The days are flying by and the last two finals are almost upon me. I officially turned in my privacy paper today. I put in a lot of time and effort into it and I am proud of my work. It's nice to have it completed. I am also feeling pretty good about the antitrust exam on Thursday. The Property stuff is confusing and tricky, but I am going to try and finish strong!
The photo is of me eating some delicious homemade healthy corn bread. My sister makes it from scratch from all organic ingredients. I must admit, it was the best part of my birthday this year! (I had a final that morning). Thanks Talli and David for the great afternoon (and the photos)!
Props to the Miami Heat for closing out a formidable NJ nets team in five games. They are primed for a finals appearance this year, especially with Pat Riley at the helm.
Now, I must go take care of a few things and go to bed to get used to waking up (and thinking) at hours of the morning where I would rather be sleeping.
Interesting past couple days in the NBA. The Suns lost yesterday tying that series up 2-2 with the Clippers. Today, there were essentially two upsets. The Detroit Pistons lost after Rasheed Wallace guaranteed victory. With their awful display of offense today, the Pistons don’t look like they deserve to return to the finals, let alone play the Miami Heat in the Conference finals. And, even more significant, the San Antonio Spurs just lost in overtime to the Dallas mavericks putting them in an almost insurmountable 1-3 hole. The defending champs are a game away from elimination. This could be Dallas’ year, they are definitely much tougher with Avery Johnson at the helm. The best looking team right now, however, looks like the Heat and I wouldn’t mind D-Wade, Shaq and Co. taking it all the way. They are gaining momentum with every game and New Jersey is a formidable opponent. Plus, I like Pat Riley, the slickest coach in the league.
Otherwise, another boring study day for me, but one day closer to being finished!
Today at Stanford it officially got to 91.9 degrees! Definitely getting toasty around here, but it was still dry outside so it didn’t feel too bad – nothing like 90 and humidity that occurs in Houston. Even right now, it’s a comfortable 65 outside. I personally like it around 50 degree for sleeping, but I am picky :)
Most of the day was spent prepping for finals, but I did manage to sneak in the finishes of both NBA games. I was happy the Heat pulled it off. The Suns faced a setback, we’ll see if they can win in Phoenix. The big game tomorrow is the spurs-mavs at 6:30 pm. It’s sure to be a dog fight like last game. Hopefully the refs will not call so many fouls in the fourth quarter for the mavs. As Bill Walton says, “just let the guys play ball.” Also, Rasheed Wallace guaran-sheed a win (basically two wins in a row), so we’ll see if that comes to fruition tomorrow as well.
Happy mother’s day! I don’t know who I would be or what I would do without my mom. She has influenced me in almost every aspect of my life. Her support is unwavering and her love is priceless. I appreciate everything she does. I can’t wait to see her on Friday when all my finals will be finished.
I am seriously more busy now that classes are over than I was all semester. Studying for these finals is time-consuming and arduous. I basically studied all day today with breaks to eat and surf the web. I needed the caffeine, but I don’t enjoy drinking diet Coke’s, Pepsi’s, or any of those carbonated beverages. As much as I know I am trying best and that is all that really matters (and all I can ask of myself), it would be nice to get some good grades to give some positive feedback and make all this hard work gratifying.
The morning and early afternoon was spent doing property. At about 5 pm, I went to a cool party at the Latin studies house. There was a good band playing some Latin music and great food with bbq beef to go inside fajitas. Afterwards, we hit antiturst up for nearly 3 hours. I rounded out the day watching the Suns v. Clippers game at the 750 – a close game with Steve Nash coming through in clutch, but Marion really carrying the Suns today. Otherwise, I look forward to the Mavs-Spurs Texas-two step tomorrow. Should be a interesting to see how San Antonio responds to the excellent Dallas performance in game 2. Of course, there will be plenty of studying going on surrounding the nba game.
I am tired right now, good night…
One exam down, three to go. I thought I did well, I came out of the test with no critical regrets or realizations of things I forgot. I did my best and that’s all I can ask of myself.
I did shoot myself in the foot a little in one regard. In a stroke of utter stupidity, I somehow thought the exam started at 9:30 am instead of 9 am this morning. I show up at 9 am to the courtyard and start eating breakfast that this firm has provided for free. I am enjoying the food and such and wondering where everyone else is – THEY WERE ALREADY TAKING THE EXAM!! At 9:15 I decide to go set up to find everyone typing away and concentrating at the exam. I ran down to the registrar and picked up my exam, starting 20 minutes late. I was definitely flustered for the beginning and may have not been thinking coherently, but I eased in to the test and the late factor spurred me to think fast. I still managed to finish the exam. I could have used the 20 minutes, but it probably would have thinking of things to put instead of writing things I have already thought. It was definitely an idiotic mistake I will not repeat, but I think the damage was minimal. Like I said, I tried my best in the time I left myself and I think I did a good job bringing up multiple points and analyzing them.
Now time to forget about con law and enjoy the afternoon. It’s my birthday, but it doesn’t really feel like it. I’m going to do some exercise and hang out with Talli and David which should be fun. Next, I will need to start studying for antitrust and property exams, on the 18th and 19th respectively.
