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October 18, 2018

The first woman to become a Notary Public

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: , — admin @ 12:44 am

The first woman Notary Public in the State of California was Clara Shortridge Foltz. She became a lawyer in 1878 and was the first female to practice law in California. She was also the first female prosecutor in a murder case!

Knowing us, we will probably create an article in the future entitled, “The first Notary Public to become a woman.”

The NNA wrote an interesting article on this woman at

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October 13, 2018

A girl laying unconscious on my way to dinner

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 11:46 am

I finished most of my work and was walking to dinner. Since I am losing weight these days, I need to walk at least 40 minutes, twice per day. I often walk two miles to get dinner. So, I was walking down 3rd street, and see a 25 year old lady barely conscious laying on the sidewalk. There were two guys next to her who were with her. They were waiting for an ambulance. The ambulance took a wrong turn and was on a cross street going the wrong direction. I asked them if they wanted me to flag it down. They were not sure that ambulance was theirs.

The whole time I was thinking… this problem would not have happened if they had used the new app called Ambulyns. Ambulyns has driver tracking and the driver will send you a text when he is close. Using the app, you can pinpoint where you are in a particular block.

In any case, the ambulance went all the way around a long block, came back and found them. My only concern was… will the driver offer them bottled water? Will the driver get a good review? Oh, and I almost forgot… will the girl live?

My dinner happened right after that. I wanted to try a new udon place near Beverly Center. They are Japanese so they yell “Irashimasai” very loudly when you come in. I had to tell them to keep it down. Then the next visitor came and they did it again. I will not go back because they are loud and obnoxious people. But their soup was good. Then, I got a sandwich at Berlin’s doner kabob. They have amazing sauces to go on their lamb/beef with veggies sandwich. I love Turkish style cooking. I recommended to them to have an option between chicken, lamb, beef or kidney. That way you could have a kidney doner. They thought that was funny.


October 11, 2018

84% of Notaries are women? Oh, man…

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 12:44 am

I am not sure if I believe this number, because women might be more likely to respond to a poll. However, according to poll documented in the NNA blog, 84% of Notaries responding to poll questions were women. Hmm.

This article also pegs the US Notary population at about 4.4 million which is an interesting figure especially when you account for the low birth rate of Notaries which could contribute to a shortage of Notaries in future generations.

Florida incidentally has roughly half a million Notaries, which is the highest of any state, and likely to be the highest per capita. However, these Florida Notaries typically do poorly on Jeremy’s over the phone quiz which leads me to believe that perhaps they should have fewer Notaries, but better Notaries.

The industries with the most Notaries include Real Estate, Legal , and Healthcare with banking, corporate and education as well.

It is interesting to see who are America’s Notaries. And based on this poll, I now see why the line for the men’s bathroom at Notary conventions is so short.


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October 9, 2018

A dream about a flood

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 11:38 am

I had a dream a few days back in August 2018. The dream was that I was driving to Van Nuys, CA to see two of my old programmers who I used to work with back in 2010. I could not use some of the roads because they were flooded, so I drove around until I could get to higher ground. I got to their house which was next to a low bridge. We talked about some programming issues.

The fact is that the next day, my outsourcing site which was built in India of all places got flooded with spam emails regarding SQL errors. We got 24,000 emails. Additionally, in Kerela which is in India they had a flood of water at exactly the same time. I think it is interesting that my site got flooded with emails the same time Kerela had a flood, and that karmically this happened because my site was built in India or connected somehow to India.

Trying to make sense of this all energetically, I feel that there must have been some force of nature in the air that caused both events to happen. Maybe a powerful God or spirit made all of these chaotic energy surface.

In Kerela, they could have reduced the severity of the floods had they opened their dams a bit earlier. But, the dam managers did not think ahead and thousands of people were underwater in their neighborhood and needed boats to get them around. Kerela is rainy eight months a year and always has flooding problems, but this was the worst in decades. Let’s hope they are okay over there.

It is interesting to see what dreams mean. This was not that interesting, but the reflection of the dream on reality was fascinating.


October 4, 2018

Giving notary commissions to seven year olds

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 10:18 am

Can you imagine giving a notary commission to a seven year old? What do they know about notary law or procedure. The sad truth is that with a little training, a child could out do most adults at Notary work.

The other day, I made twenty phone calls and wrote down the results. I asked people to pretend I was their customer and administer an Oath to me for a document that said I lived in Delaware. Only one of twenty knew how to do their job. How can a Notary division commission people none of whom know how to do their job? It is as foolish as commissioning a seven year old. The child might not be responsible, but at least they are at the age where they know they have to learn things and they are curious about the world.

Adults don’t always crave knowledge and are not always disciplined about learning. I will have to contact the secretary of state’s in the various states because my career is suffering because it is too hard to find passable notaries.

