Christmas In July In The Rain

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Real Estate Agent with Village Real Estate Services, Inc.

 This morning I got a bit of advice from my buddy and fellow Rainer, Lynda Eisenmann.  So far, I don't think there's been any advice I have not heeded from Lynda (with the possible exception of whether another Martini was appropriate---but that's another story) that has not proved to be right on target.  Today, Lynda suggested I do a search in AR to see blogs where my name had been mentioned.  I was embarrassed to find there were many posts by many old friends and some new friends that I had never seen.  Oh my, it was daunting to realize that so many had complimented me and I hadn't given them my thanks. 

Well, that did it.  I've been meaning to sign up for Google Alerts, so today I did it.  Wow it was certainly a good thing I put it off because the process was quite lengthy.  It took all of 10 seconds!  So, if I may offer a word of advice, if you haven't done so yet sign up for  Google Alerts so you can give immediate thanks instead of apologies for not acknowledging those who honor you in their posts.  Missy Caulk wrote an article in May that gives you step by step instructions if you need them. 

 

Today it truly felt like Christmas in July, opening one beautifully wrapped gift after another from my friends in AR  Here's part of what I saw in my search.  It's an example of the wonderful friendships that have been planted, nurtured, nourished, and continue to grow here in the Rain:

    Kaye Thomas

There's Rain In Long Beach - 06/10/2007 07:19 PM

    William Johnson

San Diego Soiree was a Blast. - 06/04/2007 11:56 PM   

The Code, The Creed and the Oath - 06/22/2007 11:36 AM

    Kevin Tomlinson

My Top Ten Favorite Active Rain Bloggers - 06/23/2007 04:33 AM

    Jeff Dowler

It Rained in Long Beach, California Today! - 02/07/2007 11:04 PM   

ActiveRainers on the Beach in Southern California - 05/18/2007 12:12 AM


The California AR Crowd Celebrates in Long Beach! - 06/10/2007 01:05 PM

    Tisza Major-Posner

Surf, Sand and Flat Sara?? AR Laguna/Newport Beach Meet Up - 05/18/2007 02:32 AM
 

    Lynda Eisenmann (Thank you for being my best buddy and for introducing me to AR)

OPERATION GRATITUDE ~ Remembering those who serve... - 06/30/2007 11:14 PM

Going the distance in real estate? - 03/05/2007 11:04 PM   

Orange County, Fun in the sun for April 2007 - 04/08/2007 09:16 AM

    Michelle DeRepentigny

Localism Week In Review 6/23/2007 - 6/30/2007 - 07/01/2007 03:24 AM

    Maureen Mc Cabe

Meme me once, meme me twice... meme me once again... - 06/16/2007 04:34 AM

    Irena Netchaev

Happy 1st Birthday Active Rain - Los Angeles Gathering - 06/10/2007 01:07 PM

    Jeff Belonger

A bad home inspection? Just maybe..... - 06/29/2007 10:33 AM

    Galel Fajardo

What an AWESOME Cause! - 07/02/2007 12:48 AM

    Ron Pickett

Top Realtors Know This! - 05/18/2007 01:10 PM

 Ricardo  Bueno

Tonight at Parker's Lighthouse::"Why should I join Active Rain?" I'll tell you why!!! - 06/10/2007 05:39 AM   

    Tina Maraj Shah -

Our Long Beach Active Rain Gathering on June 9th! - 06/11/2007 10:58 PM

    Jason Sardi

Commentary From A Common Man... - 06/23/2007 10:32 PM

    Joslyn Panka

My Blog Roll and All Time Favorites! - 07/06/2007 05:36 PM

    Ana Connell

20/20 Follow up-Show originally aired in October of 2005! - 06/23/2007 02:14 AM

The photos above represent one of the greatest gifts anyone could ever receive --- the recognition and respect of people you admire.  Thanks again to each of you.  Thanks Active Rain for providing a place for our friendships and businesses to bloom and grow!

 

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Marlene Bridges, REALTOR®  800 777-1775

South Orange County Real Estate Website

Orange County Seniors Lifestyles Blog

SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

CRS-Certified Residential Specialist®

President - Laguna Hills/Laguna Woods Chamber of Commerce

Marlene is a highly experienced  South Orange County CA REALTOR® specializing in residential Real Estate and the sale of Homes and Condos in South Orange County, California and Saddleback Valley cities of: Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo.   

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Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Lola - Midori does such an incredible job.  I really appreciated her including my article in her Week in Review.  Thanks for stopping by for a read and comment.
Jul 15, 2007 01:18 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Nick and Joslyn Solomon
Century 21 Moline Realty - Mora, MN
The Solomon Team

I think I had better sign up for Google Alerts right now!

