Pee Pee, Poop and Not So Puny Pet Peeve Ponderings

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Pee Pee, Poop and

Not So Puny Pet Peeve Ponderings


ActiveRain pal and pie provocateur Kathleen Daniels in her No Fooling Around, Let’s Get Real Contest has proposed we put our thoughts about pet peeves in writing.   I wondered about her motivation(as I often do). Hmm...For posterity’s sake?  Or perhaps as incriminating evidence when the straw inevitably breaks that camel’s back.  Hmm, I digress.  And then I ponder....


Let’s face it...we face a certain amount of “stuff” during a day...let alone over the course of a career in the real estate industry.  Don't get me wrong...much of life in real estate is good -- in fact for me, an overwhelming amount of good but, let’s be real - there’s some bad stuff that happens on occasion.   In fact, Kathleen founded and moderates a group here on ActiveRain

Crap-tacular where we have the opportunity to share the cringeworthy stuff we encounter.


Yes, although there is some pee pee, poop and puny pet peeves that may cross our truth...most of these types of occurrences are rare.  Come on...really...they are.   


Yet I nodded in agreement as I read many of the pet peeves already shared as entries in Kathleen’s contest.    I had more than a few examples I could share as well:


  • Toilet seats up in photos...come on do we really need to see a toilet at all -- we can ass-u-me that a bathroom has this fixture in place.  
  • Finding lockboxes in the most unusual of places where some Simone Biles-like moves to pivot are necessary in order to open. 
  • How about the property sign rider that states “I’m Gorgeous Inside” yet rarely, if ever, is?   
  • The mls remarks that insist there’s No Need To Preview a listing --- yeah, right... because if you will never...ever think of showing this home to a prospective client.   I find that particular line a real red flag.
  • The listing agent who states “easy to show” in the mls remarks only to have confusing and contradictory instructions that makes Linda Blair’s performance in The Exorcist look like a nun’s visit to the confessional.     


As you can see I can get easily miffed...if I allow myself.   I admit and I biggest pet peeve is me.  And I’m in control of this...I suffer from a malady widely known as impatience.   I can’t stand waiting.   Waiting for people.  Waiting for responses.  Waiting for decisions to be made.  Waiting. You don’t want to see me in traffic...or rolling my shopping cart down the aisle of the grocery store.   Dammit!  Just hurry up.  Yes, real estate often involves a lot of  “hurry up and wait”.    


Yet I have learned to manage.  Medication helps err I mean meditation. Focus too. Think of solutions...not problems...I may not always be in control of the situation(dammit again) but I can be in control of my reaction...if I continue to repeat becomes truth...right?  


But waiting still bugs the Hell out of me...


As I’m prone to do...I ponder...and then I digress and then I search for an answer that perhaps could be found in the words of others.  So here it goes...on the subject of pet peeves I share some quotes --- I can relate to about you?


I don’t have pet peeves like some people.  

I have whole kernels of irritation

Whoopi Goldberg


Peeves do not make make very good pets

Bo Bennett


And perhaps my favorite:


I don’t have pet peeves - I have major psychotic f#*$!^g hatreds!


George Carlin

Here’s to managing pet really is, I think I’ll go on a walk.  Or engage. In an adult beverage for example.   Or maybe take this as an opportunity to channel George Carlin.  And the seven words you can’t say on television.   Have a  f#*$!^g amazing day. Thank you for allowing me to ponder.


Published:  April 23, 2017


Pee Pee, Poop and

Not So Puny Pet Peeve Ponderings



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Michael Jacobs


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Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Talk about a big poo poo in the middle of my day. I wonder how many rolls of TP it took to write this and enjoying it so much, how many it will take to forget all my asinine moments in this business. We both may find too much BS especially given how long we have done this but there is one consequence. FLUSH TWICE cheers cvc my 1.5 cents at an attempt of tile laden humor.

