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on March 14

Pies, Pi

Plus How They Connect


There are many things tossed about on the ActiveRainLand playground. Kinda like life where various choices are constantly thrown our way. Once I moved on from a career in real estate sales, I learned the industry observer professional profile option was available on AR. As a longtime observer of life, the designation seemed to fit me.


I put away market reports, community updates and just listed/just sold posts.  Fortunately, they weren't discarded but conveniently stored in the archived section on this site.   And well-preserved - for the moment.  Of course, other memories in my mind may not be as organized, but I am grateful many of them still survive. Both places are nice to visit.


Today happens to be Pi Day.  While not one of the major March holidays, I have touched on it in the past.  I have found the study of Pi 3.141592. . .  an infinitely fascinating topic. Not to be confused with pie as a dessert (by the way, celebrated nationally with its own day on January 23).



The California Institute of Technology (CalTech) is a place for higher education in Pasadena where many very smart people pursue their passions in the world of science, mathematics and technology.  I feel fortunate to have had it as a connection over the years.  Beyond the benefits of professional and personal relationships with it, the beautiful tree-dotted campus might be the perfect place for pondering.



And it’s adjacent to some pretty special places to indulge in pie, too.  The interconnectedness of many sorts of things continue to make life special even when calculating math is not being tested. At least that’s what I continue to observe.  




The images included in this post are from the Caltech campus, canstockphoto.com and other unidentified but delicious remembrances. Once again, it’s a combination that continues to work for me. And today, like any day, has the potential to be a special occasion, right?  Happy Pi Day. Or you can celebrate a much-belated National Pie Day.

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Even though my BS is in Mathematics, I still much prefer pie to pi, haha.  Also, I always enjoy your ponderings as an industry observer!

Mar 14, 2024 05:34 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - and I am glad you pile on your BS expertise whenever you can.  Mathematically speaking or just desserts.  

Mar 14, 2024 06:21 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Happy Pi day to all who celebrate! It's interesting how every single day has something to celebrate. It's also Albert Einstein's birthday (per the Internet so it must be true)

Mar 14, 2024 06:24 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kat Palmiotti - thank you for that information about Albert Einstein.  And he coincidentally, by chance or some other combination of things he also has a Pasadena connection.  His relationship with Caltech is well documented.  The neighborhood where he resided during his time here is also well-known.  I don't have any proof of his taste for pies.  Is it time for some rabbit hole adventures?  🐰🥧🐰

PS - Happy Pi Day.  

Mar 14, 2024 06:50 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

It seems natural that today should also be pie day. Have a great one, Pi Day and pie.

Mar 14, 2024 07:53 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - when it comes to Pi, pie and so many pieces of life, there can be second chances and slices available.  

Mar 14, 2024 08:12 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Happy pi day to you Michael...all I might add to that is beware the ides of March  :)

Mar 14, 2024 07:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - Happy Pi Day to you as well.  Does Et Tu Brute come into play here too?  Hmm. . .  

Mar 14, 2024 08:15 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty

Of course...and as you know, Brutus is an honorable man (I bet Popeye did not think so). 

Mar 15, 2024 07:22 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - was the hamburger-obsessed guy named Wimpy?  My cartoon recollection ability isn't the greatest.  Olive Oyl aside.  

Mar 16, 2024 07:19 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty

Michael Jacobs It was Wimpy. He would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today!

Mar 16, 2024 07:52 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - yes, I can "picture" his character.  Well, so to speak.  

Mar 16, 2024 08:00 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Michael Jacobs I will have delicious pies to celebrate the PI Day. I always enjoy your educational pondering as an industry observer. 

Happy PI Day!

Mar 14, 2024 08:04 AM
Michael Jacobs

John Pusa - I wonder of the value, educational and otherwise, of my posts but I thank you for comment.  Happy Thursday.  May your Pi Day be pleasant.  

Mar 14, 2024 08:18 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- when I was younger and my brain was more math focused, I loved the idea of Pi. Now at this stage in my life, I'd rather focus on the kind of PIE that satisfies my sweet tooth. 

Mar 14, 2024 11:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - time on this planet as well as countless other factors seem to change my focus on many things.  Sweet and otherwise.  

Mar 14, 2024 12:23 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, nice to celebrate Pie Day, or PI if needed, but would rather enjoy a nice slice of cherry pie, or pecan.

Mar 14, 2024 05:20 PM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - I'm thinking many, maybe most, people would enjoy indulging in almost anything else beyond mathematics.   😃

Mar 14, 2024 05:49 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

From the essence of the post, I am assuming your PI preference would be the sweet variety with either ice cream or cheese?

