Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Famous quotes

My torts professor told us a story about his car bursting into flames, and it ended with him saying, "I always freebase cocaine while I drive." Best part of class today, by far.

So the windows on my car stopped working permanently like a week and half-ish ago, and I took it into the dealership yesterday to get it fixed. They called me yesterday afternoon and said, we found the problem, we'll have it ready by 5. So great. Then they call back five minutes later and say, turns out we don't have the part, we'll overnight it and have it by tomorrow noonish. Ok, not good but whatever. Got a call today before noon saying the part was in, so should be ready soon. Then I called for a time estimate and was told, oh, turns out car won't be ready today, what we thought was wrong wasn't actually wrong. So they have your car indefinitely, basically. It's of course at this point I began to get really angry. So I argued with them for a while, then I had to go to class, then I got a call an hour later saying, oh, we found the problem, we'll have it fixed by 5:30. So now I'm cautiously optimistic. I can't trust these people anymore--I want to believe it's going to be fixed, but I am afraid to. I really want to sue them for something though. But I can't. Going to law school is dangerous. I was on hold for like ten minutes, and I spent the whole time angrily pacing and trying to think of what cause of action I could threaten them with. This can't be healthy.

Update: I actually got my car back! And the windows seem to work even. Amazing. Props to my mom for laying down the law with the dealership, and Isaac for being my favorite chauffer. =)

Monday, March 27, 2006

It's really not that fast...

Tonight I did my second round of moot court, and I have to say, it's way more fun that going to class. More work too, but at least I'm not staring at the clock, willing time to move faster. One of the judges I had tonight was the same that I had last week too (luckily it wasn't one of the icky guys I hated), and he gave me the exact same comment that he gave last week--slow down! (Although I swear somehow I'm much slower when I'm the petiotioner than I am when I'm the respondent...it's strange, yes, but I only get told to slow down when I'm counsel for the respondent. I don't know why). Anyways, his comment to me tonight was, "Imagine you're writing. Every time you'd write a period, take a breath." I thought that was funny. But other than that I did well! Lol.

I rock!

Tonight is round too of moot court for me...whee. We get 24 hours with the scenario and the cases, and then get to argue. Oh joy.

But, in awesome news, guess who won her group's NCAA pool? Oh that's right, it's me! By a lot too. I hadn't even looked because I thought I was geting my ass kicked, but then my friend IMd me and told I was killing everyone else. And lo and behold, I was! Sure, it's perhaps because none of the expected teams made it to the final four (except for UCLA, who I of course picked), but whatever, I still won! I guess the stereotype is true about who wins these office pools...

Friday, March 24, 2006

more strange coincidences

Whenever I get towards the end of a semester, I always do a hand-drawn calendar to show what studying I need to do when for finals, when all that end of the semester stuff needs to be taken care of, etc etc. So I was just thinking today that I might need to do my end of the semester calendar early because there's so much going on now, but regular paper won't be big enough, so maybe I should get posterboard and do a giant one. And then lo and behold, not an hour later I have an e-mail from the Duke Law Republicans (of which I am treasurer; I'm also CFO of the business law society--I guess I like money!)asking me to make a posterboard for the admitted students club tabling thing tomorrow we're doing (it's admitted students weekend...time to pretend law school is fun). Coincidence? I think not! I mean, what are the odds? How often does posterboard come up nowadays? Not often, unless you're a) in elementary school, or b) planning protests. What is this a sign of? I don't know. But I'm going to Staples.

hmmmm

Four years at Berkeley, I never once lost my student ID. Eight months at Duke, I've already lost mine twice. I think there's a conspiracy here.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

My fortune cookie message from lunch today:

"Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."

I won the award for weirdest/funniest fortune today =)

china buffet

My internet went weird on me and I had to shut down, so I lost the post I started writing. Which is too bad, because it was fantastic. So, this is not the greatest post in the world...this is just a tribute.

I'm sitting in a make-up property class. She's going line by line through one of the Fair Housing Act provisions. I want to throw things.

