NAR Orlando - Bloggers, Twitterers, and a GREAT AR Party!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine NH and Maine Broker

If you aren't attending this year's 2008 NAR Convention here in Orlando, you're missing a terrific opportunity to meet some really fabulous people.  Great networking going on, lots of learning from all kinds of sessions, and of course, night-time fun galore!!

Yesterday was just jam-packed with meet-ups and more.  The guys from Bloodhound Blog spoke to us in the morning at the wrap-up of the Cyber Professionals' meeting, then came meet-ups at the Web 2.0 panel where we got to hear 4 terrific folks tell us about their internet and social media strategies, and the day ended with the Active Rain party at Hard Rock Live on City Walk at Universal Studios.  What fun that was!!

Some of the people I met up with yesterday were Midori Miller, Neal Bloom, Rudy @Trulia, Lane Bailey, Kristal Kraft and KK's hubby Larry, Cyndee Haydon, Missy Caulk, Katerina and Nestor, Bob Stewart, Jon Washburn, Susie Blackmon, Ginger Wilcox, Joel McDonald (@joelrunner), Randy Prothero, Marc Grossman, Russ Prothero, Matt Ruthburn, Broker Bryant and the lovely TLW, and so many others.  Some of these great people I'd already met so it was seeing old friends again, and others I was just meeting for the first time, and that also was like meeting an old friend. Most were from Twitter and/or Active Rain.  It is so great to be able to meet in person those whose posts you comment on, who comment on yours, and those you share twits with.

I wish everyone had been able to be here - I am SO glad I came to NAR this year!!!

Enjoy the picture show, and be sure to check out more pictures here ---> NAR Orlando - Active Rain and Social Networking.

And one other thing - the hugs you get at one of these meet-ups are just awesome!  I've met some great huggers - you know who you are....   Thanks for all the awesome hugs!!

                  

                        Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR

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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
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Ann....

Well. It was kinda mellow compared to some of the past Gatherings you and I have attended together. Probably has a lot to do with ME not letting my hair down too far :)

Good seeing you again Sweetie. Stay well and grow :)

TLW...ROAR!

Nov 10, 2008 08:38 PM #50
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Hi Ann,

Sorry I missed you at the conference and party. Hope to meet you in person next time!

- Spencer from Zillow

Nov 11, 2008 05:31 PM #51
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
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Hi Dena - long time no see!!  I wish you had been there, too!

Hi Woo-Hoo Sally - we did have a great time at this convention, and meeting so many we interact with online was just super.  Thanks for the hugs!!  Right back at ya!

Hi Julie - we did enjoy for sure!!

Hi Hal - my dad's name is Harold and he goes by Hal, too.  Ah, how about business, since so much of what I did was business and education?!?


Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!
Ann

Nov 12, 2008 02:23 AM #52
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Ann Cummings
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Hey Jeff - glad you liked the pictures I put up.  It was so enjoyable to actually get the opportunity to meet so many people we have been friendly with online for so long.  It was just great, and makes those bonds even stronger for most of us.  I wish you could have been there as well, and some day I hope you get that chance.

I'm giving some thought to NYC Inman - a number of people have mentioned that to me.  I'll look further into it, and see what I think.  I think I remember you went to that one last year, right?  Are you going to this next one?


Ann

Nov 12, 2008 02:26 AM #53
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Yvette - I wish everyone had been able to be in Orlando with us.  There's so much to do and see, and having the chance to meet so many AR members and people from other online networks was just great!  I hope you are able to go next time - we can meet up then!

Hi Christopher and Stephanie - we did have a 'rockin' good time' for sure!  What a great online community we belong to!

Hi Thesa - I wish you had been there, too.  We had a great time getting to meet everyone who was there.

Hey Marti - you so welcome, and it really is just like a family reunion.  That's a great description!

Hi George - a great time was had by all for sure!  It really is so nice to be able to meet so many members, and it's awasome of the AR crew to put on a party for us all to get together!


