Not Knots Landing. . .

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Not Knots Landing

And No Drama of The Serial

Or Cereal Variety. . .


I know I am older than some on this platform.  A look into the bathroom mirror and around real life also reminds me of this. 

Although the details are fuzzy, I recall the television show, Knots Landing. For the uninitiated or those who have forgotten, it was a spin-off of the primetime drama, Dallas also from long ago. Knots Landing was more relatable to someone like me from the suburbs. I didn't grow up with Texas oil influencing my childhood homestead. I wonder: would it be allowed in any HOA?

In another attempt to tie together things that seem so far apart, I think these cereal quotes nicely fill my serial pondering bowl.  And as for that sweet stuff regularly served for breakfast during my youth, I did enjoy Cap’n Crunch.  However, like the serials mentioned earlier, those days are long gone too.


Pay attention. 

Don’t let life go by you. 

Fall in love with the back of your cereal box. 

Jerry Seinfeld


Like religion, politics, and family planning,

cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. 

It’s too controversial. 

Erma Bombeck


I grew up with ‘Life’ magazine on the coffee table,

Life cereal on the breakfast table,

and the game of Life on the card table. 

People were just so happy to be alive, I guess. 

Lorrie Moore


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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (24)

faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I really liked Knot's Landing. We don't have shows like that any more.

Mar 08, 2023 05:05 AM
Michael Jacobs

faye schubert - the world continues to change and evolve.  That definitely includes how we are entertained as well as the way we eat. 

Mar 08, 2023 05:09 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I knew of Knots Landing but never watched it, and I seem to recall I finally watched an episode of Dallas after the Who Shot JR one. 

As for cereal, I don't remember what we ate as kids for breakfast. But I do remember cereal being part of the equation.

Have a great day!

Mar 08, 2023 05:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Happy Wednesday to you too!

Mar 08, 2023 05:50 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kat Palmiotti - it seemed my younger sister and brother had different cereal preferences growing up than I did.  Looking back can reveal memories that must have made our mother wonder why can't breakfast be easier???    Happy Wednesday.  

Mar 08, 2023 05:16 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Michael. Your post brought back memories of Kellogg's Sugar Pops and Kellogg's Concentrate. That said Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes were the default choice. Enjoy your cereal or serial. 

Mar 08, 2023 05:17 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wayne Martin - your comment makes me think of the classic (in my mind, at least) movie Serial Mom.  

Mar 08, 2023 05:21 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Although I did watch Knots Landing and Dallas, I was never a cereal fan Michael. My closest contact to cereal was opening up a cracker-jack box and taking out the surprise toy!

Mar 08, 2023 06:01 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - do you think Cracker Jack and Apple Jacks were related?  Sounds like a convoluted cereal serial with a tasty treat as well as a surprise.  And the plot thickens. . .   

Mar 08, 2023 07:30 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, never saw Knots Landing or Dallas, so guess I missed it.    Back then an HOA probably had not been created, probably good thing!

Mar 08, 2023 06:14 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - I am pretty sure HOAs have been around for a while --- at least some kinds of neighborhood drama have a history.  

Mar 08, 2023 07:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- I love where you wandered and pondered today. I will have to admit to loving Kellogg's Frosted Flakes (because they're GRRRRRREAT!!) But I also loved Cheerios. On cold mornings it was Cream of Wheat  but these days it's oatmeal. 

Mar 08, 2023 10:39 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - oatmeal has become a part of my morning routine too in recent years.  

Mar 08, 2023 01:57 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael,

I do remember Knot's Landing and Dallas.  In fact, my husband just asked me if I remember who shot J.R. Ewing!  I did.  I remember reading Life Magazine.  There was also a series of Life Table Top books that were fun to look through.

Last year, at one of my listings, my client had an old Life Magazine displayed. We made sure we featured it in one of the pictures.  See below.

Life Magazine - 40 lewis Way Sedona AZ

Mar 08, 2023 02:32 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - another retro look that proves knotty pine is not necessarily a naughty decorating decision.  

Mar 08, 2023 03:10 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, lots of fun comments you prompt from members, and love it!   Off on a jet plane today....

Mar 09, 2023 06:13 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - enjoy your Texas getaway.  

Mar 09, 2023 06:30 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I remember Knots Landing, Dallas and Captain Crunch.  I suspect I'm older than you, because I'm older than the gods.  

Mar 09, 2023 05:28 PM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - there is a quote attributed to Mark Twain i have long enjoyed:  Age is an issue of mind over matter.  If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.  

Mar 09, 2023 06:35 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

What a fun post, Michael! I loved Captain Crunch as well but it sure did cut the roof of my mouth into shreds! Haven't had a bowl of cereal in so many years, this brought back memories of when our boys were growing up and From Loops, Count Chockula, Lucky Charms... 

Mar 09, 2023 06:27 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - although they weren't my favorites, I do remember each of those you mentioned.  Thank you.  

Mar 09, 2023 06:37 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Mar 09, 2023 06:59 PM
Michael Jacobs

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

Mar 09, 2023 07:55 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I like your quote selections. 

