Oh, and Santa brought me a fly rod for christmas, which should be perfect for the Baja trip.
In other news, I finished The World Without Us, a book from Annie, which explores the idea of what would happen to the world if humans disappeared tomorrow. It's a really interesting read.
Hot Potato, Cold Potato
Scallop (though ours had chamomile flowers)
Bison (with the rosemary)
Trout Roe: coconut, licorice, pineapple
Roe from Michigan trout, harvested just days ago, on a coconut snowman... thing alongside pineapple foam and a dollop of licorice sauce. It was a little intimidating for a first course since it was so delicate, but the flavors worked well together. It was the first time I'd ever had caviar, and it was great; it tasted like the sea smells.
Beans: many garnishes, pillow of nutmeg air
Now things got fun. What looked like a burlap pillow was set in front of us, and then a large plate was placed on top. As the plate weighed down on the pillow, it released the scent of nutmeg, which we would taste, even though there was no nutmeg in the dish. The dish was pureed navy beans topped with a pancetta crisp, topped with a Guinness foam. Around the plate were a host of one-bite garnishes; green bean and almond salad, ginger topped with peppers, mango and orange leathers, a basil gel, a crunchy somethingorother, a bit of apple hollowed out and filled with molasses. Very tasty.
Scallop: parsnip, orange, chamomile vapor
This course started with a single bite of an orange gel, which was like a tart, palate-cleansing fruit snack. Two nesting bowls were set down, the outer filled with various herbs and flowers and the inner filled with amazing food. The outer bowl was topped off with hot water, which released a strong smell of chamomile. In the inner bowl sat a perfectly cooked scallop, topped with shaved razor clams, accompanied with a reduced stock and diced parsnips. One of the best dishes I've ever had.
Apple Cider: walnut milk, cinnamon, vegetable ash
A shot glass was set in front of us containing a green orb, dusted with a bit of powder, sitting in walnut milk. The entire shot was knocked back, and once the little orb was in your mouth, it exploded with a splash of apple cider, and then dissolved into a taste of cinnamon. Refreshing.
Salsify: caper, olive oil, smoked salmon
A column of (razor clam? some shellfish, but I think we missed that part of the explanation) coated in a crackley caper-and-crunchiness, suspended between a small stack of wonderful smoked salmon on one end and a salmon puree on the other, with a dollop of a dill sauce between the two and a few drops of a lemon gel around the plate. The smoked salmon was the best few bites of salmon I've ever had.
Sweetbread: cauliflower, burnt bread, toasted hay
A few bits of breaded sweatbreads, surrounded by dollops of gels from roasted cauliflower, vermouth, and burnt bread, along with crunchy roasted cauliflower bits and a cauliflower stalk wrapped in bread. Tasty, and the first time I've enjoyed sweatbreads.
Lamb: in cubism
A slice of lamb tenderloin on one end, and a braised and breaded wheel of lamb-something on the other end. In between, seven or eight overlapping squares of sauces. Our waiter didn't tell us what the sauces were, but noted that the garnishes on the lamb tenderloin offered hints to the sauces (which included mint, pomegranate, sour cream, horseradish, among others). Very playful. The round bite of lamb may be the best bite of food I've ever had.
Hot Potato: cold potato, black truffle, butter
We were handed a wax bowl, which had a long pin stuck through it. On the pin were a couple cubes of butter, a small round hot potato, topped with a large shaving of black truffle. This was all suspended over a cold potato soup. To eat, you pulled the pin out, dropping the hot portions of the dish into the cold soup, and then slurped the whole thing down like an oyster on the half shell. Vies with the lamb as the best bite of food I've ever had.
Bison: red cabbage, candy cane, rosemary aroma
Our tables were originally adorned with foot-long stalks of rosemary. When this dish was delivered, it was presented on a 500 degree brick that sizzed under the bites of bison. The bits of bison were adorned with a red cabbage braise, star anise and candy cane, and a mushroom sauce, respectively. The sear on them was amazing, though I'm not quite sure how the mushroom sauce was, since I manage to drop it. Drat.
Transparency: of raspberry, rose petal, yogurt
A big, stained-glass looking piece of transparent raspberry, with rose petals set into it and dusted with yogurt powder. It was tasty, but a little prickly, like a broken Christmas ornament.
