50K On The Old Girl---Time To Trade Her In---Not!

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Real Estate Agent with Village Real Estate Services, Inc.

 A couple of days ago my Active Rain odometer turned 50K.  It was actually pretty exciting.  I knew it was getting close.  I was so engrossed in reading one of my fave writers here on the Rain (Jason Sardi who wrote a 31stBirthday MeMe that was absolutely outstanding) that I nearly missed the monumental turn of the wheel.  Jason's article was so Jason.  He opened a new window to his soul and I devoured every syllable. 

That's how it is here in the Rain.  Just jump in, start reading, and you just never know what great wisdom or folly you'll find waiting.As I turned fifty in the Rain, I got to thinking about the number fifty and how it seems to have special importance in many areas of our lives.

  • A fiftieth wedding anniversary is so important we call it Golden.
  • In math Fiftyis the smallest number that can be written as the sum of two squares.  For you math buffs here's how it's written ;  50 = 12 + 72 = 52 + 52. Or, if you want to get really fancy, it's also the sum of three squares, 50 = 32 + 42 + 52.
  • In science - 50 is the atomic number of tin.
  • In religion - 50 years is the jubilee period.
  • In music - Paul Simon wrote and sang about 50 ways to leave your lover.

In so many ways 50 is a sign of some form of accomplishment.  It's neither an ending nor a beginning---it's somewhere in between.  And that's just fine with me.  No longer just beginning here on Active Rain, but nowhere near finished.  There's so much more to learn from my wonderful "dashboard" buddies (which will be at 50 in no time) like:

Bob's Blog about Frederick MD Real Estate Bob Carney, Frederick MD Real Estate - Frederick, MD
Last Post: 07/19/07 10:35 AM          Posts: 60
Real Estate Financing, The Insider's Insight On MortgageJason Sardi - Allentown, PA
Last Post: 07/19/07 09:22 AM          Posts: 144
The Title and Escrow Guy - Brad AndersohnBrad Andersohn - Vallejo, CA
Last Post: 07/19/07 02:45 AM          Posts: 107
Joe's Burbank Real Estate Spotlight Joe Zapata - Your Burbank Real Estate Expert - Burbank, CA
Last Post: 07/19/07 01:18 AM          Posts: 53
Kansas City New Homes BlogDavid L. Britt, MBA - Olathe, KS
Last Post: 07/18/07 11:56 PM          Posts: 154
Denver Real Estate & Relocation Kristal Kraft ~ Denver Real Estate - Denver, CO
Last Post: 07/18/07 11:55 PM          Posts: 414
William's BlogWilliam Johnson GRI CRS e-PRO - San Diego, CA
Last Post: 07/18/07 11:54 PM          Posts: 128
"WooHoo Sally's" Mililani Hawaii Real Estate Blog!Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman (RA) Mililani Real Estate - Mililani, HI
Last Post: 07/18/07 11:33 PM          Posts: 138
Carlsbad Homes and Real Estate Tidbits >> Carlsbad REALTOR Speaks OutJeff Dowler - Carlsbad, CA
Last Post: 07/18/07 08:51 PM          Posts: 295
Galel's BlogGalel Fajardo, CMPSTM - Newport Beach, CA
Last Post: 07/18/07 07:02 PM          Posts: 13
Mortgage Knowledge at its BEST!!!! (Jeff Belonger)Jeff Belonger -- The FHA Expert.com - Cherry Hill, NJ
Last Post: 07/18/07 06:05 PM          Posts: 231
Richard Dolbeare (RA) BlogRichard Dolbeare - Koloa, HI
Last Post: 07/18/07 01:09 PM          Posts: 23
The Official ActiveRain BlogActiveRain Real Estate Network - Bellevue, WA
Last Post: 07/18/07 12:56 PM          Posts: 182
Laurie's Long Beach CA Real Estate Blog Laurie Manny ~ Long Beach Real Estate - Long Beach, CA
Last Post: 07/17/07 04:45 PM          Posts: 122
Steven L. Smith's BlogSteven L. Smith, Bellingham, Wa. Home Inspections - Bellingham, WA
Last Post: 07/17/07 09:14 AM          Posts: 136
America's Most Opinionated Mortgage BrokerBrian Brady - San Diego, CA
Last Post: 07/17/07 02:06 AM          Posts: 294
So-Cal LivingLynda Eisenmann-Broker-Owner,Orange County, CA - Brea, CA
Last Post: 07/16/07 11:42 PM          Posts: 76
B. Jason 's BlogB. Jason Perry - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Last Post: 07/16/07 04:42 PM          Posts: 1
Miami Redlands Real Estate ThoughtsMaggie Dokic | Miami Real Estate Broker-Associate - Miami, FL
Last Post: 07/16/07 01:34 PM          Posts: 174
Tisza's BlogTisza Major-Posner - Claremont, CA
Last Post: 07/15/07 08:51 PM          Posts: 116
Linda's Southeastern CT Real Estate Blog Linda Davis - Gales Ferry, CT
Last Post: 07/15/07 07:23 PM          Posts: 94
Florida- Midori -Real Estate TrainingMidori Miller - Daytona Beach, FL
Last Post: 07/15/07 02:47 PM          Posts: 76
Burbank Real Estate BlogAna Connell--Burbank Real Estate Specialist - Burbank, CA
Last Post: 07/15/07 12:41 PM          Posts: 80
Kaye's Beach Cities Real Estate Info Kaye Thomas... Manhattan Beach CA/ e-PRO - Manhattan Beach, CA
Last Post: 07/14/07 02:02 PM          Posts: 82
Exceeding Your ExpectationsDoug Beaver - Corona Norco Riverside Homes - Corona, CA
Last Post: 07/13/07 01:23 PM          Posts: 209
Graham's BlogGraham Holmes - Yucaipa, CA
Last Post: 07/07/07 06:28 PM          Posts: 84
The Real ViewRoberta Murphy - San Diego, CA
Last Post: 06/29/07 09:52 AM          Posts: 198
In The Trenches...Chris Prescott Real Estate Agent & Business Coach - Edina, MN
Last Post: 06/21/07 10:29 AM          Posts: 20
Ron's BlogRon Pickett, UMB - Santa Ana, CA
Last Post: 06/20/07 10:46 PM          Posts: 28
Silverdale Wa Real Estate MortgagesMark Flanders - Silverdale, WA
Last Post: 06/11/07 07:50 PM          Posts: 175
Santa Clarita Real Estate News and Updates Linda Slocum, Santa Clarita Realtor - Santa Clarita, CA
Last Post: 06/11/07 04:06 PM          Posts: 114

