Friday, April 29, 2005

W strikes again

Those who know me well, know that I am not a big fan of President Bush. I do not agree with most (actually closer to all) of his conservative positions on basically all issues. I especially do not like his ties to the Middle East oil money and his friendly tax cuts to big corporations and rich people. However, W stooped to a new low last night!

That bastard made me choose between Survivor and The Apprentice, my two favorite reality tv shows on television. He had to come on primetime tv to explain some crap about privatization of Social Security before it goes bankrupt when my generation gets old. Look I already know that SS won't be there when I retire, I don't need this redneck from podunk TX to come on TV and make me miss my shows to tell me that. Can't he just issue a press release and relieve us of his propaganda?

He made me choose between watching my fantasy Survivor team fall apart since the hottie Steph was voted out, and watching another one of those snobby ass educated people get fired. (To side track slightly I originally was pulling for a high school educated person to win just because I hated the snobs on the educated team but the more I watch of this show the more and more I'm impressed with Kendra, the last remaining college educated person). Basically what I ended up doing was watching Survivor and flipping to the Apprentice during the commercial breaks. Hey W in the future when you feel like you need to come on primetime tv make sure it's not on Thursdays damn it (or Tuesday because I kinda like the Amazing Race too!)

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Steroids in Sports

For the second time in about 2 months, leaders and former players of a professional sports league are going to testify in front of Congress' Leaders of the House Government Reform Committee about steroids in their sport. The NFL has been asked to address this issue in the same way that baseball was asked 2 months ago. Some of the questions I'm sure will be asked are: what is your steroid policy, what are the consequences, and why is still an issue in sports.

What I don't understand about this process is why Congress feels like there are no other problems in the country that need to be addressed before steroids. I know what steroids can do to people in sports and that it is cheating. I also see that more kids are using steroids in high school and that could stunt their growth but how does that cure cancer? How does that remedy illiteracy in this country? How does stopping steroid use in professional sports cure the real problems in our country? We are fighting a war overseas with people dying everyday and this is what Congress wants to talk about today? Give me a break. This is why the country can't take Congress seriously.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Randomness about college

Randy wrote about why he chose to major in biopsychology or some shit and it made me think of why 1) I chose the colleges I went to and 2)why I chose the major that I did.

First, I knew I was going to end up at Florida State, I attended baseball camps there, knew the coaches well and although I wasn't going to get a scholarship, I knew that I could make the team. I went on a tour and enjoyed it enough. To make my parents happy I took a tour at UCF. I didn't think there was any way I was going to go to school in Orlando but that all changed when my I was assigned my tour guide. Not only was she gorgeous, but she introduced me to all of her equally gorgeous friends and the baseball coach offered me a scholarship. Sure the baseball offer was nice, but let's be honest the real reason I went was because there were hotties all over the place.

When I was thinking about majors I thought about what I wanted to do (sports broadcasting) and decided on communications. Halfway through I decided that I didn't really want to do broadcasting but once that I saw that all the cheerleaders were in my classes so I didn't bother changing my major.

When it came to law school I was a little smarter in my selection process (only one school let me in j/k). I went to the only school that offered me money and was fairly highly ranked (although that ranking is going down since my class started 3 years ago). It's a good thing I didn't use the same criteria as I did for undergrad because I would have gone to a private school in Florida and been out $100K for a weaker education (not to mention wifey wouldn't approve of my reasoning).

Monday, April 25, 2005

Wow It's Over?!?!?!?!?!

I can't believe I'm actually typing this but my law school career is officially over. After my trial on Saturday, my semester of the law of underwater basket weaving is over and with that my legal education comes to a close. I really don't know how to feel. On the one hand I'm glad that it's over because I'm ready to work for a living (at least for a little while) and earn some real money and not be paid by the hour. On the other hand, as much as I've said law school is a joke, I'm really going to miss being a student, specifically a law student.

I thoroughly enjoyed UW (so much that my damn screenname has UWLAW in it) and the people that I went to school with (well most of them because there are a few here and there that are just annoying and if you are a law student reading this and can't figure out who the annoying person is in your class...What can I say, sorry you're it). When else do you get to decide how much effort you are going to put into something and be rewarded with 3 months off in the summer and 1 month off in the winter? How many other places let you decide whether you succeeded or not based on one morning in May or December?

