Rainy Day Miscellany

March 21, 2006

A miscellaneous roundup of stuff to keep one entertained on a rainy Tuesday:

Palm For Sale – Cheap

March 15, 2006

Readers may remember my post earlier on the new T|X and my acquisition thereof in the eBay auction. After some consideration, my spouse, my kid, and I collaborated on a true "Schelin Family Production" and we now proudly present: "Broken Palm: An Auction Story."

The catalyst for this tale was my discovery, during my search for information about the T|X last week, that nonfunctional Palms and other brand PDAs are being sold on eBay for good money – for parts, for fixing-up and use or resale, or whatever.  I took a look at one of those auctions and told my husband about it. "Why don’t you sell yours, then?" he said.

"Well, Kayleigh put those stickers on the case… I’d have to clean those off…" I mused.

At the same time, which we often do (kind of freaky but we take it as a sign of validation from the universe of the rightness of our marriage), we said, "No we don’t!" – we both conceived of this approach simultaneously.

We pitched the idea to Kayleigh last night, who was only too happy to participate. She was a little indignant that the pictures I took didn’t show her pretty face, but Mom’s safety-consciousness and Internet-wariness won out.

I highly doubt this will achieve "Virgin Mary on Grilled Cheese" status, but it was fun, and as Chris commented, "Maybe you’ll make someone laugh and that’s always good karma."

Now that THAT’S Over …

January 17, 2006

Interesting facts you may not have known about chicken pox:

  • The vaccine doesn’t mean you won’t get it.
  • It will, however, lessen the severity of the illness: vaccinated patients have less than 50 lesions on average, while nonvaccinated ones get over 300.
  • The vaccinated patient will recover in a week or less (my daughter went back to school in five days).
  • You can tell a chicken pox patient is no longer contagious when the lesions "crust" over and look as if they have scabs.

Nice, huh? However, since the incubation period is two weeks, and she came down with her first symptoms on the 6th of January, my record still holds – all the bad stuff happened last year, and the bright sparkling nothing-but-goodness promise of 2006 holds firm.  Now, hopefully I can get back to some semblance of regular posting! 

10. With a broken Palm screen.

9.   With a broken Palm screen that’s not covered by warranty.

8.   Having misplaced glasses, suspecting that same have been tossed out with Christmas wrapping paper remnants and turkey carcasses from dinner.

7.  With a six-year-old experiencing the joys of projectile vomiting.

6.  Needing to clean up spilled Frosty from Wendy’s on car’s carpeting.

5.  Having brother in hospital with partial GI obstruction.

4.  Unexpectedly running across last year’s "New Year’s Wish List" and realizing that out of the ten things on the list, exactly none of them happened.

3.  Being turned away from favorite nightclub by crime tape and CSI-type techies collecting evidence from the stabbing the night before.

2. Not being able to drink champagne for traditional toast.

And the top way I do not ever want to ring in the New Year ever, ever again, ever:

1. Not being able to drink champagne for traditional toast because I have strep throat.

Happy New Year’s. The above items explain the lack of posts last week. Slightly overwhelming, but note that they all happened in the last year. The sanctity and promise of the new one thus remains untarnished.

I received a very kind email a few days back, from a practicing lawyer who’s interested in switching to airport law. This reader asked some good questions, and after letting the reader know of my intent to do so, I’ve posted excerpts from my response below, in the hopes that someone else out there may find it useful. I also hope other airport attorneys will offer some comment of their own relative to their own experiences in securing a position in airport law:

Dear [Reader]:

Thank you so much for the kind words! I’m glad you find my site useful.

Opportunities in aviation law exist at the federal and local level. Of course, the primary agency involved with airports at the federal level is FAA. Opportunities in the legal department there don’t seem to come about frequently, but would generally be posted at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov. Also: TSA (it’s security/law enforcement/civil rights work plus contractual agreements with airports, but it is focused mostly on aviation – though not exclusively).

If you want to work directly for an airport, like I do, however, you’ll have to focus your search on local airport owners.

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Now, this is a post I can resolve to get behind …

Matt Homann of the Non-Billable Hour is asking for lawyer’s resolutions for the New Year, which got me thinking (ed. note: there I go again) and, things being what they are, I came up with the following list based on Matt’s statement:

Until January 1, I’ll be posting a number of Resolutions.  Basically, it will be a collection of quick ideas and simple suggestions for things we all can do in the next year to become better lawyers and run our businesses better.

Bearing in mind that, I’m sure, this was aimed at private practitioners (but hey, we’re all lawyers, right?), I decided to take the lead on the local government lawyer’s resolutions – Matt and all you private practice types, feel free to adapt these as you see fit, or disregard entirely.  And therefore …

Whereas, I have so decided to take said lead,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by The Airport Lawyer, duly assembled, that:

  1. I will be ever mindful of the "service" in public service. I will strive to remember that most members of the public do not have the same set of facts, skills, and/or access to information that I have, and therefore, I must exercise patience in explaining the background of a matter to an inquiring citizen.
  2. I will not treat calls as interruptions. I will remind myself that not everyone is as enamored of email (or has access to same, or has the necessary highspeed connections, or is chained to their computer the way I am most days) as I am, and that for those people, the telephone remains the best way to get an answer. I may continue to set aside times to return phone calls, but for the most part (barring important deadlines and crunch times) I will answer calls as they come in and attempt to adopt a more cheerful, service-oriented attitude towards such calls.
  3. I will learn to identify and distinguish various aircraft. This, in furtherance of my desire to understand my client’s business. (For you non-airport municipal lawyer types, you might substitute things like "spend a day in the Planning and Zoning department to see what their days are like" [ed. note: I can tell you in two words: IN. SANE.])
  4. I will strive to continue my habits of broadening my knowledge of municipal/county governance and airport management and finance matters, in order to seek the "big picture."
  5. I will strive to leave by 5 PM, most days. Well-balanced lawyers are happy lawyers.
  6. I will endeavor to get more sleep. Well-rested lawyers are happy lawyers.
  7. I will continue to seek opportunities for public speaking, writing, and education, in order to become a better lawyer and promote the profession.

How about you?

… has to go to my beloved husband Chris and our amazing daughter Kayleigh for muddling through without Mom for five days. Actually, I owe them a lot beyond the trip itself – preparing for presentations at a CLE, as I have discovered the past few months, is not the easiest of tasks! It’s relatively simple to go to one of these events – show up, meet folks, sit down, learn, ask questions, roll your eyes at something you don’t agree with, hide your shock when you realize how close you’ve come to messing something else up, you know, the usual – but add to all that, when you’re a speaker, actually putting your presentation together, thinking of how little you actually know, freaking out, recovering, making a research plan, revising the presentation, practicing the presentation, freaking out again, recovering some more …. it’s a task, to say the least.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I loved every minute of it (I’m a research nerd, though – your mileage ay vary). And I’d do it again in a heartbeat. But it did take time away from family, and for that, I need to say again – thank you, guys, for everything you did and put up with to help me get to Tucson!

I’m home for another year, at least.