Never wanna stick around to the very last dance

We may have a winner for Today’s Best Person in The World, with a nod to Keith Olbermann. Greg Griffith of the Denver Post, armed with God’s flashlight has shone the light on those cockroaches on Waverly. An excellent article, well researched and strangely accurate. Those of us who have been in the business know how often the press actually gets our business right and Greg did his homework and came up with a damned fine article. We raise a glass to the Denver Post. In case you’re bored of clicking through my links, here’s a taste of what Greg uncovered.

Members of the Hauptman family and their trusts also received close to $2 million in dividends and stock redemptions during the 12 months preceding the bankruptcy filing. At that time, Jerrold and Patricia Hauptman owned an apartment in downtown Denver and a house in Keystone.

Yeah, click through that link, he did a good job. One question, since Greg did such a good job…is there a petition for dissolution? That’s what I hear but I haven’t seen it.

Wow! That’s a lot for a Sunday morning early you say. Nope, I’ve got more. Down in Richmond Virginia the failure of a Fortune 500 company has devastated their economy. NASCAR Teddy who strangely manages to retain his job has to be one of the most unpopular guys in town. Him and the Circuit City clown. It’s kind of strange for one town to have two major failures like that. You got to wonder what they’re doing down at the country club. Actually, I’ve never found NASCAR Teddy’s handicap on the golf index so I guess he plays tennis. We know from yesterday’s post that The Burgermeister just sits at the bar and knocks back vino. Anywho the Times Dispatch has a nice article on the effect the Landamerica implosion has had on the local economy. And if you wonder how they got there in the first place, the Times Dispatch has a nice article on the regulation lack of oversight in the 1031 business.

“The FTC said there was not enough fraud, and it did not warrant oversight,” said Mary B. Foster, past president of the federation and owner of a 1031 company in Washington state. “It needs to be kind of rampant fraud for them to do the oversight of the industry.”

I think you can lay this turd on the doorstep of Mr. Regulation Restricts Business himself. That genius who couldn’t find oil in Texas, couldn’t put a baseball team together with all that Texas oil money and drove the entire country into a depression recession. Because we are.

On a happier note, my headache is gone, the guy who cancelled on me yesterday morning called last night and asked to go this morning and it’s strangely nice outside. My shoulder has been killing me and I’m going to have to stop benching for a couple of weeks while I try to get it back in shape. It’s not quite frozen but if I keep screwing around I’m pretty sure I can freeze it up. I went and saw my chiro who told me to buy the Buchberger-12 and get back to her next week. I, of course, can’t wait for it to show up and have managed to find the bulk of the program online, after two days of searching I finally dreamt up the correct keywords. Now I can start while waiting for the DVD to arrive. She didn’t really tell me what she was hoping to accomplish but I talked to one of the trainers at the gym the next day and he hadn’t heard of the Buchberger-12 but he explained why my shoulder was impinging. It’s sad that the gym has been sold and the corporation that took it over is probably not going to continue to allow independents like Coach. His knowledge is vast. He’s probably around 60 years old, in awesome shape and someone I look up to in the gym. Most trainers are just clowns that took the test. They don’t really understand the kinesiology that goes behind the movements. Coach gets it. He’s got a couple of protégés at the gym and they get it too. They’re all going to end up leaving and it’s not right.  Anyway, armed with Coach’s information, and a pirated copy of the program, I’m off to correct my shoulder problem.  I’ll have to put today’s bike ride off until later this afternoon which translates into less time on City streets for safety purposes.  I’m doing 30 miles today, I did 30 last week too.  After the 3rd 30 mile ride I’ll start adding miles on the long ride.  I tried to build the button yesterday for my LAF challenge but the PBE mac has been sick and it won’t open stuffit so I can’t install the program.  I really need to find the software disk and reinstall the operating system.  But, for those who haven’t seen it yet, please join me in the fight against cancer.  CLICK HERE!  My personal goal is $5000 and I’m sure with your help I’ll make it.  Thank you for your support!

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They’re creepy and they’re kooky

I’ve had a headache for two days straight. So in lieu of real content…Remember Elvira Mistress of the Dark and her Feedbag?

Apparently Elvira was the First female to twirl tassels on a national network. Who knew? Back when she was just doing her show in LA and I was living in Santa Barbara we used to watch it every Saturday night before we went out and got into that evening’s trouble. I saw the original Jello bit when it happened live. Nuff said. Then she went Nationwide, and I moved to San Francisco. ANYWAY, from the PBE feedbag…

OldTitleGuy, a brilliant guy in his own right sent in this mathematical puzzle. It’s puzzling all right.

