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Recipe for Fun [Nov. 15th, 2012|01:27 pm]
Zoethe
1. Don't bike for a month. Gain 7 pounds.

2. Decide that it's a good day to bike into town for court. Set up an extra errand to do on the way.

3. Get a late start out the door. Discover that a month off is not so great for a sprint to town.

4. Have a miserable allergy attack so your left eye is swollen and red. Don't bring any allergy meds with you.

5. Realize that the docket is VERY long and starts with half a dozen pro se cases for which the judge will spend lots of time coaching people through their problems.

I'm gonna be here a while. With my swollen, weeping eye.

In other news, I think I forgot to announce here that I did, indeed, complete my pledged 2.000 miles for the year. Thank you to everyone for your donations. I was riding pretty consistently until the weather turned cold. I have to laugh at myself for that; last spring I rode in weather like this without a second thought, but after riding in the heat all summer, my reaction to 40 degree weather was, "eww!!!" Time to get over that!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2012-11-15 07:14 pm (UTC)
Is there any drug store nearby where you could grab something like Coricidin? Sorry you are having such a day!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-15 09:07 pm (UTC)
There wasn't anything downtown, but I made it home, so I'm okay. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: tylik
2012-11-15 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hope your day gets better.

Don't know if winter riding is your thing, but if you're thinking about it, I'd seriously look at some of the carbide studded tires on the market. They are amazing. They scoff at ice or packed snow. After taking a couple of fall winter before last, I picked some up last fall and was blown away.

I have Schwalbe's, but that's mostly because I ride a recumbent, and my front wheel is 20", and they were the only studded tire I could find in 20". I've also heard very good things about Nokians.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-15 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to ride in the snow. I just don't want to take the risk.
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[User Picture]From: tylik
2012-11-15 09:57 pm (UTC)
A totally sensible approach.

Actually, that was my approach, though I started questioning after two falls that occurred when I thought the streets were clear. In one case, it started snowing after I was out, in the other, I was caught up in some tricky traffic, and manoeuvred into a path that led to a small ice patch left from a much earlier snow fall, with no time to brake safely (so instead I ended up rolling across a lane and a half of traffic - no injury, thanks to the martial arts background, but that wouldn't have saved me from being hit by a car).

And that's before I started looking at biking as a primary commuting option. Riding on ice still isn't my idea of a barrel of laughs, but I know I can do it safely, now.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-15 10:34 pm (UTC)
I am trying to get more bike commuting, so I hope that the weather stays decent as long as possible!
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2012-11-15 07:52 pm (UTC)
Do you make fun of the pro se people with your fellow lawyers? :-D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-15 09:09 pm (UTC)
No, we were all quiet and respectful, even though it took a long time.
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[User Picture]From: jeffpalmatier
2012-11-15 11:09 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Pro Se, I've read quite a bit lately about the saga of Ted Bundy, including his disastrous efforts to act as Pro Se or at least control the actions of his lawyers. He mistakenly believed that his time as a law student would allow him to be able to do so effectively. You might also find this book interesting, which you can easily get via interlibrary loan: http://www.amazon.com/Defending-Devil-Story-Bundys-Lawyer/dp/0688108237/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353020733&sr=8-1&keywords=defending+the+devil+my+story+as+ted+bundy%27s+last+lawyer
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-16 02:18 pm (UTC)
It sounds really interesting. I will have to give it a read. Thanks!
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From: simulated_knave
2012-11-15 08:33 pm (UTC)
Up here in Canada (land of magic and light), the docket goes in order of seniority of counsel. For almost everything, that means SRLs go last (I occasionally question the fairness of telling people to show up for 930 when they're only going to be called at 12).

Of course, the most annoying bit is when you wait for two hours, duck out to feed the meter, and discover the judge has started in on the SRLs in your five minute absence.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-15 09:11 pm (UTC)
The docket here is done alphabetically, but I know that "sweating the meter" situation.
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From: simulated_knave
2012-11-15 09:38 pm (UTC)
Then the solution is simple. Ferrett will still love you once you change your name to Aagini Aajudd.*

*Of course, it's probably by client name. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-15 10:37 pm (UTC)
I dunno; sometimes I'm glad of the extra few minutes to get to court, when the traffic is bad.
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From: anonymousalex
2012-11-16 03:51 am (UTC)
On the plus side, being toward the bottom of the calendar gives you extra time for your swelling to go down. Or get worse, depending on fate ha ha.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-16 02:14 pm (UTC)
It did, a bit. I didn't look quite so punched-in-the-face.
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From: anonymousalex
2012-11-16 02:44 pm (UTC)
Any comments from the bench? Just curious.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-11-16 03:44 pm (UTC)
No, it isn't the nature of this judge to comment on such things.
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From: anonymousalex
2012-11-16 05:04 pm (UTC)
Just as well. It's tricky to make such discussions not be super-awkward.

-Alex
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