Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Small world after all

So yesterday I posted about some of the exciting times in my BA class, and amazingly an employee of the company in the case we were talking about found my post! She left a comment on my blog:

Your blog came up in my daily Google search - I work for "RIBA"! (small world) What case are you discussing?

Well Nancy, we were talkin about Southex Exhibitions v. Rhode Island Builders Association, 279 F.3d 94 (1st Cir. Ct. App. 2002). And congratulations, you won! No partnership for you. Oh, law school is so applicable to the real world.

Speaking of the real world (sort of), it's possible we might have a snow storm tonight! Now I'm sure the North Carolina definition of snow storm is like half an inch...so what I'm saying is, it's the same as my definition. We got an email from the Dean of Students (or something) today letting us know what the Duke snow day procedure is, so we'll see. I have to say, unless we're not going to have to make up the classes, I'm just hoping to get it over with. The only thing worse than having regular class is having extra class on Fridays, after all.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

class fun

The case we're talking about right now in Business Associations involves a party named the Rhode Island Builders Association, aka RIBA. And everytime someone in the class says RIBA, a) Adam laughs, and b) I have a little heart attack at the thought that someone might be calling on me.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Pick a new class!

I'm sitting in my Italian class right now and every other person here right now is a foreign student from a Spanish-speaking country. One of them (the girl) speaks some italian, but the three guys in it can't even introduce themselves! It's all spanish, and it's really pissing me off.

I wish I could putt like him

I love my parakeets, but they are not nearly so talented as a golfing parakeet, I have to say. But in their defense, this is a different kind of parakeet, and he looks a lot bigger. It's easier to golf if you're a bigger bird, I'm sure.

Speaking of animals, it turns out my Animal Law Clinic professor is a Cal alum! No wonder I love him =)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Ha!

So Dreamgirls didn't get nominated for Best Picture...justice! I'm pretty excited about that. I just didn't like the movie, which was disappointing because I like musicals and was looking forward to it being good.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Bye bye

So Bill Parcells is retiring. He's a great coach with an incredibly distinguished career, but I have to say, I'm glad he's going. It doesn't seem that he really clicked with the Cowboys, and these four years haven't been exactly glory years. Not that it's all his fault, of course, but still, I think it's time for change. I just think it's too bad that Sean Payton already left for New Orleans, because that would have been great (obviously). I just hope that he doesn't go after Pete Carroll, as the ESPN article suggests. That is NOT ALLOWED!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Killing time before class

Update: the snow is officially all gone. It's just rain now, and puddles. So sad.

Also, I actually watched some of the Golden Globes pre-show on E! this year, which I haven't done in a really long time. And good lord, Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Depandi were god-awful at conducting red carpet interviews. I don't remember who it was, but one of them were asking Celebrity A about some reported occurrence which happened to Celebrity B recently, and Celebrity A was like, "uh, yeah, I haven't talked to her in a while..." And at one point, Giuliana was interviewing Jeremy Piven and his mom, and they cut away from them mid-sentence to go to Ryan because he had Brangelina with him. How rude! I know they're all super famous and stuff, but there was no need for that. I would be sure to get the Entourage writers to include something in a script about them sucking.

It snowed!!!!

Sadly not enough to get a snow day, but still, it's really pretty =) It's warm enough that it's already switched to a light rain, so I imagine the snow will melt soon (people tell me that the ground is warm so it won't stick for long). But it's been a long time since I lived somewhere where it snows! And I even drove into school with no trouble. Of course, there was no snow on any of the streets, but still. And more impressively, I didn't trip on ice walking to class! That's my real accomplishment, I think.

Oh, as to the article I posted about the dog buried alive last night, CNN.com had the story, but only as a video, so I had to google it and find another news source that actually has their stories written. And so my disapproval of CNN's practice of video only continues.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Animal law--your time has come!

This story is absolutely horrifying. Someone buried their dog alive in their backyard, and a neighbor rescued him after hearing whimpers coming from the ground. Can you imagine the sicko behind this?? I hope Florida has really harsh penalties for this type of cruelty, although I have already learned from my animal law clinic (type of class) that North Carolina, in fact, has some of the most stringent animal laws around, so I'm betting justice will not be served (depending on your definition of justice, of course).

In happier puppy news, here are some pics my mom sent me of our dogs playing in our backyard--with snow!


