Today I am finally a millionaire!

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Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

While it was not without considerable kicking and screaming, it feels like a million buck$.  However, I was not at all prepared for the relief that came with it.

Obviously I could not have gotten to a million points without a lot of help from many of the rest of my ActiveRain family.

I would like to thank everyone that has helped me over this hurtle—it has made me rich in so many ways.

I thought it was pretty cool that my buddy Jim Quarello was the one that got to put me over the hump--even though I had it "perfectly" lined up to land on exactly 999999! 

As every dark cloud has a silver lining, I cannot help but be humbled by the 93 other Rainers that have so many more than a million points.  The select few that have become multi-millionaires are being chased by many others. 

It is these point-maniacs in the stratosphere beyond me that impresses me.

I have been the turtle, moving along at my own pace, actually never caring about any imaginary finish line.  Arriving at the million point mark did not happen without effort, and it certainly is no “finish line.”  The finish line keeps moving on out of reach like a mirage, no matter how fast I go.

Just for fun, and because I could, the turtle sprinted a bit just to see if he could catch the mirage by the first of the year.

Now that I have arrived, I see the finish line still far off in the distance--as far away as when I got my very first points.

 

Back in 2011, I posted a short story about a motorcycle riding turtle, I invite you to check it out if you have not done so already. If you find this story interesting and you would like to read some others, please visit Stories Written Stories Told.

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Anita Clark
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Charles: Congrats on reaching the 1M point plateau here in the Rain and kudos for being a consistent blogger.

December 29, 2013 05:33 AM #98
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Graziella, thanks

Jimmy, I am so grateful for all my friends here in the rain

Michelle, thanks

Claudia, like I tell everyone--we were all there once and you are already ahead of quite a few

Anita, thanks

December 29, 2013 06:10 AM #99
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Charles love the photo and the sysymbolism, congratulations on the latest milestone.

December 29, 2013 08:11 AM #100
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And here I came along at just the right (wrong) time to spoil the fun  We're you going to get a screen shot of 999,999 like you did on an odometer you crazy fiend 

December 29, 2013 09:38 AM #101
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Adrian, thanks

Jim, I see you remember the odometer

December 29, 2013 11:25 AM #102
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Charles - glad it was James who got you up there - you have been a quality source of information for all of us in the real estate business, and, I, for one, will always seek out your posts for information.

December 29, 2013 04:11 PM #103
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Charles:

Congratulations this represents a lot of hard work. Happy New year. 

December 29, 2013 08:56 PM #104
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The finish line does keep on moving doesn't it?  I've learned so much from you along the way.  I'm honored to know you.

December 29, 2013 09:38 PM #105
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Congrats...long journey and well worth the ride....

December 30, 2013 05:54 AM #106
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Dagny, thanks, I am glad it was Jim too :)

Alan, thanks---and a Happy New Year to you as well

Tammy, thanks, you are a sweet heart.

Jay, thanks---yes a very long ride

December 30, 2013 06:36 AM #107
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Wow, I cannot imagine writing enough blogs to obtain over million points.  Congratulations to you and all your hard work!

December 30, 2013 02:29 PM #108
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Cynthia, six years ago I had less points than you--you just have to hang in there

December 31, 2013 09:02 AM #109
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Charles, Congratulations on your milestone!  It took much hard work and dedication to get to this point I'm sure.  Happy New Year!

December 31, 2013 10:40 AM #110
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Bette, thanks--while I don't like to think of all the hours I have spent working toward this point--it has mostly been fun and very rewarding.  When one can say that about almost anything in our lives, there is very little to complain about

December 31, 2013 10:46 AM #111
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Congrats on the AR milestone Charles...I, for one, have learned quite a lot over the years from your posts and as I write this I remember the photo of the one where you're in that crawlspace that looked like it was a 'crawl space'...Yikes!!!...It's still creepy to me...Happy New Year and enjoy your day!

January 01, 2014 04:12 AM #112
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Thanks Ernie, some crawl spaces are indeed tighter than others   Happy New Year to you as well---see you in the Rain

January 01, 2014 07:32 AM #113
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CONGRATULATION CHARLES AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 01, 2014 03:36 PM #114
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Emilia, thanks--and a great new year to you too.

January 02, 2014 10:21 AM #115
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Congrats Charlie! I'm a little late to the party, but no lack of enthusiasm here about the accomplishment! Way to go... it say's a lot about work ethic, creativity, sticking to it, and paying it forward! Have a great 2014 and let's hook up soon for coffee.

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Rene, thanks---and yes, we do not need to wait for an official "meetup" :)

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