Friday, November 23, 2007

Life is Hard

I tell you, since the mortgage business has slowed down so much, it has made it nearly impossible for me to survive being a full-time Mobile Notary. I mean, it really sucks right now. I hate to have to say it (and do it), but I might have to just give it up and find a full-time job. I need more business. If anyone is reading this, and you've ever thought about subscribing to Netflix, then do me a big, huge favor, please. Subscribe to Netflix from my Hollywood Notary.Net site. I will get a decent commission, and you will get a great service in Netflix. I really need the money right now. Do me a favor, too. If you should sign up from my site, email me at my contact email address on my site and let me know that you've signed up so that I can make sure that they pay me a commission. ( I've already caught them twice not paying me for sign-ups).

Other than that, I just opened an Ebay Store called "Babycito-Disneyana". I feature Disney stuff. We will see how that goes.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Meeting Chandra Wilson and A Party with Hillary Clinton!

If Friday Nov. 16 was cool, Saturday Nov. 17th was even better, for several reasons. For one, I made more money on Saturday. I got one call from someone who needed a notary, so I had him drive to me at my Mom's house, and I notarized for him right then and there. That was around 3:15PM.

At this point, I already had 2 things scheduled- an appointment at 5PM to notarize for a lady in Echo Park, and an open appointment for sometime in the afternoon, nothing specific. I also knew of something that I had no expectations for- something that I knew might be happening, but that I wasn't planning on really doing. I'll explain.

My Mom called me around 11AM, and said that our neighbor, Stacy, called her and told her that Hillary Clinton was going to be in our neighborhood around 3PM, at a party at a neighbor's home. I thought, "Cool!". But I didn't know if I would only be able to go and stand around and hope to get a glimpse of her going into the neighbor's home, or what. I wasn't invited. I wasn't sure if Stacy was invited, but since this party took place at a doctor's home, and since Stacy's husband was a retired doctor, I thought that maybe if I hung with Stacy that I might get it.

I went to see my Mom in the afternoon around 2PM. I was leaving to go to Chef Marilyn's on Crenshaw for some lunch, when I got an idea: I turned the car around and parked again. I rang Stacy's door and I asked her about Hillary. She told me that she got an invitation, and that my Mom could go, and that I could probably go, too. I wasn't sure that I would try to go, since I did have 2 appointments coming up soon.

So, after I was done notarizing for the guy at around 3:30PM, I decided to go to the party and see if I could get in. On the way, I ran into 2 old ladies who I had met at the block party about 16 months ago. They were walking to the party. One of them said that she wasn't all that wild for Hillary Clinton. I told her that I loved Hillary Clinton. The old lady told me that I needed to support Barack Obama. I said that I loved Hillary ever since I read "Living History", and that I thought that Obama was pretty good, but not as good as Hillary. The old lady told me that she wasn't going to talk to me. I followed the old ladies to the table where there was registration to get into the gate to go into the house. I was not on the list, but I made like I was with them, and I followed those old ladies straight into the event. Once I was all the way safely in, two young ladies asked me if I wanted to volunteer to work for Hillary Clinton. I said that I might be interested in doing something later, so they got my name and number. Then I walked to the area where everyone was (and where the food was). I saw Stacy and my Mom, and another neighbor, Mrs.Eves. They were all surprised to see me.

I looked around to spot the food, and then I noticed somebody I knew- it was Chandra Wilson from Grey's Anatomy, wearing a pretty white dress. I HAD to meet her, but as I waited for a bit, because she was deep in conversation with another lady, and I didn't want to butt in. In the meantime, I told my Mom about her. My Mom was like, "Where is she?" I was like, "We're standing right next to her". Then my Mom saw her, and started saying, "Oh, my God! Oh, my God!". I told my Mom, "Dont' do that. Not here." I had to wisk Mom away for a bit, so that she could calm down, and gain some composure. I went and got myself some snacks, and afterward I got a chance to introduce myself to Chandra. "Hi, I'm David", I said. I told her that I enjoyed her on the show. Then I introduced her to my Mom. It was cool. My Mom could barely talk. Chandra was nice and really pretty.

The food at the party was pretty good. They had something like a vegetarian sushi, and some crab cakes. I ate about 19 crab cakes, and I had about 5 cups of coffee. They also had various desserts.

