• Body for Life,  Dogs,  Title Insurance

    Prayin’ it’s the weather, that’s kept him out all night

    Well, talk about a good old fashioned ass kicking. Try 70mph winds on the 12th floor. The rain actually comes through the sealed windows. They had to board up the entrance to my building today because the winds were so intense the building engineer thought that they were going to shatter the glass. It took them almost a year to remodel this bad boy, so I can understand the concern. The wind whipped the back doors right out of your hands. There was occasional snow flakes on the 12th floor. All I could think of was my poor dog who is terrified of the wind home along. This is the…

  • Dogs,  Wine of the Day

    Grandma got run over by a reindeer

    Let’s see, what would be the least responsible thing to do on Christmas Eve? What would be the ONE THING that I could do that would be like waving a red flag at law enforcement? WWWDD. What Would the Wine Dog Do? Go wine tasting in Santa hats singing Christmas carols at the top of our lungs. What else? First stop, Chateau St. Jean. For the most part, my general feeling about them is the same as my general feeling about Chateau St. Michelle. I was wrong about them too. We tried a slew of their wines. They were all of journeyman quality, but a few stood out. The Robert…

  • Body for Life,  Dogs,  Title Insurance

    It’s just how we roll

    As a public service, I am providing the following link for former Alliance Title Company employees.  Link-loo.  Your vacation owed and commissions are supposedly showing up in the next day or two, but I have it on good authority, that the rent checks are bouncing.  Okay, one of the landlords called my cell to discuss the matter.  So in the event that they break the law and don’t send y’all what’s owed, the link has a list of your options.  It is illegal to not pay employees, and they are in violation of the law if they don’t.  Your wages cannot be discharged in the impending bankruptcy either.  Financial Title…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Dogs,  Home Improvements,  Wine of the Day

    Bon mots and cheap shots

    Wine of the Day When I get a good one, I better open with it. Clos Pegase 1999 Homage Artisan series red wine. It’s sort of a Bordeaux blend. Cabernet Savignon, Petit Verdot and Merlot. At bottling the alcohol was 14.5%. It needed to open up a little and then it knocked my socks off. It was full of fruit and tannins and finished a little sweetness of a very ripe cherry. It was also smooth and subtle. I always look around to see what other people have to say about it. Here’s Wilson Daniel’s notes: The 1999 Hommage Cabernet Sauvignon offers a dark and powerful blackcurrant and cherry fruit…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Dogs,  Home Improvements,  Stuck on Stupid

    Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    Ain’t nothing but a dog party! The Fourth of July featured another dog party. I’ll have to quote the invite here, just because it’s brilliant and makes me laugh every time I see the email. It was entitled “The Liberation of Paris” July 4th is on a Wedneday this year, and we should use the opportunity to commemorate, nay, celebrate Paris Hilton’s release from the clutches of the guv’mint. “Legally blonde” is more than a concept, it’s an affirmative defense, because everyone always thinks it’s so cute when blondes do goofy things… Please bring your four legged friends (who, not being blonde, have always been smart enough to avoid violating…

  • Dogs,  Home Improvements

    Hard work vs. working hard

    Demo is hard work. Soul cleansing work, but hard work. While I tore out carpet, two layers of linoleum and a layer of particle board that covered the plywood, Beau and Coco, the tile guy’s boxer, played all star wrestling in the back yard. Sometimes the demo is like a treasure hunt. Yesterday I found some really cool things. Grace, the former owner had lived in the house for 30 years. Apparently, according to the neighbors, she was a widow, but no husband ever lived there. She had done almost no work the entire time she lived there. That enabled me to have some muscle on the price, although I…

  • Cycling,  Dogs

    About Dillon

    I am the home for wayward canine travelers. Yesterday, I went on a two hour bike ride in the heat of the day. It was easily 90 out when I left and worse upon my return. I was purple when I got home. I took a frozen Gatorade, that thawed way too quickly. At the turnaround in Danville, I was halfway through it, so I loaded it back up with psuedo-cold water. I got home and got inside and immediately got a terrible chill and realized I had probably over heated. So I drank another Gatorade and two liters of water and fell asleep. Only to be awakened 20 minutes…

  • Body for Life,  Dogs,  Stuck on Stupid

    Things that make me lose my lunch

    I work in Downtown San Francisco. My job gives me angina. I figure if I am walking the streets when the big one hits, there will be more people available to call 911 when I keel over. Or step over my corpse. At any rate, today a woman walks by me with her medium sized dog. Dog’s are a rarity downtown, but I like seeing them. Then she proceeds to JAYWALK Mission Street at Stueart with one of those expando leashes. The dog is about 10 feet behind her when she realizes that there is ONCOMING TRAFFIC! For me, it worked like one of those machines they use on tv,…