Monday, October 01, 2007


It feels like it should be a rainy, windy autumn night. I almost wish it were; it would give me something to be distracted by, something to listen to rather than the words rattling around in my head. But, alas, it is nothing more than a cool October early morning, the first such of the month - and a Monday no less - and it is perhaps fitting that the weather is as pleasant, albeit cool, as it is. And the words will not go away.

It has been a trying weekend. Perhaps not trying so much as busy, but in only in a semi-predictable way. I knew I would be waking before dawn Saturday morning to make the drive from Sacramento to the University of California at San Francisco’s Hastings School of the Law to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). I was to be there by 8:30 a.m. sharp and I left with plenty of time to get there and find parking. I did not expect to meet a Honda Accord in the intersection of 7th and Market streets… I expected to cross the intersection unimpeded, protected by a green light.

Although no one was hurt and the damage to each of our cars was relatively minor, it still took some time clear the intersection and exchange information. I still did not have a parking place. With about 20 minutes left before I had to be at Hastings, I was back on my quest in search of parking, the nose of my still new car bearing the scars of the incident. I made it and took a test that was probably the most challenging I have ever encountered - I have no idea how well I did.

But it’s done. The LSAT has been weighing heavily on me for about three or four weeks. No matter what I was doing, it was always at the back of my mind. Now it’s over and I can concentrate on my more immediate priorities, one of which is writing for this blog. The results from the LSAT will be available in a couple of weeks and depending on what my score is, I will make decisions regarding which direction I’ll go in the coming year(s). Right now, I really don’t care whether it’s law school or not… in fact, it’s completely out of my hands at this point. Indeed, there are precious few “wrong” turns from here.

The last few posts here have either referenced postings on my new blog, Home of the Free, or they have actually been copied from there. Although I thoroughly enjoy the writing I have done there, it was not created for the free form meandering I often write here. It is a blog created to meet a requirement for my column writing class and as such, it is subject to certain rules regarding both content and form. It is not unlike a job. The 25 Year Plan has never been about anything at all - until the words are written, it is free to go wherever it may.

Tonight (or, to be precise, this morning) it is about nothing. It is just a reflection. It’s value is personal - both to the reader and perhaps more so, to the writer. It is what it is and nothing more. As far as I’m concerned, it’s most redeeming feature is that it is exclusive to the 25 Year Plan. It has not been cross-posted anywhere.


Jennifer said...

Awwwwwwww, Mike...I hate that...a fender-bender before a huge test like that had to be stressful, to say the least :( I'm sorry :( I'm glad it's over for you for now, and I'm glad to see you posting here again...I do love reading your writing.

kenju said...

The accident must have rankled you a bit, and that is certainly not the best way to start a test like the LSAT. However, you are so smart and so focused, that I have no doubt that you did well on it.

Bobkat said...

I have my fingers crossed for you for the LSAT results. How awful to have had an accident just before. I am glad it was relatively minor.

I can tell from this post you have a lot going on in your mind. Reading between the lines, you seem unsettled. I hope you work things out soon.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I realized the newbloggy was a requirement, n understand this is your preferred! I'd rather free-form blog than do any structured task myself...
The space to just be yourself is indeed creatively necessary!

It's good no one was injured, but the gut-ball from the crash is traumatic just the same, considering your trauma past!
Good thing I always keep you in my prayers.
Let the chips fall where they may, Law-wise, you have other roads to travel- have happier trails (n get the dents fixed)!

Lady Prism said...

I dunno' but for me you sounded tired while writing this...

It's almost Friday here ( in an hour)..I hope the rest of the week went fine for you...

Seems exciting...the anticipation about what your score would be...I wish you the best of luck.

flleenie said...

Accidents happen & they stink. Nobody likes them, nobody wants them to happen, but if you planned them, then they wouldn't be accidents!

As for the "other" blog, I understand the purpose of completing a class requirement. It is time consuming to write separate blogs. If you write because 'you have to' you are writing 'what is expected'. If you write because 'you want to' you write from your soul.

Myself, I love to ramble & sound off. It protects my sanity!

Catherine said...

I hope the results come out well - and then you will have the luxury of deciding whether it's what you want or not. Will the other guy be paying for the damage to your car? I just visited, but Michele sent me back again :)

Unique Designs from Zazzle said...

Good Luck.

I took the LSAT when I was 21 and graduated law at age 38.

Just took the bar back in July.

Cheers to taking things at our own pace -- even if it is the chagrin of others (grin)

mckay said...

it's at this blog where i find 'you', which i prefer over your course work, fine as it may be.

your fender bender reminds me of when my sis got into an accident on her way to the USC entrance exam. it shook her up so much she failed miserably. i'm sure your result will fair much better.

so, mr. fantasy lawyer, when you pass and do the time, which branch of law are you favoring?


p.s. of course, i'm grateful you're okay. you've had your fair share of accident injuries.

X said...

That's what I like about can be personal. It's not structured, although it can well well-thought out. I hope all is well with you!

X said...

And it sucks about the accident!