Free to good home: Nearly complete set of videotapes of the X-Files, seasons 1-8, medium quality. Otherwise, they're probably going to be thrown out rather than wasting the space and carting them to Virginia. I also have tapes of S6 & 7 Buffy.
Yesterday, I had fries and chocolate mousse with two of the lovely women who welcomed me to fandom, long ago and far away. It was wonderful to meet two people who'd been so generous to me when I was a wee cowering fangirl. I remain amazed by the generosity of spirit and time to be found in fandom, not to mention expertise on a variety of topics.
Also, this weekend I read the novel of a friend of mine. Though I don't read death penalty books, I made an exception for his story of law, love, and the bargains we make in the shadow of both. My favorite quote comes from a hideous senior partner's reflections on the uselessness and simultaneous necessity of summer associates, law students hired to be wined and dined in an attempt to convince them that life as a real associate at the firm will be a permanent vacation. Their inexperience means that their work can't be trusted and certainly can't be billed to clients, so pro bono work (free legal representation for people who can't afford to pay) is the perfect solution. It makes them think the firm believes in public service; satisfies the firm's ethical obligations to provide pro bono services to the community; and gives them false hopes about the kind of work they'll be doing. And pro bono death penalty work – well, here's the quote: "Death penalty cases were ideal for these purposes, something the kids could get really excited about. Each summer had one, like a class project or a hamster brought in to delight kindergartners. Like kindergarten projects, the cases typically amounted to little, and like hamsters, the prisoners usually ended up dead." Watch this space for announcements when it's published.( nonfiction - dictionaries, lawyers, strippers, grammar, business, libraries )