• Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Stuck on Stupid

    I feel the need, the need for speed

    [youtube f0UOZ9NHDsY] My name is Wine Dog and I’m a addicted to speed. And I can’t seem to learn my lesson. Keeping my license and insurance has become an art form. For the most part one ticket is always showing up and I’m always going to traffic school to get rid of the other one. I’ve gone to traffic school simultaneously in two jurisdictions before and circumvented the system. I’ve gotten three tickets in the same day and I’ve gotten five in the same week. And it that day wasn’t in the week. I sold my turbocharged MX6 and bought a Toyota 4X4 with the 22R engine just hoping I…

  • Corporate Wankers,  Rant,  Title Insurance

    I had to get a steam shovel just to dig my darlin’ out.

    It’s the economy stupid That little phrase was the brainchild of one of my favorite guys, James Carville. Those four defining words put an end to the first Bush Administration. They also best describe the mess he left, miniscule in comparison to the mess his idiot son left. Sometimes headlines are better than the stories, and this headline came across my desk a couple of days ago: Wells chairman says public stress-test of banks is ‘asinine’ Now there’s a guy that knows about asinine. It could be argued, they wrote the book. After this week, it would be a tough sale. Tough, because the award for most asinine thing I’ve…

  • Wine of the Day

    When they play the polka, they all get in the swing

    About barrel tasting. Whew! First stop Truett Hurst. Gorgeous property. I’d never been there. Out back there’s a creek that the salmon are running in. Not when we went out to see them but it was icy cold and any self respecting salmon was up the stream a piece at the Salmon Roadhouse getting a heater on. Love, love love their wine. Never had it before and was duly impressed with all their offerings. Their Burning Man Petite Sirah was quite an offering. Thick and jammy with peppery spice. From there we went to Papapietro Perry. We ran through their barrels and through their catalog. They had out some library…

  • Title Insurance

    Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign

    Here’s a little word problem for y’all.  Actually, it’s a word problem for those folks who have written title insurance in the Great State of Virginia. We have a fence that existed and is on the survey from the time we purchased our home. We purchased on April 30, 2007.   The fence is 6 feet high. We received a letter from the County that we are in violation of county ordinance because we “erected or permitted to be erected” a fence in a front yard over 4 feet tall.  The fence is actually in our backyard, but our lot is designated a “through lot” because it abuts two public roads. …

  • Rant

    How do we dance when our earth is turning

    I don’t have much time this morning as I’m taking a day off and going BARREL TASTING! But I’ve got a minute for some quick pet peeves. MLS no pictures. Hey assklown! If in fact I go to your property, I’m going to see it’s a monumental piece of shit. Put a freaking picture up there so I know how much of a piece of shit you lazy bastards. Strangely some clients like shit. Other’s need to understand that it is shit and a picture says a thousand words. Irresponsible, arrogant asses. Automated reception. Enough. I’ve heard your freaking message before and I don’t need to “Please listen carefully as…

  • Rant

    And while they’re living up on Wall Street

    Jon Stewart has been handing Jim Cramer his lunch for about a week now. He teed off on CNBC last week and they took exception to it, saying he was cherry picking. So Stewart came back with long drawn out complete quotes, which essentially told the same tale. Much crying and gnashing of teeth over at CNBC. But Stewart had them over a barrel and was having his way with them. And he was proving one of the Wine Dog’s talking points. Turn off the freaking news, they don’t know what they’re talking about. Seriously, who was listening to Jim Cramer anyway? And why did they give him a show…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Bush is a Moron,  Wine of the Day

    Take only what you need from me

    Y’all are lucky. I don’t have a damned thing today. Nuthin’, nada. It was going to be dog pictures and a video, but then something came across my radar, so today is going to become a link dump, with dog pictures and a video. Over at Luxury Home Digest, one of my favorite real estate blogs, this is their offering today. We’ll file it under “Things are tough all over” Biker down, via one of our favorite biker blogs, Drunk Cyclist. David Meek, totally preventable. To all the asshats out there who think it’s funny to buzz us in the bike lanes, I hope our gentle readers take down your…

  • Cycling

    Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about?

    Yesterday was a great day. I took exactly one real estate call. Everything else went to voice mail. I’m going to have to be a realtor today or at least return some phone calls but after six weeks with one day off, yesterday was heavenly. I wish our business was such that I could get a day during the week and work the weekends, it just doesn’t work that way with the way our company is structured. If I haven’t mentioned, I work for one of the big REO guys. He’s been doing this stuff for 30 years. That’s all he does. So he was uniquely positioned to have a…

  • Title Insurance

    So much for the golden future, I can’t even start

    [youtube Nu5gv9A2zc0] Here it is, gentle readers, in all it’s glory. SB 133. The giant turd in the punch bowl of business. Here’s the part that’s causing the big bugaboo: (c) The following activities, whether performed directly or indirectly, are deemed per se inducements for the placement or referral of title insurance business by any person and are unlawful: (1) Paying or offering to pay, furnishing or offering to furnish, or providing or offering to provide assistance with the business expenses of any person, including, but not limited to, rent, employee salaries, furniture, copiers, facsimile machines, automobiles, telephone services or equipment, or computers. (2) Providing or offering to provide any…