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!
I just finished driving approximately 3300 miles across the country in my little Nissan (and during the last leg, a big Penske truck) packed to the brim with most of my belongings. It took a week to get from San Francisco to Birmingham, including an extra day spent in San Diego and an extra two days in San Antonio. After a break at home, we got back on the road to Charlotte, and then finally Williamsburg.
The decision to take the “southern” route across the country was made mostly because I wanted to see my brother in San Diego and visit my friends in San Antonio. It was certainly a fascinating experience. We were driving through Arizona right when a judge there handed down the decision about their contentious immigration law. I saw Mexico for the first time, right across the border from El Paso. I saw “the wall” along the border in a few spots.
Here are some other observations from the trek:
- Arizona is really hot. We got out of the car for, oh, 4 minutes to put my bike inside. We were drenched in sweat by the time we got back in.
- Texas is massive.
- There are actually some radio show hosts out there who claim that Islam is an instrument of the devil. It was really disturbing.
- Glen Beck observed on his radio show that his new iPad attempts to correct many words, but it doesn’t attempt to capitalize the word “god.” “Just pointing it out,” he said. “Not saying anything besides that whoever programmed this apparently didn’t think ‘god’ ever needed to be capitalized.” Thanks Glen.
- There are parts of the country where you hit the “seek” button on the radio and it cycles forever without finding a signal.
- FedEx trucks apparently have a vendetta against me.
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One downside of choosing to go to William & Mary is that I’ll have to leave California, a place that I’ve come to really love. I think (and hope) that I’ll end up here again after law school, and hopefully during the intervening summers as well. That said, a cross-country move gives me the opportunity to take a cross-country road trip — an opportunity I am not hesitating to seize.
My mom is planning to do half the trip with me, and our first stop will be in San Diego where my brother will have just taken up residence as an ensign in the Navy. After that we’re considering a push to Silver City, NM to visit some family. Next stop: San Antonio, where I’ll crash with Taylor and Katherine while my mom flies home to Birmingham. From Texas I’ll go on to Baton Rouge, and then make the relatively easy jaunt up to Birmingham.
Phase one of the trip being complete, I’ll organize my life and relax a little with my parents before making the two day trek to Williamsburg, via Greenville or Charlotte. All said, I’ll hopefully only have to spend one night in a hotel, which ain’t too bad.
P.S. Check out embedded Earth view in the map above. Sweet!
Claire and I returned from a 10-day trip to Australia last week. It was quite the adventure, including three days on a century old boat cruising the Whitsunday Islands. Pictures:
We spent 2 days in Sydney, mostly walking around the city in the surprisingly humid heat of the Australian summer. On the second day Claire and I did the “bridge climb,” an admittedly uber-touristy activity that was definitely worth it for the view from the top. The next morning we left Sydney for Airlie Beach, where we would catch our ship (the Solway Lass).
The boat trip was amazing. We visit lots of different bays and beaches, taking a smaller raft to do some bush walks or snorkling. There was also a rope swing attached to one of the masts. No shark sightings, fortunately! The crew was really great, as were the meals they made for us while underway. One more night in Airlie Beach, checking out the local bar scene, before our flight the next day.
We returned to Sydney for two more overcast days of exploring, including the Police & Justice Museum that was featuring a really interesting exhibit on female Australian criminals. We were sad to have to leave Australia after such a short visit, but it was a really welcome break from the San Francisco winter!
Some videos from the trip after the jump…