And Now For Something Completely Bonkers

I got a blast from the past last night.

I came home from the store Friday night and Mom said that someone who claimed to be my old friend’s younger brother came by with a message that MOF wanted me to call him.

MOF doesn’t have a younger brother.

The note was a Santa Cruz number but I didn’t call it. Since I last hung out with MOF, he has been in prison at least three times.

MOF and I had grown up together but we never had any classes together so we were neither friend nor enemies, we were just two kids that went to the same school. But when I left the straight and narrow Sunday School path and started exploring the sins of the flesh. I spent a large portion of my senior year of HS getting high in his kitchen

When I married my first wife, MOF was my best man. When my daughter Caitlin died he was there for me. He was my best friend for 15 years. He got me hooked on watching the Oakland Raiders. We coached Little League and Junior Football together.

Last nite there was a tap on my window. It was MOF. I almost didn’t recognize him. Long story short, I invite him in and we chat.

When I stopped drinking, he kept going. He chose the dark and crooked path. He lost his wife, his job, and his freedom. He was selling drugs to support himself and his drug habit. He met MPEG and her friends during that period. His last arrest was 10 years ago, which was also the last time he used.

He has a house he bought in 1980. The mortgage was almost paid off.

Last week he was served papers indicating that the house was sold at auction and the new owners were evicting him. Supposedly the house was sold at auction to satisfy an unpaid promissory note for $20,000 from 12-14 years ago. MOF says he never borrowed any money.

Even if he owed the money, the house is worth way more than $20k. He says he was never served anything until the eviction papers last week. He has a hearing on Thursday. I told him I didn’t know if I could help him but I would meet him at the courthouse Tuesday to look at the file and then we would go to the Recorders office and see what they have. I will be looking for
The easiest way to win a civil case is to challenge the paperwork and show that all the i’s weren’t dotted or the t’s not crossed. Back in the mid-00’s when all the craziness was going on in the RE market people were winning cases because the banks had been passing loans around like cards in a game of Go Fish without doing all the proper paperwork. The banks doing the foreclosures could not prove they had the standing to bring the suits. The legal term is “privity.”

I’m not personally invested in this case. If MOF is telling the truth he does need help. And if he is lying then I can walk away. But nobody deserves to have their home stolen.

I think he is telling the truth. Helping people with situations like his is why I went to law school. So it looks like it’s gonna be once more unto the breach for me. I hope my skills aren’t atrophied.

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118 Responses to And Now For Something Completely Bonkers

  1. Somebody says:

    I hope you are successful! How nice of you yo help, don’t worry I’m sure it’s like riding a bike. There are other attorneys on here, you could confer if you run into issues.

    Agree that nobody deserves to have their home stolen from them. Is it possible the outstanding lien was for taxes plus interest?

    Did you find out who the “younger brother” was and what that was all about?

    • Somebody says:

      Here in FL you can buy a house for back taxes, you buy what’s called a tax certificate. The rightful owner has I think 3 years to pay back the certificate plus a reasonable rate of interest. At the end of that period the property conveys to the lien holder (the person that bought the tax certificate). I think legally it confers as a promissory note owed to the investor that bought up the certificate.

      It’s a cheap way to buy a house, but it’s a gamble because the rightful owner or their heirs could step forward with the cash and your money has been on the sidelines waiting for the certificate to mature.

      There is a similar process here with code violations and resultant penalties. MOF, since passed away used to buy up houses this way. He’d renovate and sell once he owned them free and clear.

      I don’t know if there are similar laws in CA. Here in FL it’s a way for municipalities to get their $$ and to avoid vacant houses. If it was something like that there should be a paper trail. If you’re friend was in prison they may have served him via a newspaper if that’s allowed in CA. Here after 3 attempts you can publish a notice in the paper and that suffices. It’s a tactic often used, back in the day I used it always published in the local business journal nobody reads.

      If it was something like that, I’d think the county could be culpable, it’s not like a quick check couldn’t have found the whereabouts of your friend. Almost like a double jeopardy

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      It was him. He was trying to tell Mom he was Lenny’s younger brother. Lenny went to my church. Lenny was a thug who was 4 years older than us and liked to beat up little kids.

      It’s “Rev. Lenny” now. I’ll never forget when I was in 8th grade and Lenny kneed me in the balls as hard as he could.

  2. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I took Mom to see her former SIL yesterday. Auntie Alice had a stroke a whiled back that left her with aphasia She has words in her head but they won’t come out her mouth. It occurred to me that if Alice can’t talk and Mom won’t shut up, they’re perfect roommates

  3. 1539days says:

    In the past, if you were in arrears (back taxes, usually) the city would sell your house, take their cut and give you the remainder. They decided that was a waste of their valuable time and started doing tax auctions. Regardless of what your house is worth, they will sell it for what is owed to them and keep any remainder. There usually isn’t any because the government is lousy at selling stuff.
    This process is popular in New York because property taxes are insane and people delayed paying them, which also lead to fees and fines. The laws that make a real estate sale unnecessary mean that you don’t really own your property in those states, you just rent it from the government.

