It's How Things Have Always Been Done. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532

It’s How Things Have 

Always Been Done

A Different Interpretation

Of Seven Words Never To Say


Earlier this month, I finished a book by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Be Useful.  It isn't a typical reading category for me. However, I finished it quickly and it provided a couple of good takeaways, an idea that led to this post as well as more than few rabbit hole adventures. 


This post title is from an anecdote shared in the book. It is in reference to a George Carlin routine from 1972 where the comedian spoke of the seven words you can’t say on television.  Yikes, that was a long, long time ago when you see that year written. I digress. . .


Many sorts of things combine to bring a glimpse of things around us. As the author explains in his foreword some of the missing gaps of the book (and life) can be found elsewhere if desired. I appreciated that no-need-to-share-all-the-details approach this time. 


I gained insight by reading this relatively short book; I am glad I checked it out from my local public library.   On a side note: In addition to increased knowledge and perspective, I remain grateful for my library card.  It helps me gather more stuff for my brain but less $^!+ around me.  It's a combination that has worked for me on more than one occasion.  Of course, books are not stuff. However, they can collect dust kinda like our minds if left closed and unused. And that's a shame.





And for additional thought, a knowing nod and maybe a smile, here are some words from others on the subject of libraries:



If truth is beauty,

how come

no one gets their hair done in the library?

attributed to Lily Tomlin



A library is the delivery room

for the birth of ideas,

a place where history comes to life

attributed to Norman Cousins



If you want to get laid, go to college.

If you want an education, go to the library.

attributed to Frank Zappa



Happy Summer Solstice. Dive into the pool of possibilities. Maybe a book.


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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and glad to see your blog today.  I use to hear that the way it was always done, I like to change things up.

Jun 20, 2024 08:43 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - often the solution can be found in a collaborative approach.  It can combine many different factors.   

Jun 20, 2024 08:46 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I have always enjoyed the a kid, when we had children, and now with the grandkids. Being able to read, and having access to the printed word, opens up a whole new world for learning!

You've given us a lot to ponder on this first day of Summer!



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Jun 20, 2024 09:57 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeff Dowler, CRS - you bring a lot of perspective to the catalog of awareness in the library world.  While similar in many ways, it continues to evolve in interesting ways.  Thank you for the feature within the B-T group.   I appreciate it.   🍌🍌🍌

Jun 20, 2024 11:42 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Hi Michael Jacobs Thanks for opening my mind a little on books.  I have gotten out of the habit of reading books.  But like a good neighboooor...Arnold was there!!!

Jun 20, 2024 12:36 PM
Michael Jacobs

Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker - I am assuming you are referencing his appearance in a recent commercial.  Thanks for the clever comment.  🤣

Jun 20, 2024 01:19 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Michael from one book to another is how I spent many years of my life since a very young age.  I loved going to the library and bookstores.  I've kind of gotten away from that these past few years and I love the idea of getting back in the habit and enjoying the reading ride once again!

Jun 20, 2024 01:07 PM
Michael Jacobs

Anna "Banana" Kruchten - I understand how time and other factors can make habits, routines and diversions take a detour along the road of everyday life.  

Jun 20, 2024 01:22 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

We do make detours along the way, don't we Michael.  One story I remember clearly was about age 7 or 8. We lived in a big house that had a built out basement (mainly for the kids).  There was a room called the 'trunk room' that I called dibs on! I figured out how to crawl up to the top of the trunks, make a little cocoon and spend hours upon hours curled up reading books.  My parents used to joke about where to find me - in her reading nook, of course!  Sometimes I'd take naps there too. Fun memory!

Jun 20, 2024 04:20 PM
Michael Jacobs

Anna "Banana" Kruchten - what a wonderful memory.  Thanks for adding it.   

Jun 20, 2024 05:28 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those three quotes are priceless, Michael.  And, yes, that's how things have always been done.

Jun 20, 2024 07:33 PM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - I found quite a few very good quotes about libraries; these three definitely stood out to me.  

Jun 21, 2024 02:12 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Jun 20, 2024 07:33 PM
Michael Jacobs

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

Jun 21, 2024 02:13 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Michael Jacobs these are great educational quotes to know. 

Jun 20, 2024 08:54 PM
Michael Jacobs

John Pusa - thank you.  

Jun 21, 2024 02:14 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

My hometown library is an amazing place. Built in granite, an Andrew Carnegie library, my four kids took advantage of the summer reading programs. Reading, learning, the habit of "nursing" on a good book and the food for thought. Nothing like it Michael Jacobs

Jun 21, 2024 03:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - there are many libraries and other public buildings built during that era.  It's amazing so many are still in use.  

Jun 21, 2024 06:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Michael. 

Keep cool and have a great day. We expect a record breaking hot weekend in Maryland.

Jun 21, 2024 06:02 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - Maryland is not alone.  May your weekend include some refreshing moments.  

Jun 21, 2024 06:25 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - I keep my Flower Mound library card active, and the library is a good place to run away from home. It always has been and still is true for me. I like that quote by Norman Cousins! It's so true. Last Wednesday I stopped to visit the library shelves at Olli/UNT. They have neat way of getting people to read. The rules are simple and easy enough for anyone to follow. 

