Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Rant,  Title Insurance

I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier

Is there anything better than being home sick with a head cold on a icy Saturday night? Yeah, pretty much anything is better, but, at least the furnace is new and works like a mofo. I had a few questions posed in the last couple of days. Some I know the answers to, some I know an answer, maybe not the answer and for the rest, I’ll just talk out my ass.  But first:

The cutest damned puppy in the whole damned world


Click click click…they’re links! (Beauregard, you’re still the best damned dog in the whole damned world)

Can you bring a class action against someone with no class?

There was a question about class action. Keeping in mind, the Wine Dog by profession is a Commercial Title Officer and while I play with attorneys all day long, I’m not one. From my limited knowledge, caveat, caveat, caveat, I see two groups. A lot of people were under contract, and those contracts appear to have been breached. For example, if your contract said you had to generate $25k per month and you always hit your numbers, they broke it. If your contract said you had to generate $25k and you hit $15k for the last four months, your contract probably says (if it’s written like most of them) that they have to give you written notice to get your act together. If they didn’t, they broke it. Or maybe your contract didn’t have any numbers in it at all. If you met your portion, they broke it. If you are one of those examples, I would think long and hard before I joined any class taking class action. Your particular situation may be worth way more than you’ll ever recover in a class action suit. (more on that later). If you’re an average Joe with no contract, punching a clock and got jacked for your vacation and commissions, you’re in a different group. If I were in this group, I would be thinking class action.  Keeping in mind, I’m not an attorney, blah blah blah, caveat, caveat, caveat.

I’ve heard rumblings that they are pursuing a class action in San Joaquin County. I don’t have actual knowledge about this. It could be just rumblings. If I were looking to pursue a class action, I would be looking for a firm that was well experienced in these sorts of matters. Don’t know that kind of experience lies out in San Joaquin County, but then again, two words. Erin Brockovich. (God I love photoshop…). On the other hand, as a public service, because that’s how we roll, I offer up a firm that has been vetted and does fight to right wrongs. Schneider & Wallace. The Wine Dog is not a member of either of these classes, and I haven’t worked with the firm, we just vetted them last week.  I’m just sick and tired of title people getting it in the shorts. I’ve got a good rant in me right now, but I’m going to save it for a few days while I get it formulated in my head. Here’s a little nugget to mull over while I’m getting ready to tee off. Oh yeah, and it’s nearly Christmas.

My BFF sonofabun called last night to verify

“we aren’t exchanging right”


We both got shit canned on the same day in October of 2006 and we’ve both struggling for over a year to put our lives back together. That being said, I could easily be accused of being a train wreck on a lot of fronts. While that’s true, I was raised Christian and while I don’t approve the direction the church has taken, the teachings from my childhood are important. Still, the season is about the birth of Christ. If you don’t believe in that sort of stuff, that’s fine, it’s your prerogative, but that’s why we have Tuesday off. If you don’t believe in it, go to work that day. Really. Go. Now, it’s time for a pet peeve. If I’m out shopping for gifts right now, wish me a Merry Freaking Christmas for crying out loud. If I bought a driedl and some matzo balls the first week of December wish me a Happy Freaking Hannakah. What is a matter with people? The holiday right now is Christmas. It’s not any thing else. No one in their right mind is out shopping for the hell of it right now, so wish us a Merry goddamn Christmas. Thank you. And Merry Christmas gentle readers.


  • dolphyngyrl

    I’ve always had a totally different take on the “happy holidays” thing. I know it’s totally the “I don’t want to risk offending you” seasonal greeting and all. But for me, it’s always been the “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year are too many words, so just have Happy Holidays and we’ll throw in Thanksgiving for kicks.”

    Then again, the merriest thing I’ve done so far this year is send out about 100 Christmas cards. And still not get everyone.

  • son of a bun

    I felt as though I had entered the 9th gate of hell of Friday shopping in Downtown Walnut Creek. I was intimidated by all of the blonde pony tails swinging behind baseball caps bearing screaming children and lattes. It took over an hour and a half to park 3 miles from town! We do this in the name of what? For you and me pops, it’s a New Year a commin! kaching!

  • Wine Dog

    I got this from a friend of mine:

    To all our friends, Christian and non-Christian alike:

    Please accept, without obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country, nor that America is the only America in the Western Hemisphere.

    Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical or mental ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wisher or wishee.

    To our Christian friends:
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    To all our other friends:
    May you have a Happy Holidays and a Merry New Year!

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