Mar 15, 2024 06:52 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - I am quite happy that the freedom of choice is still alive in so many ways.  Whether that be pie in the dessert sense or calculating mathematics in other ways.  

Mar 15, 2024 07:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Mar 15, 2024 08:16 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - may your Friday and this upcoming weekend be endlessly fulfilling.  😃

Mar 15, 2024 08:35 AM
Roy Kelley

We are lucky to have some mild weather today. 70 degrees as I post this comment.

Mar 15, 2024 08:42 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Yeah, I'll choose pie over pi any day. My pie of choice being cherry.

Mar 15, 2024 12:05 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - it must have been a comment and not a post but I wrote about a pie-throwing experience when I was younger.  It was combined with a pool party.  I was the target.  🎯🥧🎯 Teenage years can be rough.  

Mar 15, 2024 12:49 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - Actually, I prefer pi over PIE - Only kidding, only kidding. I'm on the pie side of humanity! I wouldn't know what to do with pi now. 

I really enjoyed reading your March 14th post. It was as good as a banana cream pie, cheery pie, blueberry pie, peach pie, and an apple pie too! 

Mar 16, 2024 06:28 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - while not yet a baker's dozen, your line-up of choices is a good start for delicious eating.  I could be there for a taste testing - maybe not a slice or entire pie but the aroma will certainly attract me to linger a bit.  Or longer.  👨‍🍳  

Mar 16, 2024 07:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday afternoon, Michael. Have an outstanding week.

This dahlia turned green for St. Patrick's Day.

Mar 17, 2024 10:29 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - thank you for sharing the special image today as spring approaches. 

Mar 17, 2024 10:49 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Another succinct and insightful post opening up different mental connections.

Mar 18, 2024 06:35 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - thank you for the comment.   Finding connections isn't necessarily easy but beneficial in countless ways.  🔌💡🔐

Mar 20, 2024 08:46 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs I always seem to be late for the party. Would you like any help cleaning up? Perhaps we can have a cup of coffee and look I brought a pie 😎

Mar 18, 2024 08:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - there always seems room for pie.   And that appears true for Pi too.  😃

Mar 18, 2024 01:27 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

When it comes to Pi or Pie, I'll take the latter - so long as it's home-made!!  Hope you had a great weekend.

Mar 18, 2024 11:06 AM
Michael Jacobs

Cara Marcelle Mancuso - I like your line of thinking regarding pie.  And for that matter, Pi where taking a slice of it has many benefits.  My weekend was nice - thank you - hope yours was too.  

Mar 18, 2024 01:29 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Seems like PI Day continues to be irrational, Michael. I was able to celebrate in a very rational way by filling my pie hole, however! 🥧🤣🥳

Mar 18, 2024 11:38 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - I like that approach.  🥧😮🥧

Mar 18, 2024 01:31 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Michael, your ponderings are ALWAYS "food for thought". Pi or Pie or one of each? Personally I don't indulge in either, but your creative thinking about life IS fascinating, each time. You would be a great dinner guest! 

Mar 18, 2024 04:33 PM
Michael Jacobs

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - your comment is quite inviting.  While I have had reservations in the past about accepting compliments, I have moved on from that feeling.  Thank you.  

Mar 18, 2024 04:39 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Accepting a compliment graciously is a gift to the person giving it, so thank you right back. 

Mar 18, 2024 04:42 PM
Michael Jacobs

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - so true, wise words that remind us over and over again.  

Mar 20, 2024 08:48 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hello, Michael Jacobs. I haven't thought about Pi since my college days taking all those math classes, but I think about having some pie all the time(lol). Didn't realize there was a National Day for them too. Have a Wonderful Week!

Mar 20, 2024 08:38 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jerry Newman - combining the calendar and with the world wide awareness of an Internet connection seems to make each day one to celebrate something.    🥧3.141592...  🥧 Happy 1st Day of Spring  🌼

Mar 20, 2024 08:51 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Michael. Missed this one on the 14th but it would be easy for me to consider the math of Pi over a piece of Pie and a cup of coffee. Even better with a scoop of ice cream with the pie. Enjoy your ponderings.

Mar 21, 2024 04:20 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wayne Martin - I find it easy to miss all sorts of things, ActiveRain-wise and beyond.  The days seem to become weeks and then move on ever so quickly. Is that lightning speed, exponentially or something even quicker?  Hmm -- how about another piece of Pie, Pi or Pondering???  🙃

Mar 25, 2024 09:53 AM