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Monday, November 16, 2009
My Morning in ExileSo I'm trying to decide if, upon leaving the legal job, I'm going to keep the law license active or let it slip into inactive status. On the one hand, letting it go inactive saves me several hundred dollars and about 15 hours sitting in a classroom taking continuing legal education classes between now and the end of December. On the other hand, not actually having my license active will prevent me from filing all of those nuisance lawsuits I had always envisioned slapping on people once I left the legal job. I mean sure, I could reactivate the license by filing some paperwork and paying a small fee, but that takes a few days. What happens if I get really angry and need to sue them RIGHT NOW?!
Another career question: Starting in December, how am I supposed to answer when people ask me what I do for a living? It seems a little presumptuous of me to say "baseball writer." Roger Angell is a baseball writer. Joe Posnanski is a baseball writer. I snark on headlines and argue with people all day. At the same time, if I say "baseball blogger," about 97% of the people are going to respond with "that's . . .that's a job?" So many questions.
UPDATE: Mrs. Shyster is too good to comment among you heathens, but she did just email me and suggest that I answer thusly in response to such questions. This is why I love Mrs. Shyster.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 11:25am
Craig Calcaterra said...
Good point on the casino thing. It’s also right next door to my wife’s office, so we’re all happy about that.
Posted 11/16 at 04:33 PM
Love the Mrs. Shyster contribution but are you sure that the reality is not a bit more like this.
Posted 11/16 at 05:03 PM
Simon DelMonte said...
Who’s the artist on that Batusi?
Posted 11/16 at 05:10 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
No idea, Simon. I just found it randomly a couple of days ago.
Posted 11/16 at 05:14 PM
Wooden U. Lykteneau said...
Maybe the same guy that drew the “ambiguously gay” cartoons on SNL?
Posted 11/16 at 05:17 PM
When did you start caring about what people thought?
Posted 11/16 at 07:46 PM
The Rabbit said...
“Retired lawyer” may not work everywhere. As a former Jersey resident, and at one time politically connected, I have been represented by two now “retired lawyers”. Read: Convicted of various felonies, did their time, lost their licenses. (One of these guys faked his own death in an island scuba diving accident, disappeared with $10M of Teamster pension funds and was eventually found in the the Maldives about a decade later. He was also a State Legislator…and no, I’m not making this up. Name upon request. Great story! Even the extradition was interesting.)
Posted 11/16 at 08:34 PM
When I don’t want to talk to people, I tell them I’m a plumber. No one wants to know the details of a plumbers job.
Only one time did someone actually follow-up and say that they needed some help in their house and asked if I could stop by someday. I sat their like a deer in the headlights for what felt like five minutes before confessing.
Posted 11/16 at 11:08 PM