Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532




I have been thinking.  About reality.  Again.  Actually, it’s a subject I think of often.  Why not?  It’s certainly one of those things we experience everyday.  In some form.  


Often it is obscured.   Maybe confused.  Conflicting.   Definitely changing.   Evolving.  Subject to interpretation.  Not just by others.  But even within our own mind.  Like many, I have read/seen/heard many quotes on the topic.  I like this one because it was new to me and made me think. 


A few years ago, 

the city council of Monza, Italy 

barred pet owners from  keeping goldfish 

in curved bowls, 

because gazing out, 

the fish would have a distorted view of reality.  


how do we know 

we have the true, undistorted picture of reality?  

                                       Stephen Hawking  


I don’t know if any such order was made in Monza but the thought that one could have been made prompts some pondering.  And that is reality.  For me.  



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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (57)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I love the fresh piece of Reality stated by Roy Kelley .... I needed a break from 504 and thought I'd drop in today.... wow.... what a difference.

Sep 03, 2020 09:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Barbara Todaro - I know what you mean.  Not sure if this is temporary but the speed in responding to and the writing of comments is much appreciated.  I still experience issues with posting but small steps will hopefully lead to much bigger successes.  

Sep 03, 2020 10:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael Jacobs ,

What a treat! Brian England re-blogged your post and I'm so glad to read a post from you. Reality..definitely something to ponder. An added bonus no 504! I can comment and it posts not taking 3-4 times! Yeah!!

Sep 03, 2020 10:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - simple pleasures, huh?

Sep 03, 2020 10:42 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

This is a ponder worthy post, Michael. I too will be thinking about it. I do believe we create our own reality, but it makes me wonder how that's true given our current state of affairs. Are there that many people who want to buy into the current reality we're all experiencing? I certainly don't want to create this time in history.  Stop the train. :) 

Sep 05, 2020 06:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - the train analogy is a good one.  So many kinda clever thoughts but they often suddenly come screeching to a halt. All aboard.  

Sep 05, 2020 07:16 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Michael!

I included your post in today's Last Week's Favorites post.  Thanks for writing it!




Sep 06, 2020 06:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Patricia Kennedy - thank you for commenting and choosing this post to be a part of your selection for the week.  I appreciate it.  

Sep 06, 2020 07:34 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Well look at this Michael Jacobs  featured in a post by out lovely Patricia Kennedy  

Sep 07, 2020 03:55 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hannah Williams - it was quite the treat especially to see the return of Pat in the halls of ActiveRainland.   The inclusion of my post as one of her favorites last week was like the icing on the cake.  

Sep 07, 2020 04:13 PM
Carol Culkin
Diamond Partners Inc - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Residential Real Estate

Everybody has a different perception, whether the view is visually or of a mindset. And that's what makes any of Gods living beings so fascinating. 

Sep 07, 2020 07:18 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Love this Post Michael Jacobs  Good to Ponder with you again!

Realty versus Reality I always warn people to not get them mixed up. 

I always feel sorry for fish in little bowls or vases, they seem so contained and and captive. No real life but to swim around and hope someone feeds you

Thanks to Patricia Kennedy for her favorite choices of the week!! 

Sep 08, 2020 12:00 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols - each day is unique so our sense of reality is enlightened on a daily basis.

Debra Leisek - thank you.  A warning(often reminded) is a good strategy in life(and in real estate).  

Sep 08, 2020 04:45 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Something to really think about Michael.  Everyone makes their own reality, but some may not be so real.  Whatever works, I suppose.

Sep 10, 2020 02:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael:

As always you have given us something to ponder in your musings. We each have our lens through which we view reality, and interpret it, don’t we?!


Sep 10, 2020 07:40 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Elyse Berman, PA - some are experts in making their own reality.

Jeff Dowler, CRS - with masks these days, my "lens" is often cloudy. 

Sep 10, 2020 08:41 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Michael Jacobs That is for sure.

Sep 11, 2020 01:54 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Another thought provoking post.  Perception is anyone's reality! 

Sep 10, 2020 08:49 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jan Green - and a moving target.  

Sep 10, 2020 08:58 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Michael, reminds of the expression, "the reality is."  Easy to say, what really is the reality when perception can easily be influenced by tech, media, more.

Sep 12, 2020 04:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Kris Collis, Associate Broker - "influences" whether from the outside or within ourselves definitely have an impact.  

Sep 12, 2020 05:08 AM