Update: Farewell to the Law…

February 20, 2010 in Blogging, On Writing, Study by pacejmiller

(Big exhale…)

On Friday, 19th of the February 2010, I finally closed the book on my career in law.

I guess it was a long time coming, but it was also one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made.  I’ve studied law for 6 years (including a Masters).  I’ve been employed in it for 4.  I’ve worked with some of the most brilliant minds in this country (and some of the most retarded).  I’ve made friends I hope will still be a part of my life (and run away from some of the most psychotic).  Whichever way I look at it, the last 10 years of my life has been a wild (albeit insanely stressful and dry) time.

However, I suppose I was never really meant to be a lawyer.  I never had a passion for the law that some of my fellow lawyers did.  I never felt the urge to be the alpha dog, to climb the ladder towards partnership and lucrative financial rewards.  I just wanted to protect my neck in this sometimes cut-throat business.

Being an overachiever in law at university was the worst thing that could have happened to me.  People automatically assumed I read cases, legislation and legal articles in my spare time (this actually happened on countless occasions).  People would say, “Remember that case about [blah blah blah]?” and I would pretend to be trying to recall the case until they thought of the answer themselves (this happened at least 10 times, and it may have even been the same case).  There were occasions when I was told I did a great job when I didn’t even really know what I did or what was doing!  I find it amazing that I could be ‘highly regarded’ when I consistently felt like a complete moron.

People ask me why, if I’m so unsuited for the law, I ended up in it in the first place.  The only thing I can say is that it was probably a combination of being totally clueless, not knowing what I wanted to do, expectations, following friends, and pride.  That said, I don’t regret it (much).  I’ve learned a lot, experienced a lot, and made a lot of great friends.  I’d probably do it all over again.

But alas, I’m moving on.  I won’t miss the long hours.  I certainly won’t miss the stress (or the rapid ageing – I’ve been told I looked like a 14-year-old when I joined my old firm in 2005; no one mistakes me for a 19-year-old now).

This blog will also start to undergo some changes shortly.  I still have a few Taiwan food posts remaining which I plan to crunch out soon, but after that, I intend to shift the focus back to writing – following my writing adventures, putting up helpful tips, resources and links – all that crap.  Of course, with more time on my hands, I’ll still be reviewing films and books and dabble in other stuff, but hopefully the focus can be on writing.  Hopefully…

Tiger’s Apology: Sincere or Phony?

February 20, 2010 in Entertainment by pacejmiller

So Tiger Woods finally comes out and makes a public statement about his, er, infidelities.  How he has let people down.  How he has let his wife and family down.  Pretty much what everyone has known for the last few months.

I haven’t read the general public reaction to Wood’s apology, but I can imagine it would be mixed.  Personally, I thought he could have at least memorised it rather than read off a piece of paper.  Apologies always feel more sincere when not read.

I also didn’t like the mention of sponsors and reminding everyone what a humanitarian he is.  I’d rather someone else remind us – it feels less contrived that way.  But what would I know – I am sure Woods’ team spent days working on this script to make it perfect.

The funniest part of the whole speech is when Tiger showed anger at allegations that his wife Elin had attacked him on the night that the cat was let out of the bag.  Tiger was adamant that Elin never touched him.  Like most others, I found that very disappointing.  Let’s face it.  We all secretly hoped that the rumours were true and she clubbed him with his three wood.

I’d give the apology a B-.  If I hadn’t heard Woods speak before and didn’t know he was so..’wooden’ in his delivery then I might have given it a C.

So what do you think?  Was this a genuine, sincere attempt by Woods to make amends, or just another well calculated, phony PR stunt cooked up by Woods’ management team?

I think the best for Woods to make everyone forget about his indiscretions is to go back to winning on the golf course.  Sports lovers, and Americans in particular, are great at forgiving supreme athletes, as long as they perform.