The Long And The Short Of It. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532



The Short

And The Long Of It. . . 



To be brief, I could tell you that I recently went to get a haircut and then went to lunch.  Both are true.  And brevity certainly has its place. And it's definitely to the point.  But why be succinct when lengthy or long-winded can also work?   


This past Sunday, I did get a haircut.  It was my first visit since March to see the woman who takes control of that project.  To say I was overdue would be kind.  And definitely an understatement.   


The current pandemic has caused many businesses in Los Angeles County to close, then reopen, shut their doors mere days later, adjust if at all possible and then recently reopen(again) with lots of different restrictions along with rules aplenty.  Many business remain closed.   


My hair has never been so long.  And now, a lot of it was gone as I saw the remainder of my locks scattered on the floor. It was nice to get out and about since my excursions beyond my front door have been curtailed during much of this year.  It was nice seeing a familiar place.  A familiar face too. 


After the haircut.  It was off to lunch.  Not so unusual in typical times but 2020 has been anything but "T".  That T-word is almost unspeakable as is the "normal" word.  What's that anyway?


While these two events may seem rather unspectacular and may underscore the ordinariness of life there is a lesson.  At least in my mind.


In continuing to understand ourselves and our role in life we can embrace the everydayness that remains important.  We can fully explore it.  Experience it.  It serves as a reminder to appreciate each day. 


Opportunities present themselves every day -

to everyone. 

You just have to be alert and ready to act. 

                                                                       Marc Ostrofsky


Yes, this time has created more opportunities to ponder.  I actively participate in self-talk.  An inner dialog occurs. Were any issues resolved?  Global?  The nation?  Our state?  My community? 


Oh, please,  That's highly unlikely even in the best of times but as it turns out I continue to believe it starts with me.  With each of us. 


This is a post for the October 2020 ActiveRain challenge co-hosted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Instructor and Carol WilliamsTo Think Is To Create 




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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (73)

Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

The little things are we miss and the most I miss is the joy of family. Travel and being with people. Zoom is just not the same


Oct 16, 2020 12:40 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Michael Jacobs - I believe it starts with us as well. I even frequently say ... it starts with me and ends with me.  I would have paid $$$ to see your long hair. 

Good to know the person who manages that project for you is still in business. 

Oct 16, 2020 12:50 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - yes, it is a reminder that is found all around us when we stay alert.  

Steffy Hristova - wow - thank you for the very kind comment.  Now, you have me thinking.  Once again.    

Sharon Kowitz - while the advantages of Zoom are numerous, there is something about it that is missing.  It will be interesting to see how it is remembered when look back at it in history as well as the changes it inspires.  

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - goodness knows where that "remnant" is now - all I know it is, it is in a far better place than on my head.  

Oct 16, 2020 04:36 PM
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

One of many small pleasure in life, recognizing these moments is important and precious.  Be safe. Thank you 

Oct 17, 2020 06:58 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS - we should keep those small pleasures a part of the moments in our daily lives as well as memories which are so important.   Thank you for the comment.  

Oct 17, 2020 07:08 AM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I too just went in for another haircut... because I was almost due for one, and I heard things might close down again.  I'm sure hoping that it doesn't !  It feels like such a luxury to go to the salon these days.  Take care,  Kathy

Oct 17, 2020 11:32 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Kathy Schowe - simple pleasures seemingly become quite luxurious when they are taken away, don't they?  

Oct 18, 2020 03:43 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

There it is again Michael......that's exactly what I've been thinking lately!

Oct 18, 2020 01:58 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Michael Jacobs I think the pandemic has made everyone appreciate that every day is a gift.  Gratitude for another day, another haircut, another lunch, another sunrise.  Stay safe.

Oct 18, 2020 08:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Elyse Berman, PA - indeed!

Oct 18, 2020 08:57 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael, yes it is good to be verbose at times, that way people forget what we said in the beginning. Loved how   Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Instructor  looped one of your great posts into the mix. Yes time for us to break bread and drink wine sadly I received an email that Vroman's is asking for help...Endre

Oct 18, 2020 01:38 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Endre Barath, Jr. - Vroman's, like many small businesses, especially independent bookstores, have not had an easy time of it even before 2020.  Yes, Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Instructor does have a special way of making her point.  

Oct 18, 2020 02:28 PM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

"Opportunities present themselves every day - to everyone!" 

Great post!

Oct 19, 2020 06:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joe Jackson - thank you for the comment.  

Oct 19, 2020 06:59 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs long hair and all cannot imagine. I myself have not eaten out as of yet although my friends still call and invite. Who knows what the future will bring. Great entry to the challenge  

Oct 19, 2020 09:28 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hannah Williams - it's been quite the year with few movie-going experiences(none since February if I recall and definitely zero since March) along with the previously mentioned restaurant trip and haircut appointments.  

Oct 19, 2020 09:37 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

You're absolutely right, Michael Jacobs ... even "normal" doesn't seem "normal" any longer.  Who knew we'd now be getting so giddy over getting a haircut??


Oct 19, 2020 01:08 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Hair appointments....restaurants....visits with family and friends?

2020 certainly wasn't the year for any of that. Sadly. 

I don't even think we know what normal is anymore.

I bet that haircut was the most appreciated haircut of your life. LOL

Oct 20, 2020 09:07 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - it felt so good to be able to be "wash and wear" after that haircut.  

Oct 20, 2020 10:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Well, I would love to have seen a photo of you with your flowing locks, Michael! 

Like you, extracurricular activities that we took for granted in the past are coveted moments now. I miss going to lunches with friends and dinners with hubby. I think when we are able to return to these activities, we'll be ever so appreciative.

I still haven't had a haircut but, did manage to trim my own bangs! 

Nov 04, 2020 08:38 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debe Maxwell, CRS - if nothing else, this time has shown the importance of the simple things of life.  Ongoing appreciation is definitely a part of that.  

Nov 05, 2020 04:16 AM