Thanks for the great comments!
Ann

Nov 12, 2008 02:37 AM #54
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Hey Bill - some day I am going to meet you, and I do hope you can get to the next convention.  I think you'd really enjoy it and of course, the AR party!

Hey Neal - I thought I had pictures of the 2 of us, but there weren't any on my camera.  There were so many people taking pics, I guess I assumed I had asked someone to take some using my camera.  I loved seeing you again, and I'm glad we tracked each other down.  Did you get caught up on your sleep yet? 

Hi Mana - you're welcome and I glad you enjoyed looking through them.

Hi Lisa - it is so great to meet online friends in person!  Most are just as you'd expect them to be, and a few are just so different when you meet them in person.  It was great fun - wish you and Bob could have been there with us.

Hi Suzanne - it really was a great time to have so many to be able to meet - great fun!


Thanks for the comments!
Ann

Nov 12, 2008 02:43 AM #55
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Hi Kathy - isn't Twitter great?  That's how a lot of us kept track of each other while in Orlando.  I've looked back over many of the pictures I took, and I have way more than I included in my 2 posts, and I enjoy thinking back on the different times and places and people in them.  I hope you can come next year when it's in San Diego - it would be great to be able to meet you in person!

Hi Sharon - I'm sorry we didn't meet!  And it was, indeed, wonderful to meet so many people we interact with online.  Next year for sure!

Hi Lisa - it does feel like that, doesn't it?  I feel like that when I look through others' posts when they talk about their meetups around the country.  We do live in a very different age with all this social networking, and how great it is, too!

Hi Allison - what a bummer about the flu, and I sure hope you're feeling much better by now.  One of these days we will definitely get to meet face to face.


Thanks for stopping and enjoying this post!
Ann

 

 

Nov 12, 2008 07:43 AM #56
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Hi Midori - you're making me blush with those comments!!  I loved seeing you again, just wish we'd had more time to just sit and visit for awhile.  I'll be back down here off and on, as you know, and hopefully we can find a time to meet up somewhere again.  I'm glad you got to meet so many others, too.

Hey Neal - I know, I have no idea what happened to the pictures of us.  I thought I had some in my camera, but it must just have been others taking them.  I thought for sure I'd had someone take some with my own camera, but they weren't there when I downloaded all my pics.  If you come upon them anywhere, send me the link so I can take a look at them, too.  Loved seeing you again!

Hi Diane - I wish everyone could have been there.  What a great gathering that would have been!


Thanks for the comments!
Ann
 

Nov 12, 2008 07:48 AM #57
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Katerina - it was really so nice to get to meet you and Nestor!  You give so much here in your posts, and it truly was great to see you in person.  Thank you for that really nice comment - I am in person who I am online, and I trust that comes across in my posts and in my comments.  Thank YOU!

Hi janeAnne - it was great fun, and I wish you had been able to make it.  We could have had yet another in person visit.  Next time, and again in Asheville - don't know when just yet, but spring or summer next year for sure.

Hi Laura - I wish there was a way that all of us could make it to one of the gatherings.  What a blast that would be, huh?  One great big gigantic family reunion!

Hi Virginia - glad you enjoyed the pictures and show!  I like looking back through those pictures, too.

Hi Katrina - it was great to meet you as well.  I always love putting a face to face meeting with an online friend!  Glad we had that opportunity.


Many thanks for the comments!
Ann

 

Nov 12, 2008 07:55 AM #58
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Looks like I missed out on all the fun.  I will look forward to next NAR Convention -

Nov 12, 2008 08:00 AM #59
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Ginger - I really hope we get to meet at one of these as well.  It was really nice to be able to meet so many that are part of this community.  There certainly was a lot of laughing and having a great time going on!

Hi Karen - all the various forms of social networking really do put the world quickly at our fingertips, doesn't it?  Next year is in San Diego, so I hope you can make it to that one.

