Over the past few years, I have found myself saying, on occasion, "I could have been a librarian."
Being a librarian really was my second choice for a career, and sometimes I do wonder if I made the right choice. For example, I had the following conversation today in court with a defense attorney:
Defense Dude: I can't believe you won that argument in court yesterday.
Dude: Yeah, because I gave money to the judge's campaign. I expect to get something in return for that, you know.
Me: Well . . . I think it's nice to have a judge who may not think about who has donated money to him when making a judicial ruling.
Dude: I'm sure that's how you feel, but I gave him money, and I expect to win arguments for it. He just better not send me any more campaign solicitations for donations.
Seriously? He really said that out loud? I mean, I knew that a lot of attorneys thought that way, but to hear one just out and out say it?
Then tonight, as the returns are coming in from the primary, I'm forced to accept that the largest number of votes in the District Court Judicial race went to a girl with a lot of money, a father in politics . . . and less than two years of experience as an attorney.
I was terribly naive when I decided to become an attorney, and probably not much better when I actually started working. Maybe it's TOO naive for me to cling to some idea of honor in my profession. It certainly doesn't get me anywhere to act in an honorable manner myself. Somehow, though, I can't bring myself to get down in the muck with people like that guy I quoted up above.
Man . . . I could have been a librarian.