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Kurt about Law and Life
Wednesday, 14 December 2005
My little Catholic boy.
Mood:  a-ok
Last night my seven-year-old son completed his First Reconciliation. I didn't dare peek while he was in there with Father Don, but when he came out he said to me "I feel a lot better"! I took advantage of the event to go to confession myself. When I was done my son said "What did you tell?" I said "We'll talk about it later". He felt so grown up. I felt younger.

Posted by kthornbladh at 2:43 PM EST
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Tuesday, 13 December 2005
Challenge upon challenge
Mood:  not sure
Judge Rhodes just phoned me and told me he wants me to take over the cases of a lawyer I was trying to help out who had problems with his cases. I feel as though another major challenge looms before me, but I feel as though it may be an opportunity in disguise. I can do this.


Posted by kthornbladh at 4:10 PM EST
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Saturday, 10 December 2005
Saturday at the Office
Mood:  energetic
My wife is working at her job. My son is with his aunt Leslie and his cousins. Saturday at the Office!

I think I missed my 10:00 a.m. appointment. But you never know. I may have missed someone who never showed up. I did a little filing while the computer was warming up. Why don't I see if I can move 3 case files from the desk top to the file cabinet in the next 2 hours?

Decades ago, a lawyer like me would not have to worry about the minutiae which clutters my life. Men were the heads of their families, and didn't have to arrange the day care.

But we men lost it. My wife won't follow my advice even when it is sensible, because to do so would damage her independence of me, the father of her child, who works hard to bring home money. I won't go there now.

I think men lost it at some point during my life-time. I suspect in the 1960's, when young men lost all sexual self-control and made it a virue of avoiding military service, and anything else which was dangerous, manly, and harked of self-sacrifice.

The result is the "mook", the modern young teen age young man in baggy clothes, who overeats, does drugs, stands for nothing, and is profoundly unhappy. The modern young teen age woman is a "middrift", who has to diet, is encouraged into the professions and social leadership, and stays very busy to avoid facing how unhappy she is.

What if they spent billions of dollars marketing mass culture, and everybody ignored it?

Someday, when global warming brings about the Ice Age once again, a few survivors will crawl out on the ice, and start looking for food. Those people will learn to discipline themselves. People will take advantage of sexual differences, rather than denying them. Abstinence at appropriate times will be the responsibility of both sexes.

A few years from now, when the sun glitters on the glacier, a hungry young man and a hungry young woman will stare to the skies. He will gently insist on being the boss but he will feed her and the child while he goes hungry. They will marvel at the sun, and they will believe in God.

Posted by kthornbladh at 11:15 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 10 December 2005 11:18 AM EST
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Friday, 9 December 2005
Another day, a little bit more done.
Mood:  don't ask
After I complained about having too much to do yesterday, I took a hammer and picture hangers and I hung all professional certificates on the wall of the office. This created some more room on the floor, and gives me the aura of a disorganized genius.

I have the feeling I am making some progress, at a snail's pace. My son wants to go see the Narnia movie. He had a snow day from school today. I had to go to court, and had to be in three different places around the same time.

I will now go and visit a home-bound client (6:00 p.m.) Also I did a little cleaning of the office today.

I love these blogs. They are much better than a journal, because people in my house keep reading my journal. My seven-year-old reads my journal. Now with a blog, the chances are much, much better no one else will ever read it.

Kurt

Posted by kthornbladh at 6:25 PM EST
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Thursday, 8 December 2005
Doing Legal Work
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Notes
This morning I went to the bank. I discussed my account with the bankers, and some of the programs I can take advantage of. I made copies at Kinko's because its cheaper than the charge at the office. I came to the office, checked my voice mail and my e-mail. I opened my mail.

I had about ten projects set out in my mind to do when I came to the office.

As a result of my mail, e-mail, and voice mail, about ten more projects added themselves. I have from now to about 1:30 to do the twenty projects. It is now 11:30 a.m. I have to be in court at about 2:00 p.m.

I would like to take two weeks supply of food, attach the whole office to a time machine. I would go back to another time when there is reliable electricity [1920?] I would spend two weeks cleaning up this mess. Nobody could call me or reach me because because I'd be in a different part of the space/time continuum. And I'd come back one minute from now. That's about what it would take.

Wish me luck.

Kurt

Posted by kthornbladh at 11:30 AM EST
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Wednesday, 7 December 2005
The New Hope
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Kurt
Topic: First Blog
Today is Wednesday, December 7, 2005. I join the ranks of the bloggers. I am a father, husband, Roman Catholic Democrat, and bankruptcy attorney. I am still in the backwash of the Bankruptcy uprising which occurred between Labor Day and October 16th, 2005. I filed 73 cases during this period. My usual is about 8/10 a month. Its a challenge, but I feel as though I've been part of a big battle, an uprising by people who had no other way of rebelling. The current conservative leaders of the Congress must be spinning in their mental graves!

Posted by kthornbladh at 2:36 PM EST
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