  4. lyn says:

    Good luck! Hope everything turns out well for both of you. ❤

  5. jeffhas says:

    Good on you to help a friend in need….

    I bet it gets your juices flowing too.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Is that etched in the pavement, lol. Reminds me when pranksters spray painted 12 foot long penises and scrotums on our neighborhood park path. A neighbor took his super industrial powered pressure washer over to clean them up and ended up leaving permanent outlines etched in the path. I think they ended up having to repave the entire path. 🙂

  6. foxyladi14 says:


  7. blowme0bama says:

    Good for you bro. I’ve done enough “free shit” and am done with it. Nobody ever gives me any free shit.

    Let’s see: two divorces for one cousin; negotiated settlements on two car wrecks for another (property damage only); found substantial insurance coverage for medical bills arising out of a car wreck involving another where that cousin was CLEARLY at fault – at least 95%.

    I’ve got a good friend that has come up with umpteen perceived slights to his ego from local municipalities, Walmart, local school district, an oil change place, and car dealerships that I have to spend time listening to this bullshit and give serious analysis to only to explain that they have zero value and no one with any experience is going to fool with it. He didn’t believe me on one and actually found a young attorney to take a case against a private disability insurer for a shortfall on benefits prior to his obtaining social security disability benefits (we’re talking about a $1500 difference – just not something worth fooling with)

    The last one I worked for my bud is probably the last one he’ll ask me about. He had a legit claim for enforcement of a settlement agreement between him, a car dealership and the manufacturer’s finance organization whereby he had a recall vehicle, the finance org wanted to buy it from him for testing purposes, and sold him a new car with credit from the old vehicle. The problem was the dealership wasn’t communicating with the manufacturer / finance group, so they have this legit settlement agreement, he returns the old vehicle, gets the new vehicle, but the dealership later calls him up and tells him the old vehicle is repaired and he needs to come pick it up. The finance group then acts like they’re not sure they want to do the deal, despite there being a signed settlement agreement that spells every bit of this shit out. In the meantime, the finance group is dragging their heels and my bud is making payments on both the old car and the new one. I guess I spent at least two hours researching the availability of attorney’s fees for enforcement of settlement agreements (none unless the agreement provides for it – and of course, the agreement didn’t provide for it), called the finance group two times, corresponded with the finance group and umpteen phone calls and emails with my bud on this. They ended up doing the deal, but my bud paid two months of payments on the old car – roughly $700 – he really shouldn’t have had to pay had the car people performed immediately. He wants to sue them for fucking $700. There is no way to recover attorney’s fees on this and the cost of filing the lawsuit and serving the finance org alone is going to be around $300 (which I’d have to advance). I explain this to him and he was a little offended that I wouldn’t file suit for him because “they’ll settle as soon as they’re sued”. They probably would settle but what if this bullshit case gets thrown to a young associate in some firm that the partner wants to use as training for the kid – I’m sure we’ve all seen the $2,000 car crashes into a light pole case and the light company sues to recover cost of the light pole. I’d put enough time in this bullshit case of his told him the time I’d already spent on it in detail and if I were actually billing on it, he’d already gotten $2000+ worth of free legal services out of me and I wasn’t going to commit my firm to trying a damned case in the event they didn’t settle so he could get $700 back. Think I’m through having to do free shit for this bud.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    You’re a good friend myiq. I didn’t realize you lost a child ? So sorry ❤

    • Dora says:

      I had no idea either.

      That’s a tough thing to go through.

      I’m so very sorry.

    • Constance says:

      I am also sorry for the loss of your daughter. I’m not surprised that people come to you for help when they don’t know what to do. You are a good, thoughtful leader. Even if you don’t get the property back you gave him the security of knowing he has a friend who will try his best to stand up for him. That is most important.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Caitlin was born very preemie. She weighed 1.6 lbs at birth and lived for four days.

      That little girl was the cherry on top of a bad marriage sundae.

      I put flowers on her grave yesterday. Mom and I go out to the Merced cemetery every year and decorate the graves of our family members who went on ahead to scout out the afterlife. MoM’s older brohrt

  9. swanspirit says:

    I hope you are successful in helping your friend. I didn’t know you lost a child either, I am so very sorry. Hugs are inadequate, but hugs anyway. 💔

  10. 49erDweet says:

    Go to it!!! Best wishes to you both!!!

  11. Mothy67 says:

    Had fox on for a few minutes. Impeachment. Impeachment.
    Sunday mornings are shit on that channel.
    I only do Carlson, Hannity, and Ingraham on occasion.

  12. Dora says:

    This HAS to be against the law!


    Ex-CIA Chief John Brennan STILL Has His Security Clearance – Even Though President Trump Revoked it Last Summer

  13. Constance says:

    BTW regarding above picture…Nice creative use of body paint on old lady boobs! On super hot days when bras get soaked in sweat and you just want to catch a breeze on your skin, I always look at oblivious old fat men with droopy Moobs and huge guts walking around in only gym shorts and think “How is this fair? If I ran around comfortable like that I’d get thrown in jail for being indecent but THIS is OK???”

