• Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    Sometimes Google just makes me laugh

    Today’s google ads were asking “Are you a victim of fraud?” My head answered, if you worked for Alliance Title Company and are reading this, the answer is yes. Patty Hauptman (go google her and see what comes up right under her executive profile…yep, PBE) is lounging in her spa that bathtub, soothing all those aches and pains from signing all those final paychecks, and Alliance Title Company employees are wondering if they’ll receive their vacation pay or commissions or not. Sorry, guys, I’m going with not. She didn’t want to pay the Escrow Officer’s lawsuit, which she was losing, or LandAm, who she lost to, or Old Republic, who…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    There’s a place in the world for a gambler

    Dan Fogelberg, rest in peace Every now and then something crops up from my misspent youth. Dan Fogelberg’s untimely death reminds me of my adventures in Germany. We only had so much music to listen to. Off of his 1974 Souvenirs album was a great song that actually appeared in two films, “There’s a place in the world for a gambler”. A truly pretty song, on an album we listened to over and over again. Along with Billy Joel’s The Stranger and Rod Stewart’s Sailin’ off the Atlantic Crossing album. Yeah, album, not CD. Dan Fogelberg was only 56 years old when he passed away yesterday morning. Warren Zevon also…

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

    I get high with a little help from my friends

    I’m giving John Harritt the day off. I may have to institute a formal suggestion box. The suggestions that come in here are amazing. Last week, a gentle reader suggested that I google Patty Hauptman. Those who didn’t lose their jobs last Thursday might not know who Patty Hauptman is. She was an Escrow Officer, who married conveniently and ended up being the CEO of Mercury Companies. Patty Hauptman was on the conference call to Alliance Title Company employees where she announced that they were shutting everything down. NOT ONCE, did Patty Hauptman thank the managers for all of their hard work and sacrifice. NOTE ONCE did she apologize or…

  • Body for Life,  Dogs,  Title Insurance

    It’s just how we roll

    As a public service, I am providing the following link for former Alliance Title Company employees.  Link-loo.  Your vacation owed and commissions are supposedly showing up in the next day or two, but I have it on good authority, that the rent checks are bouncing.  Okay, one of the landlords called my cell to discuss the matter.  So in the event that they break the law and don’t send y’all what’s owed, the link has a list of your options.  It is illegal to not pay employees, and they are in violation of the law if they don’t.  Your wages cannot be discharged in the impending bankruptcy either.  Financial Title…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    Hosing the California Dream

    You can put these guys in the corporate ash can.   Like the ending of my favorite movie, where Matthew Broderick comes back after the credits and asks “Why are you still here?  It’s over.  Go home!”  It’s over.  I can’t tell you how furious I am with the corporate irresponsibility.  How do you do this to people twelve days before Christmas?  Then I have some other questions.  Could you have not sold the corporate jet to keep this thing afloat?  Yeah, the headline on thetitlereport.com today reads: Aggressive recruiting dooms Alliance Title Thursday, December 13, 2007 When Alliance Title entered the California market in 2000, it made no secrets…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance

    John Harritt: Today’s Worst Person in the World!

    When I realized that he had already been Worst Person in the World this week, I wasn’t sure how nominating twice in one week would fly. Then I realized that the Worst Person in the World, comes with a nod to Keith Olbermann. And if Keith Olbermann can make Bill O Worst Person in the World four out of five days a week, I can make John Harritt Worst Person in the World, two out of three. What can you say about a guy who closes operations twelve days before Christmas? What kind of Ass Clown puts upwards of 300 people out of work on the day they should be…

  • Body for Life,  Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance

    Mouse 5 Wine Dog 1 Game Over.

    I had an unfair advantage in that I could lose an unlimited amount of times and the mouse could only lose once.  With the simple addition of peanut butter, Marty the Mouse has gone to rodent heaven.  It’s kind of like this video, you can only lose once.  It was a bright spot in an otherwise exasperating day. In spite of the aggravation, today should be a very special day.  Today, 9 years ago, Amaris’ Night Watchmen nee Beauregard came into this world, along with his brother Nero.  I think Amaris is a full blown puppy mill now,  Beau came before that and he is a beauty.  That dog is…

  • Body for Life,  Corporate Wankers,  Wine of the Day

    Servin’ it up fresh

    Today’s worst person in the World…John Harritt! Here’s a little quickie, c/o our good friends in the media: Alliance Title Another Casualty of Housing Market Written by George Warren, Reporter Alliance Title Closing Offices, Dana Howard’s Report, 12/10/07   E-mail Story Print Story   Sources told News10 Alliance Title Company of California is shutting down operations in the Sacramento area effective immediately. At one time, Alliance was the number one title company in Sacramento. There are four Alliance offices in Sacramento County and six listed in Placer County. It’s unclear what other Alliance offices in the state, if any, are also affected. One longtime employee said they were told there’s…

  • Body for Life

    Mouse 4 Wine Dog 0

    OK, the Wine Dog is getting a little fed up with the mouse.  Last night he licked the residue from the spoon I left in the spoon caddy.  He’s done that before.  He got into the drawer that has my Grandmother’s rolling pin and chewed on the sleeve.  This sleeve had been seasoned with somewhere between 60 and 80 years of baking and this little bastard wrecked it.  I was considering humane traps until I saw that.  Now he dies.  He’s also been back on my desk in the office in the back of the house.  This guy has some mouse balls on him.  Since I know he likes coffee,…

  • Powerlifting,  Wine of the Day

    The Biggest Lifter

    I finally got to lift today.  There are probably five or six federations that lifters can lift in.  The AAU, the USPL (United States Powerlifting Association), the APA (American Powerlifting Association) USPF (US Powerlifting Federation and the WABDL  (World Association of Bench and Deadlifters.  And a few I probably forgot.  For the most part, these are the federations I lift with.  Today was a USPF meet.  The American record was pretty low, so when I pounded a 90kg lift (198lbs) today, I crushed the record.  Unfortunately, the second lift went down and about 3 inches into the press my shoulder popped and shuddered and the weight crashed down on my…