Archive for November, 2010
I heard the Chief Justice was on campus, so I walked around looking to catch a glimpse of him (I’m a nerd, I know). I saw him walk into Professor Manning’s class, so my friend Ronak and I got some Westlaw constitutions and waited outside the classroom. After chatting with his security detail for a bit, the Chief Justice came out and gave us both autographs. He also initialed Article III, like any good conservative Justice.
October 3, 1994 – November 3, 2010
My childhood dog died today. I’m trying my best not to completely lose it, but it’s a failing battle. We had Shadow for over sixteen years — that’s 2/3 of my lifetime and 3/4 of Taylor’s. While I’m completely heartbroken about his death, I’m trying to focus on the positives:
Shadow lived on two continents. He’s seen more of the world than over half of all Americans.
After graduating from UT, I was able to spend nearly ten months with Shadow in Austin. We drove all over Texas together — the image of him asleep in the front seat of my car is one of the first that comes up whenever I think of him. When we were back in Austin, he always made sure Meth Addict Roommate’s sketchy friends never felt welcome.
He was also a total badass. He survived both coyote and Water Moccasin attacks, dealt with a broken leg like a champ, and pretty much killed every wasp on our property with his mouth. He also spent the first five years of his life chasing every car, bicyclist, and runner away from our property. They weren’t fucking welcome — how dare they challenge his territory.
My parents were thankfully with him when he died, hugging and petting him as his heart gave out. They buried him in our backyard.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures of Shadow: