The Stupidest Thing I Read Last Week: It's Funny AND True
I read a lot. It's part of my beliefs. Unfortunately, 95% of what I encounter is unreadable. As in unreadable in its stupidity, meaninglessness and pointlessness. I attribute this directly to the fact that there is no place in the world for the woman with a 105 IQ.
Because I complain a lot about what I have to read for this blog, and because I can never do enough for The Madame, I have been charged with writing a post about the stupidest thing I have read in the last seven days. The hardest part will be picking only one winner each week.
I think I have mentioned this before, but I have a day job that generally revolves around lawyering. In spite of this, however, I like to think that I have managed to keep my soul intact by not taking myself or my profession too seriously. I may be a lawyer, but I am not above a good lawyer joke. Unfortunately for me, there aren't many to choose from. As they say, there really are only two lawyer jokes, and the rest are just true stories.
I found both my soul and my sense of humor to be rather useful when I read this article about a lawyer who has filed for bankruptcy with the primary goal of discharging the student loans she amassed during her law school training. Apparently becoming a practicing attorney was more difficult than she had anticipated, so she turned to the legal system (you know, the same one that wouldn't hire her) in order to rid herself of the financial burdens of her training. The training that didn't get her a job where she would be subject to jokes like "How can you tell when a lawyer is lying? Because his lips are moving". But! Joke's on her nonetheless. It's next to impossible to discharge student loans. So, she has ruined her credit for the foreseeable future, but she still owes however much she borrowed for law school (plus interest). Joke's even better because she interned at a bankruptcy firm in law school and should have known better.
According to the article, this particular attorney is one of many who is turning to bankruptcy in an attempt to discharge student loans, but this idea is not unique to those who aspire to be compared to pond scum1 and considered less desirable than toxic waste2. For the past few years, there has been a lot of whining across this fair land that student loans are holding people back. Sadly, it seems that a lack of education, not student loans, is what's holding them back. I don't care if they "attended" college, university, or grad school, or what have you. If they value their time at those institutions in terms of dollars and cents, then they have missed the point entirely.
But, on the bright side, for those of you who had the good sense to avoid law school altogether, then you can take solace in the fact that people won't ask "Why did they bury two people in that grave?" if your epitaph reads "Here lies a lawyer and an honest man."
-Baroness von Jeer
1What's the difference between a lawyer and a bucket of pond scum? The bucket.
2California has more lawyers than any other state and New Jersey more toxic waste dumps. How did it work out that way? Because New Jersey got first pick.