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"If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss something...." - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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"If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss something...."

Today was my first post-vacay day back in court. Just one quick appearance in downtown Buffalo, which wound up being rather fun.  A bankruptcy client was served with foreclosure papers; no surprise, since they'd surrendered the property to the bank, but this foreclosure was by the homeowners' association, and it sought to hold the owners liable for a deficiency, which is a no-no.  Once I explained that, the judge gave them fourteen days to stop proceedings, with a $50 per day fine thereafter. Then I asked about my own attorneys fees. Usually, I settle these disputes by writing a letter to the offending lawyer(s), and they either stop what they're doing or, if I have to file the motion, I typically settle the fee claim for around $300.  So that's what I asked for.

The judge visibly shrugged. "Make it five."

Well, I was happy about that, But a colleague of mine let out a sotto voce complaint about it as I exited the courtroom:

You should've asked for a thousand!

We have a rule around here- cows get fed and pigs get slaughtered- so I submitted my $500 order with relative happiness.


From there, it was to the behemoth of Buffalo City Hall to file lien papers for another client. This art-deco edifice harkens to our days, once, as the eighth largest city in America, with entryways that pay tribute to the Workingman's Dead of our 20th century history:

That's what you see on your way to the elevators- in my case, to the 12th floor, where the City Comptroller holds forth.  I found the elevators to floors 1-13, did my business, then remembered- there's an observation deck in this building. I'd finished both errands fairly early, with probably a dead half hour at the office before mail arrived, so I headed up the final floor to 13 to check out the view.

There warn't one.

Common Council chambers took up the imposing corner of the floor. Various license offices- birth, death, marriage and dog- were there, as well. But no access to the observation deck. Figures, I thought; you probably need an invite from the Mayor to walk through the passage through the Council President's office.

Or, maybe, your erstwhile lawyer couldn't count to 25 any better than he did on his way to 1,000.

There is, indeed, an observation deck in that building. But it's accessed from the 25th floor:

To see "Windows on Buffalo", take an elevator to the 25th floor and walk up 3 flights for a spectacular view of the Queen City!

Oh yeah, right. There were two banks of lifts down in the lobby- one going to 1-13 for my destination, the others heading even further heavenward to where I was grousing about not being able to get.

Good thing there aren't bankruptcy court fines for stupid. Mine might have been close to doubled today:P

And advance notice- next week promises to be full of the stupid stuff. I now have court EVERY DAY next week- twice in Rochester, three times in Buffalo, and once in Lackawanna. "But that adds up to six," I hear you count. You betcha- Tuesday, I'm scheduled 90 minutes and 70 miles apart. Good luck with THAT. Plus there's a four-hour seminar in there. So I doubt I'll be pontificating as much around here as I've gotten to the past few days.

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thediva_laments From: thediva_laments Date: August 8th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Is that a painting or a mural? Whatever it is, it's gorgeous.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: August 8th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I found it under "mural" online. There's another huge one inside, as well as some awesome friezes on the outside of the 1930 building. We were bigger than Baaston at one point.
bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: August 8th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
You'll never be rich, Captain, but I have a feeling you'll continue to be happy.
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