Saturday, August 29, 2009

Congratulations, Survivors!

You did it!  I must confess that, not even in my wildest fantasies, did I think that NINE of you would finish the contest (of course, that's partly because blawgs don't usually make it into my wildest fantasies but that's too much information).  Seriously, "you done good!"

As for your prize, my original idea was to provide the winner with a copy of my book and an audio CD of my Cleaning Up the Stress Mess program.  However, as we have so many winners, the prize will have to be divided amongst you.  Therefore, Jill you get pages 1-32 of the book.  David you will receive pages 33-64.   On second thought, perhaps I should just have you pass the book and CD amongst yourselves.  Oh what the heck!  Books and CDs for everyone!  After all, if I can get rid of 9 more books, I might just have a chance of parking my car in my garage before the end of the decade.

Seriously, I'd love to send you the book and CD as my way of saying thanks for indulging my silliness in starting the contest in the first place and enduring my commentary throughout.  Just send me your mailing address and I'll ship them out to you.  Once again, thanks for participating.  It was a blast!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Nail Biter

It's now 10:30 pm on the west coast and all of our remaining blawgs have current posts except for Wags Outside.  Will we lose another contestant after so many days of flawless and fearless blogging?  The anticipation is killing me ...

What's also killing me is that nagging feeling that I'm just not worthy to have put on this contest.  Each of the remaining contestants has blown away any expectation that I ever had when I thought up this silly idea.  As you know, my thought was that a competition would spur me on to blog daily as I had been promising myself for almost a year now.  Well, you guys took that baton and ran with it like Olympic athletes, just without all of the suspicion of steroid usage and gender fraud.

Not only have you all posted daily but some of you are now posting more than once a day.  For example, Tax Girl, has been posting twice a day over the last week, including three posts on Friday.  And by the way, these weren't Twitter-like "Had great pizza for lunch.  Anyone else really like anchovies?" posts.  These were hardcore "If you'd like an aneurism, please try to understand this section of the tax code and how it applies to left-footed Hungarian miners and why the IRS might consider you to be one" posts.

Likewise, the contest seems to have spurred some rivalries (although no one will admit it).  For example, our employment lawyers have each upped the ante in terms of both content and presentation style over the last two weeks.  Apparently, someone is going for the title of "Best Damn Employment Law Blog" period.  The same is true for our techies.  I salute you with words from one of your heroes, Mork from Ork, "Nanu Nanu!"

Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to pop some popcorn and spend the next 90 minutes hitting the refresh button on my browser to see if Wags can pull out a squeaker.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Just One Down This Week

We finally lost our first castaway this week -- Izzie of Only 3 Years.  She missed Wednesday's post although I wouldn't hold it against her considering that she is in the midst of traveling half way across the world to start law school.  If I've ever heard of a good excuse, that's it.  Nevertheless, "rules is rules" and the remaining castaways will fight out it for the last six days.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Two Days Without a Single Loss

You all seem to have hit your strides nicely because no one has missed a post over the last two days. A few of you are posting multiple times per day and I'm getting a little concerned that one of you is going to be the most prolific homeless blawger of all time given that you can't possibly be finding time to work as well as write.

Seriously, keep up the good work, and if you'd like to treat yourself to some frivolity, here is my take on what Dr. King's I Have a Dream Speech would have been like if he used PowerPoint (Thank God that he didn't).

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Field is Holding

I must confess that, on our first Friday, I expected the castaways to start folding faster than a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress.  Fortunately, I was sadly mistaken (not about the Dems but about the castaways).  Over the weekend, we only lost one blog -- Current Employment.  That leaves 10 fearless survivors with just 10 days of blogging left. 

It's going to be interesting!

Friday, August 14, 2009

How Sad Is This?

I've been officially eliminated from my own contest.  In my defense, I was so devastated by the loss of 1L Poet on Day #3 that I was unable to post anything funny on Thursday.  And while most of you are thinking ("When did not being funny stop you from posting?"), that is my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
Of course, since I can't win the Grand Prize (a copy of my book), the remaining blawgers will have to go it alone.  See ya!

Yes, I'm teasing!  I'll continue to monitor the contest, post (almost) daily updates, and generally be the annoying S.O.B. that has made me the most sought-after legal personality on the lecture circuit (depending on the meanings of the words "sought-after", "legal", "personality", and "sexual relations with that woman").

In any event, keep it up!  One week down.  Two to go.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How To Cash in on a Law Degree ... Even In This Market

By now, you've probably read the account of the young woman who is suing her alma mater because of her inability to find a job.   She seeks the return of four years of tuition costs -- $70,000 -- plus a whopping $2,000 in pain and suffering for the misery of her grueling four-month job search (sadly, I've looked for my car keys longer than that).

During my weekly legal commentary on the Legal Broadcast Network, I explain why this case could just be the tip of the iceberg.