You know, there are highly recommended methods of dealing with spikes of clinical depression. Adjust your meds, go into individual or group therapy, talk it out with loved ones, exercise more.
Screw all that. I'm getting a high fine grump on.
Sometimes you can't tell what's going to trigger an episode. It's a mystery. Maybe it's seasonal. Maybe it's some obscure cyclical biological trigger. Maybe it's shitty TV.
Other times it's perfectly obvious. So yesterday, when I had to attend a lengthy and wrenching funeral of a member of my deacon flock, and Katrina then made me sit through the entirely depressing "We Are Marshall", and then I realized that there was no way I could adjust my schedule today to take flowers to my mother's grave on what would have been her 65th birthday, all the alarm bells started ringing.
Fortunately I have developed an extremely effective method of dealing with an episode: being a prick.
Now, I can't be a prick to the wife, because quite frankly I'm afraid of her. And the kids are, in a very limited sense, innocent. My colleagues and staff are decent and don't deserve it. Random people on the street are not my targets of choice, unless they offer unsolicited rudeness. Random children and pets are no challenge. A majority of clients are too pathetic.
This leaves opposing counsel and the more irritating clients.
Hence I got up very early to do some writing I had been putting off in various cases. I do some of my best work in this state. Me on a normal day: "The jury instructions proposed by the SEC contain a lengthy description of the SEC's history and duties which is not necessary or relevant." Me this morning: "The jury instructions are not the proper vehicle for the SEC's attorneys to work out their self-esteem issues."
Don't worry. I get someone to edit it before it gets filed.
Now, off to write a letter to a client explaining why when he took the action I specifically and repeatedly warned against, it had the negative consequences I predicted, despite his primitive belief that everything is for the best in the best possible of worlds.
I feel better already.
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