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July 25, 2018

My best 100 days and Carmen’s worst

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:32 am

I remember right after Trump was elected, Carmen was so unhappy. Why did she love Obama so much? Obama took me for thousands of dollars on health insurance. I never bought health insurance and was fined thousands. That seems to be robbery to me. So, Obama is out and Trump is int. I was happy at first when Trump took over, but his presidency has really affected the whole dynamic of America. People behave differently now. Some people have gotten more aggressive and others are cleaning up more swamps.

My decision to clean up the notarial swamp happened simultaneously with Trump’s election. I’m not sure if my decision was consciously affected by him, but it did happen at the same time. I want all Notaries to know what they are doing. That is the main thing.

I have also noticed that there is more of a labor shortage in Los Angeles. I don’t know if people have been leaving the country, or have been deported or what. Getting good kitchen help and good Thai massage never used to be this hard.

I think Trump needs to have a proactive immigration policy. Rather than focusing on deporting people, focus on bringing in who you like and then the others will have fewer job opportunities and leave on their own. Giving more work visas to people makes sense. Why force people to break the law just so they can make a living by making legitimacy so difficult or impossible? Getting a five year visa for labor needs to be a lot easier as we have a labor shortage around here.

Additionally, under Trump, there have been a lot less Notary jobs, and my business has not made as much money. We are still in business, but not doing as well as before.

I cannot say in the long run if we are better off with Trump, but in the short run things have changed in many ways. People have changed, the Notary world has changed, and the labor supply in Los Angeles has changed. Maybe I need to wait to see how things are in the long run. But, people have so much hatred for Trump — and I feel a lot more hatred these days by the way in general, that he will have to turn his image around or he will not win a second term.


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July 11, 2018

I was forced to forge my own signature in India

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:35 am

I remember back in 2005 I went to Bombay to visit a friend. I took the train downtown to cash a few travelers cheques. I have never had an experience this bad and have brought a lot more cash with me ever since. You have to sign a traveler cheque when you buy it and then sign again when you cash it in. My signature was a little different than my normal signature, but not different by much. But, the clerk had had a lot of trouble cashing in traveler’s cheques and he was paranoid. He did not like the differential between my signatures. So, I had to forge my own signature so to speak. I had to practice signing the way I had signed when I originally signed the cheque a few times on a blank piece of paper. What a ridiculous ordeal. My passport wasn’t good enough for him yet it was good enough for airport security. Good God, or should I say Good Krishna?

In any case, I signed the way he liked and got my money.I spent my rupees on apple pie that had been in the same oven as melting cheese and it tasted horrible. I have so many India nightmares I never want to go back again but perhaps I will to see the mountains and meditate there with the Gods near Dehradun. My guru says I need to go where I can see snow in the mountains and meditate there for three days. One day I’ll do it, but not this year, because China is on my mind. Sounds like a Ray Charles song.


July 5, 2018

A notary was in court due to a suspicious marriage

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:34 am

A Notary was in court. The judge could not figure out why the Jr. was taken off one of the forms that one of the signer’s signed. The signer was licensed to be married to someone twenty years younger which was also suspicious. It looked like someone was trying to conceal their age or their youth. The point of the story is that the Notary got in trouble because someone else was up to some funny business. It looked like the Notary might have been involved.

If you are involved in funny business or in a situation where you look like you are involved, you can get in trouble. It is better to avoid any situation which looks funny if you are legally allowed to avoid it in your state.

The rules for when and how you can decline a notarization are not always spelled out. Perhaps this needs to be a bigger part of notary law to spell that out.

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July 4, 2018

New Year’s Day was symbolic

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:27 am

New Year’s day is when I think about my priorities for the year. I normally begin the year doing all the things I want to focus on that year such as meditating, working, taking a healthy walk, and staying organized.

My resolutions this year were to lose a lot of weight, learn to be better at feng shui and learn good Chinese.

But, I also got my photos organized that I use for my blog and got some other things tidied up on my site.

So, far I am working on my weight, but it is so much work to run 123notary, that I am always behind no matter what I do. I dream of the day when I will be ahead of the game. Maybe I have to have a better strategy

Do you guys have things you want to do in 2018? Did you set priorities? You should think deeply about priorities, because having a well directed life leads you in a direction you will like a lot better than just winging it through life. Written plans that you stick to really help. Even having a weekly planning session about your life can really help.


June 25, 2018

A political party that represents me

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:30 am

I dream of a political party that represents me. The Republicans are typically horrible for the environment, spend more on military, but want to spend less on everything else. The Democrats are slightly better for the environment, but don’t spend that much less on the military, but want to give lots and lots to people who refuse to work. Hmm. It looks like we have one party under two names with some small diversions in policy. Here is what I want from a political party.

1. Smaller military budget
I think that the USA does need a large military, and our safety is defined by how we control the rest of the world to an extent. There are some very dangerous people out there who will create havoc if not controlled. But, we spend too much on military and it becomes a tax burden.

