Friday, May 18, 2007

My First Week Back At Work

I really do hope that my host will accept my apologies for blurting out personal shit in his space; but I have just completed my first week back in practice as a solicitor, after a break of nine years.
During that period I have been, at various times: a vacuum cleaner salesman; a recruitment consultant; a hawker of carrier preselect telephony services; a porn vendor; the man you want to turn to if you have a problem with your mobile; and a recipient of contribution based Jobseekers Allowance at the mindboggling rate of £114.52 per fortnight - and all with not one but two genetic monkeys on my back.
This week I did a whole lot of stuff I never thought I'd do again, or thought that I had lost the bottle to do -
I settled two cases without breaking sweat;
I organised a schedule of court hearings without falling into an apocalyptic carpopedal spasm ( a good one can be like The Ride of the Fuckin' Valkyries);
I saw clients face to face, and took their instructions and advised them lucidly without resembling a rag doll on acid.
It might not seem like much to show for a week's work, I know; but having thought oneself, on a number of occasions, to be down, really down, in the belly of The Beast, right now I feel like Donald Findlay, Clarence Darrow and Edward Marshall-Hall all rolled into one.
As the late, great Anthony Newley said:

7 comments:

Katy Newton said...

That sounds like a pretty successful week by anyone's standards - well done!

Anonymous said...

Good for you mate!

David Farrer said...

Some of my best friends are lawyers...

Seriously though, congratulations Martin.

Richard Thomson said...

Glad to hear it. All the best to you.

Tom Tyler said...

Good to hear your news, Martin. It's a funny old life, isn't it? Everyone seems to have their random shit which can muck their lives up from time to time. Good to hear that your life is getting back on track, mate.

Edwin Greenwood said...

Good to hear from you again, Martin. One small complaint. When I clicked on the "Valkyries" link, for one fleeting absent-minded moment I was expecting to see a Wikipedia article actually entitled The Ride of the Fuckin' Valkyries. I was rather disappointed: it sounded quite promising.

james higham said...

Ah, wondered why I don't see you round any more.