The new school year, time to procrastinate by looking for study aids. Unlike the standard set of Gilberts that serve for all 1Ls, you are sort of on your own in your second and third years, especially if you're taking classes slightly off the beaten path. This semester I don't feel the need to buy every and all aids created for each of my classes. In fact, I don't think I need them for most of my classes. The one I do feel I need one for is Administrative Law (which I also feel the need to mispell every third time I type it). We were informed what an appropriate treatise is for the class, but I don't see myself sitting down and reading a treatise. I'm not nearly high-minded enough for a treatise. I barely rise to hornbook status most days. Instead, I decided to spring for the E&E for Admin Law. I'm thinking that if I can swallow a few examples and explanations perhaps I can muddle through the book. On the outside it doesn't seem to be a difficult course, but the inclass discussion makes me either sit slack jawed not understanding what's going on, or worse, slack jawed with the distinct possibility of impending narcolepsy.
Well, this is the first friday of my 2L year and just like I had dreamed it would be, it was without classes. Did I do reading? Did I increase my knowledge of law? No. I did laundry. I made dinner. And while I've heard that this is the year they work you to death...and I have been doing a ton of work, this year is going to be good. Because I can do laundry and make dinner and still be a human being.
I would like to apologize to those who took offense to my relegating all 1Ls to the second circle of hell earlier. I was being overinclusive and have since edited it down to those 1Ls at my school. I realize the rest of you are in your own circle of hell right now and really do not need to be in mine. I'd like to thank Katherine for bring me to this realization.
Circle I Limbo
1Ls at my school
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow
Circle IV Rolling Weights
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled
Parents who bring squalling brats to every restaurant I go to
Circle VI Buried for Eternity
Circle VII Burning Sands
George W. Bush
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement
Circle IX Frozen in Ice
Design your own hell
SPOILER ALERT: My mother informed me the other day that the plot line from the Audioslave video "Show Me How To Live" is taken directly from the movie Vanishing Point. I guess I don't have to watch the movie now.
From the "You thought you were done with school once you graduated department..."
Judge Stephen Orlofsky of the U.S. District Court sanctioned a NJ lawyer whose amended complaint was "...organized and drafted so poorly that it is often difficult to comprehend." His shortcomings in his writing are not hard to understand, but his penalty wasn't the normal fees but rather to take courses in federal practice and procedure, professionalism and legal ethics. Seems that his incompetence rose to the level of failure to be well grounded in fact and law. There's a moral in this story for you 1L's. Pay attention in Civ Pro! Rule 11 is real!
Today was an interesting day. Went to the Registrar to drop the Trusts and Estates, she took my form, looked at it and said, "Big surprise." So I guess I'm not the only one not keen on the idea of taking this course this semester. Also, a good friend who I ran into today on campus told me I looked relaxed. I was surprised by this but then got to thinking about it, I've got the reading in hand, the class schedule is settled, and I found out the library carols are wired for my laptop now. I guess I have a reason to look relaxed. Life is pretty good. Things are in control (for now). And people are being friendly like never before. I'm sure that's short lived as well. Either way, I guess it's good to be back after all.
You can scare people if you tell them you're currently carrying 19 credits. You get a look that combines derision, abject fear, and awe. Yeah, I sat through four classes back to back today. It's an ego thing...yeah that's it. Notwithstanding the classes I sit through tomorrow, it looks like I'll probably be going to with Privacy Law over Trusts and Estates. I do think I will enjoy the course when I do take it, but not with the professor that's teaching this semester. I do learn under the "bataan death march" style of teaching, but on top of the other classes I'm taking it doesn't seem worth the effort. That and the class is over 100 students right now, while Privacy is around 20. And now, back to my reading. *wave*
The first day of school...the gunners still gunning, me still trying to concentrate instead of checking my email. It's like nothing has changed. Haven't made decisions on which class to drop, since I haven't gone to them all yet, but as it stands right now Trusts and Estates seems scary. The rumor after class was we think the professor only breathed twice during the lecture. No syllabus and It's as close to Paper Chase as I've ever seen this school, short of making people stand and deliver. Did I mention we have to read Bleak House? Only to have it come up on the final exam, not to discuss in class. I'm thinking, "Do they make Monarch/Spark/Cliff Notes for this?" But we'll see....
The sun is going down on my last day of freedom and what do I have to show for it? A clean house and a newly purchased chair mat. Oh, and did I mention the stretchy book cover with the built in bookmark? I must say I do enjoy the book covers. And now, since I've procrastinated this long...I will now begin my reading for tomorrow's classes. But I think I need some food first. Heh.
