Monday, February 28, 2005

Cowtown Results

Out team finished in 3 hours and 51 minutes. I ran my 9.8 miles at an 8:29 per mile pace. Yep, yep.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Deadbeat Dedman

It's been 10 days since Dedman has posted. That's the equivalent of two months for a normal blogger.

Alas, where has the prolific blogger been?

Tigers Reunite

Recently, I received an email providing some basic information about our 10 year high school reunion. (I say "our" because, yes, my wife and I attended high school together. But we did not start dating until college.)

Happily, the reunion will take place at the same site of our wedding reception. It is also a short 10 minutes from our home, which will be nice.

The only downside is the price. Tickets are $69 per person. Now, maybe I'm oblivious to the cost of reunions, but I know for a fact that the reception site charges about $15 per person for a Mexican buffet (chicken and steak fajitas, rice, beans, guacamole, etc.), non-alcoholic drinks, waitstaff, decorations, clean up, etc. So where's the other $54 going? Well, there's the cost of invitations, the fee for the d.j., the fee for the reunion planner.... The biggest expense, it seems, is the reunion book. Apparently, it will feature then-and-now photos, little stories about everyone's lives, etc. I'm sure it will be nice to have the book, but do my wife and I have to both buy a ticket (and end up paying $148 bucks for a dinner that doesn't even include an open bar)? Can't we buy one ticket, eat one meal, get one book--and the other spouse just shows up, gets no food from the reunion buffet, gets no book, but buys dinner from the restaurant and pays for his or her own drinks?

Okay, this may make me sound cheap. But I know I'll probably end up buying two tickets. It's just that $148 could be used for a much nicer night out.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Mardi Gras, Cowtown, and the Law

My wife and I returned from New Orleans last week after spending four days soaking up the gluttony of Mardi Gras. The crowds were thinner than in previous years, likely due to the earliness of this year's carnival. Although we saw a few friends from law school days, this year seemed different. New Orleans isn't changing (it never will--until a hurricane wipes it off the earth), but maybe we are. We love New Orleans--the food, the trees, Audubon Park, the river, etc. And we had a good time. But I wonder if we'll go again next year. If we do make it back to New Orleans, I doubt we'll go during Mardi Gras.

Next Saturday (February 26), I will be running a relay leg of the Cowtown Marathon. I haven't done much running since the White Rock in mid-December. This ought to be interesting. Tuesday after work I ran from my office to Joe T. Garcia's restaurant and back (probably about 6 miles). I've got to do 9.8 miles for the relay on February 26. It's going to be rough.

Earlier this week, I picked up another term on the Board of Directors for the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association. Unlike before, the election was uncontested. So far, my biggest responsibility as a board member has been securing volunteers to judge a regional mock trial competition for high school students. The competition was last weekend, and I was genuinely impressed with the poise and preparedness of the competitors. Sadly, they were much better than most lawyers I've seen in court (including myself).


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