June 27th, 2017

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two decades of magic

Monday I took things fairly easily. I went to work, but left fairly promptly at 5:30. p.m.  After work, I went straight home and went to bed. I do not feel awful, but if I talk very much, I cough a bit. I should be fine. I hope I am fine soon, as I have plans.

Monday is trash day in our neighborhood. The trash truck usually comes after 9:30 a.m. or so. When I came home last night, I found that our recycling  had been picked up but not our trash.  I suppose the schedule must have changed a bit. I'll switch in future to putting the trash out on Sunday evenings.

The news discussed how the first Harry Potter book is 20 years old. If the world is broken into those "pro" Harry Potter and those "anti" Harry Potter, I fall into the "pro" section.  As with "Star Wars", I suspect that the cultural experience of Harry Potter is different and perhaps more intense for those who were 7 or under when the first book came out than those who, like me, were 37 when the first book came out. I thought last night how the ending to the last novel, less beloved by many readers, appears to me to be essential to the story, as I watched the last movie's attempt to portray that part of the story. 

I watched the television program "Shadowhunters" last night, I never read the Mortal Instrument novels. Maybe someday I will read them, but not today.

The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in the appeal by President Trump of his travel ban.
This was not a surprise.   The grant included a modification of the injunction issued against the ban during the proceedings, which modification was a bit broader than I had expected.  The modification still results in a fairly robust stay.  I will be interested to see how the high court balances the authority of the executive branch in perceived national security measures against the importance of treating people (and in particular citizens) fairly and in line with their rights. The extent to which unwise things and unconstitutional things fail to align is always interesting. We'll see. I thought the travel ban as a practical matter to be a poorly-drafted, poorly-handled use to a cleaver to do what a set of scalpels should do.  But the court case is not about its wisdom but its legality. I am all for checks and balances.

I read the following language in the Congressional Budget Office report on the Senates' new health care bill:

The Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law, slightly fewer than the increase in the number of uninsured estimated for the House-passed legislation. By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law."

I find it hard to understand that rather than fixing the Affordable Care Act, Congress and the president will sign a bill that will over a decade cause 20 million people to be uninsured. But that appears likely.  The Affordable Care Act needed amendment, to fix issues with its funding and implementation. But this discard effort seems to me far inferior to a detailed fix.

breakfast: toasted wheat-ful cereal and skim milk
lunch: turkey sandwich and chips
dinner: pho ga'


(cross-posted to DW because life is silly)
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the other edge of 17

This week marks 17 years since a law partner and I founded our law firm.  Our goal was to practice law in a sensible, human way, and to leave behind some of the pressures and stresses of our prior legal experience.  We chose a large suburb where my partners had his roots. We hoped to serve a population that we felt was under-served by lawyers with our practice experience. We liked work and sophisticated issues. We disliked firm politics.

Our business plan worked. We never really experienced a moment of doubt.  I think with fondness of our start-up years, when we built our clientele.  We each brought some business, but we originated much more business. Now we have four lawyers rather than two--another partner and an associate. We  get to help clients across a broad spectrum. We represent folks with the smallest problems and companies with the largest problems. We like it that way.  Of my 32 years in practice, over half have been with this firm. I am so glad and grateful that my law partner started this firm with me. I remember sitting in the Texas-diner-style place in downtown Garland, looking at Microsoft Works budget spreadsheets and tracing out ideas on napkins.  The rolls were good at that diner. I thought when we started that what I did for a living in terms of cases would change a lot. It all worked out fine, though, and I got to play to my strengths. My partner, meanwhile, changed specialties a bit and it worked out great.

Today we three law partners and my fellow founding partner's son-in-law went out for lunch. His son-in-law is a lawyer in another Texas city. I like the son-in-law a lot. He seems to "get" that life is a bit more than law.T

I felt a little better today, but the slightly irritating symptom of an easy cough to the slightly irritating symptom of a sporadically runny nose. I hope tomorrow for more improvement.

I came straight home without stopping for a walk, in another mild bow to taking things easy.  We are watching "Downward Dog" after watching a PBS Chinese history special. I sent a facebook message to a beloved niece to wish her a happy birthday.

Tomorrow will be a busy day.

breakfast: instant oatmeal
lunch: trout, cole slaw, and mixed vegetables
dinner: oven-baked chicken, smashed potatotes and broccoli

(cross-posted to DW because life is silly)