The California Roll. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


The California Roll. . .

One Can Be Rather Tasty

The Other - Not So Much


It happened in a moment.  Certainly(and unfortunately) it is/was not an uncommon occurrence as one might expect.  While walking early Saturday, a car didn’t completely come to a stop at a stop sign but simply slowed down as it turned right at a corner in a residential area.  


It brought back memories.  Long ago but still somewhat distinctive.  A story of two “firsts”.  


I was either just about to turn 21 or had recently had my birthday.  It was in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego.  And a Sunday.  It was also the scene of my very first traffic ticket.  I saw the red siren light come on from the motorcycle officer and I pulled to the side of the road to let him pass when suddenly he was getting off his bike with a pad in hand.  Needless to say I was surprised.  I was polite as he approached my car.  


He asked me if I knew what I had done.  I told him I didn’t.  He then informed me that there was a new stop sign that had just been installed(the area was “new” to me) and that I didn’t come to a complete stop  before proceeding to my turn.  


Lesson learned.  I didn’t repeat that error.  Well, not that exact one.  I digress.  I also remember the police officer mentioned my infraction was commonly known as The California Roll.  Hmm...certainly a memorable part of my driving history.  


A few years later. . .a friend and his girlfriend were living in Hermosa Beach(ah, the various beach towns of Los Angeles) and I had another California Roll encounter.  This time it was found on a menu with my first time visit to one of the trends that was gaining popularity.  Sushi restaurants with a rock-n-roll theme were to become a part of my life in those days.  


I don’t always know where a thought(and/or a memory) will be found in the deep recesses of my mind.  Some memories are quite delicious.  Others not so much.   

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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (41)

James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael.

In my younger days I did get a lot of citations.  I remember one for speeding.  I went to the police station and paid the 13.00 fine with change.  It was interesting.

Sep 14, 2020 01:22 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I watch so many people just roll through stop signs. I must say, I truly appreciate the other California Roll better (though I have discovered sushi I love much more).

Sep 14, 2020 06:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

James Dray - definitely memorable.  For you and the person receiving the payment.

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - that version of a California Roll is but one of countless ways to enjoy sushi.  

Sep 14, 2020 07:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I wish I had a California Roll for lunch today.

Take care be safe, and have a great day.

How to Make California Rolls - Video and step-by-step photos

Sep 14, 2020 09:16 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Ah, Michael!  I don't think we ever forget our first California roll - or any other first taste of sushi! In my case, my date forgot to tell me I was eating raw fish.  And I loved it!

Sep 14, 2020 01:00 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs,

I always called the California Roll a California stop.  When I see cars with CA license plates I drive defensively...just in case! LOL!  Of course, it is not just a Cali thing. But the name did stick with me.  Not a big sushi eater but I do enjoy a California Roll. 

Sep 14, 2020 03:34 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - are California rolls on Chef Dolores' extensive kitchen repertoire?

Patricia Kennedy - Surprise!  Surprise!

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - you speak from experience.  

Sep 14, 2020 03:54 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - The good old California Roll - very common in IL, IN, OH, PA, VT, NH, ME, and just about every new city I ever drove in TX. Yes, I remember my blood pressure rising and my deer in the headlights look, the pad of paper coming my way. Fortunately, I was just warned.

Ah! Paragraphs six and seven. Your language in these last two paragraphs sound luscious! Keep writing!!!

Sep 15, 2020 04:42 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - as I read comments, I see the rolling traffic stop is well-known in many parts of our country.  

Sep 15, 2020 05:16 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Very soon after getting her license my daughter had a very minor accident with another vehicle. She was an emotional mess. It was a very important lesson that luckily didn't result in injury or any damage to either vehicle. I believe she was a better driver for having it happen. 

Sep 16, 2020 12:28 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - such lessons can prove quite important.  Glad to hear there was no damage.  That's the best kind of lesson.  

Sep 16, 2020 01:41 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Michael, we always referred to it as a Hollywood stop rather than a California roll.

Sep 20, 2020 04:14 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Michael, As far as the California Roll, I'll stick with the sushi version

Oct 03, 2020 04:45 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900 - another difference we notice in the geographic parts of our state.

Kris Collis, Associate Broker - I understand.  Definitely a better experience.  

Oct 03, 2020 06:20 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I just came across this post again and it's right before lunch and I am hungry as HELL . Thanks Michael 😆

Oct 09, 2020 01:05 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - twinges of hunger are likely less painful(and less costly) than even a minor traffic violation.  

Oct 11, 2020 05:03 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Good morning Michael, isn't there a sushi roll called the "California Roll".  Not a sushi person.....  Hope you enjoy your Sunday! 

Oct 11, 2020 06:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - yes, you are correct.  

Oct 11, 2020 06:38 AM
Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate

I am well acquainted with the California roll but always remember to do the full and complete stop!

Oct 12, 2020 10:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Shannon Jones - a good plan!

Oct 12, 2020 10:25 AM