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And the FOOL in the Rain Award Goes to...

Yesterday, April Fool's day, was a special day here in the Rain. It was a day that brought out the "Fool" in many. So if you like to smile, I thought I would pull together one of those of oh-so-famous and much enjoyed REVIEW posts... but, for this review compilation I got it easy, I just had to go through one days worth of material.

Anyway, as they say, here are the nominees for the 2007 A.R.F (Active Rain Fool) Award in no particular order... (YES! This WAS a contest YOU FOOLS!!!... but only in my head)




  • Hearing the coots, the great wise Carnac (aka Linda Davis) finally appears (much like a ground hog, but ground hogs don't wear stupid looking hats) to share with us her SPRING predictions. (Warning don't be drinking hot coffee as you read this, nasal cavties can't take the heat.) Here is what the coots were screaming for There's no foolin' Carnac of Connecticut


  • Ahhhh what would foolishness be without The Lovely Wife. This, her last posting on Active Rain, can be read here: Calling All Fools...April Fools That Is...ROAR!  BB said that after posting this, some MIB came the other night and took TLW away. Oh well, she was fun while she lasted.


  • Ok this Danny Smith guy scares me! Just who the hell does he think he is coming in and screaming and threatening to take away points in LISTEN UP ALL YOU RAIN MAGGOTS. Where is TLW when you need her? OH MY GOD... it just dawned on me..  its a governmental conspiracy here in the Rain. Billy is out and Danny is in.


  • The next two posts have to share the nomination, cause they are pretty much the same prank. Maggie Dokic's Google does it again!! and Tony Marriott's Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service is to close to call. Who stole from whom? (Or is it whom stole from who?) I don't know. Anyway... You can cast your own vote by using Active Rain's flagging feature. Won't it be a hoot to choose the bogus blogging prankster and maybe get them booted from the Rain! (I already know how Danny is gonna vote for... and NO you can not have Tony's points.)


  • Ummmmm this next nominee, I am not certain if this is Sold! or if this weenie is just shoveling it. You be the judge of this beautifully articulated writing of Teresa Boardman. This woman just has the most beautiful and eloquent way with words...


  • I am happy to announce we have a whole new category this year... its the Funnest Active Video Award or better know as the FAVA. Since we only have one nominee (Lysa Napolitano's To All Active Rain Pranksters!  ) Lysa is the winner of the FAVA. YEAH LYSA, now you can do me a FAVA? To help claim your prize, just send a certified check in the amount of $500 to Craig Schiller's Fool in the Rain Award PO BOX Q Chicago Illinois 60123.


  • Don't be sucked in by Ralph Robert's happy-go-lucky drawing of himself... in reality this guy is all negativity. On the one day where FUN could reign in the rain he has to dump this load and remind us WARNING BIG BROTHER WATCHING. Speaking of Warnings... he too takes you off site. But at least you don't need a secret code and password to go where he takes you. (Did I mention how lame codes and passwords are?)


But now that I have all the wonderful nomonees posted THE WINNER of the 2007 ARF is.... MARK FLANDERS!

Mark's Important Network Changes embodies all that is good and pure and right with the RAIN. This posting was WELL crafted and thought out. It even got the Rain God's tinkling in their pants. And look at all the comments he sucked up with that puppy. ARF! ARF! Mark... but I dry dress!

There you have it... the 2007 A.R.F. Awards I hope you enjoy them for years and years to come.

ARF It Forward...


PS: Did I mention that Oprah is going to do her show live from this blog today at 3PM? HOW COOL IS THAT?

Comment balloon 61 commentsCraig Schiller • April 02 2007 07:59AM


Craig, that picture - OUCH!

Was there anyone other than you tinkling in their pants during Mark's post?  I need to go back and re-read all 657 comments.

My blog was never even in the running.  I was just reporting on Google.  They had me for a bit.  I need to go read Tony's to see what he did with it.

I'm so glad you decided to make the fun last an extra day.  Thanks!

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101, GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) over 13 years ago
Oh, Mark really had me going!  It was just too believable.  Thanks for putting all these together in one place for us!
Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) over 13 years ago

I have to agree with Maggie the first words out of my mouth were OUCH!! I really did enjoy the video sent by Lysa, That was hilarious!! Still laughing about that from yesterday!! And Teresa with that gun toting weenie... All just way too funny!! Thanks Craig for starting our day with a laugh!!

Good Day!! have a cup of java and a smile on me :)

Posted by Duayne Weir, Minnesota Real Estate Agent (Investment Realities LLC/MarketLink Realty) over 13 years ago


Ha hah haaa!