 

Thanks for the mention hun!  I just noticed it this morning, while searching for myself.

Don't you feel big-headed when you spend oodles of time google-ing yourself?

Jul 16, 2007 12:18 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
I will have to try Google Alerts - thanks.  You are famous now!!
Jul 16, 2007 12:52 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Kathleen - Thanks for your comment.  I'm having an interesting experience with Google Alerts---It only notifies me when I write a post!  That's not quite what I was expecting!  LOL  I usually know when I've written a post.
Jul 16, 2007 01:07 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
I signed up now so we will see what happens - however, maybe I need to be reminded that I wrote a post - I am blonde, too!!!
Jul 16, 2007 01:13 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Joslyn - Yah, the old Gogglehead does kick in sometimes.  I keep telling myself that it's just for my  business---yah, that's the ticket...for my business!
Jul 16, 2007 01:55 PM #30
Rainmaker
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Erica Wallace
Prudential Page Realty - Medway, MA
What a nice post! I am new to Active Rain and did recently sign up for Google Alerts. You did your friends proud with this very nicely written blog. I will be checking out their profiles and blogs as well. There's always more reading on here : ) 
Aug 12, 2007 01:52 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Erica - Welcome to Active Rain.  It's a wonderful place to learn, grow and share.  Thanks for taking the time to read.  And, you're going to love my friends!
Aug 12, 2007 09:47 PM #32
Rainmaker
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Doug and Teresa Johnson
Virtual Properties Realty.net - Atlanta, GA

Thank you so much for this tip! I signed up!!!

Teresa Johnson

Aug 19, 2007 10:26 PM #33
Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Theresa - Glad to pass on the knowledge.  It's sure been fun to see where your name pops up.
Aug 20, 2007 04:16 PM #34
Rainer
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Seth Callen
Farmers Insurance - Lawton, OK
Classy post.  I had heard of Google Alerts and knew in general terms what the concept was, but assumed it would be a fairly expensive tool.
Aug 21, 2007 09:50 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Hi Seth - So glad you had the opportunity to read and comment here.  Google offers so many great services and they're free.  Free is excellent!  Enjoy.
Aug 21, 2007 09:58 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Thanks for the mention of me mentioning you... ActiveRain has a new search today so search your name. It's not a perfect search but it is a lot better than what we have been using in the interim and I would have thought I should have known about this mention long ago searching so I wonder if this search is superior to the search we had two searches ago.

Google Alerts are hit and miss.  You need to search your name for mentions in members only posts on ActiveRain too. Google is never going to let you know about those!

Oct 08, 2007 10:35 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Maureen - Thanks for the tip on the new AR search.  I sure didn't like using the one we had while they were working on the AR one.  Thans too for the tip about Google and that it doesn't pick up on Member's Only posts.  Very interesting.
Oct 08, 2007 10:41 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Graham Holmes - Yucaipa Homes Listing Agent
Reviron Realty - RDCPro e-Pro Listing Broker - Yucaipa, CA
When Experience Matters
happy New Year to you
Dec 31, 2007 07:48 PM #39
Rainer
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Bob Black
Williams & Stuart Real Estate - Cranston, RI

Marlene,

Good for you!  It must be very rewarding to read what your fellow Rainers think of your work. 

I wanted to share my experience after reading your post:  I signed up for Google Alerts and then did a quick Active Rain search for my name.  Guess what?!  After only being an Active Rain member for a few months, I was mentioned by Marti Garaughty!  Thanks for sharing this tip with me.  It's a great feeling to know people are reading my posts and reacting to them.

Feb 10, 2008 06:43 PM #40
Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Bob - That's one of the great benefits of the Active Rain phenomenon.  Unlik just posting out there in cyberspace wondering if anyone is reading what you're writing, we are getting constant reinforcement that our efforts are not for naugjt.  So glad to hear you signed up for Google Alerts.  They're very cool.  And how glad I am that you received a mention from Marti.  That had to feel pretty fantastic.  A belted welcome to AR.  So glad my post was of value to you.
Feb 10, 2008 08:35 PM #41
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Lance Winslow
The Car Wash Guy - Malibu, CA
Wow, what a wonderful tribute and it is so great to see your gratitude here. It makes all the difference to everyone, I just feel so great about this wonderful community, and you are awesome for reminding us all just how great it is. Lance
Feb 11, 2008 12:49 AM #42
Rainmaker
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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Lance -Thank you for your very kind words.  So good to hear that you sincerely appreciate what we have her on Active Rain.
Feb 11, 2008 12:57 AM #43
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Ross Quintana
Real E Smarter - Spokane, WA
Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966
Nice, post, but I'm not sure how google alerts works, maybe that is another post.
Mar 08, 2008 09:28 PM #44
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