• Body for Life,  Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    8X10 glossies with pictures and arrows depicting motion

    This is kind of old news, but it’s Inman, so here’s your linky-loo. So over here at PBE Rumor Control Center, we get a lot of wild leads. Some good, some not so good, but I always sit on stuff until I’m certain that it won’t cause problems for anyone who’s name isn’t Patty Hauptman or John Harritt. I’ve been hearing that certain large lenders have forbidden their transactions to go through Financial Title Company, a Mercury Company. (Mercury’s website is down again. Maybe they’re trying the break the incoming links from PBE) I can’t seem to substantiate this rumor, nor can I disprove it. I would love to get,…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Wine of the Day

    You must not be drinking enough

    I should probably hold contests or something for guessing or knowing where I get my post titles from. For what it’s worth, they come from my head. Generally, they’re from songs or movie quotes. This one’s a Don Henley song. Occasionally, they are a direct quote of some saying some miscreant in my past. Once in a while, they’re just titles with no special meaning. I did dig how I used a quote from a Grace Slick song and got google ads for her art work. She isn’t singing any more. She was living in Malibu doing art. Anyway, I’m a big Grace Slick fan. If you meet her in…

  • Photojournalism,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    Cocaine don’t make me lazy, champagne don’t make me crazy

      Cocaine don’t make me crazy, champagne don’t make me lazy. Ain’t nobody’s business but my own. Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker. You can drink all the liquor down in Costa Rica. Ain’t nobody’s business but my own. OK, because we aim to please here at PBE, a little about what to drink on New Year’s Eve…from a plastic tumbler. Hurricanes. There’s only one bar on Bourbon Street that the locals go to. I found it by sticking to my rule of avoiding places that had neon signs that proclaimed “Hurricanes”. I think this was good practice. The one place the locals go has no such sign and…

  • Title Insurance

    The Orgasmatron

    Here’s a little something for y’all. OK, that was a cheap thrill. Have you seen me? Here’s something that just boggles the mind. Virtual Escrow. Define virtual. Do they virtually do your payoffs? Or do they really do them? Do the virtually pay their staff? Or do they do them like you did in California and Nevada. So you get your virtual check out of your virtual escrow and the Hauptmans pay virtually no one (gotta love that Hauptman style) and keep all the dough for themselves. No messy employees to have to deal with. Patty, are you freaking kidding me? How dare you start up another business under the…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Rant,  Title Insurance

    Santiago… died because he had no code, and no honor. And God was watching.

    Here’s the promised rant. Where would be be if every mortgage broker, every lender, every real estate agent, every escrow officer, every notary acted as if God was watching?  What if John Harritt and Jerry and Patty Hauptman behaved as if God was watching?  What if Bill Foley acted as if God was watching?  What if all business and all employees behaved, as if God was watching?  There would have been no mortgage meltdown.  Hell, if people in business acted as if God was watching there would have been no dot.com bomb,  because honorable people do not behave like that.   We have to answer to a higher power.  What…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance

    Merry Christmas

    The elves at pinkbunnyears.com have been hard at work. We didn’t get all of our tasks done, if you read last night’s post, you’ll know our elves were out drinking instead of researching. Did you expect anything less of us? The Sommelier: You seem quiet, you ok? Wine Dog: I’m fine, I just don’t know the words to “Here Comes Santa Claus”. Anyway, with our half-assed research sort of done (it’s kind of like the prelims you get from India) we provide the following little snack for our readers: An employer who willfully fails to pay any wages due a terminated employee (discharge or quit) in the prescribed time frame…

  • Dogs,  Wine of the Day

    Grandma got run over by a reindeer

    Let’s see, what would be the least responsible thing to do on Christmas Eve? What would be the ONE THING that I could do that would be like waving a red flag at law enforcement? WWWDD. What Would the Wine Dog Do? Go wine tasting in Santa hats singing Christmas carols at the top of our lungs. What else? First stop, Chateau St. Jean. For the most part, my general feeling about them is the same as my general feeling about Chateau St. Michelle. I was wrong about them too. We tried a slew of their wines. They were all of journeyman quality, but a few stood out. The Robert…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Rant,  Title Insurance

    I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier

    Is there anything better than being home sick with a head cold on a icy Saturday night? Yeah, pretty much anything is better, but, at least the furnace is new and works like a mofo. I had a few questions posed in the last couple of days. Some I know the answers to, some I know an answer, maybe not the answer and for the rest, I’ll just talk out my ass.  But first: The cutest damned puppy in the whole damned world Click click click…they’re links! (Beauregard, you’re still the best damned dog in the whole damned world) Can you bring a class action against someone with no class?…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance

    Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall

    Judging from the comments on the last post, I’d say it’s safe to say that National Alliance Title bit the big one. No vacation, no commission checks paid, although they did receive a spiffy note promising the same. The Wine Dog’s mailbox has been off the hook in the last week. In an effort to keep things as factual as possible, a lot of stuff doesn’t make it up onto the website immediately or at all. Strangely, I think I’m a junior Edward R. Murrow, and I’m checking facts. (I would want to be caught flat footed like Dan Rather…Brady lives dammit)  Some stuff garners a lot of mail. Some…

  • Body for Life,  Corporate Wankers,  Powerlifting,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    We are Family!

    The Mercury Family of Companies There will be a few less seats at the Mercury family of companies table Christmas dinner this year. While they still boast of 18 operating companies, it’s down two from this time last week. I’m hearing that National Alliance Title in Nevada is kaput. Wonder if those poor schmucks got their vacation and commission pay. I’m going to guess not, but I’d love to hear their story. Speaking of which, do you want to tell your story? Would you want to go on the record with how it all went down for you? In the real press, not just horsing around with me on pinkbunnyears?…