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FEBRUARY 20, 2004

The "Ramblings" are a series of emails sent, for the most part, on Friday night, to the Missouri Solo and Small Firm Internet Group, ("the List"),  listserve.    "The List" is a "support" group, a virtual "family", comprised of Missouri Solo and Small Firm Lawyers. It is not affiliated with the Missouri Bar Association: "the List"  is self governing and self moderating. Compiled here are the Ramblings for 2002 - 2004.  They contain my random thoughts and observations on current events and my life as a Solo Lawyer. They are the Ramblings of a small town, (Holden, population 2,700), Missouri, country lawyer.
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Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of February 20, 2004.  Well .... it's official:  Ken and Barbie are parting ways, (after co-habiting for 43 years).   Their business manager explained they will remain friends.  Rather than deal with "palimony" issues, in a partially publicized "property settlement agreement",  Ken, reportedly, decided to relinquish any interest in their jointly purchased home and car.  Ken was represented by Jared Laskin, a member of Goldman & Kagon Law Corporation, (the folks that represented Lee Marvin when he was sued for "palimony".)  Rumor has it that finally, after 43 years, Ken gave up trying to figure out whether Barbie, (who is not anatomically correct), was female or a transvestite.   There are also unconfirmed reports that Ken was seen in line to get a marriage license, in San Francisco this past week, with GI Joe.  Sadly, only goes to show  ....  we live in a very plastic society. 

The Conan O'Brien Show was broadcast from Toronto last week. "
Canada's government  Friday condemned a show by U.S. late-night television host Conan O'Brien that insulted people in French-speaking Quebec and seemed to suggest everyone in the province was homosexual." "Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, (a regular on the show),  managed to offend the French, in French Canada, Quebec with lines like:  "So you're French and Canadian, yes? So you're obnoxious and dull," Triumph told one passerby. "You're in North America, learn the language," he hollered at another", (referring to Canada's Bill 101, mandating "French" as the official language of Quebec)  ....  O'Brien’s team were also shown replacing street signs in the province with those that read “Quebecqueer Street” and “Rue des Pussies”. A commentator on Canada's CNEWS wrote: "Mon Dieu! In one night, Triumph flushed 72 hours of amazing Can-Am goodwill straight down the toilet."  Triumph's humor, (a compilation of video clips),  is a tad raw for me. I am surprised that these clips from the Conan O'Brien Show were aired, even given it's a "late night" show  ....  but then some folks found the Super Bowl half time entertainment .... entertaining, (I didn't).    Don Rickles, (the Merchant of Venom),  also makes a living "insulting" folks:  the difference?  To me, Rickles is funny.  A hand puppet humping a live poodle on national television  .....  isn't.  'Nuff said.

Watched the "West Wing" on Wednesday and was reminded that there are certain bonds which form between soldiers.  The strongest, the most durable, is among persons in combat.  "Basic Training" is designed to tear down an individual and make them think in terms of "we", "us" against "them". In "real life", our men and women in uniform don't give their lives for ideals, for some principle ... they don't dive on a grenade for the old Red, White and Blue, charge a machine gun nest .... they dive on a grenade for the guy standing next to them.  They are willing to lay down their lives because they KNOW, their "buddy" will do the same for them.  A bond stronger than "family".  For those who have not "served":  impossible to understand.  For those who have, just a quiet "nod" of understanding.  As lawyers, we are combatants. We go into "our" arena and do our best to cleave opposing counsel from crown to crotch.  That's what we do ... and when we do ... we know ... at any given time, we can be either the "cleavor" or the "cleavee", (offering our cheek to be kissed .... or kissing a cheek):  we can not change the facts.  As Solo and Small Firm lawyers, we have no "buddies", no one to dive on a grenade nor to dive on a grenade for: we stand alone.   The SFIG was well on the way to changing that.  Hope it still is.