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL???

Try it without looking at answers.

1) Pick your favorite number between 1-9
2) Multiply by 3, then
3) Add 3, then again Multiply by 3 (I’ll wait while you get the calculator ….)
4) You’ll get a 2 or 3 digit number ….
5) Add the digits together

Now Scroll down …………..

Now with that number see who your ROLE MODEL is from the list below:

1. Hillary Clinton
2. Nelson Mandela
3. Tony Romo
4. President Bush
5. Bill Gates
6. Gandhi
7. Brad Pitt
8. Brett Favre
9. OldTitleGuy
10. Barack Obama

That’s really pretty ooky eh? And now this from the feedbag, a quote from the SF Gate article:

Foley Wine Group founder Bill Foley, who is chairman of the national insurance company Fidelity National and got into the wine business as a sort of second career, said Monday from his home in Montana, “We’re not planning on changing branding, but we may change the packaging of the Sebastiani wines.”

Foley first considered buying Sebastiani in June, but talks fell apart and other suitors lined up. When discussions were reactivated a month ago, Foley said he was drawn to the deal because of the Sebastiani name, the price points, and the wines.

Having been on a winery-buying binge for more than a year – he owns Firestone Vineyards in Santa Barbara County, Merus in Napa, and Three Rivers Winery in Washington, to name a few – Foley also sought more leverage with distributors. Sebastiani produces 280,000 cases a year.

In other words, The Burgermeister is going to shit up do for the wine business the same way he screwed up what he did for the title business. This saddens me in ways I cannot explain. Thank God for Spanish wines. I just wish this classless clown would go back to flipping burgers and leave legitimate business (in particular wine) alone. Can’t wait for him to outsource grapes to some godforsaken hellhole to save money. Any vineyard workers who had special perks like benefits or decent wages can kiss that goodbye. He’ll be laying everyone off and bringing them back as temps. Jerk-off. We can chose which wine to drink and I would encourage everyone that reads PBE to boycott the Foley Wine Portfolio.

Free, on my own that’s the way I used to be

Well, this isn’t much of a surprise. I’m just wondering at what point someone tries to stop the new Title Rep rules. I feel bad for the reps up here. The ones I know fly right and at this point they’re concerned about being seen in a restaurant with a realtor or mortgage broker after the first. I’m also a little ticked off. I need my dry cleaning picked up. Psych! OK, the poor reps I know have endured over a month of “you need to take me out for cocktails before the new rules pass”, “you need to pick up my dry cleaning”, “you need to buy me a copy machine” and various incarnations of the same from me and Sonofabun. Truth be told, I just need a farm today, in electronic form for a very small neighborhood. Shouldn’t be that hard. Yeah, I’m still doing business today, three days before Christmas.

In other news, the FBI says that the theft of copper is threatening the infrastructure of this country. Every time I go into one of our listings I have to check the water heater to be sure that the copper is still there. They don’t get that much money for the amount of work it takes to yank it out of a foreclosed property, but we’ve had some thievery and it’s a pain in the ass to rectify. I always thought it was crackheads trying to buy some rock with some old copper tubing.

Every day Bubba comes along a little bit more. One of the things that Beauregard used to do was come in my office and sit on my foot while I was typing. Today, Bubba came into my office and sat on my foot. I absentmindedly reached down and rubbed his chest like I used to do to Beau before I realized it was Bubba sitting there and not Beau. Of course he followed that up by putting his big fat foot on the keyboard and making things pop up on the screen that I’d never seen before, but baby steps little man, baby steps. I also met a lady in Sports Basement who told me she thought he had blue dilution alopecia. Upon reading about it, I’m sure he does. That and gas. If anyone has any homeopathic remedies for CDA let me know. I think the gas is why he’s massaging his side. I’m digging through this guy’s page. Bubba may be allergic to Innova so he’s on duck and sweet potato. Anything that’s worked for anyone with a CDA dog will help.

