Quote of the Day “No one is so brave that he is not disturbed by something unexpected.” –Julius Caesar
Through the years there have often been times TB has found himself in a strange place doing something off the life script. I’ll never forget the out of body experience I had around 2 a.m. in the middle of a cotton field in the back seat of a small carload of strangers wedged between a girl I never knew went to my high school who had become a really hot model and some dude that was trying to block my intentions regarding her. (Neither of us had a chance it turned out.) Nevertheless, I remember pausing between beers to consider, “how did I get to this exact pinpoint of life?”
I had a similar revelation one day in Palestine, Texas, as I sat on the floor above an air vent with a paper plate full of cookies and pigs in a blanket in the crumbling trailer of a mesothelioma victim I was deposing along with about a dozen other lawyers. Law school does not prepare you for such a moment.
TB’s long time readers have probably noticed I don’t discuss my family. That’s because I feel like the blog is my waiver of privacy and not theirs. But I believe I can relate to you without crossing that boundary the increasingly common moments that come with having a family which I never thought would be part of my life.
It still comes as a shock to me that I can endure, much less watch and handicap, Project Runway. There was a time in my life when I could not conceive of missing New Year’s Day college football and even less a chance of missing a Mississippi State bowl game, but that’s exactly what happened in 2007. If you’d said I’d one day learn to sleep on a postage stamp sized area of my bed I’d have called you crazy. And today I found myself standing at the zoo holding a soggy graham cracker, sippy cup of water, twenty-five pounds of pure determination and talking on the phone about settlement negotiations and motions to dismiss. I found myself wondering as I hung up the phone just how I managed to take all the right turns in the past to bring me to that pinpoint on the map of life. Just one misstep back in 1990 or 2004 or any other time and these things would probably have never come to pass. How’s that for some philosobaen?
And finally, I never thought the dark day would come that I’d consider buying a mini-van–oh wait, I am NOT considering a mini-van. Yet. I’ll leave that to the Ed’s and Larry’s of the world.