Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

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What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

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This is the end.  My only friends.  The end.  Of my elaborate plans.  The end.  Can’t you picture what could’ve been?  So limitless and free.  Desperately in need . . . of some . . . stranger’s hand.  In my desperate land.  It hurts to set you free.  But you’ll never follow me.  This is, after all, the end.    Keep reading . . .

Tears for Tiers

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Total Red: $270,855.95

Having a job that does not require weekend hours leaves me with much more free time than I’ve had in years.  That free time has freed me to read a few of the other blogs out there that chronicle the current state of the legal profession.  A few have included this blog on their blogroll.  Aside: I never instituted a blogroll.  I noted back in Fiftieth Post that I wasn’t much of a blog-reader.  Tides are turning a bit.  Keep reading . . .

Trifecta

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When it rains, it pours, eh?  And when it’s shines . . . it’s hot?  Not sure what a corollary to that old adage would be, but today goes down in the books.  The blog broke a few records.  Read the rest of this entry »

Relaxing Sunday

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Total Red: $241,059.05

I vacillated this morning for about two hours, going back and forth between going to work to put a few hours in and just staying home and relaxing.  Even though I went in to the court yesterday, after the day I mentioned in Limits and Liens and Loans, I couldn’t get anything done.  My mind wasn’t on my work.  So today, I just said screw it and relaxed today.

Instead of worrying all day, which won’t get anything accomplished anyway, I watched some television, read a book, and updated my blog posts.  And, just around sundown, I hopped in the pool and shot a few pictures from my iPhone of the sun sinking into the Caribbean Sea.

It’s good to rest every now and then.

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June 13, 2010 at 23:36

592 Days

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Today I became a law clerk.  And after 592 days, I am no longer laid-off.  Keep reading . . .

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June 1, 2010 at 23:49

Island Life

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Today started around 3am with a drive to the Philadelphia airport for a 7:30am flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Nearly eighteen hours later, I was in my new apartment on St. Croix.  What a day.  Keep reading . . .

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May 31, 2010 at 21:53

Last Night in New York

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Total Black: $3,287.11
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What a night.  New York certainly made sure I paid my final dues before cutting out.  Keep reading . . .

Curtain Down

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Today was my last day as an usher at New World Stages.  Curtain down on my ushering career.  It was sad night.  In many ways actually, a few more that I expected.  Keep reading . . .

Stressful But Smooth

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Total Red: $239,764.94

I had to get in to the contract attorney position for 8am tonight because they temporary attorney staffing agency is moving me to a new space.  Back in Calgon Take Me Away I noted how they had moved me twice within the same week.  Today’s move makes this move number six since I started in January.  Keep reading . . .

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May 27, 2010 at 23:58

One Last Loose End

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“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.” 

Well . . . not quite.  But pretty much things are coming to a close.  My New York chapter is closing.  The only last remaining task is the pro bono client.  Keep reading . . .

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May 26, 2010 at 23:23

Everything Converging

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Total black is back down in the bargain basement.  Sort of like my meal purchases over the past day or two.  And but for the kindness of strangers over the past few days, like Office Manager for example, I probably wouldn’t have eaten.  The bulk of my income has all been allocated toward costs associated with the relocation for the clerkship. Keep reading . . .

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May 25, 2010 at 23:21

By Night in a New Land

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Thinking about my new location I’ve been wondering what I should do there by night.  Keep reading . . .

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May 24, 2010 at 23:20

Scrabbling Along

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Today is the first Sunday since Easter, back on April 4th, when I did not work at the theatre job.  Reading over my post that day, Done Stepping Down, looks like I may have not worked that Sunday because Easter fell during my experiment with scaling my hours at the theatre back, expecting I’d work longer at the contract attorney position.  That didn’t work.  Or, it’s also possible that I just was given a day off.  I can’t recall now.  But that makes eight weekends straight when I worked at the theatre.  Two months without a weekend day where I did not work.  And today is only different because I gave away the shifts I had been assigned.  I had thought that maybe I’d use today to haul my belongings back to my mother’s house in Pennsylvania.  Keep reading . . .

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May 23, 2010 at 23:56

Once Around the Sun

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Certainly feels like this day took me once around the sun.  It started at 9:30am and lasted, once again, until late, late in the morning, 4:30am, in fact.  And once again, as mentioned in Over and Over and Over Again, I’m left having to discuss one day that actually spanned two. Keep reading . . .

Saying Good-Byes

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So, it’s begun.  I’ve started the process of saying good-byes.  Keep reading . . .

Thirsty Thursdays

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I got in to the contract attorney position today for 8:30am and left to work a shift at the theatre that I picked up from another co-worker who needed coverage.  Both jobs today were pretty uneventful.  There’s no court on Fridays—and this week has been slow due to the illness of co-counsel, and at the partner level at that.  I’ve enjoyed the slowed pace.  Keep reading . . .

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May 20, 2010 at 23:55

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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Despite best efforts, I have not been able to keep up with this blog on a daily basis.  Recent comments reveal readers frustrations as well.  Trust me, I’m there with my readers.  But given the hours I’ve been working lately, and all-nighters, like yesterday in Over and Over and Over Again, it’s damn near impossible to work two jobs and keep this blog current.  So I’ve compromised a bit.  Keep reading . . .

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May 19, 2010 at 22:40

Over and Over and Over Again

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And I thought I had seen long days.  Today surpassed them all.  I clocked nineteen hours today, not counting approximately three hours deducted for meals and such.  I just keep doing the same project over and over and over again.  Keep reading . . .

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May 18, 2010 at 23:10

The Tax Man Cometh

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Well, the dreaded day has arrived.  Another of those salmon-colored slips arrived the other day.  The same I decried back in Buggin’ Me Again.  I retrieved the piece of mail this morning.  It was the from the Internal Revenue Service.  Final Notice of Intent to Levy.  Keep reading . . .

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May 17, 2010 at 23:59

Two Weeks Left

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It’s downhill from here.  Only two weeks remaining until I my time in New York is finished.  But you really couldn’t tell if you looked around.  Hardly anything packed.  I’m still working insane hours.  And neither looked poised to change any time soon.  Keep reading . . .

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May 16, 2010 at 23:41

On My Way

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Surprisingly, today was a relatively quiet day on the work-fronts.  Four hours at the contract attorney position in the afternoon, followed by two shifts at the theatre gig: ImaginOcean and Naked Boys Singing.  I hadn’t worked ImaginOcean since back in Overactive Imagination, over a month ago.  And, once again, quite surprisingly, it unexpectedly moved me. Keep reading . . .

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May 15, 2010 at 23:07

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

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Today I signed the lease for the new apartment and sent in three cashier’s checks, each for nine hundred dollars.  My new apartment is adorable.  And comes with an amazing view.  This will be my back yard.  Keep reading . . .

Greener Pastures

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Although I only visited the new location for all of thirty-six hours, I think it has already started sinking into my system.  The sense of serenity and calmness I had two nights ago, sitting on the beach, starting out at the ocean.  It keeps returning to my mind.  Understandably, as the porch where I stayed at opened right out on to this amazing view: Keep reading . . .

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May 13, 2010 at 23:11

First Impressions

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I’m back in New York after a short stint visiting the place I’ll soon call home.  And I think I’m going to love it there.  I’m moving to . . . drum roll please . . . Keep reading . . .

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May 12, 2010 at 20:22

Liming Around Town

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Long but interesting day.  Met with two realtors.  Both of whom took me to see very different apartments.  I viewed seven different spaces today and, by the end of the day, settled on the one I want.  Keep reading . . .

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May 11, 2010 at 20:07