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 notes   The Friendship Ball goes round and catch it quickly you are bound...If you're the one to catch it's up to you to see it passed! notes

The other day I had the honor of being passed the ActiveRain Friendship Ball from my dear friend William Johnson.  He and I re-connected on ActiveRain but originally met in 2002 while serving as Trustees for CREPAC (California Real Estate Political Action Committee).  While I gained the highest respect for him during those years, it wasn't until we caught up on AR that we truly became friends.

So, now I am supposed to name three special friends I have met on ActiveRain.  I have gone round and round because so many fellow Rainers have become friends...some whom I have met and some just through the Internet. 

If you don't already know them, I would like to introduce you to three friends of mine who have inspired and supported me consistently during my time here in the Rain:

Jeff Dowler







Jeff Dowler  and I literally crossed the country opposite ways at about the same time.  He settled in Carlsbad, CA from the Northeast and I moved to Lake Norman NC from Southern California.  From the very beginning I had great fun reading Jeff's wonderful posts because I could relate to his process of adjusting to life and real estate in CA just as I was adjusting to life and real estate in the East.  I think Jeff is truly one of the best out there when it comes to writing Localism posts.  Every time I click on one of his posts I am treated to a journey back home.  Jeff has been so supportive of me, always leaving encouraging comments.  The last time I was in California we tried to find a time to connect but unfortunately, it didn't work out but I truly hope to meet him someday!


Real Estate Media: The Blog Artist - marti garaughty (The Art Of Marketing You)  marti garaughty is truly an inspiration to so many of us here on AR.  His incredible talent and encouragement for us all to raise the bar on our marketing is relentless.  But what I didn't know until I emailed him for help several months ago is what a kind and generous person he is.  Since then he and I comment regularly on each other's posts...his comments are always so supportive!  Did I mention that marti and I are both cat lovers?


Carole Provenzale







Carole Provenzale , AR's Feng Shui expert, reminds me on a regular basis through her posts about the importance of balance in our lives, making the right choices and surrounding ourselves with positive energy.  She plays such an important role in her client's lives as well as all of us who follow her on AR.  Carole and I have discussed my attending some Feng Shui classes in NY where she was trained and I hope someday to do just that and meet her as well!

Thank you to all of my friends on AR!


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Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Diane - It was only a matter of time when the Friendship Ball would hit you.  It's still pretty amazing to me the relationships that have been built with folks on AR.

Oct 24, 2008 04:35 AM #1
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

 hi Diane, thx so much for this, the feeling is totally mutual, hey... cat lovers are amazing people! I'll try to get mine done soon, eventually the "crazy busy" has to slow down. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

Oct 24, 2008 07:30 AM #2
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I caught that friendship ball a few weeks ago, and this is awesome.  I hope that we can get the ball to all 100K + Active Rain friends.  Hope all is going well Diane and that you continue to make good friends here in the Rain!

Oct 24, 2008 07:35 AM #3
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Jason:  I  haven't been on AR much in the past month so didn't know about the Friendship Ball.  Now I have to go around and try to see what everyone else has been writing!  Thanks for stopping by.

marti:  You have a wonderful weekend too....and get something besides cookies to eat:)

Joan:  As I said to Jason, I wasn't aware of the Friendship Ball but now I am very interested in looking at all of my friends friends etc. 

Oct 24, 2008 09:58 AM #4
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Diane, You are so sweet and thank you for the honor....but I had the friendship ball and already threw it back out to the rain!   And you're welcome here ANYtime!

Oct 24, 2008 03:32 PM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Diane - well I am incredibly flattered. I know that someday we WILL meet for real, but in the meantime this must do. This is going to take some thought. I have met so many folks and trying to narrow it down to 3 seems impossible. I have to admit I was hoping to avoid another meme-type post - seems I have gotten more than I can handle and I always find them so hard to write. This will take some thought. Thank you for your kind words - it made my day.


Oct 24, 2008 04:05 PM #6
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Marti is just amazing and a treasure to so many who are lucky enough to 'know' him.  I haven't passed my friendship ball along yet.... it's been weeks.

Always great to visit you.

Oct 24, 2008 11:12 PM #7
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Cynthia...When the members you chose are those that  I admire also makes me realize how small this great big circle of 'friends' really is.


Oct 30, 2008 03:33 AM #8
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