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Paralegal by day, Writer by night.

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Photo Essay – Riding down a Stormy day on the 405

Every day I take a bus down the 405, known infamously as the busiest Freeway in the United states. I figured this week I’d experiment and create a photo essay of sorts that describes my trip down the 405 through the rain. To make it clear, I WAS NOT DRIVING WHEN I TOOK THE SHOTS. 

The 405 stretches from the San Fernando Valley to Irvine in Orange County.

Starting our journey

One ramp alone sees more than 283,000 cars a year on average. 

Ascending into Oblivion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The section of the 405 most infamous for traffic is between Ventura Blvd and LAX. It’s called the Sepulveda Pass. Personally, I like to refer to it as the Devil’s Parking Lot.

The power plant hidden in the clouds (I don’t really know what it is.)

Often times, this freeway gets so jammed up that what would take 10 minutes in good traffic becomes 30-45 minutes.

In the carpool lane just after reaching the summit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This freeway has been severely clogged, even in the dead of night. I’ve personally seen it jammed at 12am.

Driving into the foggy depths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Getty Center is at the top of the pass, a free museum (except for the $10 parking fee)

The tram station for the Getty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past LAX, traffic is generally normal except for Rush Hour.

Several times during the tip I had to fight the windshield wipers as they did their thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The infamous car chase involving OJ Simpson and his Bronco took place on the 405. Normally most car chases are fast, but the 405 ensured it would be slow for all parties.

When everyone is off the bus but your stop is the end of the line.

 

Off the freeway, arriving at work

The bus I take runs through UCLA and finally at the building where my firm is. Generally I have time to have breakfast before I clock in. Then after work, it’s back on the bus for a return trip.

Let me know if you want to write about that. The pictures will be better, I promise you.

 

Why The Stormy Daniels vs Donald Trump complaint was likely leaked to NBC News

As a paralegal, you learn more than a few interesting things about the courts that you can use to pick apart complaints. As I see this crap daily, it can get interesting when a case becomes national news.

In this case, Stormy Daniels is suing Donald Trump. NBC news claims they have the complaint saying so, which they do. I’ve attached a copy of the front page below (And I have the full complaint.)

Here’s the fun thing that I know as a paralegal: With few exceptions, every civil case in LA Superior is publicly available. However, LASC is really slow when it comes to making documents available. If you go look, you’ll see the case isn’t available online (As it was literally just filed yesterday.)

Something else I know from experience is that this particular case was filed in Stanley Mosk Courthouse, the central court for LA Superior Court (The “BC” case number is a dead giveaway.) So likely this is going to cause major traffic in the main court should this go to trial.

When you file a document with a court, you generally bring the original document and a copy of it. They stamp both documents differently: The original gets a “FILED” stamp and stays with the Court. The copy gets a “Conformed Copy” stamp and becomes the document you take with you as verification of filing.

If you look at the complaint, you’ll see in the upper right it’s the conformed copy, which means SOMEONE IN THE FIRM SENT THE COMPLAINT to NBC news; they didn’t go digging for it themselves, as it would have the “FILED” stamp instead.

Since the case is so new, there likely hasn’t been a response yet. When there is, it will be available via the court’s website for a fee, in case you’re interested.

In the meantime, I’m betting someone at that law firm made a lot of money and/or is likely getting fired, lol.

 

Uploading Anchor videos to WordPress

It took a little time but I figured it out. Pain in the ass though if you ask me. Basically it’s as follows:

1. Make it an Anchor Video
2. Upload to WP Media
3. Make a post and link it in there.
4. Publish.

Let’s hope for an easier process, Anchor.

Why I came back

For a long time, I didn’t write. I gave up on it. Partly because of time, because of passion, and because things in my life simply were not good.

2016 was quite possibly the worst year of my life. So much went wrong in my life that by this time last year I literally made a post on my Twitter and Facebook accounts raising a white flag saying I give up. I ended up depressed, fearing for my future, and just generally in a bad place.

Fast forward a year, and I’m in a better place. I can’t really attribute it to anything except I guess holding on for dear life, or as the proverbial tale about the frogs in the milk can goes (Which I don’t agree with), I kept kicking.  I’m at a job that pays a lot better than the one I was at last year. The job itself involves doing much more interesting work.

But this isn’t why I came back. The real reason I came back? Well…I guess you could say I was “manifested” back.

The “Law” of Attraction.

If you’ve followed me on twitter, you know I have a special hatred for the “Law” of Attraction (LOA for short). However, I’ve recently realized just how bad it’s gotten. Now I’ve found that there are now certain people out there that are essentially cult leaders that feign knowledge and expertise in the LOA.

The one thing that I despise most about the LOA is the victim-blaming mentality. Specifically, if something bad happens to you, it’s because you were a vibrational match to it according to the LOA. I have even read an article by a person who clearly is a nutjob who claimed children select the abuse or trauma that they go through before they are born. 

From the LOA, I’ve slowly become aware of other woo, such as Black Salve, Coffee Enemas, most MLM products, and seminars that ultimately teach nothing.

I’ve decided enough was enough. I need to get back to writing. I need it.

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