michael jacobs: Pondering Processes - 03/15/19 07:51 PM
 
 
Pondering Processes
 
Pondering Processes
 
A kind of twist on thought processes.  Well kinda.  But a bit more.  Maybe.  Juat a thought.  Maybe More.  On second thought possibly less.  Worthy of additional thought.  And pondering.  Of course, wondering too. Because it's time.  Ir's always time.  To wonder. 
 
Pondering leads to many things.  Including more pondering.  But it also can lead to things beyond pondering.  It's interesting, to me, how the mind works.  Thoughts that seemingly overtake us.  Consume.  But what's the meaning? 
 
Do we learn more through those thought processes and additional pondering?  My pondering brings forth many thoughts.  And not always … (59 comments)

michael jacobs: Price Check At Register Six - 03/05/19 09:34 AM
 
Price Check At Register Six
 

 
Price Check At Register Six
 
You can learn so much while in the grocery store check-out line.   Although it may be an opportunity for some not-so-casual voyeuristic activity or harmless eavesdropping, the subtlety taking place at that unlikely business doesn't cease to amaze me.
 
A temperature check of the health of our community.  Well kinda.  It's the stuff that pondering inspires.
 
I wonder if more people actually know the names of the top American Idol finalists versus who are members of the United States Supreme Court.   This is not a pop quiz for the Jeopardy! television quiz show.  … (37 comments)

michael jacobs: Ted Talked - 03/01/19 01:28 PM
 
 
 
Ted Talked
 
 
 
 
Ted Talked
 
I don't know(but somehow I doubt)if Theodor Geisel was widely known as Ted.  But I feel "Ted" better known to most of as Dr Seuss in his words was expressing his love of life and living to me.  Not to everyone, mind you. Just me.  Dr. Seuss talked. To me.  The doctor and I were friends.  
 
 
I read many of those books seemingly endlessly starting with One Fish, Two Fish.  I read and re-read those in my possession to myself and to anyone close enough to hear my voice.  I am amazed at the creativity of the man.    Anyway in … (39 comments)

michael jacobs: Pondering The Best Is Yet To Come - 02/28/19 11:49 AM
 
 
Pondering The Best Is Yet To Come
 

 
Pondering The Best Is Yet To Come
 
It's March 1, 2019. The first day of the third month of the year.  Two months are history now, ten months to go until we welcome a new year.  And just like that 2020 will arrive. 
 
And although it's difficult for some to think of today as being 2019, talk of the next year is already being discussed.  It happens each year it seems.  Without fail.  It seems like being present, living in "today" has given way to a yearning for different times.  For better days.  Of the … (30 comments)

michael jacobs: Pondering Questioning - 02/26/19 12:54 PM
 
Pondering Questioning
 
 
 
 
 
Pondering Questioning
 
I pondered. Life is full of questions. 
 
Unanswered.  Still to be answered.  Ahh, the leading question.  Open-ended ones.  Some are rhetorical. Others are repeated.  Multiple times.  And repeated again.  Just because. 
 
Lots of questions.  Too many maybe?  Not enough perhaps.
 
I believe a lot can be learned when asking the right question.  Careful listening is a part of that learning process.  So much more than seeing a reaction or hearing one.  What has been said.  Or not. 
 
I am not an expert.  Not at all.  I am a student.  In fact, I learn nearly everyday.  But over the years … (45 comments)

michael jacobs: And The Winner Was.... - 02/22/19 02:37 PM
 
 
And The Winner Was...
 
 
 
And The Winner Was...
 
I was right...my prediction was correct...The awards presentation of the 91st Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now history.  My prediction that the ceremony would extend beyond three hours was true.  Predictably.  Some quotes from the night but from the  past:
 
I, uh...I have a television so I'm going to spend some time here to tell you some things
[to orchestra conductor:] And, and... and sir, you're doing a great job, but you're so quick with that stick so why don't you sit.
'Cause I may never be here again
          … (41 comments)

michael jacobs: Pondering Again On Judgment - 02/19/19 03:30 PM
 
 
Pondering On Judgment
 
 

 
Pondering On Judgment
 
It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity
that great things are achieved,
but by reflection, force of character, and judgment. 
Marcus Tullius Cicero
 
 
I walk.  I meander.  I ponder. I wonder.  As I wander.   I can do all these things at once.  At times I do this and more. Sometimes it is more focused.  Some might say it's mindless.  Multi-tasking perhaps.
 
