Meeting Some of the Lovely Ladies of Blogging

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President

Today, we had a mini-Bloggers Connect of sorts.  After 3 months on Active Rain, I had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with some wonderful Realtors who were complete strangers to me prior to July 2007, but were already good friends before we ever met in person.

Once you leave the designation of newbie behind, pass through the tween stage of blogging, and become an oldie (and believe me this can happen faster than you think), you start to notice the same people commenting on your blogs and then you find yourself commenting on their blogs.  Before you know it you establish connections, subscribe to each other and conciliate true friendships.

 The idea to get together was first hatched when Patricia Kennedy and I saw each other turning up in the same corners of Active Rain way back in July and she was the first to tag me with a Meme (see Who?? MeME! for my post; and MyMy! MeMe'd! Yikes! for Patricia's). 

 Pat's a well-connected veteran D.C. agent who recently published a book entitled "The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate" which she nicely autographed for me today!

It took a while going back and forth until we could finally find a date when we were both free.

 

 

 

 

 Once we agreed upon a day and time, we decided to invite some other local bloggers that we both respected from their writings and comments.  Margaret Woda from Crofton, MD and Cindy Jones from Northern Virginia both accepted the invitation and were available. 

 

 

Lucky for me!  I was going to lunch with three very lovely ladies and I was the only guy.

 

I told my wife not to be jealous.  Lest she confuse Active Rain with Match.com...

 

 Margaret kindly offered to drive all the way down from Crofton to meet us in Arlington, VA in the Clarendon area to go to lunch at Harry's Tap Room.  (She did have an ulterior motive -- wanting to shop at Crate & Barrel at Clarendon Commons). 

To learn more about the Arlington real estate market and specifically some luxury condos in the Clarendon area, read my award-winning fictitious letter to Paris Hilton urging her to move there.  

 

 

 

 

Lunch was great.  The gazpacho, crab cake, and sorbet desert were excellent.  But more exciting than the food was getting to spend a couple of hours with some very experienced, successful, and friendly Realtors (not to mention being the only guy among three beautiful women!)

 

Patricia really broke the ice -- smashed it in fact, by telling us about an off-color advertisement some years ago by a pair of D.C. Realtors with an interesting last name.  For the rest of lunch, we discussed this interesting phenomenon of real estate blogging, ideas about Active Rain, some of our personal real estate stories, and some general getting-to-know you conversation.

 I felt privileged that these lovely ladies took the time out of their busy schedules today to spend their lunch with me and am truly impressed with each of them -- their business, their character, and their friendship.

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Rainmaker
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Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
KAREN:  I'll be in Boca Raton for Thanksgiving visiting my parents, Monday through Monday.  Not sure how much "free time' I'll have though.
September 30, 2007 08:04 AM #25
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Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
DEBORAH: Thanks for your comment and compliments.  My wife was pleased to hear about the lunch! 
September 30, 2007 08:06 AM #26
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
JULIE:  Thanks for commenting.  It took a while to put it together, but it was a nice lunch and a good time.  There are many people here in Active Rain that have been helpful and thoughtful in my short time here.
September 30, 2007 08:08 AM #27
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
JEFF:  I hope you do sign up.  It will be a great time up in NYC in January for all of us.
September 30, 2007 08:09 AM #28
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Brian- :) :)  Lucky you...only guy with 3 ladies.......the whole lunch thing sounds good, put some personal memories behing the written word....Nice.
September 30, 2007 11:46 AM #29
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
KATHY: Thanks for your comment. It is wonderful to meet the people behind the blogs and it was great to be able to get together with some of the local Active Rainers.
September 30, 2007 12:10 PM #30
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Jeff R. Geoghan
Coldwell Banker Select Professionals - Lancaster, PA
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We'll have to see - leaving my wife & 3 kids at home for a NY trip might not fly.

September 30, 2007 02:47 PM #31
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Crofton, MD 21114 - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Goodness, I am late to this one!  Thank you for posting the photos.  I hope you'll email them to me, as well.  I've been so busy since then, I have barely uploaded the photos from my own camera, and the only one of our outing before my battery died was you before the other ladies arrived.  'Had a great time, and discovered a new favorite restaurant, all in one outing.  Thanks for posting this, Brian!
September 30, 2007 04:41 PM #32
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Brian Block
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JEFF:  Thanks for checking back.
September 30, 2007 05:09 PM #33
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
MARGARET:  You are welcome.  It was great to meet last week.  I will certainly e-mail the photos to you, Cindy, and Patricia directly.  I'm glad you liked the restaurant -- I'd been there twice before and liked their food and thought it would be a good place for us to meet.
September 30, 2007 05:10 PM #34
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Dale Campbell
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What a great testimonial to the power of AR!  It is all about building relationships.
October 01, 2007 07:12 PM #35
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
DALE:  Thanks for stopping by.  It's definitely great to meet some other ARers.
October 01, 2007 08:15 PM #36
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Jo-Anne Smith, Sales Representative
Oakville, ON
Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga Region Real E

Brian, It looks like you had a lovely time with three wonderful AR ladies ! I think it's great that the four of you took the time and put in the effort to get together...I would really enjoy getting together with some AR folks.

((-:

Jo 

October 01, 2007 09:52 PM #37
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
JO-ANNE: Thanks for your comments.  If we ever make it up that way or vice-versa, I'd be thrilled to meet, It was a lovely time last week and hopefully the first of many.
October 02, 2007 06:02 AM #38
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Thanks for showing us what networking is about.  Good post.
October 02, 2007 09:11 PM #39
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Brian Block
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Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
ROSEMARY:  Thanks for your comment.  Networking online leads to live networking leads to referrals and friendships.
October 02, 2007 09:26 PM #40
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Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate
Brian & Patricia in the same room having lunch?!?!  You are two of my most favorite people on AR!  How fun.  If ever you feel the need to look really smart, feel free to invite me along for a future AR get together.  :-)  I had no idea Patricia had written a book.  Brian, would love to see you write one on the humorous side of the legal issues in real estate! 
November 29, 2007 07:30 AM #41
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Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
NATALIE:  We had a lovely lunch about 2 months ago.  Thanks for the compliments.  If you're willing to make the drive this way, or we could meet halfway, I'd be happy to meet up with you.  I'm still reading through Patricia's book -- should have finished it already, but I got distracted.  Maybe I will write one some day.
November 29, 2007 04:46 PM #42
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Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate
The next time you all are getting together, give me a shout.  I feel very empowered with my Garmin!    
November 29, 2007 07:31 PM #43
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Brian Block
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NATALIE:  Will do...  GPS systems are great!
November 29, 2007 07:40 PM #44
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