When it rains…

Blogging hiatus: over. The last week or so was insane. We got slammed at work all week, went to look at houses – we’re a ways out, but you gotta start early – Saturday, then went to a housewarming party Saturday night. Sunday slowed me down – way down. I got some sort of stomach bug which kept me home from work yesterday, which is unfortunate, because I really needed to bill 16+ hours over Sunday and Monday to dig out from last week.

Today: made it to the office, spent all day working much harder than I felt capable of doing, given how tired and weak I felt, came home… and discovered someone had had loaded my trash can to the brim with unsacked trash. Yes, again. In fact, on those Mondays – in this case, Tuesday, due to the aforementioned stomach bug – when we don’t rescue our trash can after pickup but before work, there is always trash in our can. Some people are just… jerks.

So, I went inside to call the city and plead for another pickup, then relax for a few minutes before going over this memo that occupied my entire last week… and my glasses broke. I was putting them on my nose and they just snapped, with a nice little “bang.” So… first thing in the morning is not work, but a trip to an optometrist. For those who don’t know, I am can’t-read-a-stop-sign-at-five-feet blind without corrective lenses. Literally – I’ve had that happen. I failed a driver’s vision test once for failure to locate the test machine once I had my glasses off. My eyes are that bad.

When it rains, it pours, folks. You can’t work a gazillion hours, or take care of personal affairs, or even get sick or take out the trash, without something else coming up. I am counting my blessings, really – it could be much worse right now, I know. But, I’m still annoyed, and that’s part of why I have a blog.

Thanks for listening, and may your stomach stay healthy, your trash emptied, and your glasses intact.

Crazy Busy

Sarah and I were laughing just yesterday at how recently, as very new associates, we were waiting to get staffed on enough cases to stay busy. We both have all we can handle, now, and it’s not busy work. Some of it is less than glamorous, but it’s all real legal work that has to get done and is useful to our clients. I, for example, have reviewed more than 30,000 documents from a single source for just one case; I have 41,000 to go. It’s tedious, yet it’s great; I have a good command over what is in those documents, which knowledge will be increasingly helpful to the case team as things progress. On the other hand, I am helping research key strategic elements of a case in its infancy. Fascinating stuff. Sarah has similarly huge and interesting workloads, and is thriving. But, wow, is this week busy.

I have a handful of mini-posts I hope to make later; work permitting, I will. Now to get some sleep…

Good-bye, asterisk

I finally have a bar number! I don’t have a printed law license, yet – it is apparently on its way. I do, however, have a bar number, a licensed date, and the glorious “Eligible To Practice In Texas” status on the website of the State Bar of Texas.

No more “attorney-to-be” and “not yet licensed in any state” stuff. Finally.

Hello World.

A few of the search terms people have used to find this site in the last 24 hours which have suddenly spiked in popularity:

  • ed cottrell
  • cottrell
  • baker botts
  • edblog
  • “ed cottrell” blog

I assume some of those folks are my new co-workers. Hello! Don’t worry, all; it’s pretty harmless on here.

Some of the more specific searches from the last couple of days, from the relevant to the weird (all spelling errors original):

  • enloe high school prank
  • the shack book review [Ed. note: there are about 50 related searches…]
  • the pros of conservatism
  • zo’é (o anche poturu
  • i hate coldfusion
  • newcar tax consequences
  • business ethics in perlis
  • should online poker be legalized?
  • funny quotes by category “about home”
  • is houston under evacuation order? [Ed. note: there were a lot of searches similar to this one, too…]
  • country with most mnuclear threat
  • eleanor roosevelt look fear in the face
  • july texas 2008 bar exam blog
  • texas mandatory evacuation law
  • the higher power of the shack

I can explain most of those. Not sure why I suddenly became a popular site for hurricane evacuation information or “most mnuclear threat,” though…

Moving, the Bar, and Other Craziness

I haven’t been posting very often, since we just took finals, are trying to get ready to move, are studying for the bar, had to sublet our apartment, and have to graduate, still.

Finals: done! They went well enough – each of us ended up reasonably happy with the quarter, especially since the only thing on the line at this point was doing well enough to graduate (i.e., not failing anything, which is not a particularly high bar).

Moving: a huge pain. Shocking, I know. It will be happening, though, in less than two weeks. At that point, we become Texans indefinitely. We’re looking forward to being moved, not so much to moving

Bar prep: a huger pain. After one week, we have covered the introductory material, constitutional law, and contracts. We have a couple hundred flashcards, have already answered around two hundred test questions each, and have nineteen subjects left to cover, not to mention several practice tests (and probably another couple thousand individual questions) to take. So. Much. Fun.

Graduation: parents arrive in less than a week and things get crazy for a few days with all the events.

Life is busy. Feel free to drop me a line, especially if it’s because you’re in Chicago or Houston and want to catch up before or after the move.

Windows XP Pro SP2 Hibernation Problems – Fixed?

I have mentioned before (here and here the problem of “too much” memory causing crashes and failed hibernation/standby attempts in Windows XP laptops. Microsoft has made a hotfix available, but it’s still in testing (until 2007, from the looks of it), so you have to call and ask for it (which is free). It seems like everything is working okay, so far, but I have only done one standby cycle to test it, as of yet.

LSAT, SAT, and GRE Tutoring

I no longer offer any test preparation services. I am not able at this time to make referrals to any other private tutors. Please do not write me to ask for test prep – this is all I will be able to tell you.

Sometimes, life really is good.

In spite of all the bad days, crazy politics, and other hassles of life, sometimes you just have a really good day. Today was one of those days. My parents have a contract on their house, after having it on the market for less than two weeks. My second business, Safe At Hand, which sells glove clips and bags with belt clips, just got its biggest sale ever, so big that it alone made this a record month.

Yeah, today was a good day.

Today’s News

Today, I received the poker chips and table top I ordered several days ago. All in all, they are very nice – the table top, in particular, surpassed my expectations. I bought both chips and table top at 5StarDeal. The downside: while I ordered 250 white chips and 200 red, I received 450 white and 0 red. The good news is that they are replacing those chips and refunding me the return shipping cost.

Meanwhile, I got very, very frustrated with Macromedia Dreamweaver; while it claims to support Find/Replace operations with regular expressions, a great many regex features (like the “limsux” operators, most special/control characters, and some others) don’t work, and the matches are not always all found. Hence, I had a client website offline for about an hour – far longer than the planned 5 minutes – while I double-checked and corrected Dreamweaver’s faulty performance. I think I’m going to build a regex-capable find/replace program for Windows, since none of the programs I’ve seen work properly. Who would be interested in such a thing? If you would, or if you know of another program I should look at, please comment!

P.S. This is the dealer button I ordered, but I don’t have it, yet.