So many more experiences to share.  So many more opportunities that will be presented because of AR.

 

Wow---50 already?  And so much more ahead! 

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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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Bob Carney
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Yeah, why do you have that Sardi character on there? 

Congrats...too bad milestones don't get featured any more but here's your star(s) just for mentioning me. :)  I am going to have to check these folks out... a few I don't know.

Jul 19, 2007 03:47 PM #7
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Peggy - Thanks for your congrats.  Hope my blogroll added a name or two to your list.

Bob - Thanks for the congrats.  Although it seemed like it happened by accident, I wasn't alone.  Thanks to many wonderful people like yourself, it was a group event!

Jul 19, 2007 03:51 PM #8
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Marlene,

I wish we were still giving featured posts for milestones, it is really fun to celebrate with each member as they pass these hurdles.  I didn't think I was ever going to get to 50k, it was a very difficult journey for me.  This blogging and writing didn't come easy.  In retrospect I would say the first 50K, for me was like basic training camp.  After 50k for some reason things were much clearer and not as difficult.

Congratulations on your milestone, I hope that your second 50k goes as quickly as mine now seems to have.  It has been a true pleasure making your aquaintance in the Rain and I am very much looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow.  

Tally ho..............................and all that.......

Jul 19, 2007 04:23 PM #9
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Cool, Marlene. Congratulations on the first 50K. The 2nd round wilkl be a snap. Should be fun tomorrow, eh?

Jeff

Jul 19, 2007 06:13 PM #10
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Laurie - Thanks for your kind words of encouragement.  You are such a pro at this blogging biz it's easy to forget that you must have started somewhere.  I'm sure the second 50K will pass even faster.  Now if I could just accumulate as much knowledge in the second 50K as I did in the first 50K that would be awesome!  See ya at the races!

Jeff - Thanks for the encouraging words.  You are certainly one who knows.  You are simply a blogging genius!  See you at the track---I'll be the one grinning from ear to ear because I'm with so many of my favorite people.

Jul 19, 2007 06:25 PM #11
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Marlene, congratulations!  Can't wait to see your 100K post!
Jul 19, 2007 08:12 PM #12
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Thanks Irina!
Jul 19, 2007 08:27 PM #13
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Congratulations on your "high milage."  Guess this is one of the few times a high score is good. AR and bowling!  :)

kk 

Jul 19, 2007 11:00 PM #14
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Kristal - Thanks for the congrats. High scores show that you showed up consistently.  What I appreciate is seeing how people grow here in AR.  It's fun to see how many folks just keep refining what they do and expanding the way the present things with great photos and widgets, etc.  And the relationships we can build here are priceless.  Thanks for stopping by, Kristal. 
Jul 20, 2007 12:47 AM #15
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Jul 20, 2007 01:18 AM #16
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Kimberly Grant
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Congrats Marlene!!!  You have definitely reached a milestone worthy of recognition.  I hope you have a great 50K more!!
Jul 20, 2007 01:27 AM #17
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Sally - How'd you do that?  That is just toooooo coooool!

Kimberly - Thanks for the congrats.  I'm hoping to expand my knowledge greatly in the next fifty.  Thanks for commenting!

Jul 20, 2007 01:54 AM #18
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http://cooltext.com/

 

Midori told me about this place...cool, huh?

Jul 20, 2007 10:47 AM #19
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Marlene....  I agree with what Laurie Manny had to say. Overall, congrats on your 50k milestone. I have enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to your next 50 k.

jeff belonger

Jul 21, 2007 05:13 PM #20
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Jeff - Thanks so much for stopping by to offer your congrats.  And, you know I'm a JB fan!
Jul 21, 2007 05:18 PM #21
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Marlene-Congrats....better late than never!  So sorry.....You keep going girl....I love your writing.
Jul 23, 2007 10:54 AM #22
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Midori - Thanks so much for stopping by to read this.  So glad you enjoy my writing.  I sure have fun doing it. Hit another milestone this weekend.  My 100th post.  I didn't blog about it.  Too many other more important things to write about. 
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Marlene, so sorry I missed your milestone.  Congratulations!  I sure have enjoyed being on the receiving end of your thoughtful comments and reading your contributions to the Rain.  Thanks so much for including me in your group. 
Aug 09, 2007 11:27 PM #24
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Hi Maggi - I've enjoyed getting to know you here as well.  My buddy Lynda was the one who first told me about you and I've enjoyed reading your posts ever since.  Thanks for stopping by!
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Marlene - can't believe I missed this one. Thanks for having me on your dashboard as a buddy!  It has been a great journey for many of us, but we have only just begun!!  :-)  I love the way you broke down the number 50. In five more years, that's where I'll be...and looking forward to it! Have a Blessed day, you deserve it!
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