April fools to you to my friend! :-)

Posted by Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY (Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate) over 13 years ago
I tell you I missed some of these - I guess some of us do work EVEN on April fools!  I have to go back and check them out - but I guess you gave away the surprise!  This is pretty cool Craig!  and you get an ARF award too for identifying all the ARF's in Active Rain!
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 13 years ago

It was definitely an amusing day of posts.  Thanks for the recap I had missed a couple of them.                                                    


Posted by Desiree Daniels (RE/MAX Tri County) over 13 years ago

So......what do I win?


That one did suck up some comments! It was all in the STAGING you see. I had to change my mugshot (now I can't find the old one) and the title to my blog (now I can't remember what is was before) and the description (same as above) just so everyone would think it was an official notification.

It was fun though!

Who says Content is King? My foolishness got more comments than my serious stuff does! LOL

Thanks for the award Craig.

PS- The Red Nose is so "you".

Posted by Mark Flanders (Consulting) over 13 years ago
I loved reading and re-reading these. THX for pulling them together. AND I will be tuned in to catch up with OPRAH at
Do we need a code to see Oprah - how does that work - I'm kind of new here - is it a video.?
Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 13 years ago

My friend Lysa deserves the award for working many hours trying to think of posting such a great video!

congrats Lysa!

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) over 13 years ago

Very fun post Craig! ARF ARF ARF.


ARF it forward.




ps this is a blogging event, in my book.  post in the carnivals group should you so desire. 

Posted by Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel (Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel) over 13 years ago

Woof!  Thank you!   Thank you!  Woof!   ARF.  ARF.  


Posted by Linda Davis (RE/MAX Home Team) over 13 years ago
Geeze. It looks like I missed all of the fun. I can't wait to get back to a computer and read the hijinx. reading on a Treo is painful!
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 13 years ago

ARF, ARF, ARF, so you don't believe Pikes Peak is Pissed?  You should come for a visit, I'll show you where they offer up the sacrifices...


Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (Novella Real Estate) over 13 years ago
I missed all the fun! LOL... I'm going to have to check these all out even if it's after the effect... *Chuckle* Too much fun!
Posted by Sharon Leigh, (Graphic Reality) Got PhotoLogo? CandelLife@Gmail. (Sharon's Graphic Reality) over 13 years ago
Craig - Great collection!  By the time stamps looks like Maggie beat me to it - I guess I should have done more than just search for "april fools" before posting!  At least the update to Jay Thompsons's offsite post was unique!
Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty (Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area) over 13 years ago
Oprah? When Stedman is coming, let me know :-)  Ha ha
Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) over 13 years ago

To Whom It May Concern...  

The Lovely Wife aka TLW aka Billie aka Misty is wanted for conspiring against the State, Slander and Copyright infringement. She has also been accused of posting vulgar material on her Blog. We are offering 500,000 points as a reward for her capture. She was last seen on Google unlawfully downloading images of President Bush. Her accomplice Blog Boy aka Broker Bryant is currently in custody, and although he has been tortured, he has refused to cooperate or participate in the capture of his Lovely Wife.

Anyone who has any knowledge of TLW's whereabouts should contact Mark Flanders, Danny Smith and The Men In Black immediately.

Posted by Mr Smith and Mr Jones over 13 years ago

What a honor! I'm working on the check now and will be back as soon as I have it done so I can claim my award! Thank You Thank You everyone!!

To Mr. and Mrs. Jones, the best of luck in the apprehension of TLW, your gonna need it!

Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 13 years ago


Remember that is Schiller with a "C". 

And as for TLW... if you ask me she got what was coming to her. All she ever does here on Active Rain is make people laugh, smile and challenge them to be better people... really what good is she?


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago

Funny stuff but "Active Rain Fool?"  Yesterday was April Fools day but be careful with calling people fools.  It kinda smacks of the Real Estate Weenie.  Next thing you know there will be a member  blogging about a member of Active Rain being an evil clown. 

I had missed a lot of this, thanks for collecting it Craig.   


Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 13 years ago
I love Oprah.....I plan to be here at 3P.
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 13 years ago
Craig, I was wondering that myself..... However!! Do you really think those Jones's are going to be able to outwit, outsmart, outlaugh and catch up to TLW??
Posted by Lysa Napolitano over 13 years ago

Craig...great job at putting this together. I missed half of these. thanks

                                                                                                           jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 13 years ago
The ARFFIES were right on!  The winner stood out from the rest of the PACK!  Thanks to all for a humous day and now back to work!
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 13 years ago
Great assembly of chuckles - thanks for putting this together - I see Tony got a mention!
Posted by Suzanne Marriott, Associate Broker, CLHMS, e-PRO (Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 13 years ago
Carnac is not pleased.  Winning is everything.  Half a peace sign to you Craig.
Posted by Carnac over 13 years ago

If Carnac was any good she would have seen this coming!


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago
Can I get in trouble for harbouring? She has guns you know!
Posted by Mark Flanders (Consulting) over 13 years ago

Bow-Woo! Bow-Woo! Bow-woo! to your "ARF" award. Hmmph! Using dog-speak for an award to humans!









Daisy, sneaking on the computer to answer this affront to dog-people the world over. 

Posted by Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers (Noted Curmudgeons) over 13 years ago

No Daisy! The first amendment does not apply to dogs! Craig, How kind of you to consider our "Chant" post...especially since you contributed mightily to the chants!

Thank you ever-so-much!


Posted by Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers (Noted Curmudgeons) over 13 years ago

How nice that everyone was able to have some fun for April Fool's Day.  That's what magical about the day...a time to let our hair down and have good old fashioned fun.

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 13 years ago
I agree Mark did a great job on his piece but I did not comment because of my perception of so many "violations".  With all the concern about copyrights and plagiarism here all I could see was stolen graphics, a cut and paste blog title and identity theft by signing Jonathan's name.... I knew it was a joke from the title but wondered if he got permission,  that was well beyond rule bending....
Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 13 years ago
You are not going to believe this but several people thought it was for real.  Inman news read it and told me that they are expecting some phone calls because it looked convincing.  :)  I think being bad is what I am the best at.  it makes me happy too.
Posted by Teresa Boardman (Boardman Realty) over 13 years ago
I missed some of those. Thanks for pointing them out. I love funny posts.
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) over 13 years ago

Dan C.: I just saw your comment and sent an email off to ActiveRain to find out if they think I created a problem. That certainly wasn't my intent. Jonathan even commented on the post.

But, I'll wait for his reply. If I've done any damage, I'll do whatever is necessary to clean up the mess.

(Maybe I need to put some brakes on my sense of humor)

Teresa: I hope you let Inman know it was an April Fool's joke? If not, I'll contact them.

Posted by Mark Flanders (Consulting) over 13 years ago

Mark... I will vouch for you. I have seen ALL that you have done to CREATE community on this site. I know that if you felt in ANYWAY what you did would HURT the site in ANY WAY you would NEVER have done that.

Talk to the AR staff... and THEN you will know the limits (if any you need put on your actions.)

And as EVERY marketer knows.... any publicity (BAD or GOOD) is publicity. Your actions are NOT going to take down the Rain.


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago

Thanks Craig, I'll wait for Jonathan's reply. And you're right, I'm not big enough to take down the 'Rain!

(Where would I play if that happened?)

Posted by Mark Flanders (Consulting) over 13 years ago
Craig..I can't believe you just Arfed on my Blog!
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) over 13 years ago

Mark.. I know it was all in good fun and I saw Jonathan commented.  Certainly don't think you should be reprimanded in any way but I also think the more highly visible people should lead by example.  My thought was more the message to the masses.... If he can do it why can't I.  

Again... I think it was a great piece and I hate to be stifled by rules but if everyone pushed that far we'd have problems.


Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 13 years ago

Thanks for mention Craig. :) i do appreciate your effort. can i have my meds back? btw, the juvenille thing about the password is an attempt to stop the search engines from indexing it :)))

Mark, i thought your sense of humor brakes were shot a long time ago!! i heard about a race between you and Craig going downhill forever and figured neither of you had brake pads after that!!

what is going on around here?!?!?! :^)VW)

later gators.

Posted by Nick M., Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser (Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate) over 13 years ago

Dan: true enough, we would have problems. I did hear back from Jonathan, and I guess I won't get fired. It seems he was expecting pranksters...

"Hey Mark,

No worries. The post did give me indigestion, but I figured something along those lines was going to happen yesterday. Let's hope we don't get any real fall out from it. I doubt that anything new will come up.

Take care,



Posted by Mark Flanders (Consulting) over 13 years ago

To Whom It May Concern...  

