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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Would you cancel?
« on: June 07, 2005, 11:10:43 AM »
If you've already cancelled once, it's a moot point. I wouldn't do it again.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: It's final, I'm headed to Samford
« on: June 07, 2005, 10:29:57 AM »
 Do you do any recording? I've got a RPX400 and have started learning how to do some recording. I usually get frustrated with the program I'm using. I need to get more user friendly software.

Nah, I never have gotten much into writing or recording. If I'm not learning music I'm listening to at the time, I'm usually just jamming to blues. I frequently roll a B.B. King or Eric Clapton album and solo along.

Recording always seemed to expensive and complicated to me. I figured it'd be a rare moment when I would want to listen to something I wrote.  ::)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: It's final, I'm headed to Samford
« on: June 06, 2005, 01:48:47 PM »
Quote from: dustoffdax
David, it sounds like you have the same guitar collection problem that I have. I have five and a bass right now and really want to get a 57' Les Paul re-issue Gold Top, that might have to wait for a bit though. We need to make sure that we don't live in the same apt. complex or we will blow off studying and jam instead.

Yeah, absolutely. Stay away! 4 electrics, an acoustic, and a classical are coming with me. At first I thought I wouldn't bring that many, but now I have an extra room! '57 Les Paul is a fine choice. I have a 2000 (I think) now and an ES-135. Gibsons are my favorite by far.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: It's final, I'm headed to Samford
« on: June 06, 2005, 01:19:54 PM »
Quote from: blondielaw
Thanks so much for your comments!  That's definitely nice to hear good things about Samford!
So sad about that girl from Birmingham who is missing in Aruba isn't it?  I hope they find her alive and well.

Glad you made your final decision David; personally, I think having a separate room for my study will be great for me, because I can get distracted by other things... So if I have the mentality that when I go in that room, I'm working, hopefully I'll get a lot done.
When I was on campus in April I was told they are getting wi fi, but I didn't ask when.  So maybe it'll be all set up by the time we arrive, who knows though.

Yeah, absolutely the same for me re. separate rooms. I will have to keep the TiVo, guitars, and computer out of that room! I sure hope they do have wireless. As long as they're remodeling, it'd be so simple to install antennas.

God, what a nightmare for the parents of that girl. Some school administrators will have hell to pay over how an 18 year-old managed to not make it back to her hotel at two in the morning.

Quote from: Kathcolo
My husband lives in a little apartment complex in Mountain Brook and we love it. They are renovated from the 1930's, but quite cute and quaint.

I drove around Mountain Brook on Friday. So many gorgeous homes back there. Seems like a great place to run, if you don't mind hills.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: It's final, I'm headed to Samford
« on: June 06, 2005, 08:06:35 AM »
I'd probably go with the 2 bedroom at Wildwood.  It's a better deal. The Oaks is definitely closer, but WC is still pretty close.  I'm getting a 2 bedroom at Woodmere for 730, planning to use the extra bedroom as a study.   It's off Columbiana, so it's probably halfway between WC and the Oaks. It was between there or the Oaks, and the people at Woodmere would actually call me back (unlike at the Oaks), so I picked them.

Glad you enjoyed your trip!  I was really impressed with the campus too, it's very nice!  I was told they are getting wi fi in the library, but they hadn't decided whether to add it in the classrooms or not. 

Thanks for the feedback. I think you're probably right about going with the better deal.

Wi-fi? Fantastic. I hadn't heard that. It might be worth bringing the laptop to campus after all.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: It's final, I'm headed to Samford
« on: June 06, 2005, 06:10:21 AM »
Well, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the 'Ham. Mom and I were equally impressed with the campus. I thought it was really easy to navigate. I took a wander around the law library and it looks great! The crappy little virtual tour online doesn't do it any justice. The law school itself is being renovated so I didn't get to see any of that obviously.

I also found an apartment. My first piece of advice is to anyone who is planning on living alone and really close to campus. GET DOWN THERE AND GET AN APARTMENT NOW! My first stop was Wildwood Crossings. I was really impressed with the place. But the studios were a definite no-go on availibility, and I was told by management that there was a slim chance I could get a 1 bedroom. And if I did get a 1 bedroom, it'd have to start in July more than likely. Add that to my rent here in Tallahassee, and I'd be looking at over a grand for rent in July. But they said if I wanted a 2 bedroom/1 bath, I could definitely get one of those. The price? $745. I was pretty dismissive of that idea at that point because I'm definitely living alone and an extra bedroom seemed silly.

So we went on to The Oaks. I've heard 2 people say they thought the lady there wasn't very nice. I'm not sure if we're talking about the same manager, but I thought she was fine. She was all business, that's for sure, and she seemed a bit more professional than the people at WC. (On the way to the model she was radioing workers about getting things cleared out of the hallway, picking up trash, etc. The complex is kept up very well.) She said she might have a 1 bedroom/1 bath for me, but could definitely guarantee me a 1 bedroom/1.5 bath. She showed me a comparable apartment. Really, really nice. Granted, my decorating will probably consist of a lot of posters and not look as nice as the model. But I was impressed by how well everything seemed to be constructed. She offered me a 3rd floor (only 2 flights to get up to mine) with the best location on property, vaulted ceilings, and a fireplace for $740. Really high rent, I think. I didn't sign any lease, but I decided on that one for the time being.

