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|Sunday, August 31st, 2008|
John McCain is 3 inches shorter than me. I don't care what POW camp you were in. You're short and history is not on your side.
Off to Paris tomorrow. I'm nervous but it will be great. Going back to Seattle is the real struggle...
|Sunday, August 17th, 2008|
Who let Mongolia in the International Maritime Org? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:IMO_Participation.svg
Also can you imagine this? :The day that this all took place there had actually been some unrest at the camp. There had been some detainee-on-guard issues, which ranged from spitting to throwing bodily functions at some guards," she said.
Throwing bodily functions? Can I really launch my pooping abilities across the room?
|Monday, July 28th, 2008|
|Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008|
So this South American tribe has this metaphor that helps them deal with anxious and troubled adult members which is very familar to us Americans--a cat stuck up in a tree.
The members actually believe though that every human spirit is a Jaguar and sometimes they get stuck up in trees and the shamans job is to help them down.
Let's just say I've need a shaman for about a year now and I'm just scaling farther and farther up some freaky spirit tree.
|Saturday, July 19th, 2008|
Johnson reported to General Douglas MacArthur in Australia. Johnson and two Army officers went to the 22nd Bomb Group base, which was assigned the high risk mission of bombing the Japanese airbase at Lae in New Guinea. A colonel took Johnson's original seat on one bomber, and it was shot down with no survivors. Reports vary on what happened to the B-26 Marauder carrying Johnson. Some accounts say it was also attacked by Japanese fighters but survived, while others, including other members of the flight crew, claim it turned back due to generator trouble before reaching the objective and before encountering enemy aircraft and never came under fire, which is supported by official flight records. Other airplanes that continued to the target did come under fire near the target at about the same time that Johnson's plane was recorded as having landed back at the original airbase. MacArthur awarded LBJ the Silver Star, the military's third-highest medal, although it is notable that no other members of the flight crew were awarded medals, and it is unclear what Johnson could have done in his role purely as an "observer" to deserve the medal.
|Friday, July 18th, 2008|
"Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid.
As a nation we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.'
When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created
equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics.' When it comes to
this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no
pretense of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism
can be taken pure, and without the base alloy hypocrisy."
|Thursday, July 10th, 2008|
Where maritime law and personal injury intersect = "labyrinth of factual scenarios and legal theories from various courts yielding different results"
I may have the most time consuming, mind numbing assignment the law has to offer. YAY $
|Monday, July 7th, 2008|
|Thursday, July 3rd, 2008|
Old news, but since Ireland rejected the Lisbon Treaty it came back to me.
The rejection of the European Treaty which was OVER 300 pages long! The French and the Dutch rejected this despite the fact it was written by a French man (the French are sooo hard to bribe).
By comparison, our Constitution was and is about 25-30 pages when put in a pocket pamphlet with the Declaration.
K.I.S.S., Yet it is still generally acknowledged by intelligent, up-to-speed Americans that Europe is superior in its politics (not to mention fashion, technology, economy, international relations, art). All of this is 100% debatable, so where is the debate?
The Europeans when it comes to Europe as well as in other fields, are incompetent. Let's acknowledge it so they don't get stuck in their complacency and go nowhere (which is right where the European project is going).
Also, Bernanke I have loans and am poor and I still beg you to raise rates. Yes, thousands if not millions will go homeless... you should have tighten her up a long time ago, so you can have no one to blame but yourselves.
|Tuesday, July 1st, 2008|
So now that I am in an office again (the reason why I started this thing in the first place) I am finding a lot more time to write up. I don't know if that's a good thing or not.
Anyways, my job just gets better. Yesterday I learned how to plot charts with dividers and compasses and protractors. It made me feel like Magellan. And I think I'm discovering that somewhere down there I am a sailor at heart.
I'm also looking into the pilot's license because really that's always been the main objective. And I discovered Australia is the cheapest place to get a helicopter license and it really isn't that bad... I'll only have to save for three or four years on a great attorney's salary.
I don't know where I got this from or if I just made it up, but last night before I went to bed and I was thinking about this career and selling out and how I never want to work in an office and how a lot of my old classmates got into law school and will be joining the profession, anyways I thought:
"I would rather be an ordinary person who does extraoridinary things
Than an extraordinary person who does ordinary things"
Who doesn't right? But I know a lot of extraordinary people and they are doing the least creative things. Why? Why are the best of my generation selling out? Working in air conditioned offices? Living in the same cities with the same desire to visit third world countries and go to graduate school and save inner city school children from themeselves? Why does it seem like my generation got out of college with four or five options and all of them blow?
