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...
Thanks for your inqiry.
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.