I ran into an ex co-worker, Ingrid, who used to be a sales representative at Fed Ex when we both worked for the company in Sun Valley, CA. I gave her one of my business cards because she needs a Notary. The last time I saw Ingrid, it was at the Angelus funeral home, about 2 years ago. It was nice to see her.

I "donated" $20 to Hillary's campaign, and I received 2 Hillary campaign pins.

I also noticed Telma Hopkins, who used to be with Tony Orlando and Dawn, and Chaka Khan at this party. There were other actresses there that I did not know. I'm glad that I went. There was a live band playing. Alcholol was being served, but I chose not to drink since I had work to do soon.

Around 5:10PM, I saw a tall, pretty girl whom I did not know, and we began to talk when she got a call on her blackberry. She answered it and she told me that Hillary was calling, and that they were lost. I asked where they were. She told me that they were on Adams. She talked some more, and then she told me that they were on Buckingham and Washington. Well, I knew that they couldn't get to us except for one way, since our neighborhood is a gated community. This young lady started asking people she knew about directions, and none of them knew. I told her that I knew the area, so she asked me to follow her, and I gave her directions, and she read the directions to Hillary over the phone. Hillary was being driven to the house in a black SUV, with an escort from the Highway Patrol. I was glad to do my part for the next President of the United States. After I gave the directions, it was announced 5 minutes later that Hillary had arrived. After much fanfare and speeches from Maxine Waters and the hosts of the party, Hillary Clinton took to the stage.

I had never seen Hillary in person, but she was really interesting. She spoke about repairing America's image and America's relationships with other nations around the world. She spoke about giving every American healthcare. She spoke about improving schools, about mentoring young people. She spoke about creating leaders. When Hillary finished her speech, it was 5:55PM, and I had to leave for my first appointment, which I had rescheduled to 6PM(of course, I called to tell the guy that I'd be there at about 6:30PM instead). Hillary started to take audience questions, but I had to leave. My Mom left with me, and as we walked out, we were given little goodie bags. I escorted my mom past the Secret Service, police and highway patrol, and we walked to our street. I got in my car, and, in a bunch of traffic, slowly made my way for East L.A.

Friday Was Fun- The Fairest Day Of Them All

Wow, what an busy and exciting 2 days I've had! On Friday, Nov. 16th, I went to an event at Disneyland that I'd paid for about 3 weeks ago. It was a little celebration of the movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", put on by the Disneyland Resort to celebrate the movie's 70th anniversary. The fun started as I got close to the entrance of Disney's California Adventure. There was a registration table, and I showed my ID and I was given an apple-shaped lanyard to wear to identify me as a guest of the event. Once inside, I went to Stage 12 to see the special items that they were selling at the event. I wound up buying only an event mug, and an event pin (the mug was not in stock- it is being shipped to me in about a month). There was also an Artist Signing, but I didn't make it over to that, but that was OK, because I really didn't buy anything large enough to sign. Next, at 5PM, I went to "Snow White's Soiree", a little party at Stage 17, where there were lots of hors d'ouvres and apple snacks. The hors d'ourves included shrimp, coconut-crusted chicken strips, and some potato-things. They also made a kind of "potion", consting of vodka, sprite, ice cubes and one of those colored fake light-up ice cubes.

I saw a lot of people that I knew at the event. Robert Tieman from the Disney Archives. Benji Breitbart, an old acquaintence who now works at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Felicia Roe , my friend from a Disney club that I'm in, the NFFC. Another guy who I'd seen before at an NFFC meeting in L.A., and who was visiting from New York and whose birthday it was. Robert Olszewski, whom I met years ago and whom I've seen and spoken with a few times since then. I said 'hi' and enjoyed meeting with all these people. I also met a few people that I'd never met before.

At 6:30PM, a panel discussion began. The panel included Roy Disney, Leonard Maltin, and John Lasseter. Also included were a curator of Snow White archives and the lady who was the model for the artists who drew Snow White. They also had old footage of the artists at work making the film. It was an interesting panel discussion. Roy talked about how his uncle Walt Disney used to tell him stories, and how Walt told the stories even better than the films did.

After the panel discussion came the movie, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the Hyperion Theater. The movie was introduced by John Lasseter, along with the Seven Dwarfs, Snow White and the Prince. Everyone enjoyed the movie.

