Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Death in the Family...

Probably not a good title when there actually hasn't been a death in my family, but this one is admittedly affecting me pretty badly. My iPod has died. I've tried reviving it all night, but I think it's a goner. I guess it's all right...it's only a 4th generation iPod (no color screen, no video or picture capabilities, only 20 GB of storage), and I got it for free (companies like WestLaw and LexisNexis give out huge prizes to law students in an attempt to hook them on their research products before they graduate, which is where I got mine) over three years ago, so I guess it's had a good life. I should be a little more concerned that such an expensive piece of equipment would just experience a hard drive failure after only three years, but that hasn't made me want, nay, need, a new iPod all day long. Guess I'll have to pick up the patent work again. Funny how lonely and disconnected you can feel when all your music is no longer accessible at a moment's notice. My wife has suggested I probably need a life. What I really need is a new iPod.

A Shout-Out to My Peeps...

Just came across this here while looking for some info on the classes that my sister Jackie is teaching this year (look for Jackie's bio about halfway down the page). Something about the letters "Ph.D." just make an older brother feel proud for some reason. They just look cooler than J.D. (my degree). Also on the cool list would be "M.S." (my wife's degree, along with a B.S., which just invites whole kinds of borderline inappropriate jokes), and "M.O.B." (my dad's degree, standing for "Master's of Organizational Behavior"). My little bro, Jeff, just got his B.A. (I've got one of those, too), and FYI, I need to stop writing acronyms ASAP. As Captain Kirk says in that classic film, Star Trek IV, "He's harmless. Back in the '60s he was part of the peace movement at Berkeley. I think he did a little too much LDS."

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A long, long week last week...

Sorry for not having any recent updates. Life has definitely taken a turn for the more interesting in the last few weeks, so it's been hard to find the time to update the blog. I had someone contact me about six weeks ago about applying for an in-house counsel position in Idaho. There's been some truly mixed feelings about a potential move to Idaho, but since nothing is set yet, I'm going to be vague about the details at the moment.

After spending some time in Idaho last week, I immediately went to a conference in Bethesda, MD, where I'd been asked to present a talk. It was the first presentation I've ever made in a professional position, so I was honored and a little freaked out all at the same time. I think I did well, though. I was really hesitant since I've only been in my industry (and a graduate of law school) for about two years, but I think I did my company and myself proud, and even managed to get the audience laughing a few times during the presentation, which put me at ease even more.

It was the first time I'd been back East, where my family lived the entire time I was a teenager, in probably eight years so it was kind of wild to be back. Just as when I first stepped off the plane in Pennsylvania when we moved back there, the first thing I noticed getting off the plane this time was how stinking humid it was. Granted, the D.C. area was just recovering from the remnants of a tropical storm, so it was probably worse than usual, but man, I guess I don't miss that too much! It did make me homesick for a lot of the friends and experiences I had growing up there, though, so I count myself amazingly lucky that I'm able to keep up with so many people through things like blogs, Facebook, and email. It makes it a lot less painful to look back on those more carefree days before college and life started to hit hard!!