Until I get the button up, I’ll link at the end of the posts to my LiveStrong page. Join me in the fight against cancer. Basically if everyone that comes to this site donated a minimum of $5, I would blow my goal away in a week. Let’s show them the power of PBE. I know the power of PBE, it got me fired…nevermind. Let’s put the power of PBE to work for good. The distance I chose was 65 miles or a metric century. I rode that distance four times last summer. I quit riding distance for about two and a half months when I didn’t have health insurance. The idea of sitting in county hospital with a drool cup because I didn’t have insurance when some jackhole ran me over was enough to keep me off of city streets. My new insurance has kicked in and I’m back on the road. I did 30 miles on Saturday. It was a slow 30 as I hadn’t done any distance in a while but it went by quickly. They’ve finished the work on Ygnacio and as soon as the holidaze are past and I don’t have to worry about getting dusted by eggnog soaked soccer Mom I’ll be doing the climb again. I’ll be posting my routes again soon, but after a beer soaked afternoon with Sonofabun, I need to quit screwing around on the internets and get to work.

I still want a hula hoop

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Well, I’ve been holding off on this because to me it’s really depressing. I know it means that a lot of people are probably going to be hittin’ the bricks and I know the quality that two formerly great organizations will soon be providing. Dinty Moore bails out. The Burgermeister wins and the customers lose again. And the workers? Thanks for playing our game. I’m sure all of you as of Monday formerly LandAm title folks have been seeing The Evil Empire’s agents of destruction skulking around your facilities. You know what’s next. Bottom line if you didn’t catch on with Old Repulsive 20 years ago and stay put, you’re screwed. And I really feel bad for all of you. I’ve got to give Old Repulsive credit, they’ve really tried hard to keep their core together. They haven’t been lopping off heads willy nilly like the Evil Empire or even the Bloodless Empire. How’s that First India Ltd. thing going?

Enough!

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That’s so much better. I’ve been trying to get over to the City to do some Christmas type stuff since Wednesday. I don’t see myself making it today either which puts me over there on the weekend. I became a Realtor so I could screw off this time of year dammit! OK, that’s not right. I became a Realtor because I’m a malcontent and couldn’t stomach the corporate wankers who are running business any more. I was hoping that Christmas shopping during the week would just be a perk. I could probably get over there today if I didn’t have a chimney sweep coming at noon, and I’m itching to get out on the bike. It’s currently raining.

I took the bike in for a tune-up or check up or whatever they’re called. It was supposed to be $75. The boys said it didn’t need much and charged me $45 for the work and then put a new chain on it because it needed it. Hopefully my gearing issues are over with. Big announcement about the bike and my ass later today.

Those of you who have been here for a while know the battle I’ve been fighting with getting weight on Rita. Well, I looked at her earlier this week and thought “Damn, that dog filled out”. And fill out she did. She looks awesome. She’s all muscle and very lean but you can’t see her ribs any more and her chest has filled out. Her coat is spectacular. I wonder what could have been with her if I had her from the beginning. Her paws are huge compared to the rest of her. I think her growth was stunted by bad nutrition when she was a puppy. Too bad, she’s a gorgeous dog. I kind of wish I had Bubba from the start too. His socialization is terrible. He actually trembles before I take him outside. He shakes uncontrollably in the truck and he was a pile of Jello before I took him into Sports Basement to go to the bike shop there. The boys at the bike shop were great and got down on his level and loved on him very gently. It relaxed him. We checked out a few other things while we were in the store and he definitely loosened up. I’ll keep taking him to stores and events where he can go until he gets over himself and learns that 1) men won’t hurt him 2) getting to go is fun. I’d sure like 10 minutes to go Pete Rose on the asshole that screwed up that dog. I’d only need 10 minutes and my old TPS.

Right is only half of what’s wrong

File this under It’s About Damned Time.  And we may have another NASCAR Teddy Worst Person in the World nomination.  Did I read that right?  The former Chief Executive of Lawyers Title is calling the LandAm board out on that one?  Good.  They deserve it.  Now why does NASCAR Teddy still have a job?  Why haven’t the stockholders tossed the board.  Why oh why?

I was surprised to watch the Rachel Maddow show the other night and find her agreeing with PBE…I mean she didn’t mention me specifically but she talked about how whether we like or agree with the President, you still can’t throw shoes at our guy.   It reminded me of how Xica da Silva was at the dog parks.  At home, Beauregard’s ass was hers.  24/7.  However, if you were the unfortunate four legged schmuck who chose to pick on him at the dog park, your ass was hers too.  Because his ass was hers, it was hers to kick, not anyone else’s.  The only fights that dog ever won were the ones where Xica took point.  So, yeah, Bush’s ass is ours to kick.  I personally think he’s guilty of criminal wrongdoing that I hope the next administration has the balls to pursue.  But don’t throw your Iraqi shoe at him, because his ass is ours to kick.

