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Going back to Law School

I recently went back to Iowa for my friend’s daughter’s wedding.  I hadn’t been back since I graduated law school almost 11 years ago.  I also haven’t used my law degree for about 11 years.

I was an average student.   I was looking for an average, medium-powered job and people get referrals based on how good a lawyer currently is; not on their rank in law school.  (I get excellent referrals, by the way.  They just have nothing to do with law.)

This pictures proves I graduated from here

This pictures proves I graduated from here

I walked in and almost felt a whoosh carrying me back to the past.   I should have 20 lbs of books on my back and a constant prayer on my lips I wouldn’t be called on that day.  But then I noticed a couple things:

1. The entrance has furniture now.  There are actual chairs to sit on.  We had chairs on the first and fourth floors but not on the main floor, where you spend a lot of your time.  The ground was good enough for us, thank you.

2.  There were TV screens in the building for announcements.  It also displayed the weather.  11 years ago, we had to walk up to a board and read a piece of paper for our announcements.  We had to look out a window to find out the weather.  We had to earn our info.

3. The biggest change: the cafe serves Starbucks coffee and real food.  I don’t drink coffee, but even I know this is a step up from the big black bags they used with “Regular” and “Decaf” stamped in white.  And you didn’t stop here for lunch.  You bought water, a Diet Coke and, on bad days, a giant Snickers.  I think they had instant oatmeal you made yourself.

We only had a water spicket coming out of the wall

We only had a water spicket coming out of the wall

I worry about the future of the law.  Because it looks like law students are getting soft.

Rise and Shout, and Fight, Fight, Fight for Iowa

I don’t support my alma maters’ football teams. I feel bad about this. But it takes so much effort. I have to find out when they play. And then, because we don’t have cable or satellite right now, I have to find a place to watch them play. And then, if that weren’t enough, I have to care if they win.

And I have two alma maters and I don’t want to show favoritism to one of them so I’d have to watch two games a week. I’m building a house right now and I just can’t make the commitment.

Not that my teams aren’t fun to watch.

University of Iowa wins with some consistency and Iowa fans are amazing. If you are at the University of Iowa on a game day, you don’t have to go to the game to have a blast. The tailgating there is an Olympic event. Truly amazing.

BYU is fairly consistent too, I guess. They consistently lose when it’s a high pressure/stakes game. But they’ve gotten better since they picked a better blue for the team color. When I attended BYU, it was this weird sky blue color no one looked good in. I’m one of those people who believe a team wins more games when they don’t want to hurry into the locker room to take powder blue skin-tight pants off. And when they are winning, no one is more exciting to watch.

But I don’t know any of the players and I no longer wish to date any. I’m not saying this was my motivation for attending games or following the teams while attending these institutions of higher learner, but it didn’t hurt, either.

I think if I still lived in Provo, I’d go to the games. Unless I was committed to an asylum for still living in Provo.

I could live in Iowa City and attend the games. I think I’d only need outpatient counseling for my law school flashbacks. (“But you called on my already this week, Mr. Carrasco. I don’t know what the issue is. I don’t know who the parties are. I don’t know. I just don’t know. (cry here.))

All of this is just too hard. I think I’ll keep pretending I care about Montana college teams, instead. Quick – is University of MT the Bobcats or is that Montana State?