Chocolate: passionfruit, lemongrass, soy
A big ribbon of dark chocolate sauce. Above it was a great rice pudding (only without the rice, though the rice flavor was there). Below, a noodle of passionfruit. In the middle of a soy marshmallow was a cube of iced lemongrass. Around were dollops of reduced soy sauce and soy powder. Tasty tasty, though I could have done without the soy. The chocolate, lemongrass, and rice pudding were all amazing.
Carmel Corn: liquified
Another shot, this one was a popcorn foam on top of a carmel cream sauce. It reminded me of a jelly belly, and tasted just like it should have.
Persimmon: carrot, red curry, spice aroma strip
A soft persimmon cake, with cubes of carrot in cognac, pistachios, a honey sauce, and other accompaniments. This dish felt a little disorganized compared to some of the others.
Pumpkin: pie dough, tempura, cinnamon fragrance
Pumpkin pie, frozen, then dipped in a creamy sauce, then tempura fried and dusted with a cinnamon sugar that was evocative of mini doughnuts. This whole things was served on a long cinnamon stick popsicle, the bottom of which was lit before it was served, so a cinnamon aroma permeated the room. An amazing finish to an amazing meal.
Freezing rain yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Gotta love south bend. On the bright side, I stayed rubber-side-down on the bike ride to class today.
Oh, and I started volunteering to assistant coach a local H.S. Mock Trial team. I went to my first practice last night. It was pretty fun, and I'll be back next week.
I got out kayaking yesterday, when it was way cold. It snowed again last night, and it squarely feels like winter now. The semester is starting to wrap up a little bit, and everyone is looking toward finals. I'm happy enough to be heading toward the end of the semester; I feel like my afternoons have hit a little too much of a routine. Though my evenings are somewhat varied, I feel like just about every afternoon runs through the same motions.
Anyway, I've registered for classes for next semester. It's a pretty touchey-feeley, constitutional/civil rights semester, with Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Human Rights Practice, my journal, Constitutional Law II (Civil Rights), and 1st Amendment (Freedom of Religion). Should be fun.
Plans are falling together for the spring break sea kayaking trip to baja; should be a really good time.
I'm still churning away through school, though it's a little tougher to motivate myself. The lack of a study group is significant, since it's something I relied upon pretty heavily last semester. I guess we'll see how things go.
I'm back at school, which is a little tougher to get myself motivated for. Now that the job search is finished, I have a pretty strong impulse to just mail things in. Every now and then I jab myself and get myself back on track, but I think next year it'll be even worse.
It's now squarely fall, and the trees around campus are exploding into color. It feels like fall outside too, with warm days and cool evenings. Hoffman and I are putting together a sea kayak trip to baja, which should be a good time. The rest of the law school crew is heading to Vegas, but I think sun and sea and camping is much more my speed.
No calls on jobs yet though. Should be soon. Hopefully.
The job hunt is getting somewhat stressful; no offers yet, compounded by the fact that some friends have already gotten jobs secured. I should hear from a couple of firms next week. Keep your fingers crossed.
The job hunt has really been the big news, especially since it's been sucking up the most time and energy. The journal stuff isn't so bad; I manage to chew through footnotes pretty quickly. I'm managing to paddle about once a week, and bike every day, both of which tend to keep me sane. Classes range from great to lousy, but fortunately the scale is shifted a little more toward the great end of the spectrum.
Also, I had the best potato chips I've ever tasted. They were cooked with truffle oil. Yummy.
This week it's same-old same-old. More job hunting. I have a few more things on my plate thanks to my SBA appointment. But generally, life is good.
The interview at the firm went well; we'll see if I get an offer within the next couple of weeks. Then it was back to Regan to grab some food (paid for by the firm, of course) and catch my flight. I read a lot of the last Harry Potter; fortunately I fly out tomorrow and I'll be able to finish the rest on the way to Denver. We were held in a holding pattern over O'Hare for a long time, so I had to sprint through 3 terminals to catch my connection to the Bend, otherwise I would have been staying the night in Chicago. I made it though, but only because I was at a dead sprint. I need to run more.
3 more interviews today. I even pulled out the cufflinks.
We also have our first homegame this weekend, which should be a lot of fun. The Cousin is in town for the weekend, as is Annie's dad. And I get to kayak on Sunday. Things are good.
Gathering tonight. Should be good times. Now it's off to run more errands.
In other news, seeing the family was good; I'm down in the cities hanging out with some friends before rolling back to South Bend on my own tomorrow morning. If you're in MSP, come hang out.