Hi Marian - that 'sprinkling' is great, and you'll get more and more by being here!  I should have used last names in my pics - sorry about that.  Cyndee Haydon, Jeff Turner, Teresa Boardman, and Ines Hegedus-Garcia.  Others in the pictures include Jay and Monika McGillicuddy, Missy Caulk, Midori Miller, Katrina Madewell, Rich Jacobson, Bob Stewart, Bryant Tutas (Broker Bryant), TWL (Billie Tutas), Neal Bloom, Katerina and Nestor Gassett.  I'll see who else I might have missed and add those names here for you.  Thanks for asking for their last names!


Thanks for the comments!
Ann

Nov 12, 2008 08:07 AM #60
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Brian - Wow, what a great compliment you left me!  I really enjoyed meeting you, and that very first greeting you gave me when we walked into Uno's before I even knew it was you was just AWESOME!  I loved that hug, and I loved all the really kind things you said to me about losing Bear.  I just felt so comfortable sitting there talking to you, just as though we'd been friends for years.

You are such a warm, engaging and friendly person, and I loved meeting you.  It was great to see you again at one of the morning Cyber Professionsls breakfasts. 

Brian Brady and Ann Cummings - NAR Orlando 2008




And I just love this picture that was taken of us the night we met in person!

You give GREAT hugs, just so you know....just sayin'!

Ann

Nov 12, 2008 09:56 AM #61
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Jon - I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you, and over time you'll come to know more and more of us.  I hope to meet you at the next AR gathering.

Hey Billie (TLW) -  I know it was a little more mellow than some of the others, especially the very first orginal gathering that we were part of in Celebration, but this was fun, too.  It was great to see you out and about, and to know you're doing better each day.  I'm doing better each day, I hope.....  Hugs to you and BB!

Hi Spencer - oh I am bummed to not have met you!  I heard others talk about meeting you and I was hoping I would run into you at some point.  Next time for sure!

Hi Steve - you did miss some great fun, both at the AR party and the convention in general.  Nest year will be in San Diego, so start planning now!!


Thanks everyone for the great comments, and hope to see you all at the next convention and AR gathering!
Ann

 

Nov 12, 2008 10:02 AM #62
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And...

That picture of you and Brian was worth coming back to see. Awesome :)

I wish he had come to The AR Party. I didn't get the chance to meet him. Maybe someday :)

TLW...ROAR!

Nov 12, 2008 10:10 AM #63
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
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Hi TLW - it was so neat to meet Brian Brady!  He is so different in person than I thought he was from his writing and profile pic.  What a very nice, fun and personable guy he is.  He gave me the biggest hug when I walked into where he was, and I did not know who he was until after the hug.  I could have spent hours talking with him, if we'd had the time to do so.  I hope you get the chance to met him, you'll love meeting him as I did!  He's so easy and down-to-earth to talk with.

Ann

Nov 12, 2008 10:43 AM #64
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That was great - looks like you all had a good time.  I recognized a lot of those faces!

Nov 12, 2008 12:01 PM #65
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
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Hi Georgina - it was AWESOME to meet so many people we all know from AR and other places!  I hope you get to do the same some time.

Ann

Nov 12, 2008 12:11 PM #66
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Midori Miller
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Ann-I felt kinda blue...I was thinking that I miss you guys already and how little time we had BUT I really am serious about a trip..I think you look amazing and I am so proud to call you a friend..I get some of my strength from you!  You let me know when you are in town and I will come spend some time with you..and hey drive dad's hoopty!  :)

Nov 13, 2008 10:54 AM #67
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Ann, looks like I missed a great event. Wish I could have been there. I loved looking at the photos so thanks for sharing your memories.

Nov 15, 2008 02:37 AM #68
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Midori - I'll be back down for Christmas, maybe we can squeeze in a little time then.  We always have a ton of family stuff going on, but I'd love to see you again then if we can make it work.  Maybe Lysa, too?

Hi Gena - this was a good time for sure!  Next year, it'll be back in CA - San Diego.  Maybe you can make it to that one.

Ann

Nov 16, 2008 03:23 AM #69
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