Well I've tried to give myself a RSS feed so I can jump on the aggregator bandwagon. I hope it works. We'll see what happens. If it goes horribly wrong or isn't working at all I may just give up the ghost until a break in school. You know, the day before classes begin is a great time for this.
Y'know how I can tell that school is about to start? I go on a cleaning binge. Perhaps it is a form of procrastination, perhaps it's a need to be neat and tidy going into a school year. I don't know, but this house is going to look great before classes start Monday.
On an unrelated note, I have found that automated touchless car washes allow me to wash my car without invoking any sort of fear of carwashes. As I mentioned awhile back, carwashes are one of my odder phobias. In particular, the type of car washes in which you ride inside your car on a track make me terribly fearful. This fear has been with me since I was a small child, and being a driver makes no difference, in fact I think it makes it worse. A touchless car wash I sit still, and while it might be mildly claustrophobic it works well and gets the car clean. To make it a better experience, bring a snack! I had an egg mcmuffin while sitting in the car wash this morning.
I believe I'm in denial. Classes start Monday, and I'm not facing it well. I had been gungho about it all, but it has fizzled. I did go to school today to finish buying books, so perhaps this event is related. Being smarter than the average bear, I brought my own bag to lug the extra weight back to the car after dropping off a couple of books in my locker. Ah, the beauty of picking one's own locker. I also found my schedule in my mailbox and found that I was let in to all the classes I'd added, so I'm now facing a dilemma of which class to drop. 19 credits ain't happening. They rearranged the mailboxes based on dropouts and transfers and messed with my sense of order profoundly. I also goggled at the incoming 1Ls. They seem particularly obnoxious and not nearly as deferential as 1Ls should be. You're 1Ls dammit, grovel before me now! I know I was deferential...not that it got me anywhere, but it seemed appropriate. I did not opt to become a 2L peer for an incoming. I didn't have a peer since I was seemingly left off the list until the last possible moment, when someone gave me a perfunctory phone call and proceeded to have nothing to do with me for the rest of the year. Call me petty, but I don't think it's the best thing for me to poison the mind of a malleable law student...I'm jaded enough as it is. Did I mention I really don't want to go back?
I just got back from a small vacation, and I'd like to give a tad bit of advice to those out there who think that a quick 4 or 5 day trip away from home between a summer job and the first week of classes is a good idea. It isn't. While the experience was great, and I got plenty of sun, surf and fun, it has definitely put me out of the loop. I came home to 160 emails on my standard account, and nearly 40 on my school email account, most of which I needed to read and/or respond to. Of course, the fact that I took a job 2 days before leaving did not help. Another bit of advice comes to mind, if you take a job on short notice from an employer and have a trip planned, do not feel guilty about going. The employer will understand. I did have the presence of mind to give myself a day or two to get back in the swing, and probably by tomorrow afternoon I'll have everything back under control. Right now though I feel as if I'm running a race already and the semester hasn't even started. Time to break out the Palm and get organized!
The spouse and I went to dinner at a chain restaurant that was supposedly founded in Boston. The menu is rather wide ranging but has a heavy reliance on seafood. We ordered up a platter of various fried sea creatures, and when it was brought to the table we asked for tartar sauce and cocktail sauce. We were informed that this restaurant does not have cocktail sauce. We must have had some sort of look of incredulity because the waitress continued that, "People in Massachusetts only use tartar sauce, so we don't stock cocktail sauce here." And with that statement she left the table. Now I can see only stocking New England Clam Chowder, or spelling scrod as schrod on their menu, but no cocktail sauce? I know I've had cocktail sauce in Maine, and that's about as New England as it gets. Anyone in Massachusetts care to verify this?
Turns out I ended up at home last night. Plans fell through due to the blackout and I think it's just as well. I leave for vacation tomorrow and with the additional trip leading up to it, I wouldn't have had time to do laundry or those mundane things you do before you leave on a trip. Suntan lotion...check! Toothbrush...check! And to think, when I get back it'll be 4 days until the carousel known as law school begins anew. Where did the summer go?
Last day at work...after yesterday, rather anticlimactic. I had a lot of things happen yesterday outside of the power outage, and they're still going on today. On the one hand, I was finally able to get some money from a working ATM, put some badly needed gas in my car, stop for breakfast, and still beat the rest of my department into work. On the other hand, my travel plans are in total limbo and I have no idea where I'm going to be tonight. But never fear, it's all business not personal...the spouse and I still love each other very much. I would also like to thank Taco Bell for being a beacon of light and tacos in the darkness of last night.
