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Wide White: June 2008

Thursday, June 19, 2008

If you have too much time on your hands

You can do what someone in my customer's office did.

Apparently they even tin foiled toothpicks and a straw that were on her desk.

They got back at the guy who did it by saran-wrapping his desk, though I have yet to see pictures of that.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Glad I didn't go to law school

There are a lot more reasons than this that I'm glad I didn't go, but this article only helps my case against going.
The United States last week became the world's first nation of 200 accredited law schools, as the American Bar Association gave provisional approval to two North Carolina institutions.
It's the numbers at the top that get all the attention: At the largest law firms, median starting salaries were $145,000 last fall, according to NALP, an organization that tracks law placement.

But many students don't realize at first that the high-paying law firms recruit almost exclusively at institutions ranked in the top 15 or so. Overall, the median salary for new lawyers is $62,000. For public interest law jobs, new lawyers can expect about $40,000.

Meanwhile, the average amount students borrow to attend a private law school surged 25 percent between 2002 and 2007 to $87,906, ABA figures show. For public law schools, borrowing averages $57,170.
I'm not complaining about those average salaries, but with where I'm at with no law degree in relation to that, I'm more than happy that I didn't go to law school from a financial perspective, never mind the myriad other reasons that were even more important than finances.

(For those who don't know, I took the LSAT and visited two law schools - Baylor and Texas Tech - and was on my way towards getting through the applications before being sidetracked with a job offer that I decided to take. I haven't looked back from that decision since and though I'm in an entirely new industry now - and enjoy it 100x more - I love where I'm at and what I'm doing and have absolutely no regrets about not going to law school.)

Monday, June 16, 2008

The gang is coming back

The Tar Heels are back and looking better than ever.
Tar Heels players will return to school

All three of North Carolina's basketball players who filed for early entry into the NBA Draft have decided to return to school for at least one more season next year.

UNC officials announced at 4:42 p.m. that Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green have withdrawn from the draft. The deadline was 5 p.m. to withdraw and maintain college eligibility.

Lawson, a point guard, said last Saturday that he was 50-50 in his choice.

"The process of 'testing the waters' has given me valuable information about my draft status and I have decided it would be better to return to school," Lawson said in a prepared statement released by UNC.

"I love school, my teammates and the coaching staff. I look forward to playing next season and trying to win a national championship."

The decisions mean that UNC's starting lineup from this season will return in the forthcoming season. The three players were UNC's No. 2-4 scorers and helped the team go 36-3 and reach the NCAA Final Four semifinals.

Ellington reached his decision after talking over his situation with Coach Roy Williams.

"After going through this process and gaining valuable information then discussing my future with my family as well as Coach Williams, it was an easy decision for me to come back to the University of North Carolina because of my love for the university and my teammates," Ellington said in prepared statement.
The same Final Four starting lineup all back. Can you say "unstoppable"?!?

Oh, and the Tar Heels are 1-0 at the College World Series too. Go Heels!

Friday, June 13, 2008

The death of Tim Russert

Love him or hate him, every political junkie is very, very familiar with the man.
Tim Russert dies after a heart attack, New York Times reports

Tim Russert, NBC News's Washington bureau chief renowned for his tough questioning of politicians, has died, the New York Times reported. He was 58.

Russert died of a heart attack, the New York Times said on its Web site, citing his family.

Russert hosted the Sunday morning talk show "Meet the Press." He was also a best-selling author whose books included a tribute to his father, "Big Russ and Me."

Joining NBC News in 1984, Russert took over as anchor of "Meet the Press" on Dec. 8, 1991, now the most-watched Sunday morning interview program in the U.S. and the most-quoted news program in the world, according to the network's Web site.