Special offer

A Shout-Out and Thank You for Michael Jacobs

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

This is a special shout-out and thank you to Michael Jacobs, a long-time AR member who inspires us to ponder so many things...in every post he shares!


Michael has, for years, shared thoughtful articles that take us on intellectual and emotional journeys we don’t expect, and perhaps don’t realize we are taking until we finish reading and realize how our thinking has been transformed or inspired.


There are always surprises in Michael’s thoughtful writing that invite us to open our minds to other perspectives and view points on life and business. Sometimes predictable, but so often not. That’s part of the enjoyment of Michael’s writing.


But this post is not about Michael’s musings but a special thank you for his recent help.


Michael and I have not met…perhaps surprising given we live just 2 hours apart and have followed each other on AR for years. But I knew I could reach out to him for help, and he went way beyond what I expected and hoped for.


Our nephew is an associate professor of math at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. He flew in yesterday to LAX to give a talk at Cal Tech in Pasadena. He let us know in advance of his trip and wanted to get together if we could make the journey to Pasadena to visit – it’s only 2 hours from Carlsbad so of course said yes. We haven't seen him in about 6 years.


We wanted to treat him to a special dinner in Pasadena last night, so I reached out to Michael last week for recommendations, as he IS the expert on everything Pasadena.


Michael sent me an email with multiple recommendations based on what I suggested we hoped to find, with details about 6 restaurants he recommended, as well as the phone numbers and websites. I couldn’t have asked for more.


We decided to dine at Gale’s Restaurant, a well-known Italian eatery south of Old Pasadena not far from where we were staying. It certainly exceeded our expectations for food, service and value. We had a wonderful evening with our nephew, and a most pleasant dining experience.


Thank YOU, Michael, for your kind and thoughtful help!

Posted by

Jeff Dowler, CRS
Certified Residential Specialist / Realtor®

Call or Text
(760) 840-1360

Email Me

Enjoy the beach life in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas,
San Marcos & other
North San Diego County coastal
& inland communities

Buy - Sell - Invest - Second Homes  


About Me

My Blog

My Website

  Jeff Dowler's Facebook Profile  Jeff Dowler's YouTube Profile    Jeff Dowler's LinkedIn Profile


Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI Real Adventures

I love reading post about a positive experience in this group!  Sometimes a good article/post is just the uplift you need to start your day!

May 25, 2023 04:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Bob Jakowinicz glad you enjoyed it!


May 25, 2023 09:17 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Michael Jacobs is a great guy and when I am in Southern California I always make the jaunt up to Pasadena to hang out with him.  Perhaps next time I am in Southern California, you can ride with me and join us for a very fun lunch in Pasadena?  John Pusa and Endre Barath, Jr. have become a steady part of our meetups!

May 25, 2023 05:18 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

That would be great fun Brian England 


May 25, 2023 09:18 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! I'm not surprised Michael Jacobs was so helpful, and I'm not surprised that you took the time to publicly thank him. AR rocks.

May 25, 2023 06:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you for the kind words Kat Palmiotti AR DOES rock!!


May 25, 2023 09:19 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Jeff Dowler, CRS glad you enjoyed Old Town Pasadena. I agree, Michael Jacobs is a great person.

May 25, 2023 03:23 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

John Pusa 

It was a quick trip, but fun, especially seeing our nephew and catching up with all that's going on in his life with work and family.


May 25, 2023 04:59 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Jeff Dowler, CRS, what a great post. It was very thoughtful of Michael Jacobs to make recommendations. Perhaps you could meet in person one fine day.

May 27, 2023 08:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Beth Atalay  Thanks!

Yes, Michael was very helpful and hopefully we WILL meet in person some day.


May 27, 2023 12:18 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

There is so much more value here on ActiveRain than I ever imagined.  It is great to hear that you were able to spend some time with your nephew and that Michael Jacobs helped you find a wonderful place for dinner.  I do hope to meet him one day soon.

May 27, 2023 03:39 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Ray Henson Just think what people are missing if they are not part of the AR community and participating! We had a great visit and meal, and a wonderful time reminiscing!


May 28, 2023 02:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

May 27, 2023 06:11 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank YOU Kathy Streib !!


May 28, 2023 01:57 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I just commented on a post from Joseph Lorenzo asking about restaurants in Boston while he is visiting there.  Active Rain is a great source of information for all kinds of things!  

May 28, 2023 05:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Lise Howe 

There is a wealth of information at our disposal from AR members around the country, and it's not just real estate!


May 28, 2023 01:57 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. Michael Jacobs is a great source for things to ponder and now we know about his knowledge of restaurants in Pasadena. Not surprising. And must say, after reading Brian England's comment I would love to join that luncheon group he noted.  

May 28, 2023 05:45 AM
Brian England

You would certainly be welcome to join us Wayne Martin and there was some discussion from Endre Barath, Jr. about having adult libations next time, haha.

May 28, 2023 05:51 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Wayne Martin It would be great fun to all get together!

From his writings over the years it's clear Michael Jacobs knows a great many things about Pasadena.


May 28, 2023 01:55 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

I agree Michael Jacobs is a gem of a gentleman and I too enjoy his musings.

May 28, 2023 06:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

From the comments here and on his posts I'd say plenty of people agree, Leanne Smith 

Thank you.


May 28, 2023 01:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jeff Dowler, CRS ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! It doesn't' surprise me Michael Jacobs took the time to go above in beyond with helping you find just the right dining experience to take your nephew! Just shows you the right culture exists in this Active Rain family!

May 28, 2023 07:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I wan't surprised either Dorie Dillard Austin TX  but it meant a lot that Michael went above and beyond.

Yep, our community is pretty special.


May 28, 2023 01:51 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Jeff,
Isn't it awesome to have "friends" everywhere? We can get recommendations for goods and services no matter where we go. I love it! So glad you had a pleasant visit with your nephew.

May 28, 2023 08:48 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Carol Williams 

You are so right - and I have always found people here are more than happy to help no matter what the request!


May 28, 2023 01:50 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, I missed this post, and not surprised Michael would give so many great recommendations for a superb restaurant.   Glad Kathy featured it!

May 28, 2023 08:52 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Joan Cox 

It was tough to choose from Michael's list but we were all pleased with the meal we had. And now we have some other places to consider for the next Pasadena visit.


May 28, 2023 01:48 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

That is a great "shout out" to Michael Jacobs for the wonderful courtesy extended to you. 

May 28, 2023 10:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you John Juarez  I really appreciated Michael's help and so quickly!


May 28, 2023 01:46 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

How wonderful to know you can count on a long-time friend here in the Rain for local advice.  Very cool!  

May 29, 2023 03:52 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

How nice to get some recommendations for restaurants and save yourself the hassle of searching.

May 29, 2023 07:36 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

In the same way,, I’d like to thank each and everyone of you follow me giving me a smile and just causing me to learn so many cool things all the time. :)

May 29, 2023 11:26 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a great idea to ask a member for restaurant recommendations when visiting. Now hopefully you make it back and have dinner together.

May 30, 2023 07:34 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Glad you were able to connect with Michael!  I've had the pleasure of meeting you both and hope you'll get to connect in person some time.  

May 30, 2023 03:58 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Is there anyone who doesn't love both Jeff Dowler, CRS, and Michael Jacobs?

No surprise that Michael was the perfect person to recommend restaurants! You both make us proud to be a part of AR.

May 31, 2023 06:55 PM