March 01, 2006

Catching up a bit

So, the birthday party of the Boy Child was grand. He threw himself around all over the place and loved it. Predictably, the cake was his favorite part. I had a good time, too. I put the camera down and spent as much time as I could chasing him and the other kids around the gym. It made for a very enjoyable party and a nice payoff for all the time I've been spending in the fitness center. In other words, I'm totally in shape enough to play and play hard.

I've actually been keeping a log, since Jan. 3, of my workouts so that I can show the doctor at my annual physical, which physical I need to schedule soon. Since Jan. 3, I have traveled some 130 miles and burned around 22,000 calories. Is it any wonder I have had to bring my cummerbund in on my tuxedo? That doesn't include all the weight lifting and pilates and general daily ab work. I will be, if this keeps up, the perfect picture of pumpitude.

D.C. was great. It was an excellent meeting for an informational interview, ending with an offer to not only continue contact but to have me meet with his colleagues if I thought it would be useful. That is really about as good as it gets with an informational interview. And it was mighty useful, filling my head with interesting ideas and thoughts and information about how to effectuate a career change into the financial services / investment management world.

Speaking of which, by the way, the one guy here in NY I was trying to summon up the courage to call next, just called me to invite me out for a drink because he wanted to learn more about the topic of the speech I gave last night. He heard that my speech was fantastic and he wanted to chat about it. Upon his return from foreign climes, we are going to meet up and I am going to share information with him and then ask him for his thoughts and, if willing, his assistance in making some introductions. This guy knows everyone, is terribly senior, and extremely well thought of. Somehow, he likes me and respects me. That he called me? A perfect alignment in the cosmos, somehow.

D.C. was chilly but beautiful. I know I repeat myself, but I like the place. Something to do with the human scale of the height of the buildings and the real youthful vibe it actually has. I got to steal lunch with my cousin and take the train back to NY with my dearest friend from law school, with whom I spent the entire ride chatting, reminiscing, and catching up.

Now? Well, now I am back in appellate briefing hell while, with the other hand, trying to keep a settlement from blowing up. Would you, dear reader, be so stupid as to let a million dollar deal go down the tubes for the sake of $150k? Well, after three days of intense conversations, I have convinced my clients to be flexible and bid that money goodbye in exchange for receiving the bright shinny other money. Some people, I tell you, can't keep their eyes on the ball.

Anyway, I hope you all our well and happy.

If I know you, and you know what I mean, and you are curious to see a picture from the Boy Child's birthday party, and promise to gush appropriately, drop me a note.

Posted by Random Penseur at March 1, 2006 05:19 PM | TrackBack

DC has a youthful vibe? Really?

Living here, I never really notice a vibe at's home, so it just is. But I remember the first time I was in Chicago, and being in the Loop during lunch hour, and sensing something different that I couldn't put my finger on. After a while I was in line at a bank and I realized it had something to do with the fact that the men were wearing suits that had actual color, not just grey and navy blue.

Posted by: nic at March 1, 2006 08:28 PM

Nice to hear from you again, RP! Glad you got some R&R and potential leads in DC. Good luck with the brief and the clients. Don't clients just get in the way of work some times?

Posted by: grammarqueen at March 2, 2006 11:59 AM

You know how much I miss your chattering? You really should hang out here more often, RP. It suits you.

Everytime I drive into DC, my stomach flutters and my adrenaline rushes. I was born there, in the city. It's in my blood, I think.

That, or it's just a power overdose. :-)

Happiest of happinesses to your little one.

Posted by: Jennifer at March 2, 2006 01:59 PM

Will keep the fingers crossed and say some prayers about the interviews.

I've always enjoyed my visits to DC, it's the traffic getting to and from that drives me batty.

The party sounds splendid.

One question. Why didn't anybody warn me that parenting was an Aerobic activity? Guess it's time to dust of the Gym card.

Posted by: phin at March 3, 2006 12:22 PM

:gush, gush, gush:

Is he as cute as his big sister? Congrats on being in shape! How old did he turn now?

Posted by: Hannah at March 3, 2006 02:52 PM
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