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Birthday Boy

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It's my birthday this week.  It won't be the gala affair it was last year, as commemorated in the picture on the left, but I'm still taking the day off. 

Well, I didn't mean that my birthday is all week long.  It was actually on Tuesday, but it was easier (and better) to take a Friday off.  My lovely bride and I had originally planned to go hiking in the Metroparks, but since the current weather trends make a trek through Death Valley seem like a better alternative, we'll do something inside, maybe hit the Art Museum or take in a movie.   (By the way, we've been to Death Valley.  That's a picture I took of it.  Fascinating place.)  The new pope has spent the last few weeks anointing past popes for sainthood.  He should've included the guy who invented air conditioning.

One of the things I won't be doing is anything involving law.  In fact, I'll probably go to a four-day-a-week posting schedule for the rest of the summer; with the US Supreme Court out of session, and no arguments scheduled in the Ohio Supreme Court until summer, there's not as much to write about.  I've got some things on tap for next week:  my hotly anticipated review of SCOTUS' decisions, how Ariel Castro could have made Tim McGinty and other prosecutors think twice about loaded indictments, and an 8th District decision declaring unconstitutional the provision of the sexual battery statute which prohibits peace officers from having sex with minors.  (If you're wondering what the connection is there, you've got a leg up on understanding the decision.)  But that's for next week.  Meantime, enjoy the day.  I will.  

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