Away From Home

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Lost: Ability to focus. Will pay reward.

I am completely and utterly unable to focus. It's like my brain has dialed out already, one week early. It absolutely refuses to accept the fact that I really need to learn the Erie doctrine, claim preclusion, the rules of discovery, and all of the other topics that'll be on Thursday's Civil Procedure exam. Then there's Tuesday's Contracts II final to take care of....

But for some reason, I'm done. I don't know if I'm just burned out from doing nothing but studying law, or what it is.

I do think that part of the problem is that I'm not used to being 100% focused on one thing. This is the first year since I was a sophomore in high school that I haven't had a job during the school year. I miss the ability to go to school, then put school aside for several hours while I go to work, and come back to homework in the evening. Work provided a nice break, a nice change of pace, from the repetition of learning.

The, ah, "other" distractions I've had this year have not, to say the least, had the same refreshing effect that working always had.

Oh well. One more week, and it's over. I'm going to Dunkin --

Friday, April 29, 2005

Another day, another O's win

And tonight's 5-0 win over the Rays, behind a gem from Bedard, makes it 6 victories in a row. Check out Bedard's line:

8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K (season ERA: 2.84)

A 3-game lead in the AL East looks awfully sweet. Plus, not only are the Yanks and Sox not leading the division, neither one is even in second!

Oh, and in NL news, the Nats won too, 5-1 over the Mets. (Seems like they play the Mets every other series.) The key story in that game was also the pitching, as Livan Hernandez put together the following line:

8 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, and even helped his own cause with a solo homer.

Yes -- this will be a good summer for baseball.

Employment status: Still unwanted

So I was supposed to get a call from MCI today about the interview I had with them three full weeks ago. It's now end-of-business, and no call.

I also had a phone interview with Justice at Stake, a nonprofit advocacy group on behalf of an independent judiciary. There's certainly lots for them to work on these days. Anyway, the interview was going well, I thought. Seemed like there'd be a good amount of substantive work, not only in the realm of legal research, but also in public policy. Plus the interviewer was using positive language, and a couple of times referred to "who you'll be working with," rather than "who you might be working with." So I was feeling pretty positive.

Until we were concluding, and she said "we'll be letting you know sometime next week."

I've heard that before, and every time, it meant that I didn't get the job. In fact, most times, not only did I not get the job, but I had to play phone tag to even get them to say it. Hence my rapidly-waning optimism about MCI.

I'm literally 10 days away from the date I should begin working, and I still don't have a job. Even people I know who have sub-3.0 grades have jobs, and I only missed being named Thurgood Marshall Scholar by 0.03 points.

So it goes.

So much to say

So much to say.

But instead, I'll just post this:

Who can say for certain
Maybe you're still here
I feel you all around me
Your memories so clear

Deep in the stillness
I can hear you speak
You're still an inspiration
Can it be
That you are mine
Forever love
And you are watching over me from up above

Fly me up to where you are
Beyond the distant star
I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile to know you're there
A breath away's not far
To where you are

Are you gently sleeping
Here inside my dream
And isn't faith believing
All power can't be seen

As my heart holds you
Just one beat away
I cherish all you gave me everyday
'Cause you are mine
Forever love
Watching me from up above

And I believe
That angels breathe
And that love will live on and never leave

Fly me up
To where you are
Beyond the distant star
I wish upon tonight
To see you smile
If only for awhile
To know you're there
A breath away's not far
To where you are

I know you're there
A breath away's not far
To where you are

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Sword of Damocles has just been renamed "The Sword of Con Law"

So a bunch of us got together for a review session today, to go over an old Con Law exam. It became evident in a hurry that I wasn't ready.

When you forget that "legislative standing" even exists as a concept, it tends to scare you somewhat.

So I came home, looked a bunch of stuff up, and eventually found myself at Dunkin Donuts, re-reading all of my notes, plus my old Con Law book from K-State (Fliter's class is fantastic, by the way), and a commercial BAR/BRI outline.

By the way, if anyone can tell me whether an in-state resident can sue for a privileges and immunities violation, I'd be most appreciative.

I've figured something out: I get about 40% more work done at Dunkin Donuts than I do at the library, and about 100% more than I do at home. I think it has to do with the large caramel latte (two shots of espresso, baby), plus the fact that the vast majority of people that come in there aren't speaking English. All of the white people go to the Starbucks a few blocks away, but that's considerably more expensive. So at Dunkin there's plenty of activity and conversation going on, but I can't really pay attention to it, because despite two years of high school Spanish, I understand painfully little of it.

Not that I expect any of you to care about my premier study location.

I would, however, appreciate any wishes of good luck for my exam tomorrow, and any condolences you may have after it mercilessly drives me into the ground like a railroad spike.

Surprise, surprise -- no WMDs

It's official:

In his final word, the CIA’s top weapons inspector in Iraq said Monday that the hunt for weapons of mass destruction has “gone as far as feasible” and has found nothing, closing an investigation into the purported programs of Saddam Hussein that were used to justify the 2003 invasion.

So we invaded and lost well over 1,000 American citizens (and a much greater number of Iraqis), on false justification. Great. Thanks, Bush.

I hope you personally send letters of apology to every one of those soldiers' families.

Oh, and by the way, did anyone see the report that the number of acts of terrorism TRIPLED last year over two years ago? In response, the State Department, mirroring the official administration policy of not accepting responsibility for anything, decided to simply suppress the report.

Classy move, guys.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Chalk up another win

How 'bout them O's, huh? Another win tonight in Boston makes it 4 in a row, for a 3 game lead in the AL East. Tonight's score: 11-8, with 20 hits!

Take a look at some of these team stats:

1st in runs scored.
1st in hits.
2nd in doubles (1st in the AL).
T-1st in home runs.
1st in RBIs.
T-1st in batting average.
1st in slugging.
1st in OPS.

Add it all up, and this team is an offensive machine. No matter the score, they're never out of a ballgame.

1 down, 3 to go

Well, I had my first exam of the semester today. Property. The hardest one of all, probably just because there was so much material.

The final didn't even cover all of the major topics, there was so much stuff. Adverse possession? 20% of my outline, 0% of the exam. Public accommodations? Apparently unimportant.

At least it's over, I guess. Constitutional law's up next, on Thursday.

Forgive me for not dancing with delight.

OK fine, I give in

I give up. I'm finally giving in, and creating a blog. My goal is to post every day, but lest you readers (yes, both of you) harbor any expectations, remember that you get what you pay for.

Don't let the title "Daily Diary" fool you, either. While I'll do my best to make it daily, I do not intend for it to be a "diary" in the sense of junior-high girls spilling their souls onto pieces of paper tied together with string (as if that would somehow keep out their little brothers). Instead, it will likely end up as a record of events and observations. Perhaps "journal" would be a better title.

So I guess the main question here is, what in the world am I doing creating a blog when it's after 1:00 am on the day of my Property final?

Apparently, I'm insane. Either that, or I can't sleep. Take your pick; either way, you're probably right.