The Guru, an old friend of mine, used to say that I would let a situation spin out of control just so I’d have a good story to tell later.  Don’t let the Guru fool you.  He was right there next to me watching the story develop.  Yesterday, I ended up with a Guru quality story.  It all started innocently enough.  I met my client out at one of his sites and gave him his HUD and escrow refund check.  (The package I received from the Fidelity owned escrow company was a complete embarrassment, but I digress)  Then we went over to another property that just came on the market.  I knew it wasn’t for him, but I was hoping the price would entice one of his buddies to get in the water with us.  As we stood at the property and chatted he said “Want to go get something to eat?”  Sure.  I let him pick.  He’s from New Delhi and I knew there was an Indian strip mall (really) up the road.  Sure enough, that was his pick.  We got there and the restaurant was closed on Tuesdays.  Drat.  He knew of another place and we were just about to get back in our cars and head away when we saw a sign that said “Curry Corner”.  What’s that?  I don’t know, let’s check it out.  Fijian food.  Have you ever had Fijian food?  Nope.  Want to try it?  Sure.  A word to the wise, try Fijian food.  Especially at Curry Corner.  First off, yelp is full of crap.  It’s Fijian food, not Indian or Pakistani or anything else.  Saras is Fijian and so is the food.  Second, this is the real deal.  There are two tables.  The restaurant is the size of a small suitcase.  It looks like something from another world.  She has no refrigerator.  She has a freezer.  She brings it in fresh and she cooks it.  If she has some at the end of the day, she gives it to the local homeless in exchange for minor chores…taking out the trash etc.  She told us a story about the day a big handsome cop came in.  She asked him how he had heard of the place.  He was talking to some random homeless guy in the park and asked him where he got his food and he told him, so the cop thought he’d check it out.  Yesterday she had fish, chicken or goat, some rice that was awesome, curried potatoes that were off the hook and a stewed salad thing.  Fijian food brings the heat and God knows I love me some heat.  There is no menu and we didn’t know what the bill was until the end.  Because we didn’t know until the end, we didn’t know that between us we wouldn’t have enough cash.  We each had $7 in our pockets.  Of course a little postage stamp of a place like that doesn’t take credit cards.  My client had just returned from India via England.  He asked her if she traveled and she said she did several times a year.  I have 10 pounds sterling, you know that’s right around $17 right now.  Will you take that?  Or we could go to an ATM and come back.  She thought about it for a little bit, he threw in a $5 bill on top of it and my lunch was paid for with 10 pound sterling yesterday.

Don’t know what to do, now that pink has turned to blue

Well, the Garden City Group out of Seattle (I presume as opposed to NY) will be handling the Mercury Companies Bankruptcy. Looks like some up to the minute shiz can be found at the new website. Mercury Companies Bankruptcy. For all of you who gave me a bad time about the schedules, they’re located on that website in downloadable form. Now off my ass! I told you it was public information.

Looks like The Evil Empire has the blessing of the Cornhusker State to Hüsker Dü their way to 46% of the market, or so they think. Gack. Damn I wish I could get this thing to do an umlaut.  Thanks dolphyngyrl.

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On a sunday afternoon with the remote

Praise the Lord and pass the Ammunition
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This is why I can’t take this jackholes seriously.  I mean, seriously!?!

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Aren’t the Secret Service supposed to jump in there and spirit him away?  They seemed a little slow to the party to me.  Then again, I wonder if the Secret Service took a huge cut in pay, have to work more hours and got their homes foreclosed on.  That would explain it.  Just another bizarre moment in this Administration, although I give the guy credit, he can duck with the best of ’em.  Besides, we want this guy healthy.  The last thing we need is Dick Cheney grumbling something about “I am in control now.”  OK, I’m still a little uneasy 27 years after Alexander Haig said that.

This guy just makes me laugh, in that nervous sort of way you laugh when you really want to cry.  OK, I’ll quote him.

