Law school update.

May 10th, 2005

In an attempt to not have to have this conversation multiple times, here is how things went in week 1.

Contracts 1:
My professor seems...fair. I am not sure I could ask for anything more than that. He thus far shows great patience and the desire to help us learn. That means that he will not berate us in front of our colleagues and will instead lead us to the answers he seeks.

He did tell us that his teaching style differs from an anecdote from his days in law school. He told us of a time where a professor he had threw a dime at a classmate and told him, "Go phone your mother to tell her you are failing out of law school."

His class is run well. It is more relaxed than I had anticipated. When it is time to discuss a case or a problem from the text he (at least in week 1) asked for volunteers. It is nice that no one in the class tried to hide behind this and keep quiet. Through various discussions I believe everyone in the room participated more than once.

Torts 1:
This professor, while fair also, appears to be more by the book. Her class will be run in accordance to a more stringent set of rules. When discussing cases and problems her method is to call on a student at random instead of taking volunteers. In either scenario we know to be prepared anyhow, but this is an added stress that seems unnecessary.

She has shown signs that she will also work with us to help us understand to the best of her ability. That is a very good thing.

Intro to Law:
This class is actually taught by two people. From my understanding neither is a professor, they are the teachers of the class. One is a representative from the Academic Resource Center provided through the school and the other is in a similar capacity though adjunct.

I was unsure what to expect from this class as it is designed to be an aid in the rest of my courses for first term. Now I know that it is actually quite helpful. It is a little extra work, and at a rather inconvenient time (7-9pm Friday), but I do see benefit in the class.

The teacher who is actually full time with the ARC seems extremely helpful and he relates very well from what I have seen to date.

In total:
Law school will not be that bad. Sure it is all relative and I am still enjoying the few page assignments of the first few weeks, but it really does not seem too bad. As many times as even I have heard this, it does hold true: you just have to do the work. If I read and brief my cases, when I go into class there are no surprises.

I am still working on ironing out my routine that will have me do roughly 1 hour of work per night per class. That is what will really be the hard part about law school. The powers that be in law school land call it a "compromise" between my time spent doing other things, I consider it a sacrifice. Call it what you want.

1 week down. 259 to go.

Engaged!

May 6th, 2005

Congratulations of the highest order to Drew and Kristen. My brother took the big step yesterday as he proposed to his special lady friend. She said YES! There is hope for us, yet.

Drew & Kristen

I am very excited and happy for you both.

Drew, thank you for perpetuating my reign as the bad son. You're a good man, Charlie Brown. You chose a beautiful, intelligent partner, what a great compliment she is to you. I love you, man. I couldn't be happier for you.

Kristen, I want you to know that you will be a very welcome addition to the family. Hopefully you see now that we're not so weird...once you get used to us. Or maybe you see the exact opposite. Either way it will be an honor to call you "sister".

In a related piece of news, the family pool has me picked in last place of the four children to get married. Though I may try to throw them all for a loop and hang up my spurs early. Any takers?

Spamusement

May 6th, 2005
Are your doctors too far away
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So the tagline for Spamusement is: Poorly-drawn cartoons inspired by actual spam subject lines!

This seems to be about right. The graphics, though far better than anything I could put my name on, are not what many would consider the best. The cartoons themselves, however, are very entertaining. It looks as though th

***Warning***Warning***Warning***
If literal humor is beneath you, you will not be "spamused".

Gas Main Erupts

May 2nd, 2005

Things to do before I die:
Publish a novel
Eat crawfish the "real" way
Get evacuated from my condo
Finish law school
Date a stripper

If you have never been evacuated from your home, I think you should look into it. The way I figure, everyone will be doing it in 2006.

Last night I may have burnt my dinner...but only a little. I turned on the ceiling fan in my living room to get the air moving some in hopes of having the stale smell dissipate. It was almost immediately that I noticed the rotation of my ceiling fan sounds like a fighter plane engine. Now I do not really use my fan all that often, but that was out of the ordinary. Ok, so that noise cannot be my fan. I turn it off. Is it my furnace? I put my hand in front of a register...no, not the furnace. What is that sound? Is it pouring rain outside? I open the doorwall to my porch and hear what sounds like an entire squadron of fighter jets flying over my neighborhood. Are the Canadians finally invading?

I IM some friends in the area; one close says she hears it. One further away (Jill) says she does not. I call my brother to see if he can hear this incredible noise in the background, somehow he says he cannot. I begin to get nervous.

