When Justine told me that she had applied for a job with a law firm of administrative lawyers I had no idea what those types of lawyers actually did. I’ve heard of family law, patent law, criminal law, civil law, but administrative law? Well, with a little bit of online research (what did I ever do before the Internet?) I learned that what I’ve always considered to be “business lawyers” is, in this day and age, called “administrative lawyers.” I wonder when it became politically correct to use that phrase, and now I am feeling very outdated.
Yaers ago, I was looking for employment and working with an agency in Springfield. The owner of the agency and I became good friends, and she tried hard to convince me to come to work for her at the agency. But I had my heart set on computer graphics and high end administrative work, so I declined.
One morning she called me to ask a favor and work for her as a temporary worker for a week or two. A gentlemen who ran a small insurance office down the hall from her agency needed someone to replace a secretary that had walked out on him. The agency was going to be sending over candidates for him to interview, but he needed someone to run the office until he find a permanent replacement for her.
I was not interested in working as a temporary worker, but since I knew her and she asked for a favor, I agreed.
Ever since I was a kid, I loved listening to the notes of a bass guitar. I could feel the deep notes down in my soul. My older brother used to play a cool ovation bass when he rehearsed with his friends (back in the day when ALL of the kids had their own “band” and rehearsed in their garages and basements. I used to love going downstairs and watch them (and listen to them) rehearse. They thought they were great, but I don’t think that they ever once managed to get a paying “gig” in their entire “career.” Whenever I see a four piece rock band performing on television, I think about my brother’s band and wonder where all of those friends are now, whether any of them are still trying to play music, and I wonder if they are happy. I hope they are.
With this last snow on everyone’s mind, I had the chance to talk with a good friend in Chicago. If anyone knows harsh winter weather, Chicagoans do! That is the only reason I have been reluctant to move there, despite several recent, really lucrative job offers.
Every year Chicago has a festival downtown called “Snow Days Chicago” and part of the festival involves a world class competition for snow sculptures. This is serious business to teams of artists who travel all over to enter these types of competitions. This year’s festival is already over and they have a web site with photos of the winning entries. There are some great sculptures. You should check out their photo gallery if you are interested in seeing some great winter artwork.
This is one from several years ago that I thought was very imaginative, and it kind of goes along with my neighbors theme of bugs.
This sculpture was not one of the winners this year but it’s one that I liked and I think I could actually do something with this if we had enough snow on the ground to work with. Unfortunately, the little bit of snow that we got is already melted and gone, with the brunt of the storm headed for the East Coast today.
Sara was showing me this video about the etude model efl-100 student flute in the hopes that I would chip in and help pay for her buying one for Nicole’s birthday next month. I like to encourage family members to get involved in music, and take music classes, and I’m glad to know that Nicole is interested in learning how to play the flute. The review of this flute is pretty good, and the price is right, so I think I’ll go ahead and chip in to help pay for it.