Well, I'm blogging to you over a very weak wireless connection at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in downtown San Antonio. I'm at the State Bar's Advanced Criminal Law Conference, and we're into day two.
Sunday night I went on a boat cruise on Lake Austin for Mark McCrimmon's 50th birthday. There were a lot of people on the cruise, many of them familiar faces from the courthouse (including a number of people from my office, like Lastovica, Yvonne, Ashley, Brandon, Swaim, Dan, Vicki, etc.). Also, of course, Kim, Sigmund, and Jennifer were on board for the cruise (each of them adveturous seafarers in their own right). Anyway, the cruise was fun and the margaritas were strong. Thanks to Mark for hosting it. It seems like we used to have more of those types of social events involving people from the courthouse, and they really do help to lend the courthouse a bit more of a sense of community than it might otherwise have.
The conference has been okay so far. There's a lot of information in the classes that I've already heard a number of times before, but there are a few new, interesting things in there, too (the problem, of course, being the fact that you have to sit through a lot of stuff that you already know in order to come across a few new bits of information). There was also some presenter this morning from the County and District Attorney's Association who literally stood up there and lectured a room full of lawyers because they weren't awake enough and weren't providing enough questions and audience participation. What a tool.
Last night a group of about 20 or more of us (including Judge Breland, John Lipscombe, Dain Whitworth, Judge Crain, Brandon, Yvonne, Channing, David Escamilla, Vicki Ashley, etc.) went and ate at La Fogata over on Vance Jackson. The food was pretty good, and the company was good, but the service was slow, and we ended up sitting outside on a covered patio that was pretty warm. All in all, though, it was pretty fun, and I had a chance to catch up with some people that I hadn't seen in a while and people that I just don't get that much of a chance to catch up with at work.
Anyway, the conference is pretty good, but on the other hand, 4 days is a whole lotta conference. We'll see how things go as the week progresses.
Everyone keep their fingers crossed that Cassidy is doing well over at Ryan and Jamie's house. They were kind of enough to keep her, but last time my intrepid pup stayed at their casa, she managed to somehow sprain or strain her front leg (she sometimes forgets her three legged limits when wrastling with her cousin, Lucy) and ended up limping around for a week upon her return.
Well, that's it for now. Let's see if this wireless network lets me post....