Karl H. Timmerman M.A.J.D. © 2004
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JUNE 25, 2004

These are the Ramblings of a small town, (Holden, population 2,700), Missouri, country lawyer. They contain my random thoughts and observations on current events and my life and experiences in the Solo Practice of law.
Compiled here are the Ramblings for 2002 - 2004. 
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In Memorium:
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Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of June 25, 2004. The heart of our Bar Association is our Board of Governors, (BOG). They elect the Bar President:  the Bar President appoints the committee chairpersons and sets the agenda for his term.  The "worker bees", (a/k/a "hired help"),  of our Bar Association answer to him. The "Executive Committee" of the "Board of Governors", is comprised of the President, the President-Elect, the Vice-President the Immediate Past President, along with one representative from each of the three Missouri Court of Appeals districts. The "Executive Committee" sets the agenda for the BOG.  The "Worker Bees", (guided by the BOG), runs our lives as solo and small firm lawyers.  At the top of the feeding chain:  the ultimate folks in charge of our part of the world ... are our Supremos, (lately, hat in hand, asking for funding from our "Elected Representatives" in the legislature). The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, (OCDC),  answers to the Supremos:  "Contrary to common belief, it is the Supreme Court of Missouri - not The Missouri Bar - which is in charge of the state’s lawyer discipline system. In order to protect the public, the Supreme Court oversees a mechanism for investigation and, where necessary, discipline of lawyers who fail to meet their professional obligations."   You and I didn't vote for or appoint the Supremos: we can't, our Governor does that.  What we do have some input, some power over, is the BOG. We as solo and small firm lawyers comprise 2/3rds of our Bar:  pay 2/3rds of the dues and .... hmmm ..... do we receive 2/3rds of the benefits?  How many of our BOG are solo and small firm guys?  Missouri is divided into 15 BOG districts and BOG members are elected for a two year term.  Half are up for re-election this year. The filing deadline is July 1. I set up a Webpage to share with you how to run for office, including a downloadable copy of the"Nomination Petition". Once you have the signature of 10 lawyers in your district and the "Nomination Petition" is filed, if you run opposed, the Bar will give you mailing labels for all the lawyers in your district, to give you an opportunity to campaign.  You want to make a difference?  Care to have a "Statute of Limitations" for Bar Complaints?  Running for the BOG is the first step ... but keep in mind ... "little steps for little feet"!!  You and I need to take "little steps" to improve our professional lives. I plan to. Care to join me?

Obesity is a killer. "Approximately 280,000 adult deaths in the United States each year are related to obesity. Several serious medical conditions have been linked to obesity, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Obesity is also linked to higher rates of certain types of cancer. Obese men are more likely than non-obese men to die from cancer of the colon, rectum, or prostate. Obese women are more likely than non-obese women to die from cancer of the gallbladder, breast, uterus, cervix, or ovaries." I have been yanking on you for about a year now to get in shape, I researched all 17 low carb diets, (the common denominator being the "Glycemic Index") and to help you, developed "My Diet" and posted it on my Webpage as a free download.  A study about the consumption of white bread, released this week, supports the conclusions I reached in "My Diet":   "... scientists say white bread and other refined grains seem to go to the gut and hang out as belly fat ... Their theory is that it's linked to the ease in which the body breaks down carbohydrates in the endosperm into simple sugars. When sugars flood the body, insulin levels rise to help pull the sugars out of the bloodstream and store them in cells, often as fat."   My Dear Friend Tom Farnam and his lovely wife, Naomi went on the South Beach diet:  look at Tom's picture, (or mine for that matter), if you have any doubts whether a low carb, low fat diet works!!!!  Get your weight under control!!  If not for you ... then, how about ....  for your children!! 'Nuff said.

The Center for Disease Control, (
CDC),  released some good news and some bad news this week.  The good news, since 1971, your odds of surviving cancer have almost tripled.  The bad news:  this doesn't hold true for lung cancer.  The single greatest risk factor for lung cancer is smoking. In a study released  this week, ".... cigarette smokers die an average of 10 years sooner than non-smokers ... at least half, and possibly up to two-thirds of people who smoke from youth are eventually killed by their habit, a quarter of them in middle age, (35 - 69)".  Think it is time to quit?

As if "
erectile dysfunction" commercials , or toe nail fungus commercials, (Lamisil),  were not bad enough, we now have commercials for a drug that fights "genital herpes":  Valtrex.  Thankfully, the commercial doesn't use a cute caricature, (and if it did, what would it look like?)  I was not aware that most Americans have herpes, either as genital herpes (GH), or as cold sores:  over 60 million Americans suffer from GH.   Apparently the variant, (HSV-1) that causes cold sores, is now crossing over and infecting genitals.  Although not mentioned in the commercials, I have it on good authority that Valtrex will prevent HSV-1 genital herpes infections.   Just hold the pill between your knees.

My Dear Friend Cecil Caulkins, MoBar Director of Education, (and one of the few readers of the Ramblings), will retire next week.  He has been a good friend to me:  a gentle man, always willing to help,  whose presence at the Bar will be missed. Cecil, I dip my FIN to you and wish for you and your lovely Lady, Zan ... years of enjoyable retirement!! :)  (And from Susan and I, A Warm Brotherly Hug!)

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I am sitting here, editing these Ramblings and watching the evening news while sipping on some Tawny Port.  Chatted with Tom Farnam earlier, (didn't know he was also an antique Porsche buff!  He is entrusted with a 
1962 Porsche 356B Roadster :) I'm happy to announce that my left hoofie is once again functional ... but somewhat atrophied due to non use. Glad it is the only part that is.  It will take me awhile to get back to where I was.  Tomorrow, I will take Zelda out for a walk, (assuming, at 850 pounds, I can hold her up!!)   The garden part of Ft Timmerman is blooming:  we have cucumbers, yellow squash, string beans, tomatoes, herbs, grapes and apples. Susan is holding up well after being informed she will have a lumpectomy on July 15 to remove a "suspicious" mass the size of an M&M.  As you know, we have been here once before ... sure doesn't make it any easier.  Doesn't make the fear less.  What makes it difficult,  is not knowing what we have to confront:  you think in "worse case" scenarios.  You pray that it is not a "worse case" scenario ... and you rely on faith.  I wonder what atheists rely on?  Random chance?  All is well at Ft Timmerman.  Susan and I have each other, our friends, (some of whom speak to God in his native tongue) .... and a strong belief that God is in control and all things will work out for the better.  Tonight, as I drift off to sleep holding the most gentle friend a man can have ... I will give a prayer of thanks for being able to do so ... tonight.  I will also whisper a prayer for our men and women in uniform, (please, please, please, God ... let them come home safe and soon!), for you and for our America.   Be and sleep well ... the best there is, is on watch so you can.  If my post offends, I apologize ... that is not my intent.

A Warm Brotherly Hug
Karl  (the dumb ole country lawyer from Holden, Missouri)