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March 22, 2017

Notaries with the same name – drama!

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 7:59 am

We had several situations where there was a small drama because more than one Notary had the same name.

In one instance, a Notary in Michigan named John Smith got the check for a Notary also named John Smith in Alabama. They had the same name. The Michigan John Smith deposited the check too.

In another instance a Notary who had been offline was put back online. The Florida Melody Smith was put back online. Then Melody Smith emailed me to let me know that she was still not online. Then I took a closer look and realized that there was a California Melody Smith as well who was not online. Ooops! So, I put California Melody Smith online and explained my mistake.

Then, we had a new Notary named Howard Lee. I was horribly afraid because I had had a roommate named Howard Lee. What if it were the same person? They were both in California. Gasp!!! However, my heartrate went down when I learned that Notary Howard Lee indicated Korean as a second language, where the ex-roommate who wanted to kill me because of a lie his girlfriend told him spoke Chinese.

In another instance Samantha Cornfield got the other Samantha Cornfield’s password. Ooops — security breach. She emailed me and I sent the password for a completely different person with the same name.

The moral of the story is that I need to really be more careful and check people’s email address when they contact me because email addresses are unique, but there could be infinite numbers of people with the same personal name.

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March 8, 2017

Notaries in the 1800’s — things were different then

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 7:42 am

Back in the old days, the job of being a Notary in America was quite different. First of all, back then, all Notaries were men and presumably white men. Now, the field is disproportionally black women!

Colonial Notaries had to record personal information about their clients such as who was having an affair, illegitimate children, who was a witch (that would be most of Salem, MA) and who showed their ankles in public.

Since people rarely left their towns in the old days it was easier to identify a signer. Everybody knew each other back then. Today, we don’t know hardly any of our neighbors. With technology today, we can go for weeks without physically seeing our bosses, or clients. Identification documents back in the old days would be documents. However, without photographs, it would be possible to steal those documents from someone and possibly imposter them. My, how times have changed.

Since people didn’t drive cars in the 1700’s, the need for a driver’s license wasn’t there. But, what about a passport?

In the old days, counties appointed a particular number of Notaries based on the size of the population. It is different these days as there is no limit to how many Notaries a state could have. Having so many Notaries makes the price of notarizations go down due to increased competition.

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March 2, 2017

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

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: , — admin @ 9:36 pm

There are certain parts of the USA that you just don’t want to be a mobile notary. The reason is that you don’t want to drive through these areas. You might see these particular parts as innocuous or benign in nature, but there are strange and unexplainable things that happen.

There are several parts of the USA that you should avoid driving through, particularly at night. I know what you are thinking. Gang infested neighborhoods in Chicago or New York. Yes, you might think twice before driving through one of those no fly zones at night. But, what I’m talking about are haunted areas.

There is a part of New Jersey right near the New York border in a remote area where there is a haunted road. Mythological animals appear out of nowhere. There is a ghost truck that follows people flashing its lights. There is also a ghost in the lake. If you throw a quarter into the lake, the ghost will make the quarter land on your car down the road. Driving on this road at night is dangerous and not recommended partly due to the twists and turns, but partly because people freak out and get in deadly accidents.

There is also a part of Northwest New Mexico that is intrinsically haunted. But, the haunting there was much more severe. The highway route 666 had to be renamed 491 because it brought such bad luck. This was a highway that went North South from Shiprock down to the 40 in Gallup. In any case, there was an abnormally high rate of flat tires as well as a report of a ghost van that would run you over if you didn’t get out of the way. In more extreme cases, a few bikers were eaten alive by some rabid dogs that appeared out of nowhere called, “The hounds of hell.” In the four corners area, there are creatures called shapeshifters who are human witches who can turn themselves into dogs. They can run at 60 miles an hour and have magical abilities and only divine grace can save you from these creatures. Being in that part of the country terrifies me because I have hears all to many stories, and have a few ghost stories of my own.

