• Stuck on Stupid

    Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind

    Oh, you need to hear just one more rant from me this month?  Lucky you!  I’ve got a topic.  And it’s not these knuckleheads.  God is good. But Chase Bank, now that’s another story.  I’ve got a lot to say about these guys in the first place.  Many of the REO’s I rolled up on over the last couple of years were Chase owned.  On numerous occasions the homeowner told me they had a short sale or an approved loan modification.  One department was doing a work out and the other was foreclosing on the property.  My opinion of the way they are handling this mess is they are a…

  • Rant

    I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch

    Ah, it’s Black Friday.  They call it that for a completely different reason than I call it that.  Back in the day, I used to get out kind of early (like 7ish) and go check out the windows at Macy’s Union Square.  Back then they were amazing and interesting and fabulous.  And of course Gumps had the SPCA display with all of the kitties and puppies playing.  And I’d do no shopping and be home by about 10am, because I’m not a big fan of big shopping crushes.  The older I get the more I look at that sort of behavior and think “Why?” You’re not starving in Botswana and…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    We took the half a ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction

    Happy Thanksgiving y’all! Today is going to be a cornucopia of stuff. First up, Little Sister.  I’ve found her a forever home and she’ll be going there some time next week.  In the meantime, my dogs continue to take turns trying to remove her head.  This is fine because she doesn’t use it for much. She was spayed on Tuesday.  It was nice to see the piss and vinegar knocked out of her for a couple of days.  It’s back.  She would be great if I didn’t have three other dogs to worry about.  Ike being the toughest.  Because of his condition he can’t be trained on a leash.  He’s…

  • Rant,  Title Insurance

    We’re good and we’re evil, which one will I be today?

    We all know I spent a few years in the title industry.  Around 31 years to be exact, over a 33 year period of time.  I was out briefly in the early 80’s when the market crashed.  During that time I worked as a baker for Mrs. Fields.  That Mrs. Fields.  While the company originally taught me how to make cookies, I had the privilidge of the real Debbie Fields showing me how to make her cookies one day, years ago in Los Angeles.  I was out of the business in 2000 to a couple of weeks after 9/11.  The real 9/11.  I was commission only and just starting out when…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    You had the grace to hold yourself while those around you crawled

    I know part of getting old is that folks you know die.  I know that.  It’s the law of averages.  The longer you live, the more likely the people around you are going to get their ticket punched.  I have plenty of friends who have fought and beaten cancer.  Some who weren’t so lucky.  A guy from high school dumped his bike the month after we graduated and died.  A very close friend of mine from high school was murdered in San Jose during her first year at State, a crime that was never solved.  A guy I knew vapor locked a few years ago.  No matter who it is,…

  • Wine of the Day

    A girl in trouble is a temporary thing

    Miss me?  Yeah, I missed me too.  I’m still missing me.  When everything is all said in done I will have something to say about the largest banking institution in this country.  I promise it will be one of my more blistering commentaries.  And Old Repulsive should duck and cover because they’ve got some culpability in this one too.  For now, I just want my poor client into her new home.  This has been dragging on for 73 days so far.  Last night she lost her mind and became that pissed off drunk.  I jokingly asked her if her boyfriend would be better off staying out here with me and…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Wine of the Day

    All the noise, noise, noISE, NOISE

    I was looking for advanced quiet. I wanted to escape the frenzied, masturbatory noise of election season. I had just turned 47 and the Giants were on the cusp of a world series. I decided to take a drive up to Healdsburg (no speeding alleged or actual took place during this day trip). Lack of disclosure time; No one gives me nothin’! I don’t identify myself as anyone but a vino dilettant. I haven’t been asked to give a qualified accounting and you should probably disregard anything that follows. I’m happy to report the state of the grape is good. The juice in bottle and juice in the fermenting tanks…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    You know I think it’s time to give this game a ride

    One of my clients took that picture.  I love Brian Wilson.  Here he is on Leno.  This guy is 31 flavors of awesome in my book.  And he throws heat. How far back do I go with the Giants?  Back in 1958 my Mother, formerly from New Jersey and New York, listened to the Giants inaugural season while pregnant with me.  I showed up just before the World Series.  The Giants weren’t there.  Neither were the Dodgers who arrived in California the same year.  In 1962 they went to the World Series and then came the wandering years.  And years.  And years.  Remember when the ‘Stick was astroturf?  Everyone remembers…

  • It's all Reagan's fault,  Rant

    Will you remember me?

    Apparently this country thinks that going backwards is the way to move forward.  Thankfully, California was smart enough to recognize the two charlatans.  Naturally I received Jerry’s “victory” letter.  It contained the following quote: “What we need is a larger sense of agreement and the only way we can get beyond where we are — which is polarization, division and hostility — is to get past these partisan divisions.” The word that jumped out at me is hostility.  I’m sick and tired of the outright bullying from the Right.  It’s ok to disagree.  As a matter of fact, some of my best conversations are with Conservatives.  Intellegent Conservatives.  Conservatives that…