Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Moving

Welcome back everyone!!! I have finally moved to Morgantown, and although everything is not unpacked and in its proper place I thought it would be fitting to give an update of the latest events.

I left my third shift job (Home Depot) last Tuesday night at lunchtime. I worked with a hardworking bunch of guys who I hope find better opprutunities in the near future. This job taught me a great deal about life and the hypocrisy that prevails in America's workplace. If you have not heard already Home Depot paid its' CEO Bob Nardelli 250 million dollars as a severance package for his resignation. Meanwhile, at my job we have guys making 8 to 9 dollars an hour with two kids to feed and a wife that is unemployed. Now I understand that everyone has a choice in life about what type of financial lifestyle they choose to lead, but this type of outlandish disparity between the brains of the operation and the worker bee is hurting the common worker and our economy. It forces the everyday worker to increase credit limits that are already out of hand. Places of employment like this just seem like modern day slave labor. I believe in working hard, but I also believe in just compensation. One thing I understood very early in life is that we need doctors, but we need sanitation workers as well. Everyone deserves the right to a livable wage.

Okay, now that I am off my high horse, I drove a U-Haul over 450 miles with my Jeep on an auto dolly to Morgantown, West Virginia. My wife's brother was kind enough to drive from Washington, DC to help me move everything in, and afterwards bought me a bottle of Johnie Walker's Green Label as a law school gift. We drank a couple of beers and the next day he headed home.

So far my wife and I are just getting everything in place as far as the apartment. Our cable television and internet will be set up sometime this week, and I am spending the free time knocking back some cold ones and reading up on various books.

I attempted the other day to get my books from the bookstore only to be told that it was not possible to use book vouchers. We would have to pay either with our own cash, check, or credit card. Since I do not have 1,000 dollars to just give the bookstore I am patiently waiting to see what will come from this situation. It appears a number of my professors are using brand new texts so that means I will have to buy brand new books. Thanks a lot!!!

However, on a good note before I left Charlotte I was able to have lunch with a local judge who advised me of a couple of jobs I should consider and demanded that I stay in touch with her over the course of the year.

Quick note about Morgantown. This seems to be a nice quiet city, but from what I have heard this is largely due to the fact that the students are not here yet. You can buy JW Dundee's Original Honey Brown Lager for like 4 bucks here as well. Of course I prefer Guinness but the cheap stuff is not that bad.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Networking...

That reminds me I need to call...
CPCC Paralegal Director
City Council Member
Admissions Dean for CSOL
WVU law alum.

Also I will try to do some more reviews on beers I have tried lately.

Moving soon

The realization that I am actually going to law school in less than a month is really starting to settle in my brain. I have exactly a week left at my job. I carefully exhausted my sick and vacation time this year so I will not have to work the next two fridays. My family is taking Kristin and me out this weekend to celebrate my entrance into law school. I would rather they all come help us move. We now have to find a daycare for our daughter. I need to get the cable and internet set up so that I can watch football on Sundays. I am wondering if I have to buy a ticket for myself if my wife and daughter decide to attend WVU home football games with me. Normally, graduate students recieve one ticket for the bottom student section closest to the field. This section is reserved for seniors and grad students. Well, that is the least of my worries. I have begun to set up my internship prospects. Next week I have to meet with a Superior Court Judge about the prospect of interning my 1L summer with her or at least extending my Charlotte network for other potential internships. I spoke with the Career Services office at WVU a couple of weeks ago. I was told that they cannot speak with us before the first semester grades come out. They will schedule an appointment with every student towards the end of the first semester. Well, I am not going to wait that long to get my house in order. After all, aren't we all going to school to get jobs anyways?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Methusaleh

Law school is a big change for the working professional. Since joining the WVU facebook crowd I have noticed there are only a few people who are two years or more out of the undergraduate scene. I have never felt so old, and I am only 28.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Independence Day

Just wanted to wish everyone happy Independence Day!!! I just got home from work so I will be crashing shortly. Later my family will probably head over to a relative's house for a cookout or something, and then unfortunately I will be heading back to work tonight. Also I have to say happy birthday to my mother. I love you mom!!! lol.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Cold Pasta Salad


I thought I would post this recipe because it is a cheap, quick eat for those on the go. You can also make a hefty portion and make this dish last for a couple of days. Feel free to improvise and add different vegetables, spices, and meats. I enjoy using Kraft's SunDried Tomato Dressing, penne pasta, olives, cheese, and garlic. Cold Pasta Salad is an ideal lunch meal for hot summer days.



COLD PASTA SALAD

1 lb. pasta, cooked & drained

1 cup Italian salad dressing or vinaigrette

1 tablespoon Salad Supreme seasoning

3 tomatoes, chopped

2 cucumbers, chopped

1 1/2 red onions, chopped

2 green peppers, chopped
Combine all above ingredients into a very large bowl and marinate overnight. Put a lid over your bowl. Serve cold.

The Miseducation of Brewmaster

So I have been alternating between reading various books for law school and books for pleasure (sounds kind of racy doesn't it?), and I have arrived at the conclusion that I need to seriously buckle down and get through these last 4 books on "my law school reading list." I need to get my writing skills back to an acceptable level. I am comma splicing and fusing sentences everywhere. When I reread past posts I shudder at the usage of a comma instead of a semicolon. Hopefully as I continue my studies these enlightenments are marking steps of my maturity as a writer.

Currently I work seven days as a week. For almost a year now I have worked third-shift at one job and first-shift another while going to the local community college to recieve my paralegal certificate. My wife and I will be leaving Charlotte soon for Morgantown, and it feels absolutely great to leave the pressures of working two jobs. I realized that money would be tight when I entered law school, so we have attempted to squirrel as much money away for this time as possible. The chance to sit in a library for hours reading books seems almost like a vacation at this point in my life. It is funny how as a child you have so much time to run, jump, and explore the world and as an adult almost everything in your life is planned. I need to develop some type of schedule for myself outlining this month and how I plan to finish reading while continuing to work. Well what better time than now? See ya later.