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Double D'oh! [May. 9th, 2004|06:02 pm]
Zoethe
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In the early morning hours today I dreamed of the Constitution of the United States. Literally. Hanging in shining brilliance without any background images or other context. And then I dreamed that the camera "zoomed in" on the document and a glowing light highlighted one line.

I awoke with a start, mortified. How could I have been so stupid? The Takings Clause wasn't part of the Fifth Amendment, it was Article Five of the Constitution. I had messed everyone in my study group up and now would have to go back and correct the error to my own embarrassment, but wasn't it great how my subconscious had so dramatically shown me the error of my ways?

Then I got out of bed and poured some caffeine into my addled brain. And realized that the Takings Clause is in fact part of the Fifth Amendment and has nothing to do with Article Five of the Constitution, save that they both have a five involved.

So much for my brilliant subconscious.
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[User Picture]From: idiolecto
2004-05-09 10:15 pm (UTC)
When I was in graduate school, I awoke on more than one occassion with the sudden knowledge of a solution or the discovery of an error in a phonology or syntax problem.

Even if you gotta double-check, don't you just love how the mind works?
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[User Picture]From: lordindra
2004-05-09 10:21 pm (UTC)
At least you didn't have to make an embarassing correction to your embarrasing correction.
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2004-05-09 10:26 pm (UTC)

Please xcuse my idiocy

Which one is the 'Takings Clause'.
Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous
crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in
cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in
actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be
subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or
limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness
against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without
due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use,
without just compensation.


Nothing leaps out at me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 10:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Please xcuse my idiocy

"nor shall private property be taken for public use,
without just compensation."

Eminent domain issues and all that.
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2004-05-09 10:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Please xcuse my idiocy

Thanks.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 11:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Please xcuse my idiocy

Hey, if this stuff were obvious, why would you need lawyers?
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[User Picture]From: stephenbooth_uk
2004-05-09 11:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Please xcuse my idiocy

Target practice? :-)

Actually I was aware of the text of the ammendment, just never heard it refered to as the 'taking clause'. For some reason I quite often get asked about US constitutional law (mainly around the second ammendment), hence having a copy of the constitution on my website. Don't know why, I'm not even American!

Unfortunately I have neither the memory nor mooting skills to become a lawyer, else I'm sure I'd be a lot more wealthy than I am now. I'm trying to develop those skills through being a union shop steward. I am getting quite good at trapping management in their own inconsistencies.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-10 02:30 am (UTC)

Re: Please xcuse my idiocy

A good skill, and one likely to get you promoted right out of your troublemaking position.

;-)
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2004-05-09 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember the grad school dreams. Especially around comprehensive exams time.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 10:49 pm (UTC)
I have not yet had the "wake up and realize that I have to take a final in a class I forgot to attend" nightmare that haunted me for years after college - probably because I'm infinitely more prepared for finals now than I ever was back then. My only other anxiety nightmare so far has been arriving at the final and discovering I had no pen.

I feel pretty ready for Property, which is on Tuesday, and eternally grateful that I have a whole week until Con Law.
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2004-05-09 11:00 pm (UTC)
*snickers* And my first thought on reading this was a panicked "Oh shit, you've got to be kidding me! That's NOT part of the Fifth?!" Nearly had a heart attack before finishing the rest of the post. ;)

I've never really had nightmares like this, though I HAVE woken up with closing arguments running through my head.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 11:02 pm (UTC)
I figured I would get at least one of my lawyer/fellow law student readers to freak out and wonder if I had a listed phone number so s/he could call me up and straighten me the fuck out. [gggg]
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[User Picture]From: trillian42
2004-05-09 11:07 pm (UTC)
My best friend's MOM had a dream during exams that she had to take all of Claire's exams, and failed them all. She woke up in a cold sweat, and Claire was like, well geez, I knew I was stressed, but I didn't know it was contaigous!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-09 11:11 pm (UTC)
Okay, THAT's funny.
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[User Picture]From: demetria23
2004-05-09 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, you know you actually stressed me out for a second because I took my Civil Liberties exam and it included the takings clause, which I mentioned was in the Fifth Amendment. Thank the Gods!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-10 02:32 am (UTC)
And here I thought people would be thinking *I* was in serious trouble! LOL!
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2004-05-10 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm glad the studying goes well. :)

Being a fan of the unconscious mind (and having not read the constitution since high school), I'm wondering if they really have nothing in common(?). Sometimes a dream's just a dream; still, it'd be cool if you found some new argument to whip out at just the right time.

Or I should go write a story or something.

Love!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-10 02:33 am (UTC)
No, in this case there's no connection. Write a story.

;-)
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[User Picture]From: cynnyr
2004-05-10 02:05 am (UTC)
My take on it is that your subconscious is saying that you're spending too much energy on school.
And rightly so, I s'pose.

- a stranger who just happened upon your post
(sorry to intrude)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-10 02:34 am (UTC)
No need to apologize! You have a point. We took the evening off and went to see Van Helsing - that's about as mindless as you can get.
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[User Picture]From: cynnyr
2004-05-10 06:07 am (UTC)
Mmmm, is it (Van Helsing movie) as good as it looks?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-10 11:11 am (UTC)
I intend to try and write a review today. Suffice to say that it is ridiculous, but we had fun.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-05-18 11:12 pm (UTC)

Damn that was stupid. ;)

Email me--you or your darlin'. You've got my addy, and I want an excuse. Or, in other words, just 'cause I've got limits doesn't mean I don't care.
counselor
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-05-18 11:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Damn that was stupid. ;)

I've lost your addy. I had a minor meltdown.

I've been worrying about you, darlin'.

And yeah, it was a moment of grand stupidity. I impressed myself. [g]
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