Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Two pictures of my office building and lobby.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The onslaught of comments from my followers this week, chastizing me for not updating my blog has been, inspiring.

Short post, I promise more later this afternoon.


Now on to character and fitness review. Apparently they don't want complete and total nut-jobs as attorneys (we want them as current presidents and senators). I'll be admitted to the bar in January, sworn in at Albany. Also, learned this week that my parents will be attending with me!

Otherwise, wedding plans are going fantastically. Currently, I can't wait till Thanksgiving reunion in the Berkshires. But most get through 3 days of work first.

More later.

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's been a while since I last wrote. Tizzy and I had a wonderful time in NYC, culminated with a frantic trip to EWR, getting her on the plane with 6 minutes before they shut the door. Thankfully no one was in line for security!

It's certainly fall weather here and I'm sure Central Park is gearing up for Fall Festivals and season change.

Work is going well, it's a bit slower, but not to terrible. I actually only worked about 45 hours last week instead of 50+!

Still getting new pieces of furniture for the apartment and making changes for when Tizzy gets here next!

More later..

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sorry everyone that it's been so long since I've last written. Work has kept me busy. Like 11 hour days. The perks of working late are dinner from a choice of hundreds of restraunts that deliver and if you work late into the evening, you can get a car service home. By car service I mean a driver in a Lincoln Towncar, not a taxi-cab driver by Achmed. 

Otherwise, it's a busy time with deadlines this month, driven by judges who want to move litigation along. Firm is in the midst of lots of projects. But although the hours are late, and i don't see much of my apartment (i'm glad i'm not paying for cable) the team of people is second to none. We all work hard and if a project needs to get done, everyone stays late. 

I did get an ATT tilt phone. It's a neat little toy. 

But most importantly: TIZZY comes tomorrow!

Now back to getting the apartment ready for her..

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Just a quick note:

Work is great. They keep me busy and late, but that's due to a court deadline that's approaching. I'm working on a litigation matter at the moment, and it's fascinating to learn about the case and the preparations. The firm has great people, and even though we're there late, it's a great group of people to work with.

More updates later.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rainy Day Musicians

Not much to report today. Lessons learned: Double check your double check. No really. Errors are like bad chameleons and jump out when you're least expecting them and bite. Hard.

Otherwise Day two at Firm was as exciting as the first. Today I also learned how to incorporate a not for profit and how to work the cappucino machine, yes, in the same hour.

The last picture didn't show off the best view of the city from my window, the M&M guy, so as a one day special, i've put some at the bottom of this post. The shiny lights shined through the rain we got here today. 

 Also, I like the subway musicians... Random people playing music at the subway station at 53rd \51st and Lexington where I transfer from the 6 to the V. It helps soothe the atmosphere when 4 F trains in a row come before the uptown V.

To all who are waiting for business cards, you'll have to wait till I pass the bar and am admitted in NY. Sorry, but that's the way it goes. 

That's all for tonight. Remember, it melts in your mouth, not in your hand!

Monday, September 8, 2008

First Day

Good evening my followers.

Tonight, I am proud to report to you as an official associate at Firm. The image to the left is the view out of my office looking over Times Square and into New Jersey. The office is located between Rockerfeller Center and Times Square.

Pretty nice digs if you ask me.

How did the first day go? Wonderful. I made the right decision in choosing Firm. For a New York City Law Firm, it's an amazing group of people. There are only about 45 people (partners, associates, paralegals and support staff) in the NYC location creating a very professional, but informal working relationship. What's informal? Everyone is on first name basis. Indeed, while other first day associates maybe be reprimanded for other things, I was reprimanded for two reasons: 1) for calling people "Mr. __" or "Ms. __" or "sir" and "Ma'am". It's all first name, named partners on down. Secondly, I was reprimanded for being a Cardinals fan. The later I take solace in the 2006 World Series Championship. (More the NLDS....) Don't get me wrong, Firm is at the top of it's game and does HUGE business with well known clients. Suffice it to say that stock market day trading is no longer an option for me.

What was the first day like? Fun!

"Official" Hours are 9:30-5:30.... if you're not working on an assignment with a deadline. Unfortunately, in my area, deadlines are common. Time is money. Days saved on clearance equals a lot of cash.

I started at 9:30, was shown my office and then did a meet and greet with everyone at the firm. Almost finished filing out employment forms and then went to lunch in Rockerfeller Center. I should be more specific, I ate rink side in Rockerfeller Center. Incidentally, there is a whole underground city under R.C. with lots of shops, restaurants and more!

After a filling meal of seafood, I returned to the office where I finished filling out paperwork and got a crash course on computer programs, document management, e-mail, and yes, billing. Once told that my Palm Treo 750 is authorized, I continued to spend most of the rest of the afternoon finding my way around programs, reading latest developments from DOJ and FTC as well as refreshing myself on legal writing styles.

Later in the afternoon, I put my Corporations knowledge to work and researched the process to incorporate a non-profit, and then quickly drafted the certificate of filing. After hearing more about what the clients wanted, I went home at 6:15.

Got on the wrong subway home, but then resolved to get off and walk a couple blocks home. It was a beautiful day in NYC and I enjoyed the walk.

Tonight, to relax, get things ready for tomorow and do it all over again!

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