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Active Rain Birthday Party Chicago Style!!!

Chicago's Active Rain Birthday Cake by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

                                             HAPPY  1ST  BIRTHDAY  TO  ACTIVE  RAIN !!!

The invitation went out to everyone on Craig Schiller's post: MANGIA! MANGIA! and Celebrate Active Rain in Chicago-land this June 16th.

Craig Schiller & Lola Audu by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

Craig Schiller made the arrangements at Maggianos Restaurant in Oak Brook, Illinois & Lola Audu was the first to post about it (even though she drove all the way back home that night to Michigan) with Recipie for an Active Rain Celebration...Chicago Land Style!

Lydia Heaton by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

Lydia Heaton planned all the events across the country and announced them in her post: Happy Birthday ActiveRain Big 5.  She also created a new group called ActiveRain Gatherings where people can post about all the fun get togethers we have!

Active Rain Birthday Party Beauties by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

                            Sara Bonert, Laura LangLydia Heaton, and Michelle Taylor!

Blogging Babes Part II by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

                   Standing are: Mrs. Eric (Heidi) Rogers, Lori Gilmore, and Kimberly Wester.

                         Seated are: Sara Bonert, Laura Lang, and Michelle Taylor.

Clement Makes A Point by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

                       Greg Zaccagni, Clement Audu, and the lovely Lola Audu

Birthday Celebration by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

                          Matt HeatonMike Wester, and Kimberly Wester

No Drinking At All by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

                                There was no drinking at all, right Greg?

Serious Discussions by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

                     Just serious discussions with Craig Schiller, Eileen Landau, and Julie Ferenzi.

Group Photo by Lucky Lang qcfsbr.com

This is a partial group photo.  Sorry about the quality, the mood lighting made a difficult picture.  Other attendees included: Justyna FrankRichard Parr, Laurie Dunnmire, Eric Rogers, and many more.  Those of you that I missed linking drop me a comment below and I will add you!

Thanks again to all the organizers and all of the attendees!  It was a great way to celebrate this milestone!

Lucky :)

Update (New Posts): "How Does Active Rain Make Money?" Chicago Wanted Answers.  by Craig Schiller

                               Happy Birthday Active Rain!  by Eileen Landau

                                         THANK YOU Active Rain For The Chicago Birthday Party  by Sara Bonert

  

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Comment balloon 69 commentsLucky Lang • June 18 2007 08:36AM

Comments

Thanks for sharing this with us Lucky!  (I like your picture!)
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago

Sally,

Wow!  You jumped right in there!  You are as fast as lightening in a Florida thunderstorm!

Why didn't you fly over to see us? :)

Are you referring to my "new and improved" "fatter than used to be" "older and grayer" picture in my profile?  Probably a little too much "truth in disclosure" there!  Ha Ha!

Thank you for the compliment!

Aloha,

Lucky :)

 

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Sorry I missed the gathering. Looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks to all that planned this. I am definitely in for next time.

Posted by Chuck Dellorto, "Talk To Chuck" (Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS) almost 12 years ago
Happy Birthday Active Rain.  Lucky thanks for the great post.
Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) almost 12 years ago
I've been waiting for pictures....FINALLY!!   Looks like you guys had a great time....I can't wait for the Florida get together next weekend!
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) almost 12 years ago
Always nice to step away from the monitor once in awhile for some real world conversation. You guys look like you had a great time. Thanks for the pics!
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 12 years ago

Chuck,

It will be worth your time!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Kay,

It was my pleasure!  Are you going to an event?

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Lucky:

It looked like a great celebration--great pictures!  Thank you for sharing.  You have a new and improved photo...business must be good.  LOL

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) almost 12 years ago
I just happened to check my subscribed and there you were ...right on top! Are you coming in Jan. for ours?  We are planning it with that CRS sellabration...I'll be there as well....but more so want to get together for an AR thingy! 
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago

Ines,

With TLW and BB there..........look out!

I can't wait to see the YouTube of that one!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago
You got a photo of Lola, she didn't have one on her post. Now where are you Lucky?
Posted by Dena Stevens Coriz, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) almost 12 years ago

John,

The setting was beautiful, the food was fantastic, the company was splendid, and the conversation was unforgettable!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Yolanda,

Yes, business is very good!  Now I'm Fatter and Happier!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Sally,

Sounds very tempting!  We're suppose to be going to Florida next January but maybe we'll head west instead.  I'll look into it!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Dena,

I'm the fat guy back on the right side in the seer-sucker sport coat (the last group photo).

In Lola's group photo, I'm in the same place.  Her picture has better lighting, less grainy, but I zoomed mine in and left the picture bigger so people could see it better.

Thanks for asking.

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago
Gottja Lucky, what a cutie!
Posted by Dena Stevens Coriz, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) almost 12 years ago

Dena,

OOOOHHHHH my goodness!!!

I'm blushing!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago
Lucky - great pics, thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!!! I really enjoyed seeing some of the faces that go with the names.

