• I Like Ike,  Title Insurance

    There’s a fashion, there’s a fad, some is good, some is bad

    Lagniappe It’s probably been over a year since I’ve done Google Keywords of the Weak Week.  Arguably one of the reasons would be I’ve not been logging on and checking my numbers.  They’re down from the hey day of the Alliance Title debacle and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Title Adventure.    But we can still have fun with keywords. PBE is the #1 google ranking for the search “patty hauptman santa barbara”.  Woof.  Strangely we are also #1 for the term “swordfish porn”.  Which I’m I little surprised that it comes up at all, although I am secretly proud of that one.  We’re #3 for “mood changing bunny ears”, which…

  • Title Insurance

    Want to hit the interstate in a Cadillac

    Once upon a time in a land far far away… It’s our anniversary!  Three years ago the Amateur Manager attempted to silence the Wine Dog and Dearly Departed Escrow Officer.  It didn’t work then and it’s not working now.  We both sought legal counsel.  We were both told that due to the economy the Bloodless Empire would just blame our demise on the economy and get away with it.  On one hand they did, on the other hand they’re still paying for it.  I have been forced to use them on one escrow in the last three years.  I have never, nor will I ever, write them in to a…

  • Rant,  Stuck on Stupid,  Title Insurance

    Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign

    We’re back on the subject of customer service.  Because in this country it’s a lost art. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I’ve been going to Toastmasters for the last year.  Maybe I did.  My Dad was a toastmaster.  My Aunt was a Toastmistress back before 1973 when they officially brought women into Toastmasters. Everybody talks about, or more importantly, pays lipservice to the Nordstrom customer service dictum.  Few come close to it in practice.  One of the gals in my club is a relationship manager for Nordstom here.  She’s been with the company for 17 years having started out as a cashier.  She knows the Nordstrom principles.  On…

  • Dogs,  I Like Ike,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid,  Title Insurance

    ‘Cause when life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door

    Life is never boring here at the Farm. About a month ago, before the Ride, I had a mouse.  He was in the pantry and wreaking havoc.  He chewed the bottom off of several bags of flour, not funny.  Crapped on everything and generally made a mess.  I set traps.  Numerous traps.  I never caught him.  Auntie stayed here with the Hellhoundz while I was riding and the fact that the mouse wasn’t caught prior to her arrival weighed heavy on me as I left that morning.  I told her I thought he was gone, it was the truth.  He hadn’t gotten into anything in several days including me peanut…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance

    All I’ve got, I had to steal

    The wine industry has no idea what they’re in for.  I know.  I’ve been preaching the gospel to deaf ears.  I will find no solace in a “I told you so”.  Wine will be changed forever and not in a good way. Wine Enthusiast just awarded Bill Foley Man of the Year.  My personal disappointment in this decision runs so deep it’s palpable. OK the fact that Wine Enthusiast thought that calling him “humble as he is an established leader” makes me want to vomit. Foley is raiding the wine industry just like he raided Carl’s Jr. way back when and the title industry in the mid 80’s.  Consider this,…

  • Rant,  Title Insurance

    We’re good and we’re evil, which one will I be today?

    We all know I spent a few years in the title industry.  Around 31 years to be exact, over a 33 year period of time.  I was out briefly in the early 80’s when the market crashed.  During that time I worked as a baker for Mrs. Fields.  That Mrs. Fields.  While the company originally taught me how to make cookies, I had the privilidge of the real Debbie Fields showing me how to make her cookies one day, years ago in Los Angeles.  I was out of the business in 2000 to a couple of weeks after 9/11.  The real 9/11.  I was commission only and just starting out when…

  • Rant,  Title Insurance

    I know tomorrow brings the consequence

    Here’s a title problem for all you title dogs out there.  Or a City government problem.  It’s definitely a problem.  Interestingly enough it involves the largest most crooked builder in town.  Yep, the Seeno family.  You may remember the saga of the fence?  The storm blew down the fence and I asked them to split the cost.  They said “no”.  They didn’t bother to call me back, they made me call and call until they decided to give me an answer.  Then I asked them to get me the materials at cost and they ignored me again.  In the end, my insurance company bought the materials and my cousin and…

  • Dogs,  Title Insurance

    And I begged them brothers, sisters, help me please

    I had the pleasure of sitting down for drinks with a couple of old title dogs yesterday.  There was over 100 years of experience sitting at the table last night.  Only one was still in the business.  We all agree that Bill Foley is Satan.  I wonder when the wine industry figures that out.  They’re paying big money to the winemakers right now and buying up wineries.  We’ve seen this before.  We all nodded knowingly.  Support truly family owned wineries.  If you need some names I can give you hundreds of names of small family run operations that make great juice.  I’ve even got cheap recommendations.  This article just about…

  • Title Insurance

    Look around everywhere you turn is heartache

    Today’s just a quicky.  Yes, I’ve been busy.  Yes, I know you’ve all figured out that the lack of posts equals busy Wine Dog.  Just hope that my busyness translates to business. In from OTG, the Evil Empire walked in and decimated their claims department in Irvine. No notice, just swooped in and canned all the attorneys, claims officers and assistants.  I guess they are transferring all the files to Florida and Omaha. Are you sure they aren’t processing those claims in Bangalore?  Wine industry, are you listening to me?  Thought not. And file this one under “That’s going to leave a mark”.  A little more from Source of Title. …

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Title Insurance

    Some people came and listened, some of them came and played

    It has been a long week.  I’m not sure why I took a divorce listing.  I guess I thought they could act right for the period of the listing.  Not so much.  Coupled with two and a half days out of town and the house being torn up so that the carpets could be cleaned while I was gone and you can put a fork in this dog. We went down to Monterey for a seminar.  At the end of the day I believe it’s a system I need to make my business work better. I was even more interested once I found out that a local top producer who…