Question of the Week

How Do You Commune with Nature?


This week we noted a story about criminal justice lawyers in Ocean City, Md., who might be rivals during business hours but surf together in their downtime.

“You’re sort of in a communion with nature,” Wicomico County prosecutor Richard Brueckner told the Daily Times. “When you see all the surfers on boards, waiting for the surf, that’s called the ‘lineup.’ We’re talking to each other. The sun is coming up, the dolphins are going by.”

And earlier this month, we blogged about a former Sidley Austin associate George Tyler Coulson, who left his job to walk from Delaware to California with his dog, Mabel, sleeping in a tent most of the way. Coulson credited Mabel with scaring off a bear.

So this week, we’d like to ask you: How do you commune with nature? Do you get out in the open water? Have you ever taken unpaid leave to hike a trail for hundreds of miles? Or do you think time spent without creature comforts and controlled temperatures is overrated?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Have You Ever Represented Yourself? Would You Ever?

Featured answer:

Posted by DLR: “I was given a ticket for going to wrong way on a one-way street. I didn’t go the wrong way—I simply crossed the street on a diagonal. I felt the ticket was unfair, but my first instinct is to pay the ticket and forget about it—I am not a litigator, and I hate arguments except on behalf of my clients’ tax issues. However, this one got to me. So I bought some poster board and drew a schematic of the intersection. I was kind of excited to show up in traffic court, but the officer didn’t appear, so my case was dismissed.”

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