You will ALL be at Bloggers Connect in SF on Aug 1, right???? :)

Thanks again,
Mary
Posted by Mary Pope-Handy, CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley (Sereno Group Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Lucky, thanks for getting this up. You did a great job with the photos. I felt like I was there and it was fun seeing what everyone really looks like.

Now, you were the handsome man standing up on the right-hand-side in the last photo...that's much better. And you have a very atractive wife.

Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) almost 12 years ago

Mary,

The closest I will be to that event is in Canada in July!

Sorry, you'll have to party on without us!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Gena,

My fat head can't afford to get any fatter!  Thanks for the compliments!

Laura is a saint......and a beautiful one at that!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago
Hi, Lucky!  Thanks for sharing your pictures!  I'm loving the chance to see more Rainers in casual get-togethers, even if I can't attend.  It really does feel like you're getting to know people as friends when you see them outside of their blogs!  Thanks for sharing -- and I like your new picture, too!  :o)
Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) almost 12 years ago

Sarah,

Thanks!  You know you could start a gathering in West Virginia!  It's a lovely place for a meeting.  Laura's family had a huge reunion there a few years back that was great fun.  Lots of history.

Take care,

Lucky :)

Posted by Anonymous almost 12 years ago

LUCKY... you really should have run these pictures past me. LOOK at my saggy jowls.

Photoshop could so fix those saggers and I could have "staged" my own face.!

       

LOOK... tight firm Photo Face Lift. GOD I am soooooo vain! LOL

But seriously... thank you sooo much for coming such a long way. It really as fun meeting all the other drops that drip in this puddle we call Active Rain.

Me

Posted by Craig Schiller almost 12 years ago
Nice post.  Glad to have met everything and a BIG Thank You to active rain for making the event possible.
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) almost 12 years ago

Hey, Lucky!  Nice post. Thanks for getting yours up so quickly.  Isn't it funny how you and Lola got yours done first and you all had the longest drive home?

The lovely Mrs. Eric Rogers (you are correct) goes by the name of Heidi.  She was lovely to sit and listen to us talk about the business for so long.

It was a great time and I hope we do it regularly.

Posted by Kimberly Wester almost 12 years ago

Terrific post, Lucky. Sounds like another great celebration of Rainers. Fun to see the Chicago area folks. Love the pics.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 12 years ago

Craig,

That is fantastic!  I'll have you work on my photo next!  On second thought, that would be a full time job!

From one drop to another, thanks again for your work on this!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Sara,

It was nice to get to know you and to have you answer my questions about Zillow.

Zillow got Lucky to land you to represent them!

Good Luck to you with your career!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Kim,

We (Lola & I) had to be dedicated to have driven that far in the first place, eh? :)

Thank you very much for giving me Heidi's name.  Since I was stuck back in the corner, I couldn't get out without disturbing everyone so I stayed put until the end.  Good thing I had a "trip extender" under the table!  Just kidding.......or am I?  :)

I hope we do it regularly, too.  (I'll let that one go!)

See you in the rain!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Jeff,

Thanks for the compliment and for commenting!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Lucky...

This is just awesome. I was not able to make it to all the posts for The Chicago Party yesterday. Father's day is a very special day for us. So...I am trying to catch up now.

Thanks for putting together a post with lots and lots of great pics. I love it. Once again I am looking at a group of people where some of them have never met ... yet they have. This on line networking and socializing is so cool.

Craig...

LOL. You have me thinking maybe I should 'stage' my wrinkles. Nah. I need to be proud of those. I earned them :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Lucky - thanks for sharing these pictures and for including the names to go along with the faces!!  Looks like all had a great time!

TLW - 'staging wrinkles' - that's a good one.  Hmmmm, maybe I'll have to learn photoshop after all.

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 12 years ago

TLW,

I'm sure that your Orlando event will be even bigger and better!  Aren't you excited?

I'll have to wait until my next trip to Florida to meet you and BB, unless you decide you need a break from the heat this summer and trek up north!

Take care,

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Ann,

It was my pleasure!

Are you going to be able to make one of these events?

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago
Lucky - Fabulous time. . .fabulous post!
Posted by Lori Gilmore, One Savvy Move Home Staging (One Savvy Move) almost 12 years ago
Lucky - thanks for giving us a glimpse into the fun! We'll be in Orlando this Saturday - should be fun.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 12 years ago

Lori,

Laura was really wanting to spend more time with you as she is a Stager as well.

Another time, another gathering!

Thanks,

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Cyndee,

We know you'll have a blast with Billie & BB!

Take care and drive carefully!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago
Thanks for posting the pictures.  I had a great time chatting with you and the rest of the table.  All the best to you in IA. 
Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) almost 12 years ago
Lucky, this was so fun to read!  I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you & the other Rainers in Chicago!  I had to post on Saturday night because I knew I was not going to posting on Sunday particularly with Father's Day.  It was a lovely celebration & your post captures the spirit of the event beautifully!
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Hi Lucky! 

