• Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    I’m not going to spend ten weeks and have everyone think I’m on the mend

    I am so glad to be home.  Yeah, I saw the church and the second largest lighthouse in the world and the old market.  I actually probably saw a lot that other people don’t see because I walked.  I walked an average of two hours each day.  I grew and blew a blister on my foot during the Wednesday walk.  I probably covered five miles each day.  And I got asked about 35 million times to breakfast to hear a presentation about timeshares and I got stopped 52 million times on the street and asked the same damned thing.  Truth is, every freaking person that talked to me that wasn’t…

  • Bush is a Moron,  Rant

    Down in the west Texas town of El Paso

    Hola!  I thought you were supposed to use an upsidedown exclamation mark with that.  Guess not.  Today I played in the ocean, spent too much time in the sun and learned what the big friggin deal with the time shares was.  These guys get paid $135 for every referral that converts.  That is a lot of pesos.  They get one conversion out of about ten referrals.  Kind of like the cold call rate.  You knew I would know those numbers.  It is a sad day in the wine world.  I just could never imagine getting to the point that there was only one solution.  Of course I spend a tremendous amount…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    South of the Border

    Hola Gatitos!  I really do not have much.  I cannot figure out how to work the apostrophe on this Mexican keyboard so all the words will be spelled out.  Not much to do down here and that does not bode well for my type A personality.  I may chew my arm off by Friday.  Some bon mots and cheap shots. Do not name your pizza place Rin Tin Tin pizza Why are all the man hole covers missing? Why does everyone want to sell me a time share? Coconut creme muffins are worth the plane ride Turbulance =Bad, very bad.  Very shaken not stirred Wine Dog Rita tore a hole…

  • Corporate Wankers

    I’ll drag you down to my hell

    This is criminal.  How about this quote: LandAmerica was such a large and complex company deciphering its cash-management system was “like untangling a bowl of spaghetti,“ according to Jonathon Mitchell of Zolfo Cooper. I’ve heard that phrase used before in a similar context.  I have a friend who is an accountant geek.  Total geek.  No social skills whatsoever but he can look at a page full of numbers and point right to the part that matters.  He was called in maybe ten years ago to assess the situation at Enron for the bank he worked for.  His job was to determine if their financials were cool and the bank could…

  • Bush is a Moron,  Title Insurance

    Dream about the days to come

    Must be the season of the witch ORTC announced yesterday.  And then they ducked.  The shoes thrown from the audience went sailing over their heads.  Ouch.  That’s a lot of scratch.  Still A to Z has the balls to hang on to his core staff and we salute him for that.  Can’t wait for the rest of the announcements.  FNF on Wednesday February 4th and FAF on February 26th.  Dinty Moore steps up to the plate on February 19th.  And NASCAR Teddy?  I guess he’s down at the Gobment office trying to get his COBRA straightened out. The Rules of Law School First rule of law school: Don’t sue anybody…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    What you don’t know you can feel it somehow

    Yesterday was a pretty amazing day. I feel like a gentleman has returned to the White House. You know, a guy who appreciates classical music and poetry and good wine. A guy who could possible get through an entire cabinet meeting without scratching his balls. A guy who calls people by their rightful names rather than a bunch of nicknames suitable for my dog. I could write a commentary today, but for some reason, I’m more interested in being an idiot. So, without further ado. Separated at birth Yeah, I can’t tell the difference either. I could act right today and write something really thoughtful and brilliant, but I really…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    The fog was lifting a voice come chanting

    I’m just amazed at what’s unfolding today.  I feel like a bit of a curmudgeon.  I just want to whisper in his ear “It’s yours, now don’t screw it up”.   Today is his day. I remember back in 1968, I was in the fifth grade.  I was in this program where they pulled us out of the normal classes and sent us over to this other school.  We were the brightest of the bright in the district.  I can’t remember all the kids in that class but I know that one of them is now the President of a division of Tyco and another one really went on to be…

  • Bush is a Moron,  Corporate Wankers,  Rant,  Title Insurance

    Pushing thru the market square, so many mothers sighing

    In an interesting twist, today, the day we as a country celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, is also the last full day of the Bush Presidency and the eve of the inauguration of our first interracial President. Because he’s only half African. He’s 100% screwed. He’s taking over this country in the worst shape it’s been since the Great Depression. Even the Post War recession can’t hold a candle to this mess. We’re mired in two endless wars. The jobless rate is kissing double digits. We’ve seen huge businesses fail. Not counting Mercury Companies and LandAmerica, there’s World Savings, Wachovia (same reason really) Washington Mutual, Lehman Brothers, Downy Savings,…