• Corporate Wankers,  Rant,  Title Insurance

    Well there was mutiny in Lagos, aboard the mean ship Skondi

    [youtube cLCSnbN1lRI] I did a lot of work for these guys in Oakland. They made a positive difference in some very rough neighborhoods. The talking heads at Fox disgust me. I just want to grab them by the scruff of their necks and rub their noses in it. Turn off Fox. I don’t watch their news, I don’t watch their shows and I don’t watch their football games. Just because you say the same thing over and over again doesn’t make it true. It just makes you a moron. Did you know Rachel Maddow was from Castro Valley? Yup. Check out this blow by blow coverage of the Bill and…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Corporate Wankers,  Photojournalism,  Title Insurance

    But we all live with the scars we choose

    We’re all singing “Happy Days are here again” right? Everyone has had their salaries restored to pre-mortgage meltdown rates, right? Your bonuses and commissions have all been restored by Mr. Foley right? Everybody is holding hands and singing “We are the World” at the Evil Empire, right? Oh let’s just quote the earnings call. During the earnings call Al Stinson said: Open order counts continue to accelerate in October, as we averaged nearly 10,000 open orders for the first two weeks of October. We focused on moderate head count reductions during much of the third quarter eliminating about 850 positions. Despite a 16% sequential drop in closed orders and $101…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Foolish pride, that’s all I have left

    A little housekeeping.  As for the sidebars, I know.  I’ll fix it.  As a matter of fact I’m working on an overhaul, but apparently my meager coding skills are not as enhanced by wine as I thought they were.  So if you stop by and things look ridiculous, not to worry, I’m working on it and probably testing it. Let’s see, since these are big questions, Rita’s leg is getting better slowly.  Vet didn’t even take Xrays.  She didn’t think it was the ACL.  I don’t think we’re out of the woods on this one, but that’s where we’re at.  I’m supposed to keep her quiet.  It’s possible when I’m…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Title Insurance

    I killed the Czar and his ministers

    PBE is like the Post Office. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…” PBE delivers.  Just the other day Doctor Capone asked about the Mercury/Alliance debacle.  This morning, I look in my inbox and POOF! 10-20-09mercury letter The operative word in the letter is “might”.  Most of the Alliance, Mercury, and Financial folks will remember that David Balter is the attorney for the State of California Labor Commission.  He was on this like a duck on a junebug back in 2007.  Mr. Balter really cares about the folks who got caught in Jerry & Patty’s scheme.  This is about recovering the lost wages, vacation pay stolen by…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines

    I bet a fiddle of gold against your soul

    We all know I love sports analogies, most are baseball centric. My clients get to hear them all the time. You can’t hit the ball if you don’t get into the batter’s box. They all know that one. Another one I was using just yesterday was “Don’t serve up a steaming hot meat pie if you don’t want me to hit it over the fence”. Right now I feel a little bit like Carney Lansford in Angels in the Outfield. Carney played the grizzled nemesis who dug deep into the batters box intent on hitting the ball out of the park. He was big and strong and very serious about…

  • Rant,  Title Insurance

    Howling at all this corrosion

    The best part about this website to me is the input I get from y’all. I get emails with subject suggestions and as I’ve mentioned before, I love the peanut gallery (comment section). And no, I’m not painting the house fire engine red. The front door, yes. The house no. My inbox has been hammered on this subject and I just haven’t had a moment to read through everything and put together a thoughtful rant post. It’s time. AB957 passed. It passed in spite of Ticor’s attempting to black ball Property ID. It passed in spite of all the opposition from the banking industry. It passed because it was good…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Wine of the Day

    There behind a glass stands a real blade of grass

    [youtube vdX_OBUeHb4] Nothing but quality from PBE. Last night was Pick Up night at Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants. There was a gathering of the Usual Suspects. PHWM tends to get on a jag and the jag this month was Roessler. Not a bad jag to be on. And a little wine company named R&B. Audelssa and Trinitas were also heavy in the mix. Generally the mix is affected by who was there for an in-store recently. All three had been there recently. I missed them all. As usual, I run through all three club levels before I make my call. I’m in the mid level club since I have so…