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Ah, back and recovering from jetlag. Since 6AM I've been unable to sleep and trying to get this place in order. I've reworked my network, removed some rather virulent spyware/adware/trojans from my server, and once again this little corner of the Malebolge is operating at peak efficiency. By noon I hope my bags unpack themselves. After that, it's just reviewing things for Law Review and preparing for the morn.

Interesting conversation related to me by a friend in Roppongi:

"So I was talking here to a partner when we were working late, and I said, 'You've got the LSATs, then 1L exams, then Law Review, then interviews for jobs, then a job that takes up twelve to fifteen hours a day, then partnership. When does it end?' He was pretty heartening: 'When you've paid off your law school debts, you've got choices.'"

Remarkable the wisdom you can pick up in Roppongi if you keep your ears open.

As soon as I get done with unpacking, I'm hoping to clean a few things up around 3YoH. For one thing, I was thinking of adding a new skin/fixing the ones I've got, and restructuring the top menu bar, because readers have been reporting problems. (I'm not a particularly good programmer.) If anyone has suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.


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Wisdom? Isn't it rather illusory to think that one does not have choices until one is freed from law debt? How did one get into law debt? Freedom, if it exists at all, doesn't start at 35, and isn't purchased with school loans. It would be nice if people would encourage responsible, self-aware decisionmaking before folks have spent a decade or more in indentured servitude before deciding what they "really" want to do. W
Fr. Bill: Please don't get me wrong: of course we're all free to make decisions, and there's a lot of decisions that can be made that either avoid one going to law school, avoid going to a large firm, or avoid living a lifestyle one doesn't want. I liked the conversation related not because it was 100% wisdom, but simply because it said something I wanted to say in an interesting way. While life as a lawyer doesn't have to be like a conveyor belt laid out before you, sometimes it does so desperately seem so.
Yes indeed. But often (not just for lawyers) the inertia that keeps us on life's conveyor belts is at once a restriction and an excuse--the most dangerous kind of illusion. It makes us feel a victim when in fact it's a mime's prison. W
Fr. Bill: Well, it appears that Heidi agrees with you. And I guess I do too: there's always some way of leaving a situation you're in if you're not happy with it. (I'm the one always quoting Chesterton: "An inconvenience is only an adventure improperly considered.") But I still liked the phrase, and it was worth recording the opinion, even if one considers it dubious wisdom.

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