And I begged them brothers, sisters, help me please

I had the pleasure of sitting down for drinks with a couple of old title dogs yesterday.  There was over 100 years of experience sitting at the table last night.  Only one was still in the business.  We all agree that Bill Foley is Satan.  I wonder when the wine industry figures that out.  They’re paying big money to the winemakers right now and buying up wineries.  We’ve seen this before.  We all nodded knowingly.  Support truly family owned wineries.  If you need some names I can give you hundreds of names of small family run operations that make great juice.  I’ve even got cheap recommendations.  This article just about says it all.  Fidelity taking advantage of a down market.  Fidelity taking advantage of weakness.  Fidelity exploiting.  That’s what they do.  Employees are still working for pennies on the dollar but Bill Foley took 171% increase in compensation last year.  Nice work if you can get it.  We had a quote last night about Fidelity and exploitation from a press release, but I’ll be damned if I can remember it this morning.

Dinty Moore seems to be getting into the game too.  They have always used these sorts of markets to position themselves.  And then they do nothing with it.  This practice always been a source of amusement to me.  Now if they could manage the rogue staff that would really be something.

This is just raw video, I didn’t edit out things like the beer bottle on the deck.  (I always go to one thing this crowd will pick out first)  Here’s Ike.  Yeah, he squatted in the video too, which is how unstable his legs are, he can’t lift his leg.  And yeah, his nads are intact.  He ain’t jumpin’ no fences chasin’ no skirt any time soon.  So they’ll stay.  He’s all boy, but he can’t do a thing about it.  He wants to play with Bubba and Rita pretty badly, but it’s all he can do to not fall over when they’re wrestling.  He was in such rough shape when I got him that I thought I might have to send him to The Bridge on the way home.  But he rallied.  He wouldn’t eat his dinner last night but I left his bowl down overnight and he ate it.  I left him in the family room with a big fluffy dog bed and two crates to potentially sleep in and he chose the slate.  Well played Ike.  He’s got one ulcerated sore on his elbow that I’m going to treat somehow.  I’m not sure how, but it’s pretty ugly and open.  And leaving yuck on my flooring.  And probably a good way for that dog to get an infection so I need a plan.

And finally, dolphyngirl likes to poke the sleeping bear.  That’s ok.  PETA is still a bunch of assholes.

8 comments for “And I begged them brothers, sisters, help me please

  1. July 1, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Gauze & tape?

    Also? I read that Bad Rap post before I even got out of bed and it had me giggling maniacally. I just knew you’d appreciate it.

  2. OldTitleGuy
    July 1, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I note that the PETA rep had some fear about the folks that were carrying pit bulls. What hasn’t been reported is whether or not those pit bulls were loaded.

  3. July 1, 2010 at 8:05 am

    It was San Francisco. I’m sure they all belonged to the local medical marijuana facility. They were all loaded.

  4. OldTitleGuy
    July 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Are there vineyards in Mumbai or Bangalore? Are there going to be?

  5. titleslug
    July 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Two things; Nice Lyle reference! However Foley pays as if a bird flying in to hear a long winded sermon is enough to feed a congregation. Its not true now and it wasn’t true when I worked for the empire, 18 years ago.
    Second- I know Winedog knows Oded Shaked. He’s a special man. A surfer who followed the perfect wave from Tel Aviv to Reims and finally to Healdsburg. He worked for Judy Jordon (she of of the Jordon family and J Winery). He vints Piper Sonoma for the Heidsiek folk. He is an owner and the wine maker for Longboard Vineyards. He makes on of the few Pintoage in California. His Pinot is an under appreciated gift. His Syrahs are great examples of cool weather Syrah featuring plum and white pepper. He is great to talk with, too.
    Oded wrote and emailed the piece at the other end of this link. It talks about buying wine from the local producers you know. By Fresh, By Local. He is a farmer, a wine maker and and artist. I think his message dovetails nicely into Winedog’s sermon; support the family winery, support the people who treat their staff and their clients well. http://longboardvineyards.com/blog/

  6. July 2, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Yes! I got that email and didn’t make the connection. And I didn’t know Oded’s background. Well played titleslug!

  7. Old Prune Picker
    August 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I have read this blog on and off for the past 3 years. I used to work for a Title Co and got laid off in 2007. Prior to the company I got laid off from I worked for Foley. My husband has worked in the wine industry for the past 15 years, and has been at the present winery for 5 years. Two years ago Foley bought the winery were he works. Now that Foley owns it we have a conversation every Friday night about who Foley fired during the week, who Foley laid off, or which employees got smart and walked out.
    One of your first few lines stated that you wonder when the wine industry will find out that Foley is Satan. I guess it will take a while longer as Foley has just been nominated for “Man of the Year” by the Wine Enthusiast. They got it so terribly wrong. I have lived in a famous wine region for all of my life (hence my name—Old Prune Picker, which is what this valley was made of before grapes). Foley knows nothing about the wine industry…he just likes to flash his money around.
    So lets all Boycott anything to do with the “Wine Enthusiast”, their magazine, catalog, wine shop and website.

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