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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 13, 2018

It’s only temporary

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 10:14 am

Everything in life is temporary. Buddhists claim that life is like a cloud, its shape is always morphing. A young lady’s heart is also like a cloud — one minute she likes you and the next minute she doesn’t. Hmm. Life itself is temporary, and so is certification.

If you lose your certification because you failed a quiz, you can still study and take the quiz again. If you are certified, that is also temporary as you might fail the next quiz. If you are removed from 123notary for not logging in, that too is temporary as we are happy to put you back once you have proven yourself to be alive.

Now that I have weeded down the certified members from 1600 to 540, I want to elite certify some. That will involve them studying which I cannot force them to do. But, that is once again temporary. So, if you are feeling sad, it is only temporary. If you are feeling happy, also temporary. If you are feeling temporary, that too is temporary. The only thing constant is change.

I went to the corner store to buy a paper. I handed the guy and asked for change. Little did I know he was a Buddhist monk. He said that change comes from within. I told him that I’m not leaving until that change comes — whether from his cash register or from within.


September 12, 2018

He wanted to sue 123notary for $60

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 10:13 am

This client was absolutely unbelievable. He failed my quiz, and would not login and maintain his listing. He finally got temporarily removed for failure to know how to be a notary and failure to maintain his listing. However, rather than resolve the issue with me, he got really mad and hired an Attorney.

The client wanted $60 back when he had spent only $59. He also had only one month and a few days left which was worth $6. I told him that his time left was worth $6, not $60 and that I would give him two months if he would drop the law suit. I told him not to renew with us unless he could pass my Notary quiz.

Carmen and I take notary competency very seriously. If you don’t know your loan documents we don’t care that much although you really should know that too. But, legally, it is a liability not to know how to be a Notary. You can get sued, you can be pegged as a suspect by the FBI, or end up as a witness in court for weeks on end simply by being sloppy in your Notarial duties.


August 29, 2018

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

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: — admin @ 9:55 am

At 123notary, we are equal opportunity. We provide the same opportunities to all genders, races, nationalities, etc. Additionally, we write comedy blog articles and publish generally one per week since our readers like it.

The conflict is, do we have the right, or should we publish cultural humor? Is it inappropriate? The answer is that any humor is inappropriate on a government site or big business site. So, if we removed some humor, we would have to remove all humor. However, we are a small and informal business, and we like writing comedy because it pleases myself and the readers love to read it.

The irony is the the posts that get the most controversy and complaints are also the posts that are the most read — which is why I keep writing them.

The issue is that the amount of hatred I receive as a result of writing cultural satire (which is not racist at all and does not demean anyone), is a problem. Hatred has no place in our community. What I am writing is not hateful, was not written with an attitude of hate, and is not meant to upset anyone. The people who are upset and acting hateful to me do want to harm me, scare me, upset me, etc. There is no reasonable cause for the hateful backlash for harmless satire. All TV networks have the same type of humor on their prime time shows that are geared towards children. The same type of cultural humor is aired on TV. Do you bash all of the national networks because they have cultural satire, or do you only bash individuals who are helpless your mob type online lynching.

I think that there is a large community or collection of individuals out there, probably leftists, and definitely anti-white whether they are non-white or not. This collection of people strongly desires to abuse white men, or abuse people in general and is just looking for an opportunity to hurt someone. They choose to hurt me because they have been culturally programmed (happens a lot in America these days) to attack those who exercise their freedom of speech and attack those who cross what I call the “freedom of speech color line.”

If you are black, you can walk down the street using the “n” word frequently and nobody bats and eyelash.
But, if you are write and criticize the behavior of these particular black individuals there will be a lynch mob of anti-white racists waiting to spit all over you and falsely accuse you (the white person) of being a racist when you were complaining about behavior, and not race. Whites are routinely targeted for false accusations because the media has brainwashed us into thinking that white = racist, or that whites are the only people who might be racist. The fact is that whites of this generation walk around on their tiptoes trying hard not to say anything that could correctly or incorrectly be misconstrued as racist and still get routinely and systemically accused of being racist. The reality is that there are racists in all races, and that writing cultural comedy or making a harmless joke about race DOES NOT make you a racist, and the joke itself is cultural and NOT racist. And falsely accusing people who use their freedom of speech to say an opinion or abusing people for using their freedom of speech is an abuse of civil rights and freedom of speech. I feel my constitutional rights have been abused by those who hurl hatred at me for publishing harmless satire. If you like going around abusing people, that will come back to you. And I will not tolerate it.

If you don’t like something I write — nobody is forcing you to read it.


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