Judgment is defined as the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.  
 
 
 I don't suggest it is a cure-all for everyone.  It works for me. A part of me. Not every part.   Maybe it … (36 comments)

michael jacobs: On The Sunny Side Of The Street - 02/19/19 11:02 AM
 
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
 

 
 
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
 
Grab Your Coat, Get Your Hat 
Leave Your Worries On The Doorstep 
Life Can Be So Sweet
On The Sunny Side Of The Street 
 
Dating back to the 1930s, this song composed by Jimmy McHugh with lyrics by Dorothy Fields may not be familiar to a lot of people but the song title came to me with the arrival of this morning's rain. It has a simple enough message.  It seems appropriate that on this rainy day my pondering leads to sunnier times.
 
An attitude can change … (32 comments)

michael jacobs: Do These Shoes Match This Outfit? - 02/17/19 10:52 AM
 
 
 
Do These Shoes Match This Outfit? 
 
 
 
Do These Shoes Match This Outfit?  This is a pondering moment for sure but it didn't happen to me in front of a mirror.  At least not this time.  Insert a laugh out loud expression or an appropriate emoji if you like. 
 
I ponder.  Then I wonder,  And later I digress.  But not for too long because there are places to go.  Places to be.  It's not a question of clothing choices as much as having the right tools for the right job.  The right mindset.   A proper attitude.  Go ahead and fill in the blank of … (41 comments)

michael jacobs: Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head - 02/12/19 06:43 PM
 
 
Raindrops Keep Falling
 
On My Head 
 
 
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head   
 
It's another rainy day. Or it is scheduled to be.  Perhaps that was  yesterday. Maybe tomorrow.   It's all kind of running together for many it seems.  It's not like this hasn't happened before.  I remember previous rainy seasons.  It's rare but it's certainly not unknown.  I digress.
 
Our most recent drought shortened quite a few memories it seems but we have experienced rain in the past.  Despite the cries of "Storm Watch" in the media, the predicted yet seldom truly anticipated slower-than-usual traffic along with the related stuff associated with anything … (44 comments)

michael jacobs: Table This - 02/04/19 04:00 PM
 
 
Table This 
 
 
Table This.  There are some things that tend to make me uncomfortable or that I dislike.  I confront situations and survive.   Grin and bear it.  And on occasion,  I do my best to avoid some entirely if  possible or if that is an option.  That works.  For me. 
 
But that wasn't always the solution.  Not in the big city.  Or elsewhere I imagine.  So what's a guy to do? Move on.  Put the issue on the table.  Hmm. . .why not put it under the table?
 
Now it's time for a bit of a personal history lesson of sorts. I … (34 comments)

michael jacobs: And This Will Work Best - 02/04/19 10:12 AM
 
And This Will Work Best
 
 
 
And This Will Work Best  It doesn't matter what "this" is.  And for that matter "best" is not only subjective but it really doesn't have a definition.  Bigger.  Better.  More Value. Perceived.  Or Real. 
 
More Shiny.  Or Less Showy.  And as far as promised results are concerned.  Three out of five can't be wrong, can they?  Too broad a brush?  It happens in real life.  And of course in any sales promotion activity.  Puffery?  Perhaps.  Maybe it's something else.
 
Who is to blame?  Amd why is "blame" even being discussed?  Are we too trusting as consumers?  Too … (32 comments)

michael jacobs: Searching For Snake Oil at Whole Foods Market - 02/02/19 12:20 PM
 
Searching For Snake Oil
 
 
At Whole Foods Market
 
 
 
Searching For Snake Oil at Whole Foods.  A recent post by Nina Hollander informed us of the impact of ground hogs and its apparent influence on real estate trends.  Even the casual observer likely knows  there is no relation between the two--but go to and read Nina's post for more information on this timely subject. 
 
Somehow in the course of commenting snake oil was mentioned by me along with the realiry of such product and its availability.  Hence I am searching for snake oil and since it is both elusive and likely exclusive--why not check Whole Foods … (37 comments)

michael jacobs: The Theory Of Relativity - 01/31/19 11:01 AM
 
 
The Theory of Relativity
 
 
The Theory of Relativity.  I won't attempt to explain any of
Albert Einstein's scientific theories.  Let others do that.  And
likely more intelligently and perhaps more understandably too. 
But this Albert Einstein quote sums up things quite succinctly:
 
Two things are infiinite: 
the universe and human stupidity;
and I'm not sure about the universe
 
While abundant words are often used to sum up many of his
theories, Einstein used just a handful or so to sum up something many
of us have surmised for quite some time. 
 