2. Limited government health care
I do not generally like socialism, but life would be easier if instead of this Obamacare nonsense, there would be a better system. The singaporeans have a system where you pay into a bank account to cover future medical expenses and have preventive maintenance. That makes sense to me. But, if the government would cover two doctor visits per year, several hundred a year in medications and a percentage of scans and major surgery, that would really make our lives easier. That way we are not dependent on our bosses or jobs for medical care and don’t have to purchase a plan. We could purchase extra coverage if we wanted it, but the basics would be paid for at least.

3. A green policy
I would like a lot of the USA’s energy to come from solar, tidal, and wind power. We have plenty of sun in the Western states that could generate a majority of our energy with fields of solar panels. I don’t care if it is more expensive than oil is now, we need to have clean and sustainable energy and the government should require this for reasons of prudency. Wind power can be effective in many states with wind on the East coast, West coast and particularly Wyoming. And then tital power would require building infrastructure in the ocean which might look ugly, but is a great way to create endless power without toxins. Fossil fuels undermine ground water quality, and cause pollution that can cause cancer. it is better to live in harmony with the planet.

4. Notary policy
The government should have rules that make Notaries know what they are doing nationwide, but offer free or low cost training so that 123notary doesn’t lose all its members.

5. A haven for career criminals
For drug addicts, gang members and career criminals, it is too expensive to have the tax payers pay for their living. They should have their own territory where they figure it out on their own (behind a wall.) They can pay for their own living. In the natural world, people like this would not survive to begin with because a tiger would eat them (or a lion.)

6. Road taxes
Tax for what you use, rather than penalize people for how much they make. If you monopolize the highways causing traffic — pay for it. Singapore has rules like this and the result is that there is no traffic during rush hour because you pay extra to use the roads during rush hour. They also have lots of trees to eat up the pollution.

7,. Jobs for felons, incompetents and drug addicts
It is hard for the unemployable to get jobs. So, why not have cities or areas where every job is designed for people who nobody else wants to hire. This will get America working. Also, jobs for people with physical disabilities is another issue. If all capable people in America would work, we would all need to pay less in tax, and have more wealth. Instead we have people taking money from the government, pill popping prescription medicine and all sorts of other self-destructive and nation-destructive behavior.

8. A health food policy
Selling foods that cause Americans to be unhealthy is like selling poison. It needs to be discouraged, controlled or banned. French fries do horrors to your liver, yet it is the most common food. High fructose corn syrup is another silent killer. Why not just drink pure fruit juice which is good for you anyway? Genetically modified white bread is also bad. If all stores could have healthy foods bombarding the front of the store and make you go to a specific aisle marked “unhealthy foods,” then people might really start thinking clearly about what goes into their body.

9. Traffic and walking
Most humans prefer walking around in structured yet open places. Traffic is a nightmare and roads need to be refined to accommodate traffic. It makes sense to have routes for walking, biking and traffic separated from each other. Also, entrances to major parking lots as pedestrians have to walk down the side walk being bombarded with cars making right turns. This all needs to be reconstructed to make it safer and more enjoyable for all parties.

10. Immigration
We need to focus on inviting people to America who we like rather than focusing on removing those who we don’t like. If more people come who we do like, there will be less room for those we don’t. America needs to have an honest discussion of who we like and why and how many. That way we can decide on immigration as a group rather than having parties battling each other and mud slinging.


June 21, 2018

Bad customers are a pain in the liver

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 12:17 pm

Honestly, after months of quizzing people and enduring endless hatred, and being bashed on the various forums, I feel sick. I am sick of Notaries who don’t care about what they do and don’t care how they abuse people. I am accused of being abusive when people drive me up the wall and then I lose my temper. It is not my fault that most of you cannot and will not act like professionals. It is not my fault that few of you can give professional answers to notary questions. You choose to not know your trade. Out of 100 Notaries, not one can correctly explain all major notary acts, not even one. How pathetic.

The upset feelings that ignorant Notaries have caused me has gone straight to my liver and manifested itself in health problems. My arms started feeling heavy. I started having breathing problems. I have decided to put more emphasis on walking, nature, and work less, and eliminate ice cream and wine from my diet for now.

I guess this is the way most Notaries are. There is no motivation for any to learn on their own above and beyond skimming over things, perhaps, on a good day. Nobody has been interested in getting Elite certified on their own in years. Our Elite members get a lot more business and they will continue to monopolize until the other Notaries get off their rear and study.

I have decided that I am going to wrap up the phone quizzing and stop doing it. People hate it and it is getting to my health. None of the Notaries do that well. None of them act like professionals. It is that some are less unprofessional than others. In this business, ALL Notaries should act like professionals and know all the answers to basic questions, but the reality is that only about 2% of Notaries on our site meet this description, and our site is one of the better sites, or the best site according to Carmen.

So, to save my liver, I am testing more by email. I will test by phone only if absolutely necessary because the amount of Notary hatred makes the KKK look like school girls. When I started my site I had no idea people were this horrible. But, back in 2004 when 123notary was really growing, we did not have any of this type of problems with people. We had mostly polite customers and only a few screwballs.

