“Tales of a Trekking Notary”
The journey from world trekking to notary trekking and the life lessons learned. Reinvention, discovery, and keeping it real.
In my go-go years, I was living a fast-paced lifestyle. Hence, enjoying all the luxuries and entrapments of a young, successful professional warrior/salesperson. I was a hard-driving smart guy for sure. But, in reality-“Right Place, Right Time.” The universe aligned. I was traveling and trekking the world. My adventures included: backpacking in Europe and cycling in Israel, Vermont, and California. Additionally, skiing in Utah/ Colorado/East Coast, and swimming/surfing the beaches in the Caribbean and Hawaii. But now, all seems to be in the rearview mirror.
Therefore, today I am traveling by auto and subway to notary closings. All of which are less exotic locations than my world trekking. The reality is that I have been learning more about myself. My daily trekking is leading me to adventures I could never imagine. Thus, the following blogs are various snippets/episodes. I am highlighting varied and colorful closings. It feels like I have been conducting closings for years.
Each closing takes on a life of its own. For “The Closer,” each ending is a real-life adventure with compelling life stories. I am listening and learning in every encounter. Hence, I am always showing respect and humility. There is never a lack of conversation and human-interest tales.
Hence, we discuss sports, politics, kids, and reinventing careers. All aspects of living are the norm. Everyone’s life, including my own, seems to come full circle. The theater and drama are breathing and living organisms one closing at a time. The lessons I am learning about the world and myself are priceless. The cleansing sessions cover happy and sad experiences for all parties.
Consequently, I am now trekking the notary world. Traveling not by plane or boat but by subway and bus; as a simple notary. Notary destinations have included: Michael Bloomberg’s office at the World Trade Center, Trump’s corporate office, and the offices of various Bank Presidents.
Furthermore, meeting with; Investment Bankers, Assistant Commissioners of the NBA, MLB, NFL, and multiple captains of industry. Moreover, doctors, construction workers, visiting barmaids, bus drivers, teachers, and accountants were in my bailiwick.
Similarly, how could I ever forget the Indian Chief and tattoo man? In addition, performing closings have taken place: in $30,000,000 residences, ghetto streets, and Chinatown. I have had entertaining meetings with every economic and ethnic group.
My appointments only take 20 minutes to one hour. Besides the 2 hours of travel on crowded public transportation. Accordingly, absorbing the varying fragrances of New York City and the suburbs of NY and Connecticut. The entry fee for the notary adventures is the price of a subway token or a gallon of gas. The notary locations offer fragrances and experiences of every facet of society. All of which are much richer than trekking across the globe oceans afar.
Accordingly, the hope of recapturing past glory is not of the moment. My daily escapades now encompass completing one closing at a time. I am receiving fees between $80-$250 a pop. I have been traveling many roads and miles I never knew existed. The days of $200 corporate lunches and long-winded dinners have passed. Long gone are expense accounts and all the associated trappings. I am conducting notary closings while still working as a Sr. VP of Business Development for a technology company.
Under the circumstances, I never stop cycling, playing tennis, and working out daily. My primary endeavors and goals are to be the best husband, father, and grandfather possible. Surviving was the end game. Nothing would have been possible without the support and love of my magnificent core family unit. Thus, I dedicate all to my immediate family and extended family from New York to Boston to Chicago.
In conclusion, your feedback and comments on any trekking adventures will be very much appreciated. I am sure many of you will be seeing yourself in many experiences/blogs.
Therefore, I am learning a great deal about myself and all the people I am meeting. Mostly every encounter is a new and fantastic adventure. The shared fundamental values we all cherish are conveyed and reinforced.
I look forward to continued reinvention, discovery, and keeping it real. 5,000 closings and counting!
Jeffrey Weiner “The Closer”