And speaking of snow, they say we might get some here tomorrow morning! Which is kind of scary since I've never driven in it, so it would be awesome if they'd cancel class! That hasn't happened to me since I was like 8!

RevaItalia lives up to its name!

I just had my first Italian class since spring of 2005! It's very exciting. I am taking a "Legal Italian" class taught by an Italian student at Duke Law, so it's not like a regular Italian class, but it's neat. Although I'm kind of annoyed, there's one person taking the class who is an LLM from somewhere in South America (LLMs are foreign students who come for one year and get a degree in American Law, basically). And he doesn't speak ANY Italian--he just decided that because Italian and Spanish are similar, he knows enough to take the class! And that's fine, but there are only five of us, so whenever he talks, he says something in Spanish and then the teacher translates it into Italian, so it's really a pain and slows down the class. So I'm not pleased with him. But anyway, even though I haven't taken Italian in a year and a half, I can still keep up (though the words don't come out as fluently as they did when I was living there, of course). And one of our first topics was what university life is like in Italy, which I happen to know about having been there, yay =) So it was a good first class!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Brief thoughts

I'm thinking it's bad to have me as a fan if you're an NFL team, because first the Cowboys and now the Chargers have lost in their first playoff game. Now I'm rooting for New Orleans...but maybe I should cheer for the Colts instead, given my track record.

Every first week of class should only be two days, followed by a four-day weekend.

To add to our list of TV actors who are now doing crappy commercials, has anyone else noticed that Ben Seaver from Growing Pains (aka Jeremy Miller) is now doing McDonalds commercials?? The Meununaires. Terrible, just terrible. But then he never was going to top his stint on Ghostwriter, so I guess why bother.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I'll have to fly out of Greensboro from now on

Per Adam's advice, I've decided that something is dead to me. And that something is, the Raleigh/Durham Airport! I've had it with those jackholes making you circle over and over, because there's nowhere to stop and wait for people arriving. Civilized airports have cell phone lots, where you can just sit and wait for the person to call you and say they're there, and then you can go to the terminal and pick them up curbside. God forbid that you be able to wait when there is NO CROWD and plenty of room. But according to the cop I got told to move by, that's against the rules, no matter how much open space there is around you. Here you just have to circle and circle endlessly. And do you know why it's endless, too? Because they are either a) so understaffed, or b) so incompetent, that a flight landing at 5:35 pm does not get its luggage out to the passengers until 6:25 pm! That is ludicrous, simply ludicrous. There is no way it should take that long. So RDU, you are DEAD TO ME! Do you hear me? DEAD!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Back to school

Well, I'm back in Durham! So Christmas break really is over now...sad. I miss undergrad at Cal when we had a whole month off--that was the best way of doing things! Oh well. I'm on page 27 of my Note, so only three to go! I've decided I'm going to finish it today, so I can have it over and done with. Well, finish the first writing of it, anyway, I'll probably print it out and go over it afterward to make sure it's at least coherent crap (note that it still will be crap, it'll just be coherent).

And yesterday's game? Beyond painful. I'd rather have been just crushed than lose that way, on a botched field goal hold (or whatever you'd call it). 19 yards--unbelieveable.

Ok, back to writing. I'm having trouble focusing...imagine that! But there's a lot to do here, like take down the Christmas decorations (sadness of my heart) and other such things. So I have to hurry up and write, because I told myself I wouldn't play until I had it done (at least, not after I'd watched a couple episodes of 24 this morning...I'm on disk 2 of season 2 now!).

Update: Three lines onto page 30!! That's what I'm talking about!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Happy Belated New Year!

Sorry for the dearth of posting, but I've been busy and distracted and also had nothing of particular import to say. I'm supposed to go back to Durham on Saturday, and luckily as of today I'm allowed to do it, because I finally made it to page 20 of my note (I told myself I wasn't allowed to go back to school until I hit 20 pages at least). The problem is, although I only have 10 pages left, I only have like 2 or 3 pages worth of stuff to say! So I don't know where that last 7-8 pages is going to come from. It's a real problem.

Also, I'm finally catching up with the rest of the country and have started to watch 24! The dvds were on sale at best buy, and season for $20, so I bought season one and have watched the whole thing with my family over the last (less than a) week. I was pretty surprised, even my dad was willing to sit and watch four episodes at a time! Now I just have to borrow the next few seasons and catch up with the one starting shortly this month =)