Wednesday, March 28, 2012. 5:45pm: Here I was at the library looking up some laws. I believe they were civil forfeiture laws. The study was in preparation for a talk that I would give for PhillyNORML on the following April 3rd.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012. 7:26pm: Riding high off of the previous days CLE event, I delivered a talk on Civil Rights for the Philadelphia Chapter of NORML, PhillyNORML. The talk was about police obligations under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments in stop and arrest situations, and also a little bit about Civil Forfeiture, of which many people are regrettable unaware. My studies of March 28th were in preparation for this talk.
Earlier that Day: Signs of the season. This was probably the first flower to blossom in front of our house.
Monday, April 2, 2012. 6:34pm: I returned to Rutgers-Camden, my law school alma mater for an award ceremony cum CLE opportunity. Professor Clark received an award. I don’t recall right now what the award was for, but I know that Professor Clark had taught at Rutgers for decades, was beloved by my classmates, and is likely beloved by his current students. My classmates would go running with him. Yes, that’s right. Running.
I never had him as a teacher, but I did have Professor Beth Stephens for Civil Procedure, a tough class for the first-year students. She taught the class very well. She is sort of an inspiration to me because I believe she said that she did not come from a family of lawyers, but she work really hard to establish a presence in the legal industry and has done amazing things like sue foreign heads of state for crimes against humanity. She spoke at this event about corporate personhood. For a $20 admission, I received 1 CLE credit. I need 24 to keep my license active.
The room in which this event took place was the room in which I had my very first law school class, Torts, with Professor Earl Maltz. I would have him again for a Constitutional Arguments class, in which he taught us well how to deliver a brief and an argument on appeal. He was one of my favorites on account of his sense of humor and his limitless pop culture references. The portraits were there when I was a student, and seeing them reminded me of how much I loved studying law.
I took a picture of that graduating class on the wall. That was not my class, but I remember standing before that picture during either my second or third year, and Professor Bob Williams, another favorite of mine, said: "It [your graduation] will be here before you know it." It sure was, and is now a fading memory. I’ve been out of law school as long as I have been in it, and I have yet to break into the field.
Time to get moving….
Sunday, April 1, 2012. 2:39pm: This was the first good grass-cutting day of the season. I’m not quite sure how long we had this broom out, but it couldn’t have been all that long. I found it intertwined with blossoming fauna. Bring on the Spring!
Saturday, March 31, 2012. 6:11pm: After work, I went by my lonesome to the “Nullify Now!" conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1800 Market St., Philadelphia. This was a sort of Ron-Paulish, libertarian type event. I did not buy a ticket ahead of time, as I recall, but I got there so late that I believe they stopped checking tickets. I did get to chat with a few like-minded fellows, but the highlight of the evening was meeting my personal hero, Tom Woods, and having him sign a copy of his book Rollback for me.
Now see, by virtue of internet podcasting, Tom Woods has been a veritable mentor to me since about 2005, but of course he doesn’t know me from Adam. There’s something a little sad about meeting your mentor in person and not seeing the spark of recognition in his eyes. I’m a quiet person by nature, so I did not make chat with him, nor did I flatter myself by having him pose for pictures. I just told him that I really appreciate his work, having been a long-time listener of his podcasts, and that I would really like to have a signed copy of his book. He did this for me, I lingered around and listened as he made chat with others, and that was the day I met my hero, March 31, 2012.
Afterwards, Mr. Woods delivered the keynote address of the event, in which he advocated a return to the state practice of nullifying unconstitutional federal laws in the tradition of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. I’m on board with that. The speech is available on YouTube, so I can re-live the magic and excitement.
Writing about a year and a half after this event has passed, I am now pleased to tune into the all-new Tom Woods Show for my daily dose of inspiration. The podcast that was in its nascent planning phase at the time of this speech.
Thursday, March 29, 2012. 2:47am: I watched a video on how to replace the broken screen on my camera. The speech was in German, but the video did all the talking. After watching, I opened my own camera. I found it not to be as easy to pull apart as the one in the video. I had to use a little screwdriver to pry it open, which left various scratch marks on the case, which was a small price to pay if I could actually repair the camera.
Having successfully opened the camera, I set about buying a replacement screen on eBay. The cost came to about $17 if I recall correctly.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012. 11:58pm: I called my old trust old Nikon Coolpix from reserve to take the photo for the next couple weeks. The photos from this camera have always been a little hazy.
This is a shot of my computer as I filled out a request for outside employment form for the library so that I may pursue my own photo restoration business. Turns out that I didn’t need to, both because other employment opportunities at the library led me to table my photo restoration plans and also because as a Free Library Foundation employee, and not a Philadelphai city employee, this form did not apply to me.
Earlier that Day: Still testing my disabled Samsung camera. Here is a picture of a blank wall or ceiling or something of the like. Probably a cieling. Wonder of wonders, do you see what is missing? The fall from the ledge has knocked the annoying speck away from the lens!
Monday, March 26, 2012, 7:49pm: Logan Circle, Philadelphia. This was the last photo I took before my camera’s touchscreen cracked and bled. In the absence of a tripod, I had set the camera up on the narrow ledge of a lamppost. I short breeze later, splat! I took the photo of the fountain in the camera’s damaged state, to test the operability of the camera’s other functions.
Earlier that Day: I went to the Reprographics Department of the Free library to inquire as to why they routinely published my handouts incorrectly. As I recall, this did not solve the problem.
Sunday, March 25, 2012. 12:02pm: A trip to the Eastern State Penitentiary, followed by a sunny spring walk with Jeannette. The place is quote photogenic. I took a great many photos today, and it was tough to choose only ten.