Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Another sacrifice on the altar of technology

After much fretting, stamping of feet and pondering the momentous change that is about to occur in my life, I am getting a Blackberry. The fateful call from the sales rep should come at any moment.

My decision was made easier since I will incur no out-of-pocket expense in either the acquisition of the blackberry or the use thereof. The Firm will cover both - the cost of the blackberry recently fell below the previously established thresholds of what the Firm will cover.

My only lingering concern is that the damn thing will intrude on my life, but the cell phone hasn't; so I remain optimistic. I am also jazzed about the fact that the blackberry will work in Europe for a minimal additional cost. It should also make it easier to get away for vacation later this year.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Monday, August 15, 2005



Nice weekend, though it was oppressively hot. When you walked outside, it didn't feel that hot, but 5 minutes later you would be sweating. Serious sweat. And that was if you were sitting or standing still. You start moving and the water clung to your clothes.

But still nice. I got to spend a good amount of time with J (my son). He's just more and more fun every day. We ran some errands on Saturday morning, then I worked in the yard most of Saturday afternoon. S (my wife) and I watched the first half of Sideways Saturday night. Sunday was spent getting ready for and then seeing her parents. They sure do love J. The feeling seems mutual.

Parenting is hard stuff. The parenting part isn't that hard, but coordinating the task is quite challenging.

So, as you can see, I've decided to use only first initials for family members. If you know me, then you know who they are. If you don't know me - which is pretty damn unlikely - then consider this a slight mystery blog.

Friday, August 12, 2005


Trying Again

I'm a bad blogger.

See, part of the problem is that as an attorney, I can't talk publiclly about 85% of what happens to me during any given day. So my material is very limited.

And I'm lazy.

But I promise to ty harder, starting now.

Monday, October 25, 2004


The Struggle

The challenge with self-home improvement is finding balance.

You need to find the perfect balance between these three factors:

1. The amount of time you can dedicate to projects. You need to consider both your short-range time (how many hours this weekend), your medium range time (reasonably, how many hours per week or per weekend measured on a month-to-month basis) and long range time (any vacation time coming up?).

Related to this factor is the amount of time you need for other things in life – like work, family, exercise and just blowing off steam. Frankly, if you are serious about self-home improvement, it should at least take the place of one (if not both) of the last two items. Otherwise, you just won’t have time to get anything done.

2. The amount of money you can spend. While you can always scrounge up $50 for a simple sink repair, planning to shell out $500 for a new pedestal sink (and the matching toilet is another $500) is another matter entirely. Planning to spend several thousand on a substantial project, like gutting a room or doing an addition- yikes!

The money issue is a tricky one. Almost no one has the cash on hand to just embark on major projects willy-nilly. So, you have to pick and choose. You also need to consider when it’s time to get some sort of home equity financing – which is a big commitment. Before you decide to take that line of credit, you also need to consider the next factor -

3. Do you have any foreseeable plans to move? If you are going to stay put for 5 years, you can take on a certain level of projects that wouldn't make sense if you are going to sell next year. And, if you are going to sell next year certain improvements make more sense – the quick fixes to address your home’s most glaring problems. If you are in your “forever home”, then you can make some serious plans!

Finding the balance is over half the battle. Once you know what you can reasonably expect to accomplish considering these factors, then you are ready to start the improvements. If you start before you find that balance, you are destined to be frustrated with your work.

This does not necessarily apply to home repairs, which tend to be more emergency driven and just need to get done.

Friday, October 08, 2004


The Donald's in Kerry's Camp

Into every life some reality TV must fall - my guilty pleasure is the Apprentice. Even though I swore not to watch The Donald after the bone-headed decision to get rid of Bradford (the obvious cream of the crop at that point in the show), I've been slowly lured back.

Last night's episode contained a stunner! Now, remember these episodes are taped several weeks in advance, so The Donald had no way of knowing (unless he's got super powers - which he might) that Kerry would suddenly become bold and attack the President's stubbornness, I mean decisiveness, with lines like "It's one thing to be certain, but you can be certain and be wrong."

