I’m pretty sure some people just don’t sleep

I was reading Kurt Schlicter’s enjoyable and savage attack on John Lennon’s Imagine, when I got the yen to find out just who this Kurt Schlicter is.  Big mistake.  People like Schlicter make me realize that I’ve wasted way too much of my life doing silly things like sleeping and reading junk novels:

Kurt Schlichter is a former stand-up comic and comedy writer. He is also a civilian trial lawyer and partner at Schlichter & Shonack, LLP, in Manhattan Beach, California, where his work has included entertainment issues. He spent over 20 years in the Army on active duty and in the National Guard, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel and commanding the elite 1st Squadron, 18th Cavalry. He also served in both Desert Storm and in Operation Enduring Freedom in Kosovo, as well as in several civilian support missions from the Los Angeles riots of 1992 to the San Diego fires of 2007.

So, if I can put all of the above in some sort of order:  20 years in the active duty military and the National Guard, fought in two wars, provided civilian support at home, comedy writer, stand up comic, and successful lawyer.  I, in roughly the same time, went to college, went to law school, and practiced law (sort of).  I’m suffering from a bad case of “efficient life management” envy.


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  • kali

    I had a neighbor. Three children under the age of six. Studied for the bar over the course of the summer (she did have a babysitter for the afternoons) passed with high scores. Got a job clerking for a local circuit judge, taking over from two full-time clerks. Did what they did, but in 3/4 of the time.

    And her house was always clean.

    Just thinking about her makes me exhausted.

  • Charles Martel

    A couple of years ago I made the mistake of dissing “Imagine” in front of my wife for its stupidity and lack of morals.

    So, anybody here wanna guess what new ringtone showed up on her cell phone a few days later?

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Your wife understands revenge, doesn’t she?

  • Danny Lemieux

    You are also raising some beautiful, well-adjusted children and future productive citizens, Book. That’s more important than any of the Schlicter accomplishments that you cited, as much as they are to be admired. He probably would agree.

    Frankly, knowing what I know about you is exhausting and rather humbling.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    I’m pretty sure Schilicter hasn’t given birth to two children, Book. Don’t forget about that.

  • Al

    Just repeating Danny and Y’s comments, BW.
    We all work best at our own pace. And as long as we’re free and independently responsible,
    we all get to the same place.