• Title Insurance

    Look what’s happening out in the streets

    The best thing about being the Wine Dog is I get to pop off about stuff that just chaps my hide.  I do check out the other title blogs.  There’s some very good ones out there.  After a few days of seeing the same subject woven into several postings, sometimes it’s just time for me to pop off.  Foreclosures.  Banks forcing the buyers to go back to their title company.  Generally, it’s a company that the bank has cut some sort of deal with.  At the end of the day, there is no reason for this and in a buyer pay, I question it’s legality.  Want to get up somebody’s…

  • Home Improvements,  Photojournalism,  Rant,  Title Insurance

    Busy keeping less never getting more

    I dug a shallow grave for my career today. Actually, the hole is now much larger.  It’s 10X 4 and it’s the basis for my first of two raised gardens.  I’ve got the fence framed and even the terminal poles for the dog run gate installed.  I even did my neighbors a favor and pulled some of the weeds in the front yard.  They’re really nice people who have been dealt a couple of really tough cards.  Her mother has Stage IV some kind of vicious cancer, his sister is fighting some other nasty cancer and the daughter has a brain tumor.  That’s the shitty end of the stick.  The…

  • Rant

    you wore out your welcome with random precision

    We’ll see how this goes this morning.  I’m fighting the eighth virus of the year.  The idea of going postal on a BARF train is attractive at this point.  Really, it’s the combination of people with terrible hygiene and manners in a small space.  In the beginning I could fight it off, now I just pick every little crud that comes by.  Two days of headaches makes for lousy writing so I spared y’all.   One of the rules on BARF is that you’re not supposed to eat or drink.  Since the floors are carpeted and the seats are fabric, this makes good sense.  Everyday there are people on the cars…

  • Title Insurance

    Don’t bother they’re here

    I’m hearing the Tom Tom’s again, and the Coconut Telegraph is burning up the lines. There’s a Conga Line of attorneys lined up to file papers against Alliance Title Company and Mercury Companies. I think they got wise and started naming Mercury too. An interesting hypothosis was put forth to me today. What happens if Mercury just pretends they’ve never heard of Alliance Title Company? They just ignore all the paper coming in to them? Well, eventually it will catch up to them. It’s not like Patty Hauptman can click her Prada’s together and say “There’s no place like home” and this all goes away. She’s the wicked witch of…

  • Body for Life,  Photojournalism,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid,  Title Insurance

    In a cap she looked much older

    Life with a puppy is always an interesting place. Rita obviously went to the School of Hard Knocks. That’s ok, I did too. This morning, I’m running around trying to get out the door to get to work. Part of my Body for Life regimen is my breakfast of oatmeal and fat free cottage cheese. (by the way I’m 8 pounds toward my 50 pound goal) I put it all into a bowl and stir it up. It’s a lot less disgusting if I take the cottage cheese and put it in the blender and whip it. So I dump two new cottage cheese containers into the blender and spin…

  • Rant,  Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    A built in remedy for Kruschev and Kennedy

    It’s been an interesting couple of days.  A note to our elected officials, when turn out is off the hook, that means people are pissed off.  Y’all need to do something.  And legislating against my damned dogs ain’t it.  Legislating against my living ain’t it either.  Today I feel like saying something out loud that needs to be said out loud.  When it comes to RESPA, it takes two to tango.  While Southern California is, in my mind a hot bed for these problems, unscrupulous (that’s how you spell it Skip) CLIENTS are just as culpable as the Title Rep or manager the arranges the violation.  Do you think sit…

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

    You know I think it’s time to give this game a ride

    This is like tossing the Wine Dog a big fat meatball to hit out of the park. I’m am pleased to announce that the Mercury Companies website is back up and running. For your perusal, I offer this and this. Apparently, time stopped in 2005 when they made a billion dollars. You’d think with all of that updating they did, they could have gotten the new financials up on the website. I guess you can kiss your IPO goodbye, eh Patty? Helouise’s Helpful Hints I just received all of my W-2’s as I know everyone else did. For all you unemployed, or under employed Alliance Title Company alumni, that W-2…

  • Title Insurance,  Wine of the Day

    God’s own drunk and a fearless man

    Tonight the Wine Dog’s got out a Clos Pegase 2001 Pegase Circle Reserve Zinfandel.  It killed with my blackened filet.  Deep dark color, dark ripe cherries, velvety with a clean finish.  A little bit of jamminess, a bit of vanilla and a bit of spice on this one.  Very well layered.  Wheee! About my dog nephew Poor Loki got 86ed from the SF SPCA today.  They just don’t get him.  He’s not a calm, lay around the apartment dog.  We don’t like dogs like that.  We like spitfires.  This bullshit where you train them with treats sometimes makes my eyes bleed.  My dog is wound up, so calm him down…

  • Rant

    Just gotta ask…

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  • Body for Life,  Title Insurance

    They give you damn near nothing, And they’ll say they knew you well

    Some stuff shows up in the comments drawer and just needs repeating.  Today was replete with those items.  In the interest of not making folks dig through the comments, here’s an important one: Got my response from the DLSE regarding my wage claim: “The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has received numerous complaints from former employees of Alliance Title Company throughout the state. After careful review, the DLSE has determined the most efficient method available to handle this matter is through a civil action pursuant to Labor Code section 98.3. Should you have any questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned. Sincerely, Ethera Clemons…