The next day we hiked out, and saw 15 hikers all headed up to the lakes. We timed the weather and the crowds perfectly.
The next day we went to a Craft Lager Festival in Manitou and drank beer (er, i mean, "carbo loaded") for the day. It was great.
Bright and early the next morning we geared up for Pikes Peak. 13 miles up, gaining 7,400 vertical feet. It wasn't quite as bad as we expected since the trail was really good the whole way, but it was more vertical feet than either Andy or I had gained in a day, and it was further than I'd ever hiked. We did 13 miles in just shy of 5 hours. It was weird getting to the top, since the top was full of people who either drove up or took the train. Sort of a festival atmosphere. We looked around, and then tried to hitch back to our car, not wanting to blow out or knees on the way down. We got a ride from the first truck that passed us, the driver was up training for the race the following weekend. Apparantly the fastest time up the mountain was 2 hours, 1 minute. Marathon pace while gaining over 7,000 feet. Crazy.
Today I'm in Denver; my crim case was just dismissed and I filed my motion to seal. It's hot and beautiful here in Colorado, and I head back to MN on Tuesday. I'll be back though.
But Annie's here in 2 days. Woot!
Got stood up by my paddling friends though. No fun. I also didn't make law review, and am on the waitlist for JLEPP. We'll see how that goes. Other than that, just winding down the week; Thursday is my last day of work.
I was sick over the past couple days, something caught from the roommate, but after barraging myself with airborne and zinc, I seem to have fought off whatever it is.
Only a week left until Annie's here! Yippee! By the same token, not much time left in the summer as a whole. Weird.
To be finished: Feb. 3, 2010
Travel to Bolivia to see Chris
Write 15 short stories or slam poems
Establish myself in a slam scene
Fly a kite
Decorate a room in bold, primary colors
Run a UE expedition
Keep half a dozen potted herbs alive at once
Plant a tree
Read all of the Harry Potter books
Exist in 4 states at once
Eat vegetarian for 2 weeks
Cycle 50+ miles in a day
Learn 5 new constellations
Learn to play darts
Throw a Pan Am
Run a raft trip with the family
Playboat a 5ft+ wave
Academic / Career
Win a moot court competition
Sell my house above its purchase price
Start investing in index funds
Learn to weld from Dad
Pay for the next car at a toll booth
See a triple header at a movie theatre
Meet an online friend in person
Register to vote in IN
Attend a high school football game
Host a dinner party in semi-formal dress
Attend 5 plays (3)
Host a board game party
The summer is starting to wind down a bit; we've only got 2 weeks left of work. Then Annie's in town for a weekend, then I bum about for a week and hopefully interview with some firms, and then it's back to MN.
It's too bad, there were a couple of rivers I had save for late in the season since they run late, and now I'm realizing that i may not be able to get on them. Oh well, I suppose I have that week of downtime, and there's always next summer.
Yesterday the fellow clerks and I got a tour of the Department of Corrections (DOC). It was a hell of a day. We started off at Territorial, the oldest prison in Colorado. We saw the liscence plate plant, where every licence plate in Colorado is made. We walked the grounds, where none of the guards were armed. The only officers with weapons were those in the perimeter towers, who kept an eye on the grounds. We saw the infirmiry, where inmates from all over the state were shipped for medical attention. There, we were told not to make eye contact with one of the guys in segregation. "He gets a little... crazy," one of the guards told us. Then they described how they put problem inmates in 4-point restraint, where the prisoner is chained, arms and legs, to the bed by 4 guards, using 7 padlocks. Every 2 hours, inmates in these positions have to be allowed to move, to allow for circulation. If the inmate is compliant, they get to walk around, but if they're noncompliant, they are allowed to move each extremity in turn, still lying on the bed.
Then we went to the Women's Prison, where we were taken to the cell block that houses the prison's dog program. There, the women live with dogs, which they train on a daily basis. The dogs are allowed to eat with the women 3-4 times a week, and are barred from the medical center. Other than that, the dogs and women are inseparable. When we went down to the cell block, the women and their dogs were released from the cells to chat with us. One woman was real talkative, describing how some families send their dogs in for behavior modification, and others are adopted from pounds to be trained and then sent out into the community.
Afterwards, my friend Jayne mentioned how she had recognized the talkative woman; Jayne saw her resentencing hearing, where the woman talked about how she enjoyed the program. "What'd she do?" I asked. "She shot her boyfriend, let him bleed for 4 days, then packed him into a freezer and tried to drop it off at a landfill." "Jesus." Nice lady though. I think she has another 12 or 14 years to serve.
We then went to Fourmile, a minimum security facility housed within a GIANT prison complex, eveloping six different facilities and about 5,000 acres. We were treated to lunch from the culinary arts program, which was a tasty chicken dish with roasted potatoes and vegatables, followed by an amazing pastry dessert. The culinary project was part of CCI, or Colorado Correctional Industries. CCI provides most of the work opportunities for inmates, and we were later given a tour by their director.
The CCI director drove us all over the facility, and chronicled their different projects, including the culinary arts program, a 1200 head dairy farm which provides milk to the prisons and to the general market, a Talipia farm and hatchery, a koi farm, a greenhouse and landscaping business, 600 milking goats for goat cheese, a program that handles 1200 head of wild mustangs and trains them for sale. Each business works on a cash basis and does not get any taxpayer money. It was quite the operation, especially when viewed from the goat pens, which were right in the arkansas river valley, unguarded and unfenced.
For a huge change of pace, we went to the Colorado State Penetentiary, or CSP. CSP amounts to the state's "Supermax" prison, where only high risk offenders go. Unless you're on death row (housed by CSP), your conviction for what you did on the outside can't get you to CSP. You have to have assaulted someone on the inside, been caught with huge amounts of contraband, or be an escape risk. The inmates at CSP are in complete lockdown, allowed out of their cells for 1 hour per day for exercise in an exercise room the size of my bedroom and a shower. The PR Officer explained that the goal of the facility is to restrict prisoner movement as much as possible. Almost all medical and dental work is done on-site. Almost every door is operated from either the main control room or one of the satellite, cell-block control rooms.
We even saw the death chamber, where the execute by lethal injection. The last executions in Colorado were in 1997 and 1967, and there are 2 on death row now. As the PR Officer explained to us how the procedure worked, the door to the death chamber slowly slid shut. Apparantly the camera in the outer hallway was malfunctioning, and there was a new guy in the control room. Fortunately, a few of our tour group members were outside the chamber, and asked for them to open the door on the intercom. "Lucky thing," the PRo said, "There's no intercom in here. If those folks wouldn't have been outside it may have been a while before they started looking for us, maybe not until they checked the log at 5." Yikes.
Every person or item coming into CSP is scanned as it comes into the facility. Contraband is pretty much non-existant. This is in contrast to the lower security facilities, where they switched from sugar to Equal, partially to help manage the diabetics, and partially to make it tougher to brew alcohol (though, paradoxically, busting up stills and undercover breweries is a good thing, because it means there aren't any drugs in the facility. fewer stills = there's a source of drugs from the outside). The PRo even told us of one inmate who is an escape artist, and managed to break out of every type of restraint they have at the facility. To transport him, they use 4 guards and what amounts to a shock collar around his waist. Creepy.
It was an eye-opening day, and one that is not likely to be repeated. The DOC doesn't give tours to the general public, and CSP is completely closed to the media. The only groups that tend to get tours are those in the legislature and in the criminal justice system.
Ah yes, the perks start rolling in...
In other news, the fellow clerks and I saw a pro se defendant in a sexual assault case. Creepy. And kind of sad. The guy was convinced that his public defender was in cahoots with the prosecutors, so he went at it on his own. Got tore apart. Work is humming along for the most part though; only 5 weeks or so left. Crazy.
Transformers was badass, as expected. The dialogue and writing were very summer-popcorn-movie, but it was a fun ride. And badass.
We had a going-away BBQ for C. on Saturday, and then yesterday I cooked up the menu below. We had about 8 people and probably spent $150-$200 just in ingredients, before the wine. I was working with the best of everything; fresh limes, sashami-grade salmon, a $9 vanilla bean. It was one of the top 5 meals I've ever had. The recipies were tasty, I didn't screw anything up, and the ingredients were amazing. To top it off, Tom's neighbors came over and they were into wine, so we had some great wines to go along with everything.
We're gonna have to do something like that again soon.
I'm putting together a 5 course meal for some family friends tomorrow night, which should be fun. Red Lentil, Carrot, & Cumin soup; Carmelized pear & Arugula salad; Carmelised Lime Salmon; and Mango w/ Lime & Vanilla Syrup. Yum.
Yesterday I rode out to the Garden of the Gods to get some mountain biking in. The trail system out there isn't real extensive, but the views are great. I guess there's a better place to ride out east a ways; I may head out there today or tomorrow.
The clerkship has been going well; I've been able to see some good trials and my projects have at least been somewhat interesting. We were invited to sit in on the DA's office's "forensic fridays" presentations, which look interesting. Last friday I got to learn all about how bullets and shell casings are traced back to individual guns. Very CSI.
I fired off a bunch of resumes and cover letters the other day. Hopefully I'll be able to get some interviews in before I head back to school in August.
I’m still working on the law review comment, though the end is starting to come somewhat into sight. I’ve been getting quite a bit of boating in lately, which has been nice, and it’ll be nice to be able to get out a little more when this comment is disposed with. This weekend I’ll be headed up to Denver to spend some time with friends, which should be a lot of fun. Boating has been good, but it’ll be nice to do something new for a change.
I've been kayaking a lot, almost half the time I'm here the past couple weeks, but I think that may taper off somewhat soon (well, at least no more 4 day weekends). I've started grinding away on my law review note, so hopefully that'll go well. I went out with a few of the fellow clerks for drinks and a pub quiz last night; it's a good group of people.
Well, I’ve made it to the Springs. The drive down with Mom was long, but not too terrible (aside from Nebraskula, which was a monster, but it was tempered somewhat by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, of which I have the entirety on audiobook, which runs about 25 hours long). The apartment is great; I share it with C. and his girlfriend E.; it’s on the ground floor of a big Victorian mansion and my room is about the size of the living room in my house. After settling in on Wednesday, hanging out with Mom’s friend and his family and generally getting a feel for the place, I took off on Thursday to kayaking in
I had my first day of work today, which was really great. There are a dozen other students in our program, and everybody who we’re working for is really laid-back, giving out breaks and time off without a second thought. As the head of the program put it, they realize that our 1L years have been tough, and don’t want us to stress out about anything. We’re encouraged to watch trials a lot, and have been encouraged to check out all types of trials and hearings, from capital murder cases to divorces. We have a home-base room for all of the interns to hang out in, a BBQ on Thursday, and the whole shebang is about a 10 minute bike ride from my apartment. Should be a good summer.
And this is our only 4 credit class of the semester. Ug.
At least the rest of them are going pretty well. Who knows what will happen with this one.
On Saturday, D. and I went to a MN alumni gathering at Legends. It was great, we were fed appetizers and free booze (mmmm... scotch and ginger ale with a dash of bitters) and chatted with alums about law and such, and gave advice to a ND undergrad from MN who's headed to law school in the fall.
I'm in the process of getting the house buttoned down and ready for summer, all the while studying for finals. In a few more days it's goodbye Indiana.
Right. Back to studying.
Federal Criminal Practice
Business Associations (req.)
Moot Ct. Trial
Freedom of Speech
Federal Criminal Law
Conflict of Laws
Moot Court Trial
I'd like to get Business Associations or Jurisprudence (both required) and Evidence (a boon to any of the trial courses) so I'll be watching to see if anyone drops them. I'm all right with what I've got, but it could be a lot better.
me *unpacks shit for class*
me *starts to sit down*
he "uh.... i'm actually saving this seat"
he "i save this seat every day"
me *big eyeroll* erm... fine.
*packs up stuff*
In other news, Colorado Springs and finals are both on the horizon now. It sounds like the East Race is opening up this coming weekend, so I'll be able to get out on the water for a couple hours before I head to CO. Other than that, the finals anxiety is there a bit, though this time around it feels like everyone just wants 'em to be over.
101 Goals in 1001 Days
To be finished:
- Learn to Snowboard
- Travel to
to see Chris Bolivia
- Write 15 short stories or slam poems
- Establish myself in a slam scene
- Learn to make bread
- Create bike-part art for house
- Fly a kite
- Move and cut out my unnecessary possessions
- Decorate a room in bold, primary colors
- Weigh 160
- Run a UE expedition
- Throw a pot
- Keep half a dozen potted herbs alive at once
- Plant a tree
- Read all of the Harry Potter books
- Make Lasagna
- See the
- Take a cooking class
- Go on a multiday hiking trip
- Exist in 4 states at once
- Study on
- Build another bike
Mountain bike in CO
- Eat vegetarian for 2 weeks
- Hit a bucket of golf balls
- Own over half a dozen bottles of wine at once
Floss every day for 2 weeks
- Build a piece of functional furniture
- Cycle 50+ miles in a day
- Learn 5 new constellations
- Buy a piece of art
- Plant flowers
- Cull wardrobe when moving to CO
Cook 5 courses of new dishes
- Order room service
Run OBJ Run the Green Narrows Run the Tallulah Gorge
- Throw a Pan Am
- Run a raft trip with the family
- Log every kayak trip (in progress)
- Run an overnight kayak trip
a newer paddler Mentor
- Establish a core group of paddling partners (in progress)
- Run the Animas
- Playboat a 5ft+ wave
Run a 20+ foot falls
Academic / Career
- Graduate NDLS
- Win a moot court competition
- Study Advanced Trial Ad.
