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Storming the Virginia Court System

Does rain or snow impact the Court system in Virginia? Well, “Sandy” has given an answer.

Virginia Courts are closed. According to Governor Bob McDonnell, state executive branch offices were closed on Monday and he reportedly copied his executive order to the judicial, legislative branches and independent agencies.

Monday was supposed to be a swearing in day for new Virginia lawyers. I am not sure exactly what happened; but, apparently the “show must go on”.  The Supreme Court’s website listed that, ”  the Virginia State Bar Admission Ceremony will take place as scheduled, the Court posted on its website. “Essential personnel required to support this event should report as planned.” New lawyers will be sworn in!

In Federal Courts of the Eastern District and the Bankruptcy courts, their websites posted closure notices and the U.S. Court system sent out an email closure notice. The notice said, “Jurors, litigants, lawyers, and others should check their local court’s website for closure details or use the court locator to find court websites”. Sounds like a puzzle.

The power of Sandy goes into the Court room and allows “Lady Justice” to take off her blind fold and take a break. Now that is some powerful wind and rain!


In a storm like this, trees falling become big concerns. For pic o’ day, I saw this on facebook. How many faces can you find in the trees?



Ole Fashioned E-lectricity

Because of the storm in Richmond yesterday, we had to close our Richmond office. Virginia Beach and South Carolina offices probably had mixed emotions. Nice to close, but thankful that they had power. It’s the first time that I remember closing “because of rain”. It also slowed down the blog this morning.

As a kid, I used to be excited to know that I was going to a Tidewater Tides baseball game. One time, it was raining; but it was still early in the morning. I called the ballpark and the receptionist said that the game had been canceled.

I know that it was canceled because of rain, but a twelve-year-old who is excited about going to the game cannot  accept that. I called a few more times until I got the Assistant General Manager on the phone. I think his name was Pat Mooney.

“Come on Pat, why have you canceled the game”, I said. I could tell that he didn’t feel like dealing with a kid. “Grounds too dry”. I still laugh at that one.

Yesterday, the ground was definitely not too dry. But, this morning, I saw business success in action.

I like coffee in the morning… I need coffee in the morning!  So, I headed off to find a coffee place. I had to travel a few miles because, just like my house, there was no electricity. Finally, I saw a stop light that was lit up. It was unusual to feel some excitement in seeing a red light.

I could see cars in front of the stores. Side by side stands an Einstein Bagels and a Starbucks. I am one of those “anything but Starbucks”.

When I got up close, I quickly saw that Einstein’s was closed. But, there was Starbucks doing a booming business. Had to give Starbucks credit. A good reminder on how to beat the competition. Someone at Einstein’s had decided early that they were not going to open, because of the lack of power. Sometime during the night… good ole fashioned e-lectricity.

Last night without even a fan, it felt like camping. Well, except for the 500 thread count sheets.  I was like pic o’ day, I finally just collapsed:

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