The question of the moment is "Where were you when the power went out?" Me, I was in my car. It's amazing what people will do when faced with no traffic lights. It's coming back in fits and spurts, which is why I'm back blogging now. This has put big kinks in my plans for this evening, which included stopping at the bank, mailing a half.com order, getting gas, and doing laundry. I'm glad to hear it's not anything too horrible...reading science fiction for so many years gave me a full list of possibilities, first of which made me think of all things, EM pulse. Then it dawned on me that I was still driving and the radio station was still on. Sometimes imagination is an awful thing. Hope all is as good as it can be given the circumstances and that your power comes back too.
Have I mentioned that the song Satisfaction by Benny Benassi has to be the most annoying song ever? It is.
According to The Neal Pollack Invasion, tomorrow August 15 is Fair and Balanced day on the internet. Use this day to be as fair and balanced as you want. Use the slogan here there and everywhere. And if you happen to be scratching your head right now trying to figure out why I'd want to be fair and balanced, see this lawsuit.
According to Michael T. Reynvaan, I should not discuss on my blog NASCAR or other interests that would seem unlawerly. He thinks it might not be professional as an attorney to have such interests, but instead speak about bridge, marathon training, or sailing. (Thanks to Bag and Baggage for the link.) As a result I will also refrain from speaking about rodeos, tractor pulls, dirt track racing, demolition derbies, or farming. I wouldn't want my prospective clients to misjudge me. None of my clients could ever have similar interests, right?
Dinner found us at a food festival tonight. Gotta love a place where you can have bauernwurst, jamaican beef patties and strawberry filled crepes in the same meal. Mmmm...
Here's hoping the day has found you without the fallout from the LoveSan virus. While my home computers are safe and clean, the same cannot be said of work. In fact, I started the day with having to sit through a forced update script by the IT department which had a number of pop up errors..."Yes I know I don't have XP...Yes I know I don't have 2000..." However, in the aftermath of the script I seem to have gained some really annoying adware. I can't find it on my local drive with AdAware, but it's residing somewhere. I gain two or three popups with every new page on Yahoo. Not just the little innocuous ones either, but the ones that pop up and say, "Hey, you should install this...click yes and it will be done!" So far I've gotten them for Gator, WeatherCast, and Speed Blaster, and that's without leaving Yahoo. And did I mention the extra "click" I hear when I click a link? No I'm not paranoid, it's there. Something is tracking me. I'm very intune with my computers, and I know when something is up...even if the Help Desk is ignoring me.
I believe I have finally figured out who in this office whistles incessantly. It's not that I don't like whistling, but when you sound like a tone deaf finch it can be trying on one's nerves.
Happy Birthday Fidel!
I got my teeth cleaned today! See!
From the "Just when you thought it was safe..." department
Seems the blob that threatened Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ is no more, they chopped it up with a motorboat when capturing it in a net proved futile. My favorite part is that now that they've chopped it up, it could return, just like a bad B-movie. Quoted from the NYT article, "We don't really know what happened to it," said Neil Brooks, who helped his son Matthew paint a sign pointing blob-seeking tourists to another part of town. "There might be `Son of Blob,' `The Blob Returns' or `Baby Blob.' "
Ah, last week of work. Can't say I've set the corporate world on fire, it's not even the least bit singed by my presence, but I hope I've learned something from this experience. Got to have dinner with a good friend of mine with whom I used to work, she's still debating on whether she wants to go to law school. She did get in to where I go, but decided on deferring for the year. I can't really press her into going, since I'm not sure it's a good decision for her. I'm hoping a year (or at least a few more months) might give her impetus to make a decision for a career path.
Ah, the RIAA may see the FRCP as a "minor procedural issue," but U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro is going to make them adhere to it.
