"Past practice" is a magical, if murky, phrase. It's the status given, by default, to policies or practices carried out over time that never quite found their way into actual contracts or handbooks. It's understood to have a binding power of its own, such that any change to an established 'past practice' needs to be negotiated or otherwise made explicit through proper channels.
Living on a farm, I don't travel all that much. The place doesn't take care of itself, and the schedule of chores isn't real flexible -- certainly not to the extent of a day or more. Still, my duties at Greenback do take me on the road (at least figuratively) from time to time. More often, these days, that "road" has rails.
I had half a blog post written on how I used to find time to exercise, but don't anymore, and how I plan to get started again. It was a pretty good post, expressing both my frustration at how time has shrunk over the last several years and my gratitude that I have a good -- and free -- gym to go to on campus. Maybe I'll write it someday.
Actual conversation with The Girl last Friday:
TG: What did you do at work today, Daddy?
DD: It was pretty busy. I had to talk to a lot of people.
TG: But what did you do?
DD: That's what I did. I had to meet with a bunch of different people.
DD: Yeah, that's when people get together to discuss things.
TG: But didn't you do any work?
DD: Well, I did use the computer some…
TG: Yeah, that's how people work.
I am debating whether to apply to graduate school and could use some advice. I'm currently a corporate attorney in my late twenties, married and hoping to have our first child within the next few years. I went to law school straight after college with the goal of pursuing and teaching international law.
Nothing is more central to the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics than the commitment to amateurism. Everyone, whether bitter critic of NCAA sports or ardent defender, acknowledges this requirement. College sports depends on the definition and defense of amateurism for its survival, but the tremendous popularity and financial requirements of the college sports enterprise threatens and has threatened this quality since the early 20th century.
Thursday morning, on my way in to campus, I was listening to NPR. One of the items was an interview with consultant Howard Davidowitz, about the current state of the retail industry. No real surprises -- automobile and restaurant sales are down, off-price sales are strong, Wal-Mart is doing just fine, thank you. What struck my ear was Davidowitz's closing comment that the US standard of living was headed south for several years, at least. He said that like it was a bad thing.