The reality is that even 100 miles away from this infamous highway, near Dulce, NM I got a flat tire for no reason. My tire was relatively new, and a screw penetrated it from the side at a 45 degree angle. Also, while I was fueling up in Utah not far from the four corners area, my gas pump didn’t shut off spilling a gallon of gas all over the sidewalk. These occurances were due to mischevous spirits who wanted to have fun.

So, if you are a mobile Notary, know the roads you are traveling on. Because otherwise you might end up on route 666.

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January 26, 2017

Here is how your home will be drained of its equity

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: — admin @ 12:40 am

I have written a few pieces on the future of the American economy, reverse interest rates, and other futuristic depressing economic predictions. Basically, what is happening in Japan could happen in the United States and it looks like we are going down the same path, but are behind by a few years.

Japan’s Bubble & Our Government’s Borrowing Habit
Japan had a huge Real Estate bubble about 25 years ago. The bubble crashed, but prices never went back up again. They went down and down and down slowly and still continue to go down. The government is borrowing all of the available money for its humongous national debt. Interest rates are also negative. But, it seems to me that regular folks are not allowed to borrow or not borrow that much. The same situation is happening here, only not as severe. As our government’s debt gets higher and higher, banks will have to artificially keep interest rates low (they have been doing this for a few years now it seems) otherwise Uncle Sam will be out of business which means that we all will be out of business too or would have to pay 30% extra in taxes which would ruin the econony.

Your Home Will Lose Value
As the government’s debt gets higher, interest rates could become artificially lower so that the government could stay afloat without issues. This means that banks will have less money to lend to borrowers. That means that they will have less money to pay if bidding on your home which means your home’s value should be going down little by little over the next thirty years. The problem with this is that you will lose most or all of the equity in your home little by little over decades and be left with little or nothing when it is time to retire.

The Solution
It doesn’t make sense to put all of your assets in your home like middle class people have done for generations. It makes more sense to keep your wealth in gold, land, cash in the bank, as well as very stable stocks such as blue chips, etc. These types of investments would be more stable than a home in a bad depression and will survive economically upside down times.

Surviving Being Upside Down
Prepare for upside down conditions. It’s happening already in Japan. The problem is, it could wipe you out. After people are stripped of their life savings that was stored in the equity of their homes, if the economy tanks on top of that, then you would be out on the street. So, be prepared, and try to act sensibly to protect your family from the inevitable. If you own a house, do it the Christian way — pay for it in cash or pay your loan off completely. Borrowing is forbidden in several religions as it leads to economic slavery, multinational financial collapses (Greece, Portugal, and soon us) as well as upside down consitions. The secret to survival is to not be a part of this insanity and keep your wealth in solid assets without borrowing!

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January 20, 2017

Notary Starbucks – charging for waiting time while sipping Sumatra

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: , — admin @ 12:42 am

Welcome to Notary Starbucks where Notaries go to meet clients, get caffeinated, and blend with others. When the check comes, they get to do the signing for a change. Choose from a wide selection of Notarial coffees and snacks. Additionally, this is the only type of Starbucks where tables have separate mini-wings that open up on the sides of tables to accommodate drinks, so they won’t spill on your documents if you tip them over! Better yet, you get to use the new Starbucks Notary App that gets your waiting time paid in advance! At regular Starbucks, you see writers with their laptops writing screenplays about superheroes that never sell. At Notary Starbucks, they write screenplays about notaries that never get paid.

We offer a Notary cake that is rectangular and has an imprint of a Notary Seal in the middle. Just don’t eat the cake after the expiration date imprinted in it! Try the molten Notary cake too. It has chocolate Notary seal ink in the middle! Below is a list of our coffee blend selections.

Antigua Affidavit Blend

Conforming Columbian Dark Roast

Arabian Acknowledgment

Subscribing Sumatra

Sulawesi Signature Whole Bean

Interest Only Italian Blend (Light Roast)

All strong enough to keep you awake while waiting for your client who’s had too much java to provide a signature that isn’t too shaky from all that caffeine.

But, Notaries don’t only go to their local Notary Starbucks to enjoy snacks, they meet their best clients there. They even had a new Starbucks App that would penalize clients from coming late to appointments where they would meet at Starbucks.

CLIENT: I’m almost there, but running late

NOTARY : No problem, you prepaid $25 waiting fee. You’re only halfway through that.

CLIENT: I thought that was the Notary fee.

NOTARY: Nope? My last client kept me waiting here for 30 minutes only to stand me up. That’s why I use “The Waiting App.” It’s $10 per signature, plus $10 travel fee for me to come here from home not to mention waiting time. You’re out $12.50 for keeping me waiting.

CLIENT: But, you didn’t do anything!

NOTARY: I wouldn’t call waiting for you not doing anything. Waiting for paint to dry – maybe. I came when I had other offers, and I sat here drinking Burundi Buydown with cream and sugar — too much sugar, I’ll never make that mistake again. This is time out of my day. You think I work for free?

CLIENT: But, you’re not working?

NOTARY: If I spent the entire day at Starbucks, “Not Working” I wouldn’t be able to afford my Murundi Mortgage, or my real Mortgage for that matter. I get paid for doing signatures, and if those people don’t want to show — they pay for my opportunity cost that I spent waiting — and sipping.

CLIENT: Sipping. You lazy bum. Don’t you have anything better to do?

NOTARY: As a matter of fact, I got an offer for an $80 signing while I was waiting for a late client. I turned him down since I got a down payment via the Starbucks Notary App.

CLIENT: Why of all the low-down.

NOTARY: Hey, you’re the one who can’t show up on time, not me buddy. Blame yourself.

CLIENT: I’ve decided not to come. I don’t like your attitude.

NOTARY: Great, I’ll call the $80 guy back. It’s only been two minutes. I’ll tell him I’ll be there in another two. Or have him meet me for a FHA French Roast right here at Notary Starbucks. In the meantime, I’m sort of trying to win the affection of a female Notary sitting next to me. Thanks a latte.

CLIENT: Fine — Bum!!!!

LADY NOTARY: I’m enjoying this Interest Only Italian Blend. They claim that if you drink it, you will enhance the interest of Notaries of the opposite sex.

NOTARY: It’s working. But, I have to go. The $80 guy wants me to show up at his house in 10 minutes. Send me a text. But, do you think I’ll get in trouble with the police?

LADY NOTARY: Why? For driving under the influence of that Subscribing Sumatra Frapaccino you had an hour ago? The high on that lasts for four hours. You might be driving all jerky, or irratically smash your seal into the document at your signing.

NOTARY: Nah, I’ll be fine.

LADY NOTARY: Oh yeah? Well, how many fingers am I holding up?

NOTARY: I can’t tell. Your fingers are shaking so much. It might be easier to meet ladies at a Notary bar rather than here. Everybody’s so jumpy and over caffeinated.

LADY NOTARY: Ya think? I’m not that bad compared to the lady who started out sipping sumatra which is a gateway coffee drink and then moved up to the crackaccino!

NOTARY: Good point. Gotta go! $80 is calling my name. Anyway, later. I’ve gotta Java now if you know what I mean!

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December 31, 2016

2016 Notary Timeline – a year in review

Filed under: General Stories,Popular on Facebook (A little) — admin @ 11:13 am

2016 was a great year for Notaries. Here are some of the highlights of what happened at 123notary and in the Notary industry in general.

Jan 2016 — The Notary industry was slow for most of the year, but worse in the last quarter. To the point where some short of change for the laundry didn’t even have a last quarter.

Feb 2016 — Snapdocs becomes a force to be reckoned with and Jeremy writes many snappy blog posts over the next several months about them. Snap becomes jealous. Crackle & Pop couldn’t care less.

