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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

BLOG - Copy Cats
I post ads for my transcription services on several different sites - some are free listings and others are pay sites.

I don't know what prompted me to check on a few of my free listings and read the ads in close proximity to mine. Much to my surprise, three ads that I chose to read were almost identical word-for-word to my listing -- with the only exception of plugging in their own contact information.

If you can't come up with your O-W-N ad copy and marketing materials without stealing the EXACT words from others, then you have no business pawning yourself off as a professional -- a thief maybe, but definitely not a professional.
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12:45 pm mdt 

Friday, September 26, 2008

BLOG - We've overstepped the bounds when it comes to office and business casual
It has always been a pet peeve of mine, but a few days ago my vein ruptured. Society no longer has a dress code -- school kids can get by with practically anything as long as vulgar words are not displayed on their clothing. A few years ago I went to a memorial service and there was a woman wearing shorts.

Business casual/casual Fridays began about 15 or so years ago. The staff was allowed to "dress down" one day of the week. I don't know when the one day turned into two, then three and now it's basically every day of the week. It's getting more difficult to differentiate the homeless dumpster divers and the professionals -- okay, exaggeration - still, it's getting pretty bad.

Even though I've been typing for more than one-half my life, to become a vendor with the City, I had to go take a typing test. There were probably about 15 other women applying for full-time permanent jobs scheduled to take the same typing test. One was wearing blue jeans ripped with holes -- yep, I'm well aware that to buy the jeans off the rack with the holes, costs more money; a couple were baring their cleavage -- when my son was in high school, he used to say it paid to advertise - don't know if these women were advertising, or in their confusion they thought it was a Saturday evening gala.

I was the only woman wearing pantyhose and not baring my legs. I have absolutely no idea when bare legs with dresses/skirts became fashionable. I don't care what kind of figure you have, or how little you weigh -- if your husband, boyfriend, or significant other will not tell you, then I will -- 99.9% of the women over 25 years of age should not bare their legs, feet or toes without hose. Knees are ugly and legs are not much better. Veins, lumps, bumps -- besides the fact, of what it looks like walking behind you. Are girdles even sold today? Pantyhose help hold/lift you up and in -- and I don't even want to go in the direction of the ones trying to avoid the "pantie line" so they opt for the thong -- yep, it's much better to see the rear dimples and cellulite through your slacks! And painting your toes doesn't change any of the image for the better.

My husband calls today's dress code "the Joe-Shit the Ragman" -- for me, it's gone way past that!
I'm coming back a few days to post additional sightings: Saturday night we went out to eat with another couple. There were several students eating before going to their high school Homecoming Dance. Do parents of high schoolers even notice what their daughter is wearing when she leaves the house?

I was a teenager when Twiggy came into the fashion arena, and I can tell you that the mini-skirts she made fashionable make the clothing I witnessed Saturday night look like Granny dresses -- there was absolutely nothing left to the imagination either below the waist or above the waist. And to think I used to have to roll my waistband a few turns just to get my skirts a couple of inches above my knees after leaving the house!
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3:22 pm mdt 

Thursday, September 4, 2008

BLOG - A laughable joke ...
A notary forum recently implemented a scoring system for each member which is a complete farce. Why? Each individual has a bar graph after their name that would appear, at first sight, to indicate the notary's knowledge, experience, expertise, ability to communicate with borrowers, etc. However, in the owner's own words, the score is based on the notary's forum profile and account activity and has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with performance, professionalism or customer satisfaction.

I'm not crying foul because of my "rating" -- in fact, I have a full bar -- the same as Joe Blow who has a blank profile. No matter how the owner tries to explain, remove the mirrors and smoke and it is simply a means to keep the site's slipping ratings on the first page of search engines. Identity theft is on the rise and the the owner is now talking about requiring photo IDs and notarized affidavits verifying that each member is an actual notary -- way too much time on his hands!

The mortgage industry is in shambles and the notary signing agent train has left the station -- and will be some time before returning, but hey, just participate in a forum that has no problem flaming members and click your profile daily and you, too, can have a full set of bars.
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8:57 am mdt 

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

BLOG - Having the equipment needed

The neighbors had some tree work done over the weekend. The trees outside their bedroom window have become overgrown, so they were having them removed by the same man and his wife they have used for other yard work.

When I saw the couple, I went and asked them for a quote to cut down our cottonwood from the front yard that is probably a hundred years old -- for the past few years the tree has been dying a little more each year and with the heat and drought this summer, it is time for it to go to cottonwood heaven. I've already gotten a quote from another company, but I thought since they were right next door, I'd get a quote from them, too.

Our tree is too large and they don't want to touch it -- which is fine -- actually, it is better they don't want to touch it, because while standing and talking with the neighbors, the man and woman kept interrupting because they needed one thing or the other -- first, they didn't have their own gloves and asked the neighbors if they had two pairs they could wear. Then the chainsaw ran out of both gasoline and oil, and again the neighbor had to oblige with gasoline and oil out of his garage. And lastly, they didn't have a shovel or rake.

I'm sorry, but if you are going to be offering your services, you sure as heck better show up with the proper tools and equipment to get the job done. I can't be sure, but I'm almost certain that the neighbors didn't get a cost break for furnishing gloves, gasoline, oil, shovel and rake.
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12:38 pm mdt 

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With a typing speed of 120 wpm, Carolyn Bodley began offering independent contractor/secretarial and transcription services to the Denver metro legal community in 1992.

I am not a court reporter or medical transcriptionist and I don't videotape depositions -- I'm strictly a legal transcriptionist which means putting spoken words on paper. All my transcripts contain a certification stating that to the best of my knowledge, belief and ability, the audio/video I received has not been altered in any way, and the transcript is true, accurate and complete. I have never been advised that a court rejected one of my audio or video transcripts. If my transcript is rejected by the court, you will be reimbursed in full for my services. Because I certify that the transcript is true and complete, the entire audio/video must be transcribed--I am unable to transcribe "just a portion" that you need. 

I guarantee that your transcripts will be typed confidentially, accurately and with attention to detail at a fair price.

  • Discovery is often turned over in a format other than hard copy. This discovery includes, but is not limited to, recorded telephone conversations, police interviews, depositions, investigations, witness statements, and more. The audio and video "words" need to be put to paper, and your already overworked legal staff often don't have the skills, equipment, the inclination or the time.
  • Discovery is often the deciding factor of whether a case goes to trial. Most of us hear, but do we listen? Recently I transcribed a video that had been viewed and listened to several times and by several people before I transcribed it. There was a one sentence statement that not one person caught -- this one sentence was not the only reason the case was dismissed one day before trial--however, it carried quite a bit of weight -- and I'm the only one that "heard" it. Had the video never been transcribed, how many other words would never have been heard?

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