Kevin Patrick Law - June 2020

JUNE 2020

Legally Brief With Kevin Patrick Automobile accidents | Daycare injuries | wrongful death

The Comfort of 4-Legged Friends MEET UGA X, KEVIN’S FAVORITE DOG!

Do you have any pets at home? In these last few months of social distancing, one of my favorite things has been seeing the comfort and entertainment people’s pets have brought them. I don’t have pets of my own, unfortunately, but I’ve always loved dogs. To make up for not having a dog, I spent as much time with my friends’ dogs as I could. My high school friend had two Labs, Sonny and Duke, and when we spent time at his house, they’d always jump in the pool with us and splash around. Then, when I was in Athens studying for the bar exam, my roommate had a dog named Lyla, and I’d sometimes offer to take her out for a jog after a long day of studying. For the last few months, I’ve kept up something similar by checking out all of the photos and videos of my friends’ pups they’re sharing online. There is also one other dog that stands out from the pack: Uga X, the University of Georgia’s current mascot. Since 1892, the University of Georgia has had a four-legged mascot to bring good luck to its football games. For the very first game, that mascot was a goat (we don’t like to talk about that), but in 1894, a bull terrier named Trilby took the slot and inspired the sports team’s moniker. Legend has it Trilby started coming to football practice with her owner when the season started, and she regularly ran drills with the team. As the story goes in old newspaper clippings, one day

Trilby didn’t appear as usual, and after a frantic search, her owner eventually found her — with 13 puppies! As soon as they were old enough, the entire baker's dozen started trailing their mother down the football field, and it wasn’t before long until the team dressed them up with black and red ribbons and called itself the Bulldogs. The rest is history: With only a few gaps, the University of Georgia has had a bulldog on the field for every football game since! Since the 1950s, the mascots have all been white English bulldogs, and they’ve all been named Uga. Uga I, who started the tradition, was nicknamed “Hood’s Ole Dan,” and he appeared for the first time on the sidelines in a handmade jersey on Dec. 2, 1955. In the years since then, nine more Ugas have placed their paws where Hood’s Ole Dan stood, including Uga IV, or “Seiler’s Uga Four,” who oversaw nine bowl games, attended the Heisman Banquet, and was named Dog of the Decade by head football coach Vince Dooley. Another notable Uga was Uga VI, or “Uga V’s Watchagot Loran,” who presided over a record 114 games and in 2007 became the winningest mascot in school history. Today’s Uga is nicknamed “Que,” and he has reigned supreme since 2015. With his red spiked collar, stout shoulders, big smile, and impeccable red jersey, it’s no wonder every UGA football fan loves him! I’m certainly one of the many.

Until I finally get a dog of my own, I’d love to see photos of your pets. Usually, when I solicit calls from my clients, I’m asking about an accident or other misfortune, but I think right now we could all use some good news.

Sincerely Yours,

Send Me Your Pet Photos! Want to see your pet in a future newsletter? Send a photo to Kevin@ PatrickTrialLaw.com and tell me what you love about them!

This publication is for informational purposes only, and no legal advice is intended.

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Will You Watch Them All? Kevin’s Summer Movie Marathon

NASA Takes You on a (Virtual) Space Adventure THE FINAL FRONTIER

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been watching a lot more TV than usual these past few months and have gotten stuck at least once on what to watch next. To help you out, we asked Kevin to put together his ultimate movie marathon, and he came through with five suggestions that are sure to help avoid your summer boredom. If you have a free day, you can binge them back- to-back, or spread them out to keep the fun going all month! Here’s Kevin’s hit list:

Commercial space travel might still be the stuff of science fiction stories, but thanks to computer programs and augmented reality, your family can still experience what it’s like to explore space. NASA and other organizations provide a wealth of free resources that make space exploration come to life for stargazers and future astronauts alike. Take some time to explore a few of our favorites today. TOURING THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION First launched in 1998, the International Space Station is a multinational space research laboratory. Nineteen different nations have sent astronauts, cosmonauts, and space tourists to the space station to conduct scientific experiments. It’s truly the stuff science fiction dreams are made of! In 2012, Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams filmed a full tour of this amazing

