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Friday, May 30, 2003

Of Blasts, Bluebooking, and Being Done

Ten days, one tax exam, 48 pages, and a small bomb later...
Am officially done with Year 1 of The Great Law School Experiment.

It took some doing, though. Wednesday afternoon last week, I had taken my laptop to Koffee Too to work on my paper. Sometime around 4:40 I got a call from a friend asking if I was okay and where I was. Five minutes later York Street was crowded with emergency vehicles and displaced law students, some in pajamas, some holding laptops (but no power cords)...

A friend was in the student lounge when the explosion happened... so frightening to think that if anyone had been in the quiet study area, the wall that collapsed would have come down on them. Awful. Since I wasn't even at the law school at the time, it sort of took me a while to absorb what had happened...

Strange days ensued. My plan had been to turn in paper on Friday, hang out in New Haven until Tuesday, head to Boston for a few days and then home. Instead we all ended up living in this state of suspended animation. All exam and paper deadlines postponed indefinitely. Only borrowed e-mail and phone access (lots of people had cell phones but no chargers.) Unclear where any of the dorm residents would be sleeping from one day to the next. Communal law school meals at Ezra Stiles with Dean Kronman making comforting speeches. Reporters everywhere.

Kind of amazing how everyone pulled together and how great everyone was. I was one of the luckier dorm people -- because I'd been out when they evacuated, I had my wallet, ID, laptop, and real clothes. Still, it was really wonderful how many people offered help, places to sleep, stuff to borrow... Thanks to Jeff, Suzi, Nicole, and Tina for housing and feeding us. Thanks to everyone else for just being around.

Then followed Moving and Writing...

Monday, May 19, 2003

Of Firepots and Hotchpots

Am furiously studying federal income taxation. It is oodles of fun. No I am not kidding. It would be more fun if the exam were not tomorrow -- not so much because I'm feeling panicky (just a little), but more because it would be nice to have time to really internalize the material...

Everyone seems to be getting nostalgic these days. Me too. Not that this should surprise anyone. ;-) A little over a week from now, will be in Cambridge, getting ridiculously sentimental about every last red brick in the Yard and blade of grass on the Quad...

[Oh, and just in case you're wondering -- and I know you are--: a firepot is what you get when you tally up the gains and losses to your business assets from fires, thefts, and other disasters under section 1231 of the internal revenue code. A hotchpot is what you get when you tally up the gains and losses from sales, exchanges, or condemnations. Add 'em together and you will either be paying a lot of tax on it all or just a little (read: capital gains tax.) Thrilling, wasn't it?]

Saturday, May 17, 2003

A Small, Good Thing

Discovered a couple of nice things about New Haven today, during my post-exam several-hour roam. The first involved clothing and shoe stores (will spare you the details.) The second was Gastronomique. A tiny little nook on High Street, this place is essentially a French traiteur, meaning to-go only -- but there is a nice little bench to sit on if it's nice out. Cannot wait to try it for dinner. Black pepper walnut crusted tuna steak, mmm... Today I had the salmon gravlox -- pumpernickel bread (but soft and light, nothing like store-bought) topped with cucumbers, onion, yogurt, and quite possibly the best smoked salmon I have ever had. And the creme brulee... A little cinnamon on top, just perfect. New birthday wish: the $350 one-month "student meal plan."

Friday, May 16, 2003

Hour 10 of 30. Or 28, rather, since the Registrar closes early on Saturdays and won't accept my exam by e-mail. :-/ Just 18 more exam-writing hours to go, and then will just have one exam, one paper left...

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Yum

Cutler's finally got the Boston Baroque recording of the Mozart Requiem I've been trying to get my hands on seemingly forever -- completion by Robert Levin, which is the one I played once upon a time... (For the uninitiated, Mozart died before his Requiem was completed. The most commonly-performed version has the gaps filled in by one Franz Sussmayr -- but the liner notes criticize it "for being weak and un-Mozartean in many passages and for containing errors in musical grammar." Ouch. Anyway, Mozartean extraordinaire Levin threw in his two cents worth and I am now the happy owner of the result. Sort of.) Listening now. Rather gorgeous so far...

Update: Yup, gorgeous. But then, it would be hard for a recording of this piece not to be gorgeous. There's the Lacrimosa, of course. But the lesser-known Recordare -- and Agnus Dei -- and the first soprano solo of Lux aeterna, which is just an echo of the even lovelier solo in the opening Requiem -- how ever to decide which part is best? Will stop gushing now and get back to work. :-)

Thursday, May 01, 2003

More on Food

Stole this link from someone else, but it's great...

Uh-oh. I think I may just have discovered that the cybercrime treaty is Actually Somewhat Interesting. This certainly changes my paper outline...

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