DON'T EAT THAT YET!! Famous Words from an ActiveRain Gathering in Annapolis MD

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Don’t Eat That Yet!! Famous Words from an ActiveRain Gathering in Annapolis MD

 

I was truly blessed last night.

 

I am on a whirlwind trip to Philadelphia, for family reasons, and to Washington, DC for the mid-year meetings for the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) for 4 days. I had mentioned to Martha Brown, in Annapolis, some weeks ago about coming back east and she organized a group of AR friends for dinner last night at the Severn Inn in Annapolis on the Severn River with the Naval Academy as back-drop across the water.

 

Sail boat on Severn River in Annapolis with the NAval Academy in the background

 

What a special treat to meet so many people I consider friends but had never met in person – Martha Brown, Richard Iarossi, Margaret Woda, Cindy Jones, Diane Phillips, Chris Ann Cleland, Bridget McGee, plus Pat Kennedy (and her fiancé, Dick, who was chauffeur from DC to Annapolis and back) and Margaret Rome both of whom I HAD met on a prior trip. I also got to meet AR newbie Laura Murray who was soaking up blogging tips.

 

And, as one would expect, everyone was just like they are on-line!

 

Of course we talked about our individual markets and blogging, and cameras were flashing much of the evening – individual and group photos were abundant, and once food started arriving it was time for more photos.

 

Don’t eat that yet” became the bloggers’ battle-cry cry of the evening, a warning to fellow diners to NOT touch their food until appropriate photos had been taken, lest the beauty of the presentation be marred by an errant fork, and the precious blog photo ruined forever. Dedicated bloggers don’t let that happen!!

 

Ahi Tuna Trio at the Severn Inn in Annapolis MD  Soft Shell Crabs at the Severn Inn in Annapolis MD

 

AR Gathering at the Severn Inn in Annapolis MD

Probably something to keep in mind for your own foodie gatherings and photo ops!

 

It was an evening to treasure and no doubt others will share their thoughts and photos. Thanks to everyone who braved rush hour traffic and drove some distance to meet-up, and a special thanks to Martha for organizing, and to Pat and Dick for shuttling me about (a total of about 3 hours).

 

Someone, no doubt, has photos of the entire group before we disbanded!

 

Richard Iarossi, Martha Brown, Margaret Rome, Jeff Dowler, Pat Kennedy, Margaret Woda

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Joni Staples
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How WONDERFUL! I am off to the other's blogs to look for their posts as well. I love to read about MeetUps. AR folks are the best!! Your photos are great! ☺

May 19, 2012 07:52 AM
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Ann Wilkins
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Wow - what a wonderful get together.  One thing that I have noticed at the Active Rain meet-ups is how truly down to earth and authentic the Active Rain members are - they really are the best!  Oh and loved the food photos!

May 19, 2012 09:42 AM
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Jana Holmstrup
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One of my Favorite places in this country!  Glad you enjoyed your visit - and thanks for sharing the photos!

May 19, 2012 10:37 AM
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
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Jeff~not sure about that second dish (what in the heck WAS that??), but I'd be all over that sushi!!! Happy times and a wonderful blog title. Margaret looks younger than her profile photo--hope she sees this!

 

May 19, 2012 10:52 AM
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I hated to miss the mid-year meetings, and it would have been really special to get together with this particular group of Active Rain friends.    I'd have made the trip just for that, if I'd known.   

May 19, 2012 11:19 AM
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Gay E. Rosen
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Houlihan Lawrence

Jeff: Sounds like you had a wonderful evening in a great restaurant with nice views!  Soft shell crabs? Is that sushi?  WIshing you best on your trip..

May 19, 2012 02:31 PM
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Laura Murray
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As a newbie I was very appreciative of the supportive and welcoming Activerain community.  After meeting you, it was easy to see why a gather in your honor would be suggested.  Hope you are having a wonderful east coast visit.     

May 19, 2012 07:05 PM
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Jill Sackler
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Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!"

"a warning to fellow diners to NOT touch their food until appropriate photos had been taken, lest the beauty of the presentation be marred by an errant fork, and the precious blog photo ruined forever. Dedicated bloggers don’t let that happen!!"

I guess not. This is a classic line worthy of repetition many times over as these meet ups take place all across the nation.

May 19, 2012 07:45 PM
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Jeff Dowler CRS
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Solutions Real Estate

THanks for all the comments. I will try to get back to answer some more in a day or so. I have been in non-stop meetings in DC and fly back to Cali tomorrow night, and life will return to normal then. Maybe

Jeff

May 19, 2012 09:30 PM
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Gene Riemenschneider
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Let's see good food, good friends, and good fun.  Sounds like you had a great time.

May 19, 2012 10:14 PM
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DeeDee Riley
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Jeff,

That sounds like quite the dinner.  So fun that you all could get together.  I love the meet-ups I've attended where I could meet some of the AR bloggers I've come to think of as my friends.  There's nothing like it! 

Thanks for sharing!

May 19, 2012 11:16 PM
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Phil Leng
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Hi Jeff,

A most intriguing write up.

Sounds like you had a good time, meeting people in person who you already knew on line.

Phil

May 20, 2012 03:40 AM
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
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Hi Jeff, I lived in Baltimore for 28 years and your post brought back some great memories.  Thanks!

May 20, 2012 06:23 AM
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Maria Morton
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Jeff, you're right, this is exactly what I say when out to eat! lol Glad you had such a fun meal with the other AR bloggers!

May 20, 2012 06:32 AM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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Jeff - How wonderful!!!! I have met Cindy Jones and Pat Kennedy on my DC trips and really had a great time getting to know other Rainers!!!! So glad that you got to meet so many of our little club while you were up there!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

May 20, 2012 09:20 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Hey, Jeff!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week.

May 20, 2012 09:23 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
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Jeff, So glad I caught this on Pat Kennedy's favorites.  Now it all make sense.  I read Margaret's post but could not connect the dots.  What great fun. I hope someday I will have the honor of meeting you!

May 20, 2012 11:02 AM
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Kerry Jenkins
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I can't wait to attend my first AR get together, whenever the next one is going to be.  Sounds like me, wait until I can get a picture!

May 20, 2012 11:38 AM
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Cheryl Ritchie
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That looks like a happy crew! I would have had to grabbed a morsel before the photos just for fun!
May 23, 2012 04:34 AM
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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I love the last picture in the night light...with AR friends!  You were lucky to get together with some friends.... I did manage to meet Carol Smith in N.C. while we were on our vacation...but it was just too short and too little time! 

May 27, 2012 09:50 PM
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