Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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Short Post, Long Day

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Total Black: $2,419.37
Total Red: $231,219.37

This entire weekend has been daily trips to and/or from New York.  On Thursday, Thanksgiving morning, I rode the bus to my mother’s.  On Friday, I drove her car back to New York.  On Saturday, I drove the car back to Pennsylvania.  Today I drove it back out to New York and back to Pennsylvania.  It only took six hours.  I passed three separate accidents along the way.  And each time, the opposing traffic slowed to a crawl for no reason!  None.  There was nothing blocking our way except nosy neighbors.  Infuriating!  Now tomorrow I’ll make the trek back to New York, this time by bus.  Let’s just say I’m tired.  But I finally remembered to bring the paperwork I need for my meeting tomorrow with the judge.  I teased my mother and her female friends this evening over pizza, reminding them to think of me at thirty-three being so forgetful the next time someone tells them they’re getting forgetful.

Short post today.  I’m beat.  I neglected to mention in To Confess or Not to Confess that total black is way up because I borrowed rent money from my mother again.  I’ll get paid this week but it will only be for twenty-five hours since we lost Thursday and Friday due to the holiday.  But it’s back at it tomorrow . . . whenever I finish my morning meeting.  And I’ll be sure to send the money back to my mother as soon as possible.

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November 29, 2009 at 22:57

To Confess or Not to Confess

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Total Black: $2,452.95
Total Red: $231,191.81

I arrived back in Scranton just after four o’clock.  My sister had sent me a text message at 1 p.m., while I was still in New York, telling me that my mother wanted her car back by 4 p.m.  It takes about two hours or so to drive from New York to Scranton.  Her abrupt text left me just barely enough time.  So, I grabbed a big bag of laundry, hopped in the car, and drove west.  Somewhere in the middle of New Jersey a flash of white heat overtook me when I realized that I had forgotten the paperwork that I had driven all the way out there to retrieve.  I actually found myself in a cold sweat.  I don’t think that has ever happened to me before.  And frankly it’s all because of my sister.  Or I suppose I should say because of the power I give her over me. Keep reading . . .

Giving Thanks

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Total Black: $94.05
Total Red: $231,341.81

My mother, sister, and I are all watching “Only the Lonely.”  I referenced that movie in Never Been Further Apart because the scene where the son, played by John Candy, is arguing with his mother Rose, played by Maureen O’Hara, left an impression on me.  It finally made it’s way up the Netflix queue and I decided to bring it home with me for the holiday.  That scene still affects me, and even the entire film itself somewhat, because it speaks volumes to all the different ways people live with loneliness.  Even though we’re rarely alone. Keep reading . . .