May 2009 Blog Posts (40)

Another Short Note

Things are moving right along, slowly. When you're job hunting, how many placed applications for positions or overflow work assignments, full or part time, is the average now days?

Added by Kathleen Russell on May 31, 2009 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Just a short Note

Just moved my web site Reliable Transcription to Homestead,
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Added by Kathleen Russell on May 30, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

Please e-mail Bill Parsons for info on NCRA board and staff losing members millions of dollars

Forum Members,

if you are really interested in the best interests of NCRA members and want to see those members receive the best most excellent service possible, please e-mail me for info on the NCRA board of directors and NCRA staff losing NCRA members millions of dollars.

The information I will send you is so volatile to those whose first loyalty is to the NCRA board of directors and staff that the information cannot be posted on forums without having fierce attacks…

Added by Bill Parsons on May 29, 2009 at 7:37 — No Comments


So I see a lot of discussions about the page rate and getting paid. But what about the copies? Yeah, the copies.

Are you guys getting a lot of copy orders or are most of your jobs O&1? Here in Southern California, they do the heinous Southern Cal stip where they relieve us of our duty to maintain the transcript and send the original to the other side, so they don't order a copy. Not so prevalent in Northern Cal.

How old is your oldest outstanding copy order? How old… Continue

Added by Kyung on May 28, 2009 at 7:25 — 9 Comments

Don't you know, this is how I spend all my breaks on my jobs? Bathrooms and food are not required!

THE WITNESS: Then procedure is skin treatment done, skin checked, clean and examined for any redness or open areas. Dermagran ointment applied to inguinal area and buttocks every shift. Baza Cream 2 percent AF applied to right heel as a skin barrier.

THE REPORTER: If you read just a little slower, I wouldn't have to interrupt so much.

MS. ATTORNEY: And during the breaks, since these are typed, I bet you can clean it up by actually looking at the typed record.

Witness: nurse… Continue

Added by Lisa Breiter on May 27, 2009 at 8:39 — 4 Comments



Is anyone using Gmail to get jobs from their scopists? I had to sign up for it because my regular email is down. My proofer sent me a job and I clicked on download and in Mozilla it went into the download box and then put it on my desk top. Now I can't figure out how to get it from my desktop into Case Cat. I tried dragging and dropping and it won't let me do it. Am I totally retarded or what??



Added by Renee Pacheco on May 26, 2009 at 21:27 — 10 Comments

Hallelujah, payment has come!

As some may have read, I've been struggling with getting paid by an agency for work I took in January and February. I finally did get my $772.00!

Here's what I did right in this situation:

1. Kept good documentation, copies of e-mails, copies of my invoices.

2. Kept after them. At first it was friendly reminders, then every time they called me for a job, I reminded them they owed me money. Then when the phone calls stopped, we started an e-mail and phone call blitz between… Continue

Added by Lisa Breiter on May 26, 2009 at 15:41 — 5 Comments

Site Usage Tips

Hi everyone,

This is my first blog... a question to all of you:

"What tips do you have for navigating around this website?"

I love the conversations here, but can't seem to organize everything in my head about getting back to see replies to comments I've made, keeping up with newly-updated club activity, and knowing how to connect the email alerts received to the specific spot in the website... Then, there's the question of, What are the exact distinctions… Continue

Added by C Cipolla on May 26, 2009 at 8:00 — 9 Comments

A Fight For Survival

For those who cannot attend the NCRA conference in the Washington, D.C., please let your voice be heard and email NCRA telling them that you are opposed to membership in our organization by ER or DAR individuals.

Added by anita t. shemin on May 26, 2009 at 5:58 — 4 Comments

Taking the Kathryn Challenge

Okay, Kathryn, here goes:

1. First and foremost, be the kind of mom my kids are proud of.

2. Be the kind of wife my husband looks forward to waking up with every day.

3. Take at least two family vacations out of state/country a year.

4. Qualify in all three legs of the NCRA speed contest in one sitting before I die.

Added by Tami on May 25, 2009 at 18:29 — 4 Comments

Turning 50...

