"Construction on Route 93. May cause delays from 2003 to 2008"
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Naturally I couldn't have just one "other," so I decided to add "Defending Cleveland" to the list. I'm an outsider here in Cincinnati, and I'm always having to stick up for my home town. That's worked pretty well too--Cincinnati and Cleveland are much more similar than a lot of people realize, and both have a lot going for them.
But after seeing this, I am striking "Defending Cleveland" from the proverbial record. Good God. They say you can never go home again, and they are right.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
- Started a new job yesterday. The goal for that is to learn a lot and not get fired at any point during the summer, not even once.
- Have started asking professors for letters of recommendation for judicial clerkships. 2 for 2 so far, with one more to go in the morning.
- Around-the-house project no. 1 is complete: I have cut down most of the bushes in the back yard that were leaning on my fence and "encumbrancing" the sidewalk. Around-the-house project no. 2 is not: I need to somehow make it look not shitty.
- Law review lead articles to cite check (with a partner): 2
- Approximate number of foonotes in my half of the papers: 300
- Number of footnotes completed so far: 1
- Days left to complete the first half: 26
- Will start the second job July 1. It's a research assistantship with a new IP professor who is coming in from Harvard, and judging by his latest email to me he appears to have a great sense of humor. So obviously I'm looking forward to that.
- Semi-school-related goal no. 1 for the summer: read every Supreme Court opinion from OT 2005
- Opinions released so far: about 45
- Opinions read so far: about 12
- Semi-school-related goal no. 2 for the summer: don't compulsively check for grades. Haven't checked once yet.
- Weddings: best man in one, attending at least three more. Also celebrating our first anniversary.
- Fun reading: have a few books on my nightstand at the moment ("The Undercover Economist," "Freakonomics," and "Night"). Hopefully will get through those before too long.
- Family vacation in June. And by "family vacation" I mean camping with my wife and dog in northwestern Michigan.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
I mean, I've always liked the game Ninja, Cowboy, Bear as a replacement for Rock, Paper, Scissors, but now I will ALWAYS chose Bear.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Me: Well, I think they'd say I'm funny, I'm honest, and that I'm really, really good looking, which refers back to number one.
Interviewer: (writes down the three things I listed) (pause) Haha, alright, that's a good one, I'll be laughing about that one all day.
While I like to think I'm funny, a 2L buddy of mine beat me out last week:
Interviewer: This job may require you to look at some pornography, are you comfortable with this?
2L: Yes, I think I am . . well, do you provide vasoline?
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I'm going to go celebrate by laying on my living room floor and playing with my dog. And none of you can do anything to stop me.
Monday, May 08, 2006
Yes, I realize this makes me sound like a pompous ass, but no, I didn't write the paper. So blow me.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Said by Damon Jones, who hit the game-winning shot in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 114-113 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series, after not playing in the first 52 minutes and 46 seconds of the 53-minute game:
"I tell people all the time I'm the best shooter in the world. If I didn't think so, who would? But I'm not the best shooter in the universe."
Friday, May 05, 2006
It's a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo celebrates the first time that a Dirk Pennington, a tourist vacationing in Cancun, decided that his Corona would taste much better with a lime. Although that was a seminal moment in Mexican history, Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates the Mexican victory over French troops in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This halted a French invasion of Mexico and has become a source of pride for generations of Mexicans. Note: May 5th is also the day Napoleon died, marking the beginning of the "pussy era" in France. Napoleon's last words are rumored to have been "Please, if France has any dignity left, don't lose to fucking Mexico in a war." (Note: the recent rioting and setting cars on fire in France has ended the "pussy era" and France has now moved into the "Detroit Sports Championship Celebration era.")
Another little know fact is the celebration of "Sixieme de Mai" in France. This celebrates the French victory over Mexican troops enjoying their siesta the very next day. This is also celebrated in France as the "last thing France actually won."
However, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a different meaning in the last few years. This happens to a lot of holidays. Look at Christmas. Christmas now celebrates a fat guy who likes to wear a red velour suit and give presents to kids after they sit in his lap (no, I cannot find "Kris Kringle" or "Santa Claus" on the Ohio Sexual Predator website, I'massumingg this is a clerical error, as this guy has to have been charged). Almost no one remembers the original meaning for Christmas these days. Anyway, back to Cinco de Mayo: male dorks of my generation (yours truly included) now celebrate this holiday as the birthday of actress Danielle Fishel. You may know her as Topenga from Boy Meets World and the reason for the beginning of sexual fantasies in your life.
Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Byrd got all the offense he needed and then some. He even received a call from Atlanta ace John Smoltz last week in which Smoltz admitted he envied all the run support Byrd was getting -- though both players are religious and being envious of anyone is not an accepted practice in their faith.
UPDATE (5/5): The reference to religion was apparently a joke that Smoltz himself made. I guess it makes a little more sense that way.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
I know I didn't provide live coverage of the NFL Draft like I did last year, but I did want to weigh in with two thoughts. First, I really like the Browns' second-round pick, D'Qwell Jackson. I don't have any idea if he is a good player or not, but assuming that he is, I look forward to yelling, "You got DQ'd, baby!" every time he lights someone up or notches a sack. And I have two thoughts regarding their first fourth-round pick, Leon Williams. One the one hand, I'm not convinced that the Browns didn't try to pick Leon Washington, the running back from Florida State. But on the other hand, regardless of who they meant to pick, can anyone find out if this guy was part of the 7th Floor Crew? Here's hoping that he was.
In other news, best away message so far during finals: "Law school is like unprotected sex. You're happy you got in, but sorry you came."
Finally, I just thought I'd mention that I appear to have poison ivy in my belly button. No, not like a vine growing in there, but, you know, the irritation. No idea how that happened. TMI? No? OK, good.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
The inside of the law school is decorated with all sorts of photos of the building being constructed. (Sidenote no. 2 -- The building has a rather interesting architectural history -- the present building essentially consists of a shell built around the original building. It's kind of layered, like an onion. A rotting onion, yes, but an onion just the same.) One of the photos, just inside the back door, depicts the installation of the (thin, relatively speaking) statue I've just described.
About a month ago I was waiting for a friend near said picture, and was just standing there admiring it. A classmate walked by me, then turned around and said, "You know, I've never been able to look at that picture the same way since I realized it looks like he's sitting in a sex swing."
William Howard Taft -- UC Law alum, 27th President, Chief Justice of the United States, sexual adventurer. None of you will ever be able to look at that picture or that statue in the same way again.