Law Office of Elliott Kanter APC - February 2019

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February 2019

FINDING THE BEAT HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC

It’s around this time of year, as the Grammy Awards approach, that I’m reminded I’m not as in tune with the modern music scene as I used to be. Don’t get me wrong; I still love music. I just can’t tell you which albums or singles are nominated for what prize this year. While I feel everyone probably reserves a special place in their heart for the music of their youth, I consider myself lucky to have grown up at a time when rock was really starting to roll. In my mind, no two decades are more strongly associated with music than the ‘60s and ‘70s. The explosion of genres and styles we saw in this 20-year span was rivaled only by the number of iconic artists and supergroups this era produced. Hendrix, Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Creedence Clearwater Revival — if I listed them all, there’d be no more room left in this newsletter. While time would eventually enshrine these musicians as the bedrock of American music, growing up alongside these artists as they went from relatively unknown innovators to the stars they are today was certainly a formative experience. To this day, I vividly remember my next-door neighbor running over to my house carrying a record, proclaiming to my brother and me, “You’ve got to listen to this!” He explained it was some British group that was beginning to make waves over here in the U.S. Their name? The Beatles. Listening to the harmonies of the Fab Four and hearing the ways they

combined classic rock with R&B elements was a revelation. With artists like these springing up left and right, who could help but be a music lover in those days? Fast forward to my college days at the University of Pittsburgh, and I was deeply plugged into the music world. Academically, I was taking music courses and even had a professor allow me to produce a tape recording examining the classical influence of such up-and-coming acts as Elton John, Frank Zappa, and The Moody Blues. Outside of my studies, I was working as an FM DJ at our campus radio station. This really let me venture out onto the cutting edge of what was being produced.

as a catch-all umbrella term for the early synthesizer tracks that were starting to make their way into record stores. I still have my record collection to this day, with over 500 vinyl records to choose from when I need a moment to relax. I passed down my love of music to my children, and I’m not surprised to see that this love has manifested as they’ve matured and taken up careers of their own. While I may not know who the nominees are for the Grammys, I know my eldest daughter is involved with publicizing elements of the award show in LA. My youngest, meanwhile, is pursuing her passion for musical theater in New York. And, of course, with the Rolling Stones releasing their new tour dates, we all know when and where our next family reunion is going to be.

TO THIS DAY, I VIVIDLY REMEMBER MY NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR RUNNING OVER TO MY HOUSE CARRYING A RECORD, PROCLAIMING TO MY BROTHER AND ME, “YOU’VE GOT TO LISTEN TO THIS!”

During my day shifts, I played mostly the mainstream stuff, but at night, all bets were off. Everything coming out in that era was creative, but some artists were truly pushing the boundaries of where music could go — so much so that it defied genre. My station buddies and I started using “space jazz”

Rock on,

-Elliott Kanter

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THE 5-SECOND RULE WILL MAKE YOU SICK 3 HEALTH MYTHS YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE

BOTTLED WATER IS SAFER THAN TAP WATER

We live in the golden age of information. The answers to many of life’s questions are just an internet search away. Despite this readily available wisdom, we still have a bad habit of believing health-related myths. Here are three popular health “facts” that are total works of fiction. THE 5-SECOND RULE KEEPS FOOD SAFE Obviously germs and bacteria don’t really wait five seconds to pounce, but snatching your chip off the floor fast keeps most of the germs away, right? Not according to a 2006 study published by Dr. Paul Dawson. He found conclusive evidence that when food comes into contact with a contaminated surface, bacteria are transferred immediately. Even one second spent on tile, wood, or carpet is enough to infest your food with salmonella or another serious contaminant.

self-reported their habits. Modern medical research has shown these results to be false. The official stance from the John Hopkins Arthritis Center states, “There is no evidence that cracking knuckles causes any damage such as arthritis in the joints.” Still, chronic knuckle-cracking can lead to reduced grip strength, so you might want to break the habit anyway. You’ve probably heard these myths for years, but just because something is common knowledge doesn’t mean it is true. With information so easily available, always take the time to research the facts, especially when it comes to your health.

