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Monday, April 7, 2014

Will the legal community go paperless?

1) From criminal prosecutions to the smallest of civil matters, evidence of all kinds is being accumulated, stored and disseminated in pdf, jpg or jpeg formats.
2) The providers of evidence are scanning and storing that evidence rather than incurring the expense of storing, copying and providing those documents to firms, agencies or corporations. Document repositories of millions of pages of paper are no longer necessary. Teams of lawyers, paralegals and investigators poring over these documents are becoming a thing of the past as document providers find it is more profitable to scan the documents they can and destroy what they don’t want to retain.
3) Courts are understaffed and are no longer equipped to process the massive volume of paper formally kept in paper files. Courts are increasing having huge backlogs of pleadings, orders and other documents waiting to be physically placed in the paper files. Eventually, the local Courts will have no choice but to require all parties to submit all documents in pdf or an similar form. Call it the trickle down effect of PACER.
4) In the private sector, it is becoming increasingly evident that as the corporate world goes paperless, it will force the law firms it employs to adapt to this new reality. 
4) Finally, the demographic of the Judges, attorneys, paralegals, investigators and other staff has evolved to the point that spending hours shuffling papers is no longer a viable means of prosecuting or litigating a case.    

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

After Christmas Special

So, you spent the Christmas holidays doing intervals between Nordstroms and the other stores? Ate more than a Offensive Tackle for the local football team?  Feeling broke?  Then it's time to lace on the sneaks and take those slow and easy steps back to fitness. Also a good time to look at a race calendar, figure out which races you't like to do and plan a training schedule. In my case, my first race won't be until February at the earliest and I'll look at it as a way to gauge my fitness. my peak races are always in the late summer of fall. So my suggestion to you is that if your peak race is after the spring, ease back into training slowly. Slow runs with only one intense workout a week. The key is to not try to get into race fitness as soon as possible. Doing that will result in two things-burnout (if you're lucky) or an injury. So avoid that and take it easy, just like Chilly Willy in the picture. Cheers!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

I love the off season

Time for golf at Lincoln Park in San Francisco.

Playing some soccer and work on my Irish tan.

More golf at the Pacific Grove Golf Links

Still more golf-hole in one at the Grayson puny muni.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cross Training for Trail Runners part 2


One legged stands-lift one leg and see how long before you start sibling and have to put the leg down,
One legged stands with your eyes closed.No, I'm not kidding. Just don't do it near stairs or a cliff.
If you have access to an Indonesia board, use it. An Indonesia board is a two foot ong piece of wood balanced atop a barrel Rock back and forth. If you want to get creative, stand on it and hold a weight and do some square.


Back extensions
All the usual stuff we all know and love
Do these A's often A's possible.


Now is the time to swim, try the rock climbing gym, spin class whatever floats your boat. Don't feel guilty about not running. Scott Jurek, the great trail runner, winner of 7 Wester States 100 mile races, takes a couple months off with no running, every off season. So relax and enjoy the off season!

OKAY, get off the couch, turn off the TV and get ready for next season.

Oh and try to get dome runs in.

Cross Training for Trail Runners

It was an epic day on Mount Diablo. Just me, running the trails and hundreds of bunnie rabbits. Instead of patting myself on the back for deciding to take a day off, I thought about the off season and doing the cross training we runners all tell ourselves we're going to do and don't. I decided that for trail runners, there are things that can always be improved upon. These are:

1) Agility
2) leg strength
3) Balance
3) Core strength

Suggestions for off season workouts (November to February)


Jump rope-keep the feet low to the ground, jump for one to three minutes, rest and repeat
Step ups on a bench or platform
Slalom runs-set up objects on the ground approximate three feet apart and run sprints
Stair sprints-moving your feet A's fast A's possible, run up and down flights of stairs, focus on being quick


Off to the gym you go, leg presses, leg extensions, use all the leg machines, while doing these with your iPod, remember to thank Steve Jobs.
Long jumps-stand, bend the knees and jump out, do over a dozen times. Don't be shocked if you find yourself exhausted doing these, then try them with one leg
Now, it's back to the stairs. Jump up one or two stairs with both legs at the same time. You'll hate me now, but, you'll think fond of me when you pass all those frat boys on the hills

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

fun time in Portland

If you run, whether it's a 5K up to an ultra marathon, you need to race in Oregon. Imagine being surrounded by thousands of runners and being able to run on the streets without fearing for your life. We stayed in the downtown Hilton, where the expo was located. Very nice swag, great tech shirt and other goodies. Spent a half an hour chatting with Frank Shorter, the 1972 Olympic gold medalist in the marathon. We mostly talked about work, his hike in the hills above Portland and his bum right knee. Very bright and interesting guy.

The race went well. A light drizzle, nothing serious. Crowded from beginning to end. Ran a consistent 8 minute pace for a 3:35, 18th in my age group. The biggest reward for me was knowing I was able to focus the entire race even when things got grim.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


It's the Tuesday before the Portland Marathon and the future is cloudy. Woke up with a cold on Sunday morning. I responded by vegging all day Sunday and knocking myself out with Nyquil-on of the world's greatest inventions. The forecast for the race is rain and since it's Oregon, there will be lots of rain and it will be cold. I've been through this before, many times in fact. The deal is that its been years since I've raced in Oregon in the fall-college in fact.

It's obviously I'm suffering from pre-race jitters, the ones that all racers get. "Have I trained enough?" "Am I sick, injured?" "Why is my calf hurting?"  The usual. It's not unexpected and I know I'll be ready by Sunday.