• Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    No one here gets out alive

    Yesterday the Forever 27 club stole a new member.  It had been a while, but the beast must have been hungry.  I defy you to show me anyone who was in a Death Pool who didn’t have Amy Winehouse on their list.  She was a softball, like Lindsey Lohan. A lot of people don’t understand the torture that comes with immense talent.  The more brilliant the talent, the deeper the torture.  Robert Downey Jr. is an excellent example of that.  Jean Michel Basquiat is another good one.  Add to that list Pete de Freitas, drummer for Echo and the Bunnyman, Pete Ham keyboard player for Badfinger, Kristen Pfaff of Hole…

  • Title Insurance

    Want to hit the interstate in a Cadillac

    Once upon a time in a land far far away… It’s our anniversary!  Three years ago the Amateur Manager attempted to silence the Wine Dog and Dearly Departed Escrow Officer.  It didn’t work then and it’s not working now.  We both sought legal counsel.  We were both told that due to the economy the Bloodless Empire would just blame our demise on the economy and get away with it.  On one hand they did, on the other hand they’re still paying for it.  I have been forced to use them on one escrow in the last three years.  I have never, nor will I ever, write them in to a…

  • Rant,  Stuck on Stupid,  Title Insurance

    Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign

    We’re back on the subject of customer service.  Because in this country it’s a lost art. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that I’ve been going to Toastmasters for the last year.  Maybe I did.  My Dad was a toastmaster.  My Aunt was a Toastmistress back before 1973 when they officially brought women into Toastmasters. Everybody talks about, or more importantly, pays lipservice to the Nordstrom customer service dictum.  Few come close to it in practice.  One of the gals in my club is a relationship manager for Nordstom here.  She’s been with the company for 17 years having started out as a cashier.  She knows the Nordstrom principles.  On…

  • Stuck on Stupid

    So I want to write my words on the face of today

    I don’t know why anyone in this country is buying Mitch O’Connell’s bullshit. Say, hypothetically, I’m a title company employee.  I lose my high paying job in October of 2006.  I’m out of work for 5 months, then I get another job at a fraction of what I was making.  I work there for almost two years before I lose my job again.  I have to start my own business because I can’t get work.  That works fine for the first 18 months and then I have to start my business again.  All the while my income spirals downward. While this is occuring I cut costs.   I quit going out…

  • Dogs,  I Like Ike,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid,  Title Insurance

    ‘Cause when life looks like easy street, there is danger at your door

    Life is never boring here at the Farm. About a month ago, before the Ride, I had a mouse.  He was in the pantry and wreaking havoc.  He chewed the bottom off of several bags of flour, not funny.  Crapped on everything and generally made a mess.  I set traps.  Numerous traps.  I never caught him.  Auntie stayed here with the Hellhoundz while I was riding and the fact that the mouse wasn’t caught prior to her arrival weighed heavy on me as I left that morning.  I told her I thought he was gone, it was the truth.  He hadn’t gotten into anything in several days including me peanut…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    American idiots

    Like you, I worked in the title industry and I had a front row seat to the disaster. I felt the excitement of the surging market. My numbers looked good, your numbers looked good. We all worked hard. We made some money. The future looked limitless. We all knew real estate agents and mortgage agents who made boat loads of money (title company owners and executives, too). They found buyers and sellers and money for transactions. That was their jobs and the made some money. From my front row, around 2001, I noticed something was a little weird. The financial markets were being battered by the collapsing tech sector. Remember…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Time will tell on their power minds

    File this under “Bad decisions”, I’ve got another rescue here.  I just couldn’t see this guy dying in a shelter.  I don’t know how healthy he is or isn’t.  He’s got terrible lick granunomas on his legs, he’s probably got a thyroid condition and he kind of gurgles when he breathes.  I don’t know if he’ll go back out or be hospice at this point.  I named him Stormin’ Norman. Because I’m not out of General names yet.  (I have Ashby, Petraeus, Jackson and MacArthur waiting in the wings) He’s about 110lbs of big boy Doberman.  He’s a red if you can’t tell by that picture.  Up until about 10…

  • Stuck on Stupid

    Let freedom ring, let the white doves sing

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VPpAZ9_qAw Yeah, like that.  OK I have a nomination for the worst person in the world today.  Not that today is worse than any other day, this woman is despicable every day of her miserable existence.  Like Jerry Falwell before her, I will not say “rest in peace” upon her passing, I will sing “ding dong the witch is dead.”  Because just because you can say something, doesn’t mean you should.  She’s nothing more than the lobster boy at the carnival.   We need to turn the video camera off. Video Here And I will not apologize for that. This woman is insane and the fact that anyone listens to her…