And then the NNA comes along and teaches signing agent knowledge to notaries who don’t know how to be notaries. How can the NNA commission people as signing agents who can’t even administer an Oath? In my opinion you should know Notary work first, and THEN, learn signing agent stuff. You learn to crawl before you walk. You learn to put the key in the ignition before you do speed racing at the Indy 500. The NNA has real pull. People respect them and treat them almost as a government agency which they are not. If the NNA says you have to learn to be a real Notary, people will listen. Maybe it’s about time the NNA says — without notary knowledge, no certification of any type for you buddy! I am waiting for that day to come. Since they read our blog at the NNA (to make sure I’m not saying anything about them) perhaps they will get the message! I believe that if the NNA changed their policy, this problem of Notaries who don’t know how to be Notaries would decrease at least in our industry although the bank notaries would still not know their job.


September 30, 2018

The Story of Jeremy & Mitch; 123notary & eMarketingAssociates

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 8:15 am

For those of you who don’t know, 123notary has a long history filled with twists and turns. The very early history happened when Jeremy (that’s me – owner of 123notary) had trouble with his web designers at some Chinese company in San Gabriel and needed to find someone new. So, I (Jeremy) called some other local web companies and found Mitch who ran eMarketingAssociates. Mitch had only four total people in his office including himself. They fixed up my programming on 123notary and have been helping me ever since.

1999: The day I first drove in.
I remember meeting him. This was back in 1999 or 2000. He was in his 40’s. A very handsome, kind and charismatic guy (still is.) I enjoyed talking to him. He has memories too and perhaps I should get him to share his early memories and add to this article with those memories.

I remember a talk with Mitch back in 2006 when he said that he remember the day he met me. The memory of paranoid me, driving into his parking lot with my beaten up 1984 Toyota Corolla stuck in his head forever. Of course, at the time of that conversation in 2006 I had a 2004 Toyota Corolla which looked new and nice. I was a mess in those days, and in many ways still am. It is hard to keep my life in order when I have more things to do than I can handle. Now in 2018, I still have that 2004 Toyota Corolla, but it is now somewhat beaten up and the paint is fading, and I am missing two hub caps which are soon to be replaced. Such is life. But, now I can afford a new car. I just prefer my old one.

Mitch’s Business Grew
Mitch’s office slowly grew and grew from four people to twelve. Mitch is smart and got an office in an industrial zone which is a lot cheaper than getting it in an office area. There is also a lot more parking as well. So, he kept moving his office around in the same complex as his business grew.

His Business Evolved Too
Mitch went from doing web design and web programming to focusing mainly on social media and he runs all of my campaigns. This was good for my social media, but I was never able to find programmers as good as the ones Mitch had for the rest of my career. It is ten years after the fact and I still cannot find good programming. This is partly due to a change in the market, but also due to the good people Mitch hired.

Having Fun
One day, I asked both of the programmers in 2008 to go out to dinner with me for fun. They declined, but Mitch reversed the offer and took me out. Since then, Mitch and I go out two or three times a year to fun spots in Los Angeles and surrounding areas for Thai, Chinese, American, Italian and other types of cuisine and drinks. In fact we are going for drinks at the intercontinental next week.

Good Luck
Over time, I began to think of Mitch as one of my three best good luck people. That sounds very Chinese, but I believe it. Mitch’s suggestions and things I do with Mitch regularly turn out to be very lucky in the long run. He got me doing social media, blogging, and we found some lucky feng-shui hang out spots that bring us good luck as well. I guess God punishes me sometimes, but also gives me people who point me in the right direction and my life would be ruined without those people.

Uncanny Things in Common
The strange thing is that Mitch and I have a lot of things in common that other people would not have. We both new many people from Israel when we were young. We both do business with a lot of people from India (I lived in India briefly before.) We both are entrepreneurs or small business owners. Additionally, I studied Chinese in college as my major and Mitch’s wife is from Taiwan. What a bunch of uncanny commonalities. I only have this much in common with a small bunch of others who I can count on one hand.

I am glad I met Mitch. My life would not have turned out the way it did had I not known Mitch. Of the people in my entire life, he is one of the six including parents, my piano teacher and a few others, who had a profound effect on my development and success.

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September 27, 2018

If you accuse us of asking California questions, be specific

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 10:17 am

Many Notaries accuse us of asking California questions on our quizzes. Once in a while we do. But, put your money where you mouth is and be specific about what the question was and when it was asked.

I have also been accused of asking questions that are ambiguous or where there are more than one answer. Some of my questions have a really good answer and a mediocre answer which might be also correct. Is it so difficult to find the better of two correct answers?

I ask this type of “confusing” question to see how intimately you know your notary knowledge. If you understand the logic of my questions, and have intimacy of knowledge, the questions are easy and make sense. I believe the problem is that few Notaries really know their notary law.

