Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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Archive for March 2010

Movin’ On

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Total Black: $0.67
Total Red: $229,570.75

Well, when God closes a door somewhere He opens a window, right?  So goes the saying.  Sometimes though I wish he’d use some Windex on that window cause it’s damn hard to see out it of it to what lies ahead.  Earlier today the line from “The Shawshank Redemption” came to me: “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”  Nothing will be accomplished by wallowing in pity.  Keep reading . . .

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March 31, 2010 at 23:49

Pins and Needles

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Total Black: $0.67
Total Red: $229,570.75

No word on any front.  No telephone calls from either judge.  No rejection letters in the mail yet either.  Twenty-first century technology lends new meaning to waiting by the phone, especially when you carry it with you all day. Keep reading . . .

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March 30, 2010 at 23:13

Court Jester

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Total Black: $433.11
Total Red: $229,875.12

Last night, while writing Bubbles Galore, I received a voice mail from Drunk Texter, asking me if I could cover a shift from him this week.  Somehow my brain worked that event into my sleep and I dreamed about having to leave him for the clerkship.  The only other image I recall now from that dream was that I somehow ripped the blue shirt I was supposed to wear on the interview.  Premonition?  Because today felt like a waste of time and energy. Keep reading . . .

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March 29, 2010 at 21:58

Bubbles Galore

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Total Black: $373.03
Total Red: $229,875.12

This afternoon had to be the oddest and yet most interesting event that I’ve worked with New World Stages.  For anyone who’s read the chapter “SantaLand Diaries” in David Sedaris’s Holidays on Ice, my day brought a true-life glimpse into his chronicle of life as a Macy’s Elf.  No, I did not play an elf.  It is March after all; the elves are all hibernating.  (Or recovering.)  Instead, I spent the day helping The Gazillion Bubble Show.  The show participated in the Macy’s Flower Show kick-off.  And what a day it was. Keep reading . . .

Working From Home

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Total Black: $511.87
Total Red: $229,875.12

Just one of those days.  Not much to report.  I picked up my suit from the dry cleaners this morning.  Figured I’d have it cleaned for Monday’s interview.  I worked at the contract attorney gig from 11am to 6pm with a break in between for the gym.  Then I worked the theatre gig tonight: the second night of my weekly weekend head usher shifts.  Even tonight’s show was uneventful—well, with the exception of two groups of about ten women each.  Aside: why must women get really drunk before seeing penis?  Is it like steeling themselves for the show?  Liquid courage, so to speak?  The only patrons who come to that show drunk are often, but not always, women, and often with bachelorette parties.  Or maybe that’s a correlation / causation mistake I’m making? At any rate, once the show ended, I debated walking back to the temporary attorney staffing agency’s space.  But then I turned the other way and went home.  I couldn’t bear another 1am or 2am night, and that late-night walk home through Times Square.  I suppose at some point in the future I’ll look back with nostalgia and a touch of fondness on those walks.  But for tonight, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  But once I got home, I hit upon an idea: work from home. Keep reading . . .

Round and Round

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Total Black: $508.96
Total Red: $230,325.12

Both total black and total red are down a bit.  Total red should come down under $229K by tomorrow once payments post and all.  I worked from 8am until 11:30pm today at both jobs.  Since I’ve become head usher for Naked Boys Singing, every Friday and Saturday night will have me watching men singing in the nude—and all the people who pay to see them.  Quite the interesting end to the formal work week and start of the weekend. Keep reading . . .

Black and White and Red All Over

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Total Black: $1,070.69
Total Red: $
230,607.08

Total black is up because pay came through.  A portion has already been allocated to bills, however, so the numbers aren’t exactly accurate.  Total red is actually lower than what is shown.  It’s probably back down to $229K.  Of course, I say “back down” but really it’s back up. Keep reading . . .

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March 25, 2010 at 22:01

Cookie Monsters

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Total Black: $190.55
Total Red: $226,588.60

Apparently temp attorney feathers got ruffled today when a few non-agency attorneys took some of our cookies.  Ah temp attorneys.  And the world they make me live in. Keep reading . . .

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March 24, 2010 at 21:17

Debt Vultures

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Total Black: $191.73
Total Red: 226,391.08

Ah blogdom.  Truly a brave new world where nearly anyone can swoop in start plucking apart your innards.  At least in the days of print media commenters had to take time to put their thoughts in a letter to the editor.  And invariably the mad rantings of strangers got filtered out.  But now you open yourself up to anyone out there, including any vultures swarming, looking for a kill.  A few comments received earlier today on Cold Feet prompted me to write a reply.  After three paragraphs, I opted to turn it into today’s post. Keep reading . . .