People seeking out safer water alternatives increases the sales of bottled “spring water” each year. However, bottled water is more expensive, bad for the environment, and, as Dr. Morton Tavel of the Indiana University School of Medicine pointed out, over 50 percent of bottled water is just filtered tap water. The same effect can be achieved with a home filtration system. Of course, if the tap water in your area has been contaminated, bottled water is a safer alternative. However, in most circumstances, bottled water is no healthier than tap water.

CRACKING YOUR KNUCKLES CAUSES ARTHRITIS

The connection between knuckle-cracking and arthritis came from studies where participants

PRIVATE LAWYER VS. PUBLIC DEFENDER WHAT’S YOUR BEST OPTION AFTER AN ARREST? Following an arrest, one of the most important questions a person asks themselves is, “Should I hire a private lawyer or a public defender?” In many cases, they’ll answer this question based on one simple criteria: price. While availability of funds is a necessary consideration, it’s important to strongly weigh the two options to determine the best fit. Here are three questions you should ask yourself before deciding on an attorney. 1. DO YOU WANT TO SELECT YOUR ATTORNEY? Because a case’s outcome can drastically affect your life, you should have some agency in determining who will represent you in the courtroom. If you opt to go for a public defender, you don’t get to choose which lawyer will be appointed to your case. With private attorneys, you know the attorney you are working with early on. Additionally, private lawyers will often take cases in which a client has committed an offense. Here at the Law Office of Elliot Kanter, our ultimate goal is to obtain an agreement that ensures our clients’ lives are not permanently changed. We often obtain reduced charges or alternatives to custody. This dovetails into the time we spend on developing a client’s story and the presentation to the judge and prosecutor. A private attorney can spend a great deal of time doing that, while a public defender oftentimes cannot.

2. DO YOU WANT TO BE A PRIORITY? Because public defenders are required to take all cases assigned to them, they don’t have the luxury of determining their workload. This often means that they are overworked. Private attorneys, however, get to choose which cases they take, which allows them to determine how many clients they are helping at once. With a private attorney, your case would be a priority. Our team doesn’t necessarily make case resolution our no. 1 priority. Instead, we try to schedule the case to suit our clients’ schedules. We won’t rush the case to resolution until we gather all the facts and develop the defense. Overall, the idea of hiring a private attorney is a personal choice and should be made carefully. If it fits with your own situation, we suggest making your decision based not on the fee, but rather on the experience of the attorney, and most importantly, the level of comfort you have with the attorney you choose. 3. DO YOU WANT YOUR CASE RESOLVED WITH YOUR BEST INTEREST AT HEART?

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BIG-RIG WRECKS

Every motor vehicle accident is different, but when the collision involves a semitruck, the medical and repair bills can be much costlier. After any wreck, a legal expert can help you sift through every roadblock that crops up. But as the following information about semitruck accidents shows, an experienced lawyer can be a valuable asset to you for getting the compensation you deserve. BIGGER BATTLES Everything on a semitruck is larger than on the average vehicle. These trucks can weigh upward of 80,000 pounds, which can result in devastating consequences if a smaller vehicle is involved in a wreck. This adds up to longer hospital stays, bigger bills, and heftier consequences. Additionally, semitrucks are often insured under policies that are 50 times greater than a standard policy. The adjusters insurance companies assign to these claims are some of the best in the business, and they are experienced in dealing with serious injury cases — and their value. PROPERTY PROBLEMS Because semitrucks are massive haulers, these accidents can do more than just cause injury and damage to other vehicles. Semis can often wipe out highway signs or medians, damage roadways, and even crash into buildings. This is an additional piece to consider while sorting through injury and vehicle damage compensation. SPECIAL SITUATIONS Because truck drivers can be in any state of the union at any time, the variables of their accidents can vary and affect compensation. To mitigate this possible tangled mess, commercial trucks are required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation. However, this also leads to additional regulations that create more complications than a standard vehicle accident. With increased regulations, transient variables, and the sheer size of these trucks, the aftermath of an accident with a semitruck can be much more stressful. An experienced lawyer can help you resolve these complications. At the Law Offices of Elliot Kanter, our experts are well-versed in helping drivers who’ve been involved in semitruck accidents. Give us a call at 619-231-1883 for your free consultation.

