Friday, April 21, 2006

Gender Benders

From this week's Dear Abby:

"DEAR ABBY: My husband, "Ron," and I are at odds over parenting our 7-year-old son, "Brett." My husband is very domestic. He cooks like a world-class chef and does more housework than any man I know of. I have read Dr. James Dobson's books on family. He clearly states that a father should be the manly role model for the son, to prevent the son from being homosexual. I'm concerned that Brett will learn feminine ways from my husband and turn out to be gay. How can I convince Ron that he needs to teach Brett the more manly things in life? -- WORRIED MOM IN FLORIDA

DEAR WORRIED MOM: From my perspective, you don't need to change a thing. With all due respect to Dr. Dobson, your husband is already a manly role model to your son. He is teaching the boy important survival skills that will be invaluable when he is older. With luck, your son will turn out to be every bit the man -- and father -- that your husband is."

I could comment, but I don't even know what to say. The "making the son turn gay" issue aside, way to go for Dr. Dobson to stereotype a bit. Glad to know cooking and cleaning are still firmly rooted "woman" (ergo feminine) chores. Now I'm wondering what "manly" things this woman wants to teach her son.

And FYI: The bro has been doing his own laundry and cleaning since he was about 7. Same as the sis and I. The Dad does not hunt or fish or beat up on other men in bars. He also does more housework than the sis, the bro and I ever did combined. The Mom doesn't wear makeup and could tell you more about sports than most men. Wonder how Dr. Dobson accounts for us all being straight.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Working on your Diction.

Unless you've been in a hole for the last year, you all know that I have to dictate at work. It's actually time saving and I've gotten the hang of it. And besides one minor slip up while on the telephone one time, I haven't had any major blunders.

Today I was hanging out trying to find a file when I heard my associate talking to the paralegal. Sometimes if we're just making a quick change, we just visit our paralegal and dictate a short portion live. It ends up being faster than having to use up a tape. And of course, we speak punctuation.

He was telling her to insert a certain sentence.
What he meant to say: "As discussed comma supra...."
What he actually said: "As discussed comma sutra..."

He caught himself and corrected, but not before our office assistant and I got a snicker in.

The Scary Truth

I could fill up my tank with milk and pay less per gallon than I do for gasoline. Granted, I bet my car performance would go down significantly. So I guess I'll stick with the gas.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Smooth Operator

Ok, I am very disturbed by this.

Ma, don't look.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Dangers of Working from Home

Monday night, as I was packing up to leave the office, I decided to take home 2 cases which I've been working on here and there. I knew that the client in one of the cases would be visiting our office on Tuesday and I wanted to be sure I was up to speed on everything.

Tuesday morning rolls around, and I head on into work. The other lawyers in the office were out of the office at meetings or court. So I was in charge. (For all of 2 hours nonetheless). But at about 9:00 I realize that I had left my bag, containing the cases, at home on my dining room table. Which meant that I had to leave the office, drive all of the way home, and then drive back.

Lost a solid hour of billable time in the process. And I was striving to be such a good little lawyer.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Big Bunny

Now this is a big rabbit. I guess sitting on the Easter Bunny's lap isn't that big of a stretch.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Another One Bites the Dust.

My little brother has all growed up and started his own blog. Not much there at the moment, but I'm sure he'll be regaling all of the wonders of the Jesus Town in no time.

Friday, April 07, 2006

I'll gladly pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today.

Edited: I edited out the content of this, not because of the comments, because they are instructive, but because I realized that perhaps it's too identifying. Knowing (now) that a judge may be reading this, I feel like it's probably inappropriate to comment about motions and such which are pending. I've been really careful to try to keep myself and my firm anonymous and I need to stay away from that line. Also, even when I am questioning something, it could come off as sarcastic or snarky, and I definitely don't mean that (at least not all the time).

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Welcome to the Jungle

First The Mom got bitten by the blogging bug. And now The Dad has fallen prey. Now I just have 3 more family members to convert and I'll have the full set.

Welcome to blogdom, Dad.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Anywhere but here.

I've come to the earth shattering realization that I need a vacay. Seriously.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Blending in.

I'm watching Rudy, one of the greatest films of all time, in my opinion. I've seen it probably 25 times. And today, I noticed for the first time that one of the players looks like Vince Vaughn. Then I looked it up, and lo and behold, it is Vince Vaughn. Odd how you don't notice these things the first couple of dozen times.