I am a lawyer, born and reared in the Twin Cities. Family is everything to me. My mother I adore and my father I worship (my father is also a lawyer). I have two older brothers whom I love dearly: one, 39, is married and has a young son and daughter and works as a financial analyst; the other is 36 and single and works as a civil engineer. My brothers and I were dispersed for years while being schooled and while establishing careers (Boston, Palo Alto, London, New York; Ames, Fort Collins, Denver; Princeton, Vienna, Washington, D.C., Boston), but we are all home now—and, it is my hope, we are all home for good. The newest member of my family is Joshua, whom I met in Washington while I was in my last year of law school and while Josh was in his last year of undergraduate studies. We immediately became inseparable and have faced the world together practically from the day we met. We have recently returned to the Twin Cities from Boston, where Josh gained his Juris Doctor. We have many interests and participate in numerous and diverse activities, yet we are mostly homebodies, playing sports, reading history tomes (and passionately discussing them) and spending time with family.
A DANGLING MODIFIER HALLOWEENReplyDelete
I have finally decided upon MY costume for Halloween, Andrew, a very inexpensive choice based upon the following excerpts from a sad news story about a Texas high school cheerleader:
In a case that largely has been ignored by the mainstream media, a federal appeals court has upheld the decision of a Texas school district to punish a cheerleader for refusing to cheer for a player who pleaded guilty to attacking her.
While a grand jury decided against indicting Rakheem Bolton, the basketball player later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of Class A assault.
The case involves the minor girl identified in court documents only as H.S., from Silsbee High School in Texas . . . .
". . . Well, I'm sure H.S. never expected to be 'volunteering' to cheer for someone who had assaulted her," Alex DiBranco wrote in a commentary at Women's Rights, one of the few blogs and opinion sites even to mention the case.
"And the idea that just being silent during Bolton's free throws, a barely noticeable act, was 'substantial interference with the work of the school,' – um, we're talking extracurricular sports, not classroom disruption – makes little sense."
And so, I’ve decided to go "trick-or-treating" dressed as a “barely noticeable free throw.”
The costume will consist of a basketball, a pair of Iowa City cowgirl booties – and nothing else.
When one is confused because of imprecise writing, he is not confused over nothing. He is confused over ANYTHING.
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I would reconsider the costume if I were you.
After all, it may be chilly that night.