Fast forward to last night when The Donald said about Pamela (the woman he had just fired) and her decisiveness "Yes she is decisive, but she was wrong."

Ringing any bells? At least one person out there agrees with me.

Thursday, October 07, 2004


Are we reading the same thing?

First, you have this article from some site called chinaview.cn. Quote from real Iraqis include:

"The results of the report confirm that there was no justification for invading and destroying Iraq the way they did, and the report would only increase hatred of Iraqis against America and gives the resistance more enthusiasm and justification to escalate the resistance campaign against occupation," said Mohamed Hussein, a writer.

So, you'd think the report is a bad thing for the Republicans right? Well, of course not, you dope-smoking dog-beating Liberal. It's great news.

(from the previous linked article) Vice President Dick Cheney asserted on Thursday that a finding by the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq that Saddam Hussein's government produced no weapons of mass destruction after 1991 justifies rather than undermines President Bush's decision to go to war.

Cheney goes on to say - "The headlines all say no weapons of mass destruction stockpiled in Baghdad. We already knew that."

Ok - we now know What Cheney knew, next question is When did he know it? Last month? Before the invasion? While his stooge Colin Powell was showing pictures of mobile labs that were actually vacationing Jordanians trying to meet young Iraqi women?

Nice attempted spin job though.


Not just a River in Egypt

I like the new attack - the Emperor is in Denial. It has a good ring to it. No clothes and in denial. Like a college streaker in jail. Wonder if Bush ever streaked while at Yale. I didn't, but it became all the rage while I was there. Things got interesting my Senior year when we started having co-ed streaking. Now that brought out a crowd!

J (my son) was just perfect this morning. All smiles all morning. He's starting to get "talkative" which is to say he's cooing all the time. Looking at his face makes me even more resolute about politics and this election.

So, I'm wandering the halls of my law firm yesterday, sharing the mirth of the factcheck.com/.org debacle and I made the following observation: The Republicans in the office are starting to act more like a perverse combination of Bush and Cheney. When they get excited over something political - they hunch over a bit and start snarking like Frat boys. It's really weird!

For the most part the Liberals are standing tall, with this sense of optimism (perhaps a little naivete also). And yes, I meant Liberals. It's not a bad word.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004


Stranger than Fiction.

Well I guess this settles it.

No hackers involved - just some profiteer in the Cayman Islands trying to influence the election. Of course s/he has a Philadelphia lawyer! How perfect is that!

Lots of interesting and subtle lessons here.


The Truth

Cheney wrongly implied that FactCheck had defended his tenure as CEO of Halliburton Co., and the vice president even got our name wrong.

Well there you have it. Cheney = wrong wrong wrong.

I tell you - old people should really be careful with all this new-fangled technology out there. I mean if he gets befuddled by the whole ".com" ".org" distinction - can you just imagine the confusion in the Situation Room?

VP: "So who exactly is flying that plane?"

Distinguished Officer: "That's a drone, Sir."

VP: "A Drone? I didn't realize we allowed Liberals in this man's fighting force!"

DO: "No sir, it's being controlled by a 20 year old high school drop out that was really good at video games."

VP: "Like Pong?"

DO: "Umm."

You can just imagine the calamity and high-jinks.


Who is Lux?

Apparently Lux had the factcheck.com site for sale. Wonder if Soros paid for it?

Many many posts on the net referring to "factcheck.com" are actually talking about the legitimate factcheck.org. Did these numerous people all make the same (albeit logical) mistake or did factcheck.org at one point have a link to factcheck.org?

Time will tell.

My current bet is on a 16 yr. old hacker based in Chicago. Maybe he's 23 - tops.


Here we go.

Ok. Fine, I'll blog with all of you.

First, the GeorgeSoros.com fiasco is hilarious. Possibly the best political coup de grace this election cycle. Even the Republicans in my office find it amusing.

Second, the whole S corporation swipe was weird - why is Dick Cheney anti-S corporation? Next to the LLC, most small businesses are S corporations. Aren't the Republicans in favor of small business? What gives?

Third, Edwards gives me hope. Cheney scares me to the pit of my stomach. Think I'm alone in that assessment? Nope. That will sway some voters.

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