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Christmas Posting

Dearest Wormwood:

I know that most of the time I write you with advice on surviving law school. Just this once, however, I'd like to give you an advice on survival of a different nature, it being the holidays.

Sledding down hills on dubious pieces of foam and plastic is a great deal of fun when you are between the ages of three and, perhaps, twenty. The pleasures can vary from the innocent to the dubious: at the age of seven, one can wonder at the pure joy of speed and the illusion of escape from gravity. Towards adolescence... well, let us just say that sledding downhill with members of the opposite sex has long been a source of amusement for northern teenagers. Even above such an age, it is great fun to go watch young children sledding.

However, getting three grown men averaging over two-hundred pounds and thirty years apiece on a flimsy piece of unpadded plastic, and then hurtling them down a barely snow-covered hill at high speeds towards a very large bump... this is not a good way for said men to behave. It leads to bruises and pain, although the resulting jumbled pile of limbs at the bottom of the hill does seem to provide amusement to the younger children at the top.

As a circus performer once said to me when I was heckling him, "This is why animals in the wild eat their young."

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Off topic, but I just finished this and it's unlikely ever to be _on_ topic: You ever read Toby Young's book, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People? High-larious.
Equally off topic: Is your note topic the same as when we last spoke in person? I can't remember if I'm getting it right, so this may be less than useful, but I just ran into a new-ish case that was recently affirmed by the 2d Circuit on something you might find useful. If you wannit: Register.com, Inc. v. Verio, Inc., 126 F. Supp. 2d 238 (SDNY 2000), affirmed 2004 WL 103400 (2d. Cir. 2004). TtP

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