Thanks for posting all of your wonderful pictures!  Mine did not turn out so great, (hence not posting them!) but I think I will have to enlist Craig to photoshop the rest of my photos for me in the future!

It was great to meet you.  I was glad to get the chance to get to you know you a bit at the end.  It was a great time.

Can I blame Active Rain for gaining about 2 pounds because of all of the delicious food?!!! We do love to eat in Chicago!

Thanks again Lucky!

Posted by Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi (john greene Realtor) almost 12 years ago

Sara, Lola, and Julie,

It was a wonderful time for sure!  Lots of food, fun, and friendship!

Thanks for being there!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago
Hi Lucky - I was planning to be at the Orlando party until this past weekend.  I've just been unable to rearrange a couple of really important things.  I got alot of little things rearranged, but not 2 big ones.  So, I've had to decline, unfortunately.  I was really looking forward to that one as I'd already met some awesome Florida AR members, and was looking forward to meeting more of the folks whose posts I read and converse with.  I'll have to be content with attending all these fun get-togethers vicariously through posts like yours......  ;-(
Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 12 years ago

Ann,

Bummer!  What about the New York Event?

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

It looks like you all had a great time. I love the photo face lift, you must tell me how to do this......

 

Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) almost 12 years ago

Hey Lucky,

Nice pictures...Craig looks so different than some of the photos I have seen him in. You guys look like you had a big party...we will have our work cut out for us in Orlando this weekend.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Christy,

I wonder too!  Come one, Craig......what's your secret?

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Neal,

You'll have no problem with BB & TLW there!

You could probably collect admission!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Lucky:

Thanks for posting that photo!  They say the only bad press is no press so I'm happy you chose to include me.  I feel compelled to set the record straight that I had NO alcohol that day.  Perhaps you camera flash?

Even without alcohol I had a great time and look forward to meeting again in the future.

 Greg Z.

Posted by Greg Zaccagni, Illinois Mortgage Lender (The Federal Savings Bank) almost 12 years ago
Looks like fun!  I'm thinking we need to get something going in Texas!!!
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) almost 12 years ago

Greg,

Is that your story and you're sticking to it?

Well, alrighty then!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Chris,

Sounds like a great idea!  You would be able to get a huge turnout down there and I'm sure that you'd find that it was worth your while.  Contact Lydia and she will assist you.

Good luck and have fun!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Just gave the event a shout out on Zillow's corporate blog- http://www.zillowblog.com/zillow_blog/2007/06/active_rain_bir.html

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) almost 12 years ago
Looks like it was a blast and everyone seems to be having a good time. Wish I was there
Posted by Leo Namiot, Great Low Mortgage Rates...Check Them NOW (Canopy Mortgage) almost 12 years ago

Sara,

Nice post!  Way to work them both!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Leo,

Are you going to make it to the New York event?

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Lucky,

Thanks for sharing the photos.  It was as if I was there.  Glad you were able to make it.  I'm hoping to be at the Hawaii gathering in Jan 2008 and attending CRS Sellabration!

Rob

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas Team Powered by Keller Williams Partners Inc / www.AskRobLang.com) almost 12 years ago

Rob,

That would definitely be awesome!  Your second trip to Hawaii, right?

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) almost 12 years ago

Lucky,

Yes, but hopefully not my last.

Rob

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas Team Powered by Keller Williams Partners Inc / www.AskRobLang.com) almost 12 years ago

Looked like a great Party. Smily

Posted by Mobile Austin Notary, www.mobileaustinnotary.com (Apostille/Authentication/Embassy Legalization, Notary Public, Loan Signing Agent & Process Server Services) over 10 years ago

Jenette,

It was!  Matt and Lydia enjoyed their time here in the Midwest!

Thanks for commenting!

Lucky :)

 

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) over 10 years ago

Lucky...

Little by little I'm trying to get all the AR Gatherings post back into the AR Gathering Group. Could you please edit and put this post back where it belongs? :)

<ActiveRain Gatherings>

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thank you :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

TLW,

My Pleasure!  It is done.

I've also added:

NAR Convention Trip - Day Three and a half!

and the Infamous:

NAR Convention Trip - Day Three and a LATE NIGHT - ACTIVE RAIN PARTY - RATED PG

Hope it's not too spicey for you!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) over 10 years ago

LOL...

Spicey? You know me better than that :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Can you believe this was almost three years ago!!!  I just mentioned this event in a blog post about RainCamp Chicagohappening next week.  To compare this Windy City event to what RainCamp will be next week is pretty amazing.  I liked how in this post you mention the question du jour back then, how will Active Rain make money?  Well, now we at least have a better answer to that!  All the best to you Lucky, and all the other AR pioneers mentioned here. 

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 9 years ago

Sara,

Yes, isn't that crazy!?!

I saw the post about the RainCamp in Chicago.  Unfortunately, Laura and I were unable to attend because of her Dad's passing and funeral in Austin, Texas.

Hope all is well with you!

Take Care!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Marco Island) about 9 years ago

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