How can you be a Notary when you cannot describe even a single Notary act? It baffles me. Hmmm.


September 26, 2018

How do you train an army of Notaries?

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 10:18 am

Other sites do not care about the quality of their Notaries. They just list Notaries and let nature take its course. I care very much about the quality of Notaries while the Notaries generally claim to be amazing Notaries, and then fail my test and argue about how the questions are not any good. The fact is that it is dangerous to the Notary to be a bad Notary. There are lots of ways to get in trouble. If you don’t know your loan documents well, that is a small issue, but not having solid Notary practices can get you in legal trouble.

So, with 6000 Notaries on my site, how can I possibly train them all? I actually have been training people by phone and email. But, very few are thankful because they don’t value knowledge and prudency. If I charged for my help, hardly anyone would take me up on it. Hmmm. Training 6000 people one by one is almost impossible. However, I can screen them and I did. It was exhausting and I will never do anything like that again. If I screen people in the future, it will be a lot quicker and perhaps only two or three questions instead of four to ten.

In the mean time, I am putting fun and free courses on the blog. I created a loan signing course a few years back called the 30 point course. That was popular. Then I created Notary Public 101 which is about best practices and is not state specific, but really helps people understand the nuts and bolts of what they do every day. Finally, I just created Notary Marketing 102. That is a great way to learn the art of getting lots of business — isn’t that what we all want?

So, I could train an army of Notaries one by one, but that is too tiring. For now, I will just publish free learning materials and sell courses and hope that some of it sinks in. Maybe I should do some mock quizzes on the blog too just so people get the hang of right answers vs. wrong.


September 22, 2018

A new Notary shampoo calle Affirma

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 11:38 am

How come my hair is so shiny when I go to Notary appointments? My secret? I use Affirma, and I swear by it. You can get Affirma at any Secretary of State beauty shop in the nation. Also, using Affirma can make you a better Notary, or so I’ve heard. Just lather up and rinse before your Notary appointments and you will be able to answer any question. Reading up from your handbook doesn’t hurt either.


September 16, 2018

Compilation of Stories on the blog categorized.

Filed under: Compilations,Stories — Tags: — admin @ 8:19 am

Here is a more organized way to reference Notary Stories.


Notary airport

Racial issues at a signing

I’d rather stop being a notary than carry a gun

The Notary union raises it’s rates and alienates notaries!

Notary STARBUCKS – charging for waiting time while sipping Sumatra

Carlette’s Signing Story

The sexting notary

What are Jeremy’s favorite blog entries?



Why Notaries don’t last

Notarizing for an adoption

Artificially inflated rates at a signing

We are a notary directory and therefore should not discuss certain topics

The Illinois Notary who got kicked off Notary Rotary

The signer who passed out and slid under the table

A psycho client goes nuts on me today

Two guys with the same name; One cashed the other guy’s check!


CRIME & DANGER (physical or financial)

Murder in a building a week before the signing

Notarizing a kidnapper

One of our notaries helped put three dangerous felons away!

Reverse Blackmail at a notary signing

Stealing a business name

The Notary Police

We caught some frauds who stole credit info at a hotel

Have you ever been tempted not to go into a borrower’s house?

The Notary, The Mafia & The Fedex Drop Box

A Notary gets sued and E&O won’t help out!

Notary in Louisiana murdered in home invasion

Compilation of mafia related posts

Two Notaries with the same name

The mafia guy who could make witnesses disappear



The Notary union raises it’s rates and alienates notaries!

Notary STARBUCKS – charging for waiting time while sipping Sumatra

Carlette’s Signing Story

What is your favorite notary password?

A notary complains about the instructions

The stolen loan package

Demographics in the notary business

Those who do not login don’t do well on tests either

A Notary finds a document notarized by Jeremy in 2001

Why you don’t want to be a notary in NW New Mexico

Notary university

Notary Jury Duty

Don’t ask don’t tell

The notary corporation

If you can notarize here, you can notarize anywhere!

Here is how your home will be drained of its equity

I’ve been doing this 20 years

How Piano lessons changed my life

The secret to happiness – it’s all in your mind

Monsanto genetically modified Notaries

I have a dream

The Notary Model

The Frustrating 4 hour signing

Welcome to the notary casino

Notarizing a tax preparer

$400,000 cash at a signing. Can I have some?′

A political party that represents me

It’s only temporary

Unfriendly cities are the best place to get work done

I was forced to forge my own signature in India

A Notary was in court due to a suspicious marriage

A dream about a Notary seal and a journal sandwich



My best 100 days and Carmen’s worst

All about 123notary

All About 123notary

2016 timeline – a year in review

2016 Notary Timeline – a year in review

Jeremy’s bucket list

Jeremy’s bucket list

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