- Study Con Law II
- Begin a job I enjoy
- Establish a career network (in progress)
- Land a 2L summer job that pays well in a city I enjoy
- Establish mentor/mentee relationship (in progress)
- Use all of my available vacation time
- Keep my weekends to myself
- Own a good suit
- Make Dean’s list
Watch a felony trial from start to finish
- Visit a brewery or distillery
- Learn to play darts
- Sell my house above its purchase price
- Start investing in index funds
- Save 30% of my earnings once I land a permanent position
- Start an adventure fund
- Keep a monthly budget (in progress)
- Become financially independent
- Live debt free
- Give change to someone who needs it
- Establish a social network in my new cities (in progress)
- Go to 10 live concerts (2)
- Sit down and write an email once a month to keep in touch with distant friends (in progress)
- Be home for Thanksgiving
- Learn to weld from Dad
Fish with Dad
- Cook with Mom
- Home for Christmas every year
- Try 30 new wines 13
Get a pet Know my neighbors Pay for the next car at a toll booth
- See a triple header at a movie theatre
Feed someone else’s parking meter
- Meet an online friend in person
Register to vote in IN
- Meet someone new on a flight
- Attend a Silverhawks game
- Attend a high school football game
- Attend a wine tasting
- Subscribe to The New Yorker
- Host a dinner party in semi-formal dress
Host a barbecue
- Attend 5 plays
- Host a board game party
Go to an art gallery
- Create a new 101 list
J: we should fondle him while running a red light and hitting him with water balloons
D: lets do it
Erm, what else... P. and I have to give our oral argument on Thursday. It's a mock appellate court, so we'll be arguing in front of a panel of 3 judges who can hit us with questions at any point (and in practice, the whole deal is basically just thinking on your feet). I know I like trial advocacy a lot; hopefully the same will go for appellate advocacy.
As far as classes go, things are starting to tighten down a bit; looks like this is the start of the big run to exams. I'm trying to fill up my house for the summer and next fall; hopefully that will get straightened out in the next few weeks.
The other day when I was driving I saw a kid who was out for a run, and the path that he was on ran into a HUGE puddle (pond) that was maybe 3 or 4 inches deep. I expected him to go around, but he just kept on trucking. It looked a little like he was walking on water. Pretty cool.
Barrister's ball (think law school prom) is this weekend. Fancy fancy!
Well I'm back, and sligltly more tanned, thanks to our trip to Key West. The trip out was a bit long; delayed flights and baggage and all that; we ended up rolling up to our house at about 4:30 on monday morning. That aside, it was a wonderful trip. We hit the beach, had great food and drink (i.e. fresh lobsters off of the docks, grilled salmon, chicken picatta, etc.), saw a drag show, went to the sunset festival, some of us danced on stage (not yours truely), won a bar tab, went snorkeling in a storm, and all sorts of good things. Our house was great; it had a hot tub and a little sun porch that felt like a tree house. It was on a tour of key west, which was interesting; we waved at lots of tour "trains."
In other news, today was the last day of class this week. our briefs are due on Friday, but my classes for thurs. and fri. have been cancelled. Woo hoo!
Oh, and saw two movies, Jesus Camp (great documentary about the evangelical movement) and The Matador (sucked out loud).
The weekend was good, but pretty low-key. Went to watch the Bengal Bouts on saturday night with the boys (largest amatur boxing tourney in the world; proceeds go to a mission in Bengledesh). I don't think I'll ever be a boxer.
