• Rant,  Title Insurance

    We may lose and we may win, though we will never be here again

    I’m sure we’ve all gotten one or two of these recently. Like it matters any more. Everybody is out of the pool except for a couple of candidates and it’s not even Super Tuesday. One of the things that has always pissed me off was the first Presidential election I was able to vote in. It was November, 1980 and I was planning on voting when I got home from work. As I was driving to the poll, they announced that Jimmy Carter had seceded to Reagan. The California polls were still open, it was my first Presidential election and I didn’t matter. So I voted for John Anderson. He…

  • Title Insurance

    You’re in the mud in the maze of her imagination

    The PBE mac is finally up and running again. Whew! It whistled at me and died a week ago Saturday. Thanks to the brilliant women of SFWOW I was able to work my way through the trouble shooting and get it fixed. It was a long process because it could have been anything. I did safe start ups, tried to start if from another disk, tried another monitor, turned to the east and bowed to Mecca, nothing. So I ordered a new graphics card (the probably culprit) and some extra RAM because hey, I was on the phone with the guy, and a new CD/DVD. I installed only the graphics…

  • Wine of the Day

    Monkey pack him rizla pon the sweet dep line

    OK, I think I’ve pieced enough of ZAP back together to make a little sense.  We will skip the first stop, second stop nonsense, because after Edmeades, I don’t know where the hell we went.  So in order of how it popped into my brain: C.G. di Arie we went here because some older lady, who I thought was probably a grape grower, well manicured in overalls, boots and a cowboy hat, saw the sign and acted like they were the holy grail.  So we joined in.  They make three Zins.  This was not our first stop or we would have used better logic in selecting the stop.  They had three Zins…

  • Rant,  Title Insurance

    Someone told me long ago theres a calm before the storm

    I could sit here and tell you I don’t know what got up my ass this morning, but I do know. First thing this morning the Bloodless Empire’s HR department pissed on my leg and told me it was raining. It’s not raining. You’re pissing on my leg. Stop it. They moved from a traditional time off program to a PTO program. In the process they took our existing personal holidays. It wouldn’t have been such an aggravation if I hadn’t asked to take the day on two separate occasions and had been denied by Mr. “I’m a New Manager and I’ve got my nose so far up the corporate…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Home Improvements,  Wine of the Day

    Come in all you jesters, Enter all you fools,

    I almost feel like I’m cheating when I give away one like that.  Sonofabun already knows what song I’m talking about.  The Brother might too.  I should probably have some sort of daily contest for the titles.  Day 8, it’s still raining.  According the weather.com, Monday February 4, 2008 is supposed to be a nice day.  Monday.  Bastards.  On the upside, it makes it pretty easy to dig fence post holes.  I got four knocked out today.  Next weekend I have three more to knock out and then I can start on the half fence.  I also started digging one of the trenches that will become a raised garden.  I’ve…

  • Body for Life,  Home Improvements

    Tomorrow’s another day, and I’m thirsty anyway…

    Today is actually Day 7, but I’ll take a moment to write about Day 6 of the rain.  My unlandscaped back yard is like a horse stable after a rainstorm.  Basically a similar cocktail.  I was thrilled to find my fences still standing yesterday when I got home from work.  Since Seeno, (probably the richest guy in Contra Costa County) refused to split the cost or even send his guys and his at cost wood up to the property where the common fence I meant my fence is listing to and fro, I’ve decided to just sink some metal poles and run some chain link.  I’m going to put a…

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

    It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you

    I feel like Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver. Thank God for the rain…which has helped wash away the garbage and trash off the sidewalks. Imagine the Tom Scott soundtrack in the back ground.  Day 5, the rains keep coming, it never ends…  Now imagine living with a young dog who has never lived in a house. Then picture an unlandscaped backyard, 200X70, and a pepper tree with a known squirrel nest, and a woodpile with a mouse nest and new carpet.  The mud never ends.  I’m God’s angry dogwasher.  I want that mud room from Extreme Home Makeover this week.  And what happens if Phil sees his shadow?  If he…

  • Body for Life,  Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Title Insurance

    I used to do a little but a little wouldn’t do, so the little got more and more

    Here’s a tasty morsel for those of you who are out of work.  I spoke with Steve again today.  He wrote me this: Looking forward to information about the title officers for Alliance and escrow and title officers for TICOR. And the contracts that you mentioned for Alliance people are interesting as well. I have represented employment plaintiffs for a long time and would be happy to discuss cases with these people if they want Steve C. Stephen R. Cornwell Cornwell & Sample 7045 No. Fruit Ave. Fresno, CA 93711 (559) 431-3142 (559) 436-1135 (fax) This guy is currently handling some decent sized class action suits over misclassified exempt employees.  (Like the…

  • Title Insurance

    Come on somebody, why don’t you run? Ol’ Red’s itchin’ to have a little fun

    Rita has discovered where the squirrel nest is and under that tree is where the little dear lives now.  Beauregard would like her to play with him, but no dice.  coonhound-not.jpg Well, just when I thought I was going to have to flash the crowd the big ones, here comes some great information.  I spoke with Tammy’s attorney this afternoon.  If you were/are an employee of Alliance Title Company, Financial Title Company, First American Title Insurance Company, Ticor Title Insurance and were classified as exempt, write me and I’ll hook you up.  This guy is responsive, intelligent and has our industry dialed in.  I called this afternoon and he called…

  • Body for Life,  Wine of the Day

    They’re preoccupied about mismatching their socks

    The rain is back and that’s just not good.  I’ve spent the day trying to get the PBE Mac to lumber back to life.  And listening to Rita alert that there is a squirrel in the perimeter!!  That will make your brain bleed after a couple of hours.  Any solutions for off the hook prey drive are extremely welcome at this point. I’ve got a bet with a friend (who might even read this) on our Body for Life progress.  Not great for me when you spend a week down sick.  She’s probably kicking my ass right now.  It’s a journey not a race, so we’ll see how we’re doing in March/April,…