Tuesday, June 29


Ok. Current law students, what’s your take/advice on laptops?

I realize it’s ultimately up to me and my personal preferences. But, I’m interested in learning from the experience(s) of seasoned veterans. In what way is it most useful? And conversely, in what way is it least useful? Did you really take notes on it during class, or did you play games and IM? Is it really easier to type the final rather than handwrite it? Is it easier to brief cases and recall the documents on a laptop rather than a legal pad? Which feature has been most useful to you? Battery life? Memory? Weight? Screen Size? Do you regret the make and model you bought? If so, why?

See, this (laptop for/at school) is new to me. When I was in undergrad it was a big deal to have a desktop.

Any and all advice/comments/bribes are welcome.


Le Tour 

The Tour de France (a.k.a. the Tour de Lance-- in Austin anyhow) begins this Saturday and Lance Armstrong is riding for his 6th consecutive win.

Lance was on the cover of Sports Illustrated last week and was the subject of a decent article. When he won his first tour in 1999, I was a year removed from my own chemotherapy treatments. He’s an inspiration to the Coob household as well as lots of other survivors.

I’m wearing my yellow LIVE STRONG wristband and rooting for him to make history- again.

I think that if, after battling cancer, he can survive and win the Tour, then I can do this law school thing.


Man's best friend 

Yellow Peril has a touching post about her dog, Eddie.

I remember losing our family dog when I was about 5 or 6. It was tough. I took it hard. We never had another dog after Brownie. I don’t know why. For some reason having a family pet just wasn’t high on the list of priorities for my folks as I grew older.

It took over 20 years for me to get another dog. One month after Mrs. Coob and I moved into our house, we got a dog. We had wanted one for a couple of years, so as soon as we got a house (with a backyard), we went down to Town Lake Animal Shelter and adopted our family dog, Havana, who now rules the house with an iron paw.

Anyhow, if you’re in Austin and are looking to take in a dog, check out Blue Dog Rescue. They're good people. They usually have lots of great dogs.htm.


Monday, June 28

CWS- final entry 

First, Cal State Fullerton deserves mucho credit for playing great baseball and winning the national championship. Congrats to the Titans. Who would've thunk that a team that started 15-16 would ultimately win it all? That's what's great about collegiate sports.

As for the Horns, it was a damn good run. By most accounts, it was a successful season. My only gripe at this point is the lack of class the Texas team displayed when it failed to return to the field to collect its 2nd place trophies. It reeks of sour grapes, and it reflects poorly on the University and the team.


Friday, June 25


Well, the Longhorn baseball team has reached the finals of the College World Series. In the best 2 of 3 games series, they'll square off against the Titans of Cal State Fullerton, who ousted South Carolina Thursday night.

The story you’ll hear and read about all weekend long: current Texas coach Augie Garrido used to coach at Cal St. Fullerton. In fact, 3 of his championships came about when he was the coach at Cal St. Fullerton. And of course, he was the coach at Cal St. Fullerton when he was hired away by Texas.

Texas and Cal St. Fullerton have already play this season. They played a two game series in Austin back in early March. The Longhorns won both games, 6-2 and 3-1. But that was so long ago...almost a whole season ago.

Folks, this is going to be a great series. We’re going to see two really good ball clubs and some great baseball. I, for one, can't wait.



So the weekly happy hour of future law school classmates was dealt a blow last night.

The plan was to meet at Manuel’s for some tasty adult beverages before walking across the parking lot to partake in a free screening of Napoleon Dynamite. And as we all know...the best laid plans of mice and men...blah, blah, blah.

Since this screening was the last of 3 free showings, word had spread about what a funny movie this is. In short, demand was high. We arrived and secured our place in line at 6:30ish (7:30 start time), and within 5 mins we were told the theater was already full...that some people had started lining up at 3pm. We didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell.

So we hightailed it to my casa and drank cold beer, played Pac Man, and even pitched a few horseshoes (yes, I have a horseshoe court in my backyard...it’s the only sport I can play in my backyard while drinking beer).

Anyhow, it turned into a fun night.

Moral of the story: When life gives you lemons...blah, blah, blah


Monday, June 21

Lawyers, Guns, and Money: A True Underdog Story 

Saw Dodgeball yesterday afternoon. It was basically what I expected: nothing serious and lots of laughs. I need to see it again to catch some one-liners I missed while laughing. I think my favorite scene was when Lance Armstrong gave Vince Vaughn’s character a pep talk. Classic.

This will probably be a purchase when it’s released on dvd.

Speaking of movies, I was talking with a co-worker earlier this morning and she mentioned she had seen the new Harry Potter movie over the weekend. I asked her what she thought about it (Editor’s Note: I liked it). She replied that she was disappointed in some parts. When asked why, she replied that, for example, she didn’t like the way Lupin looked once he transformed into a werewolf.

Me: Huh? What do you mean? What’s a werewolf supposed to look like then?
Her: Furry. Like Michael J. Fox in Teen Wolf.


Friday, June 18

Summer readin' had me a blast - summer readin', happened so fast 

Natalaw is a soon to be 1L at Kentucky, and she has a summer reading list that makes me feel like a slacker.

I've only read about 6 of the books on her list, but I'm ok with that.

I think I'm done with "legal reading" until school starts. No more prep books. Just light, fluffy stuff.

My summer reading, so far...subject to change:
Poland by J. Michener
Big Russ and Me by Tim Russert
*Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by some lady overseas
*A Pirate Looks at Fifty by J. Buffett

When Character Was King by Peggy Noonan
Sports Illustrated (week of June 21, 2004)

TO DO (not in order):
My Life by W.J. Clinton
From the Listening Hills by L. L'Amour
Iberia by J. Michener
Truman by D. McCullough

Kinda sad, huh? Any suggestions?

* re-read is more like it. Before I went and saw the HP movie, I wanted to refresh my memory. And as for the Buffett book...that's a book I can pick up and flip to a page, start reading and get lost.


Back in Omaha 

The Horns kick off their 31st trip to Omaha tonight at 6pm CDT against Arkansas, and a group of future classmates and I are meeting at Fox & Hound to watch the game. Should be lots of fun. If you're in Austin, swing by...we'll be on the 2nd floor. And if you're not in Austin, but would like to follow the action, then click here.

The Texas Longhorns have played in Omaha more years (31) than I've been alive (29). Amazing. If only Mack Brown could absorb some of that winning ju-ju from Augie.


Wednesday, June 16

Coolest thing I've seen in a while... 

Ok, so we're all Simpsons fans, right?

If so, check this out. A map of Springfield.


Tuesday, June 15

Ok, so I’m back. But, really...who cares? 

I took a short break from blogging, but now I’m back. Why? Good question.

Anyhoo, here’s a quick recap of what’s happened since we last met (in no particular order):
- The 2004 Texas Eggfest came and went
- The Cubs fell out of first place
- Mrs. Coob ran in the Suzuki Rock-n-Roll Marathon in San Diego, Ca.
- The Horns advanced to the College World Series for a record 31st time
- Pres. Reagan passed away

I hadn’t checked my blog in a while, but when I did yesterday I realized I’d had a couple of visitors. Thanks, y’all, for stopping by.


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