I had a troubled day yesterday, filled with last minute attempts
to right some administrative battleships that just had to send themselves
to the bottom of the ocean.
Yesterday was deadline day.
The deadlines are pretty clear:
* March 16th complete application with LSDAS report, LSAT
scores and letters of recommendation. No file is reviewed until
it is complete.
Well, yesterday was the 16th, and just about everything that I
could tend to was in on time.
I followed the instructions, yessireebob I did. I didn't read the
FAQ or some of the other stuff that I'm sure that other applicants
did in this application process, but I did exactly as I was told.
I paid my money to the "transcript collection folks,"
all hundred and twenty bucks or so, then registered for the LSAT
test, and paid another hundred plus bucks, then send the forty bucks
in with my official application to law school.
I figured that the web site that collected all those transcripts
and then forwarded them on to the law school, did just that. Collected
Well, they kind of collect them.
The first hint of trouble came just over a week ago when I bought
one of those books on "How to write a winning business/law
school personal essay."
As I skimmed through one of the two choices before me I saw a couple
of words leap off the page.
"When you request your transcripts, be sure to follow up with
the schools to make sure they are sent."
What do you mean when I request my transcripts. Didn't I just pay
someone a hundred bucks to do that?
I paid someone to collect the data, AFTER I requested the transcripts.
So a week ago Monday I faxed requests along with fed x account
numbers to try and get the stuff off to the collection folks on
time. Sure enough, after a week, one of the 3 still couldn't find
their ass with both hands and the errant transcript had not made
it out the door till the end of the week.
So this Monday I'm checking the one "collected" report
that was sent on to the law school and I notice that one of the
3 years of my undergraduate study is missing. Granted, I was out
of the country, but my school took all the credits and accepted
Insert flurry of phone calls here and finally LSAC folks, when
asked about the missing data insert a Woops, and a UH OH.
Woops that they didn't report the 40 credit hours and UH OH that
they didn't post a warning of an unacknowledged transcript into
"Don't you know that you are supposed to put down EVERY school
you ever attended. Your file is not going to be complete till you
have that transcript."
I find the New York office of the University and talk to the office
of academic affairs. "Can I fax you a request along with my
fed-x account number and a credit card?"
NOPE! WTF do you mean by NOPE?
We can only take a check.
For 10 dollars?
Frick and frack. Oh, and if you don't have a fed-x account number,
it will take at least 3-4 weeks to get here from Israel. For about
50 bucks though, if you have the account, the transcript should
be here by next Tuesday.
I called fed-x and reactivated my account. My assistant asked me,
"What do people do who don't have access to the resources you
"Plan ahead," I offered as I sealed up the next day envelope
with the 10 dollar check inside.
Well, all I can say is that it will be what it will be. At the
end of it all I was kind of irked that my file was not complete
by the deadline and I've carried around a kind of morose spirit
Then came the phone call today.
Hey, NSR, it's Mandel.
No way, Mandel? Don't tell me that it's on.
Let's see. I almost wrote about this back in late January, because
it appeared that I had been "discovered" again, and this
time it was for real. It's pretty obvious that none of my images
ever made it into the digital photography travel book, but out of
the blue came a request from a major event planning organization
to buy the rights to a one time use of one of my pictures.
We talked in January and then I met with the designer in February
but then sure enough, the project got put on hold.
Today it's back, and the clock ticketh.
What's happening is that a charity is throwing a black tie party
in the spring for Detroit's version of the Donald. Since our Donald
built a whole bunch of buildings that kind of define the skyline
of Detroit, the party planners went out on the web looking for images
of the Detroit skyline.
Wait, I remember this, didn't you do a skyline
photo shoot thing last summer.
Anyway, the deal is done, not lots of money, but the most I've
ever gotten for a print, and I get an invite to the party and credit
on the back of the invite as the photographer.
And it's kind of curious that the call came on the day after my
administrative "issues" with the law school thing. After
all, it was Mandel who said to me back in February, "Hey man,
what you doin with this finance and numbers thing? Your eyes light
up when you work on the pictures. You need to go where you heart
Maybe Mandel, but ya still gotta eat.
But, I also got back my first test photos this week so that soon
I'll have another couple of "sales" to my credit, as soon
as I can work out the differences in color between the monitor and
the finished print.
The rose I posted back for Valentines day however, is to die for.