Kiefer and the Virgin

Two quickie updates:

1) Today I went through old insurance policies and came across Kiefer Sutherland’s auto insurance policy from 1990. My brush with fame.  I now know his driving record from 1990. WOW. 

2) I was offered a summer law clerk position in the Virgin Islands. A trial run of sorts so that all involved can decide if it’s a good fit (all meaning me, the firm and the island). I need to get more details, but I’m thinking this could be good news- my way out of a career full of dusty cardboard boxes. It’s not an offer for a forever job yet, but it’s a start. A dust-free start.

So The Horror Stories Are True…

I have started my life as a document reviewer. Wow. Wow. Wow. 

It really is as horrible as everyone makes it out to be. But way worse. Way way worse. And why? For many reasons really, but mainly because it’s a paper document review-a paper document review with the bulk of the papers dating back to the 70s and 80s. And old documents= old dust. We really do wear gloves and face masks to deal with the massive amounts of dust accompanying these old documents. It’s a very glamorous job. So glamorous in fact that someone even came across a dead, petrified bird in a box on Friday. A fairly typical job hazard for new attorneys, yes? 

Also, the people on the job make me feel even better about the situation. Remember that old Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer claymation movie? If so, do you remember the Island of Misfits from the movie? I work on that island–although it’s not a tropical island locale, it’s a large room in a boring ol’ office building chock full of misfits. Which at least provides for some entertainment. But at the same time it makes me question how I am perceived through others’ eyes…am I too a major social misfit? Probably. Thankfully, I’m assigned a seat by some normalish people so we can be snarky and bitter while we “work” (i.e. go through old dusty papers for 8 hours). 

But, all in all, I am a LOT happier. So, even though it is horrible work and much worse than I ever expected it to be, I am enjoying my life a whole lot more now than I was a few months ago. I  much prefer crappy document review work to working for a jerk who makes life miserable for everyone. A no drama work place means that I can come home and completely forget about the day. A career it is not, but it is not a bad stop-over…as long as I don’t develop black lung from the dust.

I’m A Winner: The Winnings Are Pouring In!

My Success as a Career Sweepstakes Winner: 

     1.    Two Tickets to a Special Screening of Adventureland Plant Earth

  • We showed up too late to get into the Adventureland screening last Thursday. Instead, we got vouchers to see Planet Earth in two weeks.  I am that much of a nerd that Planet Earth actually excites me more (although I do find it kind of disappointing that Adventureland is getting good reviews). 

      2.   Tennis or Golf Lessons

  • I totally forgot that I also won 6 tennis or golf lessons through a charity auction that E had to put on as part of her Americorps position. This is exciting. I am terribly uncoordinated and I’ve never really played either sport-so the instructor is in for a challenge. I also have no idea what sport to tackle. I’m leaning towards tennis because golf is a really expensive hobby-and I don’t own plaid pants.
       3.   Free Food
  • In the mail today, I received a coupon for a free Kashi frozen entree and  a free 2-liter of Diet Dr. Pepper. I’m glad that both companies coordinated their promotions so I won’t be either thirsty or hungry. Good work. 

Too bad I missed out on this deal: 

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j7sAe6aWqNOP1rlTSKG1I_MThxiwD979TUDG0