I want to build the obstacle courses for that show "Wipe-out"! I want to be a movie set caterer. I want work in a youth hostel in Canada. I want to fish for squid off the coast of Santa Barbara. Really I want to be a helicopter pilot for aerial photographers. Regardless, why isn't anyone doing this?
Class issues? School debt? Fear of breaking away (props Kelly Clarkson)? I dunno... thoughts?
|Thursday, June 26th, 2008|
|Monday, June 23rd, 2008|
|DC, City of... ?
Debauchery? Poverty? Stinkiness? The odd and lame?
So, DC is nice. Its nice being in a city where no one knows you. I mean I have loads of friends here, but no one is calling me to distract me with beer and pool (I did this at least three times a week in Seattle). And although I miss my chums, its nice to be in a great living environment and far removed from everything. I feel like I finally have some time to reflect and hopefully not get to anxious about all those hasty decisions I made over the school year.
Great living environment. My roommate is Japanese and his hobby is collecting weird and wonderful German boardgames, which I happen to think is cool. We also have old school Nintendo here with 10 games or so and I did that for part of the week-end. Reaquainted myself with the first Mario. But yeah, I feel like I have everything I wanted all year in Seattle. My roommate is chill. WE are obviously from two different universes but we accepted that we were living together right away. We leave each other coffee in the mornings and eat dinner together at night. And the house is great. We have a piano and Ken plays and I whip out the guitar. All in all, I lucked out and I think I'm definitely moving out of 2131.
And my job is great with one BIG drawback. First the great part (for those of you who don't know I'm in DC working for the Admiralty and Maritime Law unit of the Navy JAG Corps). I love the assignments (dealign with international ship contracts and some tort litigation) and my colleagues. Professional but laid back with no stuffiness. It doesn't feel like an old boys club. Next week we are going sailing in Annapolis and week after that they are taking me on a naval ship down in Norfolk, VA.
The big drawback is that its an unpaid internship and I have been unpaid for too long. Some of my colleagues don't have jobs so I feel lucky in that sense but I misgauged how long I can survive off of nothing esp. since I didn't factor food or metro, which means a two mile walk to work one way and Ramon at least once a day. But its only 8 weeks...
I asked my mom to borrow some money and she basically said no, so we got passive aggressive about that. Its legit, I took out a credit card to pay for the trip to Paris and I think she probably thought I should have used the credit limit for food. But I'll starve so I can go to Paris for a month and that's why I'm still a kid.
|Saturday, June 14th, 2008|
|So I give this world a dream of a dream
Somewhere I got lost. I can't turn back and figure it out, but i definitely got lost.
D.C. tomorrow. I'm thoroughly expecting the worst from work and people and hoping that will help me survive the summer before I go to Paris.
|Monday, June 9th, 2008|
|A thing that drives me crazy
"we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone"
I've seen two of these signs in restaurants, ironically ethnic ones. One was a Caribean restaurant with a nice mature decor except for this cheap sign.
Anways the sign is a liability. Why do restaurants think they cna refuse service to anyone? That is against federal law.
Second, the people who ran the restaurant were black. Don't they know that this is how subtly Southerns would intimidate blacks after color-only signs came down?
|Sunday, June 8th, 2008|
I smelled Germany three times today. In the kitchen I smelled German cleaner that makes German kitchen's smell clean but not like the inside of a tangerine. And then, I smelled plum pie German-style. And I smelled the inside of Oma's apartment.
I guess I miss Germania. Going to Paris in the fall so maybe I will stop by Oma's. I like these smells...
|Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008|
|Sunday, May 25th, 2008|
|Tuesday, May 20th, 2008|
|Tuesday, May 13th, 2008|
|My meritless case is driving me CRAZY!
"To put it simply, it is extremely difficult to succeed in an asylum claim that is based on Central American gang violence. However, there seem to be some factors that affect the success of claims. The most successful applicants seem to be people with no criminal history and no gang affiliation who were threatened by the gangs for a particular reason. A criminal history and/or former gang affiliation make the claim less likely to be successful."
Non if which applies to my fictional client. Boo BLS!
|Tuesday, May 6th, 2008|
There should be a word for the contradictory feeling of sadness at the height of happiness, because you know how fleeting the emotion is.