The bus guy e-mailed me back. He says he forwarded my concerns to somebody and apologized and etc etc. My next plan is to organize an e-mail campaign, chronicling each and every misstep the bus drivers make. Actually, that would be good, but I'm not going to do it. Oh well.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Waiting all around

Apparently a surveyshowed that women spend two years of their lives getting ready to leave the house, while men spend less than a year. I'd like to say I'm not one of those women...but I know I am. I'd say that on a regular morning when I'm going to school, I spend 30-40 minutes from getting out of bed to heading out the door, which isn't bad. That's mostly because I don't do anything with my hair in the mornings other than brush it or put it in a ponytail though. I'd have to add like 20-30 minutes if I added in straightening time etc, but that's why I do it the night before. Along with showering. Basically I do anything possible to get more sleep.

Oh, and I wrote a mean e-mail yesterday. A group of four of us were standing at the bus stop, in the rain, waiting for the bus to take us to the parking lot where we park at school. The bus comes driving by, and one of the guys in our groups waves at the bus to tell her to stop, just in case she wasn't sure if we were waiting for her. She turns, looks at us, and just KEEPS DRIVING. This isn't the first time she's done it either, but the first time she'd done it to me. Stupid biatch. So I e-mailed the transportation with a detailed account of the incident. I want her head on a platter. A platter! The buses here suck. I'm waiting for a response.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Rule against perpetuties--you are not my friend.

So Adam is posting while sitting here in Property, conveniently right next to me. It's kinda funny because I can read his post that says he's going to listen for ten minutes, and check if he actually does it. It's like real time blogging with video. Only the video is real life.

Oh, and I saw him check his e-mail, and I actually thought to myself, Oh, I haven't checked e-mail in like two minutes! I could have something new! ...Law school has done permanent damage.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Last day of vacay

Man I soooo don't want to do anything today. I should be working harder now than before because tomorrow's the first day back at school, but instead I'm doing everything to procrastinate from looking up cannoli recipes to watching Saved By The Bell: The E True Hollywood Story. Oooh, they're talking about the caffeine pill episode now! Nice =) I wonder if they'll finally explain what the heck those Tori episodes were.

My brother's flight is like 2 1/2 hours delayed coming in tonight...which sucks for both of us.

Update: Man, Tori got dissed! She wasn't even mentioned. That's cold. Apparently Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley wanted to move on to better things, so they left the other four to do the last ten episodes, and just came back for that last graduation show. I think it was weird that they just disappeared, then reappeared, but what can you do.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Reflections

a) That game hurt. Poor Cal.

b) I'm really bad at Quarters.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy birthday, mom!

To celebrate the start of spring break, I went out and bought some pretty spring flowers. On Saturday, my daffodils started blooming:



Then this morning, I noticed my hyacinths had started to bloom too:



Now I'm just waiting on the tulips! Spring flowers make me happy =)

Need...break...

This is exhausting. I can't take it anymore. I've watched so much basketball today, and this is the first year I've actually filled out a bracket of my own, so I actually care who wins. Even though I don't have any money on it. But seriously, this is exhausting. Oh, and I've also decided I can't go back to school. Or maybe if spring break was extended another week, that would be ok. But it's not...so I'm just quitting. Seems sensible to me.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Ahem

For everyone who picked NC State over Cal...just a brief reminder here. Yeah, that's right! The recap is actually messed up, they talk about an exhibition game intstead of the actual game, so if you want to read about our stunning victory, you can check that out here too.

So you know...might want to rethink those picks. =)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

brief thoughts

*The show Ten Years Younger on TLC is fabulous. You should all watch!

*The Durham Public Library online catalogue sucks. My whole computer freezes every time you click a button on it. And the circulation desk ladies suck too. I'm sorry, I think that a valid driver's license and a local student ID should be enough to get a library card--why do you need my damn mail too?? So my books just sit there on hold instead of being read...seems against the whole notion of a library! I bet Ben Franklin didn't require a piece of mail to prove local residency!

*Officially caught up on Lost...now I can finally read the imdb entries for everything! I was waiting til I got caught up, because I didn't want to find out accidentally that someone died or something. PS I love the notion of tv shows on DVD...it's a wonderful thing.

*There are daffodils everywhere in Durham, and blooming dogwood too. It's so beautiful. I guess this is why people put up with winter.

