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Bar Exam / CA Bar Prep Recommendations?
« on: October 01, 2006, 05:31:20 AM »
OK...I'm getting ready to plunk down the money for a bar prep course.

I'm an evening student who works full time during the day.  I'm finishing my last semester right now.  Taking the Feb 2007 CA bar exam.  For bar prep, I'm looking primarily at options that are well established, and have CDs available for home-study of at least the substantive material (I work/live about 1 hour north of LA, and want the CDs to use on my long drives to school).  So far I've narrowed it down to the following:

1.  Barbri (w/CDs)
2.  Barpassers (w/CDs)
3.  Professor Schmidt (LECC) -- local program with pretty good rep.  He'll let me use the CDs or the live lecture, not both.

I'm leaning toward Barpassers right now, because the materials seem comparable to Barbri, with flowcharts added in to boot.  Anybody have experience with these, or informed opinions about them?

Thanks.

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General Board / Question about purchase of new home
« on: August 14, 2005, 01:53:40 AM »
I've been looking at a new development in Camarillo, CA. I just got the call on Friday telling me the next phase has been released, and I have to come in and sign the purchase agreement for my selected place on Sunday (8/14/05).  I asked to review the purchase agreement and CCRs over a month ago, and again on Friday after I got the call to come in and sign, but they keep telling me it's their "policy" not to give out the purchase agreement, even for review, until the time of my signing appointment.  They then state that I "shouldn't worry," because I have 3 days to rescind after the date of signing.

After taking a year of contracts, it seems bizarre to me that they would have such a policy. Their policy blatantly deprives me of any opportunity to have an attorney review this document or recommend changes prior to my signing it.  In fact, it doesn't even give me a reasonable amount of time to sit down by myself, read through it, and evaluate all of the provisions prior to having to either sign it or lose the place to someone else walking in an hour later.  Further, it presumes that three days is enough time to find a good attorney, set up an appointment, have him/her thoroughly review the agreement, consult with me in person, and allow me reasonable time to consider all the facts and make an informed decision as to whether I should rescind.  Without going into a bunch of enforceability defense theory, their policy seems to unnecessarily compromise their ability to enforce their own agreement against me. 

This is the second builder (out of two) I've met who has such a policy.  Anybody know if this type of policy is commonplace (i.e. "industry custom")?  Or are these developers not really serious about enforcing these kinds of agreements against a disputing purchaser?  Maybe they just assume most people aren't familiar with how to attack the enforceability of such an agreement.  Am I missing something here?

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General Off-Topic Board / That Paris Hilton Song
« on: June 17, 2006, 02:08:15 AM »
http://www.thesuperficial.com/2006/06/07/paris_hilton_stars_are_blind_m.html

I actually dig the song.  It's got a good hook.  And despite what others may say, I'd definitely do her.

Some of the comments on that site are funny as sh*t too.

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Since I bought my new car last year (Infiniti G35 Coupe), I’ve done just about everything possible to avoid door dings, including parking far away from other people.  But somehow, you still got those individuals that have to park close to you and swing their door open without thinking, like the world will just get out of their way.  This happened to me yesterday, and I took pictures of the vehicle clearly responsible for the damage to my paint (along with other evidence, etc.).  There is no dent, just a 1” x 0.5” area where my paint was scraped (diamond graphite color).

I wrote the offending vehicle’s owner a letter and stuck it on his windshield.  It basically detailed the damage, the evidence, and gives him 2 days to get in direct contact with me if he wants to settle the matter without the involvement of our insurance companies.   

If this guy calls me to settle, I want to be prepared with a reasonable number.  When I spoke with the Infiniti dealer a couple of months ago (unrelated to the present matter), he mentioned that properly repairing a paint scratch is generally more expensive than the little dents that are commonly associated with door dings.  According to him, this is due to “paint matching” requirements.  In essence, he said the whole quarter panel would probably need to be repainted, possibly along with the adjacent door panel.  He mentioned this could cost more than $600.  If any of you have experience in this area, can you verify what the Infiniti dealer said, or are there cheaper/quicker options that will produce the same results?

Thanks in advance.

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I'll begin.

What ever happenned to that chick from the Tom Petty Free Falling music video (the one on the skateboard)?  She was beautiful, and I never saw her in anything else again.

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General Off-Topic Board / Unwittingly Dangerous Habits
« on: December 22, 2005, 04:11:20 PM »
Hey there fellow cynics -- it's time for a new game: Tell us what habits you've observed where you're pretty sure that the person doing it is too stupid to perceive its danger.

Here are a couple I see frequently:

1. The dude driving with his arm hanging out the car window.
2. The inattentive parent whose 5-year-old is busy swinging a stick-like object in the middle of a well-populated store isle.

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General Off-Topic Board / redundant -- disregard
« on: December 22, 2005, 04:08:41 PM »
disregard this message

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General Off-Topic Board / That new show..."My Sweet 16," or some such sh*t.
« on: September 26, 2005, 12:15:13 AM »
Geezus.  I was flipping around this morning, and had the tremendous misfortune of coming across some reality show about spoiled rich chicks having their extravagant sweet 16 parties.  It was literally horrifying the way these girls behaved in general, and toward others.  It made me sick to my stomach.  It was actually like that feeling you get in your stomach when you watch a snuff film of some poor guy being executed.  Yeah -- that bad.

Thanks to mommy and daddy's limitless spending, these girls are doomed to be some of the ugliest human beings on the face of this earth, regardless of what they look like or "who" they're wearing.  It's both sad and shocking that such horrid creatures could come from many of the very same people who worked so hard to achieve their own economic success.

Wow.

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General Off-Topic Board / Question about purchase of new home
« on: August 14, 2005, 02:03:02 AM »
I've been looking at a new development in Camarillo, CA. I just got the call on Friday telling me the next phase has been released, and I have to come in and sign the purchase agreement for my selected place on Sunday (8/14/05).  I asked to review the purchase agreement and CCRs over a month ago, and again on Friday after I got the call to come in and sign, but they keep telling me it's their "policy" not to give out the purchase agreement, even for review, until the time of my signing appointment.  They then state that I "shouldn't worry," because I have 3 days to rescind after the date of signing.

After taking a year of contracts, it seems bizarre to me that they would have such a policy. Their policy blatantly deprives me of any opportunity to have an attorney review this document or recommend changes prior to my signing it.  In fact, it doesn't even give me a reasonable amount of time to sit down by myself, read through it, and evaluate all of the provisions prior to having to either sign it or lose the place to someone else walking in an hour later.  Further, it presumes that three days is enough time to find a good attorney, set up an appointment, have him/her thoroughly review the agreement, consult with me in person, and allow me reasonable time to consider all the facts and make an informed decision as to whether I should rescind.  Without going into a bunch of enforceability defense theory, their policy seems to unnecessarily compromise their ability to enforce their own agreement against me. 

This is the second builder (out of two) I've met who has had such a policy.  Anybody know if this type of policy is commonplace (i.e. "industry custom")?  Or are these developers not really serious about enforcing these kinds of agreements against a disputing purchaser?  Maybe they just assume most people aren't familiar with how to attack the enforceability of such an agreement.  Am I missing something here?

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