Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Games (Good) Law Students Play

Inspired by a conversation with a fellow member of Covert Study Group, I thought it would be interesting to examine two real life situations that can be resolved in many ways: the emotional way, the cooperative way, and . . . the Law School Way. The best Law School approved solution to the following situations is the one that makes you feel like a bigger Law Dork. Good luck.

Situation 1:
The woman cleans the bathrooms has walked in on me at least three times. I don't know why she never knocks. But even that I could let slide. Today, she came in while I was in the shower to clean the bathroom. I know I should be more understanding, but the fact that she's already seen me half-naked once really bothers me. I'm going to ask the people in charge if there is a policy about knocking and if there's not, suggest they implement one.

Situation 2:
My daughter and her roommate have gotten along fine all year, but now a huge divide has occurred that they are trying to figure out. Room temperature! My daughter grew up in an old New England farmhouse and had no heat in her bedroom. In fact, we keep the house at 62 when we are home in the day and 58 at night. Cool, but we like it, and wear big sweaters. My daughter's roommate wants to keep the room at 76, sweltering by our standards.
(N.B.-- Both of these are real situations, taken from the words of those who expressed them, but edited.)


Blogger Roughly Speaking... said...

The latter problem is resolved by not having roommates. You're in law school, for Christ's sake. Impoverished New England farmer or not, if your roommate wants to broil, that'll teach you to have roommates. For that matter, why are you bitching to your mom? Just act passive-aggressively and run the air conditioner and leave the windows open, as your roommate is a psycho who needs hellfire and brimstone to be comfortable.

Or just keep pictures of your roommate's family under your pillow. That'll scare them off.

December 7, 2004 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

For the record, the second situation involves undergraduates. (Freshman to be exact, so assume they had no choice in being roommates.)

December 7, 2004 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Jaded Annonymous said...

Situation 1:
The fact that the cleaning lady saw you half naked indicates one of at least three possible explanation: (1) the cleaning lady got up close and personal in the shower with you, (2) you were galvanting half nekkid in the bathroom, or (3) your shower has no curtains. If (3), get curtains. Otherwise, some one has a sexual harassment law suit on their hands.

Situation 2:
Sweaters are removable, skin is not. 'Nuf said. In constructive roommate situations, its every roommate for themselves. If the warm one wanted heat, they should have gone to Florida State.

December 7, 2004 at 11:03 PM  
Blogger Roughly Speaking... said...

I would say that I'm pretty sure the hypothetical person in hypothetical situation A hypothetically led on the cleaning lady with promises of menthol cigarettes and whatnot in order to expose her "half-naked" body to her. For that matter, who the fuck showers while half-naked? If she only saw half your body, that's not the same as she seeing your half-naked body. Fucking hypothetical 1Ls.

December 8, 2004 at 1:36 AM  

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