• Corporate Wankers

    Are immune to your consultations

    It’s hard to know where to draw the line in all of this financial mess.  As citizens we all pay a portion of our income to the government for services and a safety net.  We shouldn’t expect the government to bail us out of our bad business decisions but we should hope to be caught if we’re falling.  Even the Obama Administration has added an emotional component to the housing situation, pleading for time to work this mess out so that people don’t lose their homes.  In most cases these people won’t become homeless, they’ll just no longer be homeowners.  There is a difference.  And it should be handled differently.…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    So smile for a while and let’s be jolly

    I’ve been running around like a mad dog. Yet, good things look like they’re getting ready to happen. I would love to rant this morning about General Motors, but today it seems like that’s shooting fish in a barrel. So instead, how about some happy things? Check this out: And then there’s this: All this talk about the right reasons to buy a certain house and I go out and buy one for the rose bushes.

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    I’m alive and I will survive

    Me too. I worked off the grid yesterday with a friend of mine doing a road show at Costco.  They’re distributing these bars called Fresh Energy.  They gave me about a case of different flavors to check out before I worked with them.  As a powerlifter and as a cyclist I’ve gone through tons of energy/protein/meal replacement bars.  My original trainer back in San Francisco in the mid 90’s got me using Power Bars before I worked out.  All these years later, I use Power Bars on long bike rides as they hold the best in the heat and digest quickly.  The Fresh Energy bars are awesome meal replacement and…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Cycling

    Something interesting is happening out there.  Good Morning America plays at the gym while I’m doing my cardio.  Last week they had a Dave Ramsey one talking about personal finance.  Dude was a ball buster.  Here’s the video.  I know a lot of PBE readers have problems on the income side of the equation.  Later in the week I heard Michael Finney on KGO talking about the same thing.  His money guys were advising to get the income side in order and then get a 3-6 month emergency fund in order and THEN start attacking the credit cards.  I thought this was interesting, but here’s their logic.  If you get…

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

    I don’t have any coherent thoughts today so today will be a collection of random thoughts, links and dog videos. First off, I’m a big fan of Bloodhound Realty and their strategic marketing plan. I’ve been tailoring it to my own business but the goings been slow because of the REO work we do. (more on that later) I love the strategic marketing plan, don’t love Greg’s politics so much. Can’t understand why a guy that smart can be totally missing the point. If he read me he’d probably feel the same way. Anyway, as always at PBE props where props are due. Today he points to a great article…

  • Rant

    I hang my head and cry

    I used to live at 68th and MacArthur. I had been living in San Francisco for 15 years and just bought one of the new Parkwoods condominiums. Actually, I was doing a foundation inspection on building 5 of the project and went offline to check out the models before I headed back to the office. One of the models had interesting angular lines. There were two of these types of units at each end of each building on each floor. One of those would work for my situation, so I went down and talked to the sales office. We ended up walking the entire project and I chose one that…

  • Cycling,  Dogs,  Wine of the Day

    With eyes as black as coal that look down in my soul

    Got a big day in front of me today. First off a 44 mile ride. This will be the last long ride before the Cinderella on April 4. This will be the first organized, like you pay them money and there’s a lot of other riders there, ride I’ve done since I started cycling three or so years ago. I started out thinking I was just going to ride down to the gym and back in the morning to save on gas and get a little cardio in there. Two years later I sold that bike and got my Roubaix Elite Triple. Trust me, you need the triple around here.…

  • Wine of the Day

    And I’ll hang around as long as you will let me

    Yesterday I got chosen as wine blogger of the day over on twitter. They described PBE as eclectic. Yeah, it’s that. I guess if I’m a wine blogger I should write something about pinot, or merlot or cabernet sauvignon. But then I get run over by a damned old train. It’s hard to pigeonhole PBE. It’s a dog blog. It’s a training blog. It’s a title insurance blog. It’s a real estate blog. It’s my personal confabulation blog. Well, that’s what you get when I pay for the domain. But in honor of the honor, I cracked a bottle of La Storia 2005 Petite Syrah last night and beat it…