Like the geek that I am, I love open source arguments.
Actually, I like legal arguments of any kind. Say, for example, a legal fight between Debbi Stoller and Sew Fast Sew Easy over the phrase “stitch and bitch” (updates over at Girl From Auntie). My love for legal documents and arguments cause me to waste time at work, because if I catch a choice phrase on a deposition transcript while I’m copying it, I have to stop and read a few pages.
This sick, strange love manifested pretty early, and it’s one of the main reasons why I wanted to become a lawyer in high school. Now I’d be happy as a paralegal, I think, or a researcher. I love looking things up. Writing about them? Not so much.
So, when I come across legal arguments being played out on the internet, I take notice. I take interest (I take a sad look at myself when I realize I’ve just badly quoted a Dashboard Confessional song). I try to keep up on the proceedings. I read legal documents when released.
And really, I just find another way to waste my time.
Like, today, for example. I have an English final today, and I can bring a page of notes with me. Did I do a page? No. Did I do anything? No. Why? Because I procrastinate so badly. And legal arguments are the best way to do it.
—”Several Ways to Die Trying,” A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar: Dashboard Confessional