小北的不老歌

Monthly Archive: August 2009

Names in the news

Barely a year out of law school I’ve seen some of my former classmates making news already. There were the two supreme court clerks, both of whom I know personally and thought I’d be surprised if they didn’t get the clerkships. Then there’s this headline from ATL today, which did surprise me. A good person caught in a bad situation that she did not create. Could have happened to anyone.

Another week

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周六小南没事在家,把纸揉成一团一团的,扔得地上到处都是,然后兴高采烈地说,看,这都是我种的卷心菜,还是白色的呢。

这个月还是很忙,估计在350小时左右,又是个人记录了。

Weekend

Finally got a full weekend off. On Saturday we went to Long Island, hoping to go on a fishing trip, but the trip got canceled due to impending hurricane. I thought it would be such a pity to let my only free weekend this month go to waste, so we went back there the next day to try our luck.

Our luck improved somewhat on Sunday, but apparently not enough. We did get to go on the boat, and the boat did head into the sea, but we didn’t catch anything big enough to bring home. Ping caught a small fluke, a sea robin, and a starfish (!). I caught a small sea bass. All had to be tossed back into the water. Anna brought back a small minnow that was used as bait, put it in a water bottle, and said, look, I caught a stinky dead fish.

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A small fluke.

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Playing the new digital piano she got. We ran into a Steinway sales rep in the mall the other day and realized that I would have to spend many, many sleepless nights working in order to be able to afford a Steinway piano. So when we got home we decided to get her a smaller upgrade and got her a nice digital piano instead. Until I can afford a Steinway and a house big enough to put it in there, if ever, this one will have to do.

Anna’s Memo Re:Lunch

When mom and dad were away at work today, Anna had this great idea of writing a memo to mom with detailed instructions of what to pack for her lunch tomorrow, so here’s what she wrote and gave to us when we came home.

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“Mom, first put some yummy eel then put some colorful spagetti please please warm that’s how you prepare my lunch.” (spelled spaghetti wrong)

On an unrelated note, I got another watch today to complement my good old Shanghai, as the leather band on the Shanghai is getting uncomfortable to wear in the summer and is in any event falling apart. What I really wanted for my rectangle watch was a JLC Reverso Duo or a Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945, but this one happens to a lot cheaper and, yes, has better street recognition like I thought my Shanghai watch had. Most people around me don’t realize how famous and prestigious the Shanghai brand truly is (and for better or worse, lawyers sometimes do need to dress to impress lay people), so this watch will have to do the trick.
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Earlier:

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周末

周末本来以为能得闲休息一下,可以出海钓鱼然后和朋友吃饭的,结果头一天开车过了州界直奔大海而去,还是被抓回来十万火急地赶活,一连两天。

其间得闲的时候第一次看了眼快女,发现北外当年的何辅导员还在台上活蹦乱跳,算来也三十好几的人了看上去还是那么小,剪个Jim Carrey某部电影里的扫把头,很喜剧的样子。另一发现是某方言发音法似乎深入人心,即:所有的鸡期西都发成知吃师,效果是这样的:某人高喊:大渣给某某某渣油——于是台下观众怒吼:渣油渣油,耶——然后台上歌手说:射唉射唉大渣。

Work

狠忙了一阵以后终于闲了下来。坐在办公室里喝喝咖啡,和同事吃个午饭,另外继续在网上寻觅下一块手表的采购对象,外加筹划周末出海钓比目鱼,不亦乐乎。

有的人问,是不是律所里工作都是一天十二三个小时地干。我想,其实根本不是,忙起来,一天二十二三个小时也是有的,但平均下来,每天工作长度其实没有那么长的。没事的时候,六点钟就收拾东西回家也很正常。忙起来,只要不是客户赶着当晚一定要的东西,边吃晚饭边做到晚上八九点钟也就差不多可以叫车回家了。

真正工作起来,才知道工作时间长,工作强度大,其实都没什么,我的性格其实很适合一张一弛的工作节奏,我的理想也不比挣份辛苦钱养家户口高出多少。最烦的是一些本所和外所的律师,不知是与生俱来还是后天变异出来的习气,狂妄自大,骄气凌人,觉得普天之下自己最有聪明才智,这样的人合作起来很不愉快,但这种人在律师中占的比例似乎还比较高(银行业亦然,但人家是客户,就没什么好说的了),这才是这份工作的最大的缺陷。

First Scholarship

送小南上幼儿园的时候,老师把我叫到一边,笑嘻嘻地说恭喜恭喜我们决定给小南发奖学金。我很纳闷,一来不知道这个幼儿园还有奖学金这一说,二来即使有我们也没申请。不知道是不是错把咱家当困难户所以要资助了(难道给小南打扮得太随便太寒酸了?)。

结果说是幼儿园希望小南能够从上半天课改成全天,他们觉得小南很有资质值得大力培养所以希望她在幼儿园的时间多一些,也可以带动其他孩子进步,全天和半天的差价不另收费,算是给小南的奖学金了。

所以这是小南的第一份奖学金,价值大概一个月六七百吧,想想挺有意思,幼儿园还有发奖学金的。

Sleep Deprivation

Friday morning. Slept for about 5 hours today and thought it was a luxury. Had no sleep at all from Tuesday morning to Friday morning, except a long 4-hour nap at some point in time which I don’t even remember.

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Sunday update: so the personal record is set. a total of 9 hours of sleep in 5 full days, 120 hours.