Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good
So, I am excited because my law school orientation begins on Monday. I’ve been waiting to get started for what seems like a decade. I am pretty sure that the J.D. will be the last degree that I receive. Of course, as my mother would say “never say never.” I could always pick up some other degree or maybe a certificate in computer programming. As you can see, I have thought about it, but it is best to say for now that this is actually. So, off to law school; you might suspect that everything is peachy, but all is not well in Camelot.
The Bad
Of course, I should start with my phone that was lost to me in the biker gang scam on Thursday. If that wasn’t bad enough, now it looks like I will be cancelling my service with Verizon which along with the cost for this month is going to cost me a pretty penny – I suspect $300 – and that is very sad news. To make matters worse, in order to make my fiancé feel better about the lack free time I will be experience I have agreed to buy iPhones with her (for the Facetime app). Thankfully, we will not be buying those until sometime in September - $200 more. The iPhone is cool looking, but the only reason I am doing it is to maintain a good relationship. Had that been my only problem it wouldn’t be so bad, right? Well, there is more. Since my bride to be wants to get married at the end of December on one of those island ‘weddingmoons” I have to balance my budget and my schedule in a particular manner consistent with the frugality of the pilgrims who landed in New England; I also have to buy a damn wedding band! Luckily, she will be helping with the cost of the wedding.
On top of all of this, I need to buy a computer. I am considering a 13 inch Macbook, but the price sort of makes it unreasonable, especially with all the other things that I have going on in my life at the moment. It’s portability, plus the fact that it looks like it can basically play the role of my main computer makes me excited, especially since I will be on the road (in bus) a lot for the rest of the year. This brings up another problem, one that it is nearing time to face. I have been able to get away without dealing with the price of owning a car, and buying one for that matter for a while now, but now the reality of my new situation is making it unlikely that I will continue to be able to forego those expenses. I am teaching at a new college a “million” miles from my office and the law school I will be attending. The real pressure comes from the fact that I have to get from that new college to my law school on the bus within two hours and the bus schedule is super tight. I most likely have to depend on a cab or bother a dear friend (who is just as busy as I am).
The Ugly
The worst problem to deal with is my dissertation. It is the elephant in the room. And that elephant is staring at me with a look of utter contempt. I have nothing written. I barely have an idea of what it will be about. Plus, I have a meeting with my dissertation advisor on Tuesday, it should be interesting since I can’t find the book I was supposed to read.


  1. dude don't get a macbook. if everyone jumped off a cliff, would you? run ubuntu like us cool people.

  2. I have a dream of one day running a Linux based OS. But I also have a dream of only using Command Line Interface programs. Anyway, I haven't decided on getting a Mac. I was hoping to push that decision back till October. By the way, it is good to hear from you Dave.