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Puddles in the Rain - Mel meets Jane


Mel Peterson and Jane PetersI've been playing in puddles in the rain for more than 7 years, and I've had the lovely pleasure of conversing and meeting several colleagues across the U.S.  Little did I know when I joined ActiveRain, that it would become the impetus for a flutter of friendships made, and a plethora of information learned. 

Many of you know that I travel to LA frequently to see family and friends.  My trips are typically whirlwind in fashion and rarely afford me opportunity to branch out beyond my SoCal roots.  Last month, I was fortunate enough to drop in on an AR meet-up in my old stomping ground of Sherman Oaks.

I was delighted to see Ron & Alexandra Seigel (two of my favorite Santa Barbara peeps).  I had no idea who else might attend.  Apparently, I also had no idea what time the meet-up started (I thought it was 4pm but it was actually 1pm). 

I arrived around 4:45pm in true Valley Girl style with an 'oh my gosh' gushing from my lips 'for sure' when I learned that I was oh soooo late.  The boys (gentlemen really), Michael JacobsEndre Barath and Dick Greenberg razzed me a bit and then we all had a good laugh.  Sadly, we neglected to take a selfie, but the camaraderie alone was enough to make a memory. 

Earlier in the week, I also had the awesome pleasure of finally meeting Rainmaker Jane Peters.  If you haven't followed her blog adventures in London, or spoken with her on the phone, you wouldn't know that she's a cute little witty Brit with a darling accent.  We met at a posh cafe in Beverly Hills (Le Pain Quotidien... across from Sprinkles Cupcakes ... yep, I couldn't resist a few of those too).  We sipped a latte, shared some juicy AR gossip, and laughed about our life stories (Jane is a fascinating woman).  Let's do it again Jane! 


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Comment balloon 19 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • February 27 2015 10:27AM



How fun to meet Jane and share stories.  Next time you pass our way, it would be great to see you...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 4 years ago


Glad you were able to meet Jane!  She has such a wicked sense of humor, and it would be an education to sit down and converse with her.

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) over 4 years ago

Howdy Mel-Glad you got to meet Jane. It is fun to meet people you have built a relationship with. One day I will catch up to you.  BTW-Better late than never I say

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 4 years ago

Life-shakers on the move....nicely shared...best to all

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 4 years ago

Always a pleasure seeing your lovely faces... Alexandra & Ron!  I will, no doubt, drop in on you in SB in the coming months ;-)

Me too Bruce... she's a wicked sista indeed... in a good sense ;-)

I love meet-ups Sharon!  I wish I had been in town when you visited Oregon last year.  But it was still good to surprise you with a call while I was gallivanting in LA ;-)  We'll meet in person someday, I hope!

Oh... I like that term 'Life-shakers'... Richie!  Right back atcha!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 4 years ago

Tripping the AR Fantastic, arencha?? Did know about your Valley Girl experience, but not the Jane Peters MeetUp. A Brit, who knew? You are just spreading your fairydust all over Cally, huh?!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 4 years ago

Mel- now this is like the cherry on an ice cream sundae.. .meeting fellow ActiveRain members!  Glad you got to meet Jane. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

It was lovely meeting too, Melinda.  You reall are a powerful woman. And yes, we must get together whenever you find the time.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 4 years ago

I was not following Jane but I will now! It sounds like your meet-up went very well! I couldn't make mine but I can't wait for the next one!

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 4 years ago

What a power broker Jane Peters is, I also had the privilege of meeting her last month in Newport Beach.

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) over 4 years ago

Mel, Sounds like you had a great time. I spent three years in SoCal.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

LOL Gayle... seriously... LOL!

Did someone say ice cream sundae?  I'm in... Kathy!

Awww... thanks Jane!  Ditto GF!

I've been to several... they're a lot of fun Nicole!  I may be in your area soon!

Jane's a force to be reckoned with... Pete!

It's my 2nd home now... Donald.  Love the sun, restaurants & shopping.  Hate the traffic and smog.

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 4 years ago

Hey Mel it was great meeting you as well, I have conversed with Jane over the years on and off when she called and was looking for a lender of my choice or when she needed land advice.....ironically we never met:), Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 4 years ago

I would love to get the chance to meet some of my AR faves.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 4 years ago

Two lovely ladies keepin' it REAL.

Posted by Jeff Markell, Branch Manager / Mortgage Consultant - NMLS 22416 (Land Home Financial Services) over 4 years ago

How fun, Mel. These AR connections are amazing - I swear we could take a road trip and stop in nearly every town and meet up with a Rainer. Fur Sure... ;)

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 4 years ago

Mel, Jane indeed passes the fun test!  We had a wonderful meetup in Paris last September.  ActiveRain does make traveling a lot more interesting.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 4 years ago

What fun, Melinda (Mel) Peterson  - I met Jane a number of years ago at a Raincamp and we've talked on the phone a number of times. I also had the opportunity to meet Endre Barath, Jr. a couple of years ago.

Sadly, I have yet to meet the rest of the crew you mention but hope I can do that on one of my treks to LA - guess I will have travel a bit to see Dick!

Sounds like a mega-LA area meet-up is just the thing!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 4 years ago

Hi Mel -- not sure how I missed this post --- time flies --- it seems as if it was just yesterday(although it was January --- yikes) that we met.  

Have a fun weekend!

PS -- just spoke briefly with Jane Peters this week -- AR provides us such great opportunities to meet some wonderful people -- virtually and sometimes even in person.  



Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 4 years ago