A Second on Ten Moment

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532


A Second on Ten Moment

Well, Sorta. . .  

My Number Two November Challenge Post

Published on the Tenth



Anyone who even vaguely knows me, is aware that sports and I are not closely aligned.  Never in the past, likely not in the future. But that doesn't stop me from trying.


Though days of real estate-specific writing have been sidelined, parts of that history remain with me.  In fact, each of us brings forth a cumulative story with each day or with each post.  Interceptions as well as tackles can greet us whenever and wherever we hit the field. Why is the term "Hail Mary" coming to mind? This can't be a religious awakening, can it?


I attempt to make relevant points. Hence, second on ten as this post title suggests. I see a possible fumble in my future so I will take a time-out. However, I warn you, it will be brief.


Over my years on this planet and on this site, there have been combinations of moments experienced and lessons learned. Adaptability and adjustment are part of it some say.  And I can’t disagree. In fact, as you have read, I just did. And it's something I repeat. Often.


During recent AR seasons, I have studied the pondering playbook. Reaching a scoring moment is an admirable goal but other strategies may also be on the agenda. Let's face it, realizing the exact destination of any post (or a pass) may take is not always clear.  Just like life, we do the best we can.


I continue to be grateful that I can choose to adapt and adjust. I think it's important. Not easy but always necessary, nonetheless. In life, while visiting ActiveRainLand or wherever the pondering path leads.




Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Awww..Michael, my brain hurts thinking about your pondering post. Well, I'm sure this brain pain is "temporary." So, I'm taking a "time-out." 

Is it Friday yet?

Nov 10, 2022 11:57 AM
Michael Jacobs

Aura Alex - I find occasional "time outs" are good as they provide pause.  As for the headache, I am sorry - I hope it is better before Friday.  

Nov 10, 2022 04:56 PM
Aura Alex

Michael Jacobs: several bosses in my corporate world told me that "Aura, you don't get headaches, you give them!" Can you imagine that?

Nov 10, 2022 05:24 PM
Michael Jacobs

Aura Alex - Yikes.  I can't imagine that comment from a boss.  Then I put myself in a time machine and recall situations from the past that while such commentary was unsaid might have been thought.  It's all part of the learning lesson that life teaches, right?    

Nov 11, 2022 06:36 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael, I was wondering how grateful you are for Pondering or Sharing your Pondering with us non-Intellectuals but more sports-oriented types?:)

Nov 10, 2022 01:36 PM
Aura Alex

Endre Barath, Jr. Stop making me laugh too much! LOL!! I'm not sports-oriented or non-intellectual, and I don't do Windows! 😂

Nov 10, 2022 02:51 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - my gratefulness runneth over.  

Nov 10, 2022 04:57 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Darn it Aura Alex  no windows(:   Michael it is a good problem to have:)

Nov 10, 2022 05:17 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - more importantly (at least for me) is the adapt and adjust part that occurs while pondering, posting or in real life.  

Nov 11, 2022 06:38 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Yes, Michael Jacobs. Adapting and adjusting is all a part of the growing pains of life. You have become an Icon here in the Rain, and one can certainly learn a lot from reading your posts. 

Nov 10, 2022 01:39 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jerry Newman - thank you for visiting today and your comment.  I appreciate it.  

Nov 10, 2022 04:58 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Michael.

I have definitely made adjustments in my ActiveRain activities during retirement. 

My current pondering relates to when I should retire from this platform.

Nov 11, 2022 07:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - life's milestones certainly mark changes in a distinct way.  I understand your comment about ActiveRain.  While I have enjoyed my experience here (overall) I am also aware that nothing lasts forever.  I have learned much over my years of membership from you and so many others.  

Nov 11, 2022 07:40 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great post the title caught my attention. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend.

Nov 11, 2022 09:30 AM
Michael Jacobs

Pat Champion - thank you for the comment.  I hope you have a good day and nice weekend.  

Nov 11, 2022 10:26 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your adapt and adjust comment reminds me of a Clint Eastwood line in the movie, "Heartbreak Ridge". . ."You gotta improvise, adapt and overcome."

Nov 11, 2022 08:00 PM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - I can't say I remember any Clint Eastwood movie lines beyond "make my day".  

Nov 11, 2022 09:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Michael, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 11, 2022 08:00 PM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - thank you for the feature with the OFC group.  I appreciate it.  