After reading Jeremy's ponderings about having to buy a suit I have to interject the total inequity of interview clothing. See I went to a seminar last year as a 1L in which we were told about appropriate interview attitude and clothing. The seminar was being done by a very slim woman who had been part of HR at a top caliber NYC firm. She made a comment which irked me and still irks me. "For those women who feel it necessary to ask me whether it's appropriate to wear a pant suit to an interview, I have to say, if you have to ask then you shouldn't." What exactly does that mean? She also went on to say that as a woman wearing a pant suit you would be immediately struck inadequate when facing another woman in an interview. What she failed to grasp was perhaps I look better in a pant suit. Perhaps I feel more confident if I do not have to worry about my pantyhose and my fat knees. And I did buy a pant suit, wore it last year, and when I did I got a half dozen compliments from both men and women in my class about the look. But to see the sycophants in my class who bought into everything she said and went about in ill fitting skirt suits looking like black shrink wrapped sausages, is that the image you want to portray to the interviewer? Look good, feel confident...if that means wearing fuschia, go for it! And oh, Jeremy? I'm thinking a dark charcoal grey with a small thin pinstripe.
I took upon myself earlier this week to get the booklist for this semester, and I was honestly surprised at the variations in books between professors of sections of 1Ls. Depending on which set of profs you get coming in, you may end up spending nearly 200 dollars more than another 1L. Is this fair? I remember last year I ended up spending 75 more than another section, based on our Torts books, and I was mighty miffed. On the other hand, getting the booklist early has allowed me to raid the holdings of half.com and place my orders for the semester. Our school really doesn't do buyback, and as a result, there are no used books for sale unless you catch someone putting up posters or have connections. I was able to pick up the majority of my texts, saving a good chunk of change. At the same time I also put some unused books up for sale, and surprisingly enough have already sold two of them. Not bad at all. Making money sitting on my butt is always a good thing!
Tell me something I don't know...
I am an imaginary number
I don't really exist
what number are you?
this quiz by orsa
After getting terribly frustrated about enetation for comments I have jumped ship to haloscan. As a result, I've lost your comments. I'm truly sorry.
Update: Seems I only lost the comments for the last couple days, not all of them all together. I did save them in a word file for posterity, since I write this for the love...that and I felt really guilty for losing them by switching commenting programs.
Really makes me wish I lived in Manhattan...
Another flash mob, this time shrieking in mock horror at the giant dinosaur at Toys 'R Us in Times Square.
Thanks to Bag and Baggage for putting the word about a few new blogs, Law Student Writing Blog (one that I sure as hell need), Dylan Goes to Law School, and Law v. Life.
Just when you thought it was getting better for Canada, it comes out that the FIA has decided against continuing the Canadian Grand Prix. It's been running in Montreal since 1977.
Okay, I know about Ah-nuld...I heard about Gallagher, but Gary Coleman? What 'chu talkin' 'bout Willis?!?
Yes I bought some school supplies yesterday, and I do feel happy. Can we say stretchy book covers? And, just when you think I've regressed to 8th grade, I also picked up a liter of gin, scotch, and whiskey. Now that's what I call school supplies.
I like most shows on BBC America, but I've found myself oddly attracted to a show called Bargain Hunt. You just have to love a game show that you probably won't win anything, lose money, and dabble about a flea market in hopes of finding something to sell at auction. The variance in British accents alone is worth watching.
You might be a champion tennis player, but maybe your father is just drugging your opponents.
And I thought it was warm in my office....
Been listening to BBC Radio at work, and today the news is that they've had to lower the speed of the trains due to the heat wave sweeping Europe. I had heard bits about this on News World International, more about the forest fires than the heat, so I looked at the website. BBC News is reporting that the record temperature in Britain may fall Wednesday or Thursday. It's expected to exceed 30C today (86F), but in Paris it's pressing 40C (104F)! That'll make you a believer about global warming. I can't imagine trying to cope with that without air conditioning. For once I'm glad I didn't travel abroad for the summer holiday. Not that I've ever traveled abroad to Europe...but one can dream.
Yes, the summer is ratcheting down and the fall is quickly upon us. Only yesterday did I have to turn in my add/drop form and the beginning of what is going to many many resumes into the bins in Career Planning. Our OCI works similarly to most schools, just not on a grand scale. There are big off-campus fairs but they are in areas where I really don't have interest in practicing. Every one of the OCI firms is asking for transcripts, or even better, transcripts and writing samples. Here is the problem. Do I submit an actual memo-ish sample, or something a little more concrete? To get the summer job I have now I submitted work from when I was a paralegal, and it seemed to have gone over well. Here I'm faced with a number of documents from my summer work, and I'm not sure what's expected. Do I turn in a policy I drafted for corporate? Do I turn in a licensing agreement? No real guidance from Career Planning, but is that truly surprising? Anyway, time's a wasting...go out and buy some school supplies, it'll make you feel happy.