Advance at a walk!

I know, I know, it's more exciting to me, and no, I didn't get it on video.  Wesley walked two steady, continuous, intentional steps, with a full pause after the second step before dropping back down to the ground.

The next step is to see if I can have my camera on me the next time (and the step after that to fear what happens when he discovers running).

Can has babysitter?

Wesley is now six weeks old, and growing like a weed.  I'm still floored by the whole thing.  I don't think I can digest it well enough to put into words; at least, not yet.

He is getting old enough to have more contact with the outside world, and with other people.  To that end, both Lisa and I have some overlapping interests and occasionally will both want to go somewhere.  We'll probably take turns going to things for the most part, but it might also be nice to see about finding a few people who might enjoy playing babysitter.  

Would anyone be interested?  As a more general matter, what's the right way to deal with friends as babysitters?  Obviously I'd want to compensate someone for their time, but is straight up cash the best way to handle it?

Pomp and circumstance

So, I'm now, officially, Michael LoPrete, Attorney at Law.  The ceremony was this morning--it's the one time you can swear at a judge and not be held in contempt!

It was a short, efficient (maybe svelte?) affair: we all said our names, introducing ourselves to the presiding judges.  The most important of them took the opportunity to impart their wisdom to the group of new lawyers, congratulate us, and joke around with each other.  We all stood, swore our oath, and were sent on our way.  What's funny is that the entire affair was fluff--we weren't really attorneys, the handlers informed us just as the ceremony was about to begin, until we signed our names onto the oath, and that happened after the judges were done doing their thing.

Celebrations, Libations, etc.

Anyone interested in celebrating with me tonight?  I don't know exactly what I'm thinking in terms of plans, but it'd be nice to have a little fun after all this nervousness and waiting.

If you want to come along or have an idea, leave a comment, I'll have LJ on most of the day.


Less than 24 hours till I take the Bar exam... again. It's up in Indy, starts at 9am. I leave tomorrow morning at 630 from B-town (yes, excessive, but I'm being safe).

Lisa's bringing me up, and there should be no problem there; her car is working pretty well, so it would take a freak accident for it to not work.

That said, I'd like to see if I can't finagle an emergency backup. It'd be an exceedingly unlikely circumstance, and I'd only need the ride up (and of course would cover costs), but would anyone be available to give me a ride up tomorrow early morning, in case the unexpected happened?

(Yes, I'm nervous about the test; can you tell?)

Wine with dinner

I'm having a discussion with someone on the question of serving alcohol to minors with dinner.

My position, one based on how I grew up and my observations from friends who grew up similarly, is that there is nothing wrong if a parent serves his or her child a little wine with dinner, assuming that the parent deems it appropriate. As a parent, I certainly wouldn't be ok with other people serving my hypothetical child alcohol until the child was old enough to legally acquire it him/herself, but I take the position that parents can make the decision for themselves. I believe it can be an aid in teaching children responsibility with regard to alcohol; as such, I don't think it necessarily increases the risk of the child seeking alcohol outside the home. Parents should set an example through minimal use (or at least the appearance to their children of minimal use), and the slight permissiveness should be used to soften the desirability of alcohol associated with its socially taboo nature.

Her position is that serving any alcoholic beverage to any person below the age of 18 is wrong. It expresses to the minor that it is ok to break the law, and that the rule of law and respect for authority can be disregarded; additionally, it sends the message that harming one's body is permissible. She believes that introducing children to alcohol in the home increases the risk of the child seeking alcohol outside the home, and that the better method to teach responsibility lies solely in personal example. Parents should set the example that drinking is a potentially dangerous and even fatal activity, and should themselves drink minimally when their children can witness the behavior.

I think I've got a decent variety of people on my friends list, I'd be curious to all of your positions and thoughts on the matter.