Archive for November, 2009

Pre-Thanksgiving Walk

November 25, 2009

I took a long walk in downtown Portland tonight in preparation for a day of utter gluttony tomorrow. While I was walking, I decided to pass by Powell’s Books to see if they had a copy of an early John Steinbeck novel. They did. A used paperback for $3.95.

I wanted to get a photo of the sign to post here and I was surprised when I looked up and saw a friend’s name in lights.


Civic Duty

November 19, 2009

Washington County Circuit Court

I was called for jury duty on Wednesday. I work across the street from Multnomah County Circuit Court (zoom out) in downtown Portland and, in fact, will be there at 8am tomorrow morning for a hearing in a big case I have been working on for a year. But since I live a few hundred yards across the Washington County line, I had to go to Hillsboro (zoom out), which is a complete unknown to me. I felt like a kid on the first day of school in a new town.

After sitting around for a few hours with a couple hundred others waiting to be called, I was part of the jury pool for a misdemeanor DUI case that would have bored me to tears. I was glad I wasn’t picked to serve because I have been working 12 hour days this week to prepare for big events in two important cases. I think I was passed over during voir dire because I had to tell them my profession and employer on the juror information sheet. I think most lawyers don’t want legal people on their juries because they think the other jurors will believe we know what we are talking about when it comes time to decide the case.

When the defense attorney asked if anyone thought negatively of a person just because they had a drink of alcohol, one woman raised her hand and said she might have trouble with that because her father was an alcoholic. A couple of minutes later she suddenly fled the room saying. “I’m sorry I can’t do this!” She was in the hall before the judge, who had been kind of absentmindedly tapping away on his computer, looked up in surprise, then blurted out, “You’re excused!” Wild.

Car Repair Field Trip

November 15, 2009

Today became the gray Sunday I had to deal with the dead or dying battery and some other issues with my car. The adventure started off with a push start down the driveway and a quick blast up 26, 405, 5 and 84 to the best Acura mechanic in Portland. Keys and a note saying help were deposited in the overnight key slot.

Kim's International Sign

The shop is across the street from a bus stop where I can catch the Number 19 to downtown.

No 19 bus stop

No 19 bus

And a quick early dinner at E-san Thai before heading home.

Pad himmapan

Tomorrow after work I will do the whole thing in reverse and be with wheels again.

Holy Crap China is Filthy

November 14, 2009

chinapollutionHere are some shocking photos of out of control pollution in China. No climate change here. Nope, not a bit.

Something Like Justice

November 12, 2009

Anne Pressley

A woman from my hometown, who was a cheerleader at the same high school I went to, was brutally murdered in her apartment in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2008. Today her killer, who was raised by an abusive crack addict, was sentenced to life in prison. The jury had the option to choose the death sentence.

I thought this reaction was powerful:

“Tonight, they have come back with a sentence, a sentence that they believe, and we share with them, is the harshest possible sentence for this gentleman going forward, where he will now spend the rest of his natural life in a 6-by-9 cell with nothing to think about but what he has done,” said Guy Cannady, the victim’s stepfather.

“It’s not until he’s carried out of Tucker Max in a pine box will he really meet his true judgment,” Cannady added, referring to Arkansas’ Tucker Maximum Security Prison.