I am not here to build your self esteem. I am not the torch to illuminate your ignorance. Most importantly, I'm not here to make friends or influence people. If you do not know me, I direct you to my first entry as a means of introducing who I am and where I'm coming from.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Weekend Update

Morning all. Had a great weekend. Hung out with the usual suspects at Cdizz and my co-sponsored BBQ. We did have one interesting guest....which leads me to today's topic. Women and the men they want to "fix".
All women have been victim's of their "fix it" mentality at one point or another. It's usually when we are young and inexperienced. You know, the age when we still innocently believe that everyone has abilities and gifts and if we can just find them and bring them out, anyone can be a successful human being. Well this weekend I realized, in a sad turn of events, I've outgrown this wishful mentality. I now realize some people are just trainwrecks at life. It might be one too many Ayn Rand readings, but individuals are who they want to be and no wishing for them to be otherwise can make that happen.
So I've made friends with one of these life trainwrecks. I'll call him BED. This is in reference to a rather ridiculous tattoo he has. Ladies we know the type; very attractive and has that "bad boy" thing going for him. Anyway, in the hilarity that ensued this weekend, I learned wayyy too much about this fellow. He proved to be entirely predictable in a realistic way. In the past I probably would have been totally sucked in by his "charm" (and by charm I mean good looks only). However, I found myself viewing him as a sort of ...lost puppy or more like an animal at the zoo you go and observe. He managed to tell me his sad (and rather uneventful) life story complete with his various addictions (alcohol, gambling, sex) and his latest attempts at "not being a scumbag" (his direct quote). I almost felt condescending in the very way I looked at him while he overshared this ridiculousness. Satan's theory is that he was attempting to appeal to my "fix it" side. As Satan so cleverly described it...I bombed that idea for him.
Anyway, I guess my realization is that I've learned and fully accepted society will have its winners and losers. It makes things a lot easier, and now I can just appreciate the view without having to deal with a daily trainwreck.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thatcherism at its finest

"The root of the matter is this: we have been ruled by men who live by illusions: the illusion that you can spend money you haven't earned without eventually going bankrupt or falling into the hands of your creditors; the illusion that real jobs can be conjured into existence by Government decree, like rabbits out of a hat; the illusion that there is some other way of creating wealth than hard work and satisfying your customers; the illusion that you can have freedom and enterprise without believing in free enterprise; the illusion that you can have an effective foreign policy without a strong defense force; and a peacful and orderly society without absolute respect for the law."

- Margaret Thatcher

A winter of discontent in Britain brought this great lady to the world. Will our discontent in America save us?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

How much is a few hundred bucks worth to you?

Dear Former Employer,

Let me first thank you for the experience and lessons I have gathered while working for you over the last few years. Let me provide a specific list of the lessons I so cherish.

1) Lawyers should only strive to serve those who are wealthy. As you always reinforced, those who are without a summer house do not deserve the same level of representation even if their dollars are still good. Never mind your individual integrity and self worth of doing the best job you can for any client.

2) I also want to thank you for teaching me that Christianity is all about tolerance and commitment to doing the best job you can everyday. This includes, the mentality of as long as you can get yours it's okay to cheat anyone and everyone around you. Especially if they can "afford it" what is the sense of doing what is right when you might be able to score some extra goodwill or a couple bucks from bad behavior?

3) It is important to get other people to do as much work for you as possible while striving to do none for yourself.

While these have all been excellent lessons, what I most want to thank you for is living up to your standards of professionalism and courtesy by refusing to pay me for all the hours I worked my last two weeks. Additionally, it was an excellent real-life teaching moment when you relied on one of your employees to fill me in on why you thought you were entitled to do this while you ran tail between your legs from the office.

As the above lessons suggest, you probably assumed it was okay to cheat me out of a few hundred dollars because 1) I have a financial backer, and 2) you were angry about a filing issue. I'm not sure what you thought since you relied on a third party to awkwardly report your feelings to me.

While I will not be contacting the California Bar Association or the California Labor Department to report you regarding this illegal activity, I would like to say thank you so much for ending a business relationship in the most respectful and desirous manner possible. I cannot wait to start my own business someday and use your behavior as a model of how to obtain repeat business and also keep potential future business relationships happy.

I would wish you well in the future. But my guess is you do not need it since you have managed to earn no only my respect and appreciation but anyone I meet in the future regarding attorney referrals will hear about my wonderful experience.

As you would say, God Bless.