something an outsider can really relate to. We build connections and we build real friendships! As Kathy Streib has already mentioned, it was an exciting day when we actually got to meet in person. Like hugging a life long friend.

Mar 29, 2024 07:31 AM
Alan May

Kathy is a special person, so you must be, too.

Mar 29, 2024 10:00 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Great post, Alan May ! I had a similar feeling yesterday when I talked with an Active Rain member Jacki Tait, CLHMS . It felt like we have been friends for a long time, and we have actually never met in person, just here on the blogging platform.

Mar 29, 2024 07:42 AM
Alan May

It's a pretty amazing feeling, isn't it?

Mar 29, 2024 10:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Alan. I am missing some of the old members who are no longer with us.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Mar 29, 2024 08:21 AM
Alan May

Yeah... I'm missing a few of them, too.  And yet, it's nice that some of them have come back and found us again recently. Isn't it?

Mar 29, 2024 10:01 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Peter is very animated and it is so true this site creates friends.

Mar 29, 2024 09:34 AM
Alan May

Well, our call was very animated, at least.

Mar 29, 2024 10:02 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

AR may not be the place where everybody knows your name but give a bit of oneself and the rewards are many.  I have enjoyed so many of the interactions over the years and when on the road try to meet up with members, assuming they answer the calls.

Apr 01, 2024 07:57 AM
Alan May

Noooormmm!   er... I mean... Eddd!!!

Apr 01, 2024 11:04 AM