SPICY SALMON TARTARE

Inspired by Epicurious

This delicious tartare is the perfect healthy alternative to gut-busting game-day dips. Serve alongside your favorite chips or crackers for an appetizer that’s sure to impress.

INGREDIENTS

1 8-ounce boneless, skinless salmon fillet

3/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

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1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

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1 1/2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chives, minced

1/4 teaspoon lime zest 1/4 cup cucumber, seeded and finely diced

1 1/2 teaspoons grapeseed or vegetable oil Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste Crackers or chips, for serving

1 1/2 teaspoons jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced 1 1/2 teaspoons shallots, minced

DIRECTIONS

1. Place salmon in freezer for 20 minutes to make slicing easier. 2. Meanwhile, prepare other ingredients for mixing. 3. Thinly slice salmon into sheets and cut sheets into strips and strips into cubes. When finished, you should have 1/8-inch cubes. 4. In a mixing bowl, combine salmon with all other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish with chips or crackers and serve.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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THE STORY OF DJ ELLIOTT

LET’S RETIRE THESE HEALTH MYTHS

PRIVATE LAWYER VS. PUBLIC DEFENDER: WHICH IS BETTER?

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SPICY SALMON TARTARE

WHAT MAKES A SEMITRUCK ACCIDENT UNIQUE

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PREPARE FOR AN ADVENTURE IN LAPLAND

INTO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

ADVENTURE IN SWEDISH LAPLAND

take one of only two airlines that fly into Kiruna, then travel by train to Abisko. Despite the challenge of getting there, adventure-seeking visitors from around the world arrive each winter to experience the Arctic beauty. Winter attractions include ice skating, snowshoeing, and the Scandinavian sauna (this last one is a must any time of the year). Befriend a Scandinavian and you might be treated to some pickled herring or even a princess cake, a raspberry-filled dessert covered in marzipan. Scandinavians cherish their public lands, and the trail systems are well taken care of. Hikers and backpackers can enjoy the stunning beauty in both late spring and summer, as well as a chance to see the midnight sun. Because of its far-north location, Swedish Lapland receives close to 24 hours of sunlight from June through early August. Between the

boulder fields, mountains, and stunning glacial lakes, hiking here is a treat.

While hiking, you may spot reindeer herds or lemmings (a small rodent similar to a hamster) racing around rocks. The Sami people have herded reindeer for thousands of years through this very land. In the summer, keep an eye out for blueberries, lingonberries, and the brightly colored cloudberries. Because of the Arctic climate, weather conditions can change quickly from sunshine to rain and heavy fog, so it’s best to dress in layers and bring wind and rain protection if you plan to venture into the backcountry. The fantastic scenery of Swedish Lapland awaits you, no matter when you decide to take your trip. What are you waiting for?

If you’re eager for a new adventure in 2019, you’ll surely find it in Swedish Lapland. With trail systems that take you into the Arctic Circle, the northernmost region of Sweden is home to national parks, glaciers, reindeer, the beguiling midnight sun, and spectacular night skies. Though winters are cold, one benefit of traveling to the region in this season is to catch a glimpse of the night sky. The northern lights are visible from a few remote locations like Abisko National Park, one of the first established national parks in Sweden.

Traveling to Abisko is an adventure in and of itself. From Stockholm, the fastest option is to

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