Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Phickle Thoughts

It's only Wednesday but it's already been a crazy long week. On Monday we hosted an "Opening Day" party, with a pretty awesome themed spread; we had hot dogs, brats, 'kraut, beans, chips, peanuts, cracker jacks, ice cream treats, and, of course, beer. There were only 4 of us (Twins loyalists, through and through), but we managed to down a ton of food and watched an awesome victory to start the season.

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Speaking of Opening Day, I wrote a more extended argument in favor of making it a national holiday over at my other blog: http://acentristvoice.blogspot.com/2007/04/new-holiday.html
You are hereby obligated to go read it. You should also feel free to contact your representatives in D.C. to support the idea.

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Tuesday we went out for dinner to celebrate a friend's birthday. The restaurant she picked was a rather trendy place in Dupont Circle - Lauriol Plaza. We had a party of 10 and since they don't take reservations we waited for at least an hour. It was pretty ridiculous, and they kept telling us we'd be seated soon, but then they kept making us wait. At one point, just to appease us apparently, they buzzed our little reservation buzzer thing, but still made us wait almost 15 minutes. The service wasn't spectacular - the wait staff always seemed to be around, but never when you really needed them. And then, to top it all off, after we paid our bill - some on card, some in cash - the waiter came back and complained about his tip. Of course, we'd totalled it all up and there was a pretty generous tip for the guy, but when he came back somehow $20 in cash had "disappeared". That really ticked me off.

On the other hand, the food was amazing so I'll call it a wash.

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Tuesday I did intake and actually had a potential client stand up and start shouting at me. Basically she got really angry when my advice to her was "I'm sorry ma'am, you'll have to pay your bills."

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Wednesday my boss took me on a "motivational" field trip. We went to see the movie Into Great Silence. (We called it a motivational field trip because, since we don't exactly get paid like most attorneys, we need to find our motivation in other areas, and we both derive a part of our motivation from the Christian exhortation to serve). The movie was about Carthusian monks who pretty much live in silence. It was a three hour film and there were probably only about 200 words spoken in the entire documentary. In a way it was like participating in a sample of the life behind the monastery walls. After the movie finished no one in the theater spoke for probably a good two or three minutes, and we all shuffled out in silence. It was probably a little longer than it needed to be, but that may have really cemented the effect. I've been thinking about it all day, and I'd actually recommend seeing it, but I'd also recommend that you do your research before hand (my boss warned me about that, and I read up on the Carthusians before we went). Anyways, it was very very very very very very very^4 very interesting.

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The rest of the week should be pretty busy too. Big court date tomorrow, on an emergency motion. Either going to be a good day or a heart breaking one. Feel free to say a prayer or two for me. Even if you're reading this after 10:00 a.m. Thursday. After all, God knows no time, right?

I was born in a cross-fire hurricane

1 comment:

Alan said...

jumpin jack flash - rolling stones