My neighbor calls. He asks if I have any information on what is going on. I tell him I do not. He says it sounds like F-16s flying overhead and he claims he can even smell the jet fuel. My congestion kept me from being able to do the same.

Cue the phone call from Jill. She has found out for me what my noise is and why she cannot hear it. Apparently there was a gas main eruption. I pass the news on to my neighbor...he calls me back a few minutes later to tell me he called 911 and they are evacuating our area (a 1 mile radius from the site of the eruption).

WALK to the high school they say. It was only 2.5 miles, but that is daunting to many people and an inconvenience to everyone. There were cars everywhere, though. When in Rome...

The "incident" occurred at about 10:15pm and as I sat and watched the news on both channels 4 and 7 (or 11 and 8 respectively since cable can do whatever it wants) from my parents' house they gave the all clear to return to the area at 11:45pm. At that point there was no reason for me to head back home as I had brought everything I needed with me. I went to bed at about 1am with this new experience under my belt.

Allegedly no one was hurt.

Sunday's epiphany.

May 1st, 2005

Apparently there is a direct correlation between the amount of homework I have and my willingness to do my house work.

...I expect my condo to be both spic and span by the end of the day.

The 2006 H3

May 1st, 2005

I have now seen my first H3 (from Hummer) on the road. My official opinion is that they look stupid.

http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=19&article_id=8692&page_number=1
(No, I did not take the pic. Thanks Car and Driver.)

Weird realization.

April 28th, 2005

As I walked into the auditorium to begin my orientation to law school yesterday afternoon something occurred to me. It is strange to think that I can be in a room full of attorneys who are all trying to steal my clients and I am completely at ease yet as I step into a room full of incoming law students I am nervous.

As I am sure you are wondering, the nerves waned and I was comfortable after only a short time. It is a weird thing to imagine myself a part of this profession. I know lawyers have a poor reputation with the masses, but to be able to say, "I am an attorney" will be an immensely positive milestone in my life.

I am comfortable saying that I was able to relax yesterday in the orientation when through instruction I was able to find closure with my decision to go to law school. It all came on very suddenly and I no longer have the luxury of panic. Classes start Monday, I am ok with that now.

iToo.

April 26th, 2005

I have joined the ranks. Now, I too, own an iPod. I broke down. iPod Photo
It is a purchase I had contemplated for some time and this weekend took me to the breaking point.

The plan all along was to get the 40 GB model, but Apple has since discontinued production. My contingency plan called for the 20 GB model. Even that idea went out the window. I am what is affectionately termed an "impulse shopper". Now, I know what you are thinking, but no, I did not get the 60 GB. I bought myself the 30 GB iPod Photo (the price when compared to the 20 GB made this a no brainer).

When I am in an airport and on an airplane and do not have enough time to watch a movie, I have my iPod. Thanks to my iTrip, when I am in the car I no longer need to carry around a huge cd case that only scratches my cds anyway.

I am immensely happy with my purchase. Though the process of getting the music on the iPod can be a slow one, I have nothing but time. If I had the decision to make over again, would I do it differently? Yes. I would not wait so long before buying my iPod.

Overwhelmed: The Story of my Acceptance to Law School

April 26th, 2005

Yes, it is true. I am officially going to law school. There has been speculation of this fact for sometime, but lay the rumors to rest. I got in. Here is my story. I will warn you, it is a long one.

Full story »

Today's Road Rant

April 25th, 2005

I was honked at today. I had a gentleman who was absolutely furious with me today as I was on my way from work to home.

It is the classic scenario of two lanes may continue straight through the light, though the right lane will end shortly there after. I do not believe this concept is new to anyone.

Another part, which I am sure you will all be familiar with as well is that this guy opts for the right lane through the light in hopes of a merge before his lane ends. It was only a few days ago that I brought this exact point up in the Pet Peeves thread on the forum.

Why is it that when this guy makes no effort to merge (despite the large space between me and the car behind me) before he just starts sauntering into my lane. This guy ASSUMES I am going to let him in. What gives him the right to my lane? Just because he is going to try and take it? I think not.

I know I am not alone in saying that I stood my ground. I will not let you into my lane like that. Sure, if there are times when I let people in. I am not saying that I rule the roadways. It is this situation that gets under my skin, however.

Oh, right, so he just starts to move into my lane casually as if I might not notice him coming over. He sees that I make no move to offer him the spot and brakes hard (he had no more lane) and gets behind me while honking and flailing his arms wildly.

Can anyone explain the mentality of this guy? There are million other drivers that do this same thing. I admit that I will be that guy, but I will get over only when there is room. Never do I assume it is my DMV given right to change lanes.