Nearing Normal. . .

By
Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

 

Nearing Normal 

 

As much as “normal” seems to be overused in regular times, these days it may lack the proper oomph or impact with its current overworked status.  Add terms like a return of normal, the new normal as well as similarly themed messages and it’s easy to see how the monotonous mumbling may have an opportunity to grow among us. Yeah, I hear ya but. . .

 

The other day while walking I received a bit of a jolt.  Almost spoken in a “stand up and pay attention” elementary school teacher-like voice that snapped me out of near-daze.  “Stay in your own lane”.  But it wasn’t directed towards me but from a mother to her two young children to alert them to oncoming traffic on the sidewalk as they skipped along in my direction. 

 

While it’s not unusual to see people while out and about, there seems to be more of them these days.  Seeing. Being.  Doing. 

 

And I see enjoyment, hear laughter, smell the aromas and generally sense a heightened awareness.    Yes, there are still masks required in certain situations, closed storefronts and restrictions aplenty in my Southern California neighborhood.  But there is also evidence of other things happening.  

 

There are signs.  Returning businesses, coming soon announcements and grand openings may not be abundant but there are definitely signs.   Literal and figurative.   

 

It’s amazing what you can realize while out and about.   It’s why I ponder.  And wonder.  Wander too.  All while staying in my own lane.   Well, I do try. More or less. . .

 

 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.  

 

Posted by

Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

mtj916@gmail.com

 

 

Comments (33)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is a very good feeling to return to some of our normal activities after so many months of social distancing.

May 25, 2021 08:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Michael- So happy that you are able to be out more. I count myself lucky because we were never as restricted as some areas. We walked outside without masks unless we were clustered in a group. And I wouldn't mind if a new way of doing things was more hand washing anyway, especially during cold season. 

May 25, 2021 10:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - here's to routines - of the regular and not-so-regular variety.

Kathy Streib - I understand the tragedies of the pandemic caused to far too many people but I also find that there are lessons learned if we continue to learn and grasp the important issues that may be underneath/beyond.     

May 25, 2021 10:34 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Every time we seem to be getting close to normal, our governor seems to be out following the science but can't give a for instance Michael Jacobs 

May 25, 2021 11:52 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - the times can be challenging.  These and other ones.  

May 25, 2021 01:48 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good evening Michael. I love how I can have a naked face for days with no worries

May 25, 2021 07:31 PM
Michael Jacobs

Rocky Dickerson - the pandemic taught us some lessons and some are continuing to be taught and learned.  

May 25, 2021 08:31 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael 15 months of being in Prison thanks to.... well I will leave it at that... sadly   even the brave ones got scared and now that per the  California politicians who have been talking out of both sides of their mounts announced that June 15 everything is fine... not really... sadly Diane is now afraid to face the cruel world "as it was before" Endre

May 25, 2021 10:19 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael.

Normal has different meanings to so many different people.  I like my normal, but others would say it's crazy.  What about you?

May 26, 2021 12:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Endre Barath, Jr. - I understand those feelings.

James Dray - words and definitions can often be confusing.  Conflicting and confounded too.  So can I.  And that's about as  close to normal as it has been.  Or at least I think so.  Especially when normal seems to be related to regular and common.  More confusion. . .  

May 26, 2021 04:42 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 nearing normal, and so nice not to HAVE to wear a mask everywhere.   There are smiles out there again -- wonderful!  

May 26, 2021 06:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - approaching "Miles of Smiles".  It's a nice direction.  

May 26, 2021 07:22 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Yeah,  in reading your post I pick up the wonder, hope, happiness, joy of returning to what we might of thought 'just normal, but boring.'  And today, I feel, we have learned to appreciate all that normal, boring stuff we once felt.  Think we evolved to a higher level, Michael -- a higher vibration; because today what we are now beginning to experience is so freeing...NORMAL and WONDERFUL.

May 26, 2021 07:48 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

On my last trip to an unnamed blue state I will tell you (coming from Florida) it was a jolt for me to see how scared people were to simply do ordinary things. I am amazed how in one year some Americans were mentally transformed.

May 26, 2021 07:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Michael.

Have an outstanding day.

May 26, 2021 09:03 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael,  I am still seeing lots of signs on places to entry only with a mask on.  Some day we will get back to normal

 

May 26, 2021 10:01 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I think most of us are breathing a sigh of relief as the restrictions are being lifted.  It's nice to see smiles again.

May 26, 2021 03:29 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

May 26, 2021 03:30 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jane Chaulklin-Schott - here is to the wonder that continues to amaze us.

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - as a native and current resident of one of the bluest of blue states, I can tell you contrary to thoughts by others of state "norms" there is diversity of thought living among us.  I am sure, in fact I know, the same is true for those who live in redland territory.   

Roy Kelley - it's been a pretty good  hump day here.  So far. . . 

Chris Ann Cleland - slowly things are changing.  Likely not as quickly as some would prefer and probably too soon for others.  That's just the way it is.

And thank you for the highlight within the Bartender, Make It A Double group.  I appreciate it.   

 

May 26, 2021 04:04 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, hopefully masks won't be required in the near future, LOVE not wearing one! 

Jul 27, 2021 07:53 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - well. . .   

Jul 27, 2021 07:38 PM