Peacock Tales • Winter 2010

Rick is Back Reluctantly!

This is the seventh report of a Peacock Keller partner returning from sabbatical. Like each of the partners who preceded me, I approached the opportunity slightly differently than those who went before me.

We did do a little traveling; 15 days to be precise. We flew into Las Vegas and immediately drove to the Hoover Dam on our way to the Grand Canyon National Park. From there we traveled across the Navajo reservation through Page, Arizona, past Lake Powell on to Zion National Park. We proceeded across Hell's Backbone on our way to Capital Reef National Park and then onto Moab, Utah and Arches National Park. Moving onto Canyon DeChelly National Monument, we traveled through Monument Valley National Monument. We spent time in Sedona after stops at the Petrified Forest National Park and Winslow, Arizona. On the way back to Las Vegas, we visited Williams, Arizona. Fortunately, the weather was moderate for the time of year.

Several things we learned:

  • If you enjoy beer and wine, you should a) check state laws as to availability before traveling and b) realize it is not available on a Navajo Indian reservation;
  • When traveling in Utah on Sunday, the only food place open may be a diner operated by a Mt. Lebanon native;
  • No matter how family-friendly they try to make it, Las Vegas is no place for teenagers, especially at night; and
  • This country has unlimited natural wonders to be seen and enjoyed.

Much of the remainder of my time was spent on catching up on the 20-year to do list, projects large and small. The "great steps" from yard to woods were completed. The cottage was rewired, though time ran out before the dry walling was done. The garden and pool received more attention than usual.

We enjoyed more biking, kayaking and dog walking. It was a great six months for a convertible. I read 6 books, which is 5 more than I do in a normal year. I listened to our entire CD collection from AC/DC to ZZ Top while working on projects (ABBA must have been on cassette). I only made it halfway through the vinyl album collection. I visited 10 new and different beer gardens with friends.

I learned that even the most mundane household chores still need to be done while on sabbatical but at least there was no rush to get them done. My wife, Mary, now really misses me not being home to do them. I enjoyed myself and my family.

I would like to thank my clients for their willingness to work with our other attorneys and staff and our attorneys and staff for stepping up to the task of covering my workload. Most of all, I thank my wife and my kids for putting up with me for 6 months. I'm better for it.

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