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Yep, I know a few Paganin's.. there's a bunch of them in LeRoy. :) Thankfully I was unrelated to anyone and moved to the area from Texas... I was an alien of sorts as is anyone whose great-grandparents weren't born in LeRoy. :D

Freakin' beautiful in Fall. I love WNY. I'd love to be a part of reviving the area but sadly the governments on the local level and the state government are so mismanaged, bloated and narrow-minded that change won't happen for a long time... if ever.

I'm thinking more and more that Virginia Beach (Regent) will in the long run be a better area despite being a lower ranked school. After a few years of working and establishing a reputation, no one really cares where you went to school.

Just to chime in... LeRoy High School '97.

I'm curious about the NY bar from other states too. I'm not planning on heading back to WNY particularly (maybe go to UB if I get in... should hear shortly) but it's always an option.

Rochester and WNY are not much in terms of economy but it is a beautiful part of the country. Just wish the economy was better......

Choosing the Right Law School / Dinged at Hofstra
« on: February 28, 2005, 06:48:55 PM »
Yep, just got the letter in the mail, via a scanned document from my folks. No big deal really. 2 down, 5 to go.... batting .500

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Location, Location, Location....
« on: February 27, 2005, 07:34:27 PM »

In at Regent University. Va Beach and the region are great. Most of my family and extended family are in the Hampton Roads area (exept 2 brothers in Buffalo and Geneseo.) I keep going back forth about higher rank/location. Since none of my possibilities are the t-14 schools that can, according to this board, transfer easily, we're really looking at where we want to live for 3-5 years. At the moment, Buffalo doesn't do anything for us except it's closer to my wife's parents (Ottawa, Canada.) So we're going to continue to debate and talk about our options until we know something more concrete at which point we'll continue to talk and debate. The most depressing thing at the moment though is checking the mail hoping for that letter that's "on it's way" and only getting a bill... in Japanese no less. :)

Anyone else?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Location, Location, Location....
« on: February 27, 2005, 06:03:19 PM »

My wife and I have been going round and round on this one for a while too... So far I've only been accepted at one school and should be hearing from UB and hopefully others this week. So at this point it's all hypothetical but the thought is do we move to an area that has a vibrant economy, great weather, and on is on the ocean with a lower ranked school, or go back to the N.E. where the weather sucks and the economy isn't too great but the school (if I get in) is ranked higher and cheaper.

At the moment, we're leaning towards going to the lower ranked school, but until we really know our options, it's speculation at best.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Housing - Rent or Buy?
« on: February 24, 2005, 05:51:32 PM »
Wombat et al.

Great thread. This is a question my wife and I have been talking about for a while now. Before we moved to Japan we sold our home which we had owned for 2 years. (We weren't planning on moving when we bought) We put about 10K into the house and after real estate fees pocketed about 12K, so net to us 2K. So we made some cash, but if we hadn't done the work ourselves, we'd have lost money. We really enjoyed all the work we did so it wasn't *work* so to speak.
We will probably buy where ever we end up but will research the housing market thoroughly first.

Oh, on RV's... I've thought about it a lot over the last year or so (how cool would it be to have a house that gets 12 miles/gallon!) Once I mentioned it to my father who was under the impression that you can park in Wal-mart lots around N.America for free for as long as you like. So... yeah. Maybe that'll help someone somewhere.

And kids... Our 5 year plan is now a 7 or 8 year plan. Maybe while in LS, but with my wife working etc it doesn't look to realistic, but you never know. ;)

General Off-Topic Board / Re: So who's gonna be the '08 nominees?
« on: February 22, 2005, 11:35:55 PM »
Great stuff. I'm so stoked for the upcoming election. It'll be the first time in.... since the 80's that a VP isn't running for the seat or a seated P running for reelection.

Giuliani: I have to agree with a previous poster. He's not super liked in NY, in NYC yes, in NY not necessarily, and the 9/11 hero bit won't play much of a part IMHO.

Condi: Who knows.

Hillary: She could flop or take it all.

Obama: Maybe 2012 but I dont' think 08 will be his time.

Thanks for all the good reading so far.

Choosing the Right Law School / Anyone dinged at W&M yet?
« on: February 22, 2005, 11:08:01 PM »
So... anyone? Just curious. I expect to be since I'm a long, long-shot. Wondering if anyone's heard.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: JET Program: teaching english in Japan
« on: February 22, 2005, 09:06:01 PM »
I agree on with previous poster on the Big Daikon website... I should have mentioned that. THere are a lot of bitter and idiotic posters, but such are discussion boards.

On the rent... I live in a city of about half a million and our rent is 160/month and large by Japanese standards (2LDK) Other bills total about 200-300 a month including our cellphones. In short, you can live quite cheaply despite the high cost of food. It's a great experience and the money is good.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: JET Program: teaching english in Japan
« on: February 22, 2005, 07:52:41 PM »
It's cool seeing a JET thread on this board. If anyone has questions, I too can help. Currently, I am sitting at my desk on my laptop typing away. I just finished my lunch and have nothing to do this afternoon. And on top of that, I had nothing to do this morning!
While every situation is different, my experience (and my wife's) is that this program is incredible. We are able to live comfortably and travel (Cambodia, Taiwan, Thailand, Papua New Guinea) off of one salary and completely save the other one. So as a single person, you should be able to save about half of your salary. The hours are great, currently I'm only teaching 8 hours a week. During the busier times of the year I teach 13. While having few yours teaching is nice, sometimes it's a bit boring sitting around the school.

If you are a message board kind of person and want some more info, check out
Tons of information there.

Let me know if you've got further questions.

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