Wednesday, June 27, 2007

They Ruined Deadspin

Last Week in Review:

Mon: Nationals game. Copious amounts of expensive beers
Tues: Softball game. This other kid on the team and myself went to a bar before the game and proceeded to split a pitcher and then drank another beer each. In an hour. That is four beers kids. We then went to the ol' ballpark and I drank much more alcohol. After the game (it was our first win of the season) I went to a bar and drank more. Got home, and had another two beers. It was a good night.
Wed: [cannot remember, something happened that involved more drinking. Probably bad that I forget.]
Thurs: Went to the Holocaust Museum. Shit. It is pretty intense. Not as intense as I thought it would be (it is a family museum), but from the get-go, when they over-crowd an elevator to take you to the beginning of the permanent exhibit (you can imagine where your thoughts are). On the whole, the pre-war and post-war focus lessens the impact of the actual atrocities (not by much though), but bigotry takes on an entirely new meaning. Additionally, quietest museum I have ever been too. Adds to the intensity. Regardless of my qualms with the museum, I highly recommend everyone who comes to DC to visit it.
Fri: Happy Hour with some folks from work, which degenerated into me and another intern trying to figure out where the hell to go to have some fun. Once we found a place to go, my hatred of the majority of law school students was fully realized.

See, on Friday I ended up hanging out with a bunch of University of Michigan Law students. I am not sure exactly where that school ranks on the US News list, but it is at least top 20, if not top ten. Anyway, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend about an hour and half with these future pillars of the legal community. It took about ten minutes before they 1) annoyed the crap out of me; and 2) realized they were "better" than me.

To be fair, I was hanging out with 1L's (or what the registrar calls "rising 2L's). I engaged in a law related philosophical discussion with a couple of them, but once they found out I did not have instant recall of Carroll Towing, they decided not to talk to me anymore. First off, I hate torts. Why would i bother to remember anything from that class. Second of all, it is 11:30 on a friday at a bar. Sure I will engage in all sorts of crazy legal analysis, but I cannot be expected to cite sources. Fuck that shit. See, I go to a bar so I don't have to cite sources (unless it is, "that was in Thomas' dissent).

Granted, I am pretty discriminating about the folks I am friends with (the kid from U of M that I intern with is cool, the others are just schlubs). But these folks just annoyed me. I left within an hour. I'd rather sit in my room alone and watch the Buffy episode "The Body" while drinking beer. It wasn't arrogance so much that turned me off (after all, I acknowledge that I am an arrogant SOB), it was the sense of entitlement. Shit, the 1L class at UM had 25 people at this bar in DC. I could gather all the people from my school at a bar in DC and I would be pretty lonely (because the other person from there out here doesn't really like me).

The kid from UM that I intern with knows that he is lucky to be where he is. After his 1L year, he is in a great spot. He is very self-aware. Not only that, he understands the system but does not give into its arbitrary manipulations. Its not like I am fellating him, he just lacks the thing that annoys me most about law school students.

Anyways, back to the point of this post referenced in the title. Deadspin changed its layout. It changed its layout for one reason. More page views = more dollars. I cannot argue with that logic, but the sad fact remains, I will not be visting deadspin 32 times a day anymore. I will just check it out through google reader. Their loss.


nicolle said...

i don't know if it's a 1L thing, or just a question of the Michigan people you ran into...but i'm sure they're not all like that. i intern with a ton of Michigan kids, and they're cool. they're all rising 2Ls...but they definitely don't lord the fact that they're at Michigan over anyone.

(and for the record, i LOVE torts--and i still can't tell you a darn thing about Carroll Towing!)

i'm totally with you on the idea that i'd rather drink beers at home than hang out with pompous asshats. i've had to drink beer with people like that before, and it's excruciating.

lawschoolrules said...

yeah, didn't mean to lump all U of M kids into one group, but I think I was drunk when I think I wrote this. It was really just one person that annoyed me. OK, maybe three, but they were the first three I met and it kind of soured me on the group.

I am sure they are all fine upstanding citizens who will one day bring this country to the brink of its . . . something. Not sure what. I bet if I was in the top ten I would know.