• Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Corporate Wankers,  Rant

    But in his heart he knows what it brings

    The tone of the news in this country has changed. I can barely watch the local news. Somebody’s laying off 1200 workers, this company is closing it’s doors and this family has fallen on hard times. I’m living it on the front lines and watching some stuffed suit talk about it just pisses me off, because I’m sure they don’t understand what they’re talking about. I’ve been in the middle of several financial stories over the years. What gets reported and what really happened are always parallel universes. So when 60 Minutes got the World Savings debacle right I thought “Baby it’s a brand new world”. And it is. While…

  • Photojournalism

    No pedigree from France will get you in the dance

    I’ve been working like a dog.  I think I mentioned the only day I took off this month was last Saturday.  I’m aiming for Sunday since tomorrow is already booked up.  My house is starting to look like one of our listings.  I must get it cleaned.  I’ve got three or four BPO’s to do and each one takes around two hours to complete.  Slightly longer because I still haven’t had time to figure out the new camera or it’s software.  Yesterday we did a lock out and the people hadn’t moved.  These people contacted this Satanic woman who accused me of harassing them.  I’m sure she took a fee…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Rant

    Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler

    I don’t know that I agree with the mortgage element of the ARRA or not.  Here’s a nice simplified article talking about it’s components.  My problem is two fold. One, a lot of these people made their own bed.  You make a bad business decision don’t expect the government to bail your stupid ass out.  There are people behind on their mortgages with Escalades in the driveway of their 3000 square foot homes grossing $6k a month.  Sorry, take the house.  Really, they ought to take the Escalade, but take the house.  I don’t have a problem with that.  They made bad decisions.  They’ll learn to make better decisions.  Hold…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    No shoes, no shirt, no dice

    There’s always something, even when I’ve got nothing. Today, we’ve got a best person in the world. I’m a big fan of this guy. He sat a couple of rows in front of me (and really only a couple) at a Rolling Stones show about 5 or so years ago. I said to my friends “Hey! That’s Sean Penn”. They didn’t believe me until he got up at a break and went and got a soda. Really. No shit. I also ran into him at a coffee shop up in Marin County. Just a normal guy. But he does extraordinary things. He opposed the war in Iraq and put his…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there

    Yesterday took a little different turn than expected. I was supposed to show property. The client wasn’t as nailed down as I thought they were. I should have called them the day before but truth be told I was hoping they would reschedule. You see, as of yesterday morning I hadn’t had a day off all February. I was exhausted. I wanted and needed a break. So when they said “Can we reschedule?” I was all about Hell Yes! So I took off on my bike. It was an unplanned ride which is never a good thing. As I rode away from the house around 11am yesterday (about three hours…

  • Wine of the Day

    Treasure these few words ’til we’re together

    That was kind of a no brainer.  Last night was Dark and Delicious an event put on the PS I Love you, the Petite Sirah advocacy organization.  I received a ticket via Luscious Lush, via Sonodora, the Wannabe Wino.  Thanks gals!  I love Petite Sirah.  Let’s just get that out of the way.  LOVE IT.  It was held at Rock Wall in Alameda on the old Naval base.  I don’t know my way around there even though I worked in Alameda for ten years.  I knew the way to Lincoln’s Address, McGee’s, the Dugout and the little place on the water where Roy worked.  The Naval base was still a…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Skeletons and all the bones in your closet

    Warning:  Today’s post features graphic depictions and photojournalism of the death of a small furry creature, or a rodent, depending on your perspective. As many of you know, we live here on a larger suburban property.  You don’t usually get 1/4 acre in the city limits in California but I have one.  The house itself is 50 years old and about 75% remodeled for those of you who haven’t been following PBE for two years.  I still have to paint the entry way, the kitchen, remodel one bath and paint the exterior.  I also need to replace the door to the garage with one that fits and hangs right.  There…

  • Rant,  Title Insurance

    Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here

    [youtube owPKo27GSTk] I watch about 20 minutes worth of local news in the morning. I can’t believe the content right now. All gloom and doom. For the love of God you guys there has to be some thing nice to report out there. Surely someone survived something or someone achieved something amazing. I wonder if these guys watch themselves and think “Goddamn I don’t have anything nice to say.” Add to that the half assed way it’s presented and no wonder nobody in this country really understands what’s going on. Well, PBE readers do, but that’s because y’all are a cut above. The State of California has a budget, as…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Rant

    A small stain on the pavement, they’ll scrub it off the ground

    This guy’s youtube channel was tossed out on Twitter for comment last night.  My comment?  This is my life. [youtube 8XKvfGT2xdg] Actually, that house is cleaned up.  My life looks more like this and this. I haven’t gotten a poop house yet, or a flea house, but I know it’s coming.  I am the Queen of Maggots right now.  Some people really shouldn’t be allowed to live indoors. One of the things he talks about is the national service companies that the banks are hiring.  Yeah, you don’t have to out of pocket but you have to run out there and check on them several times before the job is…

  • Cycling,  Wine of the Day

    A small stain on the pavement, They’ll scrub it off the ground

    Yesterday might have been one of the most annoying days I’ve had in a long time. Business stuff.  I’m not one of those chatty sales types.  I tell you the information you need to know.  If I tell it to you repeatedly, I’m probably concerned and think it’s important.  I’m smart.  Listen to me dammit.  Thank you. I’ve found the new dog crack. It’s truly amazing. It makes Bubba drool and Rita sit pretty. You’ll never believe it. Carrots. No shit.  I bought a 10 pound bag of organic carrots for Bubba’s dinner at Costco. Rita was up on the counter stealing them. Bubba hoards them as if they were…