A Case of the Mondays
January 08, 2007

I wish I could describe what some days are like at a law firm. Somethings are hard to nail down and others are protected by privileges. I just don't know if the same is true at other offices or other professions. No, I think that at other firms it is probably worse. Much worse on a more consistent basis. Higher volume, more stress, bigger dollars and less competence. Scary about that competence thing, but true. I am not sure if the non-lawyers out there get this kind of special treatment. I just don't know, if this is unique to our world. This, this is not the horror stories you hear about or see portrayed on T.V. With bosses screaming their heads off or associates burning the midnight oil hoped up on Dexatrim. See here, this is a comedy. Well at least to an outside observer, I would imagine them laughing. Doubled over, holding their sides laughing, "Ha, ha look at the girl in black patent heels running around like a crazy woman." Then they stop laughing when they see that she is sitting in the corner, rocking back and forth, and eating her hair. But only for a minute, because that too is pretty funny. She pays a lot to have that hair highlighted and cut and for those wonderful shampoos that she adores. So her eating her hair, well, that is pretty entertaining.

These kind of days are marked by scenarios like this:

"I said ASAP" (yes it is a cliche, but it gets said.)

"Well I took ASAP, to mean when it was possible for me to get it done"

"But that was three hours ago?!?!"

"Yes and now it is possible"

Really who can argue with logic like that? Certainly not me. As I am the one who is left on the wrong end of that rationale and with a document that was supposed to have been e-mailed at 9 a.m.

This one too was a winner, look and listen:

"Did you say David was going to run the document to the court?"

"Yes but he is gone"

"Oh can someone else do it?"

"No. He already left for the courthouse"

"That is super-interesting. Because I am holding the document in my hand"

I am still not sure where David is or if he is having a wonderfully amusing afternoon at the Judge's office. I know I am not amused. Again, though, someone somewhere is laughing. At least I hope so. Otherwise, this Monday was a waste of my damn time.


Blogger Trish Ryan said:

Oh, I feel your pain! This is why I'm a former attorney :) Life is sooo much better once you shake free of billable hours. Hang in there!

1:11 PM 

Blogger e.b. said:

Oh right now former attorney has such a pleasent ring to it.

2:20 PM 

Blogger Ally said:

I'm glad there aren't those Dexatrim evenings at my firm. If I stay until 7, everyone is gone. And if I come in at 7 a.m., no one is here.

2:23 PM 

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2:23 PM 

Blogger e.b. said:

Oh we are the same way, generally. Quality of life is essential.

5:39 PM 

Blogger JustRun said:

It is reassuring to know attorney's have days very similar to programmers. ;-)

7:42 PM 

Blogger e.b. said:

That is what I wondered - is this the stuff The Office is made of?

7:20 AM 

Blogger brookem said:

Hope your Tuesday is going better.

8:30 AM 

Blogger Paige Jennifer said:

I can't stand ASAP. Like fingernails down a chalkboard.

Hang in there!

9:32 AM 

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