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Declare Your Independence

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Happy Independence Day!  At least those of you who are American or live in the United States.  And regardless whether you do, why not use today as an impetus to revitalize your commitment to freedom.  Keep reading . . .

Freedom From or Freedom To

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It’s Emancipation Day here in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The day Virgin Islanders commemorate the Danish King’s decision to free the slaves of the former Danish West Indies.  A decision forced upon him by the revolt of the slaves on St. Croix back on July 3, 1848.  I had heard about a few events going on today, but I didn’t feel like driving around the island, looking for festivities.  And—frankly—I’m not sure how welcome a white guy would be to some of those festivities.  But I digress; instead I both slept in and stayed in.  And then later tuned in the local PBS channel since some of the local festivities were televised.  But it was an earlier broadcast on that channel, an episode of Life Part 2 on Fighting Ageism, that got me thinking about freedom and emancipation.  Keep reading . . .

May Day

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It’s May Day.  The day nearly everyone else in the world celebrates labor.  But not here.  In the United States it’s Loyalty Day today.  Did you proclaim your loyalty yet?  Keep reading . . .

Done Stepping Down

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Happy Easter.  Hope the Easter Bunny was good to you.  I popped a few peeps at the contact attorney position today.  Sucks having to work on a holiday but even more so when you’re the only one there.  I received a task on Friday that was supposed to be done by Saturday.  Yesterday, however, I was nearly crippled by a headache—as noted in Overactive Imagination—so I didn’t get much accomplished.  Instead I spent much of the morning and then the afternoon and evening compulsively checking my iPhone between serving cake and passing out playbills.  That email asking me whether I had completed my task never came.  Of course, it never came.  Just my overactive imagination again.  But today I’m in the office late again, furiously trying to get all the materials and copies assembled for the morning.

As I noted in Movin’ On, the law firm I’m working for asked if I could continue on for roughly six more weeks.  I haven’t heard back from either clerkship opportunity, so I sidestepped that point by stating that I don’t have any constraints on my availability currently.  Except for the theatre.  Back in Stepping Up and Down, I explained my plan to reduce my hours at the theatre gig to allow for increased work at the contract attorney position.  And once again I asked whether I should keep my shifts at the theatre  scaled back.  In a roundabout way I was told yes.  But I decided not to.  Looks like I’m in for a few more weeks burning that midnight oil—and the candle at both ends. Keep reading . . .

Limits of My Love

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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 . . .

Stupid Cupid

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Not much of one here.  I worked two shifts at the theatre and had to smile and beam at all the happy couples (both straight and gay) and giddy families coming to see the shows.  And both shows were sold out too so that meant a lot of patrons. Keep reading . . .

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February 14, 2010 at 23:02

A Good Samaritan

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I rang in the New Year in a subway station at 163rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue.  Not someplace I’d ever planned on being nor ever expected to find myself moments before a new decade began.  But there I was.  Underground.  Typing out text messages as furiously as possible to send my wishes to friends and family.  Turned out I didn’t get to send them until I surfaced at the 23rd Street station nearly forty minutes later.  What was I doing there?  Being a good Samaritan. Keep reading . . .