June 29th, 2004

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on being in the loyal opposition

"Understand the things I say, don't turn away from me,
'Cause I've spent half my life out there, you wouldn't disagree.
Do you see me? Do you see? Do you like me?
Do you like me standing there? Do you notice?
Do you know? Do you see me? Do you see me?
Does anyone care?" from the Cranberries' "Ode to My Family"

I've always seen life as a bit like what I imagine a Victorian parliament should be. I don't mean the side whiskers, exactly, though I do have a story that rebuts my imagining. Once I went to a party at another lawyer's house, after a period in which I had neglected to trim my sideburns. A young boy of ten or so answered the door, promptly went back to his father, and said "It's Elvis at the door!". I'm sad to say I think that the lad meant Elvis in Vegas rather than Elvis circa Sun Records.

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