So here goes the things I'm going to miss about law school...
1. I'm going to miss, WARNING this has dork written all over it, classes that made me think about why the law is this way or that way, not just what the law says.

2. I'm going to miss having 2 different Constitutional law professors that couldn't be more different but equally effective in making me question everything that comes out of a judicial opinion, specifically one coming from the US Supreme Court.

3. I'm going to miss my tax professor making me feel like I got the answer completely right after he told me that "my point is well taken, but perhaps I should look at it this way" or telling me the definition of a "fresh new basis."

4. I'm going to miss being called on in class and asking the professor to repeat the question because I was reading someone's IM or playing on the internet in class.

5. I'm going to miss my locker. I know that's totally dumb but this was the first time in my life that I had a full length locker damn it (when you live in FL you don't need a full size locker because you don't need a jacket).

6. I'm going to miss acting (and I use that term loosely) in Homer's Movies while I tell wifey everyday how hard I'm working on my studies.

7. I'm going to miss all the brown, black, yellow and red (LEO students) in the law school. This was the best situation I could possibly have come up to considering I didn't know anyone up here and I was 1,500 miles away from home. I'm also going to miss the white people I eventually got to know and convinced them to adjust to brown tendencies.

8. I'm going to miss LLSA (Latino/a Law Students Association). I was lucky enough to be an officer for two years and to see the organization grow from such a pathetic start to a group that I'm damn proud to be a member of.

9. Lastly, I'm going to miss the people involved at UW. From the deans, to the professors and to the students everyone was great. I'm going to miss my friends, the Giblets, the Haters and everyone else I can't think of right now for providing me with 3 years worth of great memories and ideas to post on this stupid blog.

THANK YOU UW LAW SCHOOL! God that was sappy, now we will get back to our regularly scheduled bullshit.

(Hat tip to Mariam for inspiring this sap job)

Man I'm glad I didn't decide to that

Back in the day when I was lived in O-town, I really wanted to jump out of a perfectly good airplane for entertainment. My dad took me to Vegas after graduating high school and I begged to go skydiving out there and he said no we don't know anyone out here and we can't do any research on any of the companies. After I moped and bitched I finally gave in. After we got back to O-town I tried to convince him to let me do it and he wasn't feeling it here too.

I did some research and I narrowed it down to a place near where my parents lived (Lake Mary) in Deland. For some reason or another I never made it out there and then I met wifey who was definitely not feeling me jumping out of a plane. As it turns out after seeing stories here and here I'm kind of glad I didn't go to that particular place in Deland. Now I still have the itch to sky dive but I'm definitely going to think twice about it (especially with baby Rican on the way) before I go through with it.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

5 Things I just don't get

I guess since tRJ, Nooner and some other people that Nooner knows did this list I should do one too (especially since Nooner called me out on his blog).

1. Haters - people who just can't seem to be happy for anyone else.

I've posted on this before here but I still just don't get the people who do this. I don't get why some people feel the need to make fun of others to make themselves feel better. It seems like the women in law school are notorious for this.

2. Hunting

I don't understand the thrill people get from killing Bambi. I am by no means a PETA member, but the thought of getting up at 4 a.m. to sit in the bushes dressed in bright orange or camouflage waiting for a deer or some other animal to walk by and kill it doesn't sound like fun at all to me.

3. Marathon Runners

Running for 26.2 miles (or whatever the distance is) straight however just sounds insane. I think it would take me about 12 hours to complete this and I just think there are many things I would like to be doing then telling myself alright fatty just 20 more miles to go. Ironman people are even more nuts. The marathon is at the end of a 2.4 mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride. Dude more power to you if you can do this but there is a lot I'd rather be doing (like playing basketball outside).

4. Law Students Bitching about Undergrads in the Law Library

If a cell phone goes off in the library and disrupts everyone why does it matter if it comes from an undergrad or a law student? Is it not just as annoying? I don't care about who is in the law library because personally I don't mind seeing some different faces than the same ones I see all day in class. Contrary to what some people think, there is plenty of room in our library to host the handful of undergrads and the gunners that study in there all day and all night.

