Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cowboy Rules

Cowboy rules for the Wild West are as follows:

1. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot.

2. Turn your cap right, your head ain't crooked.

3. Let's get this straight: it's called a 'gravel road.' I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive, you're gonna get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.

4. They are cattle. That's why they smell like cattle. They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don't like it? I-10 & I-40 go east and west, I-17 & I-15 goes north and south. Pick one and go.

5. So you have a $60,000 car. We're impressed. We have $250,000 tractors that are driven only 3 weeks a year.

6. Every person in the Wild West waves. It's called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.

7. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of geese/pheasants/ducks/doves are comin' in during a hunt, we WILL shoot it outta your hand. You better hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time.

8. Yeah. We eat trout, salmon, deer and elk. You really want sushi and caviar? It's available at the corner bait shop.

9. The 'Opener' refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.

10. We open doors for women. That's applied to all women, regardless of age.

11. No, there's no 'vegetarian special' on the menu. Order steak, or you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the 2 pounds of ham and turkey.

12. When we fill out a table, there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices: salt, pepper, and ketchup! Oh, yeah ... We don't care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat ... IT AIN'T REAL CHILI!!

13. You bring 'Coke' into my house, it better be brown, wet and served over ice. You bring 'Mary Jane' into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.

14. College and High School Football is as important here as the Giants, the Yankees, the Mets, the Lakers and the Knicks, and a dang site more fun to watch.

15. Yeah, we have golf courses. But don't hit the water hazards - it spooks the fish.

16. Turn down that blasted car stereo! That thumpity-thump ain't music, anyway. We don't want to hear it anymore than we want to see your boxers! Refer back to #1!

Being a true Westerner, when I received this in my email I giggled, and instead of emailing it, I thought I would share with you all!  I'm sure that some of my bloggie friends won't get it, but Westerners are friendly so I share in hopes you can begin to understand what a real West life is all about!!!

Lemons to Blueberries-- 1L Classes are over

Last night was our last official law school classes of the year. I can't believe it. My first year of law school is almost over. No scratch that, the horrors of finals are still ahead of me. In my attempt to ward off hysteria, I'm writing a series about the horrors of law finals, that I've experienced, and I've survived. If I can survive... so can you!

When Law Comes Alive

First, don't get so stressed out and wrapped up about your classes, your job, your homework that you forget to breathe.  When you forget to relax… bad things happen. Like you fall asleep at your desk during work and the phone has to ring to wake you up. Or you begin to cry hysterically from everything to announcements at church to the Biggest Loser. Or… you get into a car accident.

Yes, just days after my appellate brief was due, as I’m madly prepping my oral argument that I have to argue down at the Circuit Courthouse in front of three practicing attorneys and my law professor… my car got totaled.

And it wasn’t even my fault! (which is shocking considering my terrible record of accidents in undergrad!)  My husband and I were driving through our neighborhood and about a half a block from our house someone zoomed out of their driveway without looking in the mirror and t-boned our car. Just like that. I was in the middle of a tort hypothetical. I hit my head on the window during the accident, so in addition to having to deal with vehicular insurance we also had to deal with injury insurance.

Policies, claims, HMOs and whiplash… all leapt out of my textbook and into reality.

Ultimately, my car, the Lemon Malibu that seems to be terminally broken in the past was now broken for good and totaled.

So I balanced getting a rental car, working, doctor’s appointments, law school classes, homework, with buying a new car.

The insurance company was generous with us and paid us a lot for the old Malibu… and we capitalized on Toyota’s bad press, and scored a Toyota Matrix. Seriously, if you’re in the market for a new car, go Toyota—they’re desperate right now. 0% for 5 years, huge warranties, great perks. Pretty sweet deal. We got a bright blue, brand spankin new Matrix… with 30 miles on it! I’m so in love with my little car, which oddly looks like a blueberry.

So, when life squished my Lemon, instead of making lemonade, we turned it into a Blueberry!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

new header...

So, I like playing with photoshop when I should be reading crim law... or well, working.

What do you think of the new "springy" header? Too big?

Also let me know if it takes more than a few seconds to load the page. I don't want that!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Full time vs. Part time Law Students: The Difference is Clear

The Difference is Clear as Day and Night

More separates full time day and part time night students during their first year of law school than a few simple hours between classes. We come at law school from different perspectives, influenced by different experiences, and with vastly different expectations.

While day students may look at night students and think that we’re boring sticks in the mud that never seem to be able to go out to the Thursday night Bar Review at Jordan’s or that we can’t be bothered with attending extracurricular activities. Students in the evening section may look at their 1L Day counterparts and think that they are all cutthroat law school gunners, each out to screw the curve for everyone else, spending days locked in the library and nights partying, sort of like Ally McBeal does Grey’s Anatomy.

However, we all know that generalized stereotypes are never accurate and truth is probably a combination of all or none of the above. As a first year student in the evening program, I’ve learned that many of my classmates in the Evening program are in similar situations to myself. It’s been several years since we’ve received our undergraduate degree, we might have some sort of master’s degree, and it has taken us a few years to decide that we want to be lawyers.

I work full time at a my job, then go immediately to law school, so I’m on campus for 13-14 hours four days a week, and 8 on Friday.

My weekends are as full as my weekdays. I’m married and try to spend time with my husband so he doesn’t always hate that I spend so much time in school, worrying about school, doing homework, or worrying about homework. My faith is important to me, vital. So instead of spending all weekend doing homework I make time to go to church and hang out with friends from church. We’re homeowners, so I need to devote some time every week to cleaning and soon gardening. The rest of the weekend I spend worrying about law school.

So I look at my classmates that are full time students and who don’t have to work and I’m a bit jealous. They can do externships, spend their summers clerking if they’re not lying around tanning on the beach. I envy my classmates their hours they can spend in the library writing their appellate briefs. I envy the fact that they can go out to the bar review at night, and then sleep in the next morning.

But I’m learning that life is a lot like law, it’s not always fair. You just have to fight the fights you’re given.

So whether you’re a day student or a night student, with just over 5 weeks to finals, we all want to throw ourselves off a cliff.


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