After the movie, as everyone filed out of the theater, everyone exchanged a voucher and received an exact replica of the movie program that was handed out at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles at the movie's premier on December 21, 1937. It is a pretty cool program, and I'm going to keep it. I will, however, post pictures of it on another blog that I do.

After I left the theater, California Adventure was closed, so I went out of the gate, and walked to Downtown Disney to Napolini, a walk-up pizza place, and got a pepperoni pizza slice and a Coke for 8 bucks. Then I caught the tram back to the Mickey and Friends parking lot (there was a singing tram host- very entertaining).

When I got home, I unwrapped the special gift that they'd given to me upon my entrance to California Adventure. It was an Arribas Brothers glass apple, commemorating the event. I'll put that up on sometime.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Nov. 14th is Mom's Birthday

Today was my Mom's birthday (well, it's past midnight now, but I haven't gone to bed yet, so it's still the same day, on the plane that I live in). We went to a restaurant called "Off Vine", on Delongpre St. in Hollywood. It's a nice, quiet, restaurant, built inside of an old house in Hollywood. I like the music there- they play a lot of cool songs from the '50's- not rock 'n roll, but more like Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Dinah Shore...stuff like that. Old classics, with big bands behind the singers. The meals were nice, but pricey....Mom says that we should have just gone to "Pinks" on La Brea near Melrose....we'll do that one night soon- just watch TV, like "Ugly Betty", and eat hot dogs.

Today earlier on TV, I saw a commercial with the lady who used to play "Reba the Mail Lady" on "Pee-Wee's Playhouse". It's funny how many people from Pee Wee Herman's old show are now big TV and movie stars. I mean, Lawrence Fishburne was "Cowboy Curtis"?

I miss Annette Funicello. It was her birthday last month, but I didn't realize it until a day ago. I pray for her to get better...

I got a lot of Notary work today. I'm becoming a more creative advertiser....go Hollywood Notary.Net!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Happy Birthday, Whoopi Goldberg!

I just want to say 'Happy Birthday' to one of my favorite people, Whoopi Goldberg. This woman is so cool, I should have known that she was a Scorpio. I mean, that's the only sign I could ever picture her as, because she is so cool, and yet she will get you good eventually if you ever screw her over.

I like Whoopi because she expresses her views very intelligently, and she thinks very deeply about things. I like also that she doesn't let people just get away with saying just anything- she challenges people. I think that it's a good habit to think about what you say before you say it. I also like that she respects people, she listens to people, and while she may not always agree with you, she will offer you an intelligent counterpoint to whatever point you are trying to make. I don't know Whoopi and I don't think she's going to read this, but I'm just glad that Whoopi exists and that I can watch her on "The View" on ABC every morning during the week.

Whoopi's also a great actress. Over the years, her stand-up comedy, her theatrical one-woman shows, and her movies have entertained me so much over the years, and she's brought great joy and happiness to myself and my friends. I loved her in that movie, "The Associate". "Ghost" had me in tears, when she signed the wrong name on the check. I loved it when she opened the Oscars swinging from overhead, like Nicole Kidman in "Moulin Rouge", dressed all sexy. It was funny and daring, and while lots of people didn't like it, or get it. I did, and I loved it, so I figure that she did it for the few wise people who would get it. I think that Hollywood is so full of haters, and she, for some reason, seemed to have a lot of haters in the Oscar audience that year. I love her spirit of independence. I get that chick.

So here's to you, Whoopi Goldberg, on your birthday!!! Happy Birthday, and many more!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

One of the Best Skits I've Ever Seen On TV - Carol Burnett version of "Gone with the Wind"

I just found this available on the net and I have to post it here for you, my dear reader. It's something that I audio-taped a long time ago, before video. With the advent of the internet and video on demand, I give you what was not possible before: Carol Burnett's version of "Gone with the Wind", which is entitled, "Went with the Wind". Enjoy Part 1.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Live and Learn

Earlier today I did something that might be unwise, or maybe it's just genius. It all starts with what I did yesteday (Thursday).

On Thursday, when the stock market was falling, I sold all 25 shares of Apple in my account. The stock's price went down further, and I bought it back when it was on the way back up- for about 3 dollars less than what I sold it for earlier in the day. Did I make much money? Not really.

