Jim's Polka

The life of a former software engineer, now a law student

Monday, January 31, 2005

My Favorite Lists (For the Moment)

Things to say when you're losing a tech argument (via GeekPress) Of course, this would have been even funnier if I'd read it when I could still use those lines in meetings.

And, for some reason the previous list made me thing of my favorite internet list of all time: The Grand List of Console Role-Playing Game Cliches. My favorite is "Wait! That Was A Load-Bearing Boss!" (Final Fantasy VII, I'm looking at you.)

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Just Not Feeling It

Half-Cocked describes exactly how I've been feeling in Property the last 2 weeks. We spent the whole time discussing civil rights acts and the ADA. For some reason, even though I'm really interested in the history of the Civil Rights Era, I just wasn't feeling it. Maybe because I wasn't expecting to run across these things in the first month of Property. I'm actually way more excited to be talking about adverse possession tomorrow.

Speaking of adverse possession... One of my classmates owns the house next door to ours. I think I better start watching where she puts in fencing...

Friday, January 28, 2005

Cats, Cats and More Cats

D is the cat lover in the family, while I mostly just indulge her. I love this though:

The Infinite Cat Project

(From Eric Gunnerson)

Thursday, January 27, 2005

I Like a Challenge

Speaking of MegaCoffeeCorp, some bloggers have posted a challenge to see who has the most branches within 5 miles of them. Since I live in the home city, I thought I'd give it a try. Would you believe 94 within 5 miles of my home?

Easy Day

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have 4 classes for a total of 4.5 hours. It's pretty tiring, especially at the end of the second class when I realize I'm only halfway done.

Today was pretty nice, though. ProfContracts took the class to go over the problem from the midterm. It really helped to see how she would have organized her thinking on it, which will be good for the final. On the other hand, with each new thing she pointed out, I thought, "I don't think I saw that one." After a while, I started to wonder if I had gotten anything right on the exam, even though my grade seems to suggest I got something right.

ProfTorts brought in a guest speaker, a friend of his who is assistant general counsel at a local coffee chain I'll call MegaCoffeeCorp. He had been well-coached beforehand by ProfTorts, so he structured his talk around the elements of negligence. It was pretty interesting seeing how the things we're discussing in class turn into business considerations for him. There was also an interesting diversion into the appropriate temperature to serve coffee.

Property didn't have any special events, but it was still pretty nice. We've gotten to a topic that ProfProperty finds really fascinating. Most of the time, he runs the class at a pretty even energy level, but when we started talking about public trust doctrine and navigation rights, his eyes just lit up.

In Civpro, we spent the whole class talking about how Dioguardi should have written his complaint. Then ProfCivpro gave us a pep talk about life and stuff in the hallway afterwards.

On the down side, I made a girl cry today. I asked about her husband and she told me they were splitting up. I felt terrible. I offered to change the subject, but I couldn't come up with anything, so we just sat there for a few minutes before the other conversation at the table drew us back in.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

When All Else Fails...

There's always another quiz to take:

You are 67% Gemini

How much do you match your zodiac sign?

It's probably pretty accurate, although I had some trouble answering some of the questions about dating. It's been a long time since I was actually dating people, for one thing, and I was never very good at it when I was.

(via Legal Quandary)

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Getting the Hang of It?

I got my grades last week. I have to say, I'm pleased with the results. On the other hand, it's just midterms, so there's no point in getting too excited about it. Now I just have to figure out whether it was a fluke.

The reading hasn't been too hard to keep up with, so far. I've been studying during all that extra time on Friday before D gets home from work, so I've been able to get done much of my reading before the weekend even starts. Unfortunately, law school has created this feeling of foreboding that leaves me certain that disaster is just steps away. In this context, disaster will probably come in the form of a really long, annoying assignment for BLS.

Or disaster will come from signing up for another moot court competition. The mediation competition in the fall was pretty tiring, so I wasn't going to do another one. But then one of my friends asked me if I wanted to do the contract competition with her. It's not often that you get asked to team up with one of the smartest people in the class (as I think she is), so I figured I'd give it a shot. This one might be only two days, so it won't kill me.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

A Post for My Wife

D was complaining the other day that I don't mention her very much in my posts. I told her that part of the problem is that she doesn't want me to mention her occupation on the blog.

However, despite that limitation, I will mention that she finally started work at her new job just before Christmas, three months after accepting their offer. The job seems to be pretty good, although she's still ramping up at this point. She's pretty happy with the support staff and the infrastructure in general. She's not so happy with the 45 minute commute, unfortunately. The current plan is for her to work there for a while and keep an eye out for positions opening closer to home. The people she works for have a whole bunch of locations, including one within walking distance, so she might be able to find something. But, she's going to have to put up with the current location for a little while.

Her parents drove up to visit while I was back east visiting my family. The left a bunch of things when the drove back, including 7 rolls of toilet paper. We're not sure why.


I got an e-mail yesterday from one of the partners from the law firm I interviewed with last week. It came in right at the beginning of CivPro. Basically, he said they were making me an offer and the formal letter was on its way. I was so excited it was all I could do not to shout and run out of the room right then. I managed to confine myself to excited IMs to DG, who was sitting next to me.

It's pretty great that I know what I'll be doing for the summer. It's one less thing to worry about, at least. And, I'm really looking forward to working with these people. I talked to 10 lawyers there over 2 days and I really liked all of them. Everyone was interesting, personable and incredibly enthusiastic about their job and about the firm. It's also downtown, which means I won't have any trouble taking the bus to work. That's pretty important, given that we're a one-car family and D has started work again.


I don't seem to have done a very good job of stopping myself. I've watched more episodes of The OC in the last few days than I care to admit. But, I still love the show, so it must not be too much. I can't help feeling that it's a sign of my age that my favorite characters are the parents. :-)

On the bright side, I haven't fallen behind in my reading yet...

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Better Things to Do Than Blogging

Yesterday, in the course of returning/exchanging some Christmas gifts, I managed to persuade D that it was worth spending $50 on The OC Season 1 to make me stop whining. So, in lieu of writing about my life, I'm going to enjoy a pleasant afternoon of watching kids and adults with delightfully screwy lives. Hopefully, I'll be able to stop myself before it goes to far.