Monday, March 31, 2008
UPDATE: Well, it's not as bad as I thought. She only has to get one shot. It's next year that's bad. I scheduled her for April 15.
We had planned to spend our summer vacation this year in Washington, DC, after our family reunion in Roanoke, Virginia, but I don't see how we can pass up a $60.00 vacation at the beach.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Listen to Churchill speak the words here.
This is Thoreau's quote:
Why would that make anyone think of me?
If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a
different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however
measured, or far away.
I have been working out of a home office for about a year and a half now, and it is not as bad as I thought it might be. I have court several times a week, so I am not deprived of contact with my fellow human beings during my work week. In fact, I usually consider myself fortunate to have a day at home to catch up on paperwork.
There are a few things I miss about not working in a law office, the most important of which is the fellowship and camaraderie of your firm. Lawyers, you see, love to talk, and war stories are best when you come back to the office and share them right after they happen. I don't really have that kind of outlet anymore.
I have learned to run my practice pretty smoothly without secretarial support, but I miss having a good secretary to keep me on track and to deal with overly-needy clients. It's also nice to have an office where clients can drop off or pick up paperwork.
For me, the choice to work from home is about saving the overhead, which ate half of my income the year before last.
The Tennessean has an enjoyable article this morning about the Hank Williams exhibit that has opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. I have not visited the Hall of Fame, and the exhibit runs through 2009, so I will make a point to take the family down there next time we visit Nashville.
I expect Sherry and Sarah will probably leave around lunchtime. I'm going to grocery shop this morning, and I thought I'd make a crock pot full of chili or Sante Fe Soup to have on hand when they return home.
I also found Sarah's art supplies, which I've been looking for. We established an art studio for her in our garage over at Lively Road, so we'd have a place to paint. I want to do the same thing here, and additionally set her up an area to play in the garage.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
So, I'm sitting in the floor of the room upstairs unpacking a box, and someone knocks on the door. I go downstairs and answer the door, and there's a man in a shirt and tie on my front porch. To make a long story short, he was a cross-eyed Scottish Jehovah's Witness. With all respect, I was not converted.
Geez. Is it a full moon, or what?
KNOXVILLE -- Law enforcement officials are conducting a 24-hour fire watch
in Humes Hall as a result of two small fire incidents in the building over
last two days. The fire watch will continue until further notice. The
involves a minimum of four law enforcement officers on patrol in
the building at
all times.These officers are working closely with UT Housing
staff members who
are also on a heightened alert. Members of the fire watch
will include both
University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD) and
Knoxville Fire Department
(KFD) officers.UT Police and the Knoxville Fire
Department are cooperating with
the State Fire Marshal's office, which is
leading an investigation into the two
incidents. Investigators believe the
incidents are arson related. In today's
incident, the UTPD and KFD responded
at approximately 9:57 a.m. to a fire on the
west wing of the third floor of
Humes Hall. A bulletin board located on the
floor was set on fire. Building
maintenance staff had put out the fire using
fire extinguishers before UTPD
and KFD arrived on scene. The building has been
reopened to students. There
were no injuries in today’s incident and only a
bulletin board was damaged
as a result of the fire. In yesterday's incident, a
fire was discovered at
approximately 1:40 p.m. in the study lounge on the west
wing of the fifth
floor of Humes Hall. Members of the maintenance staff were
extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher, but due to the amount of
smoke in the hallway, the fire alarm was activated and students were
from the building.As a result of the smoke in the hallway, three
were transported to UT Medical Center for evaluation -- a male
member, a male custodial staff member, and a female
student resident assistant
in Humes Hall. As of 5 p.m. yesterday, all three
had been released.
In the Times story this morning, the people who operate Perpetual Motion School, the day care Sarah attends, acknowledge that a woman who has been indicted on aggravated arson charges in connection with the fires was an employee at the day care for about ten days. Her photograph accompanies the article, and I don't recognize her. She must have been assigned to a different age group.
Humes Hall is a huge building. That woman could have killed a lot of college kids, and she tried to twice over her job as a janitor there. She was in the building with our child for ten days. It is quite frightening.
I have to say, though, I have camped many, many times in the rain, and if you are properly prepared it's still fun. I recently came across some photos of a camping trip we took to Cheoah Lake, which is up in the mountains near the North Carolina state line. It rained like hell that weekend, and we used my huge tarp to cover all of our tents and created The Biosphere, which kept us relatively dry.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Here is a video of Sarah up at Cozy Creek singing her latest hit, "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat". This was taken on Sherry's Olympus FE-230 7.1 megapixel digital camera. The video is far superior to my new little GE computer camera.
I still don't want to be a cat. I want to be an alligator. (Sarah actually sang "Everybody Wants to Be an Alligator" this morning on the way to school.)
Check out the website, and surf a few of the links. You'll find some cool music.
