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Down to the Wire

I’ve been in Georgia since the end of May to study for and take the Georgia Bar Exam. (I get results at the end of October, and the exam seems like it was so long ago! Wow!) I spent a lot of time applying for jobs––I estimate that I’ve applied to 30-40 by now––and while I’ve gotten a couple of interviews, I haven’t received a job offer.

I have another interview this Thursday. If I don’t get that job, I’m moving back to Tennessee at the beginning of October to look for jobs and save some money. I’m looking forward to being close to some of my best friends, but I’m not looking forward to living with my parents.

So my job hunt has come down to the wire; I won’t know whether I get to stay here until the very last moment, and it’s driving me crazy. I feel like I don’t have control over my life, and I hate that. I’ve been really stressed over the past few months trying to figure out what I’m going to do and dealing with family members who have their own life plan for me to follow. I’ve never experienced this total lack of direction in my life, and I’m still learning how to deal with it.

But I know that wherever I end up is where I’m meant to be, at least in the short-term. I have great friends back home, and I know that their support and love is going to get me through the bad days. (Cause friendship is magic, you guys.)

Dragon*Con Pictures

Dragon*Con was awesome, as usual. And except for not having my staff for Menace, my costumes got finished. Had a minor malfunction––-one of the jewels popped off of my top—but you can barely tell in pictures. XD

The highlight of my weekend was having Felicia Day, Amy Okuda, and Robin Thorsen from The Guild take pictures of a costume group I was in! They posed for a picture with us, too, and were so sweet and lovely.

Link to my Flickr set is here: Dragon*Con 2011

It’s public right now, and it’ll likely stay public until Flickr pervs start adding pictures of my friends as favorites. (Ew.)

My friend, Derek Deweese, has some better, more interesting pictures at his site. He used the Jarvie Window effect/technique to take over 400 portraits. You can see those here: The Dragon*Con 2011 Jarvie Window Experience

Juris Doctor!

Picture of me after my law school graduation and hooding. May 13, 2011.

Greetings from Atlanta!

Well. I just realized that I hadn’t posted since May 26, and that’s terrible.

I graduated Law School and moved to Atlanta for Bar Review. I’m spending most of my mornings holed up in the Sheraton hotel in downtown Atlanta and my afternoons at my apartment, which I found on Craigslist. I’m seeing my boyfriend, Bill, two or three times a week, and I’m staying on top of my bar prep homework. Go me.

The Bar Exam is on July 26-27–45 days away. After that, hopefully I’ll stay in Atlanta, but I honestly don’t know where I’ll be because I don’t have a steady job yet. I’m still blogging, though, and looking to turn that (and social media management in general) into a full-time gig.

Other than that, not much is happening. I’m really enjoying being in Atlanta and getting to know a new city. OH. I saw the new X-Men movie last weekend, and it was awesome. Probably my favorite of all the X-Men movies, which is saying a lot because X-2 is one of my favorite movies ever.

Okay. I’m going to work on some posts for a queue, so that I don’t go weeks without posting again for a while.

The Woodlands of Knoxville: Selectively Enforcing Policies since 2009

I live in the Woodlands of Knoxville, a “gated” community (the gates are usually open or frequently broken) where people have the option of purchasing units. They can buy these units and live in them or rent them out to students. If they rent them out to students, then they can manage it themselves or allow the office to manage the property for them.

I live in a unit managed by the property. Downstairs, in a privately-managed unit, the tenant has two horrible dogs that bark for hours on end. (Try three and a half hours straight yesterday. Yeah. It’s ridiculous.) Unfortunately for me, because the Woodlands of Knoxville doesn’t manage the unit, the most they can do is fine the tenants and notify the owners of the property. (What a sweet deal, right? They basically get money without having to actually FIX THE PROBLEM. Where can I get a job like that?)

