Please stop sending me emails demanding new blog material. While it warms my cockles (!) that you miss me, writing has become a very difficult thing to do lately.
I’ll provide more insight next week, but to give you a little peek inside my world right now:
- I am a sole proprietor of a business started just six months ago.
- I am still adjusting to my new home and the responsibility of paying for everything on my own.
- I am sore as hell from kicking myself for getting in the position where the bullet point immediately above this one had to be written.
- I cannot spare money for an attorney, so I representing myself against a team of lawyers. I have a hearing next month to ask the judge to award me temporary suit money so I can be on equal footing with the other side. Sure, I’m a great lawyer, but representing yourself in a divorce when you are new to litigation is about as wise as conducting your own vasectomy immediately upon graduating from medical school. I don’t even want “equal footing,” per se. I just need enough money to hire one lawyer, not the cadre of litigators currently representing (ironically named, as it turns out) Mr. Patience and Understanding. Unfortunately, I’d probably be more likely to win the hearing if I… (wait for it, wait for it…) had a lawyer.
- That hearing was actually scheduled for this week, which would have been much better given my situation, especially as juxtaposed with that of the formerly patient and understanding man with whom I used to reside. Would you like to know why it was cancelled? That is a story so interesting and telling that it deserves its own blog. You will read about that next week, along with some fun facts about my house that were surprising to discover after I moved in, to say the least.
- Christmas is coming. If you have read my blog for a while or know me personally, you know what that means for me.
- Archie, who had successfully completed rehab and landed a job as a security guard at Target, fell off the wagon after the election. He was fired and arrested when he went to work drunk and bit (in the balls, mind you) a customer who had the temerity to ask him for his papers and threatened to have him deported. It seems we are all living in Trump’s world now.
- Margot has changed her politics since the election and has become a white nationalist. She says she only now realizes how disadvantaged she has been all these years, and is indignant that she has to share her home with an undocumented immigrant.
(“If that little brown man is going to live here, he should at least be required to bring me supper”)
That’s the not-so-great news. Here’s the good news!
- Jake continues to be the most uplifting and inspirational person in my life. His kindness, warmth, and sense of humor keep me going when things slide into difficult territory. He adjusted quickly to our new life, which wasn’t too surprising given the circumstances, and has exhibited a consistently positive attitude since the world turned upside down in June.
- I am enjoying my work a great deal! I found out I am actually very skilled in the courtroom, something that surprised me. While I’d much rather spend my time negotiating settlements than going to court, my fear of standing in front of a judge (perhaps created in college when I had to do just that – but that’s another blog entirely) has been totally eradicated.
- My team of angels – friends who have stood by me and helped me through some very difficult times – continue to inspire me to be a better friend and citizen of this world. In exchange for their love and support, they let me give them mine. Most important, we all truly appreciate one another. If you’ve ever been in relationships in which you feel unappreciated, you know just how rewarding someone’s gratitude for your efforts on their behalf can be.
- The ridiculous bar complaint filed against me in March by an angry reader was finally dismissed. Now that it has been dismissed, I am posting my response to the bar complaint here today. Please note the changes in my life and attitude about practicing law again if you have the chance to read it. What a difference a few months can make! I reviewed it yesterday and was shocked at the number of profound changes in my life that have developed in the past nine months, and yet: all is good. You can download it by clicking the link below:
Not only did I receive that insane bar complaint, but Basic Rights Oregon decided to pile on as well. We will address that complaint (dismissed along with this one) and my response to it next week.
This is a brief update but next week I will be much more specific and I will deal with a question from an attorney letter-writer who asks:
What are my legal obligations to report another attorney for conduct that may be illegal? What are my obligations to report myself if I know someone has broken the law, used my son to do it, and I did nothing?
It’s a good one, so be sure to stay tuned!