1) Take what you want to read and as many you like.

2) If you want to bring the books back, bring them back and put them on the shelves.

3) If you don't want to return the books, don't return them.

4) No. You don't have to check out books.

5) Read with pleasure and keep reading. 

6) Donations are always welcomed.

I have that book from George Carlin. He was a creative thinker! And funny too! From what I hear today, Comedians are having a tough time staying in business because people are always pointing their fingers at them, saying they are offensive. Geeze. What a world, huh? George Carlin must be rolling in his grave. 

Jun 21, 2024 01:55 PM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP - how interesting.  I have heard/seen as well as donated to neighborhood little libraries around various neighborhoods, but I have not known of anything as you describe in your comment.  I am sure it is a popular spot.  

Jun 21, 2024 02:30 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - The library I mentioned from Olli/UNT is not for the public, it's just for anyone who is a student and has an interest in reading.

We have a little library for kids in my neighborhood. The person who created it has no children and went all out to promote free reading for children. 

Jun 22, 2024 09:25 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm not much of a reader, but Arnold's book does sound like it would interest me.

We don't have library cards but my husband almost always has a book to read...and we have found that the campgrounds we usually stay at have free book swap "libraries" where he picks up and then re-donates a few books. 

Jun 21, 2024 02:20 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I could see a campground edition of your Wordless Wednesday posts where you and Rick capture some of the more memorable moments.  Or you could adapt the idea to include your grandchildren.  

Jun 21, 2024 02:34 PM
Sharon Tara

Michael Jacobs  Although a great wordless are only the grands and our camping is almost exclusively for 3-4 weeks at a time in locations 6 hours away. Not exactly possible to include them. 


Jun 22, 2024 08:58 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Michael.

Your post brought a wave of nostalgia. While I may have been absent from the Rain, my love for books has only grown stronger in the quiet corners of the library. Not a night goes by without the pages of a book turning beneath my fingers. The solace and sanctuary found in those moments are indescribable.

Jun 22, 2024 10:05 AM
Michael Jacobs

Aura Alex - I certainly understand your feelings of turning pages and the special moments that come forth.  

Jun 22, 2024 12:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 22, 2024 06:53 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - thank you.  I appreciate you including this post very much.  

Jun 23, 2024 05:23 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I must admit that I don’t read enough. I’m actually a fast reader , but I have to make myself to stay on track and finish the book .

Jun 23, 2024 06:51 AM
Michael Jacobs

Michael J. Perry - I get that.  There are times when I have multiple books in various stages of completion - including some that will never be finished. 

Jun 23, 2024 07:45 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

I always enjoyed George Carlin, who was considered edgy when I heard him in my younger day.  however, Ialways thought his questions and take of what we say to be spot on.  He would ask the obvious questions!!

Jun 23, 2024 07:38 AM
Michael Jacobs

Shirley Coomer - as a child, even teenager, I never used words that might border on anything close to the seven words Carlin referenced.  Admittedly, my vocabulary has grown.  In some ways better than in other ways.  

Jun 23, 2024 07:47 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So appreciate this post.  My house is 2 blocks from the neighborhood library!  And after much consideration when I retire - one day - on that bucket list is to visit the library and even take community college courses that look interesting.  Exercising the brain is one way to keep it healthy.  Loved this post!

Jun 24, 2024 03:47 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ - I believe our neighborhoods can continue to flourish as community resources like libraries are a part of them.  Such activity can add energy and vitality in my opinion.  

Jun 24, 2024 05:18 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Definitely Michael.  More walkable community based amenities would be a great focus for future developments, plus bringing them to locals.  

Jun 24, 2024 06:59 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

Reading is a daily habit for me, Michael. Has been since I could read as a small girl, it was my escape from a chaotic childhood and became one of the loves of my life! A good book can transport me to places that I dream pof but will never set foot.

Interesting that I was asked for my library card# the other day online...

Jun 28, 2024 05:33 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - although I can't recall being asked for my library card outside of that environment, I remember mistakenly showing my card for payment one time - OOPS.  I guess my knowledge couldn't be cashed in.  

Jun 29, 2024 04:46 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Hello Michael Jacobs I loved George Carlin and reading, too.   I don't do as much as I'd like to, but it's always been a passion of mine.   Maybe it's time to go back to it.  Thank you for the nudge.

Jun 30, 2024 03:42 PM
Michael Jacobs

Elyse Berman, PA - I understand how things of many sorts can get in the way of doing things including reading.  Those times have happened to me.   If you ever need a nudge, let me know.  🐾

Jun 30, 2024 03:54 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Great post!

Jul 13, 2024 03:31 PM
Michael Jacobs

Ricardo Mello - thank you for the comment.  I appreciate it that you stopped by.  Hope all is well with you and your business.  

Jul 13, 2024 03:39 PM
Samson Properties - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Guess I want an education because at my age,I am still always at the library. And it's the bookstore on Sundays.

Jul 18, 2024 09:03 PM
Michael Jacobs

Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan = me too.  My library card continues to a receive a regular workout.  Thank you for the comment.  

Jul 19, 2024 02:51 AM