Well, my transition from my old felony division to the new is done, although not as smoothly as I'd have liked - the 14hr days trying to cover two divisions with full caseloads, only one of which I knew anything about, will *not* be missed.
However, my replacement attorney managed, on her first day, to close down a case to a fantastic deal - a case that had given me months of head-aches. So I'm *very* pleased.
My new trial partners are awesome. In internet parlance, they may even be "teh awesomst."
My new judge is also awesome. "teh awesomsterrr"? The first sounding we had was fantastic, so much that it defies metaphor. I think the high point was the judge getting the state to nolle pross a clearly BS case which was preventing my client from re-enrolling in drug court. She basically demolished the entire case in a few seconds. Other judges would have let the case get set for trial, let depos be taken, and then let the state and I work out whether or not the case should be dropped. Here - it happened in under five minutes of the case being called. Hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars saved, hours from at least 6 people's lives not wasted, and, most importantly, my client gets to go to a specialized court to deal with his substance abuse issues.
What else? I met some of the new hires for the office. On the whole they seem pretty cool - and a couple were flat out impressive, but not in a gunslinger way. I'm so tired of gunslingers. Although some people think I'm one - so go figure.
I became part of the kitten rescue project at work - we carried about a little kitten until people fought over her. Probably one of the best lunch hours I've had, and a great way to relax. I wish I could bring El Gato Perfecto into work with me. It would make the hours so much easier.
I also met some very nice yoga people at a fundraiser and got a back massage. Oh my god, I can't tell you how nice that was. It felt like someone was fraying apart a rope inside my back. I think I put a lot of my stress there. One's thinking of teaching a men's yoga class. I'm curious about that. I do some basic stretching poses, but I'm a very short muscle fiber kind of guy. Oddly enough, I never seem to pull anything (beyond the occasional leg tweak when cycling over 50 miles). I am feeling a bit more creakly lately though. Eh.
I wound up at the same sushi place with the same people at 2am for two weekends running. Odds are low.
The other big "news" is that I finally got the new motorcycle running. She's very very quick. Like slide off the seat quick. She's an 86 Vulcan also, but, rather than try to recreate the stock bike, I used her partially dis-assembled status to do a few things to increase power. Basically I put on different air filters, modified the carbs, and changed some of the exhaust features while discarding unneeded bits. This lightened the bike by about 30 pounds as well. I don't have any numbers yet, but the idea is to trade some MPG for power. I certainly got the power end of things, and she's much lower, more stable, and quicker than Bess. I'm not sure about the top end though. That's untested and will be for awhile.
What's phenomenally disappointing is that she's leaking gas from the carbs again. So I need to redo what I've done before and hope it works this time. I don't mind putting in the time, but I always prefer to keep going onto new projects than redoing something over and over and over. Sigh.
But it was a fun test ride.
OK, the weather, unlike yesterday is beautiful, with towering white clouds and much sunlight. So I'm off to the jails. Such is the glory of a C felony attorney.