On the way home we probably saved a life. This kid staggered across the street in front of us, into a grassy area, and then faceplanted in the snow. It looked like he may have come out of a van. We all looked at each other and said "huh... that kid may not be ok." I chased after the van to try and get plates, since I wasn't sure if the kid had gotten stabbed or what. The van turned around at the next intersection and came back and asked if he was ok and if we needed any help. So apparantly they weren't the bad guys. We waved them off, and then attended to the kid. He was in a dress shirt and dress pants, no jacket, no nothing, and he was soaked from falling in the snow. We tried to figure out where he lived and talk him into going somewhere warm, but he was drunk to the point of blathering. A couple of us went to get the car, while three of us stayed with the kid. He liked J. a lot, thought J2 was a natzi for some reason, and generally ignored me. The car was fetched and we got him over to it, but he was still being somewhat surly and yelling occasionally, and seemed to want the five of us to go to his house be he was going to stay outside in the cold. That wasn't gonna work. Finally P and I called campus security, and a cruiser rolled up while we were on the phone. Turns out the cops were already looking for him; he had been called in already (likely by the van people). We eventually loaded him up with the cops and went on our way.
The kid almost pulled a gipper.
Yesterday Annie and I went out to brunch and then saw ND Theatre's production of The Mousetrap. The set was amazing; a nicely proportioned guest house sitting room recreated on stage. The show was good but not great; since it was a british play everyone was working with dialects, which was pretty hit or miss. Enjoyable day though.
P and I have been cooking away at our appellate brief, which is due on friday. The beast is 70% or so of our grade, so it's a bit of a big deal. Feels like it's in pretty good shape though. We have a meeting with our prof. tomorrow; hopefully she'll agree.
Classes are all right; the Property drama has somewhat slowed down. Contracts is a bit dry, but civ pro and con law are both moving along. Break will be welcome though.
It's blizzard-ing agian, but spring break is just a week away. Thank the lord.
It's an opinion article in response to a kid's opinion article in which he got all bent out of shape about a comic that made light of the eucharist.
In other news, the 1L class is all up in arms about TA's grading assingments. There are petitions flying around, letters being drafted, meetings being pulled together. After the petition landed yesterday I was miffed since it seemed like an extreme measure considering the fact the class has never met to discuss the issue. So I started writing emails. Got ourselves a forum at least, so I guess that's one win for the good guys. Meanwhile, the 1L's garner a (only somewhat deserved) reputation as being whiners. *sigh*
Things have finally warmed up around here; I've been able to go on a couple real long bike rides around town (J. and I rode together the other day and almost got clipped by a car; other than that bit it was a very nice ride).
Bowling has been a nice break every thursday; last week I had a crazy game (150-something) and this week it was back to my standard 100-ish. Gotta get some work done now, as I may be able to go paddling this weekend. 60 degree temps down south. Woot.
Annie and I. As Spies.
We had a pub crawl in Chicago this weekend. It was a good time; I rode in with D. and we crashed at his friend's place. It was good to be in Chicago, but it kind of reinforced the feeling that a bar is a bar is a bar. It was interesting having a conversation with D's friend; he's a bright kid who's just really not doing the kind of work that he loves. Tough stuff.
Saturday dawned with a blizzard though; heavy lake-effect snow blowing all over the place. By the time we had planned to leave, multi-car accidents blocked almost every major road south. It was nice to hole up for the day though; we played pool, Life (lost), Monopoly (won) and watched movies and ate lots of food. It was great.
We made the drive on Sunday, and though the weather was still pretty lousy we only had one near-miss (or near-hit, more literally) and made it home in one piece. After getting some work done, it was super bowl time.
Today I biked to school. It was chilly, -5 degrees (-25 windchill) but my big beefy scarf made it quite bearable; pleasant, even.
I was yelled at while riding in to the law school today. We've been hit with some big-time lake-effect snow lately, and the streets aren't clear yet. It went something like this
Me: *roll up to stop light*
Truckman: Hey man, get that fucking bike off the road, man. You're gonna get killed and nobody's going to feel sorry for your dumb ass.
Me: Erm, I'll be all right. Thanks though.
Truckman: Geez, I'd expect something a little more from a college kid. It's just stupid man. If you want a ride, throw your bike in the back and we'll go.
Me: I appreciate the concern, but I've been doing this for a while now. I'll be fine.
On one hand, I don't like getting yelled at much, but I appreciate the fact that the guy was just concerned with my getting drilled by a car. Once I got onto a different street things were fine, but the roads were still pretty lousy. Fortunately, Jane is built up and ready to go, and I had a fun (and exciting) ride in.
