Saturday, February 23, 2008
Navy Pier and Lake Michigan, from the 39th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
We flew to Chicago yesterday to attend the retirement party of my professional mentor and friend, who is hanging it up after a long career at Latham & Watkins. It was a wonderful event, complete with a profoundly genuine outpouring of affection from colleagues, clients, old friends and -- this is often the tricky part for very hard workers -- family. There really are not that many people, perhaps especially big firm lawyers, who at the end of their career could assemble such a gathering of the people they have helped.
Separately, we flew over Lakes Erie and Michigan yesterday, and it certainly seemed that there was a lot of ice down there, at least by recent standards. On the other hand...
Net loss of Great Lakes Water is part of the reason for the regional Great Lakes Compact now making its way through 8 state legislatures. Ontario and Quebec have similar agreements. I believe I heard recently that just one percent of the Great Lakes water gets replaced annually.
Nice photo shot. It is always nice to thank someone who is helped us in the past. Its nice to remember them in our sweet memories. I'm happy to know that you've traveled to participate in your mentor and friend's retirement party.
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