Spring Break Updates

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!

Arrival

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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Planning my road trip


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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!

Down Under

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…
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