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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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Posted by: Jambo / 7:16 PM

With Hammer finally having reached the exalted ranks of middle management I try to picture him in a plush corner office somewhere with leather furniture and a personal secretary to take dictation. (Do people even do dictation any more?) But it also makes me think of my International Law professor when I was doing a summer abroad at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. HIs name was Goth Muigai, he had his LLM from Columbia and sounded much like I would expect John Hausman to sound if he had been raised in East Africa. I don't remember all that much about international law but I will always remember an offhand comment he made. As he was posing a hypothetical situation he said, "Someday you will be meeting with a client in your chambers, and I say chambers because no learned man would work in a mere office..." I often thought of Prof. Muigai as I sat in my cube not long after law school and wondered just what he would think of the situation. I assumed he would have been pretty disappointed in me. (I think the story works best if you can picture his very proper, British inflected voice drawing out "learn-ed" to rhyme, now that I think about, with "they earn it.")

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Don't sweat it. Goti didn't start out in a nice plush corner office. No one does, unless your lucky enough to be bred into it.

By Anonymous Ba Ha Ha, at 8:22 AM  

And by the way, "they earn it" has nothing to do with earning an office, it's just a reference to an old commercial John Hausman did. I've told the story dozens of times but never made the connection to the commercial until this post.

By Blogger Jambo, at 1:57 PM  

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