Cold Feet

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Total Black: $235.60
Total Red: $226,342.25

As I walked home tonight from the contract attorney position, I started thinking about the opportunities I may soon be presented with.  Well . . . resumed thinking about them might be more accurate as I’ve not really been able to stop masticating over them.  But tonight a few coincidences occurred that caused me to think about things a bit differently. Keep reading . . .

On the Seventh Day . . .

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Total Black: $285.77
Total Red: $226,342.25

I did not work today.  Not at the theatre, nor at the contract attorney position.  A few emails came through this morning from the associate at the law firm I’m working for, but I wasn’t needed after all.  Earlier in the week I had gotten my shifts at the theatre covered.  So I had the entire day to myself.  Not that I intended it that way, at first. Keep reading . . .

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March 21, 2010 at 23:50

Thinking It Through

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Total Black: $237.73
Total Red: $226,219.40

I mentioned in a comment to Nerves a Jumble that I had received another offer to interview for a law job.  I’ve been trying to think through each.  I’ve not mentioned that both would have me working for a judge.  They’re clerkships.  The brass ring I’ve been reaching for since graduating law school.  I know I’m law clerk material.  And this blog has certainly further polished my writing skills.  But now, as my luck would have it, I might be presented with both and then forced to choose between them.  I can’t really give specifics about them.  Well, actually, I won’t—out of an abundance of caution.  But judges are known to give what’s referred to as an “exploding offer”—one you must accept or reject on the spot, or within a very short turn-around . . . perhaps twenty-four hours.  So the analysis and decision-making must occur beforehand.  Just not sure which I’d take. Keep reading . . .

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March 20, 2010 at 22:52

I’m Just a Temp

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Total Black: $268.28
Total Red: $226,349.12

The past few days has seen a steady increase in the hours at work at the contract attorney job.  And a corresponding increase in stress.  I’ve found myself slipping back into associate mode—as if I were an associate at a law firm again.  Checking my emails in the morning upon waking and just before going to bed at night.  One morning I awoke at 7am, and then said screw it and went back to bed until 8:30am.  At like 7:03am emails started coming through from the associate asking me to let them know ASAP when I’m in.  Of course, I didn’t get those messages until 8:30am when I awoke.  And I hopped out of bed and rushed to work—just as if I was back a the law firm.  I’ve even been reluctant to leave my desk and go to the gym or even out for food.  But it’s silly because I’m just a temp. Keep reading . . .

Nerves a Jumble

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Total Black: $1,048.98
Total Red: $227,468.57

Today I am scheduled to interview for the opportunity mentioned back in Decisions, Decisions.  And I’m nearly nauseous thinking about it.  The complications associated with relocating for a year-long position—or the anxiety if it were for two years—it’s gnawing at me.  Plus distance is a factor.  Unfamiliarity with the locale.  And, frankly, the reality that I could end up in a worse financial position.  I’m left wondering when, if ever, is it appropriate to make a move that could improve your career standing but leave your finances in even worse shape. Keep reading . . .

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March 18, 2010 at 16:01

Limits of My Love

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Total Black: $210.35
Total Red: $227,391.58

Since starting this blog, I’ve somehow tied each holiday to my post for that day.  I’ve done it for Labor Day and Thanksgiving; that wasn’t too difficult to think up something to discuss about work or thankfulness.  Christmas Eve brought it’s own reason: joblessness.  Christmas Day and New Year’s Day were easy enough too.  Halloween and Valentine’s Day were challenging, but I pulled it off.  So why not St. Patrick’s Day?  Catch is there isn’t much material related to this holiday to discuss on a laid-off  laywer’s blog about debt and treading the path out.  So how do I hook it in?  I suppose I could switch the font to green for today. Keep reading . . .

I Need a Wife

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Total Black: $210.19
Total Red: $227,326.64

A friend of mine at the law firm used to tease that she needed a wife.  Someone to pick up the dry cleaning, to pay the bills, clean the house.  A good little wifey to go grocery shopping and iron the clothes.  Maybe bake a cake every now and then.  Definitely one who’d cook the meals.  Someone to take care of all the domestic needs.  A response I wrote to a commenter reminded me of my own need for one as well.  Keep reading . . .

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March 16, 2010 at 00:27

Peelin’ Potatoes

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Total Black: $208.06
Total Red: $227,326.64

Today feel more Sisyphean than ever on the contract attorney job.  The task was simple enough: type information into an excel spreadsheet—document ID number, date, a brief description, and so on.  But we had nearly two-thousand documents to write up and only a few 0f us working on it.  Still, yesterday we were making steady progress.  But today, every time we re-ran the numbers to check on our progress, the number of remaining documents increased.  Someone was continually adding more documents.  This image popped into my head of soldiers being forced to peel potatoes as punishment for some infraction.  Today it felt as if we were stuck peeling those potatoes and every time we got nearer the end, someone came along and dumped more potatoes on our piles.  Keep reading . . .

