About Cubbie

Howdy everyone! As Amir had so eloquently warned you, I’m an “uber-geeky attorney”. Just call me… Cubbie. (I’m a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan, but that’s a story for another time.)

Right now, I’m trying to, for want of a better word, rebuild my life. In the middle of 2008, I left a small-town legal practice to try out a certain well-paying quasi-legal government job. That turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. While I had more than enough intellect to do the job, it turned out I had precisely the wrong temperament for it. Basically, I was too much of a perfectionist… which is bad if you’re evaluated almost completely on the number of cases you move in a two-week pay period. And the count restarts at zero every pay period. I fell a little behind, which turned into farther behind. Then I fell into a blue funk, which got me even more behind. You can guess the end of the story… and from there, it was back to Kentucky with no job in a deteriorating economy and a debt load up to my eyeballs.

I’m an even older fart than Amir, by a hair over five years (though I’ve been accused of looking a LOT younger), and I may well have an even deeper longing for a wife and kids (of my own!) than Amir does. Like him, I’m a native-born American, though my heritage is basic Northwest European Mutt. 🙂

I’m also a Christian, but tend to be more comfortable in a liturgical environment than Amir is. While I’ve been in a fairly wide variety of church settings, both liturgical and otherwise, I’ve probably been most at home in the Anglican world. While in law school, I went to an Episcopal church that ultimately left TEC (The Episcopal Church) over the gay issue. I went to a different type of church while I was back in Kentucky looking for my first job out of law school, but since I got my first attorney job, I’ve attended Anglican churches outside of TEC in all the places where I’ve been at… two small mission-type churches, with a big ex-TEC church in between.

Politically, I’m not far from where Amir is, though I tend to be more passionate on “national question” issues such as immigration. If you think he’s politically incorrect, I may be even more so.

ust to establish my “uber-geek” credentials, I’ll let you in on some of my test scores.

  • SAT: 700 verbal, 750 math (this was long before recentering; translates to about 1520 on today’s scale)
  • ACT: 34
  • GRE: 750 verbal, 780 quantitative, 800 analytical (the latter has been replaced by an analytical writing section)
  • IQ: Somewhere on the right of 150.

My geekiness isn’t just reflected in test scores: I’ve been one of the busier editors of Wikipedia. And, to top it all off, I’ve been diagnosed with Asperger’s… twice.

Degrees? I have plenty to go around. My BS and MS are both in chemical engineering from a well-known school in the Ohio Valley. I then spent about a dozen or so years as an engineer in the chemical industry in a different Ohio Valley state until I got the proverbial tin parachute after my employer was taken over. I was actually happy to be let go because by that time I was totally disillusioned with engineering. Eventually, I went to law school in the mid-Atlantic region, racking up a ridiculous amount of debt in the process.

After returning to Kentucky, where I’d spent most of my pre-engineering life, I joined a small firm in the south-central part of that state. After about a year there, I realized that if I was going to make a dent in my debt, I’d have to make a change, which led me to my government job… and ultimately to my current state of limbo.

In my spare time, I enjoy working out, reading, recreational shooting (pistol, rifle, and archery), and following sports. As far as teams go, I’m most passionate about three in particular: the Cubs, my engineering alma mater, and AFC Wimbledon (a lower-league English soccer team with a unique story). However, the sport I tend to follow most, although I don’t get to see it right now, is rugby union.

I’ve posted on the implications of a legal career for a young woman who wants to “have it all”, and also a couple of sports-related posts. You can also find my comments sprinkled here and there on this space.

3 thoughts on “About Cubbie

  1. Peace be with you! Please pray for us as we share Michael Wurmbrand’s urgent message with the Church. I’m not sure if your work includes helping Michael. You can contact him if you desire to encourage or help him. Thank you.


    May God bless you and may you bless Him too!
    P Fisher

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