7.30.2007

Sunday's dinner: deconstructed coleslaw, scallop ceviche with citrus, sauteed vegatables, halibut with lemon and buerre noisette, coconut macaroons with lime and vanilla ice cream.

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.

7.27.2007

I've started the Great Job Hunt. Hopefully all goes well. I'm also waiting to hear from Law Review; apparantly they've started making phone calls, and they have to have everyone slated by Monday. Yikes.

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.

7.24.2007

First 101 Goals in 1001 Days, updated
To be finished: Feb. 3, 2010

Leisure
Learn to Snowboard
Travel to Bolivia to see Chris
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
Read Freakenomics
Weigh 160
Run a UE expedition
Throw a pot
Sail
Keep half a dozen potted herbs alive at once
Plant a tree
Read all of the Harry Potter books
Make Lasagna
See the Indiana Dunes
Take a cooking class
Go on a multiday hiking trip
Exist in 4 states at once
Study on Lake Michigan
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
Visit a brewery or distillery
Learn to play darts

Kayaking
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
Run an overnight kayak trip
Mentor a newer paddler
Establish a core group of paddling partners
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
Land a 2L summer job that pays well in a city I enjoy
Establish mentor/mentee relationship
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

Money
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
Become financially independent
Live debt free
Give change to someone who needs it

Social
Establish a social network in my new cities
Go to 10 live concerts
Sit down and write an email once a month to keep in touch with distant friends
Be home for Thanksgiving
Learn to weld from Dad
Fish with Dad
Cook with Mom
Home for Christmas every year
Try 30 new wines
Get a pet
Know my neighbors
Pay for the next car at a toll booth

Vote
See a triple header at a movie theatre
Feed someone else’s parking meter
Couchsurf
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 (3)
Host a board game party
Go to an art gallery
Create a new 101 list

7.19.2007

Had another good dinner party a couple of nights ago; a chickpea and carrot salad, parmesan and lemon rissoto, prawns in a chili sauce, and melons with sorbet and a lime sugar. Tasty tasty.

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.

7.12.2007

Huh. My 801st post.

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...

7.09.2007

Had another gala dinner at Tom's this weekend. I did a green salad with radishes and prawns, roasted corn on the cob with herb butter, steaks with a mushroom tarragon glaze, bacon baked potatoes, and chocolate french toast. Tasty tasty.

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.

7.05.2007

We had a rainy fourth of july in Colorado Springs. Instead of sitting in the wet grass to watch fireworks, my friend (and fellow law clerk) jayne and I saw Ratatouille and Transformers. Ratatouille is one of my new favorite movies. It's a great story, combined with beautiful filmmaking. The Pixar crew keeps getting better. The fact that it centered around cooking didn't hurt.

Transformers was badass, as expected. The dialogue and writing were very summer-popcorn-movie, but it was a fun ride. And badass.

7.02.2007

Had a pretty good weekend. Rode with the Denver critical mass ride, 200 or so riders heading around Denver on bikes. We had a full-on police presence, with 5 or 6 motorcycle cops and a squad car following us around to make sure that we were stopping at every light and coming to a full stop at every stop sign. Then on Saturday there was an alleycat race (bikers going to various checkpoints around the city). I had hardcore bike lust.

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.