Thursday, April 29

So long, Chief Justice Phillips 

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips has announced he will resign his seat on the bench and instead teach at the South Texas College of Law. Chief Justice Phillips is a good man who will be missed by many.

You can read about it here.


Cubbies & Horns 

Well, the Cubs have a day off today. They only took one game from the Diamondbacks, but they're 1.5 games ahead of the Astros and 3 games ahead of the Cards, both of whom I think are/will be the Cubs' toughest competition in the Central. The Cubs are heading into a four game series with the Cards this weekend. I know it's still early in the season, but I think this series will give us some great baseball...and a better idea of how this club will fare this season.

On a related note, it looks as though Prior is ready to come back. Let us hope he stays healthy.

And the #1 nationally ranked 'Horns (41-6) are in Missouri this weekend looking to protect their top spot in the conference. Only three series left in Big 12 play (Mizzou, Kansas, and Texas A&M).

Good luck to both teams this weekend.


Tuesday, April 27

Pass this one 

HCR 8 was filed last week in the Texas House of Representatives by state Representative Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), with whom I went to high school.

It's a simple resolution that, if passed, will designate September of this year as Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month. Can't get much clearer than that. It doesn't burden anyone...doesn't tax anyone...doesn't restrict anyone's freedoms...doesn't gobble up any funds.

As a survivor of Lymphoma, I'd like to see this one passed.

This resolution has just been referred to the House Rules and Resolutions Committee. Please feel free to contact the members of the committee and urge them to pass it out of committee.



Monday, April 26

Been a long time since I've rock and rolled 

It was pointed out to me that it's been a while since I've posted anything...so here I am.

The Lege is back in town diligently working on finding a way to fund our schools...

The City of Austin and Travis County will soon vote on whether or not to create a Hospital District. I have mixed thoughts on this issue. I was at a Rotary lunch last week and the speakers were the leaders for each side- the supporters of the district and the opposition to the district. I have lots of thoughts on this, but won't post 'em now. I'll do so later.

My fellow 'owners' in my fantasy football league are a bunch of...uh, um, great guys. However, most of the time we're unable to get our act together. Once upon a time, it was a simple league. Today we have rules and bylaws and stuff...but they're not enforced, which results in at least one "gate" each season. StissGate, RosterGate, PatrickGate, RandyGate, CobraGate...we've had some hostile flare-ups. I think our current crisis will be resolved soon. Yes, it's late April and the season doesn't begin for another few months, but that doesn't mean we can't have some fun now...does it?

I haven't freaked out about law school lately. I finally got my financial aid notification email. No surprises- no scholarships and lots of loans. Small price to pay for an investment such as this. I haven't read any other 'prep' books and probably won't. I feel good about where I am and I'll stick to enjoying what time I have now.

Our local group of future law students had another happy hour last week. Well, at least two of us showed up...if only we'd done so at the same time.


Tuesday, April 20

The Rodeo's Back in Town 

The 4th Called Special Session of the 78th Texas Legislature begins today. The House and Senate both convene at 10 am. Let's see how they decide to solve the school finance issue. Gentlemen and Gentleladies, you have 30 days. Good luck.


Monday, April 19

Coob. Mr. James Coob. Er, my first name's not really James 

So, thanks to Jarren and the Help section of HaloScan I now have links (look for more in the near future) and also a 'comments' feature. Use them wisely. And at your own risk.

Until classes begin in August, I'll be focusing on any "prep" work for school, but mainly I'll focus on other things going on, like current events and work.

Before we get too far down this road, I suppose a proper introduction is needed...

For purposes of this blog, I'll be known as Coob. Actually, for purposes away from this blog I can also be known as Coob. Coob is my nickname and has been since high school. My friends will have no problem IDing me. Why a semi-anonymous blog? No real reason. I have nothing to hide, really. But, I like the comfort of knowing I can write, vent, bitch, piss and moan during school (about school) and not worry too much about hurting anyone's feelings.

I'm in my late twenties, way late...almost early thirties. Married, no kids (one spoiled dog). I work for a state agency doing governmental relations (including legislative and policy work). And I've been admitted to the 2007 Class of The University of Texas School of Law. I enjoy rollercoasters, funnel cakes, good books, good drinks, good food, (anyone see a pattern here?) good music, good tv...basically, life in general.

That's me in a nutshell. We'll get to know one another better in the future.



Saturday, April 17

Ok, and we're off.

After reading (and getting hooked to) blogs of current law students, I thought I'd give it the good 'ol college try. I stumbled upon law student blogs when I was trying to find anything and everything on the Net to help me get over my fear of starting law school. Mainly I was looking for tips and advice on how to not get swallowed up and drown in school. You know, the little, practical things that aren't mentioned in all the "how to ace law school" books. Needless to say, I found what I was looking for. There are some great blogs out there...check my links for some of my favorites. What I've learned is that this whole blog 'thing' of law students is a very small, almost incestuous, world...lots of cross links to one another.

And while I'm not a current law student, I will be...someday...soon. Like in August. Until then, I'm a working stiff who's killing time at his job just waiting for school to start.

I hope to chronicle my experiences of law school and anything else that happens in life right here. So, check back every now and then and I'll try and keep you updated and entertained.



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