Sunday, February 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
After admitting to sitting on our case because it wasn't a priority for him, our lawyer issued CYA snowflakes in October and November. Then a time of quiet. And now a bill.
The billing is mostly reasonable, though his use of euphemisms followed by (NO CHARGE) in much of it is interesting.
After Lady of tdaxp's Adjustment of Status interview is taken care of, I'm not sure of the best way to proceed. But I don't want him to hurt and extort other couples and he's hurt and extorted us.
Sunday, December 30, 2007
My dad, my mom, my wife, and I had driven to Los Angeles. But there was a problem with the car, so we took a tour bus of the city.
We had heard that if you try to drive the bus by yourself there would be problems, but a driver was already in the seat. So we waited to start.
I sat in one seat. Across the isle and behind one row, my mom, and wife, and my dad sat. My dad was not wearing his shirt.
My mom quizzed me about the Crusades some. I was able to name the first few but not the last. We checked our answers on our laptops and laughed.
The bus took us around the famous sites of Los Angeles. It was not the real Los Angeles, but the "Los Angeles of Dreams." The brown barren hills were so high, the half-cloudy skies were so bright and blue, the water that soaked us was so wet.
Sometime I said "I think Fei is scared," but I heard the words in my dad's voice. I helped Fei across the aisle and she came to sit with me.
Then I woke up.
About three minutes later I realized it was a dream of my father.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Tom and Critt posted eulogies for their fathers today.
I did not give the eulogy at my father's funeral. The priest who led the service asked me if there was any verse I wished included in the service. After some thought, I said yes, 1 Corinthians 13:13:
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Congratulations to Lady of tdaxp. Today she formally handed in her thesis to the University of Nebraska's Love Library. My beautiful, smart, fun, sexy, and now Master of Science wife graduates from Nebraska's RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) engineering laboratory. The lab has the lay-out of a factory floor, with only one office, based on the control suite of a factory floor. Of course, Lady of tdaxp was in that office.
Her thesis brought some statistical seriousness to the RFID literature. Previous studies were reductionist, as all good scientific studies are, looking at the effects of one variable at a time. However, interaction effects (where the impact of one variable changes as another variable changes) were often simply acknowledged to focus on main effects. Statistically, however, the presence of an interaction effect changes the chain of logic one should use while analyzing the results.
It can also be said that my wife's thesis bridges the gap between the experimental and pseudoexperimental literatures in RFID. Too many academic papers on the implementation of radio frequency tags in warehouse and industrial environments assume conditions do not change. The traditional solution for this is to examine existing RFID implementations, but these do not allow the experimental control that science relies on. By simulating complex "portal" conditions while carefully changing one thing at a time, Lady of tdaxp was able to not just provide more useful answers, but describe a methodology for doing so.
Lady of tdaxp benefited from the faculty she studied under, but they didn't make any thing harder. One of her readers is a respected expert who has spent his career at Nebraska, and approaches industrial engineering from a very academic perspective. Her adviser, formally a consultant at Anderson, puts practical application and relationships with local companies first. Pleasing both was know easy task. But she did it.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Lady of tdaxp and I received an "I-797C, Notice of Action" from the Department of Homeland Security (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) today. Our adjustment of status interview will be Friday, March 7, 2008.
While this is all several months later than it could have been (thanks for USCIS bizarrely requesting further evidence when everything had been surprised), several weeks later than it would have been (if our lawyer hadn't sat on our non-priority case), and my wife will be able to start work half a year later than she would have (if UNL hadn't reported a nonsensical graduation date), we're both happy to have an interview date.
Interestingly, trackitt predicted this nearly right on the money -- the case with an RFE three days earlier than ours got their notice about two days before us -- wow!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Got a letter from our unethical lawyer today.
Following our previous phone conversation, both Lady of tdaxp and myself wrote him. He did not respond, and I imagine he assumed that we would follow-up with a phone call, office visit, or something else. He must have realized what the next logical step in getting recourse for his incompetence was, hence today's epistle
As it is, his letter is bizarre, an extremely polite letter that seems to ignore the last 6 weeks or so of ineptitude. I imagine the purpose is CYA, but either our attorney is operated at a truly deep level or he takes as much care and considering in protecting himself as he does protecting our interests
Monday, November 05, 2007
On the 2nd, both Lady of tdaxp and I received soft LUDs on our US CIS immigration case files.
A LUD, as I learned today is the last update in the USCIS system. These LUDs are either "hard" (meaning your notified and the status changes) or "soft" (no notification and no change of status).
Thanks to trackitt ("the hottest immigration tracker") for the very informative threads, "Transfer to National Benefits Center" and "What is a LUD???," for telling me as much about this process as my unethical lawyer did.
Friday, October 26, 2007
A letter from our lawyer arrived today.
Careful readers will notice that, in spite of naming this lawyer previously, I am not using his name, or his law office's name.
Anyway, yesterday our lawyer admitted sitting on our case and told us that are case was not a priority. As by that point he told us that he was drafting a letter to us about the status of our case, I asked him to include those points as addenda. His reaction was about what you expected, but he said he would.
Our lawyer's tone swung from apologetic to beligerent, at one point offering to wave the fee had had charged us for the late work (I declined) and at anohter asking for a letter from us expressing our desire to keep working with him (clearly, he graduated from CYA).
So we receive his letter today, including none of the points he promised to include, but implying that we noted the late service because of a desire not to pay the bill for the late work. (?!?)
There's more to this story. Franky, I'm worried about retaliation at this point, so I'm writing this in a way that makes it unlikely he would accidentally stumble across this post. Once we're out of the woods I'll post more, and of course write to the bar of his many specific violations of the state's ethics rules.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
As if the Dozier Internet Law imbroglio isn't enough, our lawyer told "sometimes things are handed off to someone, and things just sit there for a while" -- that is, part of the loooong delay between the firm receiving a (nonsensical) Request for Further Evidence from the government and responding to it a month later. (We were also told that our case, while important, is not a priority, which is a dispiriting if refreshingly honest thing for a lawyer to say.)
Our attorney offered not to charge for the work done late, but I have a sneaking suspicion that such is an attempt to wiggle out of something or the other, so I decline and said many variations of "We look forward to your continued work on our case."
Whatever damage there is to be done has already been done. So now we just wait for the government to schedule our meeting in Omaha and (hopefully) allow my wife and I to stay together!