5. Teachers (and some students) that make a big deal out of students surfing the internet during class.

I've posted on this twice so I will not go into detail again but I just don't understand why this is such a big deal to some people. I'm paying for my education (which is turning into a complete joke right now considering that I was watching a movie during class yesterday, but it was a "legal movie") so I should be entitled to do whatever I want (within reason of course). Like Ms. MT commented on here ugly people distract her but she isn't asking people to wear paper bags over their heads during class.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention another thing. I don't get why people find Paris Hilton hot. I mean she's rich and that's hot but her looks do absolutely nothing for me.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Ron Mexico

The Smoking Gun had a report recently here where a woman is accusing Atlanta Falcons super freak quarterback Michael Vick of infecting her with Herpes Simplex 2. She is alleging that Vick confessed that he had the STD and that he apologized profusely for not informing her of his STD. This in and of itself isn't really funny but the alias that Vick uses for testing purposes is hilarious, Ron Mexico.

When you look at the complaint the defendant is named as Michael Vick aka "Ron Mexico." Again this is funny but not as funny as it became once I read this article in the Orlando Sentinel. This poor guy, who's real name of course happens to be Ron Mexico, has had to deal with reporters asking him questions about "the incident." I liked the idea at the end of the piece of sending the real Ron Mexico out to midfield to do the coin toss in a Michael Vick, Falcons jersey with "Mexico" for the last name rather than "Vick."

Monday, April 18, 2005

Finally a JOB!!!!!!!

Alright folks, after all my bitching about the interviews and rejections letters, the Rican finally secured post graduation employment. The funny thing is I actually received 2 offers on the same day (OH MY GOD, I HAVE A CHOICE!!!) For those that care I will be working at a small employment law firm up here in Madison.

Now that I have a job though I have a feeling that the senioritis I was feeling before will get even worse. However, it won't be too bad because I'm done with classes for the rest of my life (I think) this Saturday. This means though, that I'm officially a grown ass man.

Gone are the days where I just goof around in class talking shit in some chatroom Pabs starts. Gone are the days where I can bitch about the wireless internet in the classroom because I can't bill clients when I go on my rants. Gone are my daily posts and crazy tests that I somehow find on the internet. Even though this sounds like a depressing post, there is one thing I am looking forward to. I am looking forward to having a paycheck every two weeks and seeing most of it go to school loans! HOORAY FOR ME!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 15, 2005

Senioritis

Man I feel bad for my Lawyering Skillz partner Nooner today. The thought graduating has been on my mind since March ended but now it has really hit me hard. We have to prepare for an argument against some kind of motion and I'm having all sorts of trouble getting motivated. Could it be that my law school career ends in less than one month? Or could it be that the classes that I left for my final semester are all Pass/Fail options that require no exam? Regardless all I know is that today's argument is going to go down the tube and frankly don't care because I'm done with classes (and no finals this semester!!!!!) a week from tomorrow. Man it seems like I write about a lot about what a joke law school. It's not really that sense, I've worked hard for 5 semesters (Ok probably like 2) so damn it I can enjoy this last little bit. Of all the future Juris Doctors out there, does anyone else agree with me about law school?

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Birthday Reflections

So I turned 26 yesterday and for most of the day I was sober. I actually did it backwards and began drinking at 11 a.m. and continued drinking in class until about 3 when I had downed 1/3 of a nice new shiny bottle of Brandy one of my boys gave me. How messed up is that, who drinks in the middle of class on his birthday (although that was the fastest 3 hours of my life). The rest of the night I spent just drinking soda at the bars we went to.

I also starting thinking some other, depressing thoughts. Now that I'm 26, I'm closer to 30 than I am to 20 that just makes me feel old. It's not that I didn't feel old being the one of the few friends around here with a spouse and now we have a little Rican bun on the way. I think part of the problem is that now I have nothing to look forward to. No birthdays I can circle that mean something that is until 62 when I reach retirement age (although by then it might be 70). I guess I could look forward to 55 when AARP starts sending me shit but that's still almost 30 years away, my kid will be drinking (legally) before that happens. If there are any older readers out there (besides you mom) who can shed some hope on me, please let me know what I have to look forward to now.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

I'm normal!!! (I think)





You Are 55% Normal

(Somewhat Normal)









While some of your behavior is quite normal...