June 2016 — Jeremy visits Facebook headquarters to see where his Facebook advertising money is going. But, Facebook refuses to give him a tour after a seven hour drive, which Jeremy tells them he didn’t like. Since they’re used to seeing a thumb down instead, they have no idea what he’s saying.

Sept 2016 — 123notary introduces mobile pages for city and state search results pages. The pages still need to be tweaked.

Nov 08, 2016 — Trump elected. Half of Americans made America great again while the other half made America grating again.

Nov 09, 2016 — 3253 of Minnesota Notaries applied for a Notary commission in Saskatchewan. The Somalis in MN wanted to make America great for the first time by legalizing Shariah law, while Notaries in Colorado are staying put as notarizing while stoned remains legalized.

Nov 10, 2016 — 123notary removes many reviews in an attempt to motivate people to get new reviews.

Dec 10, 2016 — 123notary puts old reviews back online as many Notaries got upset and Google rankings fell.

Dec 11, 2016 — Carmen stubs her toe on way to Affidavit signing, and feels better after the ID for the signer had a really funny photo where the lady looked surprised and her hair was a mess. When Carmen diplomatically told the lady she took a nice picture, the lady looked surprised and her hair stood up just like her picture.

Dec 14, 2016 — Interest rates go up a quarter of a point and are expected to go up two to three times more. We could be looking at a very slow 2017. Which is good news for people living paycheck to paycheck and can’t believe how quickly the next month’s rent check is due.

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December 29, 2016

Are eDocuments history?

Filed under: General Stories,Popular on Facebook (A little) — Tags: — admin @ 12:39 am

I remember the good old days when documents came to you by Fedex. After some time past, eDocuments became popular. More time passed and electronic documents became the norm. Next, eSignings started catching on, but Notaries didn’t like them because it was too hard having three people looking at one little screen of a laptop.

But, now the wheels of time are turning backwards. Now, eDocuments are getting fewer and fewer and there are more Fedexed packages. I wonder why this trend is happening? I guess there is less that can go wrong when you Fedex a package to someone. You don’t have to worry about their printer breaking.

Rock & Roll is dead.
eDocuments are history.
What is the world coming to?

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December 15, 2016

Thanks Arabs!

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: — admin @ 12:02 am

We are getting a lot of commentary in Arabic on our blog. Unfortunately, my Arabic reading skills are a bit rusty and as a result, I cannot publish the content. Or perhaps it’s Farsi. It’s hard to know the difference unless you find a “P”. The Arabs don’t have a “P” in their alphabet. They think they don’t need one. All I have to say is, try spelling the word, “Pumpkin” without a P. — got ya thinkin’. In any case, readers, let’s keep the commentary in English if possible.

But, the place I like foreign languages is when I go to Toyota and the welcome wall has the word “Welcome” translated into Swedish, Japanese, Arabic, Swahili, etc. Very cool.

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September 28, 2016

Notary Airport

NOTARY: One day there will be a Notary Airport

SAM: When pigs can fly.

NOTARY: Well actually, it will be seals flying. The airplanes will look like giant seals, whiskers and all.

SAM: Maybe they should make a Notary submarine that looks like a seal instead of a flying seal.

NOTARY: The good part is that when Notarizations are done on the plane, the prices will be sky high!

SAM: Yeah, and if you notarize in the air, you can join the Notary mile high club.

NOTARY: Yes, but wait until you find out what the airport layout will look like….

The terminals will be shaped like Notary seals. Each terminal will have a coffee house and bar with a Notary bartender. The newpaper store will sell NNA’s newsletter in addition to the Wall Street Journal. The parking lot will have a special section for Notaries that is closest to where the shuttle picks you up. And when you go to check in your bags, they make you sign the journal and thumbprint. How cool is that?

Scene from aiport security.

OFFICER: Sir, please remove any metal objects from your pockets and step forward slowly.

SAM: Okay… should I take off my belt too?

