The Facts Of Life. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532


The Facts

Of Life. . .

My January 2022 AR Challenge Entry


It’s nice to see this challenge get off to a strong start as I have already read some creative entries.  The arrival of another new year seems to have sparked much enthusiasm from our membership. 


When I read the announcement post by Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES for this month’s event which he is co-hosting with Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, I was intrigued by the book he mentioned:  100 Things We Have Lost To The Internet by Pamela Paul.  I quickly turned my initial interest into a bit of a Googling Exercise (I guess that counts as part of an improved fitness program for this year, right?).  My local library had a copy I could check out but there were already two reservations ahead of me.  While I assumed that the book might not be available to read and write a post before the challenge’s end-of-month due date, my mind continued to wander in and around the Internet. 


"Online" is certainly a location that has become the “Go To” place for all sorts of things.  Not only real estate but so much other stuff in life - "being" (and well-being) - comings and goings plus all sorts of things related to each of those on the list. Let's face it, an Internet visit is somewhat like a free-for-all experience at times.


Kathleen continued to create idea-inventing instances for me in her post on January 1.  While reading it, my comment there turned into this post.  I understand that's how my mind works at times and that may also be evidence of how the Internet operates in our lives.  


In my comment on her post I asked, “Why is the theme song from the decades-old The Facts of Life” television show coming back to me?  Take the good, take the bad. . . – isn’t that what we can expect?  It's about adjustment and adaptation in all aspects.  With (and without) any interactions with the Internet.   In lyrics and in life.



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Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Kat Palmiotti - I like your use of "infiltrated" in your comment.  It brings to mind, the dominance that has arrived with it too.  On so many levels.  

Nina Hollander, Broker - rather than seeing the world gone out of control because of advances of the Internet, it has helped so many better manage their lives and all aspects of it.  Necessities and luxuries alike but especially time.  The ultimate luxury.

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - I know how you love these challenges - one might even say you relish them.  Hmm - I wonder what other condiment we could use to describe them as you "catch up" with your reading of this month's submissions.  🤣


Jan 04, 2022 08:44 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty

Oh Michael Jacobs we Must Tred lightly on these challenges, bad things May O curr. 

Jan 05, 2022 05:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Grant Schneider - your participation in these challenges is always a prize for those who read your thoughtful posts.

Joan Cox - I'd say the Internet Experience has brought "more good than bad" to life.  

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - it's interesting to see the different reactions as well as the similarities.  We can learn from each.  

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - beware but more importantly - Be Aware.

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - I meant "free-for-all" in the unorganized sense of the word even though the disturbance created by the Internet is disruptive on a greater level.  As with all things Internet-related, interpretation plays a role.  


Jan 04, 2022 08:56 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I too have enjoyed reading some of this months challenge posts and look forward to writing one as well.  You summed it up perfectly Michael....

It's about adjustment and adaptation in all aspects.

Jan 04, 2022 10:19 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Oh Michael- so many comments I have to the comments here. And what a wonderful post. Kat Palmiotti I too will Google to find out what happened to an actor or the stats of a football player. And I have gone down the Google hole many times. 

Jan 04, 2022 10:45 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Many interesting things that we have lost - much to ponder for sure

Jan 04, 2022 11:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Brian England - but you definitely seem to know your way around Globe Arizona.

Carol Williams - I wish I could adapt/adjust to online reading in longer form as it is less definitely less "bulky".  Less of anything is better in my "book".  Pun both intended and unintended.  

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - I look forward to seeing/reading your take on the challenge.   You certainly add appeal and a peel or two too ---- it's time to find another way of adding a banana connection to a reply to your comments.

Kathy Streib - Googling is a lot more efficient than carrying around an encyclopedia, a dictionary and a thesaurus - although doing so might be a better fitness regimen.  

Rocky Dickerson - if it's a balance sheet, I think it's going to look more like a profit center.  

Jan 04, 2022 12:41 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


More pondering here, and that's a good thing, which I think the current challenge, well, challenges us to do. I never saw that show - guess I unique in that regard - but can appreciate your comment.

I hope I can snare a copy of the book...and not a download as I still enjoy the task of page turning and holding a book, rather than my Kindle, in my hands. That, in itself, says something about the Internet, eh?!


Jan 04, 2022 07:36 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael you cracked me up with this post, just to be clear I am having a conversation with Diane and I mention  facts, figures and history and as I am droning on I see her grabbing her phone and fact checking my information with MR Google so she must be working out like you via Mr Google:))Endre

Jan 04, 2022 10:33 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Jeff Dowler, CRS - challenges of all kinds, even those in the ActiveRainLand context, should make us think of the bigger picture.  Good, no excellent, comment.

Endre Barath, Jr. - it seems some have mastered Googling.  Kinda like a Sensei or equivalent.  

Jan 05, 2022 06:37 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

We can blame the internet for many things and it certainly has its negative aspects.

I'm pretty happy that it didn't exist in my youth, but I'm grateful for its useful features now.

Jan 05, 2022 09:38 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - finger-pointing can and does come from many areas and for countless reasons.  I am sure each generation has mixed feelings about "what" was and their participation in (or away from) it.

Jan 05, 2022 11:06 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Michael Jacobs ,

As usual a thought post and a good entry into the contest this month. I love a book and to turn real pages but love to take my Kindle with me on trips and even read right before I fall asleep (don't need to have a light on). I'm grateful for the Internet it has a lot of advantages for my life style but feel it can be a blackhole if you allow it to consume you. I like to interact too much face to face with people and be outside experiencing what Mother Nature has to offer by seeing, touching and smelling!

Jan 06, 2022 04:38 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - the Internet is definitely a mixed bag, isn't it?  So we continue to do the best we can. 

Jan 06, 2022 05:11 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I'm going to follow your lead and count my daily (multiple times) Googling exercises as a part of my physical fitness regimen - GREAT idea, Michael!

I loved that Kathleen wrote her post on Day-1 as it has given me blogging fodder for my entry (yet to be written!). I do the same thing you do - my comments often turn into a post!

I would love to find a copy of the book also - like Jeff Dowler, CRS, turning the pages of a book is preferable to reading it online. More for me, it's the smell and the feel that brings a calm, peaceful experience - and oftentimes it brings back a flood of memories, depending upon what I am reading. I don't seem to get that experience when reading a book online - do you?

Jan 10, 2022 06:00 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I do plenty of reading online - ActiveRain posts and the like plus emails, social media plus all sorts of other stuff but there is something special about a book.  As you said, there is a sensory benefit that exists that makes the experience quite different.  

Jan 10, 2022 06:04 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, sometimes the Internet can cause us some distractions too, and get us off-track a bit for the day, like AR.

Jan 10, 2022 12:03 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs you really have to admit how easy our lives have become since the internet has come to play with us - 

Jan 10, 2022 05:47 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hannah Williams - I admit that the introduction of the Internet has certainly changed our lives.  "Easy" I am not so sure.  

Jan 10, 2022 07:26 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I may not like change, but I have had to learn how to adapt and I think we will have to continue in the future to adapt even more quickly.  I may have to go and Google that theme song.  I have no recollection of it.

Jan 12, 2022 10:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - Googling of all kinds can lead to memory nudges or creating new ones although I admit your comment made me think of Gargling Googling or is that vice-versa???   Hmm - let's see where that leads. . .  

Jan 16, 2022 04:12 PM