Other things you do are downright strange

You've got a little of your freak going on

But you mostly keep your weirdness to yourself


Travel Thoughts

As I was on my way back from Tallahassee yesterday from yet another interview (I think they should give out ribbons to those people that have done as many interviews as I have w/o actually having a job, kinda like they do the maniacs that sign up for marathons and finish) I realized that since October I've traveled somewhere on an airplane at least once a month and will continue to do so through May (8 damn months). Naturally I started thinking of all the things that have occurred in those flights so here we go.

1. It seems like anytime someone next to me has to use the puke bag, it's a bad time (granted I'm not sure there is ever a good time for a person to be puking next to you in a tight space). Granted, it's only happened twice (thank God) but the first time it was they day after I had been in the hospital because I couldn't stop upchucking as a result of some funky food my mom made. I mean after you spend hours in the hospital with an iv in your arm because you can't keep food down having the guy next to you get sick isn't really ideal. The second time happened yesterday on my way back home. There was a gentleman in the row with me (thank God that there was an empty seat between us) who used not 1, not 2 but all 3 bags in our row because "he was so scared of flying." Dude one word for you GREYHOUND.

2. I normally don't like people that are rude to flight attendants especially when they are doing their safety presentation but damn it if I didn't have a rude ass flight attendant on the way down. I always ask for the exit row because even a fat ass like me can cross my legs if I was so inclined. She stopped by our row and yelled at us to read the safety manual, watch her carefully, and stop horsing around (meaning reading my book). Look lady, do you think I really don't know how to buckle my seat belt??? I know that if the cabin loses pressure I'm supposed to pull on my mask, and I know that this thin ass seat that my ass is on can be used as a floatation device (what are the odds we land in water on my way from Madison to Memphis? Are we crossing over the Mississippi River?).

3. I know that Federal Regulations state that you can't tamper with smoke detectors in bathrooms but can we add some other Federal Regs. For example can we require a 300lb former NFL football player to purchase two tickets instead of trying to squeeze into the middle seat. I mean this guy must have sucked if he's flying commercial and coach class. If you have to raise the arm rests to fit into the seat spring for first class buddy. Speaking of arm rests, they should be shared, someone gets the front half and someone gets that back half damn it.

4. I also know that the airline industry is going through some tough times right now but can you please give me the entire can of soda rather than just that little shot glass' worth? After paying $400 for my plane ticket I think I should at least get that much don't you think? And please don't look at me like I've violated your entire rule book when I had the gall to ask you for the rest of the can.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Random Tests Again

Time for some more fun with these random quizzes that I find online. First up naturally is what kind of blogger I am (True to a T for me):




You Are a Look At Me Blogger!



Cute pics, blog drama, whatever it takes to get traffic.
You're notorious ... either loved or hated by all!



Next up we have Crappy Christmas gifts:




You Are Socks!





Cozy and warm... but easily lost.
You make a good puppet.




And nuturally I'm from the planet:




You Are From Mars



You're energetic, althletic, and totally hyperactive.
You love playing sports and being in the middle of all of the action.
You're independent, corageous, and brave. Unafraid to do things your way.
Mars can be reckless, quick tempered, and a little too spontaneous.
So think before you act - and resist your natural urges to dominate others.





And last but not least we have my political side. I knew I was lefty but I didn't realize I was a bleeding heart.




You Are a Liberal for Life



You've got a bleeding heart - and you're proud of it.

For you, liberal means being compassionate, pro-government, and anti-business.

You believe in equality for every person, and you consider yourself universally empathetic.

Helping others is not just political for you ... it's very personal too.





What did everyone else come up with?

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Wow you must be really smart

That was the response I got from a friend from high school when I told her yesterday that I was in law school and about to graduate. At first I thought it was meant to be sarcastic (we were talking on IM) but after chewing her out she told me that she really thought I was smart for being able to get into law school and actually finish. Now I haven't talked to her in a while (she didn't even think I went to college since I did jack shit in high school but graduated really high in my class since I was a good baseball player).

