Monday, December 28, 2009

U of Oregon--Rose Bowl

I have often wondered why University of Oregon's mascot strangely resembles Donald Duck.  Since going to lawschool, I knew there had to be some kind of licensing that happened, otherwise it would clearly infringe on intellectual property rights.  So, I decided to look it up.

The Duck is officially known as "Puddles."  But sometime in the forties, the look of the duck began to resemble that of Mickey's playmate, Donald Duck.  Walt Disney became aware of this.  Leo Harris, long time friend of Walt Disney, made a hand shake deal with Mr. Disney for the licensing rights for the image of Donald, for Oregon's mascot.  In 1970, corporate Disney's legal department began making noise, only to find a photo of the infamous handshake and both Mr. Harris and Mr. Disney in U of O gear.  At that time, U of O entered into a licensing agreement formally which restricted the use of Donald's image.  You can only purchase U of O gear with the mascot printed on it, in the state of Oregon. Any other state is limited to the big yellow "O."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Break

My daughter is a dancer and I have spent the last 2 weeks taking her to dress rehearsals, recitals, more rehearsal's and company shows.  She has been dancing for five years now.  This season is always stressful because of the holidays in general, but then finals.  While I was doing this round, it occurred to me, this was it, the last Christmas season that I had to juggle school, work, finals, and dance..................what a relief.  I am so not kidding!  Above is a picture of her dance troupe.  Lovely ladies, I know.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Break

Seems I always neglect the blog during breaks.....not much to write about I guess.  Just working.  Really, the weirdest thing is that you long for break because there is nothing to do, but then when you have nothing to do, you are so bored.  What do you do with your time, or yourself?  Such a weird feeling.  And then you feel kind of frustrated that you don't even know what to do with yourself.  You are exhausted, so what you really need is to catch up on cleaning, but you don't want to do that because you are exhausted.  Vicious cycle.  I am not even sure if I make sense!  I go to work, come home and take a nap, wake up and watch a bit of tv and talk with my daughter, and then sleep again.  Probably will take until about Christmas before I feel really rested.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Schools out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Turned in my last two papers on Monday.  Now the wait for grades which won't come until after the 1st of the year----YUCK.

Since I had papers, and no finals, I went back to work earlier than the other clerks.  You should have seen the lawyers eyes light up when they realized there was a clerk back........I was kept absolutely hopping busy.  Who-hoo.  And with interesting stuff to.  Lot of trial prep, and guess what?  Mom signed at the last hour before trial.  Typical.

I like the holiday spirit in my office.  Our office does a pie sale 2 days before Thanksgiving.  Everyone makes pies and then they are sold--we raised 1200 dollars this year.  Then, that 1200 is used to buy toys for foster kids and they are donated.  I LOVE THIS.  We not only free these kids up for legal adoption,, but we also do other things for them.  Things we are not paid to do, but that we do because we really care.