Friday, April 28, 2006

Jaywalkin' Thru Oklahoma

So I had a busy day today. As you should know, I'm a lawyer. What you might not know is that the bulk of my work is through a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. My law partner, Eric, and I cover the entire northeast corner of Oklahoma, which, unfortunately in this age of high gas prices, results in our driving around a lot.

Today we had court in Delaware and Ottawa counties, and, as always, we tried to stack as many clients in those areas as we could. We ended up working on six clients today, and since I am trying my hardest to complete a pair of Jaywalkers for a graduation gift (by a week from today--yikes!), I decided to bring along the sock I was knitting for the ride. It had quite a journey....

So here we are on the road from Jay to Miami. When you live in Oklahoma, you get used to sights like this. People are always trying to use religion to sell their products. Here, Eric is asking the Auto Aution gods for help in completing the Jaywalkers on time.

The big cowboy just called out for a picture.

Here's the sock on the dash, hanging out with the two essential tools for a road-tripping lawyer--the cell phone and the iPod.



Here's the sock with Madelyn, the perpetually friendly and cheerful court reporter, who, along with Susan and Judge Reavis, make Ottawa County my favorite county to practice in by far.

The sock prosecuting the case of The Grotesque Gauge. The issue at bar: Frog or Not Frog.

And here's the sock at the county jail, where we had to serve some divorce papers on an (alleged) abuser. They wouldn't let me take any more interesting photos inside the jail, but the deputy sure was cute!

Both the Jaywalker and I had fun with our trip today, and next time, I promise more pictures of things like the alpaca farm and the World's Largest McDonald's. It was just too rainy today.

And for fun, my emergingly beautiful Pomatomus.

29 comments:

Sharon said...

Lovely photos, the jaywalker is a much travelled sock.

YarnThrower said...

Fun post! Your work sounds fascinating and so meaningful.
Regards, Laura

Kirsten said...

Loved your post! It looks like your Jaywalker had quite a trip.
Thanks for your comment on my blog. Do try dying yarn. It's so much fun and really quite easy.

Brigid said...

Interesting to see your day through the travels of the sock. Hope you manage to finish the pair on time!

Lone Knitter said...

You must be knitting up a storm after that actual storm. You know I've been to Oklahoma many times, as my grandmother lived there and my father grew up there. Love the photos!

schrodinger said...

I understand what you mean about the jaywalkers, the urge to stop and admire them is pretty strong. They are lucky socks, getting to travel around and learn the court system :-) Sounds like a tough, trying, but rewarding job.

Beth S. said...

Wow. That reminds me of "Jesus is Lord Used Tires" in Barbara Kingsolver. ;-)

And Pomatomus? Yep. Beautiful. :-)

Jeanne said...

Ooohhhh! I like your Pomatomus! Very pretty. It's been a rainy weekend in Minnesota, so I finished mine, although no pictures yet. I see you have gotten past your YO issues. I was skipping the YOs at the beginning of the needle, and then picking them up when they need to be knit or purled in the next row. Does that make sense?

Fannie Pie said...

Love the tour! Eric is a good sport to pose for you, he obviously appreciates a good blogable moment. How fun!

Good to see you and the socks in person today! Even if I was distracted by my impending 'termination'.

Abigail 1870 pearl said...

I'm just loving the story of the traveling Jaywalker.

Love the P socks! I hope to bite into a pair soon. Thanks for visiting my blog.

lobstah said...

Funny photo tour! Your work definitely sounds interesting.

The religious auto sales place is ridiculous!

Ann said...

you crack me up. Good for you for doing what you do for work. I bet it is tough but wow the difference you must make in some people's lives.

Loverly knitting as well.

;)

Kay said...

It's refreshing to know that while you work with some awful situations you manage to have a wonderful knitting sense of humor! lol We drove up the turnpike to your fair city today. Well, let me rephrase that...we SWAM up the turnpike...lol

Jae said...

What a well traveled sock! This was a great way to show how much you love your job and your knitting. :)

I also stopped by to tell you that you are the lucky winner of the heritage yarn. Please send me an email when you can.

writinglady said...

My Dad lives in Grove OK. We haven't gone to visit him yet (we're in San Francisco) but the pictures look nice. When we get out there, we'll have to get together and do some sockin!

Melissa
http://bedrestwithouttelevision.typepad.com

Frarochvia said...

Thanks for your blog comment!

Your P-Word socks look gorgeous... I might have to try these. You know, after this sock and that sock and and and...

I love the notion of traveling socks!

Dawn said...

Thanks for the encouragement! I was a bit worried, but oh well, I still think they're nice either way. And you blog is very interesting!

Wendy said...

Hi,
I love the post and your storm pics! I love a good thunderstorm! thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

Erin said...

good luck finishing the jaywalker in time for grad!! Looks like your pomatomus sock is coming along beautifully! finals are kicking my ass, but after finals I'm taking a 2 day car ride down to southern florida and then a 2 day car ride back, so there is some quality car knitting time ahead of me, too!

Diana said...

And approximately how many miles will the sock have traveled by the time it reaches its recipient?

I love your blog!

Stacy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! We have a lot in common. Both of us Lexingtonians (you former, me current. I didn't grow up here), both of us knit a lot of pink stuff, both of us with terriers named Elly (even spelled the same way!), and I'm a lawyer too!

I'm worried you have stolen my identity. :)

Bridget said...

Love the Crossroad's pic, too funny. Good luck with the Jaywalker, I had to switch to a bigger needle (size 2 from 1.5) for around the bottom of the cuff and gusset in order to have them actually fit over my heel!

Shelby said...

oooooh, so purty!!

SigMa said...

I love the story about the travelling sock. And your Pomatomus socks are gorgeous!

Erica said...

Love your socks, that colorway is absolutely gorgeous!

Joanne M said...

Great choice of work - very impressive to find something that meaningful to do with your career. *Also*, laughed my a$$ off at the sign and remembering my own 16 months in Tulsa.

Kat said...

Great pictures! I am planning on trying Pomatomus in July (or August depending on how long my current socks take!) I liked working my Jaywalkers. Good luck with the travelling jaywalkers. Make sure that they watch out for cars as they wander around.

Rosa said...

Thanks, Emma. You are right. The wait is torture.

I love the pics in the court. I may have to figure a way to do that once I start going to court. Hmmn, a good idea!

Michelle said...

I love the color on your Pomatomus. It looks great.