I love vacation

Man, I haven't posted in forever! Sorry. Last Friday I turned in my appellate brief, my last assignment for Legal Writing. Let me just say, I am so damn happy that class is over. It SUCKED! I wish we were one of those schools that had it be P/NP instead of graded. I still have to do oral arguments, but that part's just required participation (no grade!) so really it's done. And now I'm on spring break. I have a list of things I want to get done, but I haven't been doing too good a job of actually getting things on the list accomplished. It's like the more free time I have, the more I want to lie around and do nothing. I cannot wait until summer. At this point, the thought of going to work every day is much more appealing than school. I only have four more weeks of class, so it's like I can feel finals breathing down my neck. Ick! On the plus side, it's been nice and warm here, I've been hanging out by the pool and sleeping late and watching movies...basically life is good =)

Oh, and I'm really excited that Cal is playing NC State in the first round of the NCAA tournament because that means it'll actually be on tv here! Sure, everyone around me is picking NC State, but I have faith. Go Bears!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Spread the word!

Remember how I said I went off in a mini-lecture telling the people here how Berkeley has several elements named after us? One of my friends here (Adam)has a friend who is at Cal, and he sent me this convo:

Adam: my friend from berkeley:
Adam: [BerkeleyFriend]: we also have 3 elements named after us
Adam: IM AWARE
Adam: JESUS

Monday, March 06, 2006

Dog people yay

My dad's in town this week! He came to RTP for work which means I get to have dinner with him, yay =) And of course it also means my mom sent cookies, lol.

I watched the Oscars on Sunday, the whole thing (great way to procrastinate), and yay for Reese Witherspoon winning best actress! She's fan-tastic. I was kind of annoyed by some of the speeches though, because it seemed awfully self-congratulatory to Hollywood. Very "oh we're so special and wise and forward thinking and aren't you lucky to have us show you the light." I think Frank J. had a funny editorial about it.

Speaking of IMAO, he had a link to a study done by some organization (whose credibility is unknown right now) that addressed the age-old questions of dog vs. cat people based on politics (well the link is actually to an article about the study, it presents it a little more clearly than the actual study page, but it links back to it so you can look if you want to). The study confirmed what I've been saying for years: conservatives are dog people and liberals are cat people. Woo. It also said that conservatives tend to be morning people, though, which definitely doesn't apply to me. But it's an interesting little survey.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Uh...ok, what?

We finally moved past takings in Property, thank God because I was reaaalllyyy tired of it. But now, we're doing all those technical terms about property ownership, and I don't know if our book isn't that great or what, but I have no idea what they're talking about half the time. It doesn't define all the terms it uses, and you get sentences like this:

A freehold estate could not be created unless a feoffment with livery of seisin took place on the land.

I have no idea what that means. They didn't define several of those important words, and somehow I can't pick up the meanings in context. It's kind of interesting, but really archaic (the best part is when they talk about events in English history and how those were the reasons behind the creations of various weird property things, lol).

Update: I looked up feoffment in the law dictionary, like I should have done anyways I suppose (but our book shouldn't suck so much anyways), an in case you were wondering, here's the definition:
Hist. 1. The act of conveying a freehold estate; a grant of land in fee simple. -- Also termed feoffment with livery of seisin. 2. The land so granted. 3. The charter that transfers the land. -- Also written enfeoffment. -- Also termed deed of feoffment.
"Conveyances of freehold land could originally be made only by a feoffment with livery of seisin. This was a solemn ceremony carried out by the parties entering on the land, and the feoffor, in the presence of witnesses, delivering the seisin to the feoffee either by some symbolic act, such as handing him a twig or sod of earth, or by uttering some words such as 'Enter into this land and God give you joy' and leaving him in possession of the land." Robert E. Megarry & H.W.R. Wade, The Law of Real Property 47 (5th ed. 1984).

Friday, March 03, 2006

Just being friendly...

Apparently you can't send an e-mail from a Pentagon e-mail address with the subject line "hello." I don't know why, but when my boss(?) from this summer tried it, the Pentagon wouldn't let it work. The message was "quarantined." How weird!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

hi

I don't like to not post for too long, because it always drives me crazy when I go on peoples' blogs and there's nothing new to read. I try to lead by example. But I've got like nothing new to say really. I'm feeling much much better, which is yay because mono sucked. I've got this huge thing due a week from tomorrow, my appellate brief assignment, which I'm looking forward to because it signals the end of my Legal Writing class (thank God...that class alone has made me want to never ever be a lawyer). That also is the start of spring break, which is sounding really good right now. It's so nice and warm today, it's fabulous. Of course, tomorrow it's supposed to drop down from 75 (today) to 51, so that's bad. But I'm trying to enjoy the weather while I can. Maybe I'll work on my appellate brief outside for a while today.