Penultimate Pondering. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532



Penultimate Pondering. . .  

As May draws closer to its end, I have collected many thoughts over the month. Actually, it's quite the accumulation.  Like memories, some are recalled more clearly than others. 

Purposefulness of being and staying aware remain part of this ongoing process.  Traversing through the twists and turns along with a topsy-turviness tends to prompt images of wordplay gone amuck.

There is much that can be said for the stuff that piles up in our brains let alone strewn among or about us.  I continue to take notice, review and restock the pondering shelf. 

The image in this post is from


Posted: May 30, 2023


Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (27)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Whenever I see one of your posts, it does remind me to ponder the past.  It can certainly be educational. 

I hope you are doing well and have a great week. 

May 30, 2023 08:08 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ray Henson - thanks.  For me pondering can be about the past, the present and times yet to happen.  Sometimes the thoughts are combined - the aggregate can be somewhat concrete or cemented in my mind in an entirely different composition.  

May 30, 2023 09:38 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, my brain always has a pile of thoughts that have gone amuck.   May did sail by very quickly.

May 30, 2023 08:53 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - although I have used this image in the past, it stuck out to me -- maybe it was the sailing aspect.  

May 30, 2023 09:40 AM
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 Michael,
I've tried to control my ponderings to things I actually have some control over. That shortens the list considerably.  Happy end of May.

May 30, 2023 09:04 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - you obviously have better control than I when it comes to pondering material.  Happy June-to-be.  

May 30, 2023 09:41 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I am totally on board with going into June on a  penultimate ponderment board Michael! Fun trip.....if we decide it will be!


Featured in BananaTude!


May 30, 2023 10:13 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker - while I have certainly surfed through ActiveRainLand over the years, I have not attempted the sport in real life.  I am pretty sure that will remain the case with soooo many other fun possibilities out as well as about.  

P.S. thanks for the feature within the BT group.  🍌 🍌 🍌

May 30, 2023 10:26 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Michael I've never surfed either but like you, many other fun avenues to explore at any age!

May 30, 2023 10:52 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I see you have been busy pondering and filling your brains, but not interacting with the community or is it just me? Inquiring minds want to know Michael

May 30, 2023 10:51 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - I can do both and I have done pondering plus checking in with ActiveRain posts.  Differently than before but I continue to see/scan/read posts here liking some and commenting on fewer than in the recent past.  Even yours.  

May 31, 2023 06:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Let's not get too serious with our end of month pondering.

Enjoy a walk and the spring flowers.


May 31, 2023 08:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - it seems balance continues to play a role in so many aspects of our daily lives.  Happy May 31 and best wishes for the upcoming month too.  

May 31, 2023 11:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Oh my gosh, that is an absolutely gorgeous shot, Roy Kelley!

Jun 04, 2023 08:15 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael,

Interesting that you bring up that word.  You reminded me of my pondering... In the last two weeks, most TV and cable shows had season finales, and some had series finales.  It has been interesting to see how the plot shifts or the foreshadowing of the finale episode.  The HBO series "Succession" finally ended with a succession! LOL!

May 31, 2023 10:11 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - while I have not seen an episode of Succession, abundant coverage of the series has made it seem like an impossibility of miss seeing some "news" related to it.  Finales are certainly a much-discussed topic.  At times and ongoing.  So many different pondering paths. . .  

May 31, 2023 11:16 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I have to watch that, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - everyone in my book club has watched it and we had good friends over this past weekend and all 4 couples had watched it and highly recommended it to us. We just don't get a lot of TV time in but, we have binge-watched Netflix series on a rainy weekend in the past! 

Jun 04, 2023 08:18 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Lots of thoughts piled up in my could say far too many. 

It seems each month goes by faster than the one before it these days.

May 31, 2023 05:51 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - even with constant de-cluttering, the brain seems to be a place where pondering piles higher and higher.  So much for the staging system of better space organization with nothing new comes in without at least one thing being tossed out.  🗑🗑🗑

May 31, 2023 07:09 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and I wish I had more room in my head to keep more up there but at my age, I am loosing lots of things stored there.  Love the picture.


Jun 02, 2023 08:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - my mind holds lots of stuff - over the years some is "trashed" - "recycled" and "reused" in quite a few different ways.  

Jun 02, 2023 08:27 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Well, here we are, already in June and I'm late to the party, Michael - as always!! 

Talking about pondering though - the day we cease pondering, there is something terribly wrong! I'm happy to spend a little time pondering each day - it often leads to worthy solutions or at least a lesson in how NOT to handle something life hands us!

Happy June and Happy Sunday!

Jun 04, 2023 08:21 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Happy June and Happy Sunday to you as well.  A pause can provide the reflection that is necessary in order to move forward.  Regardless of the decided direction.  

Jun 04, 2023 08:26 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Like you posted, Michael, there is so much to think and ponder daily/ monthly.  And as our list grows in length, it usually entails works of 'action.'  I choose daily to divide and conquer.  I do this by choosing main categories and use a simple placement method.  In this way I tackle the main issues or thoughts and work my way down my lists to the penultimate thoughts and last. Seems to work for me.

Jun 04, 2023 10:35 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jane Chaulklin-Schott - finding what works is an item that is fine to discover on a "to do" list.   Any day.  And it can continue to be refined.  

Jun 05, 2023 05:27 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Don't take life too serious and loosen up, have fun and push in the clutch. Roll down the hill with no constraints sometimes cleans out the mental cobwebs. Thanks for sharing the ponderings and connecting with us Michael Jacobs !

Jun 10, 2023 06:51 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - the automotive aspect of your comment does not go unnoticed.  You are putting my mind into overdrive.  🚗🚘🚙 

Jun 10, 2023 07:06 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Buckle up and hang on loosely Michael. Adventure ahead around that snake like curve full of unknowns.

Jun 10, 2023 07:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Michael.

Have an outstanding weekend.

We have a beautiful day in Maryland after a couple of days with bad air alerts.

Jun 10, 2023 08:41 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - issues impacting our lives are present each day.  Taking time to keep those things in mind is important.  

Jun 10, 2023 12:26 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, you send people in all different directions when you write your posts!  🤪

Jun 15, 2023 01:30 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I learned a lot between March and May 2023 from the Flower Mound Police Department's Citizens Patrol and did a lot of pondering and made new observations about living in Flower Mound from their perspective. Graduation Day on May 3 was truly rewarding!

Jun 17, 2023 06:25 PM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - learning is good and is ongoing.  

Jun 17, 2023 06:32 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs learning and life lessons are good for many reasons.

Jun 17, 2023 07:14 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Having some extra time to catch up on your posts. Again your insight is exceptional.

Jul 19, 2023 08:28 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - finding "time" is an ongoing occasion of opportunity of sorts.  Finding it - perhaps perfecting it - maybe not the mastery of it - hopefully doing the best we can in the moment.  Each is a part of the discussion.   

Jul 19, 2023 09:19 AM
Miriam Odegard
United Real Estate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate Broker Serving Greater Indianapolis

I do the same thing every day! Usually when I've just poured myself a big cup of coffee and am staring out the window. Thanks for your insightful post, Michael! :) 

Jul 22, 2023 05:41 AM
Michael Jacobs

Miriam Odegard - I am not sure of a pondering protocol but why not put one into practice, right?  Or would that be preposterous?  🤣

Jul 22, 2023 05:47 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Penultimate Pondering Proposes Pensive Post Possibilities.
I always enjoy your ponderings Michael Jacobs 

Jul 29, 2023 05:21 AM
Michael Jacobs

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets - I bow to the prince (no, king) of alliteration.  

Jul 29, 2023 05:32 AM