it’s like trying to (difficult task) with a (inadequate tool)

May 3, 2007 by


I have my very own office. It is pretty big, and it has a big window. The reason for this is simple — real estate is probably pretty cheap where I work (South Side of Chicago, though not that far South). I was told by the girl who previously occupied my office that her new office, downtown, is a quarter the size of mine. So be it. The big window doesn’t open, but it is a big window.


A client was sitting in my office yesterday, and remarked upon my “crappy view.” I hadn’t really thought of it that way, since I do have a nice big window and all. I pointed out that I have a view of something historical — the last standing Robert Taylor Homes building — the last vestige of what was at one time the largest public housing project in the United States. Her response? “Thank Jesus I never lived in the Taylor Homes.”


The building that is still standing has been the sole surviving building for some time now, several years. I could probably find out why this one was left standing after the others were demolished (in a HOPE VI-fueled frenzy of beneficent destruction), but I haven’t bothered to research it. At any rate, it is something to see. It’s enormous, with a mostly intact skeleton, but most of the windows and walls blown out. Part of the building simply slumps downward to one side, as if it were dissolving. I’d always thought a building had to be either standing or demolished, pretty much. This one has been hovering between those two states, at least for as long as I’ve been watching it out my window (admittedly only 2 weeks, but longer than I’d have thought such a thing could last.)


I was standing on the El platform today, waiting for the train to take me up to the Cook County Court.

I looked over at the last standing Robert Taylor Home, and for the first time saw (or noticed) a crane with a wrecking ball intently attacking it. Next to the building, the wrecking ball looked positively puny. Are wrecking balls always that much smaller than the buildings they’re trying to demolish? The wrecking ball was persistent. It swung slowly at the building, over and over, though it didn’t seem to be doing much damage at all.

It was fucking poetic.

This disturbs me

April 30, 2007 by

I have a lot to say about this NYT article regarding the “fancy” jails that wealthier inmates can pay to serve their time in. But a) I have work to do so I oughtn’t blog those things right now and b) it makes me so cranky that I’m rather incoherent.

Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Knowing What the Hell is Going On

April 27, 2007 by


Being a brand new lawyer is rather terrifying! There is so much more to know than the law. There are all these procedural rules, not to mention the sort of “culture of practice” which creates all kinds of informal rules about how you do things. AAAGH!


And the lamest thing is my UTTER TERROR about speaking in the role of lawyer. I write myself little scripts for every conversation I am going to have with a client or an opposing counsel. My supervisor saw me doing this and I am worried that he now thinks I am a LOSER.


But you know what? Just typing this out has made me feel better, realizing that this won’t last forever, that I will get comfortable in this work (at least more so), and that while it might be unpleasant to be so nervous all the time now, practicing law won’t always feel like this. Hopefully. Thanks, Dear Diary!!


And thanks, E, for talking me down a little!

Also, per your suggestion, my recent lunch involved the following CONDIMENTS, SAUCES and ACCOUTREMENTS:

– hot sauce

– rainbow sprinkles

– walnuts and raisins

– white, sugary cake icing

– Mayonnaise


Oy, my stomach!

Is THIS what you had in mind?*

April 25, 2007 by

Ok, ok, I have clearly been delinquent in my blogging duties. Foolishly enough, I have allowed my job duties at my new employment take precedence. I don’t even need to be lectured on this, I know I’ve done wrong and I will try to do better in the future.

First of all:


Above, you’ll find a photo of the little monsters in action.

They are almost always in action.

Ramona is the fuzzy little black one (she’s actually brown in person, but then, what else is new?). Ramona’s newest trick is to get REALLY affectionate around 4 in the morning. It’s funny, because until recently, she hadn’t been much of a purrer. That was her brother’s department, quite a motor on him. But her, not so much. Lately, however, at around 4, as mentioned above, she takes it upon herself to crawl ON TOP OF me (or my bedmate) and plop herself right down, as if I were an extension of the bed itself, and start purring INCREDIBLY loudly, thus waking me both by her stomping on me and by the noise.

Is this cute or evil? Squashi votes for cute, but as you may know I like my sleep. I mean I seriously value my sleep.

So I guess I am going to have to return the cats to the shelter. I wonder if I can get a refund.

That’s a joke.

Here are some more pictures to tide you lunatics over:


And, I’ll be taking requests. What is it you want to hear amusing tidbits about? Poop? Eating habits? Vocalizations? They have yet to write any plays or novels, but of course I will keep you updated on that as events unfold.


#1 CatMommy

*AKA “Catblog THIS, bitches!”

dang it, i can’t resist u LOLcats

April 21, 2007 by

I think the cats have won. Jeanmeanie, if gawker can do it, if boingboing can do it, i think it’s safe to do it. Bring on the catblogging. Just bring it. Use that fancy schmancy camera of yours and create masterpieces such as this:


Inspiration here and here, and lots of millions of other places.  Oh, and most especially the posts tagged “invisible” here.


April 19, 2007 by

i usually think banners at big important hearings are a little tedious and unproductive, but this one is really an instant classic:hillarious.jpg

hooray for protesters!

Oh come on, who asked them to be poor anyway?

April 19, 2007 by

At the Feminist Law Professors blog, David Cohen argues that the Supreme Court’s decision will inordinately affect poor women.  Boo hoo.  They should just go and get a job.


April 19, 2007 by

Ladies of the blog, be sad no more!

In the year 2000, The American will live “fifty years instead of thirty-five as at present-for he will reside in the suburbs!” “Mosquitoes, house-flies and roaches will have been practically exterminated!” “Peas and beans will be as large as beets are to-day!” “There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet! They will be abandoned because unnecessary!In vacation time poor children will be taken on trips to various parts of the world!” “Nicaragua will ask for admission to our Union after the completion of the great canal. Mexico will be next!” 

Actually, what is so great about this article from 1900 is how right they are about so many things.

Woman: object or human being? You be the judge.

April 18, 2007 by

Very quickly: This is extremely depressing.  Why is this “hip”? Why is it “sexy”? It’s creepy! It’s extremely demeaning to women! It’s backwards titillation stemming from the notion that women are mere utensils to be “served” to men in exchange for money! ARRRRGGG!

NYT: “Rachael …  seemed to enjoy the evening as much as anyone could while lying supine and being poked by chopsticks. To an onlooker, the most disturbing aspect of her job might be Hadaka’s rule that forbids a model to eat the sushi that rests inches away from her mouth.”

Right. “the most disturbing aspect of her job.”

p.s. THREE posts in one day! I must really be procrastinalicious!

Yes, this post is depressing too.

April 18, 2007 by

In continuation of my recent quest to make this blog sad and serious, i would just like to send the reader’s attention to this picture, taken today in Baghdad:


I would never seek to belittle the magnitude of the atrocity at Virginia Tech this past Monday.  I merely ask: where is the touching New York Times “Victims” page for the one hundred seventy one innocent lives that were lost today in Iraq’s capital? I know that this disparity is frequently noted, and I don’t particularly mean to condemn the NYT for its lopsided coverage of the two massacres.  I don’t really know what I want to say, except that a life is a life is a life, whether it is an Iraqi graduate student studying hydrology or a Virginian one. I find myself more and more inured to the daily fact of more Iraqi lives lost. Let’s all try to maintain our shock and anger at their deaths, just as we felt those emotions when we learned of the events in Blacksburg, VA.