• Title Insurance

    The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed

    The Evil Empire cut 1600 jobs in the second quarter and is prepared to lop off more heads. Doesn’t that make you proud? The stock took its largest dump since 2005 last Wednesday. Yet, the Burgermeister continues to show a profit. Not much of a profit, .03 per share, but a profit. Actually it’s a fall off of 92% from last year. Here’s the transcript of the call. We continue to navigate our way through an extremely challenging market during the second quarter. Title order accounts continuing to weaken, focused on reducing our personnel costs, downsizing our operations, refine the size of our title operations, (inaudible 00:03:13) Randy Quirk, as…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Cycling,  Powerlifting,  Title Insurance

    But action is no gift from some covert and lofty god

    View Larger Map Does this make me Satan? Somebody said to me that it was probably some godfersaken hellhole with goats walking through it. It’s not. It’s a nice pristine hellhole with workers slammed in there elbow to elbow. Something you can’t do in this country. Here’s Bangalore. Here’s Mangalore. If you have any question as to why the title plants (information retrieval systems) are the way they are, check out Hyderabad. I supposed I could spend some time figuring out where LandAmerica or Fidelity outsources, but they didn’t shitcan my butt last week. Actually, a little bird told me this info is on it’s way. L’il Red Dog I…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Home Improvements

    Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning

    It goes boom! My goodness, where to start on something like this? I would say something like I told you so, but that would be smug. How long do you think this can go on with exploding flower pots? I wonder what kind of stomach Santa Ana’s has for dead people. Say cheese At what point does the bullshit stop? This is enough to make my head blow up. And y’all think this makes you closer to God? Bet not. As a matter of fact, I think it puts you out with the moneychangers. Wonder what was on the note McSame stuck between the Stilton and the Gruyere. La porte…

  • Cycling

    The jig is up the news is out they finally found me

    For those who asked: <a href=”http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/ca/concord/438363211″>07/26/2008 Route</a><br /><a href=”http://www.mapmyride.com/find-ride/united-states/ca/concord”>Find more Bike Rides in Concord, California</a> This is a little off as I didn’t go back up Ygnacio, I took Treat back. Total mileage 66.76. Time 5:24:19 MPH 12.3 (I lost almost 1 mph off the average on the way home…more on that) Calories burned around 2930 Post ride nap with Rita 2:00 I left that house around 7:15. I came screaming down Ygnacio, there was no wind at all. The first portion was completely uneventful with the exception of the fact that I was riding very fast. I was averaging over 14mph. And I felt awesome. It has done my…

  • Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    I’m in the high-fidelity first class traveling set

    Yesterday I took advantage of my new found freedom and made a road trip to Napa with The Sommelier. I realized what had been missing from my life for so long, and it wasn’t wine. More on that later. The Sommelier is big on freebees. Generally, I could give a damn, I’d rather sit down, pay for it and move on than run around trying to find the guy, blah blah blah. Well, since I don’t know where my next paycheck is coming from, free was looking pretty sweet. First stop Sunshine Foods. Sunshine Foods is where all of the chefs of Napa County go to get their produce every…

  • Bush is a Moron,  Coconut Telegraph,  Corporate Wankers,  Photojournalism,  Powerlifting,  Title Insurance

    When the jester sang for the king and queen

    Photojournalism My dog is a jerk. Title bots up close and personal I left them a little something on the window sill. They are either hiding real well or haven’t been back. Better than Coconut Telegraph Don’t be a hater, but look what one gentle reader put in the Wine Dog’s inbox. We have all seen and experienced changes going on in our marketplace, some within LandAmerica and many around us in the industry. We have seen friends and co-workers leave the business as these times dictate, some have had their positions reduced, some at a time of their choice. We have another such change on our horizon. As you…

  • Bush is a Moron,  Coconut Telegraph,  Corporate Wankers,  Title Insurance

    I stirred my last batch of gravy

    Bloodletting Things got a little messy over at Ted’s Excellent Title Adventure. LandAmerica/Commonwealth/New Century/Liberty CoCo County just got a little leaner. They’re light one County Manager, who decided to “retire”. Interesting timing. If you’re going to retire you don’t usually decide to do it on a Wednesday afternoon and clean out your desk on the spot. The Alameda County guy will run both counties yada yada yada. We’ve all heard this song and dance before. Wouldn’t it be nice if he took one for the team? I think he just took one. I liked the guy, but I didn’t have to work for him… From the Peanut Gallery EOinHell had…