I started thinking about that statement and realized man people in law school have totally put the wool over "lay" people's eyes when it comes to getting into law school and actually finishing. I guess from the outside looking in, the thought of law school sounds really hard and I think everyone assumes that all people who are in law school are intelligent (I'm not saying they aren't but there are some people in my classes that make me wonder who they boned to get in). Another instance that was brought to mind happened my first year. I went to a bar and was just randomly talking to people and getting the standard blow off by girls that ugly guys get. However, when they found out I was in law school they changed their tune quick. They were all about hanging with this law student (like I already had the money I'm beginning to think lawyer's don't actually get).

I don't know how this got started. I mean somewhere along the lines I'm sure I would consider law school more difficult than undergrad but it's surely not as hard as people think. I mean this is what my typical day at law school is like. Go to class, make sure the wireless internet in the classroom works, get a crossword puzzle in case the internet goes down, talk shit with my friends and ask the professor to repeat that question again since you weren't paying attention the first time. Sure the reading can be long and boring, but how many people actually do it (since I do the reading my friends have started calling me a gunner). You really don't have to go to class (unless you are in lawyering skills where they take attendance twice, not once, a day), you don't really have "homework" in the sense that you have to turn stuff in everyday, and you just have to study for one test at the end of the semester. Now how hard does law school sound to you?

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

More interview fun

1 of my 4 loyal readers stated in her blog here that she is mocked by her Xbox. I think I'm going through the same thing only with rejection letters from firms, corporations, and every other place I've applied over the last year. I have a stack at home that is probably about 200 pages high that essentially all say the same thing (if I ever commit suicide I'm going to spread all these letters all over my body before I pull the trigger so they can all feel shitty). However, yesterday I reached a new low.

I had an interview yesterday at an insurance company in Chicago for a non-lawyer position. I figured since I was having such great luck interviewing for lawyer positions I might try something else. My interview was about an hour long and by all accounts went pretty well (at least I thought). I actually have experience in the area I was interviewing for so I figured I had a realistic shot of getting at least a call back. The interview ended at 11:30 and then I drove back to Madison for class. After class ended at 3:20 I went home check my email and in my inbox was an email from the HR department of this company with an attachment that came into my inbox at 2:00 p.m.

There was no "message" in the email, simply the attachment which I opened. Upon opening the attachment, I realized it was a rejection letter. Naturally I was a little annoyed considering that: 1) they couldn't wait at least until tomorrow to let me know; 2) they couldn't send me an actual letter like everyone else; and 3) why bother attaching a word document and not just type the email in the message box? I definitely have hit a new low for rejection. A whole 2 hours after my interview the rejection letter came. I thought it was bad when I got a "snail mail" rejection letter 3 days after the interview. Damn was I wrong.

Is someone missing out?

This is wrong on so many levels. Are her kids missing out?

Friday, April 01, 2005

Bathroom Etiquette

I saw something gross yesterday at the law school so naturally I thought I would post about it. I was washing my hands after using the facilities in school (which must be cleaned about every 5-10 years since they haven't been cleaned in the 3 years that I've been there) when some dude came out of the stall rinsed his hands (no soap) for like 5 seconds, dried them off and left.

I'm not some clean freak psycho that's scared of all germs and I'm not obsessive compulsive but damn dude after doing the nasty you can't even hook up a little squirty of soap on those nasty ass paws? I mean we all know what goes down when you drop the kids off at the pool. When you wipe you need to wash. I used to think it was different for guys that only pee'd since I don't piss on my hands I assumed other guys didn't either, but after seeing some dudes' aim on some of these bathrooms I started changing my mind and washing my hands after flushing too because God knows where the hell they pissed.

Going back to this guy (who will remain nameless), I just couldn't believe it. I mean this wasn't one of those people where you look at and you could be like, oh I expect it out of him. This is one of the "cool" kids in the law school that seems to know what's going on (except in the bathroom department that is). So after gagging and ensuring that I never open another bathroom door from the inside w/o a paper towel on my hand for cover from these nasty bitches I started wondering something. Do girls do this too? Do you have some nasty chicks that don't wash after wiping? If so what do you do? Do you call them out or just use the paper towel approach to the door handle like me?
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