 
 
But I digress.  And, of course, that leads to some pondering. Why not? 
 
I ponder about … (30 comments)

michael jacobs: On Uncertainty - 01/14/19 06:28 PM
On Uncertainty
 
 
The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism
and become a fearless mother is to give up
the idea of doing it perfectly -
indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
--Arianna Huffington
 
 
 
On Uncertainty.  I ponder.  It may be the ideal pondering activity. 
 
Unlike Ms. Huffington, I am neither a mother, not even a parent nor an influencer but I can ponder.  I take her words and try to find meaning. 
 
 
I'm okay with breaking the cycle of perfectionism although I have been known to relapse from time to time.  It happens. 
 
Becoming fearless.  I'm not without fear.  Some fear is rational as … (22 comments)

michael jacobs: Google Thinks I’m A Pasadena Condo Expert Maybe You Should Too - 03/10/15 03:28 AM
Google Thinks
I’m A Pasadena Condo Expert
Maybe You Should Too
 

 
 
 
It just happened to me.   Again.
 
Someone Googled and found me.
 
And it felt good.
 
It would have felt better if it was a prospective Pasadena condo or townhome buyer or seller but it’s always nice to be found.
 
And it’s happening on a regular basis.
 
I get phone calls and email inquiries.
 
I want to know the name of the HOA management company at Cordova Park Villas?
 
Are there any townhomes for rent at Bellagio Villas?
(45 comments)

michael jacobs: Pasadena CA - 700 South Lake Avenue Condos for Sale 4.14.14 - 04/14/14 05:09 PM
Pasadena CA - 700 South Lake Avenue Condos for Sale 4.14.14
 

 
This is a recap of condos for sale at 700 South Lake Avenue as well as a market update for sales so far in 2014 with a comparison to full year sales in 2013 and 2012.   All statistical information is from our local multiple listing service(mls) as of April 14, 2014.  
 
700 South Lake is a handsome 80 unit condominium building built in 1974 and located just north of the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa in one of Pasadena’s most sought after neighborhoods.   The complex … (17 comments)

michael jacobs: Pasadena CA South Orange Grove Blvd Condo Townhome Market Update - 03/04/14 12:02 AM
Pasadena CA South Orange Grove Blvd Condo Townhome Market Update
 
This is a summary of South Orange Grove Boulevard condo and townhome market in Pasadena as of March 3, 2014.  All statistical information is from our local multiple listing service(mls) as of this date.
 
South Orange Grove Boulevard is also known as “Millionaire’s Row” for the large estates that once lined this wide palm tree-lined street.  Today, most of the mansions are gone but you will find some of the area’s most desired condominiums and lofts.  Large expansive lawns act as an introduction to the various complexes which range … (12 comments)

michael jacobs: Pasadena CA - New Listing - 1426 Glen Avenue Open Sunday 12Noon - 5PM - 02/15/14 01:23 PM
Pasadena CA - New Listing - 1426 Glen Avenue
Open Sunday 12Noon - 5PM
 
First Time Open!
 
 
 
 
Showings begin Sunday, February 16, 2014
 
12Noon - 5PM
 
It’s difficult enough to find a single family home in Pasadena priced under $500,000
 
Imagine the excitement you will experience when you find a
three bedroom/two bath home
priced under $400,000.
 
Three Bedrooms/Two Baths
in Pasadena
 
List price $379,500
 
Here is a that truly rare opportunity in today’s competitive Pasadena real estate market awaiting the the savvy buyer.
 
Convenient location … (21 comments)

michael jacobs: Pasadena CA - Granada Court Condos For Sale and Market Update 02.04.14 - 02/04/14 04:07 PM
Pasadena CA - Granada Court Condos For Sale and Market Update 02.04.14
 

 
This is a summary of Granada Court condos for sale and a recap of sales for 2013 with a comparison to 2012.  All statistical information is from our local multiple listing service(mls) as of February 4, 2014.
 
Granada Court is located at 700 East Union Street at the southwest corner of Oak Knoll Avenue in the Pasadena Playhouse District.  The 31 unit complex was built in 2006.   Designed in the Spanish Revival architectural style the complex is reminiscent of architect Wallace Neff whose estates and … (14 comments)

 
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