Now that I’m done with several weeks of travel, it’s time for a little update here. And first things first — I’m engaged to Claire!
Here’s a basic recap. A little more than a month ago, without Claire knowing, I flew to Seattle to ask her parents for their blessing. Fast forward to two weeks ago, Claire thought I would be arriving in D.C. on a Tuesday. In fact, I secretly arrived in D.C. a day early. I had Claire’s roommate Ashley invite Claire out for a roommate dinner. Ashley pretended that they needed to drop her boyfriend Rick off at the National Cathedral for a photography class. Rick came and met me in the nearby Bishop’s Garden, then called Ashley to say he “forgot” a lens in the car. Ashley drove back and had Claire run the lens to Rick.
When she did, I walked towards Claire — she didn’t even recognize me at first because she thought I was driving up the next day (but she assures me she thought this strange gentleman smiling at her was very handsome). I took Claire to a nearby corner of the garden with a pretty arch and fountain, asked her to marry me, and gave her the ring! After calling friends and family we went to a lovely dinner, and the next day went to a high ropes course in Maryland — something Claire’s wanted to do for a while now.
The diamond in the ring is from my grandmother Tutu’s engagement ring. We’re pretty darn excited, and are planning for a fall 2013 wedding in the San Francisco area. Speaking of the San Francisco area, the other good news is that I’m accepting a job offer from Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto for next fall. The offer came about 24 hours after the proposal, so it was a pretty amazing couple of days.
I’m now back in Williamsburg to begin my third and final year of law school. We’re well underway into our volume at the Law Review, having on-boarded a fresh batch of 2Ls last week. I’m taking a Copyright Litigation seminar, Patent Law, First Amendment, and Federal Income Tax. Claire is starting her final semester of nursing school at Georgetown, and looking for jobs in the Bay Area beginning around February 2013.
Adventures in personal metrics. Here some interesting stats on my email habits since May 2007 — five years ago next week, when I graduated from college and first started using Gmail full-time.
~22,000 conversations. I started 15% of them and replied to 17% of the rest. 4,011 different people sent me emails, and a surprising 78% of those were sent directly to me rather than to a mailing list.
(Note: although I wasn’t originally, I have become more judicious about actually deleting emails that don’t need to be archived, like promotional emails or newsletters. So I think some of these numbers may be skewed).
I like that my responses to people are shorter and quicker than their responses to me. :)
(Collected using Gmail Meter).
It’s been a busy several weeks. With some time to kill during Spring Break, here’s what’s new!
I was selected as the Managing Editor for Volume 54 of the William and Mary Law Review. I’ve spent the past month putting together the year-long publication schedule, which I must say is quite the complex task. The publication process begins in a few weeks; in the meantime I’ll be doing editor training, putting together resources and templates for the staff, and getting ready for a year of hard but rewarding work.
Claire and I went with another couple (John and Patricia) to Asheville this weekend for the Southern Conference basketball tournament. Davidson won, in an epic double overtime match-up against Western Carolina. Claire and I also went to the Biltmore Estate, and John, Patricia, and I went for a good long hike in Montreat. There were a few inches of snow on the ground during the hike, but it wasn’t bad, and as you can see the spectacular view from the top was very much worth it:
That picture was taken using the panorama feature of my Galaxy Nexus. Not bad for an Android phone, huh?
My brother Wilson will be returning from deployment in the next few weeks. Hard to believe he’s done already! He’ll have some time off in order to move across the country to Charleston for his next assignment: nuclear power school. It’ll be great to have him closer by for a little bit!
I’m looking forward to the summer, which I’ll spend at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. Currently looking for somewhere to live in June and July — let me know if you have any leads!
My younger brother, Wilson, set sail on Monday for his first deployment as an officer in the United States Navy. Above is an image of his ship — the U.S.S. Makin Island (LH‑8) — leaving San Diego. (Image captured from this impressive video of the ship leaving the port). The Makin Island is the first hybrid-power ship in the American Navy, and it also has a system to produce over 200,000 gallons per day of fresh water from an onboard desalination system. This is the ship’s maiden deployment, having been certified after a series of qualifying exercises over the past year.
Although his assigned “day job” is as a public affairs officer, he is one of the few officers on board qualified to serve as “Officer of the Deck” — that is, he has been certified by the captain and other executive officers to command the ship from the bridge when the executive officers are elsewhere. He does this for six hours or so each day. So, he is much more of a badass than me.
It’s over! This morning I put an end to my first year of law school when I handed in my law journal write-on competition packet (funny story: the topic was copyright). The past two months have been pretty exhausting, but I’m glad to be done and looking forward to getting to San Francisco for the summer. Adventures will include hiking Half Dome, river rafting, probably another cross-country drive at the end of the summer… oh yeah, and helping defend teh internetz.
I also wanted to point to this announcement that I received first place in the annual legal writing competition for first year students at William & Mary. No one actually knew this competition existed until after we had turned in our required research memorandums, so it was a pleasant surprise to receive this award. Not a big fan of the picture they chose to use, but, hey, what can you do?