I hear the weather is supposed to be really nice in Seattle, I could be climbing a mountain or two right now. Oh well, soon enough…
Basically all I have done today is practice (previously administered) tests for Con Law. I also went to the law school for a root beer float that was tasty. It fit in perfectly with the sunny and warm weather. Check out the satellite photograph above, there isn’t a cloud for hundreds of miles around the bay area.
Arrillaga: Good shoulder and bicep workout at Arrillaga. Tomorrow I’ll do back and possibly leg weights depending on how much I want to study the day before the exam.
Another spectacular day at Stanford weatherwise. It’s like somebody took the forecast, brought it to a copy machine, and made 20 copies. Upper 70’s during the day, comfortable at night – this is how it’s supposed to be.
I have essentially completed my paper for privacy class. I edited and bluebooked yesterday and it is set to go. Now its just the three finals on the plate.
The entire morning was spent at a Con Law review session that spanned from 9:30 am to 1 pm. I think it was really helpful – many points were clarified. I’ve got just two more days of studying for it and then Con Law will be forever finished. I’ve also got two days till my birthday. At least the afternoon will be fun. I guess I can view finishing Con Law as the birthday present.
Arrillaga: Yesterday I hit the gym for back weights. Today I ran outdoors for 45 minutes. Tomorrow I will return to Arrillaga for shoulders and bicep weights.
Another beautiful spring day in California, another day studying for finals! Unfortunately, this outcome will be repeating itself for the next 10 days. I got some quality studying in for Constitutional law today, so that makes me feel like it was worthwhile. Lots of Supreme Court cases, so I decided to post a picture of the famous SCOTUS building.
Yesterday evening I had a nice workout at Taper. I hit the bench and worked up to 10 reps of 150 pounds. Then, with the help of a spotter, I did 10 reps of 155 and then 6 reps of 165. The purpose is to get used to more weight so the lighter weights seem easy.
After the workout, I checked out the “biggest” party of the year, Sunsplash at Sigma Nu. The party lived up to its “big” characterization, but in a generally negative way. There were WAY to many people packed on those dancefloors. I got claustrophobic very quickly – people pushing, bottlenecks at every door, and generally too many dudes. The party was still fun in its own way. It’s always interesting to check out such an extravaganza.
I am going to head over to Arrillaga for some back weights here pretty soon and then try and make some headway on editing my paper for privacy class so I can turn it in Tuesday and devote my full attention to the three exams.
My least favorite team in all of sports, the Los Angeles Lakers, were just eliminated from the playoffs. After leading the series 3-1 and causing me to give up on the Suns, the Lakers took a monumental tumble.
The Phoenix suns torched the Lakers on this, the deciding seventh game, scoring 121 points and blowing them out by 31 points. With the Suns offense rolling on all cylinders, one-man Kobe was not enough to keep up. This game seemed like it was over from the get-go. Phoenix had seven players in double figures in an amazingly balanced offensive attack. Leandro Barbosa continues to show he is for real, shooting 10 for 12 from the field and tallying 26 points. With Phoenix in offensive rhythm, I bet the Clippers are not looking forward to the next match-up.
Meanwhile the real Western Conference Finals is going to be taking place between the Mavs and the Spurs. In a twisted scheduling program designed with TV in mind and not the players, the Spurs have to play just 36 hours after eliminating the Kings. Seems cruel to do that to the defending champs with home-court advantage in the Western Conference.
Otherwise, today involved lots of con law outlining and studying and editing. I am going to head to Taper to hit the bench press pretty soon since Arrillaga is already closed. I ate some tasty chicken which will hopefully spark some energy.
A short post to make up for the fact that I didn’t post yesterday (sorry). Today was another busy day and it seemed like it flew by. Con law exam is less than a week away. I know that no matter what I do, I won’t feel completely prepared for this exam, but I am going to do my best. I have a outline complete for the course, but I need to go over it in detail and make sure I understand the intricacies of each case. I am going to start looking at the practice exams starting tomorrow as well. I also have an outline complete for antitrust class and mostly complete for property (two more property classes left and some stuff to add).
As a testament to the stupidity of some law students, somebody decided to lock their bike along with my bike (which was already locked when they arrived) to the metal bike post. After class this morning, I couldn’t bike home because I had to wait for the owner of the other bike to come. I just walked home and had to walk back this evening to retrieve my bike. Moral of the story: you may be a smart-ass in class, but an idiot in real life!
NHL: The second round is set. Interestingly, seeds 1-4 made the conference semi’s in the eastern conference and seeds 5-8 made it in the western conference. Looks like the local San Jose Sharks will face Edmonton.
NBA: A buzzer beater by Lebron lifted the Cavs over the Wizards today for a 3-2 series lead. They should have won this game because it was in Cleveland. The Wizards are playing tough and I give them credit. The Pistons dispatched the Bucks today in a blow-out and will face the winner of the Cavs-Wizards series. Sadly, Raja Bell will be suspended for game 6 of the Lakers-Suns series after clothes-lining Kobe . This makes the task for Phoenix even more arduous. It would be amazing if they can pull it off in L.A. without a starter.
Arrillaga: Quick workout at the gym today featuring dumbbells for the shoulders and cable cross-over for the pecs. I also ran outdoors today for 45 minutes. It has been awhile since I have done the loop so it was nice to feel the fresh air again.