Did Someone Say Schmalzy?

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Okay! So now we have all have badges. Be honest, with yourself and your fellow Active Rainers. What was the first thought that went through your mind when you first saw them? Mine? Schmalzy! Active Rain Bling!

Now before you go labeling me as an old fuddy duddy, dousing me with tar and feathers and running me out of the proverbial Active Rain township by pushing the delete button, hold on a sec! Being a product of the 60's, I have been known to be quite cool and very open minded. Yeah! Kinda like the Fonz. You know! Cool! Hip! Fag, hanging out the corner of the lips, leather jacket, cycle rider kinda cool... Schmalzy? Me? Banish the thought...

As we all know, bling is the thing. And sometimes all that glitters are not the hokey, gaudy dohickies and sparkling bobbles dangling under the member's pictures when they leave comments. Being a vet, I do not believe that any American Patriot in their right mind would equate all the badges of honor worn by any vet as just more bling pinned on their chest. Heaven forbid!

Those of us who have been in the rain for awhile have been around the block a time or two and we most certainly have earned our battle scars. We have blogged our fingers to the bone, commented on our comments, been loco for localisms, blogged inside, outside, sideways and through. We have earned our stripes, our badges and our points. We have worked together to make this the best real estate blogging that there is and will be. Yes! We were drips and drops long before it was cool. It is about time that we battle scarred vets that have fought the good fight get our badges of courage and wear them proudly for all to see. The badges that differentiate us as being the ones that newbies just joining this community should aspire to. Yes old battle worn AR vets, take your badges and wear them proudly. I am.

BTW, was the word "schmaltzy" used somewhere? Me? Banish the thought...

Wishing all my fellow drips and tweeps a G-r-r-r-reat day... 8-)

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Susie Blackmon
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Haven't been around AR the past couple of days and was happy to see my 'badge' posted here. Wow. Thanks for the 'shoutout' and the post. I do love the bling bling.

February 28, 2009 06:00 AM
Anonymous #75

Great post, funny and insightful.  I too love the touch of these badges and think they help bring some cred to each of us.


February 28, 2009 11:02 AM
Jim Lee & Janet Holt Edmond Oklahoma Luxury Home Realtors

Really love the term "Rain Bling"!  I don't have the badges yet but when they come I too will enjoy wearing them!!!  I've only been on the site since November but I can't go a day without reading many of these wonderful post and I always think of ActiveRain as resource now when I want to find information in all areas our the real estate industry.

February 28, 2009 03:30 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

That was well put about the battle scars. I'm sorry to say I think they are 'cheesy'.  Another 60's word that I didn't have to think of using when I saw your post.  At least now they took the AR stamp off my face & I feel alot 'lighter'. How about you?

February 28, 2009 04:17 PM
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC

Badges are really recognition of effort. I propose a "lips" badge for those who "kiss up" with comments!

February 28, 2009 09:49 PM

Michael Thornton

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