But, how can I ask Notaries to be professional when the industry no longer values acting properly and knowing what you are doing. The industry wants Notaries to be stupid so the signing companies can treat them like slaves by lowballing them. So, if you are happy being slaves, then fine. But, if you want to get paid well like Carmen who gets $200 average per signing, I suggest attaining mastery of the art of being a Notary Public. Idiots do not get paid $200. Idiots are lucky to get $60 and then don’t get paid on time or at all. My suggestion is to be disciplined and choose being 100% knowledgeable, not just knowing a scrambled version of half of what you are supposed to know. 100% knowledge is called being professional.

When I was a Notary I did not think of myself as anything special. But, I knew 97% of what I was supposed to know and I kick myself about the other 3%. The average Notary on 123notary is functioning at a 45% level. This is not acceptable, but the industry accepts it and I can’t find better. So, the 45 percenters win — I lose. I will have to accept this type of ignorance until the industry changes.


May 30, 2018

An index to notary articles

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 2:27 am

We have so many articles, that it might be beneficial to index them. Our most popular articles are part of courses where there is an organized structure to the collection of information.

Although we do have a good categorization system, perhaps an index or our articles in order of article type and how good the article is might make sense.

You can also use the search box which is on the right (scroll a little bit) on our blog to read about particular topics.

I think an index might be popular and I could also edit it from time to time.


April 12, 2018

I’ve been doing this 20 years

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 10:23 am

People who fail our test or who do not want to take our test hide behind their years. It is a cover up for lack of knowledge.

JEREMY: You failed my test!

NOTARY: Well sonny, I’ve been doing this for 20 years so I must know what I’m doing.

JEREMY: You don’t even know how to give an Oath or keep a journal. You not only do not know what you are doing, but you are endangering the public.

NOTARY: You’re mean!

JEREMY: You are worse than mean. You could get someone in financial or legal trouble from your ineptitude!

If you have been a Notary for 20 years, but only did one loan per year, that is 20 loans. That is why when I ask to know how many loans you have signed, I really don’t want to hear years. On the other hand, you could tell me number of loans and be mistaken or dishonest. On the other hand there are those who have signed ten thousand loans with their eyes virtually shut who don’t know their documents at all because they don’t read the documents and because the borrowers don’t ask questions that require the Notary to think.

That is why I think that a knowledge test is a better analytic than years, or number of loans. You can be in business for 20 years and know absolutely nothing. I’m not sure how that is possible, but I have many Notaries to prove that it is indeed possible. You can have signed 20,000 loans and know nothing. But, if you ace my test, you know something.

So, never tell people how many years you have been doing this. Hiring parties such as Title companies see right through this. It is BS. Tell them about the types of experience you have and be more specific. That will sound more knowledgeable to someone who has knowledge themself who is going to potentially hire you or list you on their directory.


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April 2, 2018

Compilation of Mafia Related Notary Posts

Filed under: Compilations,General Stories — admin @ 10:27 pm

Here are some posts about the Mafia’s relationship with the Notary world. They are all fictional, so please do not call the FBI about this one!


How to make serious money notarizing Russian Mafia

Notarize This

The Mafia guy who could make witnesses disappear

The Mafia Notary with the violin case (and wine)

The Notary, The Mafia & The Fedex Drop Box

Tony Soprano Gets Notarized


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

Credible Witness Protection Plan

Financing a Kidney

Fraud & Forgery related to the notary profession

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

Notary accidentally gets arrested for robbing a bank?

Notary Housewives

Psych Episodes (psychic detectives who fight crime)

We caught a bunch of frauds using Notary verbiage

Why keep a journal? Don’t wait until you get a call from the FBI



Murder in a building a week before the signing

Notarizing a female accessory to murder

Notarizing an Ax Murderer in San Ysidro

Notary Murdered in last non-attorney state



March 30, 2018

A dream about a Notary seal and a journal sandwich

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: — admin @ 10:11 am

I had a dream that I was in a Japanese restaurant and that I ordered a journal sandwich.

It was an Official journal of notarial acts. The cover was made of a cookie and the pages were made of rice paper. I asked the waitress why there were no thumbprints in my journal. The answer was, “Sorry, no Engrish!”

Oh well. My journal was a mini-journal that came with green tea ice cream. Next time I’ll get the mochi.

I had another dream.

This time there was a Notary seal sitting on the table. It was spitting out black noodles which became an octopus which ate an Affidavit. After that it raised it’s right tentacle and swore it was delicious. Then I work up and found myself naked at Macy’s looking at a stuffed octopus.

I actually got sick eating an octopus. My psychic said that it descended into the sand at the bottom when it was being caught and played dead. The same thing happened to me when I ate it. I wanted to crouch on the ground and die. I was having trouble breathing. I got some fresh air and felt better the next day. Bizarre. I guess my health could be improved.

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