Regulators in the R/E industry of all stripes – LandAmerica, a big title insurance company, has filed for bankruptcy.  Why?  Because instead of actually performing title searches title companies have been outsourcing the work to foreigners in places like India, where the so-called “search” has turned into nothing more than a quick dig through electronic records. Of course when there are real claims on the title the company is then on the hook and can’t pay; instant boom! Where is the investigation of this obvious misrepresentation of what the purchaser of that policy bought?  LALALALALALALALALALA.

It makes me want to jump up and down and scream THAT’S WHAT I’VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL YOU!!! for emphasis, we reiterate:

instead of actually performing title searches title companies have been outsourcing the work to foreigners in places like India, where the so-called “search” has turned into nothing more than a quick dig through electronic records.

And I got supposedly fired laid off  for speaking the truth saying that.  I just want to stand at the top of the nearest building beat my chest and scream.  Karl Denninger is our Best Person in the World today.

This guy has a real good take on the whole thing, or if nothing else, he has a great graphic.  I’m guessing the only Christmas turkey NASCAR Teddy is passing out this year comes in your pay envelope.

In my quest to find decent footage of the shoe flinging incident, I ran into this clip that just makes me laugh.  Now, as much as I can’t stand Bush, and I truly hate the guy, I still don’t want someone else to disrespect the office.  It’s just one of those things.  He has disrespected it plenty on his own and history will not remember him fondly.  Still, throwing shoes at the POTUS is not okay in my little twisted world.  However, that being said, the sound effects are truly funny in this version.

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I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about but at any moment somebody ought to say Sabado Gigante or GOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLL!

The hot july moon saw everything

I told her I would mention them and I forgot yesterday. I met a gal at Darioush named Marisol. We can use her real name because we’re talking about a real project. The project is Merlove. It’s a documentary in response to Sideways. You know, where Miles says he’s not drinking any more Merlot and all of America stopped drinking Merlot…except the Wine Dog.

No, that’s not me on Thursday. Anyway, I checked out their trailers and their blog and their flickr and I can’t wait to catch up with this film. I was watching the flickr slide show that opens up in Seattle and then to my amazement there was a photo of the illusive Bob Betz. He is the genius behind many of the great wines of the Woodinville area. There’s the Betz Family Winery and he consults on freaking just about anything worth drinking from up there. I don’t know how the guy does it. He originally got some grapes from Delille Cellars (a great place to start…D2, that’s all I’m saying) in exchange for warehouse space and went from there. I didn’t get to meet him when I was up there, but he was kind of omnipresent. Anyway, they clearly did their homework (hell they went to France.) I’d watch for this one.

It’s like watching two fighters slug it out

This guy has been following the LandAm 1031 exchange company failure. Do you file class actions against failed companies? I’m sure NASCAR Teddy was the President and CEO of that bitch too. No golden parachute for NASCAR Teddy, just hit the bricks like the rest of us. Where’s the Board of Directors? Game over. Kick this AssHat to the curb. How much does unemployment pay in Virginia?

This has nothing to do with anything, but I picked it up on my alerts and well, it makes us laugh. And stuff like this is why I’m an Ahnold fan. Because trust me, I see it several times a week, folks who had no idea how to handle money messing around with the home loans on the advice of some Loan Officer Snake Oil salesman who are now packing their shit and moving to an apartment. And I see the shit they leave behind. A lot of the time I think “what if you didn’t buy all this shit and just paid your mortgage instead?” They have brand new cars and all the latest toys….and now no house. Well, I’ve got a 14 year old truck, an 8 years old car, a 7 year old big screen and I’m current on my mortgage. It’s Reagonomics hard at work. Don’t educate the people, just sell them shit they don’t need. I hope Ahnold’s program takes root, it’s a good one.

More Hard Work

I’ve been working the dogs out pretty hard on their drills. Rita is coming along really well. It’s like everything from school finally stuck. She sits beautifully and watches me for her next command. Her down is finally turned the corner. I can open the back door with squirrels present and tell her to sit/stay and she waits for the command before she explodes into the yard to run her perimeter checks. Bubba is just now sitting at the door, but he’ll get there too. The next class doesn’t start until January so we have some time to brush up on our skills. Bubba’s tummy is still problematic, but I think the duck food has been helping and I’ve been putting hot water on it to make it mushy and slow down his eating even more. He’s a gulper. I’ve been feeding them separately for about three weeks. Rita wants to rush out in the morning and he wants to eat first, so it’s working out pretty well. Dinner is a little trickier, but I get it to work. We’re due for rain, I’m hoping to get out on the bike today before it starts…