The Never Ending Pursuit of Contentment

One of my best memories growing up was when my parents finally bought me and my brother a Sega Genesis for Christmas.  We had a home computer, but had wanted a gaming console for years.  Our friends had at least one, sometimes as many as three.  Our parents finally relented, but not without milking it by my demanding our best behavior for months.

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Best present ever!

It was really the anticipation that made it so memorable though.  My brother and I constantly talked about it and daydreamed about what games we would get, where we would put it, etc.  Christmas Day was pretty memorable too — I think we were up by 5 am at the latest.  We raced downstairs to tear off the wrapping paper — we were giddy at the sight of the Sega logo.  We played a lot at first, but a year later, it was just another thing that we had.  Same thing with my first real mountain bike.  I mowed our lawn for $20 a pop, and slowly saved the $750 to buy the bike.  It had front suspension, which was a newfangled thing at the time.  I probably rode it two dozen times before I started driving and biked less.  At least I still have it — today it sits on our balcony with flat tires and a dusty seat. Continue reading

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Finding My Balance Point — Update

I think I left my last post on a bit of a cliffhanger.  Didn’t mean to leave anyone hanging!  Short update is that I did join the first firm that reached out to me.  I’m glad they reached out first because I would have picked them anyway.  It’s a smaller firm with ten or so attorneys and a more humane approach to the practice of law.  Almost no e-mails at night or on the weekends unless there’s an imminent deadline or crisis.  Also very supportive of flexible schedules and working remotely. Continue reading

Happy Belated New Year!

Happy 2018! Hope everyone had a great holiday season and got to spend time with friends and family. We did all of that and more, which I will tell you about in more detail below.

2017 went by really quickly. It was my first full year of not working since graduating high school. I hit the “reset” button pretty hard, but didn’t try to pressure myself into figuring it all out within a prescribed period of time. Now I’m into my second year and I want to gain some footing — so we moved. Continue reading

Passive and Active Living

I’m still trying to break free from the patterns of thinking from my prior life. I used to be driven primarily by the desire to reach goals that were often set for me by others. In this approach, I would have structure in my life, feel a sense of accomplishment when I met my goals, and others would be happy as well.  So for 35 years I put my blinders on and trudged towards my goals in discrete, pre-planned steps. Continue reading

New Beginnings

I’ve written this blog for the past 7+ years as basically a journal for myself that I anonymously broadcast to the world.  We’re sitting at a crossroads now as to what to do with our lives going forward.  I’ve decided to mothball this blog and work on a new site that presents information in perhaps a more interesting manner.  The reason I’ve decided against continuing that work here is because my blog posts have slowly de-anonymized myself over time (as would be evident to anyone who knows me).  I have a new domain name, which I will announce here in due course then after some time I will take it down to sever any sort of link between this blog and the new one.  Thanks for all of your support over the years and have a great new year!

Why the Billable Hour Creates Bad Incentives

The standard model of attorney compensation at big firms is to pay attorneys a fixed salary with an expectation that the attorney will bill at least 2,000 hours a year.  If the attorney does not meet the target, the firm will lose profitability and the attorney might lose job security.  If the attorney meets or exceeds the target, then they might be eligible for a bonus in excess of their salary.  In the past few years, associate salaries and bonuses have been pretty healthy.   Continue reading