Making Lemonade on Pi Day And Some Random Thoughts

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Comparing Apples and Oranges, Supermarket Dodge Ball And Making Lemonade on Pi Day


Random Thoughts On A Not So Random Day


Life is full of adventures.


Well...kinda, right?


Stuff happens.  And quite often.  Here are a few thing random things I’d like to share from a not so random day:


Random Life Adventure #1


I thought everyone had heard of the expression “it’s like comparing apples and oranges”.  Apparently not everyone.  So I needed to explain the concept. Who knew?  Many experiences test my patience.  Life goes on.  


Random Life Adventure #2


And speaking of apples and oranges and well, produce….have you ever noticed people who stand in the middle of the aisle in the supermarket? What’s up with that?   You know the ones who are comparing the price per ounce of the various packages of Froot Loops?   One of the advantages of life in real estate is that I can shop get out of my way...I’m on a mission...PS -- ditch the cereal and head over to where you can find the real fruit.   Just sayin’.


Random Life Adventure #3


Around 12:15AM Tuesday, I was awaken from a semi-deep sleep to a shrill sound.


It sounded like my smoke detector...Darn, I knew I should have changed those batteries on Saturday night/Sunday morning as one of those hundreds of emails reminded me to do with the time change.


Well, it wasn’t my smoke detector but an alarm for my entire condominium building.  I thought about it for a minute or so before deciding I should consider leaving.


In the courtyard I found lots of my neighbors and a fire engine.  A false alarm of sorts with some mischievous undertones -- a call for a mass selfie was ignored along with my suggestion that this meeting be called a quorum for an upcoming HOA election and everyone was back in their homes within the hour.


Just some random thoughts on a not so random Pi day.



Published:   March 15, 2017(the day after Pi Day)

Comparing Apples and Oranges, Supermarket Dodge Ball And Making Lemonade on Pi Day



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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Michael - I'm with you on the supermarket thing (although I'd guess the contents of our carts would be like, well, apples and oranges) - I just don't have enough patience with aisle cloggers, but that's okay, since I'm rarely allowed to be grocery shopping without adult supervision.

Mar 15, 2017 01:19 PM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That supermarket thing, I know what you mean, and I am ocasionally guilty of that when I look at wines.  I have written posts with apples and oranges pictures, and I am surprised that few recognizes the difference  A

Mar 15, 2017 05:08 PM #18
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


We all need a random now and then.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 15, 2017 06:53 PM #19
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I would love to have you as a neighbor.  Why not a selfie in the middle of the night when everyone in the building has been evacuated?

Mar 15, 2017 08:08 PM #20
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I imagine the people standing in the courtyard of your condominium building, Michael, were wearing pajamas. I mean, hey, if an alarm off in the middle of the night, I would not stand in my bedroom hesitating about what I should do. I'd be stuffing cats into pillow cases and dashing outside in a robe. And I would not appreciate a group selfie with my messed up hair and wide-eye look of a deer caught in headlights.

Mar 16, 2017 08:49 AM #21
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, what was up with the fire department?   Hope it was a false alarm, and had the same thing happen last night at a listing.  

Mar 16, 2017 08:54 AM #22
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I really enjoyed your random thoughts and I could relate to each and every one!

Random Thought #1 - I cannot believe how many people can be hired to work in a grocery store and not know the difference between a turnip and a potato, parsely and cilantra, and a peach from a plum! And it's not just one grocery store! It's all of them in my area!!!

Random Thought #2 - I also like to shop off hours but it's so annoying for me to find employees stocking shelves and not moving to allow customers to take things off the shelf. I wish grocery stores trained employees to understand customer satisfaction, common courtesy, and the concept of moving or getting out of the way! I also hate the cereal aisle and avoid it like the plague. There are lots of fruity people in the cereal aisle!

Random Thought #3 - Best way to make a point and have your voice heard is in a surprise setting, like in a false alarm standing with a crowd of unexpected people! A selfie or video would have been funny! 


Mar 16, 2017 08:55 AM #23
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

I'm an off-hours shopper, too.  One of my favorite perks of the job for sure!

Mar 16, 2017 04:06 PM #24
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Michael Jacobs - On random life adventure 2 - It reminds me of when tourists in rentals stop in the middle of the road after going about 5 mph to take a picture of the red rocks!  Happens once a month at least!

Mar 17, 2017 02:36 PM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                        Thank you Michael Jacobs 

Mar 18, 2017 08:09 PM #26
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Michael Jacobs ,

How did I miss your Wednesday post? I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured it as one of her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. I think it would have made a great selfie!!LOL! no humor at that time of night I guess

Mar 19, 2017 05:48 AM #27
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Thank you very much Kathy Streib as part of your weekly post. 

Mar 19, 2017 05:51 AM #28
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Michael. How did I miss this one? Thanks to Kathy, I caught it! Enjoy your day!

Mar 19, 2017 06:03 AM #29
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Michael Jacobs how the heck did I miss this one....I love your random thoughts.... and the shopping thing really hits home with me... stay out of that cereal aisle....

Mar 19, 2017 06:04 AM #30
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Michael... I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one who has weird random thoughts like these going through my head. Nice not to be alone.

Mar 19, 2017 06:09 AM #31
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Not know apples from oranges? How can anyone have lived and not heard that phrase?

The grocery store - very annoying! Not just when they stop to read labels and leave their carts in the middle, but when they stop to visit and fill the aisle from side to side, so no one can possibly pass by.

Jolted awake in the middle of the night - for me it's a very large dog with a very large voice who sometimes thinks she hears something outside. I've had to get up and let her out to patrol the area in order to get her to be quiet and go back to bed.

Just as annoying - our local gas station / quick stop. Tourists pull in to fill their cars and boats, then go inside to order a burger or ice cream cone and leave their cars in front of the pumps. How rude!


Mar 19, 2017 09:35 AM #32
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Pi day?  A mathematical staple to be celebrated? 

Mar 19, 2017 10:37 AM #33
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Michael

Glad to hear the alarm was nothing worse than false.

I know what you mean about the supermarket, and Costco is even worse.

The apples and oranges thing? I haven't run across anyone, yet, who does not get the comparison.

No pie on Pi day?


Mar 19, 2017 04:14 PM #34
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
PK Real Estate Utah South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Not sure if I would have thought to dress when woke up like that Michael, much less being ready for a selfie...

Mar 20, 2017 11:51 AM #35
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Thank you very much for your comments.  I appreciate it very much.  

Mar 22, 2017 09:25 AM #36
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