May 16, 2006

A void?

Not really a void. When I go home tonight, I expect that my quality of life will have improved dramatically. Why? Because by the time I arrive home, SAS will be winging my mother in law back to Norway.

The visit is over and, really, not a moment too soon. She was a big help to my wife but a difficult woman to be around. I am a little overdrawn at the nice bank, having pulled out a lot of my emotional reserves to make sure that I was welcoming, pleasant, accommodating, and making her feel comfortable.

I cannot wait to go home today.

And I go home, as we say in my office, with my shield and not on it. I had a huge victory today, after arguing for 75 minutes, I convinced a judge to award judgment to my client today on default in the face of strong opposition. It was a great day for my client. Of course, it may have screwed up vacation plans for the month of June -- going to Norway -- since the judge has scheduled the inquest for damages for then, but, still, when the judge gives you everything you've been asking for you don't tell her that the date she picked is not convenient. You just can't do that, especially when you've been urging speed. Next move, a motion to hold the defendant in contempt. I would not be shocked to see this play out so that the defendant spends a night or two in jail at the end of the case. A civil case, mind you. I bet he's sorry that he (the defendant) called me an asshole. Nothing like a little motivation, you know?

Posted by Random Penseur at May 16, 2006 03:34 PM | TrackBack

Wow... I wish I could get people put in jail for calling ME an asshole!


And I do mean that on all counts, hooray for surviving the last few weeks!

all the best to you and yours--hope you get to reschedule a nice long vacation soon.

Posted by: Mandalei at May 16, 2006 04:41 PM

Most Excellent!!

On all counts.

; )

Posted by: Christina at May 16, 2006 05:55 PM

congrats, RP! enjoy your new found freedom. i completely understand what that's like!

Posted by: femme_despoir at May 17, 2006 10:43 AM

Hooray for the win and the freedom! It was a lovely day all around, I imagine.

Posted by: Jordana at May 17, 2006 04:43 PM

Hoo hoo hoooo! Is this the brief you were working on that. . .aww nevermind. YOU ROCK!

And welcome back to your home. :)

Posted by: Margi at May 17, 2006 06:53 PM

Go RP! :)

Posted by: zya at May 17, 2006 08:02 PM

So I have to ask, RP, would you have done half so well in this case without that bit of edginess that gave you the right approach to face down the opposition. Would it have happened without the visit from your wife's Mother? Should you maybe invite her whenever the prospects of you winning a case look particularly bleak?

Posted by: Roberta S at May 18, 2006 05:49 PM

I have no idea why, exactly, but this post makes me laugh out loud every time I read it.


Posted by: Jennifer at May 19, 2006 09:25 AM
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