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I'll also hear, "Freakin' gun nut."


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"You're HOW old?!"

I'll get that, too.  Beer is a great preservative.   :D

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: How do you plan to dress during the 1L year?
« on: April 07, 2007, 12:56:59 PM »
Camo pants.  Huntin' boots.  Insulated bib overalls in the winter (Cleveland can get a damn bit chilly with that wind whipping in off Lake Erie).  Under Armour Mossy Oak Break-up Loose Gear T-shirts in the early fall and late spring.  Blaze orange during gun season.

Hmmm, better check the shotgun at the door, though.   :D  


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Thanks for the house-selling tips, Matthies!  Even though we decided not to sell our primary residence, we went ahead with the painting and new floor coverings.  Installed a couple of new light fixtures, too, to brighten the kitchen/dining areas.  Went with a three-lamp fixture that takes GE Revel bulbs--wow, very bright.  I had to put them on dimmer switches.

Got a deal on the painting labor--guy I work with does it on the side for $15/hour.  He and a helper painted seven rooms (and fixed holes/dings in the drywall) for $1365.  Trim, ceilings, doors, walls--heck of a job and in nice neutral colors.  I hate painting so it was worth it.  He's also going to install the Pergo flooring I bought on sale at Home Depot--again, $15/hour.  No carpet/flooring shop could touch that price.

If we can keep the pugs from tearing up the place over the next three years it'll still look nice when we go to sell.


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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who's going where? LSD class of 2010
« on: April 05, 2007, 12:03:51 PM »
I'm not a cool kid, but it's Cleveland-Marshall for me.  Sending the seat deposit today and submitting my resignation/retirement papers to the fire department by the end of the month.


Just want to say that this is really awesome.  I wish you a great deal of luck.

Thanks.  It's funny...folks on this discussion board, people I've never met and may never meet in person, have been WAY more supportive than those I've worked with or known for years.  I think this is consistent with others' comments in this thread.  (I'm already starting to hear the lawyer jokes... >:()

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who's going where? LSD class of 2010
« on: April 05, 2007, 10:39:01 AM »
Ruger -- go to law school, make the big bucks, and then buy a really nice sports car.

Also, you're stepping away from a 19 year career?  Don't most public service pensions kick in at 20?  Either way, this a huge move for you.  Congrats!

Ohio police and fire pension fund kicks in at 25 years--60% of the average of the three highest years of pay.  Members of the fund vest at fifteen years, so I'm vested but I'm sacrificing about half of the pension I would realize if I stayed six more years.

But six may as well be 60.  It's bad here--budget cuts, low morale, terrible boss, seven village idiots for commissioners.  Development projects that could bring the city back from the brink of economic disaster hang in the balance because commissioners can't make a decision, thereby scaring off other developers and (potential) huge investments in the community.

Plus, I'm fed up with our local IAFF union.  I want to stand on my accomplishments and be rewarded for my efforts.  The union appears more and more socialist to me every day.  Slackers are rewarded and those who strive to achieve more than the minimum required are beat down until they fall in with the pack.

Arrrgghhhhhh!  I have to stop complaining!  I'm going to law school, darn it, and I'm gonna succeed!   ;)

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Who's going where? LSD class of 2010
« on: April 05, 2007, 09:06:42 AM »
I'm not a cool kid, but it's Cleveland-Marshall for me.  Sending the seat deposit today and submitting my resignation/retirement papers to the fire department by the end of the month.

Scary process, this.   :o   Giving up nineteen years of public service, a good salary and excellent benefits to make this leap into law.  My SO is extremely supportive (and employed, thank god!), but I know she is nervous about how this dramatic change will play out.

I hope this isn't just a mid-life crisis thing I'm going through, 'cause if it is it's gonna be a damn expensive one!  (Maybe I should just buy the red sports car and get it over with... :D)

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I am leaning towards CSU. The on campus housing look impressing to me. However, i dont know if it would be cheaper to live on campus compared to off campus?  It might sound like a stupid question but can you cook your own food in dorms. And are undergrads treated to the same rules as Grad Students?

I'll be accepting my admissions offer to C-M this week.  On-campus housing includes Fenn Tower and Viking Hall.  Fenn was recently renovated; however, it is my understanding that most law and graduate students live in Viking on the upper floors.  There are no single rooms in Fenn, and according to residence life personnel, most law students live in Viking because they don't want roommates.

If you live in on-campus housing you MUST purchase a meal plan.  This makes me think that in-dorm cooking is not allowed.  There are a range of prices--most expensive is $1604.50/semester for an "all access" plan.  Other plans aren't much cheaper.

Small single room in Viking is a little over $5600/academic year.  A large single is almost $6100/academic year.  I'll probably opt for on-campus during 1L then look for an apartment in Lakewood for 2L and 3L years.  

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Well, our goal is to take over Michigan, so... we would always love more help! :P

I'm about as queer as the day is long, and I applied to Michigan, but my numbers suck so I don't think I'll be of any help (unless U of M law wants a lesbian ex-firefighter wannabe lawyer).  

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