Sunday, May 27, 2007

It's the economy, stupid!

Well I haven't posted anything in a while...

I've been working at the new IT job for about a month now, and I still don't feel like I've settled into the role. I've been on a couple of minor projects but they've been focused on providing documentation... other than one minor troubleshooting issue, I haven't had to actually DO anything yet. They want me to be the go-to guy for Exchange 2007 so that's what I've been spending all my time with. They are paying me a good wage, with great benefits and even an allowance for my cell phone. Brilliant!

What about the law degree? I know, I know. The attorneys at the Firm are giving me a hard time about not working at a law firm. They say I should "strike while the iron is hot" and say I'm throwing my career away for not taking a job with less than half the pay. They say I need to pay my dues. Well. I worked 18 weeks of unpaid internships and worked a midnight shift doing document review for peanuts. All I have to show for it are a stack of letters from firms saying I have a nice resume but their needs have already been met through their summer interns, etc. So don't call me a quitter, call me a rational maximizer. Hopefully I'll find a way to combine my IT background with the law degree, but in the meantime I've got student loans to pay!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

I passed!

The Texas Bar Exam results were posted around 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 3. They post a list of passing exam takers on their web site. They don't post the fail list, but if your name's not on the pass list, well, then, you know. Results were due out Friday, but sometimes the list is published early. I had spent all day Wednesday and Thursday morning checking the site. Sometimes I would get obsessive and press F5 a dozen times, refreshing the page. I suspect a lot of other people did the same thing because the hit counter went crazy. I was attending a class that day and paying much more attention to the web site than I was to what the instructor was saying. We took a break for lunch and after some really good (and free) pizza, I checked again and the link to the pass list was up.

After the list came up, I jumped up and went outside to call everyone and let them know. People keep asking me how much I passed by, and I don't know. The pass list is just that--a pass list. Scores come in the mail sometime later. Someone sent me a contratulations text message, but I didn't know the number. So I wrote back a "Thanks!"