Sheryl Sisk Schelin here – this is a brief note to let everyone know that The Airport Lawyer has been sold.  I have conveyed my entire interest in this blog to a buyer who will be taking over the site. From this date forth, therefore, I will have no responsibility for any of the content on this site.

It was fun! Happy flying to all.


Move your bookmarks to! The Airport Lawyer will be off the air on this Typepad channel come the witching hour on Halloween … or as close to that as Typepad’s billing department wants to take me.

The rumors are true. I’m no longer The Airport Lawyer. As of October 20, 2006, I will no longer be an employee of Horry County – after nine long years. And as of November 1, 2006, I will be launching my mid-life crisis – I mean, my life-long dream: my own law practice, focusing on employment and consumer litigation and bankruptcy law.

Quite a change, in so many ways: practice area (from public/municipal/airport law to consumer and employment law, and from transactional to much more litigation), employment status (employed to self-employed), work environment (from airport office to home office), financial (comfortable to completely broke.. well, hopefully that last one will be temporary).

And keeping with the theme, there will be changes here. I’ve moved the blog to WordPress, awaiting a new captain. The Typepad version will disappear sometime this month.

No "taxiing to the gate" metaphors, no "end of the journey" speeches … just "farewell" in fairly simple terms.

Over the last several months, my life’s changed fairly dramatically, and I’ve come to the conclusion I simply don’t want to spend time on this blog anymore. I have some other interests that are percolating – some new, one long-since-sleeping but newly-awakened, all a far cry from airport law. I’m still working for HCDA, and still "the airport lawyer," but that’s just what I do now – not who I am any longer. I’d rather spend my time on those other interests, and in other venues.

So, I’ll park this blog here for the time being. I’m open to transferring the rights to it to another airport lawyer who’s interested in taking it forward, assuming such a thing is even possible (it may not be on Typepad – I just don’t know). But there’s a fairly narrow window of opportunity here – interested parties will need to email me by July 28th, close of business, in order to give me time to effectuate the change. Come July 31st, this blog will be deleted.

Thanks for the readership; it’s been a good experience.

A brief word of explanation as to what’s been behind the radio silence on this end lately. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of the Family Medical Leave Act to take care of my mother, recently discharged from the hospital and subsequent rehabilitation institutions following her injury a few months back. That leave will run through at least July 4th, perhaps longer if the need dictates. Right now, I ancitipate being back in the office on the 5th, however – Mom’s doing fabulously well with her physical therapy and recuperation.

TAL is scheduled to host Blawg Review week after next! I’m still struggling to come up with a suitable theme. I had some ideas which seemed clever initially but now seem trite and predictable. We’ll see. Nothing like last minute pressure (and Ed.’s frowning virtual countenance) to stoke the creative fires.

In the meantime, I’m off to scour the Internet for interesting post fodder on George. Who is George, you may ask? Meet George.  He’s my new tablet PC (as in "I will love him and hold him and name him …"). I purchased George this week, and he arrived yesterday courtesy the nice man in the brown uniform. That’s what Brown did for me last week.

So far, my impressions are completely favorable of the Gateway CX2620. The digitizer and stylus are far more responsive than I’d feared, and the notebook itself is simply packed with useful software. OneNote came with the package, and I installed it immediately. There is a lot of overlap there with the new Microsoft Journal program, and I’m not sure what the ultimate breakdown in tasking will be there. Right now, I’m more impressed with OneNote for meeting note captures (especially in light of the audio recording feature) and book outlining/notetaking, and Journal for everyday writing. I used it for my morning pages this morning and it was pretty cool – just like writing by hand in a notebook.

My main purpose in buying a tablet as opposed to a laptop was to be able to write notes and capture them immediately for later searchability. Can’t really do that with a regular laptop or with paper and pen. After a full 24 hours of playing around with George, I do know one thing, however: tablets are no longer "faddish" tools that will pass like a trend, if they ever were. This tablet is a bona fide next-generation development that offers true strengths and functionality you just can’t get with a regular laptop.

All Apologies

April 19, 2006

I do apologize for the lack of posts. Real life has intruded. My mother, who is 82 years young, quite recently retired from active duty nursing, and lives (thankfully) nearby, has suffered a couple of falls in recent weeks, resulting in injuries. While we worked on strengthening her leg and arm muscles to help prevent further falls and help her get back up if she did fall, we were all mindful of the miracle that she hadn’t broken her hip in any of these falls. We joked that she had the hardest working guardian angel around.

Well, the angel apparently took a coffee break yesterday afternoon: Mom fell, and broke her hip. She’s resting comfortably, in a bed on the very wing of the very hospital from which she retired recently, and being doted on by her former colleagues who remember her with great affection and regard.

Needless to say, this has made my life a great deal more complex (which is irrelevant to anything except to explain the past and future sparse postings). I trust the few but dedicated readers of this blog will understand.

People first. Work, second. Go call your mother and tell her TAL said "Hi."

I’m back

April 3, 2006

Well, it was a vacation of sorts, I guess. Not quite the one I had planned, but, as these things usually happen, exactly what I needed, regardless.

I come back this morning to find – well, a ton of stuff, really, but two things of particular note:

  1. I have somehow attracted about ten "pings" to various posts in the past week. Interesting, in that I haven’t posted at all in that time. Even more interesting, judging from the titles (ain’t no way I’m clicking on any of them), they’re all exceedingly unsafe for work (EUFW, to the uninitiated). They’re all gone. Love that "select/delete" feature on Typepad!
  2. In my email, from Solosez, this gem from James Tyre: "On Wednesday, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. That won’t ever happen again."

In the immortal words of Keanu Reeves: Whoa.

Light Posting

March 23, 2006

I’ll be on vacation for the next week, so posting will be light to nonexistent until the 3rd of April. Wish me luck as I undertake the yearly ritual of cleaning what needs to be deeply cleaned, and painting what needs to be painted!

Out of curiousity, I clicked the "random article" option at Wikipedia, My Favorite Website, and this is what popped up.

That’s just …

I mean …

Wow. Is Wikipedia divinely connected? Or connected to Google? Is there a difference?

New Destinations

December 6, 2005

In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, TAL’s doing a bit of decorating ’round here. I’m seeing just how far I can push this "my blog is an airport terminal" idea (a corollary to this concept) by adopting further tags for my various lists based on the lingo. So, "Other Legal Blogs" (boooo-ring) is now "Destinations." Zip! Zing! Pow! Catchy, no?

And I’ve added four most worthy new destinations to that list:

Update: Oh for PETE’S SAKE, I KNOW I am not senile (ed. note – yet], but I could have sworn I already had the uber-fabulous Monica Bay and her fabulously named blog "The Common Scold" on the Destination display. Alas, I did not. I have rectified that egregious error, and I thank the incredibly talented Ms. Bay for her plug of this blog –  I am SUCH a fan-girl, and thus humbled by the compliment.