And Another. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


And Another. . .

In some ways, it doesn’t seem as if another year has passed.  But the calendar says it’s true.  

It was one year ago today that I posted about joining AR on March 30, 2010.   And now, it’s eleven years. 

The subject makes my mind wonder and wander about anniversary gifts.   Not that I need, want or expect anything but curiosity(and a quick Internet search) tells me steel is one of the traditional choices for such an occasion.  I am sure there’s not a skyscraper waiting for me.  Not even a set of steak knives.  And that’s okay. 



Despite mishaps and glitches, ActiveRain provides presents most days in many forms.  Over the years this is beyond any initial expectation. 

Like any long-term relationship, ups and downs are a part of the road I have traveled here.  And with any anniversary, it's common to think of those who are no longer with us today. Members have left for all kinds of reasons.  In that way, AR is similar to real life. There is a certain consistency in the inconsistency of it all.


The image in this post is from and it’s the same one that appeared in my post on this day last year.



Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (30)

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Happy Happy Anniversary Michael, here to another 11 wonderful, glorious years in the Rain! Have enjoyed spending virtual time with you.

Mar 30, 2021 07:00 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Wanda - I appreciate that and I have enjoyed your unique and fascinating ways of wordplay.  

Mar 30, 2021 07:31 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Happy Anniversay on Active Rain.  And as "they",  (whoever those gender neutrals are) time flies when you are having fun.  Ron and I have enjoyed knowing you, and looking forward to getting together in Pasadena one of these days.  A

Mar 30, 2021 07:10 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Alexandra and Ron - "they" are definitely "out there".  And I do mean "out there".  

Mar 30, 2021 07:33 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Happy 11th year Anniversary Michael- It has been a wonderful gift getting to know you over the years.  Look forward to many more. 

Mar 30, 2021 07:21 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Sharon - thank you for the kind words.  I hope you know I feel the same way.  

Mar 30, 2021 08:35 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Congratulations on staying around for another year when so many have gone elsewhere.  To another successful year!

Mar 30, 2021 07:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Ed - thanks.  ActiveRain can seem like a revolving door at times.

Mar 30, 2021 08:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, it is fun to go back ten years and read comments and see members we have not seen for years.   Just makes you miss them! 

Mar 30, 2021 07:38 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Joan - you're right about that.

Mar 30, 2021 08:36 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael - yes, people, like places and things come and goes. Our footprints are everywhere. Some faces and the people behind the smile makes life memorable and rewarding, even if the other person doesn't even know. 

Mar 30, 2021 08:13 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Patricia - indeed.  ActiveRain "works" in mysterious ways.  

Mar 30, 2021 08:37 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Michael! Happy anniversary, my friend! I believe the traditional gift is to exchange referrals!

Mar 30, 2021 08:30 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Rocky - Precisely. That kind of reciprocation is good in real estate and in real life.  

Mar 30, 2021 08:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Michael, for sharing your perspective of ActiveRain membership.

There is a certain consistency in the inconsistency of it all.

Mar 30, 2021 08:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Roy - thank you.  

Mar 30, 2021 09:26 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you Michael- I do. You were great comfort in my worst year and I will never forget that.  

Mar 30, 2021 09:12 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon - you not only survived, you thrived.  

Mar 30, 2021 01:19 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Congratulations, Michael. I still remember your old profile photo!  So happy that you're here and sharing your ponderings with us. 

                                          You are worthy of an award!!!

Mar 30, 2021 10:15 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Kathy - AR has played more than a supporting role in the last few years.  

Mar 30, 2021 01:22 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Now that's a great shot of you Michael up above in Kathy's comment!  Congrats on 11 years of all kinds of journeys. year, eleven years, time flys by fast.  And hey I've got a set of steak knives for you to celebrate this anniversary.  Comes with a steak and a great bottle of vino too!

Mar 30, 2021 02:51 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Anna - what a nice thought.  

Mar 30, 2021 03:49 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Michael.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Mar 31, 2021 05:15 AM
Michael Jacobs

Thanks, Roy - here's hoping your midweek is the beginning of more good times.  Enjoy.  

Mar 31, 2021 05:36 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh yes time does fly by Michael. The reason for being on this platform can represent whatever a member wants it to be. You certainly have a unique way of "playing in the rain" and I enjoy it reading how you like to play... 

Mar 31, 2021 06:18 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Sheila(and Larry) - my ActiveRain journey has certainly changed over my years of membership.  I think each of stories is unique but we can certainly identify commonalities.  

Mar 31, 2021 03:31 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, congratulations on so many years in the Rain, we benefit by your posts and your pondering! 

Mar 31, 2021 03:27 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Joan - thank you for those kind words.  I appreciate it.  

Mar 31, 2021 03:31 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Happy 11th Anniversary Michael, so glad you're here.

Mar 31, 2021 10:35 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kris - thank you. 

Apr 02, 2021 05:53 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

A Belated 11 year Happy Anniversary, Michael.  It is amazing what you accomplished in 11 years and by the way I really like that former profile photo of you.

Apr 01, 2021 09:34 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Jane - thank you but the creativity of AR PhotoShop Princess Sharon Tara was once again at "work".  

Apr 02, 2021 05:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Well, Happy 11th Anniversary, Michael! I am sure that I am not the only one who is THRILLED that you are here with us in the Rain! 


Please accept this little red steel heart as AR's anniversary gift to you!! 

Apr 01, 2021 10:31 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Debe - thank you.  What a sweet gift.  Fortunately, it's not of the chewable variety.  

Apr 02, 2021 05:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, did you get a lot of anniversary gifts for eleven years?   Think I am in my 14th year....goodness! 

Apr 12, 2021 08:46 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Joan - none expected so there's no disappointment when it comes to gift-receiving.  Of course, not receiving comment notification results in some tardiness replying for those who share their thoughts.  Sorry about the delay.  

Apr 26, 2021 03:19 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Your anniversary is my birthday! That makes us soulmates!

We are growing old together. LOL

Apr 14, 2021 07:50 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Sharon - I guess I have another reminder to keep me up-to-date and on track.  🙃

Apr 26, 2021 03:20 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

As a seasoned member Michael, (not old timer by any means) I agree with your ebb and flow analogy my friend

OBTW Happy Monday 🙂

Apr 26, 2021 03:16 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Paul - Happy Monday right backatcha. 

Apr 26, 2021 03:21 PM