Sunday, October 23, 2005

Birdblogging!




Isn't Baxter cute? My mom totally loves him, too. She's always telling me to give her grandbird a kiss for her.

Law School Types

So I was directed to this blog, Barely Legal (thanks Matt), and among the many amusing things posted is a series of law school "types." Because I love you all and want to make your lives easier, I linked to all of them here. There are also like five "types" you meet during exams, but I figure I'll get to those when we're actually at exams. So, the question is, if any of my law school classmates are reading this, who is who at Duke?


The Desperate Girl

The Old Guy

The Philosopher

The Hot Girl

Jean Shorts Guy

The Feminist Law Student

The Frat Boy

The Canary

Agent Mulder

The Federline

Hypo Man

Very insightful thoughts

As John noted several days ago, the NBA has created a dress code for its players. Lots of players have a problem with this (suprise surprise), and the SI.com article on it has a quote from Golden State guard Jason Richardson:
"Hey, a guy could come in with baggy jeans, a do-rag and have a Ph.D., and a person who comes in with a suit could be a three-time felon. So, it's not what you wear, it's how you present yourself."
It's not what you wear, it's how you present yourself. Ok...but isn't what you wear a big part of that? If he's saying that they should be allowed to dress however they want, it's all a matter of how they comport themselves...is he advocating etiquette school instead of a dress code?

Speaking of sports, I was trying to find NFL games and on espn they were showing a one-on-one bowling match. (sidenote: I get a rerun of CSI instead of the Cowboys game on Fox. Damn them!) And the part I saw happened to show the families of the bowlers in the audience, and for both of them, they just showed their moms. Hmm, professional bowlers in their late thirties/early forties aren't married? Surprising.

I hurt my hand in softball practice and now my pinkie is not cooperating. I guess I won't have capital letters in my class notes for the next few days (cause pressing the shift button is not easy).

I'm working on making a costume for halloween, with my sewing machine and everything. I don't know if it's gonna look that great, but it's so nice to do something that's not law school related and not reading. Just use a different part of my brain!

Friday, October 21, 2005

hmm

I noticed I started the last three posts with "so." Maybe I shouldn't type like I talk. Or maybe I shouldn't talk like that.

Last night I had some guy ask me if I was a New Yorker. I've never gotten that before (I think), and I said no, why? Apparently I was doing the thumb and index finger together waving my hand in the air (like an Italian New Yorker I guess--sorry, I gave like the worst description ever, but you know the gesture, right?) without realizing it while I was talking to my friend. I must have picked it up from the Sicilian guys we hung out with (and then hid from) in Italy. But I thought that was pretty funny.

lol

So I can fit under my security gate to my complex. Don't ask me how I know.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

At least he knows my name...which might not actually be good

So my contracts professor gave us the dates of four make-up classes, but didn't tell us the days he'd be out of the country. I decided to e-mail his assistant and ask her what four days he'd be gone, partially to know, and partially to ensure he'd actually be gone for four days, aka that we wouldn't get screwed over with extra classes. His assistant was very nice and answered as best she could. So today in class I got cold-called. Not entirely unexpected since he seems to love calling on the back row and picks on my area frequently. Then after class my professor walked by me leaving and said to me, "So you survived." I replied with a smile and said yes I did (not like it was the first time he'd called on me...besides, he didn't grill me nearly so bad as he does to others or did to me last time). Then he said, so I hear you want to know when I'll be gone. And I think I screamed in my head a little. He kind of answered me, then told me we have class all Thanksgiving week (which I assume means Monday and Wednesday, which doesn't matter so much since I'm on a plane Tuesday night). But I think this is a bit of a bad thing. Hopefully he's not offended or anything...I guess we'll see if I keep getting cold-called.

Discuss

So what is everybody gonna be for Halloween? And what should I be?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Make up your mind!

So you know what I found annoying? How many times have we heard that our country just charges into without trying diplomatic solutions, like a "cowboy" perhaps? Doesn't give enough respect to other countries by negotianting and discussing problems with them instead of just sending in an army? Yeah, all the damn time. But tonight on the Daily Show, what is the lead story? Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and someone else who I can't remember right now have gone to China for diplomatic talks. The clips Jon Stewart showed were of the three making comments about how great it is to have such diplomatic talks and how important they are. And what is Jon Stewart's commentary?? "Pussy." So now that we're having such diplomatic talks, their pussies for not going in with guns blazing? Consistency people.

And boy, Bill O'Reilly was not popular with that audience, let me say that.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Gotta love women in sportscasting

Maybe it's just me, but I found Sam Ryan giving a "weather report" from the Colts' domed stadium hilarious. "Well John, the air conditioning is on, and I had goosebumps at the start of the game, but even now with the crowd getting into it, it's still not that warm inside."

