Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"The message Hollywood needs to send out is 'Smoking Is Cool!'"

Alternate Title: "We don't sell Tic Tacs, we sell cigarettes. And they're cool, available, and *addictive*. The job is almost done for us."

Alternate-Alternate Title: "These days, when someone smokes in the movies, they're either a psychopath... or a European."

There are various BarBri locations throughout the state. Only one of which is a live presentation. I chose to attend a locale with a video feed; since, well, it's way closer and I have to deal with fewer neurotic freaks I went to law school with (sadly I just deal with neurotic freaks other people went to law school with).

One girl gets the tapes fed-ex'ed to her nightly and she starts the tape (which has 10 minute breaks built in every 50-55 minutes). I've ran into her at the coffee shop nearly every morning, and recently she told me BarBri is paying her $1000 to start the tapes (in 2 rooms), her tone clearly conveyed that she realized it was a ridiculous amount of money for roughly 3 minutes of work all summer. The 2nd room is a basement room for the people who get there late.

Today she suggested to the class that we start fast forwarding the tape and only take 5 minute breaks. She then asked for input (at which point I objected) and then put the issue to vote (before 1/2 the class was there, read: all the smokers were still outside). Admittedly my objection was based on the fact that I like to smoke and pee during the breaks. I am an anomaly, in that I drink my 8 glasses of water a day (and then some-12 to be exact). Ergo, peeing is necessary. As for the smoking, I picked it back up a few weeks days into PMBR, I don't smoke for the rest of the day-but it's something which breaks up the hell that is BarBri lecture.

Predictably, the class didn't care that I like to smoke on the break and that I have to pee unless I'm going to start wearing depends to class, and therefore voted to start doing 5 minute breaks. (Note: I am not the only person who felt this way and smokes/pees on breaks, I was just the only person who was there when the vote was held).

So, after being late back into the room at the first break I decided I'd have to figure out some other way to handle the situation. My answer was to call BarBri and complain. In my complaint I acknowledged that I am a neurotic law student studying for the bar and that I realized there were more important things to complain about, but that I didn't think it was right to change the structure. The other room fast forwards, if people are truly rushed they can choose to sit in the crappy basement room. Luckily for me, the BarBri representative for my locale is a smoker. She assured me she would be speaking to the girl in charge of the tape that we are to stick to the 10 minute breaks.

In a world filled with anti-smoking discrimination it feels good to win once and awhile.


E. McPan said...

You should have said they could keep FFing but you'd start smoking in your seat or peeing in it, whichever one you needed most. I bet that would have worked.

some guy said...

congrats on the victory. i drink a ton of water every day, too. i am never without water no matter where i go. sadly i have started to change my drinking habits so i survive the bar exam. florida doesn't allow you to bring in water. apparently going to the bathroom is a minimum of 10 minutes because the room is huge and you have to give up your exam and sign out and blah blah blah, so i'm hoping to avoid it if possible. does michigan let you have water? surprisingly it hasn't been too tough to not drink water all the time.

it's depressing to think about having to train my bladder for the bar exam.

i hate my life.

Elle Woods said...

We can bring in water...I'm not worried since my peeing is directly related to how much I drink (and what I drink). So the simple solution is to not drink a lot of water during the bar exam. This does not solve the issue of needing caffeine in the morning to avoid murdering someone and the fact that coffee makes me have to pee really badly.

crash_esq said...

Doesn't spending a few thousand dollars to sit in a room a watch videos a waste? I watched the Barbri MPRE video and got little from it; except the Barbri Rep had some comp coffee/donuts out and comp notebooks/pens. When I signed up, it cost $1547.00 back then less $200 deposit. What is it costing today? Is it any better?

Elle Woods said...

It was close to $2400 (and I signed up during my 2L year to save money)...An attorney I worked with said it was $1200 in 2001 when he took it. Inflation doesn't even begin to explain that hike.