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I Agree With President Lincoln! LAWYER JOKES CAN BE HILARIOUS
Have you ever laughed at a lawyer joke? If you have, don’t feel guilty on my account — I’ve done the same thing! It always surprises people when I tell them I think many jokes poking fun at lawyers are hilarious, but it’s true. Even Abraham Lincoln agreed!
wonderful sense of humor, and when he wasn’t on the bench, he cracked the occasional lawyer joke to me. It was nice to smile, laugh, and have a bit of fun together to help us get through the seriousness of our cases. Those jokes lightened the mood, and I still use that tactic today. (My Halloween skeleton pranks, which you might remember from our October edition, are just one example. You can read more about the importance of humor on Page 3!)
President Lincoln was a lawyer before he was elected to office, and he used a good bit of humor to get through his work. He wasn’t afraid to laugh at himself for his profession or his looks, and once he even famously made a lawyer joke in court. After his opponent gave a long-winded speech, Lincoln turned to the jury and said, “My learned opponent has his facts absolutely right but has drawn completely wrong conclusions.” As the kids would say these days, “Ooh, burn!”
Of course, not all lawyer jokes are fun and games. The scary part about them isn’t that they’re offensive, but that some of the content is true. There are bad apples in the legal
field just like any other profession, and that’s something that needs to be called out and fixed. President Lincoln and I agree on that score. He once wrote, “There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest,” and claimed to be worried people would go into law for the wrong reasons. “If in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave,” he wrote. Lincoln felt good about going into law because he was committed to being an honest lawyer, and I feel the same way. That’s why I can laugh at lawyer jokes! They don’t offend me because I know I’m not like the shady, dishonest lawyers they poke fun at. You can trust me to handle your cases and laugh at your jokes — even if they target my peers. If you don’t believe me, tell me your best zinger next time we talk. My reaction just might surprise you.
In my opinion, far too many lawyers feel the world revolves around them, so they take every lawyer joke they hear personally. But I don’t feel that way. My world revolves around my clients, so I don’t mind taking a jab now and then. A bit of self-deprecating humor never hurt anyone. That was one of the big lessons I learned while working under my mentor, Judge Bailey, just out of law school. He has a
“PRESIDENT LINCOLN WAS A LAWYER BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED TO OFFICE, AND HE USED A GOOD BIT OF HUMOR TO GET THROUGH HIS WORK. HE WASN’T AFRAID TO LAUGH AT HIMSELF FOR HIS PROFESSION OR HIS LOOKS, AND ONCE HE EVEN FAMOUSLY MADE A LAWYER JOKE IN COURT.”
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Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the modern Olympic Games, saw art competitions as integral to the Olympics. At the 1912 Stockholm Games, Coubertin finally secured Olympic fine art competitions. There were categories for architecture, music, painting, sculpture, and literature, but every work had to be inspired by sports. Judges didn’t have to award gold medals if they were disappointed by all the submissions, but in 1912, a gold medal was awarded in every category. As the Olympics exploded into a beloved international event, the fine arts competitions rarely caught people’s attention. There were significant winners, however. John Russell Pope (the architect of the Jefferson Memorial) won a silver in 1932. Other famous participants include Italian sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti, American illustrator Percy Crosby, Irish author Oliver St. John Gogarty, and Dutch painter Isaac Israëls. An Olympic Medal — For Arts
The arts competition at the Olympics ended in 1952.
The Best Ice Cream in Georgia KEVIN GRABS HIS SCOOPS AT FROSTY CABOOSE!
Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day, and we have a challenge for you: Instead of heading to Ben & Jerry’s or Baskin- Robbins to celebrate, skip the chains and support a local ice cream shop. Kevin’s all-time favorite is Frosty Caboose in Chamblee.
and multicolored Superman flavor, and my personal favorites are Sea Turtle Madness (salted caramel) and Peanut Butter Chocolate.” Kevin enjoys visiting Frosty Caboose for the ice cream,
of course, but also to check out Chamblee’s revitalization. The ice cream shop sits on the Norfolk Southern Rail Line on
If you’ve never been to Frosty Caboose, you’re missing out on some amazing scoops and fun family ambiance. The shop is located in an old train car near the Chamblee railroad tracks, and it’s a great spot to hang out and lick a cone on a hot day. Frosty Caboose carries 36 flavors of ice cream like Koo-Koo-Ka-Chocolate and Bodacious Butterfinger Blast. It even has dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, low-fat, and no-sugar-added options on the menu. There really is something for everyone!
Peachtree Road. It's part of a thriving neighborhood, and if you haven’t been to the area in a while, its vitality might surprise you.
For Kevin’s family, a trip to Frosty Caboose for ice cream is a special
occasion. The shop’s high-quality, super- creamy desserts and train views (which it calls “Thomas the Train on Steroids”) cost more than ice cream at Kroger, but they’re worth the splurge, especially on National Ice Cream Day. To learn more about Frosty Caboose and plan your ice cream pilgrimage, visit FrostyCaboose.com.
