Friday, December 6, 2013
My blog has been completely silent this week. There's a reason for that.
I'm conducting a trial in federal court of a $12 million dollar environmental case. While the litigation has been going on for over a decade, I was brought in at the last moment because the lead attorney had a stroke and they asked me to take his place. The case involves twenty years of facts, hundreds of documentary exhibits, and multiple expert witnesses. Mastering the complexity of all that takes a tremendous amount of effort.
The federal courthouse is situated in Brooklyn which means I need to get up ridiculously early to arrive in time; rush-hour in New York is brutal. Later, after a full day of exhausting battle, I have to go to my office for an hour or two of more work before I finally return home. I have no time or energy to blog.
Fortunately, the trial will only last two weeks. After it's over, I hope to restore my life to normal. I miss blogging and reading your blogs. That leisure-activity sustains me emotionally. Being deprived of it is almost painful.
Do you ever work too hard? How do you manage?