Friday, October 15, 2010

Slow day

I'm having yet another slow day of doing nothing but mindlessly filing.  On the bright side, I've figured out why I have nothing to do - Attorney 6 is actually doing everything.  Well, attempting to, at least.

Attorney 3 told me that, while they were all yelling at Attorney 6 the other day, Attorney 2 told him to give stuff to me if he was overwhelmed.  Apparently, Attorney 2's quote was, "You need to pass some of this stuff on to D.  He can do most of what you do faster than anyone in this office."

If I were Attorney 6, I wouldn't give me anything to do either.  The guy must be scared to death that I'm going to take his job if it looks like he can't handle it.  Unfortunately, I don't think that's something he needs to worry about.

Just so you don't think I'm lazy, I would actually ask for more stuff to do, but that's how I became "king of the closed files" a couple of years ago.  Not making that mistake again.


  1. Why didn't you just quit when they hired Attorney 6? Biggest slap int he face ever.

  2. There's this thing called "money." It's hard to get without a job.

    Though, I'm currently balancing my need for money v. my need to not fly into a rage at work.

    I definitely need quit sometime in the near future. This job has done nothing for me other than guarantee several good references. I need to leave before I risk losing that.

  3. D:

    Looks like the insurance defense job didn't work out. What about the foreclosure mill and the shitty solo?


  4. I didn't get either of those jobs. The shitty solo, like the insurance defense firm, never even called me back. I'm not as worked up about the solo guy b/c he was shady enough that I didn't really expect them to call. The foreclosure mill at least called me.

    I can't believe this bullshit of not calling me back. I even called both places and left messages for them to call me. This is just rude.

    I have no idea why I'm on my blog on a Saturday morning. Kind of out of character for me.

  5. D:
    I feel really bad for you.
    May I make a suggestion? Take your free time and learn the Illinois rules of civil procedure (the FRCP are similar, but you’ll get comfortable in state court first before you move up). No you didn’t learn them in law school: people don’t learn shit in law school, but it kills so many neurons that we lose the motivation to actually learn anything after we're finished. I’m impressed that you study French after the law school mind killer. Take each rule and put it on the back of an index card. In your spare time, simply learn them. Make a game out of it. Then grab a CLE on civil litigation and read it. It will make a lot of sense once you know the rules. Then read a CLE on the area that you like (I suggest PI/insurance defense, esp if you like healthcare & bioethics). I had a job as an assistant state’s attorney where I got my base, but this is how I learned new practice areas. This is practical and you won’t just be wasting time.

    Maybe you can share your expertise with me. I need to get back in shape so I’m getting back into the martial arts. I’d like to focus on judo and practice basic boxing punches on the side. I’d like to get good at slamming opponents down while standing. Then I’d like to take the gi off and practice wrestling. I can then add the Muay Thai clinch strikes and kicks. Muay Thai is cool but a lot more to learn than just punches. I stopped doing BJJ seven years ago because, while BJJ is awesome, we never got off the ground. I’d like to get back into BJJ, but I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew all at once; so I think I’ll focus just on throws/take downs and punches for now. What do you think?


  6. D:
    Do you think gi or no-gi is better to start? Specifically for BJJ but also for take downs?


  7. I know what you mean about not wanting to learn anything after law school. I had that problem for quite a while. But, one reason why I'm enjoying my French class is because I'm actually learning, not just spitting back information.

    I feel like the "critical thinking" you're supposed to do in law school is highly overrated. Granted, I didn't take law school very seriously, but, to me, it was three years of spitting back memorized info. I'm finding that learning a language requires a degree of thinking I haven't done in a long time and, as such, it's actually very challenging and enjoyable.

  8. If I start talking about martial arts things are going to get pretty lengthy, so I'm just going to limit myself to the gi v. no gi question.

    I think that this question has a lot to do with what your goals are in marital arts. I'm pretty self-defense oriented, so my gripe with using a gi is that people become too dependent on using it to assist their techniques and then have trouble pulling them off in real life. For example, if you're really good at doing a hip throw or a choke using someone's gi, you'll find that it doesn't work as well if they're wearing a t-shirt.

    If, however, you're really serious about bjj and expect to be competing against people accustomed to gis, you'll obviously want to wear one. You've got to fit your training to your individual needs.

    As an example from my life, I did a traditional Japanese jujutsu in college which was very self-defense oriented. We wore gis, but our techniques generally didn't use the gi for assistance. Unless, however, we were deliberately simulating throwing by their clothes, in which case the gi did come in handy.

    So, regardless of whether you use a gi or not, I think you just have to be mindful of what you're trying to accomplish and then evaluate whether your current training is accomplishing that.

    That's just my two cents. Were we on a martial arts blog, I'm sure I'd be fending off angry responses from hundreds of keyboard-warriors right now.