• Body for Life,  Powerlifting

    Right before your eyes we pull laughter from the skies

    Some of you had BETTER guess that line correctly. Just sayin’. I do answer requests and today’s answer has to do with Body for Life. Unfortunately pink marshmallow bunny peeps are not an authorized food. Body for Life is a program developed by Bill Phillips. I believe at the time he worked for EAS. Down the line it was sold to EAS and all the products mentioned are now EAS products. Their good stuff, but pricey. Lots of professional athletes use EAS products. I don’t know that the average Joe needs to. The fundamental precepts are simple. Six small meals every day consisting of a fist or palm sized portion…

  • Dogs,  Title Insurance

    He had a gang of crapshooters and gamblers at his bedside

    Sometimes things crop up that just make you feel mortal.  A couple of days ago a very well known woman in Doberman circles passed away.  I knew she’d been sick basically the whole time I knew her.  What I didn’t know was that she was the same age as me.  When I saw her obit come across and it had the date of birth as January 1959, I took notice.  Quite honestly, having not met her in person, only spoken on the phone, I thought she was in her sixties.   We worked together on a Doberman that had been rescued and was severely malnorished and I believe had a broken…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Photojournalism

    with the barkers and the colored balloons

    Yesterday I ran my ass off and finished the half fence. I had to do all the work as the day laborers that I got down at the Home Depot spent all their time taking siestas. Evidence: Lazy bastards sleep with their eyes open. Anyway, I did manage to get the fence complete in spite of my dead beat helpers. The gate is hung, but not complete. The problem with manuel labor is what it does to my hands. They crack like cement workers’ hands. I’ve tried L’Occitane shea butter, Udderly Smooth, (the instructions admonish you to wash udder and teat parts throughly wth clean water and soap before each…

  • Home Improvements,  Photojournalism

    Tach it up, tach it up, buddy gonna shut you down

    The State of California likes us to smog our vehicles. I’m good with that, I think it’s a good idea. I’m just not so good with what it costs to get it done. Especially since the BMW registration comes up the first week in November and the truck registration follows in December. With the holidays and everything else and then paying the registration, sometimes paying the smog too is just a little more than the old budget can swing. So I’ve learned to pay the fees and wait to get the smog letter back and then go smog them. I have never had a vehicle fail. I’d like to think…

  • Rant

    And so we are told this is the golden age

    OK, this just chaps my hide. There is a new government program that helps people get Converter Box coupons for the new upcoming switch to all digital television broadcasts on February 17, 2009. Of all the ignorant stuff my tax dollars are going for…ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You are taking my tax dollars and making it possible for some person who can’t afford to upgrade their television to continue watching American Idol? For the love of God, NO! I should not be paying for this. Budweiser and Miller Lite and Coco-cola and every single hair product,  beauty product, Chevrolet, Mercedes and Ultimate Driving Machine that has ever been sold on…

  • Wine of the Day

    maybe i’m wrong, but who’s to say what’s right?

    I’m so right.  The Sommellier is now working at the Epic Roasthouse.   I went over there for lunch.  Couldn’t get a single one of my lunkhead buddies to go with me, but I’ve got nothing to do, I’m sorting old emails, great food, great wine and a great view sounded like a pleasant diversion.  It was.  They have a skirt steak salad (hopefully they don’t have a rotating picture) on that menu that I just want to strip naked and roll around in.  It is soooo damned good.  It’s got a anchovy mustard demi sauce on it that is out of this world.  The steak was perfect and it was…

  • Wine of the Day

    In the staff room the verdict is in

    I might own the dumbest dog in the universe.  Tonight I was trying to take Rita out front and spend some time doing her training exercises when Beauregard bum rushed the front door.  No lead on him and off he goes with me screaming for him to come back.  He takes a quick few steps down the walk and then realizes that he’s free.  He bolts through the neighbor’s yard and out into the street.  Generally there aren’t to many cars on my block but it’s 7pm and it’s dark and people are coming home from work.  I run inside and put Rita in the bathroom and shut the door,…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance

    Goodness knows what the end will be

    Asset managers vs. Ass hat managers When we bought the REO condo we found out that there are asset managers and then there’s these clandestine guys that I’d never heard of. They are an ancillary service of, you guessed it, the title company. They get as much as a point on the deal. They’ve got one of those really long acronyms that really means “we just got another point from you”. The banks don’t handle their own sales once the property is sold. Certainly a good place for unemployed title folks to look for work. It’s the Tax Man! Remember gentle readers, those W-2’s are from Mercury Companies. They can…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance

    When everything’s a little clearer in the light of day.

    Giving me this stuff is really like handing a toddler a loaded gun…  Subject: FW: Alliance/Mercury lawsuit Dear poor schmuck: The Labor Commissioner filed its lawsuit against Alliance and Mercury on February 5, 2008, which was served on February 8, 2008. The lawsuit is brought pursuant to Labor Code section 98.3 which provides: “The Labor Commissioner may prosecute action for the collection of wages and other monies payable to employees or to the state arising out of an employment relationship or Order of the Industrial Welfare Commission.” The Labor Commissioner sues to collect wages and penalties due to employees and then pays that money out to the employees if and when there…