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May 19, 2004

Kings of Captiondom

Dang! The boys done us proud! Once again, Jet Noise is well represented over at the Captain's Quarters caption contest.

Congratulations to spd rdr and Purple Raider, and please accept my apologies for not posting this earlier. I did check this morning, but things got kind of busy and I forgot about it until after work when I was sufficiently relaxed by a cold brewski. Why didn't one of you remind me?

Sorry this looks crappy but I don't have any icons to do any fancy formatting or upload any pictures. It is a mark of my extreme respect for you that I put in all the tags by hand - hopefully they work. I've gotten rusty at this stuff...

- Cassandra

May 19, 2004 at 08:50 PM | Permalink


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Jet Noise rules!
Nice ditty PR.
Let's sweep next time out.

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 9:14:13 PM

I do believe spd has just thrown down...that sounded like a dare to me.

Pile On, it's sad to see how victory goes to some people's heads, isn't it? It seems we were much more modest when we were in the winner's circle, but hey...that's just me.

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 9:36:40 PM

"It seems we were much more modest when we were in the winner's circle, but hey...that's just me."

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 9:48:00 PM

Oh...now we are talking some SERIOUS TRASH. You know, a little success just goes to some people's heads and they forget who their friends are. They think they're above the "little people".

You are going down, mr. rdr... prepare to meet your doom.

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 9:59:10 PM

Yeah, it's sad. Sad and a bit disheartening. I have tried to set a good example of winning with grace and dignity, all for nuaght.

Oh well, I can take it, enjoy it fellas. I just hope next week it isn't another Kerry picture, I am having a hard time finding anything humorous about him anymore. If it is though, rest assured I will suck it up for the team and kick ass.

Posted by: Pile On® at May 19, 2004 10:00:25 PM

Bring it on, dudes.
I love a good brawl amongst friends.

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 10:11:35 PM

Ya know Pile, I expect the usual downward spiral... sex, drugs, alcohol abuse, self-abuse... it's all so sordid and you know [shaking head] we've seen it all before.

We'll be seeing mr. rdr's life story on VH1's After the Music before you know it: a tragic tale of a good counselor gone bad. I just hope he doesn't drag Purple down with him.

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 10:13:32 PM

Wow! Sex, drugs, alcohol abuse, self-abuse.
Can I bring the Missus?
I don't want to drive myself home.

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 10:28:20 PM

Bring anyone you like, mr. rdr - it's your party. mrs. rdr would be welcome - as a mere 'loser', I of course would not be invited anyway... (sniff)

Just out of curiosity, are lawyer parties anything like pilot parties? Those were the wildest things I ever saw, next to frat parties in college.

The best one I ever went to ended up with some Captain riding his motorcycle into the house and going from room to room. I thought most jet pilots were insane, but they definitely know how to throw a party.

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 10:37:54 PM

If you stay on this path there won't be any missus or any home to be driven to. But not to worry, if you are as determined and talented as yours truly you can survive the comeback trail. Winning at OTB was like my re-arrival at the pinnacle, I wouldn't change anything I have done, but I won't be going down that trail again. I have learned what is important and who my friends are. I just hope you gain the wisdom I have aquired.

Posted by: Pile On® at May 19, 2004 10:40:14 PM

Lawyer parties are about as much fun as a Quaker wake. Trust me.
You guys ain't sore, are you?

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 10:40:39 PM

In case it isn't obvious one of the things I learned was humility.

Posted by: Pile On® at May 19, 2004 10:41:38 PM

I learned humidity goes further to dampen the spirit.

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 10:47:17 PM

Um...I think I meant "farther" rather than "further>' But as I am in "brat" mode, who cares?

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 10:50:05 PM

Well darn...here I'm trying to decide where I want to go to grad school and I had visions of wild parties and booze if I went to law school. But I've been cruelly disillusioned. I thought it would be like something out of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil...

I must say I'm crushed, spd.

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 10:52:44 PM

Hold on there Cass. When we aren't sucking the blood out of inocents, we lawyers enjoy a fine comraderie of...
Well, law school was a lot of fun.
You'd be good at it.

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 10:57:41 PM

But if it's any consolation, Marine parties are getting boring. Although part of that may be the rank thing, but part of it is the paranoia about drinking. We've actually had progressive parties where we were told we couldn't serve alcohol, for Pete's sake. I love it - have a party at your house and shell out lots of money to entertain 50+ people, but you're told what you can and can't serve. Like officers aren't adult enough to assign a designated driver (conveniently enough, usually the wife).

I was disgusted. We trust these people with firearms, but not Miller Lite?

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 10:59:05 PM

Yeah, I think it is safe to say that is a rank thing.

Law school Cass...really?

Posted by: Pile On® at May 19, 2004 11:09:30 PM

Miller Lite?
The Marines are drinking Miller Lite?
This is not good news.
How can I help?

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 11:11:02 PM

It's just one of several possibilities. Don't tell KJ, but when I was 15 my parents had me aptitude tested at Johnson O'Connor and their conclusion was that my ideal occupation was either city manager, detective, or lawyer and of the three only being an atty would use the majority of my aptitudes, as it would afford me the leisure to pursue other interests.

I will take this shameful secret to my grave. But when I was in paralegal school my profs were all after me to go to law school and I'm starting to wonder if I'm just fighting the inevitable. I can feel the lure of the Dark Side...

On the other hand, I can't see practicing. I'd make a better judge or professor than an atty if you ask me (not that anyone did).

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 11:17:54 PM

Marines can drink some crappy beer. We try to educate them. The Reserves, on the other hand, are beer snobs. Or in soCal, they are more accurately wine and single malt snobs.

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 11:21:40 PM

Oh for crying out loud, Cass. Law is 10% learning and 90% arguing. You'd be a prime candidate. You can write. You can think. And your not shy about being flat wrong...if it serves your purpose.

Okay. That last was uncalled for. But don't worry, they'll teach you how to do that in law school.

Seriously, it's like any other job. Only with more rules, higher ethics, and longer hours. What's not to like?

Posted by: spd rdr at May 19, 2004 11:26:27 PM

'Luke...I am your father... Join me, and we can rule the universe as father and son' ... [evil laughter]

Being flat wrong - there's the rub, spd. I have a bit of a problem with the adversarial nature of the legal system. I would vastly prefer to sit in snotty judgement on lesser mortals from Mt. Olympus, never dirtying my hands with the mundane questions of innocence and guilt, right and wrong, or as Plato (or actually Socrates) said, 'making the worse case appear the better'.

Like John Kerry, I could then disavow any personal responsibility for the results of my actions....

Seriously, I actually worry about this stuff. I know it's idiotic. But that's me. You have to realize I've been a housewife and mother most of my life. In many ways, I'm not really all that smart when it comes to the ways of the big, bad world.

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 11:41:34 PM

...and with that I'm going to bed. I can't keep my eyes open and I've finished working out.

'nite spd :) I'll think about it.

Posted by: Cass at May 19, 2004 11:54:58 PM

Cass, the practice of law is not about YOU. A person comes to you with a situation, mostly of their own doing, and you do you dead-level best to help them out within the bounds of the law. Beyond that, there is a world of legal learning, of scholarship, that is begs for opinion. (That's what makes law so different from other professions, opinions don't kill, except at the highest levels). Personally, if I could divorce myself from the law, I would still study legal history. It tells me who we, as a society, were, are, and perhaps will be. Societal evolution, if you will. What's not to like?

Posted by: spd rdr at May 20, 2004 12:10:52 AM