Then came today (Friday). When I looked at the market in the morning, I saw that my stocks were falling again, only slightly. I kind of panicked, and sold all the Apple stock again. Later on, after thinking about it, I thought that I'd done kind of a stupid thing. I thought about buying back all 25 shares again, but then I stopped myself. Why not simply buy back 10 shares, and then stand back, and see what happens. I figured, if Apple stock goes down after I buy these 10, then I will have extra money to buy the other 15 that I want for cheaper. And if Apple goes up way past the price I bought these 10 at, then fine- I'll just buy a cheaper stock that I believe in, like Disney (which, by the way, is going to pay a dividend of 31 cents really soon for every share you own). Either way, I'd be happy, because I want to own these stocks for the long-term.

Well, what happened today in the market after I bought the 10 shares of Apple? It went down, by over 10 dollars per share for the day, and about 6 dollars per share below the price that I paid for the 10 shares. How do I feel? Well, it's like I said- if it goes down, I have money to buy more stock, for cheaper.

Apple and Google are the two hottest stocks that you can own right now. No matter how crazy the economy is, or how much less the U.S.Dollar is compared to the Euro and the Canadian Dollar, Google and Apple are making money worldwide- all kinds of money- and the profits of both companies are going to be phenomenal. Google says that they are never going to split their stock- so- imagine if someday their stock is priced like Berkshire Hathaway- you would be one rich Mo Fo, even if you only have one share! I had 2 shares of Google until today. Now I have 3 shares!!!!

Now, a disclaimer- when I say that I have the stocks, they are all really my Mom's. I trade on her account.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit Early

Well, today was a tough day. I did make some money- a little. I had one loan signing in Sunland this evening, and I did get to go to a swanky home in a nice part of Los Feliz in the early afternoon . I did watch "Dancing with the Stars" and saw my girl, Jane Seymour, get voted off (it would have happened eventurally anyway. Mel B is definitely going to win the whole thing, if not Marie Osmond!)

I went for a fast walk tonight in Hancock Park, for 25 minutes, so that I could think and get some exercise. (I didn't exercise last night). I'm trying to do better with my diet and with physical activity.

I want to spice up my blog a little, so here's something really fun that I love- a throw-back to the old MTV, something that was really cool back in the late 80's.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

More Money!

Today I feel that I was kind of fortunate. I got a call from a guy around 7PM tonight (Oct. 31), wanting me to come to Hollywood to notarize 4 documents. I said OK, I'd come at 8PM. I was doing laundry when he called, and I was a little out of it because the light was out in the laundry room, so after I had a chance to think about it, I called the guy back and asked if I could come at 8:15PM. He said OK. Then, while I was folding clothes, I thought about it, and decided that 8:45 would be best because I still had some clothes to fold and get out of the laundry.

On my way to Hollywood to meet my client at Borders bookstore on Sunset and Vine, I felt the sudden unfortunate need to use the bathroom. To do number 2. This was Halloween, though, and as I turned from Wilshire onto Rossmore to head north to Hollywood, I dreaded the slow, long line of cars in front of me- the dread of possibly having an accident- in my pants! I nervously turned the air conditioner on and off. I turned on the radio, then thought about the possible bad news, and turned it off. I didn't want to give my bowels any negative external stimuli. I was under the pressure of making it on-time to my appointment. I knew that the Borders bookstore did not have a restroom. My sudden solution- to get to Gold's Gym in Hollywood, where I could park my car and run into the restroom. I parked in their lot, and I ran to the gym. They scanned my ID, and I made my way into the restroom. Membership really does have its privileges.

You know what I did in that restroom. What a relief. So, ten minutes later, I called my client and told him of my dilemma, and advised that I would be there in 10 minutes. Surprisingly, I made it at 8:50 to my projected 8:45 appointment- not too bad.

My client, named Casey, is a writer, and I was able to notarize his documents for him. He was under a deadline- the Writer's Guild may go on strike at any time now, so that deal had to be signed before midnight. I asked Casey about his experiences as a screenwriter. I'm happy for him that he was able to write a screenplay, and then able to get it optioned. I aspire to such greatness. It turned out that he had 8 documents for me to notarize, so I got paid $95. A good Halloween take.