I'm so old that I am not sure what cereals we had when I was a kid.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Mar 10, 2023 09:29 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - I am sure you were well fed preparing for those five-mile hikes to school though snow.   😉

Mar 10, 2023 10:50 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - thanks for that.  I took a school bus from kindergarten through sixth grade.  And in the suburbs, our schools in the upper grades were a relatively short distance away.  Walking was common even when days weren't as sunny as normal in SoCal.   Outdoor activities may have been restricted due to smog versus snow.   

Mar 10, 2023 11:06 AM
Roy Kelley

My mother was a wonderful cook and I was definitely well fed. We did walk to school in those days. Thankfully, they were within the community and walking was not a hardship. 

Mar 10, 2023 10:56 AM
Sharon Tara

Roy Kelley  I was thinking the same thing...I'm too old to remember my childhood cereal. You made me smile.


Mar 14, 2023 08:06 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs Not a fan of Knots Landing but I liked Dynasty and Shredded Wheat

Mar 10, 2023 02:05 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - while I wasn't a regular viewer of Dynasty, there are certainly some memorable moments from that show.  They are a part of television history.  As for making a name for itself in a cereal sense, I think Shredded Wheat might quality.  

Mar 10, 2023 03:48 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well Michael clearly my post was not meant to be posted so with that said I could try again or let it go, Endre

Mar 10, 2023 09:23 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - we continue to adjust and adapt.   

Mar 11, 2023 06:26 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well OK the stubborn person that I am here we go again.... there is this old guy who looks back at the mirror and I do not recognize him and leave it at that instead of the two paragraphs comment I tried earlier, Endre

Mar 10, 2023 09:25 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - that's life.  It goes on.  Continues too.  And it is repeated. 

Mar 11, 2023 06:27 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - When the shows Dallas and Knots Landing aired, I did not have time to watch the series. I was too busy with real life with my family. It wasn't until I moved to Dallas in 1997, and years later that I saw a few reruns of Dallas. The only thing at that time that interested me was the building they showed when the show began, with the theme song playing. It was a catching tune! That building still exists and it is very close to my dentist office. It is a stunning building but not as big as it looked on T.V. I heard Southfork Ranch where the show Dallas was featured offered tours but I was never interested in visiting the ranch. People I know who went were not impressed. T.V. producers can make things bigger than life with cameras and script, isn't that something? 

As for cereal, I rarely bought it for my kids and my mother never bought anything other than Puffed Rice. Cereal was not a big deal in my households. But still in all, I liked your blog post and the quote I liked the most was by Lorrie Moore. That one speaks volumes to me!

Mar 11, 2023 03:55 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - life certainly has priorities that make "must see TV" or "daily requirements" different for each of us depending on circumstances and situations.   Thank you for the mention of Southfork - some memories of the past which seem so familiar can fade away.  

Mar 11, 2023 04:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, this post went to one of the 'fun family' times in my life, Michael! I loved watching Dallas & Knots Landing...and LOVED (still do but, rarely do) eating cereal and reading the backs and sides of the box while eating! Lucky Charms, Froot Loops & Sugar Smacks were my go-tos but, my brother LOVED Cap'n Crunch. I admit to enjoying a bowl or 10 of that during my younger years! 

Loved your quote selections and the Life magazine photo that Sheri Sperry - MCNE® shared as well. Talk about blasts from the past!

Mar 11, 2023 08:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - serial cereal choices (with and without the use of conjunctions) are in evidence in family life where all sorts of differences are revealed.  I agree with the retro appeal that Sheri Sperry - MCNE® put on display - it was as close to a Mad Men-like moment as I might imagine.  Magazine-worthy.  Kudos all around Sperryville.  

Mar 11, 2023 08:53 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and I remember Knots Landing and Dallas, two great shows and put Mash in there and I be happy to watch them all the time.


Mar 12, 2023 09:04 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - MASH was certainly a classic in its own way too.  I have been reminded that the television series last longer than the conflict which it was based.   Happy Sunday.  

Mar 12, 2023 09:13 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I didn't watch Knots Landing, but I did sometimes watch Dallas. What I really enjoyed was Dynasty, especially the scenes with Krystle and Alexis.

Today I am a huge fan of Yellowstone...reminds me of all of those older shows.

Mar 14, 2023 08:15 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I have heard of Yellowstone but haven't seen it.  It seems as if I haven't felt connected to any serialized-type series for quite some time.  Jeopardy! doesn't count, right?  Because it seems I have a nightly 7pm addiction err habit.   Or maybe it's just another signal of my aways increasing age.  

Mar 14, 2023 10:33 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The theme song for Dallas and Knots Landing are in my head now... thanks for the memories Michael Jacobs !

Mar 18, 2023 08:26 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - television theme songs make a certain kind of deposit into our memory bank.  

Mar 18, 2023 08:31 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

Once a week installments and no binge watching three seasons in a day off like today either. Love the old black and white wholesome themes!

Mar 18, 2023 08:36 AM