ActiveRain & Social Networks: "The Power to Connect and Re-Connect"

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Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

Today was yet another awesome example of how social networking makes the World smaller, and enables us to connect/reconnect with others.

Back when I was a newlywed, my wife and I were leaders for our church youth group at Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley, CA. We were one of two couples entrusted with the hyper-active 9th graders. One of the 'kids' in my charge was a rather feisty, somewhat rebellious teenager by the name of Scott Ivey. Our first youth group activity together was running around picking up stuff that church members had donated to our big Youth Group Garage Sale. I can still remember how much Scott and I laughed at some of the junk treasures people had pawned off given to us. We became immediate friends, and hung out together throughout the remainder of Scott's illustrious high school career.

Over the years, we attempted to keep in contact. The last time I saw him was over 10 years ago while attending a conference in Reno NV. Back then, Scott was working as an engineer for one of the railroads. He was married, had kids of his own, and was teaching Sunday School at his church.

Earlier today, as I was updating my Facebook profile, I started to enter a few names into the search box, of people I had lost contact with over the years, just to see if I would get any results. Scott was one of those names.

I found his profile, and started to laugh. Scott is now a licensed agent with Avalar Real Estate in the greater Sacramento CA area!

And what's even more hilarious, he has a member profile here on ActiveRain. However, he's just a 'Newb' with only 350 points (which is gonna change here REAL quick!) He hasn't even written his first blog post yet!

If you all would do me a favor, and send Scott a little slap note of harassment encouragement to quit being lazy jump in and get involved in our community? You can harass email him HERE!

Welcome to ActiveRain, Scott!

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Rainmaker
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Donna Harris
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin
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What a small, small world...

November 13, 2008 08:46 PM
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Neal Bloom
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL

Rich,

You be da man...I love ya bud:)

November 14, 2008 06:03 AM
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Jeremy Blanton
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I started reading this again and the song, its a small small world popped into my head...now it won't leave. Dangit!

November 14, 2008 10:22 AM
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Marian Gregor-Ann
Arbor area Real Estate
Keller Williams

Hi Rich, As a newb I'm becoming amazed at the connections that I'm starting to make. It's fun to see the kids I've mentored. Now if an old boyfriend comes out of the woodwork, that may be a different story (wink) ;~)

November 15, 2008 03:58 PM
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Bill Sauneuf
Preview Properties Skagit LLC

Rich,

Wow, you're absolutely right about social networking making the world a smaller place...  You used to live in Castro Valley, CA... Wow, I'm originally from San Lorenzo, CA.

I spent a lot of time around Castro Valley Blvd., I went to Cal State Hayward, I even delivered pizzas for the Castro Valley Round Table Pizza for a short time...

What a small world... I always took you for a native to the Kitsap Peninsula.  You've clearly found your home.

 

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