In other news, we got real snow last night. It's beautiful.
In other news, things are good. Quite good, actually.
In other news, I'm settling into law school pretty well again. Con Law is looking pretty interesting, Property perhaps (prof is like a nice version of the property prof in The Paper Chase, but we have weekly written assingments which constitute 45% of our grade; not sure what I think about that yet), the jury is still out on Contracts and Civ Pro.
Almost finished my most recent bike project last night; all I had to do was slap tires on it, when I realized that none of my tires fit. Turns out the wheel is a 26 1/4, a wheel used on old English club racers which is impossible to fit with a MTB tire. Back to the drawing board...
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This book is autographed on the 1st page by the author, and the inscription on the title page reads:
Looking back on this summer, I can see now that it is only you and a handful of people who I count as my close friends upon leaving K.P. Allow this, then, to serve as a token of my friendship, and as one more chance to say thank you for everything. As smarmy as it sounds, I can only hope we'll keep in touch after this wonderful summer at Kingsley Pines.
Last night I hosted a surprise dinner party for Annie's birthday. The menu:
Baby back ribs with a citrus/soy glaze
Grilled chicken and pheasant breasts with a bell pepper and roasted garlic sauce
Mashed sweet potatoes with a sage butter
Blanched and sauteed green beans and onions
Curried lentils over rice
...and birthday cake.
I only tried to burn the kitchen down once; i was julianning some peppers and i had a pan of oil heating on the stove which i forgot about, and remembered when it was a column of smoke. Other than that, things went well. The sweet potato recipe is definately a keeper, as is the baby back rib recipe. The sauce for the chicken and pheasant needs some work, though I had to sub in a pinot for white wine in a pinch. Still needs a little more punch though.
I also got a good job lead today from a guy at a small firm, who may be able to use me along with a 2nd firm that he shares an office with. If it worked out, I'd be able to do a smattering of different legal tasks, along with some bike messengering. Read: dream job.
That night we hung out at the house, drinking both good and bad beer and eating wonderful pizza. It was a great night.
My last day in town, I had a meeting with the ND Denver Alum Coordinator, a SJU alum, and an interview at the Denver DA's office. All went well, though the competition for the DA's office is real tough, with over 250 out of state applicants for 5-10 slots. Due to not paying particular attention to a map, I ended up getting everywhere I needed to be but not until after walking over 9 miles. In dress shoes. There were blisters.
That evening Britt and I hung around the house, I edited my writing sample for the DA's office, and then Joe and Krisana came back and we all headed to a little bar to see Dragon's show. The first band (they just changed there name to paper bird) was wonderful; lead by 3 female vocalists with amazing voices. It was a pretty cool crowd, the likes of which I wouldn't be able to find in south bend. Dragon was quite the entertainer as well. Afterwards, we returned to the (cold) house and made only-slightly-mangled falafle.
And then I headed home. Britt drove me to the bus station, and I flew out of Denver to Minneapolis, hopped in my car, and then drove back to the bend, rolling in around 1am just as I finished the audiobook version of The Hobbit. It was a great trip, and I met some wonderful people who I hope will be longtime friends, making job connections all the while. I couldn't ask for much more.
Oh, and grades are all in. I did pretty well, 3.38, though it puts me close-but-far from the law review cutoff (likely around 3.5). Not sure what I think about that bit, but I'm pretty happy about things overall.
Oh, and here are some photos:
The lodge we stayed in in CO
My parents and their Pagosa Property.
Night shot from the Lodge
Skiing at Wolf Creek Pass
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gague
Couchsurfing in Denver
Me and the hosts in a pretty terrible photo. Great people. L-R: Britt, Joe, Krisana
Things are going well in
The family and I are in
The other day we went to
Only a few more days left before I leave my folks and head off to
Dispatches from my travels
So my parents and I have made it to Pagosa Springs; we flew to
New Year’s Even went well; though the weather was crappy I made it down to the cities, had tea with Grace before getting kicked out of a coffee shop at 6pm (they were closing) and then went to Britt’s for the new year’s bash. Lots of wine was consumed, and it was a really good time, great to see everyone, etc. Most of us were even in pretty good shape for the first day of ’07 (aside from a select few) and after breakfasting on French Toast I dropped off Marnold at the airport and headed to the Verm for some paddling (Dennis talked me into it) then played video games with Erik for awhile before crashing at Tom’s. A nice way to kick of the year.