Also unfortunately for me, the Woodlands of Knoxville doesn’t seem to understand that regardless of how they’ve tied their own hands with their policies, my rights are still being violated, and that violation constitutes a breach of their lease agreement. At this point, they want me to call Knoxville Police Department and Knox County Animal Control because they say there’s “nothing else” they can do.

TN Code requires a good faith obligation to perform the duties in lease agreements and in the TN Landlord-Tenant Act. In addition to basically blowing me off in their e-mails (it’s obvious, based on their responses, that they either: don’t read my messages in their entirety, or think I’m an idiot who doesn’t know my rights—like a lot of the other tenants who live here), the Woodlands of Knoxville isn’t really putting forth a lot of effort to enforce the other rules and policies that they have chosen to enact. Tenants aren’t allowed to have grills, for example—they pose a fire hazard when kept on the porches that contain the only staircase in some of the buildings. But a LOT of tenants have grills. Big ones, too. Tenants also aren’t allowed to leave trash out in common areas—on porches, in breezeways, etc. The landlord is actually required by Tennessee Code to provide a dumpster for complexes as large as the Woodlands of Knoxville and to maintain property to provide a clean, habitable living environment. And yet, tenants leave piles of trash outside their doors—sometimes in bags, sometimes loose trash, sometimes in giant trash barrels. And they stay there for days, sometimes weeks.

On my way home today, I took a drive through one SECTION of my apartment complex and took pictures of the trash and grills I saw. These units are townhouses, and there are around 12 of them in the area I perused. 9 out of the 12 had trash or a grill, in violation of the Woodlands of Knoxville’s policies and Tennessee Code. I sent them pictures, which I also uploaded to Flickr, in case they couldn’t open the Zip file I sent them.

Now, if the Woodlands of Knoxville refuses to enforce a minor, revenue-building policy such as removing trash and imposing fines, how on earth can I believe that they’re acting in good faith on my behalf? I can’t, and they don’t understand that, either. It’s mind-boggling. All I have to say is, thank God this is the last year I’m living here.

Upcoming Costumes 2011

I know we’re two weeks in, but Happy New Year! I’m trying to come up with an overall theme or direction for this blog, but until I can figure something out, I’ll just keep posting a hodge-podge of stuff.

Here’s what I hope to start working on soon:
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Is it worth it?

I’m in the middle of filling out a Character and Fitness Application for the GA Bar, and I’m gobsmacked at how much of a money racket this is. Now, I’ve always felt like law school was a money racket, but most of those costs are extraneous and avoidable. Paying for the Bar, however, is mandatory, and having to drop so much money at once is discouraging and irritating.

In the past week, I have paid:
– $200 deposit for Bar Review classes (which will cost $2500 total!)
– $50 for copies of my birth certificate

More upcoming fees include:
– $50 for fingerprints for one of the state bars
– $500 to submit my Character and Fitness Application
– $80 “notice of intent” that I’m going to apply for the TN Bar, and all the other trappings of that application, including a $100 laptop fee so that I don’t have to hand-write all those essays.

I’m definitely keeping track of all of these costs, but I’m going to go on and estimate that the GA Bar, including the review classes, ends up costing me at least $4000.

So the big question is: Is it worth it? I’ve got close to $100,000 in debt and NO job prospects. I want to move to Atlanta, which has a bigger job market, but I can’t afford to relocate. At this point, it definitely doesn’t seem worth it. I’m terrified about the idea of graduating and having nothing to do and nowhere to go but home to my parents’ house.

I feel like all of these fees are HUGE barriers to entry into the profession. I realistically can’t afford $4000 per bar exam, but I have to be willing to fork it all out because otherwise I’m $100,000 in debt for a degree I’m not even using. And I want to use my law degree. I want to do IP law, and affect public policy, and, yes, make some money so I can pay off my debt and fund my hobbies. I just don’t want to go bankrupt before I even get my license, and the more I pay for fingerprints, background checks, and application fees, the more I worry about that.

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