The Post That Nearly Didn't Happen

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Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

 

This Is The Post...

 

 

 

This is the post that nearly didn't happen.  For a number of reasons.  I started.  Then paused.  Pondered.  Put it aside.  And now I am back...again...maybe I will complete the challenge by Jeff Dowler, CRS.  Maybe not.  We'll see.  No promises.   

 

I have read quite a few of the posts and am impressed with how so many members have shared their lives in unique and creative ways.  So here's mine:  

 

Whistle While You Work - I started in real estate in Fall, 1993 but my history with real estate of many kinds goes back much further with a great-grandfather who was a home builder(never knew him) and a great uncle(also gone before I was born) who was an architect.  I grew up in the shadow of Disneyland when orange groves were turning into subdivisions rapidly.  Believe it or not house hunting and designing home floor plans was something I enjoyed. Fortunately my parents indulged my somewhat odd-for-a-child obsession in numerous ways.  Although real estate was not my original occupation the career change didn't come as much of a surprise to many who knew me.  The years beginning with 2009 brought changes as usual to life and real estate as it continues to evolve.  Stay tuned... 

 

I Love Los Angeles  Sure California gets a bad rap at times for many reasons but as a native of Los Angeles, I feel a close relationship with this city and the greater area for the abundant opportunities to explore and to be. 

 

Let It Rain - I joined this forum in March, 2010 and like many others paused after initially joining and have since had some lapses.  I have met members through their words whether it be their posts, questions, answers or through phone calls and in-person meetings.  

 

Other Social Media who could have guessed the role of this omnipresent influence on the impact in our lives? That is certainly evident in real estate.  And in life. 

 

Technology Too how could this aspect of life in all forms be ignored?  Whether it be a different multiple listing system, new lockboxes or the expansion of phone capabilities...the list may be infinite. 

 

Different Strokes In my life I tried to stay aware of my family history of heart disease.  I thought I ate fairly healthy, exercised enough(I thought) but apparently that wasn't the case as in December of 2017 I was transported by ambulance to a hospital where I later found out I had a stroke.  And a heart attack. A double whammy of sorts. 

 

And Then Some of 2018 was spent in and out of hospitals including a brain stent procedure and eventually cardiac by pass surgery   Sometimes it's in the genes.  My Dad and my younger brother both survived heart attacks prior to their fiftieth birthday.  I was older than they were when this happened.  I thought I was clear...  Rehabilitation and therapy encompassed additional time.

 

Priorities certainly change life in different ways and  cause us to evaluate or re-evaluate things.  More to come?  Definitely.  What exactly....still to be determined.      

 

Travel was a large part of my life prior to real estate. I have been fortunate to visit many places.  In the most recent ten years that's scaled back quite a bit to trips shorter term and shorter distance. In fact I am going to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico for the second time next month.  I am somewhat embarrassed to report my passport has recently expired.  Will that change this year?  It's obviously within my grasp to do. 

 

Family and Friends - I am well aware of how fortunate I am to have shared the love and support of so many.  My nieces and nephew are each now an adult and my parents will celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary in August, 2019. 

 

I apologize for the length of this post. Brevity has its place and unfortunately this is not one of those instances.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by

Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

mtj916@gmail.com

 

 

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Lisa Timoner

Loved reading this, about and by you. Get that passport renewed! ❤️

Aug 11, 2019 09:36 AM #46
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Kathleen Daniels
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Michael, reading this connected many dots for me.  We talked several times yet I did not know the details of the medical challenges. I applaud you for sharing it with us.  You are adorned and loved by so many Rainers - we care about you! 

Here's to wellness and renewed health and to many long years of good health and happiness. 

Now, about that expired passport? 

Aug 11, 2019 10:11 AM #47
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Michael Jacobs
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Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Kathleen Daniels - I know!  I used to carry my passport along at nearly every opportunity - always ready to leave.  I have enjoyed our chats and "knowing" you on this forum.  As for challenges, we each have them and putting them in writing wasn't easy but hopefully it raises some awareness to many different aspects of life where we have some control.  

Aug 11, 2019 10:18 AM #48
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Jim Bird

Great post Michael. I can see it took some time and introspection to share this. Excellent !

Aug 11, 2019 10:31 AM #49
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Michael Jacobs
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Thanks, Lisa.

And thanks, Jim.

I appreciate that you read the post and for your comments.  

Aug 11, 2019 10:36 AM #50
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Michael, thanks for sharing.  Most of all I am so glad your health has improved.  Enjoy that visit to New Mexico.

Aug 11, 2019 05:51 PM #51
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Michael Jacobs
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Jennifer Fivelsdal - thank you.  I am looking forward to seeing New Mexico once again.  It's a nice place to visit.  

Aug 11, 2019 05:56 PM #52
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I remember hearing about the stroke and how sad and worried I was. The relief of hearing you were going to be ok is a much better memory.
You have become so special to so many of us and having you back, once again posting your pondering, is a gift.
I loved learning about your childhood!
I give you a lot of credit for writing the post, and so glad you did. I haven't been inspired to post anything but weekly Wordless Wednesday for awhile now.

Congratulations to your parents! Mine just celebrated 62 years. It is quite amazing.

Aug 12, 2019 05:18 AM #53
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Michael Jacobs
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Sharon Tara - thank you for your nice comment.  I must say market reports and community real estate updates were sometimes difficult to research/write but this post was a bit of a challenge(no pun intended)in different ways and  for a variety of reasons.   These days, after a lapse of writing here for a year, I decided pondering made more sense.  After all I have been doing it for longer than real estate and putting it into words helps me continue to "figure things out".  Sometimes it works.  And other times, I scratch my head and think to myself "what the Hell am I trying to say???".  It's all a part of the total picture.  I guess.  Congrats to your parents.  You're not that far behind them.  Especially as time speeds by....

