Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sterilization - A Near Miss

Well, as you all know, I have been working on my house and going to school lately and well, not much else. I don't know how to tell this story in a funny manner right now, but I was sawing a piece of oak in the table saw the other evening when it hung in the blade and fired out the saw into my groin. Fortunately, the piece of wood merely struck me in the leg and left a bruise the size of a softball. No permanent injuries. After stabbing myself in the thumb and nearly castrating myself with a dull piece of flooring, I think i'll take a day or two off.

Otherwise, life is going well. The thrid year of lawschool is truely not so bad so far. I've been getting the master suite ready, and am progressing nicely. I can't wait for a weeekend where I can mow the grass and do some menial stuff and enjoy myself..or come up with a I want to do project instead of a need to do project.

But life is good. Maybe headed to the lake saturday night to watch the dawgs and celebrate a friend's birthday.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

My First Exit Wound

Well, yesterday was a good day. I started laying the accent border for my shower and made solid progress. More tile to come today. However, in the process of getting my tile saw ready, I purchased some parts so i could hook it directly up to the water hose. While removing a zip-tie from one of the parts, it seems I stabbed my thumb with the scissors. As you can imagine it started to bleed and i went insided and washed it. As I was trying to stop the bleeding and bandage it, I noticed blood coming from a second hole. Amazingly the tip of the scissors traveled 3/4 of an inch and poked out the tip of my finger. Wow.

So, today I seem fine. I had a tetnus show two years ago and the cut looks clean and the brusiing has gone away today.

Its a real milestone here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Breaking the Bloggin Rules

I haven't posted anything lately because I work all day on trying to finish my master bedroom/bathroom and then generally pass out shortly after I stop working for the day. Because I don't beleive my readers (down to 1 now) are interested in the mundane aspects of building a dual head shower walk in shower with diamond pattern accent tile and glass block, I haven't been posting much lately. I have also electrified my little work/storage shed and finally moved, by hand over 3,000 pounds of crap out of my back yard. (yes, I did haul it to the dump on a trailer, but it was all loaded and unloaded by hand, so make that 6,000 pounds and you will understand why my back hurts.

So, today I have to prepare an opening statement and of course, I am procrastinating. In my efforts to procrastinate, I found an article in the Young Lawyers Division newsletter from the State Bar. Here, Judge John Elligton, Georgia Court of Appeals, shares "Lessons I've Learned from the Bench." I found some of these to be very good so I thought I would post them here for you to read.

  • You can do anythin in a courtroom until someobody (usually the judge) tells you that you can't.
  • Just because you can do anything in a courtroom you want to, doesn't mean you have to.
  • There is life outside the courthouse - get one.
  • Remember, there are no original stories, just original thieves. If you see another lawyer's style you like, steal it and make it your own.
  • In law and in life, it is the people you meet and the friends that you make who make the difference.
  • Git-R-Done...early. ...
  • Even if it is your first time doing something, act like you have done it 100 times before.
  • Time is money. Although money will not buy you happiness, it will buy you are Mercedes-Benz that you can ride around in and look for happiness.
  • Most appellate judges think that they are legal scholars. The truth is that they are just lawyers who once knew a governor.
  • It doesn't cost anythign to be nice - to staff, baliffs, clients and othere attorneys.
  • Motions for Reconsideration (MFRs), also known fondly by the court as "more fascinating reading," will be granted only when it appears the court overlooked a material fact in the record, a statute or decision which would require a different judgment from that rendered. ...
  • Everybody in the world does not have a courthouse. . . .
  • What we do in the judicial system is important. We deal with people's property, people's children, and people's freedom.

So there, Thank you Judge Ellington. I thought these were good nuggets of wisedom and hope you enjoyed them.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Of Droping off Cars

A friend of mine has proclaimed the true mark of good white-trash is the act of "dropping off a car." Today, I soundly entered the White Trash Hall of Fame as I hauled a 1990-something Ford Explorer to Atlanta from the 'Boro behind my 2002 Ford Explorer. Well, if you've never used a car-dolly, its one helluva contraption. Pins here, straps there, this pivots, that doesn't, damn those things are hard to figure out. This from a guy with multiple college degrees and who practically rebuilt his own house. But I digress....

So, I get this pin there, that pin there, and pulled the straps, checked the air in the tires, etc and head off to atlanta. Oh, by the way, I courriered a title to another car to Atlanta as well. So, the drive went very well, that is untill I took the last turn into my brother's subdivision. And, you guessed it, the damn thing fell off the dolly. Well, after the use of a jack, some cribbing, and a chain attached to a big truck (which happens to be the title I was carrying) we got the thing back off and, unbeleivably, there were just some scratches and a not too sever dent.

So, all in all I logged over 350 miles, dropped off a car, dropped off a car title and looked at some ceramic tile for my massive new shower. A tiring, but pretty good day.

PS - Spent the morning helping a friend get the locksmith to unlock her car as well. Its been quite the automotive day.