Tuesday, January 31, 2006

The First Cut is the Deepest

I'm writing today not only to celebrate my first actual post on Spring Break '99, but also to report on my own personal Spring Break '99: East Coast Tour '99. Hopefully when I get back to China I will figure out how to post from there and I can start detracting from the level of conversation on a regular basis.

I flew into Boston on the 12th of January, made a pit stop in New Haven for a lunch with Robert Reed (my art professor, JP's sister also had him last year I think.) I also bumped into DL in the new TD and had a nice chat with him.

I stayed with JP for 3 nights in NYC. I walked into his bedroom, the smell and decor of which were all E3 circa 1998, the only difference being that mario kart was now projected on a wall instead of through Raf's TV. Toad was now JP's racer of choice. I remember when only pansies like Tye Rattenbury raced with toad.

Lunched with Lebanese Lothario in NYC. He got tired of making obscene amounts of money in private equity about 3 years ago and went into film production with Ramone (the guy who made fake ID's upstairs) now he's the CFO of a reputable film production company with offices somewhere near soho. He's been finding himself, taking college courses and writing a screenplay.

In NYC I caught up with Ally Ro, Robert "Rob" Hsu, Mr. Huff, and Bert O'Connor in NYC for an all-too-brief beer at a bar near Union Square. It was the first time I'd seen Ally and Hsu since graduation in 2002. Ally was just back from the Carribean and Holy Land. Hsu was, as JP observed, "Scooby" Hsu one minute (the first thing he did after we saw each other for the first time in 3.5 years was paw me) and delivering incisive and nuanced observations about Taiwanese/Chinese relations the next. Mr. Huff had just been made partner in his private equity firm. Robbie's mom's latest children's book, Fancy Nancy, was just #1 on the NYT best seller list. Robbie also just scored a sweet job reading books and comic books to determine their suitablity for movie adaptations. Me? I just wrote a hit play and directed it, so I'm not sweating it either.

I got to talk with Drew, Luke, and Shata on the phone while Drew was interviewing in the frozen north for MHA programs. I hope we all get to hear how that's going as it goes.

I've been in VA for the past week and a half, and its been incredibly relaxing. I've been eating as much mexican food as I possibly can and enjoying the beautiful blue ridge mountains. I went on a hike last weekend with some good friends and had the rare pleasure of being witnessed to on a mountaintop. How is our friend Brother Steven doing these days I wonder?

I'll be in VA for another week, then I'll fly down to florida to visit friends and relatives. I'll be returning to China on Feb. 12, relaxed, tanned, and full of memories from a great Spring Break. I'll also have a new 20 inch intel imac with which I can hopefully keep in touch with everyone a little better.

Next Spring Break '99 is Beijing Summer 2006, I hear there'll be Dudes Aplenti, so everyone oil up and pile on!

Happy Year of the Dog!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Voting no

What can be a sufficient reason for voting no on a supreme court nominee but not filibustering?

-threat of the nuclear option?
-some measure of deference to elected executive?
-nominee within judicial mainstream?
-political/re-election considerations

Are legislators who vote no legitimately able to disclaim future bad rulings if they don't filibuster? I'm having trouble figuring out why, if someone 1) doesn't approve of the nominee and 2) recognizes the importance of a lifetime appointment to supreme court, she doesn't feel compelled to filibuster. Seems like the poster child of the split-the-difference nature of politics.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

It's official

Vergasy begins his legal career 1-0.

Last week I handled an appeal of a denial of unemployment benefits, and today I got a letter telling me my client won. Not only is it a victory for my client, but I guess it's also a victory for big and bloated government--take that Robert Nozick and your night-watchman state.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Looking for some good non-fiction

I've got a brother with a birthday coming up, and he's interested in some good non fiction. Any suggestions? I was thinking of getting him a couple of books by John Krakauer, but my mother tells me he's currently reading Krakauer's Into Thin Air.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Begging the Question