Aug 12, 2019 05:31 AM #54
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael, I really enjoyed learning about your childhood and that you were drawn to real estate at such a young age! I know this wasn’t an easy post to write and share. Reading about all you went through and survived in 2017-2018,  I’m really at a loss of what to say, other than I’m glad that’s all behind you now.  “More to come” as you say - most definitely! Looking forward to hearing about all your upcoming adventures.    

Aug 12, 2019 05:45 PM #55
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Michael Jacobs
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Endre Barath, Jr. - after all that dash between that first cry and the last breath is an important one for each of us. 

Aug 12, 2019 05:51 PM #56
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good evening Michael. I am glad you are well now. I never knew you experienced such great hardships and are alive to tell us. Your parents longevity is a gift. Enjoy your upcoming trip and renew that passport so you can continue to stretch and explore.

Aug 12, 2019 06:07 PM #57
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Michael Jacobs
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Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Thank you, Sheila Anderson - each of us faces challenges and this is one I have had to face not particularly willingly but reality is something we rarely can shape from the onset.  How we react and respond becomes important.  Thank you for the comment.  

Aug 12, 2019 06:20 PM #58
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael on a side note Diane wants to know when the Wine Bar will be open at Vroman's clearly a good excuse for us to get together:)Endre

Aug 12, 2019 11:17 PM #59
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Michael Jacobs
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Endre Barath, Jr. - I saw signs recently but haven't ventured into see any updates.  Each time I have gone into the store I haven't asked.  Now you have me wondering...  

Aug 13, 2019 04:33 AM #60
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Hi Michael Jacobs - This is the post that nearly did not get read. I can't believe I missed it but happy I finally got here a couple of weeks later. I really like the title you chose - I was intrigued. By the time I got to "Whistle While You Work," I was already invested. I felt like a kid again at the local Public Library, finding something I wasn't looking for, but for some reason suddenly appeared and then, I couldn't put it down! The visual imagery of growing "up in the shadow of Disneyland" made me feel smaller, sitting in that library bookshelf aisle on the floor, Indian style imagining the orange groves thinking about the sacrifices they made all for the sake of family entertainment at Disneyland. 

I've never been to LA but I grew up where Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan was my playground, the place where I saw movie actors, hid out in Art Galleries with the Hippie and Flower Child Movement, and visited Museums while I always listed to tunes on the radio. I'm sure it was similar for you and that adrenalin rush of the city was good for you as you grew up from a child to a man. 

We started on AR the same year, but I came in much later. Like others, I poked around trying to figure things out and I wondered, why don't I get any comments. Or why look! Someone just commented and I just posted! Social Media sure changed a lot; technology too! You were right, as you always seem to be. You really are an intellectual!

Different Strokes... And then... A Shift in Priorities. I must confess, I had a sense in late December something wasn't right and by January I was worried about you, and so, I did about the only thing I could do, you were in my thoughts and prayers. Continuously, I looked for your posts and there was nothing there. I felt like you were the missing link to all this stuff here on ActiveRain. It's funny, how people you don't really know because you never met them in real life, suddenly become REAL characters and the mind plays tricks on you, wondering, pondering, where is that guy who played the role of Judge in many contests and was a fun participant on Social Media here on AR? I remembered vividly the last contest you participated in with Dick Greenberg. I had just come back from Glacier Mountains and my photo won that Contest. I was so excited! It was my first time being chosen. You guys, you made me cry with tears of happiness... I think I had a Glacier meltdown!  

And now you're back and I am happy you got through all those medical procedures, drama, and the unknown. Stroke or no stroke. Heart Attack or no heart attack, you will always be the body, mind, HEART, and soul of ActiveRain and we need you! We can never take anyone for granted. We must pay attention to our instincts. I am glad we stayed in touch and I never had a brother, but Oh Brother! You scared me! May you continue to get stronger every single day and please stay happy. When you look in the mirror, know that you have a million faces from AR looking back at you and your excellent blog posts reading, learning, and pondering too. We are ALL pondering with you! After all, you are MICHAEL JACOBS STRONG!

 

Aug 14, 2019 03:55 PM #61
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael, just so that you know there will be a mini meet-up with you me and Diane when they open it:))Endre

Aug 14, 2019 06:44 PM #62
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Carol Thomson

So good to hear from you, Michael.

Aug 15, 2019 08:49 AM #63
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Ester

It is so good to hear from you. Wish you the very best in life and please continue to share your life with us, your friends who care so much about you. May God bless you always and may your health and happiness always be within you. I amNot very good at writing and expressing my thoughts or feelings, but know that I look forward to seeing you and sharing more of your life. Take care of yourself. Send you a big hug.!!!

Aug 17, 2019 08:02 PM #64
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - with so many posts being written and published on ActiveRain it's easy to miss some even those we follow.  The weekly posts by Kathy Streib and Carol Williams are reminders of what can be found along the pages of this forum.  It's easy to  miss.  Thank you for your always insightful and thoughtful comment.  I appreciate it very much.

Carol - you may remember a Saturday Performance Coaching seminar where Steve discusssed ActiveRain.  I can't recall if he had someone who joined but maybe you remember the discussion on the impact of social media in our business.

Ester - thanks vetry much for the kind comment.  

Aug 18, 2019 03:10 PM #65
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