Read in the Kansas City Star today, that the 5 year survival rate for
lung cancer  is only 15%.  "87% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking."  .....  "There are two major types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is much more common. It usually spreads to different parts of the body more slowly than small cell lung cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and large cell carcinoma  are three types of non-small cell lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer also called oat cell cancer, accounts for about 20% of all lung cancer."  Obviously, the longer and more you smoke, the greater the risk.  It is also obvious, that if you smoke, you WILL die of lung cancer, provided you don't die from a heart attack, emphyzema, stroke or old age  ... first.  If you quit smoking, in 10 years, you will reduce your risk of  contracting lung cancer by 1/2 to 2/3rds.  Course 1/3rd to 1/2 of the risk remains.  Everybody quits smoking .... guess, the trick .... is to quit before you have to.  Theoretically, it should be easy:  after all, all you have to do  ....  is nothing.  Seems there are a lot of illnesses that can be averted if you do nothing:  every sexually transmitted disease known to man, (or women), for example.  Alcoholism is another. Come to think of it ... almost all of society's ills could be cured if folks did nothing:  incest, homosexuality, drug addiction, prostitution, armed robbery, rape, murder ....  hmmmm  .....  all crimes! BTW:  Bloomberg.com  reports that according to findings published in this week's Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a lung cancer vaccine is in development and shows great promise. I wonder ....  would it have been developed if folks did nothing?  Doubt it.  Guess the fact remains   ....   when you do something, choose to do something ... there are consequences. Oh ... and guess what?  Everybody dies, the somethings you do,  determine the probabilities of how.  'Nuff said.

Yesterday, took portrait shots of Judge R. for his formal retirement  picture, (to be hung in his courtroom) with my
Nikon D1X.  It will be a formal 16" x 20" portrait, printed on archive, heavy weight, water color paper, using Epson archive inks, (color fast for 150 years).   Digital photography is a passion of mine.  As a digital photog, you have absolute control over what you produce:  the ability to share your vision, what you saw in your minds eye. We are down to two pictures, (one strait out of the camera ... the other "over sharpened" as a contrast).  Will be interesting to see which one is chosen.

Sitting here watching the evening news, sipping on some BBB and editing these Ramblings.  Earlier, saw that the
Avian Flu has now transmuted to house cats  in Thailand. Be worried, (the [H5N1] variant has a 75% kill rate).    Decided to compile these Ramblings into a book:  read the early Ramblings.  Strange, almost all of the folks who posted and discussed "difficult" issues on the SFIG, folks who made the SFIG "family", the BDT, are no longer there, (although I must note ... <chuckling> ... my dear friend David R's posts have changed little :)  ....  hehehe ...  and my little brother Karl, is still all business:)  No Zina.  No Dan P.  No Bob M. No "super-mother" posts from Joanna O.  No Paul H. Alan G only drops by.   No Sean G.  Few if any Haiku's from Gary B. No cousin Sig. No ... no ... <sigh> .... such is change.  Oh well.  Don't comment about posts on the SFIG any more.  Really nothing to comment about.  There is over $400.00 in the ad hoc Flower Fund:  guess David R can appoint a "Flower Committee" and Pat R can transfer the funds to that.  Course, there really is no need for a "flower fund" any more.  Wonder what happened to the "Form Bank"? Wayne G, (a genius ... had it set up, "beta tested" and ready to launch).  One thing has not changed.  How much I appreciate and love my Susan.  How much I look forward to waking up next to her.  How grateful I am, that she is part of my life, (hehehe ... "Borg" insulin pump and all :)  Guess she is my "Borg".  And another thing that has not changed:  my belief in a kind, caring, loving and forgiving God and the power of prayer.  Speaking of which, tonight, as I hold and drift off to sleep, around the most beautiful Lady I know, (dude ... eat your heart out!!!)  ... I will say a prayer for our men and women in uniform, for Susan and I, our America .... and you. If my post offends .... I apologize ... that is not my intent.
A Warm Brotherly Hug
Karl (the dumb ole country lawyer from Holden, Missouri)

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