It is a year later, I ride the bus to the next annual installment of the same seminar. I alight from the bus and head toward the convention center in a light rain. A man with an electric guitar presides at the covered entrance to a retail shop, not yet open, and his long lingering … More Blade Runner
I had been having some discomfort, and mentioned it when confirming a teeth cleaning for next week last Friday. Dr. No got me in right away for an exam then, and scheduled the procedure in a fortnight; the prescription: root canal. I didn’t think much of it really, just a bit of pain in an … More Nerve Die: James Bond’s Root Canal
I came out of the grocery store in Ballard to find tucked into the door handle of my car an advert from a local Psychic. She promises if you phone her she will answer one question without charge. What shall I ask?
Congratulations Mr. President! Your on Jeopardy! Thank you Alex, I take Software for 100. Very well Mr. President. here’s the first answer: This President’s Administration relied too heavily on immigrants from India working for a known failure, Verizon, when launching his signature piece of legislation. Who is Barrack Hussian Obama? That is correct, next category … More Obamacare! You’re on Jeopardy!
And so it has come to pass that the latest revelation about sexual abuse has been brought against the Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Counsel and their sponsors. With this suit comes a flood of memories, not all good, but none awful. Media reports the abuse occurring at two of the scout camps I … More Modern Motto: Be Prepared for Anything
How does one pack up a law library? What becomes of the files of the closed cases, and what does one do with the bits and pieces of paper, mementos from clients, paper weights and desk ornaments that have been collected over 30 years? Oddly they are much easier to dispose of than the memories … More When Law Firms Close
Last night I stopped by my grandparents home. I own it now, they passed decades ago now. I lived there for a great while, then married so stay there only sometimes. The home is a monument to their values; sturdy, simple, not a wall out of plumb, and the gutters are stainless steel. Outside in the … More Geese Mate For Life
My father has been a lawyer since 1963. He is 80 years old, and officially retired. But he keeps working. Every night, his caseload returns to him in his dreams. They are all bad cases. He cannot find the file. He is late for court and has not read the file. I have long advised … More The Lawyer’s Mind Never Retires
You all remember the odd patronage of the Star Wars cantina don’t you? Luke Skywalker walks in with Obi Wan Kenobi looking to make a deal for transport out of Mos Eisley and off the planet Tatooine. He finds more than Han Solo. He encounters the members of the Star Wars Bar. We didnt start out this way. We were … More The Star Wars Bar Association
My sister is a prosecutor. When she is in trial against a criminal defense lawyer who believes so much in his clients cause that he or she cannot see the flaws in the case, she labels them a “true believer”. I was a true believer of Armstrong. We already had one genuine hero, Neil Armstrong. … More In Search Of Heros in a Post – Armstrong Era