• Cycling

    Because there’s a monster living under my bed

    Today turned into such an interesting day, I thought I’d revisit it. When I bought this new bike a couple of weeks ago, the actual purchase occurred on a particularly aggravating day. I got a verbal warning for internet use, but that’s not what it was really about. It was about this website. And shutting me up. Those who know me in real time, know how that went. While chit chatting with the guy I bought the bike from I told him “Yeah, I almost got fired today”. He replied “Once you ride this bike you’ll wish you had.” It was a funny line and everyone knows I love a…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Cycling,  Wine of the Day

    Don’t want no purple hooter shooter just some jack on the rocks

    Yesterday we celebrated a friend’s birthday. We asked her where she wanted to go (and suggested Healdsburg, wine country etc.) her answer was “shopping on Union Square”. Not my thing necessarily, but if it’s your birthday and that makes you happy, then I’m happy too. I’m not big on department stores. I’d rather go to the single brand places. Brooks Bros., Thomas Pink, Nike, Cole Haan, Franco Sarto….like that. I’m also a very classic dresser with gi-normous shoulders, so most departments in department stores don’t have what I like and if they do, it won’t fit me. After seeing the direction fashion is heading right now, I’m glad they don’t.…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Title Insurance

    Rattle the bones, dreams that stick out, a medical chart on the wall

    Gulf Coast Dobermans Rescue put up a Memorial page for Jax. (Don’t click without a hankie nearby) I won’t forget him, he was a gorgeous boy too. GCDR are the folks I stayed with when I went into New Orleans with after Katrina. Neat people, that I’m proud to know. This weeks google key word top ten: Cindy McCain reptilian. (Might be an all time top ten number one) wildlife refugee answer about humans handling a baby bunny. (Somebody trying to do the right thing and they found this prattle.) bobby flay recipe encrusted halibut (sounds good but I don’t know that one) david balter attorney california alliance title co…

  • Bush is a Moron,  Coconut Telegraph,  Cycling,  Title Insurance

    I started shooting doubles when you walked in

    Could The Radical be double dipping here?  Scooping me two days in a row?  That’s just sauteed in wrong sauce.  Servin’ it up hot, could I get heapin’ helpin’ of class action with a side of  alleged fraud? Turns out I’m not the only person pissed off about that golf comment.   Keith Olbermann tees off.  (links not embeds.  No red X’s today.  Nuttin’ but love from the Wine Dog) It was 104 when I got home from work yesterday.  While I love the heat, I don’t love it when I don’t have central air.  I haven’t slept in three days.  Today shouldn’t be much better.  It’s a little cooler this…

  • Bush is a Moron,  Coconut Telegraph

    Hey Hey LBJ!

    Dammit. Scooped by the Radical again. I can’t figure out what Mercury could possibly sue FATCO for.  Really.  Didn’t Mercury stiff FATCO for all the revenue from Alliance?  Shouldn’t it be the other way around?  Either way, I hadn’t heard that one. I did hear that Mercury Transaction Services has reduced their staff by 25. Of course the big problem is there were only 30 to start with. Yeah, Mercury Transaction Services is five lonely folks. Last one out turn off the lights please. They’ve moved them into a building that Jerry owns so they can save on rent I guess. They’re dumping on another 26,000 sq. foot lease. I’m…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Housekeeping Note

    If these youtubes are making the site look like crap, i.e. you can’t see anything after the youtube or it’s set someplace it shouldn’t, would you ping winedog at astound dot net and let me know 1) that it looks like crap 2) what kind of operating system and browser you’re using.  As you can well imagine, everything looks just sporty on my machine and all of my test browsers.  (or I wouldn’t put it up) And if you’re at the Bloodless Empire, you can’t see my youtubes anyway, you just get a big block I think.  I’m not sure anymore, I’m not allowed to look at my own website…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Dogs,  Title Insurance

    So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been

    In the air tonight It’s just like a pot ready to boil over; a slow boil waiting to become a roiling boil. I read a lot of the real estate blogs. They are a world unto themselves. What I’m seeing is sales are up each consecutive month this year. Everything seems to be strengthening and stabilizing. I can’t remember how many conversations I’ve had over the last seven years about this last market. I said “It’s not real” and no one wanted to listen to me. What I heard was crap like “It’ll keep going up”. No it won’t, Stupid. It didn’t, because it wasn’t real, it has collapsed. However,…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Home Improvements

    Beautiful Mess

    As everyone knows, I take requests. This came in via the Radical today. Telecommunication tower in India Now, I can’t verify that it’s actually India, that’s what was represented, I’m sure our crack team of gentle readers can help get to the bottom of it, but for now, I’m going with India. Truth be told, I don’t have anything against India. As a matter of fact, I’ve heard that once you’re out of the cities, it’s an amazing place. I’d love for every country including our own to be prosperous and for everyone to be fed and educated and healthy. I have a friend who’s an entrepreneur. He’s got business…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Rant

    Where the children of tomorrow dream away in the wind of change

    Worst Persons in the World I love it when PBE gentle readers write in with requests. These requests are always accompanied by something that is guaranteed to make my head blow off. Dolpyngyrl is famous for this. One of my longtime gentle readers, Elizabeth sent in a link the other day. As a title officer, it’s my nature to research everything. Her link was to another blog, but like a jackass, I took it back to the source. And then my head exploded. This is a patent application, placed by Banner and Witcoff, Ltd in Chicago on behalf of Bank of America. Apparently they have some software that will assess…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Got Brass in the pocket.

    Y’all have probably figured out that I have a little bit of an eclectic musical taste. Yesterday I heard that Herb Albert donated $15 million to CalArts. Previously he’d given $30 million to UCLA. (He looks pretty good in the picture) Herb Albert and Jerry Moss were the A&M of A&M records. And Herb had that Tijuana Brass thing going. Sonofabun bought me two Herb Albert albums a couple of years ago that are framed and hang in my office, as a homage of a time when music was pure. The homogenized state of music today makes me twitch. I’m just happy there are acts like Big & Rich and…