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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The "I Just Resigned" Thread
« on: May 25, 2007, 10:16:38 AM »
Oh come on it's not that far :)  I'm going to be making that drive every day the next 3 years.. ugh.  Or at least 4 days/week.

I took my kids over to SMU last weekend and walked through storey hall and the other one (not the library) where the classrooms are, it was fun.  I also noticed there's a crapload of apartments just across 75 on mockingbird.  Some townhomes too on the streets just south.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 25, 2007, 09:51:13 AM »
I realize it can suck to cough up many thousand dollars for a ring, but it's something she will keep for life and cherish (hopefully). Not to mention, it's a solid investment, unlike buying her a car or taking a trip around the world (as I've seen suggested), the value of jewelery won't perish.

Have you ever tried to resell diamond jewelry?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond#Gem_diamond_industry

Just saying.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 25, 2007, 09:49:52 AM »
See I don't agree with this.  This is the same reason that I don't buy knock-off bags (as in the good ones that you really can't tell are fake).  I'll know it's fake and I don't like rocking fake things.  If I can't afford it, then I'll just get something that I can afford--the same can be said for my future engagement ring.

An argument could be made for the bags because there might be some higher quality materials, better workmanship etc that you're actually getting for your money.  Maybe the name-brand will last longer.  Maybe if it falls apart you can return it, etc - there's tangible benefits as well as the intangible real-brand feel-good.

On the diamond, it's literally a shiny rock.  One shiny rock is the same as another.  There's no objective or subjective difference aside from how much they cost - unless spending the money is the point.  If it somehow validates the relationship in your mind to spend that money on the ring, then so be it.  I'd rather go on a kickass honeymoon or throw a down payment on a new car or something though.

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Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: May 25, 2007, 09:34:30 AM »
I guess I shouldn't be, but I am surprised how dead LSN and these forums have gotten in May.  I think I literally got in at the very last moment  :o

Hopefully all of you are set up wherever you're going and are content.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The "I Just Resigned" Thread
« on: May 25, 2007, 09:31:42 AM »
True, but you can still look around and find the place you'd most like to live, and if there's any availability there you don't need to wait.  Especially after you quit, no reason to live in fort worth anymore right?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The "I Just Resigned" Thread
« on: May 25, 2007, 09:21:48 AM »
How hard is your masters program?  You think it'll interfere with your patent bar stuff?  Also, find an apartment yet?

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: The "I Just Resigned" Thread
« on: May 25, 2007, 08:52:14 AM »
If you actually intend to take the patent bar, I'd quit a little early.  Depends how bad off you are for money I guess.  You could always do the patent bar during 1L summer if you can't find a job.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:24:53 PM »
If I'm going to drop any money at all on a ring for her finger, it'll be because I want to put it there, not because virtually all people expect me to put one there.

This is one of those catch-22's.  Do you want to put a ring on her finger because it makes her happy?  If so, why does it make her happy?  Is it just a nice piece of jewelry or does she feel validated socially and as a woman?  Is it the expectation of the ring and the engagement that makes her feel this way (and you feel good for making her feel this way) or is it that she feels good about it that created the expectation?

I don't know.  Either way, women want rings.  These things happen.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:16:52 PM »
So by falling for the social pressures and hype, you force yourself to get a FAKE diamond ring, and that doesn't make you superficial?

Thats an interesting attempted reversal, but it fails.  Here's why. 

People expect you to have a shiny rock on your hand, virtually all people.  They'll ask you wtf is wrong with you if you didn't buy your wife a ring.  They will not, however, ask you how much the ring cost, so if it only cost you a grand yet it looks like a 30k ring, nobody is the wiser, and you've saved a bundle. 

I suppose you could go full monty and not buy an engagement ring at all - but I'm simply advocating saving money, not bucking the social norm.  Either way is okay, just don't go spend 30 grand on a shiny rock.  :)

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Engagment Rings
« on: May 24, 2007, 11:03:09 PM »
Even though I bought my wife a real diamond, we laugh about it because of how absurd it is to pay thousands of dollars for a shiny rock. 

Get a zircon or artificial diamond, and put a little extra money into the setting and go on a nicer honeymoon or something.  Big diamonds are a complete waste of money.  Nobody can tell the difference except a jeweler and he'd have to examine it.  IMO, if the fact that you're not wearing a "real" diamond even though nobody can tell bothers you, you might be a superficial person.

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