Sunday, October 16, 2005

judicial wackiness

This quote is from Justice Blackmun's opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey:

[A] State's restriction on a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy also implicate constitutional guarantees of gender equality. [By] restricting the right to terminate pregnancies, the State conscripts women's bodies into its service, forcing women to continue their pregnancies, suffer the pains of childbirth, and in most instances, provide years of maternal care. The State does not compensate women for their services; instead, it assumes that they owe this duty as a matter of course.

Is it just me, or does it seem like he totally misread the situation? Like he was reading a sci-fi thriller about the state making new citizens by forceably impregnating women, and he somehow got this confused with real-life? I don't quite understand how a woman getting pregnant in whatever scenario is a "service" one should be "compensated" for by the state, unless the state ordered said child. Which I kinda doubt. I just thought that was a really weird paragraph.

My bird missed me, I can tell

Back home in Durham! I had a super awesome time in CA with all you guys. Big thanks to everyone who let me crash at their place/offered/ignored real life to hang out with me =)

So I got a very weird phone call today. It was a collect call--from Cecil Johnson at the Eastern Correctional Institute! I did not accept the call, as you can imagine. My only explanation is that he wanted me to represent him, which is perhaps optimistic on his part seeing as I haven't taken criminal law yet, but perhaps he can tell I'm just that good.

I was stupid and didn't write down the exact quote (even though I knew I would forget it, but I was busy playing with my sewing machine and so didn't want to interrupt myself), but I'm pretty sure I learned everything I need to know to be a lawyer from the Patriots game today. "Jim, the key here is going to be evidence." (quoting as best I remember) Those announcers really know what they're talking about. Speaking of football, the Texans are in big trouble. Not like that wasn't obvious, but wow, bad game today (at least what's gone on so far at the time of posting).

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Woo for fall break visits to CA

Things that confuse me about being back in California:

*I don't have to readjust the time when I want to call my mom
*Seeing California plates instead of North Carolina and New Jersey plates
*Normal freeways that are more than two lanes each direction
*Having an IKEA and Trader Joe's again
*I don't have to be super excited and surprised when I see Cal stuff

When I was sitting in the bart station waiting for the next train (because, despite the theoretical timed transfer, the train I was switching to actually left while we were walking from one side of the platform to the other, so I'm going to find the person responsible and hurt him, but I digress) some kid tried to unzip my backpack while I wasn't looking. I should have hurt him...but I was too tired.

Friday, October 07, 2005

It's a three day weekend!

I never thought I would appreciate having 8:45am class four days a week, but it's a beautiful thing. This week we began not regularly having Friday classes (cause they schedule us for more hours than necessary). Some of the other sections haven't had Fridays all year, but I'm trying not to be bitter. Of course, the only problem with that is you stay out waay too late on Thursday becuase you're so happy that you don't have class Friday. But it's a much better problem than actually having to get up at 7:30. =)So, fall break has begun for me. I am doing work (sort of) to get it done so I will be (relatively) free when I get to Berkeley next week! PS I arrive at 1:30pm, don't forget =)

It's raining a lot here now because of Tammy. I realize, having learned how to drive in San Diego...I hate driving in the rain and it makes me nervous. I can't wait for the snow. :-p

Monday, October 03, 2005

=(

There are two malls near me. One is open from 12pm-6pm on Sundays, and the other one is 1pm-6pm. Isn't that weird?? I think it is. I disapprove.

damn law students

I was going to my locker to retrieve some cases(super fun ones, you can be sure), and there were two guys in the hallways having a rather loud conversation which I couldn't help but take note of. They were talking about the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, and I can't can't remember it verbatim, but I really wanted to kick one of the guys. He said, she's one of the Bush cronies so she works for the evil empire (or something like that) and so he doesn't care about her at all, and then proceeded to shout "fuck all republicans" really loud, and that we're all evil. Now, I'm all for partisanship, but I think that was taking it rather far. I was debating whether I should say something to him, like burn in hell commie bastard or along those lines. I found it really bothersome. I kind of leaned out from my locker to look at him when he started shouting "fuck all republicans," and there was a guy next to me at the time who I think shared my disgust. My first choice would have been to kick him, but I didn't know him and had no interest in getting into a political argument. It's a small school, though, and I will see him frequently. I will take my revenge eventually. I know it doesn't seem like a big deal by Berkeley standards, but it just seemed so inappropriate to be there in a hallway shouting this. So $%@# him.