“It’s fun to sit there on the benches in the summertime, have ice cream, and watch the trains go by,” Kevin says. “The kids love the blue
You can always reach Kevin directly at 404.566.8964 or Kevin@PatrickTrialLaw.com. (If you ever need it, his cell phone is 404.409.3160.)
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The Secrets of a Life Well Lived Kevin Reviews ‘The Hero Code’
One of my favorite modern authors is William H. McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who wrote the book “Make Your Bed.” I reviewed that book in a past newsletter, so you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered McRaven had published another one, “The Hero Code: Lessons Learned From Lives Well Lived.” The book was released this April, and I immediately purchased the audiobook. “The Hero Code” tells the stories of real-life heroes McRaven met during his service in the Navy and beyond. Those heroes include soldiers, astronauts, and cancer researchers. As different as they are, McRaven suggests all have a set of values in common: courage, humility, sacrifice, integrity, compassion, perseverance, duty, hope, humor, and forgiveness. He calls these values the code. One of the first things that hit me about “The Hero Code” was the fact that McRaven read the audiobook himself. It was meaningful to hear him talk about his own experiences, and his voice truly brought
the book to life. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on humor, which ended with the pledge, “I will use humor to comfort others, and never be afraid to laugh at myself.” As you read on Page 1, this is a big theme in my life! Another pledge that hit home for me was, “I will be a person of integrity; every decision I make and every action I take will be moral, legal, and ethical.” I may never command a battalion or serve in Washington, D.C., but I know I’ll be able to incorporate the 10 pledges of “The Hero Code” into my daily life. I think you will find a lot to learn in it, too! The book is only 176 pages, so it’s a quick read anyone can appreciate. P.S. If this book isn’t in your area of interest, I’d also recommend Davy Crockett’s autobiography, “Davy Crockett: His Own Story.” My son Michael is still on a Davy Crockett kick, and reading the folk hero’s own words has given me a new appreciation of his tall tales!
Mexican Corn Salad
Don’t let the long ingredient list scare you. This summer salad celebrates in- season veggies and herbs and comes together quickly.
Ingredients • 4 cups of fresh corn, cut from 5 cobs • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped • 1/2 red onion, diced • 6 green onions, chopped • 1 jalapeno, diced • 1/2 avocado, cubed • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice Directions 1. In a cast-iron skillet over medium- high heat, add oil and corn. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3–5 minutes or until corn starts to char. 2. Add the corn to a large bowl and let cool for 5 minutes, then add
• 1/2 tsp ground cumin • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika • Salt and pepper, to taste
• 2 tbsp sour cream • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
• 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped • 1/2 cup cotija or feta cheese, crumbled
the remaining ingredients and stir together until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning. 3. The salad pairs well with grilled entrees and can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
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Inside This Issue 1 Why Kevin Loves Lawyer Jokes 2 An Olympic Medal — For Arts The Best Ice Cream in Georgia 3 Kevin Reviews ‘The Hero Code’ Mexican Corn Salad 4 5 Wacky Pizza Trends From Around the World
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They Eat What on Pizza?!
Here in the U.S., pineapple is considered a wild and controversial pizza topping. Even celebrities take a stand. Justin Bieber is pro- pineapple, but Jimmy Kimmel is against it. According to a 2019 YouGov Omnibus study, only anchovies and eggplant are more hated. But in other parts of the world, the tangy yellow fruit is far from the strangest topping you’ll see! Here are five wacky pizza trends from around the globe that will either make you hungry or inspire you to sprint the other way. You may want to order a comforting cheese pie from your favorite local pizzeria before reading this, just in case. Banana-Curry Pizza (Sweden) — The Swedes first accessed bananas in 1944, and since then, they’ve put them on everything , including pizza which they top with tomato sauce, smoked cheese, banana slices, and curry powder. Ketchup and Corn Pizza (Brazil) — According to several sources, Brazilians swap pizza sauce for ketchup or tomato slices and top their pies with strange combinations of local ingredients like corn, beets, hearts of palm, and potato sticks.
Haggis Pizza (Scotland) — Pizza may be the only semi-enjoyable way to eat haggis: a mix of sheep or calf offal, oatmeal, suet, and seasonings that are boiled in an animal’s stomach. Last year, Papa John’s got in on the action when it released a limited-edition haggis pizza in honor of a Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Mockba Pizza (Russia) — This local pie comes topped with four kinds of fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel, and salmon), onions, herbs, and occasionally fish eggs. Most troubling of all, it’s served cold! Chickpea Pancake Pizza (Argentina) — In Buenos Aires, locals top their super-cheesy pizza slices with fainá — chickpea pancakes cooked separately from the pies and balanced on top of each slice. Keep these pizzas in mind when planning your next international vacation! They might be tastier than they sound, and if not, they’ll still make great Instagram fodder. As actor Cole Sprouse once tweeted, “You're losing followers because you're not relatable enough. Try mentioning that you eat pizza. If that doesn't work, play the ukulele.”
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