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Meme-tasticness [Apr. 29th, 2009|09:42 am]
I have a long day of dull computer stuffs ahead of me, so I'll join in on the fun going around LJ.

A meme, stolen from catvalente, theferrett, aiela, bec76, and just about everyone else out there:

One question.

One chance.

One honest answer.

That's all you get.

You get to ask me one question.

Any question, anything, no matter how crazy, dirty, or wrong it is.

I'm not going to screen questions or answers, but anonymous questions are allowed. Screening is a pain in the butt and, really, reading the questions and answers has been fascinating. If it's something you don't want in public, post the comment and the delete it so that I'll get it in my email but it won't be visible, or just email me.

[User Picture]From: cryduchat
2009-04-29 03:27 pm (UTC)
What drove you to become a lawyer?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 03:45 pm (UTC)
Mostly a teal Ford Escort.

Okay, more serious answer: I dated Hubby 1.0 through his law school years without having much interest in the law. Then when we moved to Alaska I started doing volunteer work for the Sierra Club. At the time, they were fighting a scheme to build a pipeline across the Alaska Peninsula because it would mean creating off-loading and on-loading facilities in pristine wilderness along very sensitive shorelines that were highly subject to fierce storms, and a pipeline bisecting a major migration path for caribou. The Club's main argument was that a portion of the pipeline would cross national park land and was therefore in violation of its permits. The oil companies insisted that they had a clear right of way. All of this was out in a huge chunk of uncharted wilderness that had been allocated but was essentially virgin forest.

I spent several weeks of my first summer in Alaska going through dusty old plat maps, literally tracing the ownership of every square mile of the land along the pipeline corridor, and low and behold was able to document that there were several of those chunks of land did in fact belong to the National Park Service. That research provided the evidence that got the project stopped.

It was my V-8 moment: "Wow, I could have gone to law school!" But there is no law school in Alaska.

Fast forward 15 years and two kids. I got a chance to go to work as a paralegal, despite having no training. I really liked it. When an opportunity came to relocate to Ohio, a good friend suggested that it was an opportunity to go to law school. And here I am.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2009-04-29 04:03 pm (UTC)
Go you! I really admire your drive. Honestly though I don't know how the hell you have enough hours in the day to do everything that you do.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-29 05:09 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wonder that myself. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: cryduchat
2009-04-30 01:08 pm (UTC)
Wooo! That's a helluva experience.

I've often thought about attending law school for international policy. The problem is that there are just so many things that I would like to continue my education for! MS in Library Science, MFA in Creative Writing, PhD in Art History...

Stupid lower middle-class income has forced me to choose between them. Grumble grumble grumble.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-04-30 10:08 pm (UTC)
My experience and the experience of others I've known have indicated that the MFA in Creative Writing is the best way to burn you out on writing that exists. There may be good versions out there, but it seems only to prep people to teach MFA classes, not to actually write.
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