Apr 24, 2017 02:06 PM #74
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Great post & makes me ponder all the funnies I remember from George. Here's to your patience with an adult beverage - nostrovia!

Apr 24, 2017 03:02 PM #75
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Very funny, Michael.  I love the George Carlin quote. And what is with those toilet seats.....

Apr 24, 2017 04:20 PM #76
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Very funny post and the title just made me wonder what it was about. Hurry up and wait is what we Realtors seem to do a lot and then all of a sudden it is "We must get it done right now in the next 3 days". What happened to the last weeks when nothing happened on your end? Yes a drink is a good way to relax or even a cold Diet Coke is nice!

Apr 24, 2017 06:51 PM #77
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Your post made me smile and it's been a tough day for smiles. Thanks so much.

Apr 24, 2017 07:08 PM #78
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

Good post...nice to read at the end of a long day of peeves and stuff!  

Apr 24, 2017 07:19 PM #79
Carolyn Boyle
RE/MAX Quality Service, Inc. - Hanover, PA
REALTOR, Associate Broker, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES

I am cracking up at this-- all true! Thanks for the laugh.

Apr 24, 2017 07:27 PM #80
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

You made my day.  I just finished previewing a home with two toilets that were unflushed!  

Apr 25, 2017 12:53 AM #81
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I have a new attitude toward my pet peeves..."don't give a damn anymore."  At the end of 2018 I am quitting this business!

Apr 25, 2017 04:50 AM #82
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

Pretty perfectly prepared.

Apr 25, 2017 06:14 AM #83
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Just stopping back by to say that you made Mr. Crappy Proud. 

You are a creative genius ... and we (Mr. Crappy and me) enjoy your playful way.  I am so glad to see that this post is Featured. It is beyond Feature worthy. 


Apr 25, 2017 08:10 AM #84
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Why am I not surprised, cheers dears cvc

Apr 25, 2017 11:08 AM #85
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Michael, you drew me in with your title and then quickly turned the corner.

I pretty much agree with your rant on things that irritate you in a royal way.

I just looked up a listing on MLS and the description was exciting. The price was mid $400,000s. I think looked at the photos. Oh my word!!! They were horrible. Dark ones and blurred ones. One shot in the kitchen with the cabinet door open with a pull out shelf out and a bunch of junk piled on it. A bedroom that was piled with clothes and junk on all the furniture. Every photo made me want to red line the price. I decided not to even show it.

Apr 25, 2017 11:15 AM #86
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love the title, I love your humor, I love the quotes and I love George Carlin. I pretty much loved reading every bit of this Craptacular post! 

Apr 25, 2017 11:30 AM #87
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Oh and I must add I laughed at Scott Godzyk mentioning writing about pee and poop to get featured.

Apr 25, 2017 11:32 AM #88
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I am extremely impatient as well. If one of my team members doesn't pick up when I call to pass on a lead, I'll wait 10 minutes and call back, and I'll keep on calling until they answer the phone, so they know they better do it sooner than later because they are also bombarded by text messages and emails. It's hard to get an agent's attention sometimes, especially when I have an eager buyer who wants to talk to them.

Apr 25, 2017 01:06 PM #89
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I never thought about meditation as a cure, but found that medicating whether out of a small vial or a bottle eased the burdens of the business.

Apr 26, 2017 05:45 AM #90
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Michael Jacobs ~ MJ, great stuff! The biggest take I get from the f#^*!&% amazing post is "management!" We will encounter things all the time that bug us. Some that are out of our control and even some we have control over but no matter what "how we react and act" matters most and will determine our success

Apr 26, 2017 10:13 AM #91
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

Thanks for such a fun, engaging post, that is also full of truths! It's nice to have a mid-day chuckle in the midst of the seriousness of dealing with contracts.

Apr 26, 2017 10:48 AM #92
Donna & Larry Johnson
Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County

Very funny but also very true. Toilet seat up is a big no no!

May 30, 2017 05:27 AM #93
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