Today is the only day this week I haven't had court, but I'm fairly caught up on my office practice. I have the bar association memo to type (I wrote it yesterday.), and a guardian ad litem report to write. Neither of those should take very long, and I'm hoping to make some more progress out in the garage.
I invited myself out to Bart's place at Mighty Oak on Melton Hill Lake to camp on Saturday. It is supposed to rain overnight tonight, so I'll head out there sometime Saturday morning, probably after grocery shopping. I think the Byrds are coming to camp, and Sike called yesterday to tell me he and Julie and their kids would come to cook out and enjoy the lake. I have my fishing license, so I will definitely buy some bait, most likely good ol' nightcrawlers, and do my first fishing of the year. Bart has a place to shoot out there, too, so I may clean up my rifles and target shoot a bit Saturday morning before the children arrive.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I made a coffin for the cheesy potatoes and lasagna, and put them to rest in the dumpster for Thursday morning garbage service. What a waste!
Many years ago Knox County had a problem with overcrowded criminal dockets, and every attorney practicing in that county got appointed to a case, including many who have never set foot in a criminal courtroom. These defendants have a constitutional right to counsel. It will be interesting to see the outcome.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I smiled at them as I walked toward the elevator, and the little boy smiled back and said, "One of the good guys."
In this day and age when people rarely have anything nice to say about my profession, that was really nice to hear.
I am off to give battle to the forces of evil and oppression.
An experiment is underway to introduce a new species of Chinese predator beetle into the park, with the idea being that the beetles will eat the adelgids. I'm always a bit wary of introducing exotic species into the wild, because you can end up with problems like the kudzu plant, which absolutely takes over the land it is introduced onto. The current experiment involves caging up a bunch of infested hemlocks up at Blackberry Farm, which is here in Blount County, and setting the beetles loose upon the adelgids.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Although this may seem like a lukewarm plug, the service is www.faxdigits.com, and aside from the recent problem, I really like the service. The price is right, too.
Monday, March 24, 2008
And it will be in the 70's before the end of the week.
This will be a busy week for me. I have court everyday but Friday, so my duties will keep me on the run. I'm glad I have Friday, though, so I can catch up on paperwork. Also, I spent some time yesterday morning whilst my womenfolk slept to complete a work task, so that helps on the office work for this week, though I still have some writing to do on that matter.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
We decided to take the trolley from the welcome center near the cabin to downtown, which turned out to be a bad decision with the little ones. It cost us four bucks, and for four or five more dollars we could have taken the car. We took the trolley to avoid sitting in traffic, but sitting in traffic would have been preferable to chasing young-uns up and down the sidewalk and waiting half and hour for the trolley.
When we got back to the cabin, Sarah had fun stomping up the little creek up there in her cowboy boots, and I had fun following her along it. I'm an old creek stomper from way back, and I enjoyed hopping from rock to rock with Sarah along the little spring. Sarah has Grandmother's cabin mixed up with Bradley Mountain Lodge and Laura and Stewart's cabins. She thought we were going to Grandmother's cabin, which has an even better creek for rock hopping.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
This is the day (Good Friday) when I was five years old, and our little dog
bit my face to pieces…I had 47 stitches and plastic surgery…my brother, who
kicked the dog away from the attack (he was only 7) said, “I don’t know why they
call this GOOD Friday.”
PS I think my plastic surgeon
did a good job! ha…..
We're going to host Easter dinner Sunday at our new place on Forest Avenue. Mom said she would bake a ham, since she doesn't think she'll spend the night Saturday at the cabin. I just put together the ingredients for a double batch of cheesy potato casserole and am about to spoon it into Corningware. Sherry's going to prepare her holiday raspberry congealed salad, and we're going to also serve asparagus, for something green, and deviled eggs from the Easter egg hunt we plan to have with Sarah and Grace in the hollar up at the cabin.
I talked to both Les and La this morning, and one or both of them may come over this afternoon for pre-cabin planning. It sounds like we'll have an enjoyable Easter weekend together.
Tuesday, January 1 - New Year's Day
Monday, January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday
Monday, February 18 - Washington's Birthday (President's Day)
Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day
Friday, July 4 - Independence Day
Monday, September 1 - Labor Day
Monday, October 13 - Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 11 - Veterans Day
Thursday, November 27 - Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day
Thursday, January 1, 2009 - New Year's Day
sent me a joke this morning. Since I'm about to head out
to go grocery shopping, I thought I'd share it here.
I was shopping at the local supermarket where I selected:
A half-gallon of 2% milk,
A carton of eggs,
A quart of orange juice,
A head of romaine lettuce,
A 2 lb. can of coffee, and
A 1 lb. package of bacon.
As I was unloading my items on the conveyor belt to check out,
a drunk standing behind me watched as I placed the items in
front of thecashier.While the cashier was ringing up the purchases,
the drunk calmly stated,"You must be single."
