Warm Fuzzies

Thanks so much for all the nice comments, thoughts & prayers after my last post! Not only did they inspire me and bring a smile to my face, my dear readers will be happy to know that things went exceptionally well at the hearing and the judge granted my client asylum. It was truly the most magical moment I have experienced as a lawyer. When the judge announced that she was granting asylum, I got choked up, had to wipe the tears from my eyes, and my client (who is a monolingual Spanish speaker who I have never heard speak English) turned to me and said in English with tears running down her face, “Thank you! Thank you!”

This is exactly why I became a lawyer in the first place — because I thought it would be a way to do good, to give a voice to people who for a variety of reasons can’t speak up for themselves. And yes, now I work at a private firm and represent real estate developers and business owners and corporations. But I am so grateful that my firm supports me and allows me to do this other incredibly important work at the same time.

I guess you could say I’ve officially been bitten by the pro bono bug. I think I might have to wait awhile before I take on a case like this again — my firm is really great about this stuff, but at the same time I do need to focus on the paying clients too — but this will definitely not be my last asylum case.

In other news, I appear to have officially exhausted the dating pool of the greater Los Angeles area. Proof? One of my recent eHarmony matches is none other than my ex-boyfriend A.’s brother!!! (The whole story of my relationship with A., which is briefly described in the above post from my old blog, would take way too long to recount. Suffice it to say, we were friends, we dated, he broke my heart, we didn’t talk for several months, and now we are buddies again.)

Anyway, I met A.’s brother a couple of times when we were dating. He’s a few years older and is a high school teacher in Laguna Niguel. He’s a funny guy, but sort of a perpetual player — always seemed to be dating multiple women and insisting that none of them were serious. So imagine my surprise when I was surfing through my new eHarmony matches this weekend and come across “S., 33, Laguna Niguel, 5’9″, high school teacher, Jewish.” There was no picture posted, but based on that alone, I was 99.9% sure that it was him. Then I scrolled down and in the section titled “Last book read and enjoyed” he wrote, “Marley and Me” and then said that his parents have a dog named Marley. It was official. My ex-boyfriend’s brother was my supposed eHarmony match.

This could only mean 1 of 2 things. 1) I am actually meant to end up with S., and fate is causing our paths to cross once again; or 2) I have actually already met every possible guy in the greater L.A. area that I could possibly ever date, and I should just give up and either a) move elsewhere or b) declare my eternal celibacy.

Seeing as how I’m not nutso, I am ruling out option # 1.

That only leaves one thing to do ….

eHarmony, I’m sorry, but we’re through.

5 Responses

  1. Congratulations on the pro bono case! Bravo! *claps* πŸ˜€

    As to the other front, is there any chance that he’s grown up, gotten through is “perpetual player” phase and is ready to settle down? Besides, don’t be to sure, after all, single men outnumber single women in LA by several thousand, so I think you’ve still got a pretty good chance.

  2. Right, because option # 2 is completely sane and not at all nutso. πŸ™‚

    Instead of moving or declaring your eternal celibacy, don’t forget that you can just wait for the wave of divorces to hit and swoop up a divorcee!

  3. Congratulations on the asylum win! You must have done a great job because I know they don’t grant asylum in the majority of cases. Rock on πŸ™‚

    Don’t forget obtion #3: become a lesbian…haha!

  4. WOOT! Gratz on the asylum case! That’s so exciting.

    Just remember, statistics don’t say it all. I kept running across ex-es in my Match.com searches too. On the surface we should have been a fit, but…something…wasn’t there.

    Gotta admit though – Sarah’ s option DOES open up a whole new dating pool.

  5. Congrats on the case! I know moments of true gratification can be hard to come by in the day to day of being an attorney, so it is wonderful when you can help someone who really needs and appreciates your assistance. You have made a positive difference in a person’s life, and that is no small thing.

    Nice job!

    And buh-bye E-Harmony! You don’t need it!

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