Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Witch" Team Are You Rooting For?*

*Designed and Created by Kelly McVay, San Francisco

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wake Up, San Francisco! Keurig is Having a K-Cup Party

Keurig is giving away free cups of coffee at Justin Herman Plaza (at the Embarcadero Center) from Tuesday, October 26 through Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
I had the "Emeril" Cup this morning. Soooo good. I think I'll try the Gloria Jean's after lunch!

There's always something happening in this town. Gotta love it.

Keurig is a coffee machine manufacturing company that is a subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.. Its machines are all designed to quickly brew a single cup of coffee or tea. The grounds are in prepared, single-serving K-Cups.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Monday, October 25, 2010

You Know You Want One!

On my way back from lunch, spotted these adorable little "Chiweenies" (Miniature Daschund/Chihuahua)newborns at the Yap Wrap Store in Embarcadero Two.

If you want to adopt one of these cuties, contact:

A Leg Up Rescue
P.O. Box 166
Windsor, CA 95492

Fax Number: (415) 329-1510

Foster Care Program:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Alameda County Legal Secretaries' Association Welcomes Author/Paralegal Sue Ann Jaffarian

Pictured: Bryana Schroeder, ACLSA President and Author Sue Ann Jaffarian

The Alameda County Legal Secretaries Association held their membership drive meeting on October 14, 2010 at Nixon Peabody in San Francisco.

Guest speaker was everybody's favorite paralegal/author Sue Ann Jaffarian. Ms. Jaffarian was engaging, witty and a good time was had by all.

Bryanna Schroeder, President of ACLSA, presented Ms. Jaffarian with an adorable handmade "Odelia Grey" doll.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Sue Ann Jaffarian's books, "Odelia" is the main character in her Odelia Grey Mystery Series.

For more information on the Alameda County Legal Secretaries Association, go to:

Sue Ann Jaffarian's newest novel is "Murder In Vein," and it's all about vampires and romance and is a big departure from the Odelia and Granny Apples series. So, if you like vampires, you'll love "Murder In Vein."

Read all about "Murder In Vein" and Sue Ann Jaffarian at:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Today Is National Boss's Day (And What You Do With This Information Is Entirely Up to You! :)

National Boss's Day which is celebrated on October 16th each year. If the holiday falls on a weekend, it is generally celebrated on the working day closest to October 16. National Boss Day offers employees an opportunity to recognize those in supervisory positions. Popular ways to say "thanks" include cards, a lunch in the boss’s honor, outdoor picnics, flowers, or gift certificates.

Patricia Bays Haroski is given the sole credit for creating. She was an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Ill. She worked under her father and became aware of the problems he had to face while leading the employees and managing the company. In order to show her admiration and respect for her father-boss, she hit upon the idea of Boss Day. In 1958, she registered the holiday with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father’s birthday. Ms. Haroski’s purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors. She believed young employees often do not realize the challenges bosses face in running a business.

Four years after she registered the holiday, Governor of Illinois, Otto Kerner, welcomed the proposal of observing National Boss's Day and officially proclaimed the day in 1962. The idea became popular across the country in no time and soon, even England, Australia and South Africa started celebrating Boss's Day in full throttle.

Hallmark did not offer a Boss Day card for sale until 1979, but increased the size of its National Boss Day line by 90 percent in 2007 by creating collections of new and innovative cards. Some publishers like 123greetings and American Greetings have boss day cards even for ex boss and women boss.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Notice of Increase In California Filing Fees

One Legal Advisory

October 14, 2010

The following information was provided to One Legal by the California Association of Legal Support Professionals. We hope you find it of interest.

Notice of Increase in California Filing Fees

As part of the Budget Act of 2010, certain filing fees will increase. Each county will begin collection of the new fees at different times based on when they can update their systems. The fees that will increase are outlined below:

1. First appearance in an unlimited action by plaintiff(s) and each defendant will increase to $395. This fee increase applies to all types of filings in which the previous fee was $355 (civil, probate, family, etc.)
2. First appearance in a limited action ($10,000 up to $25,000) by plaintiff(s) and each defendant will increase to $370.
3. First appearance in a limited action (under $10,000) by plaintiff(s) and each defendant will increase to $220.

Note: the above fees do not include the additional fees required for Unlawful Detainer filings (additional $15) or the surcharges imposed in Riverside County, San Bernardino County or the City and County of San Francisco.

4. Motion for Summary Judgment/Adjudication will increase to $500.
5. Application by counsel to appear Pro Hac Vice will increase to $500.
6. Additional $3 penalty to every parking violation.
7. Additional increases in various criminal penalties and traffic fines.

Additionally, the Judicial Council is required to establish a fee for telephonic appearances on or before July 1, 2011 (separate from any fees paid to "Court Call" or other vendors).

These new fees will go into effect immediately upon the Governor's signature on SB857, which is expected to be next week.

Please Note: One Legal will continue its practice of presenting the appropriate filing fee to the court clerk so as to ensure timely filings.

Eric Winkler
One Legal LLC

Monday, October 11, 2010

Doesn't It Feel Good to Wear Hane's(R)?

Apparently not. Fewer and fewer women wear nylons these days. Oh, I haven't done any scientific study. This is just my unofficial survey. I think that working in a large metropolitan city makes me somewhat of an expert.

The hosiery women once had to choose from left a lot to be desired. I started wearing stockings in an era when there was very little to choose from in color, style and comfort. In fact, in the "old days" I think there might have been a policy against not wearing hose. At least in the workplace.

But these days, unless they're textured or fishnet, I don't see them at all. They seem to have gone the way of the handkerchief. I used to love these wonderfully sheer Christian Dior pantyhose in the 80s and 90s. They no longer exist.

I started giving this some serious thought the other day when I saw a very attractive, well-dressed young woman, obviously a professional, with a nice portfolio under her arm on the elevator. Elevators are the perfect place to do a quick "once-over" without being caught because no one looks at each other in elevators anymore. Anyway, she had lovely legs. Bare legs. And while bronzers and waxing have definitely added to the attraction of the bare leg, it still seemed that something was not quite right with the bare-legged interview look.

What say you? Am I just old-fashioned or do pantyhose still have a place in society, the workplace, in particular?

Just something to think about on a Monday morning.

Make it a great week!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thought You Were Having a Bad Day?

Nora McFarland's debut novel, "A Bad Day's Work," will make your worst work day seem like a holiday. Lilly Hawkins in a TV news photographer in Bakersfield, California. After responding to a breaking story in the middle of the night, Lilly's quest to turn her "work slump" around turns into everything but successful.

Great action, totally adorable heroine, easy to read and the perfect commute novel.

Nora McFarland has worked for CNN and holds an MFA from the University of California's school of cinema and television. Ms. McFarland resides in Macon, Georgia.

A Touchstone Book Published by Simon and Schuster