Sixty-Some Days Later. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532

Sixty-Some Days Later

A Look Back at the January 2022

ActiveRain Challenge 


It was January 4 and I submitted my post for the January 2022 AR Challenge Things We Have Lost To The Internet.  As part of that event, Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES who co-hosted it with Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist mentioned a book with the same name as the challenge in his announcement post.  


As I read his post, it seemed like the book that helped inspire the contest might be a good choice to add to my reading list so I reserved a copy from my local library.   I proceeded with my entry even though there were reservations for the book ahead of me which would not likely arrive prior to the deadline. Last week I received it.  Each chapter highlighted one of the things we once “had” way back when but have “lost” in these days since the Internet came on the scene.    To say it was a page-turner might be a bit of an exaggeration but it’s a relatively quick read.  


It was interesting seeing many of these “blasts from the past” gathered together.  Along with some fond memories and a smile or two, it was an enjoyable read. Although I can't say there were any insights gained or lightbulb moments switched upon completing the book it's evident that "Pre-Internet" was more than a moment in time. Gone, yes, but not forgotten.






Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (48)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I love last month's challenge but, never got my posts posted, Michael! It was one of those months that flew by when I winked once! 

Thank you for the book review - I may snag that so I can read it on the next flight I take (headed back to Vegas in June for a 'fun' trip this time - no business).

Mar 13, 2022 08:52 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - "blast from the past" definitely pre-dates the Internet.  

Debe Maxwell, CRS - even though Las Vegas is a relatively short trip for me from the Los Angeles area, it's not one I need two hands to count to indicate the number of times I have visited in my life.  

Mar 14, 2022 06:51 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Enjoy those blast from the past that people recalled during the January challenge. Thank you for reliving the challenge with us again Michael. Happy Monday 🙂

Mar 14, 2022 02:03 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is always interesting to revisit history.  I just had lunch with a friend and we were discussing what a wonderful world we live in today.  He has a new knee, great hearing aids and had his heart operated on not too long ago.  What if we had all been born 100 years earlier?  I think we remember the past fondly (with no internet), but the reality of it all may not have been all that rosy.  It was a fun challenge.  Thank you for the reminder.

Mar 14, 2022 02:53 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael I must be missing something.. or too many glasses... what book was it?? Endre

Mar 16, 2022 12:00 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I would think it would be fun to be reminded of those "before" times. 

Mar 16, 2022 09:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

 Sharon Tara - sometimes a reminder of the past provides a nice trip in the wayback machine. 

Endre Barath, Jr. - sorry that wasn't clear enough in the post.  The title was the same as the January challenge which I entered without reading the book:  100 things We’ve Lost to the Internet.


Mar 18, 2022 08:50 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I am sure the book was a great reminiscing tool.  I have been personally been taking more and more time away from the internet.  I do what I need to for business, banking or shopping and get out.  Too much time online brings me down.

Mar 19, 2022 08:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Chris Ann Cleland - I can understand that.  

Mar 19, 2022 06:21 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

While I can appreciate a more simpler time, the internet works for me, bringing my family closer and making work easier Michael.

Mar 20, 2022 09:56 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael Jacobs  thank you for the clarification for this slow thinking Hungarian:))Endre 

Mar 20, 2022 11:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Mar 21, 2022 04:36 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Michael - have you ever seen some of these on YouTube.  I love watching them like how life was in the 50's and the 60's.

Mar 21, 2022 05:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - the challenge and any lookback to pre-Internet times is likely to bring forth a collection of thoughts on the subject.  A mixed bag for sure.

Endre Barath, Jr. - come on, we know there's much more than goulash on your mind.

Roy Kelley - I hope your week is off to another great start.  

Grant Schneider - I visit YouTube on occasion but admit my trips there are typically brief.  


Mar 21, 2022 03:23 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

There are a few things I miss from the pre-internet days, how ever business is more stream lined resulting in more volume with the internet. Thanks for the book review.

Mar 23, 2022 04:02 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Buzz Mackintosh - and the likelihood of returning to Pre-Internet times is not part of anyone's plans.  At least, I haven't heard such discussion.  

Mar 23, 2022 05:26 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I do as much of my reading as possible on my Kindle. I can borrow books from my library and have them delivered to my Kindle, iPhone and iPad.

I tried to borrow the book 100 Things We've Lost to the Internet but it is only available through my library as an audio book. So I placed a hold on it. It will be my first experience with an audio book obtained over the Internet. If it works, I would call that a "gain" and not a "loss".

Mar 24, 2022 10:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

John Juarez - I haven't tried books on Kindle, audio or any oher device than the written page.  I think the public library system in our communities is a wonderful asset.  Although it's one I "utilize" quite frequently, I realize that my use is somewhat limited because I don't maximize the many opportunities available to each of us.  Good luck hearing the story.  I wonder if the "delivery" of the book will make a difference in the message.  Let us know. . .  

Mar 24, 2022 10:34 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael:

I meant to check out the book at our library but forgot. It's on the list now - will probably download to my Kindle, although I like reading actual books. Can't get interested in audio books, though.


Mar 30, 2022 11:19 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jeff Dowler, CRS - it was a relatively quick read.  If you have the opportunity, I hope you enjoy it.  

Mar 31, 2022 10:57 AM