I was a bit startled by this proclamation, but I was
intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since I was
indeed single. I looked at the six items on the
belt and saw nothing particularly unusual
about myselections that could have
tipped off the drunk to my marital status.
Curiosity getting the better of me, I said,
"Well, you know what, you're absolutely right.
But how on earth did you know that?"
The drunk replied, "'Cause you're ugly."
It's times like these that I really miss having officemates.
I woke up this morning from a dream about last minute packing for a move. I decided not to try to go back to sleep. We're in the unpacking phase.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration, or
NOROOZ, always begins on the first day of spring. Nowruz ceremonies are symbolic
representations of two ancient concepts - the End and the Rebirth; or Good and
Evil. A few weeks before the New Year, Iranians clean and rearrange their homes.
They make new clothes, bake pastries and germinate seeds as sign of renewal. The
ceremonial cloth is set up in each household. Troubadours, referred to as Haji Firuz, disguise
themselves with makeup and wear brightly colored outfits of satin. These Haji
Firuz, singing and dancing, parade as a carnival through the streets with
tambourines, kettle drums, and trumpets to spread good cheer and the news of the
coming new year.
The origins of NoRuz are unknown, but they go back several
thousand years predating the Achaemenian Dynasty. The ancient Iranians had a
festival called "Farvardgan" which lasted ten days, and took place at the end of
the solar year. It appears that this was a festival of sorrow and mourning,
signifying the end of life while the festival of NoRuz, at the beginning of
spring signified rebirth, and was a time of great joy and celebration.
If you think about it, this is pretty fundamental human culture. The guy who caught the first fish this season brought in a 27-pound fish, indeed a reason to celebrate. Stay tuned for the story about A.J.'s cooking that sucker up and feeding it to their customers. Some guy caught a big shark down there several months ago, and they ran pictures for weeks of the feast at A.J.'s.
The temperatures here have been comfortable since the snow, though you can have a cold snap as late as April around these parts. I'm about ready to go buy annuals and a few garden vegetables to plant, but with the weather being as crazy around the rest of the country as it has been this year, I'm content to wait a couple more weeks, I think. The front of our house has window boxes, which I love. We stayed in a hotel in Brussels, Belgium, that had window boxes filled with petunias at every window. When you entered the square where the hotel was located, you immediately smelled petunias. We'll definitely put our window boxes to good use.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
For years one of the patients sat on a stump just inside the wrought iron fence at the intersection of Northshore and Lyons Bend and waved at passersby. The kids on my school bus called him "Stumpy." One day, the hospital had the stump removed, and poor Stumpy just sort of stood forlornly where the stump used to be. In a few days, the hospital figured out the problem and put a bench out there, so his name became "Johnny Bench."
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I also took a ring, which I thought was my father's high school class ring, to put in the box. When I got to the bank and looked at it I noticed that the year on it was 1922, so I concluded it was actually Granddaddy's class ring. I'm glad I've got it locked safely away with Dad's, which was already in the box, especially since I lost Grandmother's class ring when I was about six. Why such a particular woman would give a six-year-old boy her class ring is beyond me, other than I don't think she was ever able to tell me "no" ever in my life.
A descendant of the Ledbetter clan that lived up there was featured on the episode, and he said that his kinsmen built the stone walls that I've seen there. With spring upon us, I want to lace up my hiking boots and walk up into my mountains.
Monday, March 17, 2008
I told her I didn't want to be a cat. I want to be an alligator.
She just gave me a disgusted look.
UPDATE: Sherry advises that the song is from the Disney film Aristocats, which Sarah has been watching recently. I still want to be an alligator.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I've received this from a couple of different friends, and have also found it online. In Wilson Creek gorge in western North Carolina there is an area we called The Land of the Bus People, because all of these old hippies had hauled school buses up into the mountains and lived in them by the side of the creek. In a way I think we were contemptuous toward them, but I'm sure they had better lives than a poor person in the city would. I haven't been up to the Land of the Bus People in many years, if it even yet exists. Wilson Creek has changed a lot since I used to go camping and tubing up there regularly in the '80's.
This photo, it turns out, is not what we want it to be. No one actually lives in this colorful complex of mobile homes. According to Snopes.com, it is an outdoor theater set for a 2005 production of Anton Chekov's play Ivanov in Amsterdam.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
We ran by the post office, the Home Depot and the grocery store, and we came out of the grocery store to a deluge. It cleared up when we got home, and so Sherry and Sarah went to North Knoxville for her supervisor's daughter's birthday party. They're heading back now.
I also intend to pick up my guitar again. Sarah loves to sing, and holds a tune pretty well for a four-year-old, so it would be a shame for me not to work up some tunes with her.
And when I get older and I have a daughter,
I'll teach her to sing and play her my songs.
