Saturday, November 02, 2013

What Blew The Door Off My Shed?

When I came home Saturday, I was greeted by the doors of my shed having been literally blown off!
This was a windy day in Puget Sound country. Many people were inconvenienced by power outages, there are fallen branches everywhere, and it was generally a good day to rediscover that the forces of nature are not to be trifled with.
And yet we do trifle with them. We know that adding greenhouse gasses to our atmosphere is bad for us in the long run; we may not know all the details as to how bad it will be for us, but the science is not really open to rational dispute anymore. While it is impossible to directly attribute any particular storm to global warming, but a trend to more frequent and more violent storms is predicted by the science and the basic reasoning is pretty easy to understand: heat is energy, and when you store more energy in a system, in the absence of some mechanism to stabilize it, the variations in phenomena become more energetic.
Saturday's storm slightly affected my drive into Seattle for a seminar (and it is unfortunate that I had little choice but to add some greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere to accomplish this drive) because utility crews were busy in downtown Seattle. However the more noticeable impact was when I got home; the doors were literally (not figuratively) blown off my shed!
It wasn't as bad a situation as I thought upon first seeming this. The doors are not held on by hinges, but by a split rod that grips one verticle edge of the doors and extends about an inch above and below; these extensions seat into holes in the floor and the wall above the door. It seems likely that the wind caught the door and flung it open fast enough to pop it out of those holes, possibly by slightly raising the roof as well. Repair was easy, I re-seated the door while pressing on the upper wall and the door assembly slid into place.
However I doubt that repair of other damages from violent weather will always be so easy. Let this storm be a reminder!

November 2 Volunteer Attorney Training for Survivors of Human Trafficking (again)

Everyone involved seem to think the CLE was a big success. Since I am not actually training to volunteer, I seriously considered skipping the afternoon and doing chores at home, but I stayed because I was learning interesting things (even if I wouldn't be using them) and also observing interesting people who had ideas I could adapt.
I'm glad I did! at the end, I was momentarily flustered when Kathleen thanked me publicly; in retrospect  I should have done one of those "it was a team effort" things and mentioned the many people and groups who'd worked together on this, but I just smiled and waved. It probably doesn't matter.
I think this is the start of some really good work. We'll have to get together to plan next steps soon.

Friday, November 01, 2013

November 1 Volunteer Attorney Training for Survivors of Human Trafficking CLE

I spent most of Friday November 1 at the "Volunteer Attorney Training for Survivors of Human Trafficking in Washington State" that I had helped organize http://4freecle.blogspot.com/2013/09/november-12-seattle-volunteer-attorney.html
It seems to be a great success and I met a lot of interesting people.
Some goes wrong in every human endeavor, and in this case it was the photocopying. I had agreed to do the copying, and the speakers sent me about 8 files. 7 of them seemed to be normal event handouts, which I got copied at Explorer West at Cyril's suggestion (thanks folks! that's a generous contribution) but the last item was a power point of more than 100 slides. I figured that they really didn't mean for me to copy that, and sent them a quick note asking about that, but it didn't get answered - there was quite a flurry of last-minute emails. Well when the speakers showed up, everything went well until they asked about the PP handouts - apparently it is normal at events of this sort to print the slides 3-up and with an area for taking notes. I asked our SU contact where the nearest copy store was, and she said she'd take care of it. She did  too - the material was available within the hour and the speakers were paying for the copying out of their grant. So it all worked out but I Learned A Lesson!
(I also saw people taking notes on the thing, so the speakers were quite right.)
During the last break in the afternoon, when people were mentally dragging, Kathleen's assistant Maria asked me about the happy hour plans. I checked with the speakers, suggesting that we announce it now so people would hear about it before the end of the program (and a rush for the exits); they thought that was a good idea (they're really smart people) and when I made a basic announcement, everybody perked up! There were 12 or 15 attendees and speakers at the happy hour at Van Trapps, and they were mostly still talking when I left after an hour. The social aspect of the event seemed helpful for building group solidarity, or just having fun. Several went to El Centro's Day of the Dead event but I needed to get home to help with chores.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Commemorating Larry Mac

On Wednesday, October 30. 2013 there was a remembrance for my father-in-law Larry.
Most of the people there I didn't take pictures of, because I see them all the time.
The centerpiece was Larry's 1987 Softail,
on which he and mother-in-law rode more than 100,000 miles
Larry's ashes rested in his stash box
(the cross was laid on top - first time I'd seen him near a religious symbol)


Larry's eldest son Kevin and his girl friend came on these

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Kevin

A special cake among the refreshments

the minister/cobbler, and Larry's brother

Family friend Micky, who gave a good reading from Larry's "bible" - the Harley catalog
Mickey's spirit bell charm now includes an "L" for Larry



Larry's jacket with many memories



Sunday, October 27, 2013

4freeCLE: Free CLE Webcasts & Events! October 27, 2013

4freeCLE: 
Free CLE Webcasts & Events!

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October 27,  2013
In This Issue
Webcasts - October
Webcasts - November
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan, Maryland + Massachusetts
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virgin Islands
Virgina
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
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Webcasts - October

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Webcasts - November



CLE State-by-State

Each of these programs can earn you credit, at no cost, in the state in which it is listed. 
In some cases, the programs require that attorneys attending apply for credit via reciprocity or other rules; check with the credit-granting authority in your state.



Alabama


Alaska


Arizona


Arkansas


California


Colorado


Connecticut
Connecticut does not have a mandatory CLE requirement at this time. Any of the programs may be of interest to Connecticut lawyers, including the free webcasts above.



Delaware


District of Columbia
DC does not have a mandatory CLE requirement at this time. The webcasts and other programs listed above may be of interest to lawyers licensed there.


Florida


Georgia


Hawaii


Idaho


Illinois


Indiana


Iowa


Kansas


Kentucky


Louisiana


Maine


Michigan, Maryland + Massachusetts
Michigan, Maryland & Massachusetts do not have a mandatory CLE requirement at this time. The webcasts and other programs listed above may be of interest to lawyers licensed in there.


Minnesota


Mississippi


Missouri


Montana


Nebraska


Nevada


New Hampshire


New Jersey


New Mexico


New York
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North Carolina


North Dakota


Ohio


Oklahoma


Oregon


Pennsylvania


Rhode Island


South Dakota 
South Dakota does not have a mandatory CLE requirement; the webcasts and other programs listed above may be of interest to lawyers licensed there.


South Carolina


Tennessee


Texas


Utah


Vermont


Virgin Islands


Virginia


Washington


West Virginia


Wisconsin



Wyoming


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