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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Austin LSD HH 5/13
« on: May 12, 2005, 08:48:03 AM »
Congrats Ana! Well done!

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Waitlisted at Yale
« on: May 12, 2005, 08:20:45 AM »
Bumping this ancient thread to report:

If you get a response to your waitlist email, it's only a confirmation that they received your email, not a decision. Similarly, if you haven't received a response to your email, it's probably time to email them again. I just got a response to the email I sent on April 26th, so they're *way* behind.

If you're blindly guessing on any questions, you still have some work to do. With the possible exception of logic games, you should be able to at least read every question and eliminate a couple of obvious wrong answers. Even narrowing it down to two or three possibilities is a huge edge. As such, it's in your interest to score it literally.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Austin LSD HH Thread
« on: May 12, 2005, 06:48:08 AM »
Celark: Ah ha! Your secret it out, Javert, you're purposely avoiding us. Is it because I ate that veggie burger at Trudy's? Because it was a really good burger and I don't regret it!

No, the veggie was bad, but I was infinitely more traumatized by our second waiter.

A conversation you never want to have at a restaurant:
Waiter: So, where are you going to school?
(assorted people): NYU! Northwest! Texas!
Waiter: Hey, I went to Texas!
Me: ...

Fortunately, upon cross-examination, I found out it was for drama, but still. That's just not a conversation I needed to have. ;).

[Don't get me wrong, I've worked in restaurants myself, it's just not a place I want to go back to.

Also, if you enjoy Chinese food, don't work at a Chinese restaurant where you'll see how the food is made.

Trust me on this one.]

Anyway, celark, that sounds good. I have two items of tech I'd also be willing to trade, a series 1 TiVo and an external firewire DVD Burner (works with either + or -. I don't think it works with DVD-RAM, but, then, why would you want it to?). If neither of those appeal to you, then I'll just use cash; I don't think I have anything barter-worthy.

Yeah, I'd definitely need help moving it, especially since I'm on the second floor. It's safer and will get me more exercise, but it's also a pain in the ass in some ways.

Post those pictures and I'll make an offer. :-D.

UPDATE: Out of context, that last line sounds really dirty, an effect I most assuredly didn't intend.....

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Austin LSD HH Thread
« on: May 12, 2005, 06:25:01 AM »
Celark: Crow hit himself in the face or something? With a tennis ball? And he's trying to find tennis partners here in Austin?

That's the covery story. I suspect Ana just gets a bit too.... enthusiastic... after a few pretend beers on pretend dates. ;).

Ana: Other summer movies on my list...Star Wars, Narnia, Batman, Palindromes, and Harry Potter.

I'm totally looking forward to "Serenity" and "Batman" myself.

The Serenity thing is a huge tease, however. Ostensibly, the movie comes out on September 30th.
Good news: There's a pre-screening in Austin May 26th.
Bad news: It sold out online in about 45 minutes, before I even found out about it.
Worse News: The price for two of those tickets on ebay is over $100, with *five* days left in the auctions:

[Check out all these showings, and all of them sold out in less than an hour:  <-- And that's AFTER they sold out ten showings on May 9th, some of them in the same cities. Seriously, how screwed up is that?]

The only way I'm going to get to see the movie early is to go to it on a pretend date with somebody. Sadly, I suspect everybody else in this thread is thinking the same thing: "What the hell is Serenity?"

If this Star Wars doesn't suck, I may go see it (I've never even bothered with the first two prequels). However, despite being a connoisseur of scifi, I think all the Star Wars films are, at best, mediocre. A friend of mine once called them, "Exceptionally well done popcorn films", and I pretty much agree.

Ana: But do we want to have kids?!?!  Whole different story...costs a ton, makes your life messy, you can still screw them up even if you do a good job.  I amazed by how many people just jump into it.  I mean, they'll get my good genes, but they'll get the bad ones, too

I want a wife at some point, but no kids. Nine out of ten biologists agree that it's best if my genes die with me.

Anyway, I just took my last final. Today is pretty much free, except for some minor errands. I should roll into Austin Monday or Tuesday. In other words, just late enough to miss yet another happy hour. ;).

Studying for the LSAT / Re: LR: How systematic is your approach?
« on: May 11, 2005, 02:33:57 PM »
Honestly, at least for me, the LR wasn't systematic at all. If you do enough questions, familar patterns start to emerge, and you 'just know'. By the time I took the actual test, I generally knew what shape the answer would take before I even read the responses.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Going without health insurance
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:39:32 PM »

Yeah, ellie, I'm aware there's a risk. But for somebody who's literally never had a health problem (except a broken arm, once, when I was thirteen), there has to be some point where enough is enough. The possibility exists that I'll have millions of dollars of health bills, but it's really unlikely. I would have to pay a lot more to have insurance that would adequately deal with a situation like your friend's, and I think that's on the wrong side of the risk/reward curve.

I appreciate your input, but I think the Texas plan will work, if it's still as described in the article

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Going without health insurance
« on: May 11, 2005, 01:21:58 PM »

Interesting article. Even mentions my university by name!

The vast University of Texas system provides a student plan, at an annual cost of $535, with a lifetime cap of just $250,000. It covers only $300 worth of prescriptions a year and includes a clause limiting coverage of catastrophic injury or illness suffered by a student prior to enrolling in the plan.

... that's a *bad* plan? I think I'll risk my medical bills being less than $80,000 a year. And I haven't had $300 of prescriptions in my life. And I have no preexisting conditions. Unfortunately, the article isn't dated, so it's hard to know if that great deal is still available. That's $44 a month, which is much better than what I found via their webpage. I'll have to investigtae this more once I'm there.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Going without health insurance
« on: May 11, 2005, 12:53:33 PM »
Okay, wow! Quite a tsunami of suport for health insurance.

I think you all have persuaded me to look into the issue more deeply. The point that I'll be an inherently less healthy person due to the stress of law school hadn't occured to me. I found this most intriguing:

You might check into catastrophic coverage, though, which is sometimes a better deal for a healthy, young, low-risk lifestyle person.

I googled, and that sounds like a good option. If something goes badly wrong, I'll have a safety net, but I won't be paying for coverage I don't use. I can just get a relatively high deductible (~$1000) and take my chances.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Will the French Vote No to the EU
« on: May 11, 2005, 10:44:00 AM »
according to opinion polls, 70 percent say that their ideal job would be as a civil servant, which offers a job for life.

That's easily the most depressing thing I've read this week. Jesus Christ! I bet the number of people whose ideal job is 'civil servant' isn't above 10% in the US.

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