And Ill tell her some stories I can barely remember,
And hope that she will sing along.
And maybe one day she'll take a fancy to pickin',
'Cause when that bug bites you, you live with the sting.
And if she could just strum a few simple measures,
She could make some young man sing.
The cops said the man was schizophrenic. Apparently he had Baptised himself in the Little River that evening, and emerging from the water, he determined that he would seek out a place to live in one of the houses on the riverbank. I hope he gets help, and I am glad no one was hurt.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Here are a couple of snapshots from our new backyard. As you can see, we have daffodils coming up back there. We also have grape hyacinth coming up in the front yard, and buds are forming on the trees.
We might not have had much in the way of winter, other than on moving day, but I'm ready for spring to blossom in East Tennessee in all its glory.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
It snowed last weekend on the first part of our moving day, pictured below. It was enough to be pretty, and the only downside was that we had to put cat litter on the ramp of the truck to keep us from slipping. That was messy, but not as bad as it could have been.
Uncle Fuzzy killed our new mailbox.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Once we were both working on our computers side by side, I had a Star Trek moment and told Sherry to lock down the obverse gravitational triangulators. She rolled her eyes, and said, "Honey, you're such a geek." Then she punched a couple of buttons on her computer, and the triangulators went back online.
I love that woman.
I am quite pleased that I got our washing machine hooked up, and most of our laundry from moving done. We're opening a box here and there, and working on making this house our home. We cooked the cheesy potato casserole this morning, and it was a good batch, the first of many, I suspect.
Monday, March 10, 2008
I'm through with court and back in work clothes, so I'm going to head over to the Lively Road house to clean up before heading back over here to try and put my office in order. Luckily, my hearing tomorrow afternoon was cancelled, which will give me tomorrow afternoon to work on the house as well.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Frankly, Sarah's just about the right age to actually start learning to play board games. We used to have Candyland. Maybe we'll find it when we get unpacked.
All and all, I'd say I'd probably eat at Firehouse Subs again, but Subs and Such is still the best submarine sandwich in town.
Mark and his girlfriend, Tara, brought Joey and Jake here last night. When they were leaving Nashville, the boys were wanting to go up to Cozy Creek Cabin to spend the night, where Mark and Tara are staying courtesy of La and Stew. When I got up this morning, I noticed the boys' shoes by the front door, so I suspect three hours on the road changed their minds. It's about another hour on up to the cabin from here.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Summary judgment is a procedural matter, and is not difficult to overcome if you're a lawyer. This defendant apparently thinks he doesn't need counsel. Heh, heh, heh.
When we got home we loaded up Sherry's car with pictures and lamps and such so she can drive straight from work to the closing this afternoon. After closing we're going to unload her car and my car at the new house before spending one last night tonight at Lively Road. Moving day is upon us!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I'm still trying to pack boxes, but to be honest, I'm running out of stuff to put in them. I got some really good, big boxes yesterday, and they'll be good for odds and ends in the garage and outside. I don't have court at all today, and Laura's going to come over at some point to get the desk she's been letting us borrow. We'll miss it, but we got a new desk with the new house. I'm going to use the desk that comes with the house, and Sherry's going to use Granddaddy's kidney-shaped desk.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Curiously, it only took me ten minutes to get Charter to discontinue my services. It is easier to fire Charter than it is to keep them. Good riddance!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I always think of moving as like a barn raising in the old days. It's a job that is really too big for one family to do by themselves, and so the friends and relations pitch in.
Hopefully, this morning's docket call will be much more mundane. I have been appointed to represent a woman I cannot find, and I must appear to report that to the chancellor. Afterward, I need to get back home and do my February billing, and then I'll probably get back to moving tasks.
Monday, March 3, 2008
I have a relatively light work week, and am trying to keep a handle on my legal business while also trying to get this place ready to move. I got through my legal and business tasks this morning, and have been working on moving tasks this afternoon. Unfortunately, I'm almost out of boxes again.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
We've got a pretty busy week ahead, and we still have a lot of packing we can do now that we're in the last week here at Lively Road. I think we'll be pretty tired this time next week.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Reality television is an example of this as well. Sherry and I saw a commercial this week about a reality show that will reunite high school classmates in a house with cameras rolling to see how they will interact, and the commercial teased fighting and sex. For some reason, people are voyeristic enough to want to watch other people act like idiots (think Jerry Springer) on television, and the people who make television shows know it is cheaper to get the aforementioned idiots make fools of themselves before the camera than it is to pay writers to produce something creative. It is really quite sad that we allow ourselves to be entertained in this way.
We're over at Grams' house now, and we plan to go see a movie at noon before gathering for Grams' birthday supper this afternoon at a local Chinese restaurant she frequents. We'll probably also go visit the local humane society shelter at some point this morning so Sherry and the kids can love on some cats.