As Far As I Am Concerned. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532

As Far As I Am Concerned. . . 

I recently ran across the following quote that I shared a number of years ago on a different platform. There is something that seems “just right” about it.  Then. Right now too.  And right in so many other aspects. 


As far as I am concerned, “whom” is a word invented to make everyone sound like a butler.

Attributed to Calvin Trillin

Yes, I know there will be other reasons (many which will be quite valid I am sure) shared that can prove me wrong but I am keeping this quote in mind because I can remember it and it is smile-worthy to me.  And that’s worth a lot in my opinion.

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Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Michael.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Dec 06, 2021 05:30 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Funny, It definitely sounds so formal. I'm sure I use it from time to time although I'm not a super formal person.

Dec 06, 2021 06:31 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Endre Barath, Jr. - those kinds of phone calls and text messages can be annoying.


Roy Kelley - Happy Monday to you.


Carla Freund - I understand.  There are times/places where it "makes sense".  

Dec 06, 2021 07:15 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, you sure get a lot of readers doing their own pondering with your post!   

Dec 06, 2021 08:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - that's one of the many good things about pondering.  It may be the ultimate do-anywhere and do-anytime activity by anyone.  

Dec 06, 2021 09:10 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I've missed reading your posts.  And I have to agree with the sentiment on the word whom.

Dec 06, 2021 09:31 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That quote brought me a huge smile Michael. Thank you for sharing your perspective 🙂

Dec 06, 2021 09:50 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael I was just wondering where the world is going? crazy drivers on the road, rude internet inquiries? The list goes on and on your thoughts? Endre

Dec 06, 2021 11:45 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Pass the pricey mustard please.

Dec 07, 2021 02:06 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Chris Ann Cleland - thank you.  I appreciate those kind words.  


Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - while I understand and agree about the importance of good grammar(and spelling. . .) there is something rather special about creating, then maintaining a smile-worthy way of life even though I don't consider myself the kinda guy who is always a smiley face type.  🙃


Endre Barath, Jr. - the "techniques" of drivers have always been "watchable" to me.  As for aspects of craziness, it has also been around long before the arrival of the Internet.


Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - oh, I think I have a grey poupon coupon I can use for my next grocery shopping visit although I rarely visit that aisle of the store. 

Dec 07, 2021 03:48 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

You just made me think of when Rick and I were thinking of names for our boat. 

Boat would be an was actually a yacht. Far more money than anything I would have imagined us ever having. But that is what mortgages are for.

Turns out you don't need all the money...just make the payments and then sell it for close to what you paid for it and all is good!

Back to the topic at hand...

Highfalutin was what we named it. It was perfect because that is what owning a yacht felt like to we were dipping our toes into another class. 

Whom seems to fit in that other class. HaHa

Dec 08, 2021 07:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - all this highfalutin talk, yachts and the use of the word whom have me thinking I am traveling in the wrong circles and not just circling in the wrong direction.  

Dec 08, 2021 09:03 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

It is a poetic word Michael and reminded me of this...


For Whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne

No man is an island,

Entire of itself.

Each is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,

Europe is the less.

As well as if a promontory were.

As well as if a manor of thine own

Or of thine friend's were.

Each man's death diminishes me,

For I am involved in mankind.

Therefore, send not to know

For whom the bell tolls,

It tolls for thee.

Dec 09, 2021 03:48 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - your memory is much better than mine.  Good job.  

Dec 09, 2021 07:38 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Yes, I suppose that is true - except "For Whom The Bell Tolls"

Dec 12, 2021 03:12 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Rocky Dickerson - yeah, sometimes. . .   I think I know what you mean.  

Dec 12, 2021 05:15 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Michael! While I know it's good grammar when using 'whom' properly but gosh, it sure does sound so formal. Your quote did bring a smile to my face and reading outloud to Ray, it did for him too. So, smile-worthy indeed!

Dec 13, 2021 08:37 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I am glad to hear the quote was smile-worthy on multiple levels.  That seems like a success to me.  

Dec 14, 2021 04:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael:

"Whom" is one of THOSE words that causes just a bit of confusion. Seems to me Lily Tomlin's famous Ernestine character (switchboard operator) knew how to use it correctly. "It this the party to whom I am speaking?"


Dec 14, 2021 08:46 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Jeff Dowler, CRS - truthfully, I think I learned quite a bit from Ernestine.

Dec 16, 2021 11:20 AM