• Title Insurance

    Irrational Exuberance

    In all my irrational exuberance last night, I neglected that old lumbering shell of it’s former self. KEY EXECUTIVES Pay Exercised Mr. Aldo C. Zucaro , 69 Chairman, Chief Exec. Officer and Chairman of Exec. Committee N/A N/A Mr. James A. Kellogg , 56 Pres and Chief Operating Officer N/A N/A Mr. William A. Simpson , 66 Director, Chairman of Republic Mortgage Insurance Company, Chairman of Mortgage Guaranty and Pres of Republic Mortgage Insurance Company N/A N/A Mr. Karl W. Mueller , 49 Chief Financial Officer and Sr. VP N/A N/A Mr. Rande Yeager , 59 Sr. VP of Title Insurance, Chief Exec. Officer of Old Republic Title Insurance Company…

  • Title Insurance

    He’s lucky to get a job and some pay

    KEY EXECUTIVES     Pay Exercised Mr. Parker S. Kennedy , 59 Chairman, Chief Exec. Officer, Member of Exec. Committee and Chairman of First American Title Insurance Company $ 1.66M $ 0 Mr. Frank V. McMahon , 48 Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer $ 1.43M $ 0 Mr. Dennis J. Gilmore , 49 Chief Operating Officer $ 1.49M $ 0 Mr. Barry M. Sando , 48 Pres of Mortgage Information Segment $ 1.39M $ 0 Mr. Gary L. Kermott , 54 Exec. VP $ 1.44M $ 0 Nice work if you can get it. So these guys lost $67.5 million dollars. So let’s do a little math. Executive compensation,…

  • Title Insurance

    Bodies strewn across the dead end street

    Holy CRAP! They said around $50 million.  $67,500,000.00 lost in Q4 2007.  My head is spinning.  I think Radical wins it at $63 mil.  I know dolphyngryl came in some where around there, but I can’t find your comment.   They’re running this thing like the Federal Government.  Wowwie. Talk amongst yourselves. (seems like a bad time to take over one of Patty Hauptman’s weazing enterprises) Correction The winner is dolphyngryl at $65 million.   I would say congratulations, but as we know, Pink Bunny Ears contests are like working in the title industry or for the State.  You’ll get know credit or someone else will take credit for your work and you’ll…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do

    Paroxysmal tachycardis of uncertain nature. That’s a long day at the office. Well, I got a fine how-do-you-do yesterday morning at the gym. I work out with a heart rate monitor, because knowledge is power after all. And last month I had a sub max test so I know where my ticker’s supposed to be humming along at. So yesterday I did my cardio workout like usual. It’s a graduated thing that starts at level say 5 then moves to 6 after two minutes then 7 after a minute then 8 for a minute, then 9 for a minute then 10 for a minute, (10 is supposed to equal your…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Put the lime in the coconut

    Needless to say, I have alerts set for Financial Title Company.  This one just came in. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,332776,00.html#5 Leave it to Faux News to blow a story.  It’s in foreclosure.  It will be foreclosed when the sale takes place on the courthouse steps on March 18th.  (And what a lovely courthouse that Santa Barbara County Courthouse is)  Up until that point, he can catch the loan up and proceed as if all is well.  On March 19th look for Sonofabun to be trying to make a cash for keys deal. Sorry, that wasn’t anything juicy on FTC.  It’s been painfully quiet on that front.  Apparently their foreclosure division is still in…

  • Rant

    Why do you run and hide from lies

    I’m running behind today and I’ve had one of those four/five/six day headaches. I’m sure it’s brought on by spending too much time trying to figure out how one single woman is going to fix 70 feet of broken fences over the weekend with laundry change, while the largest developer in Contra Costa County sits back and tells me to piss off. So I’m a little light on material today. Miniature Rose had this gem this morning. It’s all I can do to keep my head from blowing off my shoulders. So we throw more tax money at corporate America so they can “teach” the staff at Walter Reed how…

  • Home Improvements

    Don’t give us none of your aggravation

    I think the storm has passed. For the first time in a week it’s NOT raining. Saturday night I lost the back fence again. This time it went down bad. I should have taken a picture of it down, but it was laying on top of two of the bareroot berries I had planted two weeks ago and it needed to be moved NOW. So I didn’t get pictures of it down. I did get pictures of it kludged together. You can see in the center of the picture that it’s not connected. And it’s not. It’s just sort of leaning there. At the bottom of this fence post you…

  • Dogs,  Rant

    Should’ve been dead on a Sunday morning, banging my head

    It’s time to light up PETA and HSUS. They’re both great a self-promotion. Not so great at actually helping animals in need. I first became aware of their issues during Katrina. HSUS and the SPCA got into a huge pissing match over who was going to run the show down there. It was all politics and no consideration for the animals. Eventually HSUS took the lead. Without Jane Garrison, the whole thing would have been a bust. She worked tirelessly and I give her credit for recognizing who we were and putting us on the “hot” calls, because we were experienced dog handlers and could deal with the special cases.…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Wine of the Day

    Saturday night and you’re still hangin’ around

    I decided to make yesterday my free day. I gave blood, which I normal do every eight weeks or so. Since I’d had one head cold after another, I hadn’t donated since October. One of the EO’s I work with is married to a firefighter. On Monday she told me about this accident that had occurred. The firefighter who was critically injured is good friends with her husband. She had worked the blood drive for Captain Martin over the weekend. So I got off my butt and went down and kicked in a pint in his honor. He and his wife have a four year old.  There’s another drive on…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    Ain’t no sunshine

    I figured after Karn Evil 9, y’all needed a break. I do love the Coconut Telegraph.  More meetings.  No looka good.  Big fish eats little fish? Waiting for a smoke signal from Folsom.  Note to Ivy.  RUN! LFG 3 Year Chart (Ted’s Excellent Alpine Ski Jump Adventure) Under heavy trading yesterday LandAm dropped 8.34% in ONE DAY.  Ouch mon.  That’s what happens when your investor call (10am yesterday EST) includes such jewels as a $45.9 MILLION dollar Q4 loss.  That’s what happens when your claims are up to 9% of your premium dollar for the year.   Good news they got rid of a bunch of those cumbersome FTE’s. The…