The random thoughts of an architect-turned- lawyer from the deep south living in Washington, DC...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Second AmendmentThe Supreme Court should be handing down their opinion on the D.C. gun ban case this week. (They didn't do it on Monday which leaves today and tomorrow.) My quick and dirty prediction - an individual right to bear arms with a rational basis review for any restrictions on that right & SCOTUS kicks it back to DC to scrutinize the law.
Rumor on the street is that Scalia is writing the opinion which of course means I will be sporting a fashionable shirt later. Compliments of this gal, I actually own a shirt with this on it:
UPDATE: apparently, the gun case is NOT being handed down today. This is like American Idol with the "and we will tell you who is going home...after the commercial break." UGH.
Monday, June 23, 2008
One liner of the day.Me: The judge did what? Are you kidding?
Partner: If you are thinking of jumping out the window, please hold it open because I'm going to join you.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Why I have the best secretary in the worldWork yesterday was one of those super busy days where at least one person on every assignment in my stack needed something done. I was getting emails from clients and partners all day. The problem is that I spent from 8:30am to 3:30pm at a client site so I was not really available to work on anything else. Of course, with blackberry in hand, I was able to at least delegate the work and and reply to clients. Mostly, I was able to forward things to my secretary and let her handle getting them covered.
That, my friends, is not the real reason my secretary rocks. Last night, when I was back at work cranking away on things I did not get done during the day...my secretary had a bottle of wine sent down to my office from a reception I was too busy to attend. I heart that woman.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Apparently I'm the first person in over 20 years of his doing this that has asked to wear the coat. Whoda thought?
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I'm "outing" myselfHere goes: I have decided to become a runner.
Yep, I had one of those "I've found something I want to accomplish, I'm up for the challenge, and come hell or high water, I will get this done!" moments. And in that moment, I decided that I want to become a runner. Truth be told, the moment was over two weeks ago. It has just taken me this long to (a) get on track with this, (b) decide to out myself to others, and (c) sit down and write.
You might ask why, after such a blogging hiatus, I come back with this - something that an average person may think is just be no big deal. Well, dear readers (the few remaining), this is actually quite a big deal for me for a few reasons. First off, I don't run. I have never run. In fact, I have always hated running. I can still recall the days of middle school softball practice when coach would make us run around the field and every time he looked away, I'd start walking. Oh yeah, I showed him.
Another reason for "outing" myself is that I need to do it this way. I need to "put it out there" for others to see. In a somewhat nonsensical way, that will make me keep it up. Much like the melodramatic fashion in which I threw that empty pack of cigarettes down on the table and told everyone around: "I'm done! I will never smoke again," I am now telling everyone "I have decided to become a runner." (Incidentally, yesterday marked five years to the day that I threw that empty pack down:-) Anyway, if I were to just mumble "eh, I think I'll try running" then the first roadblock may very well result in giving up with a "yeah, that sucked, perhaps I'll try knitting." On the other hand, if I tell people, then it becomes real. (nod to Bug) Then, not only do I have a support system but I have people I gotta be accountable to and such. And yes, I know this is not the way I should think about accomplishments, but it has worked for me so far in life. (And yes, mom, I can see you rolling your eyes from here.)
Anyway, I'm on week 3 now and am actually still into this. Granted, I am nowhere near being an actual runner yet, but I have two fantastic running sponsors who will help me get there. This lady sent me a great link to a training program called "couch to 5k" which will be a big help for a non-runner like myself. Last night, I had dinner with my other running sponsor to talk running (among other things). She reminisced with me about her earlier days of running, which was what I needed to hear.
I should also give a nod to my LSBFF (law school best friend forever) who doesn't know this, but she is the reason for my latest endeavor. I have watched what running has done for her in this last year and she has inspired me. Plus, when she came in town a few weeks ago and would go running with another friend of ours and I would sit on my sofa cuddled up with Killer...I felt pretty lazy and left out.
So there it is folks, I have decided to become a runner.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Went to fill my car up this morning
Decided it would be a better financial move to wait until my next paycheck.