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20th-Feb-2008 01:47 am
Reborn - Gokudera - Coppin' An Attitude
Work is actually killing me. You get a whole new perspective on life when twelve-hour days at the office aren't enough for everything you have to do. It's 1.49am now and I've just finished up part of something due in tomorrow. *wry smile*

But it's been a very fruitful, if completely exhausting, time. On Monday I was assigned to the Careers Fair (where our task was basically to promote the firm). At the end of the entire event one of the partners asked if she could put my name down for the next day (and the next year), because, apparently, "You did such a great job." ...I suppose if HR tells me that I'm a great salesperson I'm doing something right? Was very amused when said partner asked me halfway through the event, "How many cups of coffee did you drink?! How are you so bubbly and energetic?" NO CUPS OF COFFEE, IT'S ALL ME IN THERE, REALLY. ... and then we all went back to the firm and I stayed til 8.40pm.

One of the law students asked me when the latest I got off work was. I laughed and said, "Oh no! I wish you'd asked me before last week!" Because last Friday night, I left the office at 1.10am. My Dad called to ask where I was, and when I told him I was leaving, he told me I was nuts. DADDY, BOSS'S WORD = LAW, YES?

Today was... my first hearing! Which naturally generated a phenomenal amount of work (and since both parties need to put in more submissions, this means even more work).

This Friday sees the setting-down of trial dates for a matter that - let's just say that when I informed an associate that I'd been put on it, he laughed and said, "GOOD LUCK, YOU'LL NEED IT." ... and I do. These hours I've been doing are all for this one matter. And we haven't even set trial dates yet. I don't want to think about what life will be like once trial dates are set.

But, you know, even as work is killing me: AT LEAST I'LL DIE HAPPY, because:

llamrei posted these AMAZING RE-RELEASE COVERS of the YGO Ancient Egypt arc. FABULOUS WAY TO END A DAY (or start a morning, as the case may be) that included INTENSIVE RESEARCH on a case that began, "The plaintiff resided in Egypt..."
kurot has an AMAZING POST on Reborn doujin, Reborn doujin events, Reborn cosplayers, and Japan. If you're a Reborn fan, it's GUARANTEED TO BLOW YOUR MIND. ♥

Oh, and also, a startling number of leading lawyers have known right-hand men. It was surprising to me, but perhaps it should not have been so, as a fair bit of legal practice is conducted in teams and by teamwork, it only is sensible for every boss to have his (or her!) right-hand man. But to actually have other members of the legal profession able to identify them and say, "Oh, so-and-so is his right-hand man," and recite their entire history together, that did come as a surprise.

Doesn't help that 80% of my office wardrobe could clothe the entire Ten Years Later!Reborn cast. LONG LIVE THE BLACK AND WHITE. (Even if having to wear it continuously does drive me to dress in violent fuchsia pink on the days court attendance is not imminent).
19th-Feb-2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, hope you hang in there! Seems like it's really stressful :[

(btw, I'm using one of your TotA icons as my default one now XD *points* I credited you and everything so hope you don't mind ^^)
19th-Feb-2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Awwww, aniki~! *tackles!*

There is so much I want to say to you right now, but my mind is only coming up with Dutch sentences. O.o;

Waar het hart van vol is loopt de mond van over. ^^;

Basically you could - roughly - translate that to... if you love something (as much as you love law!), you will never be able shut up about it? Which is incredibly true for you! *laughs!* xD

You'd probably be a great salesperson! Well, as long as you love what you're selling? xD You're always encouraging other people to learn more about law and if you didn't spend over 10 hours in the office all day you'd probably still have energy left to talk about it on LJ? *grin!* If I didn't work at BABW I'd probably still be talking about it a whole lot more, oi.
20th-Feb-2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Are you going to acquire a minion in the future then?
20th-Feb-2008 02:34 am (UTC)
*SNUGGLES* work sounds like a horrific monster that ate your life up.... could i be a total mother and nag you about this? >.> (you do realise i probably am going to nag you regardless, lalalala)

my sweet precious girl~ talk to your mentor/ partner at the firm and ask for a realistic assessment of work expected done. if you have trial dates set in stone and thus have to prepare such and such work in preparation for the trial, ask if you can get the other non-essential stuff off your plate, or at least, shifted into the further future? working late is .... the lot of young struggling lawyers it seems, but no harm asking for a) less work; b) more help.

burnout is NOT a good thing.

20th-Feb-2008 08:51 am (UTC)
Sounds like life was pretty rough, if you have to work for so long. You drove home, right? (I mean on the day(?!) that you had to stay past midnight)
My friends says that you can speed like mad if you want in the dead of the night if there are no other cars on the road. D:

I found the BOSS'S WORD=LAW part very funny, you being a lawyer and all. :B
All the best on your hearing!
20th-Feb-2008 10:20 am (UTC)
HANG IN THERE *huggles*
and soon you'll have a right hand man for yourself to ramble your entire schedule and suffer along with you~~~ I can't wait till I get to laugh at my sis when she gets to this part >DDD
20th-Feb-2008 10:42 am (UTC)
Fu, kurot's post really did blow my mind. *_*

Work seems HORRIBLE.
Unlike you, coffee doesn't run in my veins, and I'd probably collapse halfway through. 8D
20th-Feb-2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Oh no don't die from exhaustion! I'm not sure I agree with bosses word = law, but then again law was never my passion.

In the words of Pottamus from Harvey Birdman, "Didja get that thing I sent ya?"
20th-Feb-2008 02:48 pm (UTC)

I don't like your boss.
21st-Feb-2008 02:07 am (UTC)
the more work drives you crazy, the pinker your layout gets! i'm not sure this is a good thing, though the right-hand-man thing is just awesome. the kurot post is awesome too but got beaten by the real-life gokuderas. XD

re: work - don't burn out! love of law is not enough to keep your body in, uhm, one piece after a year or two of this kind of work.
21st-Feb-2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
omg, d00d. D: D: D: *no words!!!*

PS. So does this mean you intend to become someone's minion, or you intend to acquire a minion of your own? XDXDXD IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED ONE.
23rd-Feb-2008 09:51 am (UTC)
*cough* Hello! I'm dropping you a note that just now I sneakily friended you. I paid attention to your lawyer related comment at one of lenainverses entries and couldn't help my curiosity to come and sneak around. Then I decided that it might be fun to follow your undertakings, not only for the reason of sharing the jurisprudence but some other interest too. So, hi! *waves*
2nd-Mar-2008 12:06 pm (UTC) - *beams* Hello there!
Hello there! Apologies for the late reply (eaten alive by work, regrettably)! It's lovely to meet you! *smiles* I always find it a great experience to meet someone who understands the joy and pain of the law, and double the points if they're also into fandom and livejournal! *smiles* I've friended you back, and look forward to seeing you around in the future! *smiles*
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