First, when I received the email on Gerstein, and saw it referred to a law office in the Gables, and remembering where Mr. Gerstein set up shop with Lee Bailey and others, I naturally thought of our former State Attorney Richard Gerstein. Then when the email mentioned a governor's race in the 70's, I again thought the email referred to the former State Attorney. But as one alert eader noted, the email refers to Joe Gerstein, the Miami Dade Commissioner who has since fled Miami to Australia.
Another error: I started off the post with "lest we never forget" when an alert reader immediately notified me that what I meant to say was "lest we forget."
So, through the haze of cold medicine and alcohol (you should only mix cold medicine and alcohol under the guidance of an experienced doctor or bartender, and Suzie at Monty's has said the pain killer ( a rum drink) she mixed me was safe to drink while battling this cold) I wave the white flag, admit defeat on the post, and gamely move on to another topic.
Here's some good news: A federal Judge has declared Bar rules that prohibit a lawyer from criticising a judge overly broad and vague and he has struck them down. Want to call one of our dear robed readers a JACKASS?
Then click on the link and find out how (not that we're inciting such conduct. Far be it from us to heap scorn and ridicule on our wonderful robed readers.)
And finally, long time and careful readers will remember our fondness for the life well lived and a well written obituary. Sad news reaches us that Alex, a famous African Grey Parrot who worked with researchers at Brandeis University has died after thrity years of work.
From the OBIT
"It's devastating to lose an individual you've worked with pretty much every day for 30 years," scientist Irene Pepperberg told The Boston Globe. "Someone was working with him 8 to 12 hours every day of his life."
Alex's advanced language and recognition skills revolutionized the understanding of the avian brain. After Pepperberg bought Alex from an animal shop in 1973, the parrot learned enough English to identify 50 different objects, seven colors, and five shapes. He could count up to six, including zero, was able to express desires, including his frustration with the repetitive research.
He also occasionally instructed two other parrots at the lab to "talk better" if they mumbled, though it wasn't clear if he was simply mimicking researchers.
Rumpole says: This Bird "expressed frustration"? The Bird could identify colors and told other to talk better if they mumbled? Was this Bird a Judge in South Florida???
Oh wait, of course not. As the Obit says, Alex worked 8-12 hours of his life everyday. Never mind.
See You (achoo!) In Court, wiping my nose.