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Friday, July 25, 2008

BLOG - Of course you're selling something ...
I give door-to-door sales people credit -- at least they aren't standing on a street corner holding a sign. However, when you ring my doorbell, don't have the first thing out of your mouth be "I'm not selling anything." OF COURSE YOU'RE "TRYING" TO SELL ME SOMETHING!--otherwise why are you standing there after ringing my doorbell with your bag of tricks?

I would much rather you say "hey, I know I'm bothering you, and this is really a crummy job -- but, since I'm between jobs at the moment, I'm just trying to pay my bills. I do appreciate you answering the door, and I wouldn't blame you if you slammed it in my face" -- but DON'T tell me that you aren't trying to sell me something!

Additionally, if you see that we are in the middle of eating a meal, just turn around and walk back down the same driveway that you just walked up -- don't ring the bell and certainly don't ring it once again when it is obvious that we are ignoring you.

And for the election people that block my way in and out of the grocery store in hopes that you will get me to sign a petition to be put on the ballot or to ask me how I'm going to vote -- don't and I repeat DON'T continue asking if I'm a registered voter when I choose to ignore you and walk past you. Further, don't call me on the phone and ask how I'm going to vote or how I feel with this issue or that issue -- there is a reason that we vote in booths or with sealed ballots and not simply raise our hand in front of a roomful of people !!!!
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2:48 pm mdt 

Friday, July 18, 2008

BLOG - How ironic --
I let one of my notary forum memberships expire last week as I get absolutely no calls from my listing and haven't in more than a year, and secondly because of the snafu with the mortgage industry. At present, I no longer market to lenders, brokers, signing services, etc. for loan signing appointments. I've been told from several lenders/title companies that they no longer use the database of this particular forum, as they don't agree with many things that are allowed to go on.

The owners of this forum don't enforce "their" rules, which means that different strokes for different folks--the rules are not equal across the board. Additionally, they don't monitor the forum, but instead, a select few members "tell" the owners which posts should be deleted -- meaning the posts that they don't specifically agree with -- but who cares if someone doesn't agree with their post.

I received an email today telling me that I had been dropped to a basic "free" membership -- which is where the ironic part of this post comes into play. The email went on to say that as a basic member, it was all the more important to keep my profile current as they routinely purged out-of-date profiles and deleted them. More than SIX MONTHS ago, I brought to the owner's attention a notary that has a FREE basic membership and has duplicate profiles - neither of which has not been updated for a period of over six months: one for her home address and one for her employe's address. As a basic member, she hasn't paid a penny for either listing - WHICH IS AGAINST THE FORUM RULES TO HAVE DUPLICATE LISTINGS -- and to date, neither profile has been purged or deleted, although I have been told numerous times that it would be done so on "that" particular day. So, I'm just sitting here really excited now that I have a basic membership, as to what I will be able to do, that as a paying member was not allowed!
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2:00 pm mdt 

BLOG - Thanks!

I'm in the process of a mass mailing transcription marketing blitz. I'm overwhelmed at the number of recipients that have been checking out my site after reading the mailing piece.

We never hear or say THANK YOU enough, so I'm taking this opportunity to show my gratitude.

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10:17 am mdt 

Thursday, July 17, 2008

BLOG - Respect, Dignity and Common Courtesy
Tuesday I received a call from an unknown title company inquiring as to whether I could go downtown to the Mayor's office and meet with his assistant for a Trustee property purchase/sale in Kentucky.

I said I was available and asked what her authorized fee for the signing was. Her response was "well, that's what I'm asking you." She had no problem with the fee I quoted, and said she would call the Mayor's assistant and send me a confirmation, as well as the loan documents.

It's been two days and I have received no confirmation and no loan documents and NO PHONE CALL FROM THE TITLE COMPANY! Many people would say that I'm the one at fault here because I should call the woman and follow-up as to the confirmation and documents -- and I disagree.

You know -- if you don't like my quoted rate, then simply say you can't authorize that amount and either counter or say thank you for your time and go in your quest to find someone that will do it at a lower rate -- but don't say "yep, it's a done deal" knowing perfectly well that you have no intention of using my services.

Putting aside the shape of today's mortgage market, the lack of common courtesy and respect shown to me and my time, are why my notary seal embosser/stamp are no longer being made available to Signing Agents, Title Companies, Lenders and Brokers.
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9:50 am mdt 

Monday, July 14, 2008

BLOG - Is the hectic family life new?
I don't think it is. From the time my son was born until he was five, I chose to be a single working parent. I had no one to help in getting him up, dressed, fed, bathed or put down for bed. I worked for the government so I had to dress professionally, and in the days before business casual or dress-down Fridays -- and also before the days when bare legs were fashionable and pantyhose were a requirement. I had to do my hair, makeup, make lunches -- load up all the miscellaneous baby things that go to the daycare and not forget the baby -- and I still made it to work before 8:00 a.m. Co-workers even accepted the occasional oatmeal in my hair from the last minute burping of the baby ... the thing is, I had the daily routine worked down to a scientific schedule, and thinking back, it wasn't really that difficult doing it all myself.

My son is now an adult -- and my daily routine of getting up and getting ready for work, even though my office is now just a few steps away, really hasn't changed. However, several different families have lived next door -- and I don't think one of them ever made it to work on time. This morning the father leaves for work, and the mother, who is supposed to be at work at 8:00 a.m. ususally ends up leaving somewhere around 8:00 a.m. Close to 9:00 this morning, she couldn't find her car keys -- the last I saw her, she was jogging with the one year old in the stroller and the five-year old trying to keep up with her on their way to the bus stop two blocks away. Having never ridden the bus before to daycare or work, I hope she's not still riding around the state.
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2:44 pm mdt 

Friday, July 11, 2008

BLOG - The lodge pole pine beetle
They say that within five years, every lodge pole pine in Colorado will be struck down with the pine beetle that has been spreading throughout the high country over the past few years. At our cabin, we have been spared up to this year -- however, the beetles have finally made their way to us -- leaving dead and ugly trees standing.

It is Mother Natures' way of taking care of herself, since we have fortunately not had any major-major forest fires and and thin-cutting has been outlawed. The beetle destruction is leaving forests standing with dead trees that are nothing more than fuel just waiting to be ignited.

Even with one of the wettest winters we have had in years, fire bans are in place -- although careless campers, who don't care, are ignoring the bans and still burning camp fires and carelessly smoking. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don't toss your cigarette butts and matches, and please abide by the fire bans -- because if these dead stands of trees ever ignite, the ensuing fire(s) will be far greater than the California fires of 2008.
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8:02 am 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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