...ain't so nifty. No, I usually do not say ain't, but I don't usually turn 50, either. For the past week or so I've felt like Linda Blair. What a gift I got this year, menopause. Today some guy yelled at me hanging out of the window of his truck, telling me to SLOW DOWN! (I was at a stop sign, just starting up again -- not speeding.) As soon as he did that, the new demons that are occupying my body screamed right back at the guy, BLEEP BLEEP! If he had stopped, I probably would have gotten… Continue

Added by Janet on May 25, 2009 at 17:45 — 5 Comments

Court Reporters, Time-and-Day Questions from Your Proofreader

Hi. In the interest of managing my struggling business as a freelance proofreader, I hope you can help me establish a baseline for structuring my turnaround and delivery times. If you have time, kindly respond to the following questions:

1. At which time/s of the day do you usually send out jobs to your proofreader?

2. On which day/s of the week are you not likely to send out jobs to your proofreader?

I appreciate your interest in replying to the questions above.… Continue

Added by Randy Renier Espinoza on May 24, 2009 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

What would you do in this situation?

Here is the testimony. I don't know why I didn't ask them afterward. It was a long day and I was tired.

Q What's his address in Florida?

A It is 10 Main Street.

MR. SMITH: Why don't we deal with giving you the address privately, can we agree on that? My client's been shot at by somebody. I don't want his address in a public document.

MS. JONES: You mean you just want this off the record, his address?

MR. SMITH: Yeah. Can we strike the part about the… Continue

Added by Lisa Breiter on May 24, 2009 at 9:26 — 10 Comments

Bike riding

Well, today I bought a bike. We moved to Irvine a couple of years ago, and there's lots of trails and things. My daughter is five now. It will be nice for the whole family to be able to go bike riding together.

I got a nice purple beach cruiser.

I have to tell you, I haven't been on a bike in over 25 years, maybe 30. I was terrified. I was pretty sure I would be able to ride it once I got it going on. The hard part for me is getting on and getting off without falling over.… Continue

Added by Kyung on May 23, 2009 at 18:30 — No Comments

Kathryn's Bucket List

Well, I can't reply to Kathryn directly on her page because that would necessitate my making a list of goals -- something I've never done to my recollection. I've always fallen into things: reporting, parenthood, homeownership.

Kathryn, you are so driven. I admire that so much. Just isn't in my hardwiring at all. I don't care a lick about letters behind my name, about being published, about contests. I do like helping students, especially those nearly ready to work. I'd like to get… Continue

Added by Brenda Rogers on May 23, 2009 at 13:54 — 2 Comments

Word of CAUTION before accepting work

After experiencing a very unpleasant event, I feel compelled to post this. If you take a job from someone on CSRNation, even if you have spoken to them on the phone and all the terms are delineated, make sure you have them sign a contract with all terms explicitly set out.

E-mail me if you want the details @


Added by Tricia McLaughlin on May 22, 2009 at 22:00 — 12 Comments

Best Courtroom Comeback Ever?

If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the policeman's credibility...

Q: 'Officer -- did you see my client fleeing the scene?'

A: 'No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.'

Q: 'Officer -- who provided this… Continue

Added by Steve Godsey on May 22, 2009 at 19:54 — 3 Comments


So I'm down to my last three packs of paper. So I go to Steno Doctor to buy another case.

I've been thinking about going paperless for a while now. But my ink ribbon is still good. I want to time it so that I run out of paper and ink at the same time, but that's never going to happen. While I'm there, they tell me Stenograph is going out of the paper business, which I vaguely remember getting an e-mail about them selling off that part of the business to Pengad or some other business… Continue

Added by Kyung on May 22, 2009 at 14:25 — 4 Comments

Frustration continues

I have resolved that I am going to get my payment come hell or high water.

My husband is helping me in this endeavor by calling their office 3 times today and is going there tomorrow to get the "promised" check that probably won't be there.

The e-mails I am getting from the owner seem to be the runaround like I'll Fed Ex a check and don't send your husband here, he is bothering my staff.

i just sent an e-mail saying that since they didn't pay me, I can only… Continue

Added by Lisa Breiter on May 21, 2009 at 17:17 — 6 Comments



Added by Kathy Mannlein on May 21, 2009 at 8:11 — 4 Comments

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