Nov 11, 2022 09:33 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

After all Michael; isn’t that what life is all about adapting and adjusting. Thank you for your ponder moment my friend 🙂

Nov 12, 2022 04:15 PM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - it's certainly something I have experienced.  And the lessons I learn along the way have been a part of that journey too.  

Nov 12, 2022 05:06 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs whatever you write intrigues me.  Whether it be pondering thankfully not sports. It has been a long journey in the Rain. Lately, it seems I am always catching up - Happy Sunday Michael 😊

Nov 13, 2022 11:54 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - if playing catch-up with ActiveRain posts was a sport, I might try out for the Olympics if such a competition existed.  🙃 Thank you for the comment.  

Nov 13, 2022 03:20 PM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Michael, you are such a gifted writer/blogger. Thanks or the follow today. I will be reading your posts. Have a super week!!


Nov 13, 2022 06:50 PM
Michael Jacobs

Cathy Criado - thank you for the kind words.  I appreciate them as well as the follow.  Although I know that consistent blogging can be challenging, I do hope you continue to participate as much as you can here as I am following you now as well.  

Nov 14, 2022 04:24 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Whatever you do, don't put your pondering posts on too long of a delay if you must take a time-out, Michael! 

Yes, adaptation and adjustment are critical in life - and in business. You have always been such an inspiration when it comes to both. Whether you love sports or not, your presence here is, indeed, iconic!

Nov 13, 2022 08:17 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - the time out referenced in this post was a respite from the football references I was attempting to score while making a point.  Oops, it appears I have struck out as other comments have declared a knock-out of sorts.  I have two other posts for this challenge in the books this month if they make it beyond draft status successfully.  

Nov 14, 2022 04:30 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

OH, okay, I get it, Michael Jacobs and couldn't be happier to hear that it was my misinterpretation! 

Nov 14, 2022 11:10 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Michael -  adapt and adjust.  Isn't that what it is all about.  As a matter of fact I am not aligned to Football either.  I just play along.

Nov 14, 2022 10:59 AM
Michael Jacobs

Grant Schneider - although I have been to a few football games in the past, mistakenly identifying halftime as intermission might have been one of the reasons why return visits have been rare.   

Nov 14, 2022 12:02 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 15, 2022 07:13 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - the day started off a bit cool in our area.  I hope you and the Gaithersburg area will enjoy a nice Tuesday.  

Nov 15, 2022 08:01 AM
Roy Kelley

We have chilly weather in Gaithersburg and expect rain all afternoon. Chef Dolores is shopping at Trader Joe's.

Nov 15, 2022 08:28 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

A great, thought-provoking post!  Appreciate that skill as well.   Maybe I'll pivot to the title as oftentimes I can't move that fast! -

Nov 16, 2022 04:28 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ - I think pivot has become a way of life in the last few years - likely before that too although the word may have not been as commonly used.  

Nov 16, 2022 05:24 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Adapting and adjusting .. critical to success in ANY business! (and to personal growth as well)

Nov 17, 2022 07:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lise Howe - sounds like a good plan.  

Nov 17, 2022 11:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


A point well made about adapting and adjusting. It's an integral part of daily life, like it or not. I suspect it's far better to not resist doing so, at least in most situations.


Nov 19, 2022 04:27 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jeff Dowler, CRS - it doesn't work each time - it's likely a part of the process for finding what works for you in a situation and under certain circumstances.  


Nov 19, 2022 06:44 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I have studied the pondering playbook.

I would have to say it is more like you WROTE the pondering handbook.

Nov 28, 2022 09:00 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I am pretty sure pondering was in existence long before I arrived.  I continue to practice it.  Maybe someday I will get it right.  

Nov 28, 2022 09:33 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

The stories, advice, and history do make us adapt and adjust  at times Michael Jacobs (hopefully). I have often said that the education here is much more valuable then any other Real Estate information I received in formal training.

Dec 01, 2022 07:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Bob "RealMan" Timm - when I look back at my real estate training, it's really about licensing.  I wish I "knew" that earlier - it would have made life after entering the field so much better.  Lessons learned.  And they continue. . .  

Dec 01, 2022 07:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael,

Ahhhhh..growing pains of life definitely include adaptation and adjustment. We all find these necessary as we move through our learning lessons in life. You always make relevant points and make us all pause and're quite good with that. Debe Maxwell, CRS said it best your presence here in the Rain is iconic..and you know I thrive on iconic.

Dec 07, 2022 07:28 AM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - each of us who have been splashing about in the Rain for a while, know that change lives among us in an "active" way.  

Dec 07, 2022 07:37 AM