1.30.2007


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.
Truckman: Goddamn...

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.

1.29.2007

Had a pretty good weekend, though much of it was spent hunkered down due to all of the snow. Almost took a couple spills when riding in to school, since there's a little bit of powder on the hard pack (some roads are cleared, but lots of them aren't) and had my rear wheel slide some, but I was able to control it each time. The little Saturn has been doing well in the snow; front wheel drive + a stick works pretty well.

1.26.2007

Today I was driving to the law school after my interview with the feds in South Bend (it went well; 2 slots for a pool of 10 people, way better odds than the Denver DA) when the school near my house was letting out. A group of kids crossed the street with one of the crossing guards, and this girl of 6 or 7 had a backpack of books and papers that let loose halfway across the street. She got halfway down the block before the yelling of the rest of the kids crossing the street got to her. It was (like the cats) way cute.

1.25.2007

Way Cute.
I have a couple interviews set up. One is a phone interview with a legal aid nonprofit in Denver, and the other is with a fed. govt. post in South Bend. The 'Bend interview is tomorrow; I'm not altogether sure what I'll do if they offer me the job; most likely I'll stall for as long as I can, since I'd rather have something out west (anything, really) than an unpaid position in South Bend, though I do have housing here.

In other news, we got real snow last night. It's beautiful.

1.23.2007

My newest project bike is up and running; I have a couple cosmetic touches to finish yet, but she's rideable. Her name is Jane; she's built on a Trek aluminum mountain frame, with a smattering of components and a gray/black color scheme. She's very elegant; I'll try to get some photos posted later.

In other news, things are good. Quite good, actually.

1.20.2007

This site is amazing.

That is all.

1.18.2007

Horray for secret courts!

Ug.

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...

1.15.2007

I got a quick response from the seller:

Hi,
Thanks for your inqiry.

This book is autographed on the 1st page by the author, and the inscription on the title page reads:
Crystal,
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.
Sincerly,
J

Thanks again
Derek
Illuminated Books




Mystery solved.
I mentioned to a friend that my book was on amazon, and after checking to see if it's still there i looked at the used copies. Someone hawked a copy "signed and inscribed by the author."

I have half a mind to buy it, just to figure out who hawked my book.
The Bend has been treating me pretty well thus far. The other day was filled with shopping for books and groceries ($420 and $140, respectively) and scoring a sweet deal at the salvation army. Some guy with the initials JVG donated some custom-tailored shirts that fit me perfectly. All I have to do is seam-rip the G's out and I have handmade, monnogramed shirts for $2.99 apiece. Woot.

Last night I hosted a surprise dinner party for Annie's birthday. The menu:

Bruchetta
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.

1.13.2007

The rest of the Denver trip was great. After my lunch meeting, I fired off a few emails from the house, and then met up with my hosts at a local housing collective where a bunch of wonderful people worked up a meal for Food Not Bombs, a program which distributes salvaged food to the homeless. We handed out groceries and a hot meal in a park downtown, probably feeding 35 people or so. It was a great experience, and eye opening at the same time. Lots of those who we fed looked homeless, but a few didn't. They weren't freeloaders either; everyone who we fed seemed geneuinely thankful.

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

1.10.2007

Things are going well in Denver; my host(s) are great and the networking has gone well. Yesterday was my first full day in town; I rolled out in the morning, wandered around town a bit, and met up with some alums and talked about the Denver legal market, ND football, and the stock show parade which was going on outside. After changing out of the suit, my hosts and I packed up about 100 burritos and rode around town, handing them out to anyone who was hungry. It was a good way to see the city, and a good way to do some good. Then I treated the hosts to dinner as a thanks for the hospitality, and we headed home for a bottle of wine and some conversation. Today I had a good (but early) breakfast meeting, and am meeting up with some other ND alums for lunch. Things are looking pretty good; hopefully some sort of Denver job will shake out of this whole trip.

1.08.2007

I'm hanging around Sky Harbor, waiting to fly to Denver. Today was beautiful (even though my dad beat me at both mini golf and bocce ball. so it goes...). My flight has been delayed, so I'm enjoying the free wifi and feeling a bit odd, since one of the terminal TV's is directly over my head I have a number of people staring slightly blankly over my head.

1.07.2007

The family and I are in Phoenix today after a few days in Pagosa Springs. Two days agao Dad and I went downhill skiing at Wolf Creek Pass, which gets more snow than just about anywhere else in CO; they had an 80 or 90 inch base when we were there. It was a lot of fun; there were some great runs through the trees, and all went well aside from the time that we found ourselves on a run chock full of moguls.


The other day we went to Durango to ride the narrow gauge railroad up to Cascade. It was a pleasant journey, and I got some pretty good photos of the old steam locomotive chugging through the pass (which I’ll post when I get a chance). Things were especially pretty since it was snowing. The RR followed the Animas river, which has some pretty amazing whitewater on it.

Only a few more days left before I leave my folks and head off to Denver to try and pin down a job. Keep your fingers crossed.

ND has posted some grades already. I'm happy about some, not as happy about others. I may still be in the hunt for law review, but I may need a little help from the remaining classes which are still out, and maybe even from next semester's grades.

1.03.2007

Dispatches from my travels

11:30pm 1/2/07

So my parents and I have made it to Pagosa Springs; we flew to Albuquerque and then drove up through Santa Fe. So far I’ve only seen southern Colorado by moonlight, but so far it’s been beautiful. New Mexico is nice as well, though there’s hardly anything in it, anywhere. My parents bought land in Elk Park, a rich guy hunting preserve which abuts thousands of acres of national forest that has since been turned into a development. The hunting lodge is still here, and landowners can rent it out for periods of time pretty cheaply; that’s where we’re staying now. There’s an (almost) full moon tonight, enough to cast shadows. It’s beautiful.

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.