Still sick but I've been on an antibiotic for 24 hours so I should not be contagious anymore. I'm sick of lounging on the couch so I brought my Kleenex, my cough drops and my mini pharmacy with me to the office.
I need a fresh start to get myself organized for when my bureau chief retires. That's only three weeks away. Yikes!
I need to establish some routines starting today. Suggestions welcome.
What I really need is some more hot and sour soup. I've eaten a half gallon of it in the last three days. I'm not kidding. I ate a quart Thursday and a quart Friday. Need. More. Soup.
Sick vs. allergies: OK, if you didn't know ... allergies cause sinuses to swell and to fill with gunk. If the gunk gets trapped there for too long (because of the swelling) it turns into an infection. Story of my life.
Hmmmm ... Here's a foggy-headed analogy. ... Voters cause the Capitol to fill with lawmakers. If lawmakers get trapped there too long they become infected! Ha!
I'm not as cynical as I sound. After five years as a statehouse reporter, it is clear to me that nearly all lawmakers get into politics for the right reasons. Once they're in office, they learn they need to cross ethical boundaries just to get their voices heard. Unfortunately, there seems to be an inverse correlation between ethics and power. I don't know what the solution is. Better minds than mine have not been able to figure that out.
I just looked at my Weebly stats and noticed I had a wild spike of visitors on Sept. 16. (Yes, 50 visitors counts as a wild spike when I can usually count on one hand.) Curiously, this also is the day as the publication of a law review article in which I was prominently featured. Coincidence? Perhaps.
The article was by Reed Smith attorneys Mark Tamburri and Tom Pohl who represented me earlier this year on a court motion that sought to keep me from tweeting during a trial. It was an interesting court battle that pitted the interest in a fair trial against that of a free press. We won, mostly (I think) because the other attorney's motion was so poorly written. In the end, the judge didn't explicitly say I could tweet. Rather, he refused to say I couldn't. So, it didn't set a precedent of any kind.
However, social media reporting is an issue courts will have to address. And that's what the law review article is about. Mark and Tom make some fine points in it. I wish I could post a link, but the article is on a subscription only site. When I have more energy I'll come back and update this post to include more details.
It's midnight and I'm exhausted but I can't sleep. A sinus infection is keeping me up. Worse, I finished all the sweet-and-sour soup I picked up on my way home from work. That stuff is a miracle cure. The Chinese should market it as medicine.