There's a wonderful list that was published on McSweeney's Internet Tendency entitled "Classes My Top-Tier Law School Should Have Offered as Warnings About the Profession." Here it is:
Cutting and Pasting Legal Lingo
Explaining Business Associations to the People Who Are Running Them
4 A.M. Word Processing and the Law
Ethics of Conspicuous Consumption
Forwarding E-mails: Theory and Practice: Seminar
Arbitrary-Deadline Negotiation Strategies
Crying Quietly: Clinic
Jeans-Friday Advocacy Workshop
Cutting and Pasting II: Plural to SingularYeah, that "Crying Quietly" one? That's no joke. (Neither are most of the others, but that's a topic for a different post.) Point being, I actually wept salty tears of anger and frustration in my office this morning while having it out with a colleague. (And after.) Which, I believe, is the first time in the neary 4 years of my legal career I've actually cried about work at work. (Between you and me, I'll admit I've cried about it a home a few times. Maybe more than a few.)
I realize I may be on the verge of committing a Dooce-style crime here, so I will refrain from sharing details, and they don't really matter here anyway. The point is, I felt I was justifiably angry and frustrated, thinking about quitting, and really, really upset. So I emailed my Emergency Squad. DH (that's darling husband) Jade and his sister, my DSIL (darling sister-in-law, sometimes just DS) Abra. And with one phone call and 2 emails, they had me feeling all was right with the world again. Or at least that it was survivable.
Abra gave me some good coping advice: "Smile, nod and plot their ultimate demise." I want to post those words secretly somewhere in my office so I can look at it every time I allow myself to feel alive enough to struggle against this wretched, soul-killing, b-s-filled place.
So today, I am grateful for Jade and Abra. Though they are of course different individuals (and not twins), they are also so much alike. It's like I get to have my best friends in boy and girl form, and how cool is that?