OFFICER: Just wait for us to put on the saxophone music before you do that please sir.

SAM: Got it.

OFFICER: Our scanner found a metal object in your bag that resembles an embosser?

SAM: Is that a problem, officer?

OFFICER: Well, not necessarily. Is this a registered embosser?

SAM: Does it need to be?

OFFICER: Step to the side sir.

SAM: Uh-oh.

OFFICER: I’m going to need to pat you down. Please stand still.

SAM: Wow, you’re good at that.

OFFICER: I know… I get that a lot. I used to be a Priest for 30 years, a ballet teacher for 3 years, plus I worked in the airport for 4 years.

SAM: Oh, it all adds up now. Now I know why that comes so naturally to you. The embosser was authorized by my state. I have the paperwork at home.

OFFICER: Great. Let me just check your commission number on our computer system… Uh huh. Okay, no unauthorized used on our database. The waiting areas are in front of you or have a drink at the flying embosser. Just don’t use your embosser under the influence of alcohol or heavy medication per airport regulations. If you get bored in the waiting room, you can read Notary Handbooks from all 50 states plus DC.

SAM: I’ll get bored, but not that bored. Thanks.

OFFICER: And may God bless you — if there is a God.

SAM: Some Priest you are/were.

OFFICER: Well, I stopped being a Priest because I stopped believing in God.

SAM: Hmm. Well, I stopped being a Mortgage Broker in 2009 because I lost interest.

OFFICER: Forgive me father for I have rescinded — that was a good one! I’m just kidding, I still believe in God, I quit the church to run for the senate because things at the church got too — political.

SAM: Gotcha!

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September 14, 2016

The Notary Diety

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:25 am

Notaries across the country are frustrated and need something to believe in. The low-balling, the micromanaging, the hand holding, the late edocuments, and the non-payment. It’s exasperating. But, what is the solution besides reading the 123notary forum to find out which signing companies are just not worth it? The solution is believing in a higher power. A Notary diety.

Sure, believing in false gods is forbidden by Judaism, Islam and other monotheistic faiths. But, in this case, I feel we should make an exception. Notaries need a God, and a God who will protect them from signing companies.

NOTARY DIETY: You have been bad, and have not prayed to me.

NOTARY: I prayed to you last Friday

NOTARY DIETY: Not good enough. You need to pray to me at least once per day, or terrible things will happen.

NOTARY: Like what?

NOTARY DIETY: I will let the signing companies have their way with you! (thunder and lightening in the background)

NOTARY: No — not that !

NOTARY DIETY: Yes — that! And you will deserve it too you little ingrate! And when was the last time you gave to charity?

NOTARY: I gave two dollars to a bum three days ago.

NOTARY DIETY: That doesn’t count. Real tything is when you give to a large and reputable organization.

NOTARY: Like the National Notary Association?

NOTARY DEITY: Well, they are reputable, but they are not a charity, at least until they give free journals to starving Notaries. You need to give to the Salvation Army, Homeless Shelters, The American Red Cross, etc. Those are real charities.

NOTARY: Oh boy. So if I don’t shell it out, then you’ll let the signing companies not pay me?

NOTARY DIETY: Worse than that. You won’t get paid, and then you’ll end up in Notary Hell where you won’t burn, but your journals will.

NOTARY: My journals? All my hard earned signatures and thumbprints up in smoke.

NOTARY DIETY: Yes. So from now on, 10% of your net income to charity and pray by saying, Heil oh Notary Diety, for you are my supreme Master in heaven.

NOTARY: Okay, (raising right arm like a Nazi) Heil oh great…

NOTARY DEITY: Hey! I’m not Hitler. I’m a God. Do you mind? Knock it off with the raising the right arm. That stuff is offensive.

NOTARY: Sorry, force of habit. I’ll look up the American Red Cross online. I wonder if they need a TEA agent to deliver blood samples.

NOTARY DEITY: Only I know, but I’m not telling!!!!

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