Active Crack!!!!!

Mortgage and Lending with Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 NMLS ID# 158606

I can't handle it.  I hate the stuff.  I can't wait for a fix though.  OK...just one more time and I'm done.  Jeeez....I must be some sort of junkie.  My friends always called the TV show "24"....Crack TV.  Once you sign on, then you can't get off.  The Hotel California.

Active Crack, er Active Rain!  It was hard this weekend, but I went into a 2 day detox program, but am already back shooting up.  Comment on this post, draft another.  I HAVE STUFF TO GET DONE!  But here I am snorting a line of the RAIN. 

I do get lots of business off of this site.  I love the relationships.  The market's definitely not as busy as we would like so it's OK for me to do it just this one more time.

I rationalize that I have a life.  I have a wife and kids.  THEN WHY DO I FEEL GUILTY ABOUT TAKING A WEEKEND OFF?  There's nothing wrong with this, but I'm obsessed.  What if I miss something great?  What if I don't keep my pace.  What if I don't reach out to some new relationship. 

At least let me log on to see who's commented or contacted me....PLEASE....just this once.  The Rain really doesn't have a hold of me.  I'll prove it after I check my messages and post my most recent deep thought for the day.  I'll walk away for a while.

I guess the first step to a cure is admitting that I have a problem, or so I'm told.  We'll see.  I really don't have a problem.  After my next feature post, I'll get back to a life of moderation.  I'll just get this done on Monday so that I can glide through the rest of the week.

Active Rain Addition can sure be addicting!  Man do I need a fix!

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Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

I am with you. AR is so addictive!!

Aug 25, 2008 03:35 AM #1
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Larry, I also feel your pain!  This is an addictive place!

Aug 25, 2008 03:45 AM #2
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Larry - I know what you mean.  This place is very addictive.  Let me know if you find a cure...  :)

Aug 25, 2008 04:23 AM #3
Patrick Randles
Nova Home Loans - Tucson, AZ

This is only the 3rd time to AR today for me. Is that a lot? Now if I could just come up with a creative blog post, my work here will be done...(for today).

Aug 25, 2008 04:38 AM #4
Kim Sellers
Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow

 Chargers I battle every day with this.  I am in stiff competition with another in my office, I use to be way ahead and I took time off to move, and WHAM he is knocking at my back door.  Crack, whatever, I LOVE MY FIX OF AR!!! GOOOOOO CHARGERS...

Aug 25, 2008 04:51 AM #5
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production is!

T&D...what's the relief?

Debi....still in research. are me...or am I you?

Kim...blah, blah, blah...Go Pack Go!

Aug 25, 2008 07:10 AM #6
Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479
Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289 - Chattanooga, TN
Mortgage Loan Officer


I have just finished my third month. It is not surprising to see veterans like you still hooked on AR, it is such an outlet for personal creativity and as you said a place to find that something new.

It has come very close to changing who I am. It certainly has changed how I look at my work.

But I am off pace this week. Several posts in the planning stages are taking too much time to write, and my other life is interferring. :)


Aug 25, 2008 04:02 PM #7
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

I  get the shakes and feel spiders crawling all over me if I don't get my quota! ;-)

Aug 25, 2008 04:07 PM #8
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Larry.....  what kind of post is this?  200 pts?  who were you complaining about?  lol    Seriously... yes, it can be addicting and I had one girlfriend last summer that made fun of me and was mad, when we went away for a week to the shore, and I was on this every morning... and kept saying, give me a minute.... 1 hour later...  lol

I took almost a full 30 to 45 days off this summer... it actually felt great and and I started not to miss it. And I still had dribbles of business from it. I started back up on August 7 th or so.... and hit it hard, the crack that is, about 10 days ago.... and I just received 4 valid leads today...   2 phone calls, 1 e-mail, and one referral from another AR loan officer... I have spoken to all but the referral. Yes, this is a great place and so is blogging. Actually, one of my lead came from one of my other blogging sites....

anyhoo.....  read this.. I felt the same way at one point.  : I can't do it anymore...... I am LOSING it.... HELP!!!    sweet dreams....  lol  I need sleep... I just got off the phone, 45 minutes later, with one of those clients. Call me tomorrow so I can tell you about it and her other experiences with other lenders... very sad... but could be more business for people like you and I.

Jeff Belonger

Aug 25, 2008 04:36 PM #9
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

PS... I meant to say, I loved 24 and I am so pissed that it's off.  Is it coming back?  I heard it was...  I need my other barrel of crack...

Aug 25, 2008 04:37 PM #10
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Rich....great quotes....I love the fact that you've changed yourself.  That's always a good thing isn't it?

Trey...detox is tough isn't it.

J....I knew this was coming from you.  I was free associating dude.  But let's be honest.  Don't you feel that you have to...just have to complete your daily duties some times?  Great story here dude.  I'll clal you later today.  24....I won't allow myself to watch it anymore, b/c I rent the season and can't function until I see the next episode.  CRACK TV.

Aug 26, 2008 02:20 AM #11
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Larry - My AR addiction needs breaks now and again.  I guess it is that whole 'burn out' thing going on.

Aug 26, 2008 02:43 AM #12
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

I got a chance to get away for a few days and it was liberating, but I was jonesing pretty hard for the good stuff.

Aug 28, 2008 05:03 AM #13
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

When I saw your headline, "Active Crack," my visual went to foundations, retaining walls, driveways, patios and porches, ceilings and walls, and everywhere else that we find common cracks here in San Diego. I'm glad now that yours is just a reference to some drug of choice somewhere. LOL

Aug 28, 2008 08:28 PM #14
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

I always say to myself I am not going to spend a long time here. Well it is 5:08am in the morning. But am I sleeping? Of course not. I am on Active Crack. Im a addict. But this is a good addiction-LOL. Great post.

Aug 28, 2008 09:05 PM #15
Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

I never had an addition in my life, I never smoked, drank, nothing- until I came here... Its awful!  Is there a drug to fix this...

Sep 01, 2008 01:00 AM #16
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

My computer goes on vacation with me and I do what I can to get my fix. My wife will drive while I blog and I can't stop! I know I'm addicted, but I will not stop!

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home -

Sep 01, 2008 05:20 PM #17
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