Friday, August 14, 2009

Inspiration

What a week! I finished classes last night. I have most grades done for one of my classes and will have to tackle the other one tomorrow. I had to go down to Dallas this afternoon for a continuing legal education class. I was down there trying to figure out what new laws the legislature passed this past session and how that will impact my clients. The one thing I found out that will probably impact the most Texans reading this blog is that it is now illegal to not wear a seat belt no matter what your age or where you are sitting in the car...or at least it will be as of September 1st. Yes, that means you adults sitting in the backseat.

This morning I got up early to watch Cory Booker on CSPAN. You may or may not know who Cory is. You may have seen him last weekend on "Meet the Press" with Mayor Bloomberg or in the July 27th edition of Time Magazine. Cory is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He went to Stanford and played football there, was a Rhodes Scholar and went to Yale Law School. Since graduating from law school, he has displayed a strong public service ethic and is a very eloquent speaker. I admire him a lot, plus he's single and pretty handsome, so what's not to like!

Each semester, I show my students a documentary called "Street Fight" about his first run for office. I love it and most of them do too. This fall on Sundance Channel, they are running a 5 episode series called Brick City that follows Cory's second year in office. I think it is going to be fantastic.

Anyway, where I was going with this story is that this morning on CSPAN, Cory got some good questions and some wack-o questions, but wouldn't you know the very last question was one of our own Texan nuts from Fort Worth. I follow Cory on Twitter and responded to a tweet about the CSPAN appearance and basically said, We aren't all nuts here in Texas! You want to know what happened next? No? Well, I'm telling you anyway! I got a direct response from Cory!!! Oh yes, I did! I couldn't believe it when it showed up in my e-mail inbox. Needless to say, I was on about cloud 9 for the rest of the day!

Another person who I have found inspiring is Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Here is a link to the eulogy that her daughter, Maria Shriver gave today at her funeral. It is about 14 minutes, so if you don't have time to watch, I'll let you know a couple of the "famous" inspiring sayings that Eunice said over the year that Maria shared today... "What have your done for the world today?" & "Stop your yipping..." which was usually followed by, get out there and do something, etc.

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