That Trip. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

That Trip

To The Thesaurus

And Beyond. . .    


If history repeats itself,

and the unexpected always happens

how incapable must Man be of learning from experience. 

George Bernard Shaw 


I am not sure when I first knew of this quote but 

I did recall previously seeing it as it recently reappeared for me.  Things happen for many reasons and for seemingly no reason at all. 


Conversations and thoughts and everyday occurrences happen in much the same way.  Posts too.  Earlier this week I mentioned the randomness of it all so I guess this may be a bit of redundancy to some but for me I think of it as an ongoing and continuing conversation. Or maybe that's just my "spin" on the topic.

Throughout the course of a day, I may search that vast personal memory vault searching through the clutter and the cobwebs in hopes of connecting related and things that seem to be unrelated. 

Occasionally, I take a detour to the dictionary to double 

check my spelling or the proper usage of a word.  I admit I also look at the suggestion and say phooey or some other remark dismissing the recommendation.  A trip to the thesaurus might give me some alternatives that better suit my purpose.  And then there are synonyms(maybe even an antonym while(or is it whilst, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543?) that might be a better choice.  

Naturally, there are those times when a single word doesn’t seem right - maybe a group of words assembled together in a quote would be better.  And, like many throughout ActiveRainLand, I like quotes so I include them in my posts occasionally.    



My own history tells me that taking trips here and there plus places in between can deliver some expected as well as a few unexpected surprises. 


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Posted:  August 7, 2021

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (36)

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

As I look through history (I was watching a YouTube from 1984 yesterday) I believe we do not (now will we ever) learn from history.

Aug 07, 2021 09:28 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

The little guy is the younger you doing 'his' thing - pondering!  So cute!  And I'm not so sure some people ever learn from things......if they did it wouldn't be so messed up right now.  On to a more pleasant pondering......Life is good and let'e keep it that way!

Aug 07, 2021 10:15 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - it's a bit odd to think of watching a YouTube clip about 1984 in some weird kinda Orwellian way. 


Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker - I know what you mean, put those good thoughts(and some good vibrations) "out there".  

Aug 07, 2021 10:27 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Michael - I recently learned that there is a continuum on how people use knowledge.  Some rely on expereince to teach and just search for info as needed.  Others on the oposite end love to research and analyze.  Both sides have advantages and disadvantages.

Aug 07, 2021 10:55 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

When I get tripped up, the thesaurus or online dictionary helps me to navigate Michael.  Am also thankful that a good night's rest erases useless information to make room for more to make its way in.

Aug 07, 2021 12:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael- what's interesting is when you look up a word that you thought you knew and find out you didn't know it after all.  

Aug 07, 2021 12:55 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Grant Schneider - that sounds interesting.  Might this become a topic for a post?  I apologize if it has already and I don't recall it even though I regularly follow your posts.


Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - when one skillfully follows their personal navigation system they can achieve much.


Kathy Streib - I know!  I often find that.  That keeps me always learning.   And watching. . .  

Aug 07, 2021 01:04 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

The 'same' incident is seen differently by people there at the very same moment.  Why would we not reflect on something differently as our perspective changes with our experiences and age?   Mark

Aug 07, 2021 01:12 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint - it is good to think we are always learning and growing.  It's even nicer when that turns out to be true.  

Aug 07, 2021 01:14 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - I get stuck sometimes trying to find the correct word. One of my most used words is great so I have a thesaurus page that I use to find a similar word. 

Aug 07, 2021 04:57 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

When in doubt, I follow the ponder brick road Michael Jacobs 

Aug 07, 2021 10:29 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael.

Like you, for me anyway on a daily basis my thoughts are hitting a brick wall.  Ask me about something that happened 3-30 years ago and I'm good.  Things that happened yesterday, not a clue.

Aug 08, 2021 12:21 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I can still remember the day I discovered and soon owned my own thesaurus. If you're going to have your own personal library, there are resources you must have: Dictionary and a Thesaurus. 

Aug 10, 2021 05:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I know what you mean.  Making it seem natural is also an issue for me at times.  


Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS -  and I believe that road doesn't pass by Kansas either.  


James Dray - I get that!   I wonder where some of that stuff in my memory vault "hides" yet resurfaces at somewhat odd times.  


Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - as I eliminate things from life, I tend to use that brutal(but necessary) de-cluttering method. Unfortunately(or is it fortunate) that my experience as well as other available online sources have replaced some "stuff" that was once quite common.  Progress?  I wonder but it's a reality that I, and others, face.  

Aug 10, 2021 06:52 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Michael Jacobs,  taking a trip down memory lane can bring happiness or the opposite, if we can only learn from the past...I LOVE the picture you've selected for this post.

Aug 10, 2021 08:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Beth Atalay - you're absolutely right about that stroll down Memory Lane - it's a chance we take, right?  I "thought" that image fit too - glad you liked it.  

Aug 10, 2021 02:12 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I not only enjoy your pondering, I always enjoy the comments your posts generate.

I agree with the others who said the boy in the photo is you pondering at a young age.

Aug 11, 2021 06:15 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - maybe someday when I become more proficient with photo-scanning techniques I could share some childhood photos but until then I will utilize images from canstockphoto which are far cuter and more ponder-worthy.  

Aug 11, 2021 06:49 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, you always have a way to spin the words, and wish I could do that.   You definitely have a way with words.

Aug 14, 2021 05:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - thank you.  Nice of you to say.  

Aug 14, 2021 05:37 AM