Will and a Way

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Total Black: $208.35
Total Red: $227,348.99

Today at the theatre I was talking with a fellow Hawker.  Normally he acts like a sixty-five year-old bitter queen whom life has left drenched in its urinary excretion.  Well, at least at work.  And he rarely talks to me.  But today he chatted me up.  He wanted his hawking shift back.  I was scheduled for two hawking shifts next week whereas I typically only worked one shift in the early morning.  He had asked for more time off than he needed and now wanted me to willingly turn that shift back over to him.  For nothing in return.  Just shrug off that income and hand it over.  Luckily, as discussed in Stepping Up and Down, I decided to scale back my theatre shifts for the next few weeks. Keep reading . . .

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March 14, 2010 at 22:39

Stepping Up and Down

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Total Black: $215.15
Total Red: $227,339.29

The craziness of working two jobs has got the best of me.  For now. Keep reading . . .

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March 13, 2010 at 23:42

Almost Forgot

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Total Black: $237.43
Total Red: $227,317.62

Today was a long but productive day.  I had put in eleven hours at the contract attorney position and then another three at the theatre job.  Found myself nestled in bed, ready to settle down for the night.  And then remembered that I hadn’t posted today’s entry.  So out of bed I hopped to at least get today’s numbers posted.  Today was a good day for a few reasons.  One, because I finally was able to pay rent for February and March.  It felt good to get that weight off my back.  But the landlord’s attorney still got his slap in. Keep reading . . .

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March 12, 2010 at 23:42

Calgon Take Me Away

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Total Black: $1,248.85
Total Red: $227,263.80

I can’t recall the last time I was so tired.  I worked fourteen hours on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  And on top of everything, over those past two days, the temporary attorney staffing agency moved my computer station twice.  The first time from the room I had been in since I started there to a nearby room.  And then next to a make-shift closet-like space.  I’m behind a divider-wall / cubicle wall, boxed in on three sides between the cubicle wall, a floor post, and a wall.  But I’m happy to have it because I would have been sent to their main office.  Not a good scenario with my work schedule, the hours I’ve been putting in, and the type of work we’re doing: trial is only four weeks away and now we’ve moved on to preparing the joint exhibit list. Keep reading . . .

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March 11, 2010 at 23:29

Eighth Day of Accounting

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Total Black: $219.05

Here’s the Breakdown:

Primary Checking: $28.50
Secondary Checking: $0.00
Savings: $2.22
PayPal Account (Personal): $2.91
PayPal Account (Blog): $100.08
Amazon Payments Account: $0.005
Mutual Funds Account: $85.34

FICO Score 506

Total Red: $226,635.41

Here’s the breakdown:

Credit Card Debt

MasterCard: $5,626.80
Visa: $8,160.00
Visa: $5,5,288.67
American Express: $1.537.62
Raymour & Flanagan Credit Line: $6,340.68
Saks Fifth Avenue Credit Card: $414.72

Student Loan Debt

Federal Stafford Loans: $94,504.20
Private Student Loans: $32,155.65

Back Taxes

IRS (2007): $1,438.11
IRS (2008): $28,275.60
NY State (2008): $0.00

Other Loans

My mother: $42,973.16 (+ additional $4,000 loan to help with February and March 2010 rent). Keep reading . . .

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March 10, 2010 at 23:27

Working Late

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Total Black: $227.70
Total Red: $226,634.40

I’m reminded of days (or should I say nights) as an associate at the law firm.  I’m working late again tonight and I need to be in early tomorrow for a meeting.  (Do contract attorneys attend meetings?)  Pressure is increasing as the pace picks up, but so is responsibility.  I’m handling more and more substantive tasks.  The only drawback to it all is that once the project ends, I won’t really have anything to show for my time except a paystub. Keep reading . . .

Dream Big, Dear Gemini

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Total Black: $157.47
Total Red: $226,109.88

Ah horoscopes.  Most of the time, they’re just a vague blurb we glance at in the newspaper or perhaps on one those elevator TV screens.  And quite often, it means nothing.  But then there’s Susan Miller.  My cousin brought her to my attention a few months back.  I downloaded Miller’s astrology app for my iPhone.  And whether true or not, her horoscopes, at least for Geminis, have been uplifting. Keep reading . . .

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March 8, 2010 at 23:12

Fine Line

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Total Black: $157.36
Total Red: $225,563.13

Today was one long day at the theatre.  I worked there from 11am to 10pm.  I hawked in the morning.  Then attended a mandatory training.  Covered an event after that hosted by Boston University and finally wrapped up the night ushering at Avenue Q.  And despite having seen that show countless times, different parts of it still speak to me depending on the day.  Tonight, the final scene of Act I hit home. Keep reading . . .