• Body for Life

    You made me miss the Slick Rick gig

    Today I finally feel like I’m out of my haze.  I got back to the gym this morning.  I’ve been trying to get to the gym for the last three days but just couldn’t get there.  This morning it was simple.  At the end of the day, things go the way they’re supposed to.  The funeral was last Friday and I was a snotty mess before anything even got going.  Like I said, I wish I’d put something together and spoke for the title plant, but as Auntie pointed out, if it was supposed to be that way, I would have been able to speak.  So today, I was able…

  • Bubba the Blue Doberman,  Home Improvements,  Title Insurance

    And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales

    I had a nasty little head cold that seems to be wrapping itself up finally.  This time I went with Qin Chiao and Zicam.  I got the sore throat on Tuesday, naturally the DAY AFTER I gave blood so I had to call the blood bank and tell them that particular pint might not have been my best work.  Then I  spiraled downward Wednesday and Thursday.  Spent Friday down there and started working my way out on Saturday.  I’m not 100% but I’m almost out of the web.  Friday was the funeral for our friend.  I don’t believe there is much worse that watching a 22 year old kid get…

  • Stuck on Stupid

    What have I done?

    I owe you and Jordan a final post on the wine, but I’ve come down with the flu so talking about wine isn’t interesting to me right now.  Give me a day or two.  In other news the Concord Police came back and gave me yet another bullshit revenue generating piece of crap ticket.  I went out and told him I’d already been ticketed for the registration and I couldn’t afford to pay the registration right now.  He wrote it anyway.  And he was a pompous little jerk about it.  So I let loose on probably three or four years of aggravation on him.  I even positioned myself so he…

  • Photojournalism,  Wine of the Day

    Give me a lifetime of promises and a world of dreams

    I’m going to talk a little about Chef Todd Knoll today.    Chef Todd is the Evil Genius of the kitchens at Jordan Winery.  This guy is an über food geek.  His wife told me about his quest to make his own sea salt.  So they hump water from obscure places all over the world and he evaporates it and makes sea salt.  Somebody at the table told me he sketched out every menu on a scratch pad.  He does.  Yep, I got his wife to show me that too. It’s a gift really.  I’m not an über food geek, but I’m getting a lot better.  I know I surprised the…

  • Wine of the Day

    You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave

    I spent the day yesterday up at Jordan Winery.  I’m going to write about the entire experience, but the experience was so amazing it needs to be broken up over a few posts. We got there at 11am and didn’t leave until 4pm, and they didn’t leave us there to our own devices, we were doing something with someone from the Estate every minute we were there. Today I’m going to talk a little about what I took away from my conversation with John Jordan.  It was the first thing I did when I arrived.  He introduced himself as “John”.  I hadn’t done my homework so I had no idea…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger

    A friend of mine died the night before last.  I met him in 1984.  Bob Woods told me to teach him everything I know.  I didn’t.  I did teach him everything he knew.  He was my age, actually, a couple of months older than me, just starting out.  He had just gotten out of the service, had a new wife, new place, new job.  He went on to build a life for his wife and ultimately his twins.  The Doctors misdiagnosed and almost killed his wife during the last tri-mester.  I thought he was going to drive back to Livermore and shoot the Doctor.  He hated the City and his wife…

  • Body for Life,  Dogs,  Home Improvements,  Rita the Doberman

    We’ll be real world bachelor jackass millionaires

    Hoo boy it’s been busy around here.  Here’s some bon mots and cheap shots.  First, stolen from TriMarni [youtube 7NoWAd58-ps] Way back in probably November or December of 2007 when I did my first transport I went down to Los Gatos and met a very famous Doberman breeder who had two trainwrecks in her truck.  She’d gone to Merced to get one and I think she might have gone all the way to Santa Maria to get the other one.  Of course Rita was the Santa Maria dog. The other dog was a big red named Honz.  He was a sweet, dopey dog.  Everybody thought I’d want Honz, but he…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Dogs,  Title Insurance

    They all drowned when the air turned blue

    This would be a total drive by this morning if I didn’t have so many tasty little morsels.  First up, oopsey.  Bill Foley overcharging customers, imagine that?  And wait a minute boys, did you think the elimination of affirmative insurance for creditors rights was really going to slip by me?  It didn’t.  That was one of the good things in working for the Bloodless Empire.  Their National Underwriter (who is of course long since gone) actually understood creditor’s rights and because I was smart enough to pick his brain, so do I.  Just for the record, I really hate all the people out there who attempt to write about subjects…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Home brewed, home grown, where the wild seeds get sowed

    Sometimes I’m certain that my life is just circular.  For the last week or so the neighbor’s place has been like Santa’s workshop, whirling and buzzing with activity.  Why there was even a truckload of Hispanic day workers over there doing something in the back yard.  I found this particularly amusing knowing that the wife is afraid of really just a racist, bigoted NIMBY bitch Hispanic day workers.  Then last night he comes over to announce that they have listed their house and it goes on the market today.  I know the reason is two fold and doesn’t have much to do with me, well maybe a little.  It has…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    There’s a crack in the mirror

    There’s so much to piss me off right now.  I guess Obama is really the catalyst to allow all the racism and hate this country has been holding on to for the last 40 years to boil over.  I’ll refer over to The Field Negro for the latest.  Or this wingnut.  Or this wingnut elected official.  What is the matter with Texas?  Seriously?  What’s wrong with you people?  Speaking of wrong, I’m sure there’s no connection between this and this.  (I hope the first link works for non-facebook users…are there any besides my mother?) So let’s go to our happy place. [youtube BEI_GnxXPXo] This year’s Washington Post entries in the…