• Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue

    It’s finally not winter any more.  I can’t believe how warm it was yesterday considering two days ago it was storming so bad that you could barely see to drive.  Nothing squirrelly with our weather patterns.  Nope.  Move along. At least the weather had the good sense to get it together for Memorial Day.  We didn’t wake up that early today, didn’t have to, about 6am.  The sun is already shining.  I went out and hung my flag, because liberals are Americans too.  My bleeding heart neighbor with all the bumperstickers and signs has a new one. I love her. We lost one of my favorite actors this week. [youtube…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid

    And though the sun shines, I see nothing at all

    Today I’m going around the horn. First up, BP.  What’s the matter with you assholes?  I mean, I know, but seriously.  What are we 37 days in to this mess and BP is still shuffling and jerking around.  They fought tooth and nail to keep the scientists from getting involved, they fought the media reporting the truth and they have consistently publicly underestimated the breadth of the event.  First it was 5000 gallons, then 70,000 now 200,000 gallons a day.  What’s amazing to me is how somehow a private company’s behavior is Obama’s fault.  Y’all want less government involvement, well that’s what got us this mess.  So STFU.  Or better…

  • Rita the Doberman,  Wine of the Day

    Warmth of the sun

    We could file this one under “things that make me happy”.   A couple of days ago I got a missive from someone I didn’t know simply asking me if I was going to Barkus and Mutt Lynch.  Barkus?  I hadn’t heard about it, probably because I read about half of my email.  So I check around and they were having an event,  I could drink wine and take my dogs.  OK, that sounds like a good start to the day.  Just before it was time to leave, Bubba found some poop to eat.  The idea of several hours in the car with him after he did that was not attractive…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid

    Experiences have a lasting impression

    I’ve had a ridiculously long two days, and y’all get to hear about it.  There are really two linchpin events that matter.  First, yesterday, I took the BMW in to have the tires rotated.  Now last week it spent a few days over at M-Service.  This is never cheap.  It’s like a breath under sending it right to the BMW dealership for a service.  They’re independent but they can bend you over a financial barrel with the best of them.  Conversely, while business has been a little rough, they have been understanding and did the things that were mission critical and gave me a honey-do list for the rest.  It…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks

    Have you poor schmucks working for Fidelity had enough?  The hits just keep on coming.  BTW, if you don’t go back and read the comments here, you miss some jewels.  Titleslug was on the job in this one, it just took me a little while to find an article that wasn’t password or subscriber protected.  Hello Reuters!   Fidelity National Information Services the target of a leveraged buy out.  I couldn’t have called that one.  Wonder how the leak of protected information in India will play once Blackstone gets a piece of it.  Granted I watch their real estate moves because they are generally very aggressive and right on, they own…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Title Insurance

    Some people came and listened, some of them came and played

    It has been a long week.  I’m not sure why I took a divorce listing.  I guess I thought they could act right for the period of the listing.  Not so much.  Coupled with two and a half days out of town and the house being torn up so that the carpets could be cleaned while I was gone and you can put a fork in this dog. We went down to Monterey for a seminar.  At the end of the day I believe it’s a system I need to make my business work better. I was even more interested once I found out that a local top producer who…

  • Wine of the Day

    And failed me in geometry

    And y’all thought I was going to forget to finish my trilogy on Jordan.  Nope.  We’re here to talk about the wine today. Jordan doesn’t make a lot of different wines.  They do a few things, very well.  Of course, I love that.  Their mainstays are the Cabernet Sauvignon and their Chardonnay.  Occasionally they will make a dessert wine, but that’s only when everything aligns properly. When we first arrived they were pouring their 2008 Chardonnay.  This is not your big buttery oaky Chardonnay.  This is a Russian River Chardonnay, clean, fresh with a nose full of green apples.  It’s a chardonnay with crispness, bright fruit, and a minerally finish. …

  • Dogs,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid

    You set out to outrage but you can’t get arrested

    There are not words for how much The Brother pissed me off today. He’s a really smart man and when he posts something up, it’s worth a look or two. He posted up this video, which comes with every freaking caveat and warning I could possibly assign to a video.  Now we both do the same thing, when we’re sent or see something that sends us to the moon, we do a little research.  And I did a little research.  What I found was that Police routinely murder family pets.  Basically they bust down around 100-150 doors a year, just like they did to this poor family in Missouri.  Yeah,…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Hello, hello, is there anybody out there?

    Even though I turned off my cable, I still get the news.  I probably get better news than I was getting.  I also started listening to NPR.  It’s gentle cadence and lack of driving beat slows down my driving.  I can’t afford another ticket or I’ll probably be looking at losing my license, so that helps.  Instead of blaring headlines, I hear real stories, real interviews and I don’t have to deal with “If it bleeds, it leads” type leaders.  I’ve heard amazing in depth stories about things going on in other countries.  I actually think I have a pretty good understanding of what is happening in Greece in spite…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    She wants to make every stray a pet

    One of the big questions being asked is “What are we doing in Afghanistan?”  Fear not, PBE is on the job.  Video from the front. [youtube haHXgFU7qNI] Don’t ask, don’t tell. I just go back from Dunnigan, CA.  That’s where the hand off occurs for dogs heading north on the Doberman underground railroad.  I drove down to Pleasanton and picked up this poor little soul and drove her to Dunnigan where I handed her off and she is now resting comfortably in Red Bluff. Her eyes are almost green.  I like this picture much better.  Ann was trying to get her interested in treats so we could trick her into…