I try cases for a living, so it was interesting to try an administrative hearing as to our own property. The whole thing was well-organized. At sign-in, the clerk scanned in our documentary evidence. Then the hearing was before a three-citizen panel, with panel, clerk, and the two opposing sides all blessed with computer monitors to review all the evidence.
I was pleased to put on an organized case, though with hindsight I see a few ways I could have put on a better case with a little more advance legwork. We got a reduction in the valuation as a result of the hearing, though not as much reduction as we had taken the position we should receive. The whole trial took 15 minutes, and went smoothly. I thought it was fun, but I like to try cases, even if they are cases involving 15 minute hearings about three digit swings in tax bills.
The cold I picked up in Scotland has nearly receded. Tomorrow I fly to Pittsburgh for one of those evening meeting/morning meeting/fly out again quick trips. Tonight when I walked in Shawnee Park, the water department had opened the fire hydrants and let the water flow.
The news is full of photos of Pluto. My ereader is charged. I read the Linux Voice article about 59 Linux distributions. I love being back in numbingly hot weather.