This is where you guys come in, especially if you looked at either of these properties. Later, in the car, my Mom goes, "I was surprised you didn't want to the 2 bedroom at WC for $5 more a month." Uh, darn. Didn't even think about the small change in price. I had already written off the idea of a 2 bedroom. Now I'm thinking I want to change over. What do you guys think? I already had them tear up my check at WC unfortunately, but I'm sure I could mail them one.

WC pros:
-an extra bedroom for a study, place to put all my guitars, or something else
WC cons:
-a little further down Lakeshore
-more undergrads
-having to pay an extra month's rent possibly

Oaks pros:
-fireplace (kind of a pro. I don't really care about having one.)
-closer to campus and inside a shopping center practically
-movie theater as close as the mailbox
Oaks cons:
-paying $740 a month for 1/1.5, knowing I could have another bedroom down the street
-paying $740 a month for 1/1.5  :-\

Both places, I think, are virtually indistinguishable in terms of "niceness." So that's not really a consideration. But do you all think I should go to the trouble of calling both places back up and switching myself over? I'm really torn here.

So again, if you want to be ultra-close to campus (i.e. on Lakeshore) and don't want to pay for an extra bedroom  :P, you should get down (or up) there quickly or give them a call and put your name on the waiting list. If you're planning on getting a random roommate, it doesn't seem as urgent. And use Heidi! She was great! She also said she had some sure-bets if you don't care much about location. You can drive up 31 through a couple large intersections (past Oxmoor) and find a place for $500-$600 no problem. That's practically in Southside and Heidi said those apartments can be hit or miss in terms of clientele and safety. "Consider The Oaks a 10, and then some of the places off of Valley maybe a 5 or 6 at best," said Heidi. I didn't look at any of them though, so I can't say for sure.

And when you go, you've gotta get BBQ ribs at Dreamland in Southside! They were fantastic!

I'm getting really excited about moving up there (July 20th - Aug 1st) and really excited about meeting all of you real soon. Please give me some feedback on the Oaks v. WC case, if you would.

Edit: I think Kim and Sara's takes on The Oaks lady were correct after all. I decided I would reactivate my application with Wildwood Crossings and cancel at The Oaks. Cindy at Oaks was less than enthusiastic and tried to keep $100. I had to remind her several times that I was within the 72 hours before repercussion. At any rate, I'm guaranteed now at WC for a 2bdrm/1bth but will take a 1bdrm/1bth if it opens up. I would be sick all year long thinking about how $60 could get me a whole extra room right down the road!

Incoming 1Ls / Re: It's final, I'm headed to Samford
« on: May 31, 2005, 12:17:57 PM »
I will be heading to B'ham later this week to look for an apartment  :) I can't believe it's almost June already  :-\ ...
David, congrats on choosing Samford!!

Yeah, same here, Crash. I'll be there this Thursday-Saturday. Thursday will be used to drop off paperwork, sign loans  :-[ , and visit a few friends. Friday is an all day apartment-hunt with Heidi. Saturday I'm buying my Coldplay tickets  8) and having a look around town.

Speaking of Colplay... no, blondie, it isn't general admission as far as I know. I'm almost positive it's reserved seating in an amphitheater. If you're serious (and anyone else for that matter) about wanting a ticket to the show, PM me and we might can work something out. If I buy tickets on Saturday, we can all sit together.  :)

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tort Violation? You decide
« on: May 31, 2005, 05:33:26 AM »

Personaly, the kids should have been booked for disorderly conduct, while the bus driver should have been arrested for simple assault.

Now let me ask you this, would unlawful imprisonment/felonious restraint come into play when the one kid demanded to be let off the bus?

In my opinion, he is being held against his will which would at least be a mild case of unlawful imprisonment.

Share your thoughts.

Again, I can't review the tape. But if the kid demanded to be let off after he was assaulted, then false imprisonment would be almost a moot point. Wanting to leave the bus after being assualted like that would be an ordinary response. But I suppose that on top of the other charges, the bus driver could be liable for false imprisonment. Ordinarily though, I would think it would be difficult to convince a judge or jury that a bus driver can't use reasonable restraint to keep kids on the bus. Maybe I'm wrong about this, but I don't think kids can demand to be let off school buses.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: 19 Q's wrong on one section - Retake?
« on: May 26, 2005, 01:41:10 PM »
Take a timed preptest or two to make sure you could still do that well. Last thing you want to do is still not do as well on the LGs and then score worse on the other sections. It won't be worth picking up 7 or 8 questions in LGs if you can't perform as flawlessly as you did before. I mean, missing only 7 questions on 3 sections? Hot damn.

Are there short breaks to pass in your answer sheet for each section or for the proctor to relate any information? Or is it like proctored diags in the prep courses where we just flip the page and start the next section?

Only one break between 3 and 4.  When doing practice at home, don't take ANY break.  This will put you under fire.  Watch out though, your brain gets fried and on sections 4 and 5 you just miss everything.

Why not take the break as with the real test? The idea is to come into test day like it's part of a routine you've experienced. I know I'm always harping on classes here, but that's what so great about them. You get at least six experiences (in Kaplan) of being proctored and timed (and breaked) like the real test. But you can simulate the real thing without a class too. Get a study room at the library or even an empty classroom and agree to buy a friend lunch if they'll use a stopwatch to proctor a preptest for you. Make it early just like the real test. You can put your nerves more at rest on test day by having "experienced" it several times before.

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