Question of the Week

Are you living and working in your dream city? If not, where do you want to land?

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This week, in a profile of DLA Piper co-CEO J. Terence O’Malley, the powerful partner shared why he wanted to end up in San Diego.

“At Notre Dame, I kept track on the wall by my bunk of the consecutive days I had gone without seeing the sun,” O’Malley said. “I got to 30 and said, ‘That’s enough.’ I sat on the floor of my dorm room and planned the rest of my life. I figured out that San Diego had the lowest mean temperature variation and was one of the fastest-growing cities. And you could go to Mexico in 10 minutes and drink beer. It sounded like a pretty good deal, so I decided I would end up in San Diego.”

Some of us are living and working exactly where we want to live—perhaps before we ever entered the working world. Others have learned to love where they’ve landed. And some of us are not where we want to be but trying to make a change. So this week, we’d like to ask you: Are you living and working in your dream city? If not, where do you want to land?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What personal safety measures do you take at work, at home and in between?

Featured answer:

Posted by Tamara: “I’m a divorce lawyer, and I have my share of strange characters in my life. My husband used to be a guard in the county jail. Our No. 1 safety measure is to treat people with respect. We live in the neighborhood we serve, and we will always run into people with whom we’ve interacted professionally. If we lie, are condescending or disrespectful, we believe we’ve made ourselves even bigger targets for revenge out in the real world. Practically speaking, I lock my office door, I avoid being alone with an opposing party, I try to be aware of my surroundings, etc. But if someone wanted to get me, it’s not that hard.”

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