    • Somebody says:

      My neighbor down the street fits that description almost to a T. Except he doesn’t bother with gym shorts, he’s in just his boxers😲 He also isn’t walking around he’s on a scooter. If he goes out like say to the grocery store he’ll put on shorts and a shirt, but his daily jaunt to the mailbox during the summer, boxers only 😂

  14. Cisco says:

    I now call on newly elected Mayor Lighfoot and under investigation Govenor Prick-zer along with Durbin The Turbin to immediately to enact more useless and restrictive gun laws on lawful gun owners.
    Outlaw guns,and as in London knives and hatches.
    Maybe hammers too.

  15. DeniseVB says:


  16. Mothy67 says:

    Hillary’s America is on Ptime.
    D’Souza was so screwed with that sentence.

  17. Jadzia says:

    Macron’s party just lost to Marine’s party in the European election. I think I could get used to this winning thing!

  18. Dora says:

  19. Dora says:

    Melania Trump Colors Fish With Kids at Japan Digital Museum

    TOKYO—Melania Trump was perfectly cool Sunday at an air-conditioned interactive digital museum in Tokyo where she drew a purple fish and had it projected on a digital aquarium, as she and her host, Japanese first lady Akie Abe, joined dozens of schoolchildren while their husbands played golf under the scorching sun.

  20. blowme0bama says:

    “He has a house he bought in 1980. The mortgage was almost paid off.
    Last week he was served papers indicating that the house was sold at auction and the new owners were evicting him. Supposedly the house was sold at auction to satisfy an unpaid promissory note for $20,000 from 12-14 years ago. MOF says he never borrowed any money.
    Even if he owed the money, the house is worth way more than $20k.”

    If I’m understanding this, he had a first mortgage from 1980 which was almost paid off? And supposedly a second mortgage from 12-14 years ago with a $20,000 default? If that’s the case, the second would have to satisfy whatever remained on the first mortgage before the second creditor holding the note from 12-14 years ago would see anything. That would help explain the disparity between the value of the house and whatever the second lienholder realized out of it.

    • blowme0bama says:

      There’s more to this story than what your friend is telling you.

      • Somebody says:

        A 30 year mortgage from 1980 would have been paid off in 2010 🤔

        • blowme0bama says:

          Yeah, unless he refinanced it – for whatever reason – cash out some equity. That’s one of the things I’m not clear on about this – was the first paid off before this 12-14 year old note went to foreclosure?

  21. DandyTIger says:

    That Indy 500 ending was amazing.

    • DeniseVB says:

      It was ! Though they kept Unofficial Results on the screen for a long time, I got a little worried they were going Derby the winner.

  22. taw46 says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      It really looks like she’s having a fun time and actually paying attention to the children rather than mugging for the cameras like you-know-who used to do. The great chemistry between the Trumps and Abes looks real in that having a wonderful time wish you were here way 🙂

      • lateblum says:

        Even the anti-Trump reports here mention that the Abes like the Trumps. And that they named that sumo wrestling trophy the Trump Trophy because they genuinely like Trump. We’re talking Chicago reports. They dont like amyone who isn’t a D – especially PDJT.

        • DeniseVB says:

          The Donald loved our WWE long before he became the President. What a great host the Abes are to introduce him to Sumo. 🙂

          • lateblum says:

            I agree completely! I’m certain this will be a weekend the Trumps will remember with fondness for a very long time.

  23. Mothy67 says:

    Hope this is true if so more winnng

  24. Dora says:


  25. Dora says:

    They did this kind of stuff for obama too, if I’m not mistaken.



    Scandal-ridden congresswoman is treated as an icon.

  26. DeniseVB says:

    Awww, you can tell Branco is awed……

  27. Mothy67 says:

    Watching Hillary’s America is fun because she didn’t know she was going to get her ass kicked.

  28. taw46 says:

  29. taw46 says:

    Love the selfie.

  30. DeniseVB says:

    Ok, addressing the lady in the post with the hanging puppies, really? I’m 72 and my girls are still perky, nips up, if you will 😀

    • Cisco says:

      I always look at Heresy Kisses a bit different as I got older.
      I’m a perv, but I always looked forward to chilly weather.

  31. Dora says:

    • Jadzia says:

      Fun fact: Marine gave birth to 3 kids in 10 months. And I thought my 30s were rough!

  32. Dora says:


    • Anthony says:

      Welcome to the New New World Order 🤣
      I’ll bet the bigwigs in Brussels are shaking in their shoes. We’ve got to keep fighting.

  33. lyn says:

  34. helenk3 says:

    Good luck to you and your friend. I am glad that you are able to try and help him and really want you to win

  35. helenk3 says:

    I started binge watching the Sharpe series on Britbox. Got lost in them for three days. now I need to get some Barnard Cornwell books. really good

  36. Mothy67 says:

    Marine Le Pen! What a fighter. She had been threatened with prison over social media posts. Did not give up.
    What a time to be alive. The world has changed so much since 11/8/16. I am inclined to believe that in large part President Donald J Trump led the way.
    Where would we be had the hildebeast won? Skyrocketing unemployment. Massively increased debt. Frequent terror attacks. Gun grabbing. Limitations on speech.
    Come on Canada oust Margaret Jr.

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