The Right To Write. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


The Right

To Write. . .   


I have enjoyed the writings and storytelling of author David Sedaris for quite some time.  I even mentioned him in an ActiveRain challenge post earlier this year.  He has a style that is uniquely his but admits to moments of hyperbole as he seems accurately “captured” in this quote:


“Do I exaggerate? 

Boy, do I,

and I would do it more

if I could get away with it”. 



Maybe more appropriate to this forum is the following quote I also appreciate:


“I like to reserve the right to write whatever I like”

David Sedaris


Maybe that quote sums up my posts this year.  Perhaps it does for each of us in any year. No matter the direction our AR experience takes, we find the path that works best for us. Market reports. Just listed or sold properties. Community spotlights or industry tips. This or that plus combinations of the two as well as some other information too. Regularly, occasionally or as the mood strikes.


We move forward. So long, 2021. Hello, 2022.





The photo in this post is one taken in and around the Pasadena and Arcadia area of the San Gabriel Valley a few years ago.








Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (50)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We are both fans of David Sedaris, especially Bernie. He actually introduced his writing to me. He's a funny guy. So his his sis, Amy. Happy New Year to you Michael Jacobs  - hope this new year brings you great happiness and good health. 

Jan 01, 2022 07:10 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Happy New Year Michael, I hope you have an amazing 2022 and many more!

Jan 01, 2022 07:39 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Happy New Year Michael, and hope this year brings you happiness & joy!  

Jan 01, 2022 07:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I can sometimes be reluctant to voice my likes/dislikes but there are those times "when what the hell" also enters the picture. The entire Sedaris family brings much to any table they gather (or gathered).

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - Happy 2022 to you as well.  

Joan Cox - ditto.  

Jan 01, 2022 08:28 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jan 01, 2022 07:25 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Happy New Year to you Michael and count your blessings that yes you can write what ever you want.... as you know I came from a Communist Country where you could not say or write what ever you wanted... and let me tell you I am grateful every day for being able to write what I want... never the less I am concerned there is a shift.... hope it will not be in my life time...Endre

Jan 01, 2022 11:26 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Kathy Streib - thank you very much.  I appreciate it.

Endre Barath, Jr. - life involves a never-ending set of shifts. Some incredibly large (almost like a boom). others that are subtle and some which are even less obvious.  We continue to adjust, adapt and at times revolt.  Hoping 2022 brings you (and Diane) continued happiness in what you do and how you do it.    

Jan 02, 2022 03:52 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Michael!

I believe that wherever you find this quote, my mother-in-law's picture is beside it!


We all joke about her embellishments - or should I say, the level of them! 

And, yes, we are so blessed to write what we feel and our blogs are all so independent. I much prefer reading the ones that the author's personality shows through - just like yours.

I remember so many callers (back when AR was getting a lot of SEO), would say, "I feel like I know you already!" Those comments really inspired me to continue sharing personal topics on my blog.  

Jan 02, 2022 07:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debe Maxwell, CRS - isn't optimization of any kind really about connection?   It works differently between people and sometimes even in our own mind as variables combine,  

Jan 02, 2022 08:19 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

We move forward, and forward is a pace. The latter has been my reminder for years now when injuries set me back on my running journey. I don't have to be the fastest, or run the longest or most often, just as long as I do. Blogging is a similar journey. When I was forcing it, it wasn't nearly as enjoyable than the rhythm I've found now - mostly when the mood strikes as long it strikes a couple times a week. It's progress, it's forward. And forward is a pace. 

Happy new year Michael! 

Jan 02, 2022 09:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Andrea Bedard - Happy New Year to you as well.  Movement can and does occur in a variety of ways.  We adjust and adapt for all sorts of reasons.  

Jan 02, 2022 09:51 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs  I have always enjoyed your posts - Still wonder why they do not come up in my feed but such is LIFE 

Happy New Year today and everyday 

Jan 02, 2022 10:20 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Happy New year Michael Jacobs,

Love this post! I appreciate the quote " I like to reserve the right to write whatever I like." It can take you down so many paths which your posts tend to do.

Jan 02, 2022 04:20 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hannah Williams - I guess the blog roll has its own right to be kinda temperamental for you.  Thank you for today's visit and comment.

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - Happy New Year to you as well.  The path can be rocky at times - just like everyday life.  

Jan 02, 2022 07:00 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great quotes! 

My posts are 99% wordless....

so there is that.

Jan 05, 2022 09:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - what your posts may lack in words they more than make up with a powerful message

Jan 05, 2022 10:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I like David's philosophy and attitude!  Makes you ponder, just a bit!


Jan 07, 2022 07:51 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jeff Dowler, CRS - ponder-worthy for sure along with more than a fair share of laughter (or at least a snicker or two).  

Jan 07, 2022 08:24 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thanks for your musings, Michael Jacobs.

I thought that you might be amused by this photo of some deer I took while walking in a neighborhood in Cambria, Ca. a few weeks ago.

In the background is a sign for a local real estate agent.


Jan 08, 2022 10:00 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

John Juarez - thank you for sharing that photo - do you think the deer were hunting or simply lookie-loos?  Cambria is such a great place to visit.  I was there in May of 2021.  

Jan 08, 2022 10:24 AM