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Mark Flanders (aka Jonathan Washburn) Mr Flanders has been charged with harboring a criminal (TLW aka Billie aka Misty), copyright infringement and identity theft. Mr Flanders was last seen making his escape at the A.R.F. awards. We are offering 700,000 points to anyone who is willing to turn his a*s in.

Posted by Mr Smith and Mr Jones over 13 years ago
I know right where he is! How do I collect my 700,000 points?
Posted by Sparkwheat over 13 years ago

I believe Mr. Flanders is ALSO being charged with impersonating a Rain God.
Punishment... stripping him of all points and donating them the the ARF FOUNDATION.

Until the ARF FOUNDATION finds a suitable recipient for his points... all points will be added to the HONORABLE Mr. Craig Schiller's account on Active Rain


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago
I can believe it missed this!! I love the picture Craig!  You do such a wonderful job with your graphics.   Seems like you guys had fun on April's Fools Day! 
Posted by Blanca Cholewczynski, XCO (U) over 13 years ago

Dear Mr Sparkwheat...

We appreciate your stepping up and doing your part to assist us in the apprehension of Mr Flanders (aka Jonathan Washburn). He has alluded us for the last three days. We thought the apprehension would take place today but once again Mr Flanders eluded our SWAT Team. He was last seen the at The Hear Bite Blog. We are slowing but surely honing in on his location. Should we decide that we need further assistance from you we will conduct a covert and undercover operation to make contact with you. We have tracked your comment on this post and it leads right to you. We suspect that you may not be Mr Sparkwheat. Our records indicate that you may have information pertaining to a gentlemen by the name of Mr Buckwheat, a close relative of Mr Flanders. Until we finish investigating  this oddity no rewards points will be forth coming. Please be advised that we have have confiscated TLW's (aka Billie aka Misty) account here on this site. We will be watching all of you very closely. We feel that sooner or later TLW will make the grave mistake of showing up here on this post.

Dear Mr Schiller...

We are now accusing you of interfering with a Federal ARF investigation. The point rewards will be kept in our custody until such time that all wanted criminals on this site have been apprehended. We are willing to negotiate a plea bargain with you for your cooperation. In such case you will graciously be rewarded with any outstanding points after we take our cut of these points. Please contact us immediately if you find that your best way to resolve your current problem with us is to cut a deal. Should you decide not to cooperate with our efforts you will be added to our list of individuals who will be apprehended and turned over to the Federal ARF Team. Please advise us as to your position on this matter.  

By Mr Smith And Mr Jones  

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago

Well. I may very well be alone here but I sure had FUN :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago

Ooops! Gotta Go. I popped in while the ARF guys were eating dinner :)

Geez. You'd think they'd be bright enough to change my log in codes :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago

Hey Misty...

I've been busy here staging a new entry to Active Rain.

Considering MIB told me NO POINTS I had to move on to a greener cyber pasture.


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago

I'll catch up.

Shhh. Their having desert :)

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago

Hey you guys are having way too much fun.

I too hope no one else on AR takes Mark's example and actually has fun on here. I much prefer boring:)

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 13 years ago

Does this mean the Easter Bunny is not visiting our house?

Happy Easter

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 13 years ago

LOL @ Ines...

Good one dear. Keep it up and you're going to be accused of spending waaaaay to much time hangin' out with me :)

P.S. I have to hijack that picture. It cracks me and I have a very special place that I would like to see it :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago

MISTY... you know what's mine is yours.

INES... my Depends are flooded! OH MY GOD I am laughing like an idiot!

Have a Hoppy One.


Posted by Craig Schiller over 13 years ago

Thank GOD for Depends - it's all I have to say - you both CRACK ME UP!


Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 13 years ago

Don't you mean...

Hop it forward? LOL.

Okay. I'll stop hijacking your post. I can't help myself. It's so hijackable :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 13 years ago
PIMP! Hope it forward.....or NOT!
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 13 years ago


Good Choice. Mark had me going for a while. I came to his blog late so April Fool was not weven on my mind. Good one Mark!


Posted by Ginger S, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) over 13 years ago

Ohhhhh man. That picture is just wrong! (and that's one content looking dog!)

Sing along with me now:

"Here comes Peter Cotton Tail

Hopping down the bunny trail...."

And then out of nowhere (like that commercial on tv, when the guy gets hammered walking out of the bank with his new loan documents) BAM!

...poor Peter...

Here's the SoundBiteBlog version

Baby eating frog ad campaign

Posted by Mark Flanders (Consulting) over 13 years ago

OH MARK!!!   That was histerical!!  That baby is too cute!

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) over 13 years ago