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Today’s Lesson From Jail

Walking into Maricopa County’s lovely Fourth Avenue Jail earlier today, it occurred to me that you don’t really see that many fanny packs outside of county jail waiting areas anymore. Sweat pants, too. There was one lady with a wispy brown mustache sporting purple sweat pants and not one, but two fanny packs. One had a broken zipper and a jumbo pack of Zig-Zag rolling papers poking out of a hole. The other was bulging but closed, filled no doubt with all kinds of fascinating objects. She was quite upset she couldn’t bring her fanny packs and their contents into her video visit. That lady would ordinarily be the pièce de résistance of a wait to do a custody visit, but this time I was fortunate … Read entire article »

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I Don’t

Forbes, and more recently Oliver Burkeman, have both discussed the important and interesting difference between “I don’t” and “I can’t” when it comes to breaking bad habits. They note that studies have actually shown that saying something like “I can’t eat that extra cookie” is far less effective at preventing you from eating that extra cookie than saying “I don’t eat extra cookies.” It works in all kinds of other areas too, apparently. Although both articles talk about why that is, each explaining in different ways how “I don’t” is a choice while “I can’t” is a restriction, neither touches on a potential deeper reason for the difference or explores its broader implications. Consider the implications about who the “you” is in the statement when you’re saying “I … Read entire article »

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A Pony Post for Ken

When internet marketing folks try to pimp their guest-blogging services to Ken at Popehat, he asks them for pony-related articles. Here’s a recent response to a request for a guest post: Hi David, My name is Ken and I was checking out your email. I have seen that you have written guest posts for various blogs. David, I am excited to Know that you are open to my questions/ideas about possible guest posts about law and legal topics. Here’s a topic that interests us at Popehat: how does the law classify ponies vis a vis horses? David, until recently we were under the impression that ponies were simply teenaged horses. That would explain their impetuous and dangerous behavior. Everyone knows that teenagers act badly. Time Magazine has been warning us about teenaged super-predators for … Read entire article »

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A Break from Blawging

At the end of the day today, I’ll be a dozen miles into a seven-hundred-something mile hike from Mexico to Utah. I’m sure I’ve spent more time planning to take the time off than I’ll spend hiking. If you’re wondering where I am or what I’m doing (hint: hiking or sleeping), you can track my progress here or here. Depending on your browser and whether the WordPress gods are pleased with me, you may be able to track me on this page: Needless to say, there won’t be much if any posting at Tempe Criminal Defense for about fifty days. I’m probably not going to be very quick about approving comments either, so save your all-caps emails about me violating your First Amendment rights until I’m back. First crazy guy … Read entire article »

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Need An Office?

If you are an Arizona lawyer in need of an office, give me a call or send me an email. Beginning on February 1, 2013, we will have space available in our suite. … Read entire article »

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We Must Freak Out (For The Children)

Put down whatever you’re doing. Your children are in danger, and it can’t wait. This morning, the Today Show aired a hard-hitting piece that you and your family simply cannot afford to miss. There is a new threat to kids lurking in the last place you’d ever expect: it’s in their little metal water bottles. They may not cause cancer. They may not explode under pressure or have dangerously sharp edges. However, the threat they pose is still all too real. It’s only made worse by the fact the danger lurks in their very design, a simple flaw that has escaped our vigilance up to now. It took the innocence of children to stumble upon it. These vicious devices are firmly grabbing hold of our children’s tongues, … Read entire article »

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Honest Self-Improvement

It’s pretty rare for me to link to something without providing commentary, even when I find out about it from David Friedman. It’s downright unprecedented for me to link to or even read much of anything at Cracked, the densest jungle of ad-filled top-five lists on the internet. That said, you should really check out this article discussing harsh truths that will make you a better person. Like David Friedman said, it’s both well-written and sensible. … Read entire article »

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What’s Wrong With Us?

I spent the weekend volunteering at a biker rally. While I was at the registration area one evening, a call came in about a woman falling in a culvert. I tagged along to assist a friend who used to work in an emergency room. As we approached, we saw the woman laying on her back with a crowd surrounding her. She was asking for her husband and had obviously injured her leg. The people helping her thought it was broken. It was swollen, and she was unable to walk. When her husband arrived, she demanded he carry her back to their tent. She begged everyone not to call an ambulance because she couldn’t afford it. They honored her wishes. I couldn’t help but marvel … Read entire article »

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Motorcycle v. Smart Phone

It turns out that Samsung makes a seriously durable phone. Here’s a Droid Charge, scuffed after some idiot left it on the right pannier of an enduro motorcycle and drove off at highway speeds: Believe it or not, the phone still works. Call quality is pretty good, and the screen works great, though the little hardware buttons at the bottom are a bit tough to press. In case you’re wondering, those rubber bands came off of a bouquet of grocery store broccoli crowns and actually hold the phone together quite nicely. And yes, this post has nothing to do with the practice of law. … Read entire article »

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Lessons From Dave

I’ve got a dog named Dave. I tell people he’s named David but they can call him Dave for short. He came with that name, but it’s perfect. He’s perfect. Dave is doing his favorite thing in the world right now. Twenty seconds ago he was running laps in the backyard chasing invisible birds. Now, he’s probably digging a hole to sit in. Or he’s pooping someplace that’ll make it difficult for me to pick up in a few days. Regardless, whatever he is actually doing right now is his favorite thing in the world. Nevermind what I said before. Dave likes to sit at the backdoor desperately begging to be let outside. Outside is his favorite thing in the world. If … Read entire article »

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