First things first! Friday night, Amy went to the Washington Wizards game. And here’s what I saw on my TV screen during the game! Yes it’s Famous Amy on the left!
Which brings me to some history. The ancient Romans decided to build roads that connected all secondary roads to Rome. That’s why we sometimes hear the expression that “all roads lead to Rome“. The popular medieval expression that came to represent the wisdom, that there are different methods to get to the same result.
Plus, unless you despise cats, you would much rather use the Rome expression than the one about more ways than one to skin a cat. Supposedly, that expression was also said as “there’s more ways of killing a cat than choking it with cream”. (Seriously, I’m not sure how I ended up down this cat path. Why are crazy people coming up with expressions about killing cats? Sometimes, my random blogging gets me into a fox hole. Speaking of foxes) But I digress! Back to the road system of Rome.
Whether the Romans used the expression about all roads leading to Rome, is suspect. We do know that Caesar Augustus did erect a monument in the center of Rome, known as the Millarium Aureum (Golden Milestone). Historians believe that distances were measured from that point as a means of measurement.
What I find curious about the system of those roads is that, when the roads were designed, they only led to Rome. None of the roads connected the other cities to each other. The reason? To make it harder for the outside cities to join up together and rise up against Rome.
What do I take from this road system that resembled spokes of a wheel surrounding Rome, besides the multiple method analogy? Well, it has to do with planning. Just as the road engineers planned for Rome.
I have several jury trials coming up in the next several months. While these cases aren’t totally ready to go to trial yet, there are several things that are ready to go. Usually, the opening statement is written early in the trial process. Subject to some minor changes as I get closer.
However, here’s something I learned early in my law practice. Experienced trial lawyers told me to write my closing several months before the trial. Once all discovery is completed, I should not be surprised by anything that the defense throws at me. I should be able to anticipate the defense arguments and evidence, and even now be ready to address them in closing. Their arguments should be directly from Captain Obvious… and not a surprise.
Just some thoughts. Now, I have to figure out why anyone would have questioned if Rome was built in a day!