1. “The Sandlot” – In this 1993 summer classic, a group of neighborhood boys bond over baseball and go on all kinds of adolescent adventures. When a borrowed ball flies over the wrong fence, they have to confront their fears to get it back. 2. “Caddyshack” – No matter how many times you’ve seen this 1980 golf comedy, it never gets old! Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, and Michael O’Keefe are hilarious as characters populating a snooty country club in advance of a big golf tournament. 3. “Independence Day” – There’s nothing like an alien invasion flick to put a pandemic in perspective. In this 1996 sci-fi hit, Will Smith and his motley crew fight to save the world over Fourth of July weekend. 4. “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” – If you’re in the mood for something light, don’t miss this hysterical beach comedy featuring a Hawaiian vacation gone wrong. Jason Segel and Kristen Bell play a couple who have recently split and then find themselves stuck in the same hotel with Bell’s new beau. 5. “The Goonies” – Like Sandlot, this 1985 romp follows a group of adventurous kids. From evil property developers to pirate treasure, this family-friendly movie has it all! When you’re ready to watch, don’t forget to pop some popcorn, pull the curtains, and pour your favorite drink to set the mood. Happy streaming! 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.)

floating lab and even included a quick lesson on how to work out in zero gravity. “Visit” the space station for yourself at Bit.ly/ISSTour. EXPLORING DEEP SPACE VIA VIRTUAL REALITY On Jan. 30, 2020, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope concluded its 16-year mission researching exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system. This data was used to create Exoplanet Excursions, an immersive virtual reality experience that lets your family experience the Spitzer’s discoveries and control the telescope yourself. These incredible excursions are available on Oculus or Steam, so visit Spitzer.Caltech.edu/vr to start your adventure and explore deep space today! PLANET-HOPPING WITH NASA Have you ever wondered would it be like to stand on another world? Then “book” your next vacation with the Exoplanet Travel Bureau! This program takes you on digital tours of real exoplanets NASA has discovered. Though we don’t know what the surfaces of these worlds look like, artists have used scientific data to create 3D landscapes to explore. See them all, from Kepler-16b to TRAPPIST-1e, at Exoplanets.NASA.gov/alien- worlds/exoplanet-travel-bureau.

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Become a Grill Master With This Meal Made Entirely on the Barbecue!

Warm weather is back, and that means it’s time to break out the grill! Whether you’re cooking in your backyard or on your apartment balcony, whipping up a meal outside is one of the best ways to soak up some sunshine. If you really want to become a grill master, try your hand at this menu of entirely grilled dishes that are the essence of summer on a plate. • Starter: Grilled Bread Brush thick slices with melted butter and toast them for 2–3 minutes per side until grill marks form. For a delicious local option, try grabbing a loaf from Alon’s Bakery & Market or Proof Bakeshop, and see TheSpruceEats.com for more guidance on grilling. summer classic! To get perfect meats, RealSimple.com suggests creating two “heat zones” on your grill: a medium- high zone for patties and a medium- low zone for hot dogs. While you’re sudoku • Main Dish: Burgers and Hot Dogs You can’t go wrong with this

cooking, rotate the dogs regularly to brown them evenly, and flip the burgers as soon as they come loose from the grate. Just before the meats are done, turn down the heat to avoid last-minute char. • Side: Grilled Vegetable Bundles This side dish couldn’t be easier. All you need is aluminum foil, your favorite summer vegetables, red potatoes, butter, Dijon mustard, and your herbs and spices of choice. Simply mix the butter, mustard, and spices together in a bowl, coat the chopped veggies and potatoes, and divide them into squares of foil. Bundle them up, then toss the packets on the grill for

they’re golden brown. Then, top your peaches with whatever floats your dessert boat. Butter and cinnamon- sugar is a popular combination, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream paired with fresh mint is delicious. As you’re working your magic, just remember to take safety precautions: Avoid loose-fitting clothing, make sure your grill is stable and clean, keep an eye on the fire, and always check your propane for leaks. The last thing we want is to see you get hurt while you’re cooking!

25–35 minutes! For more detailed instructions, head to Pillsbury.com.

• Dessert: Grilled Peaches Does it get more Georgia than this? To make this treat, grab a few semi-firm peaches,

cut them in half, brush them with oil, and grill them on high heat until

Fig Caprese Salad

It’s sweet. It’s savory. It’s the embodiment of summer!

Ingredients •

8 oz buffalo mozzarella or fresh mozzarella 8 oz ripe fresh figs, quartered lengthwise • Handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped •

• Flaked sea salt, to taste • Coarse ground black pepper, to taste • Olive oil, to taste

Directions 1. Tear mozzarella into bite-size pieces. Arrange on a platter.

2. Place quartered figs, flesh up, around mozzarella.

3. Sprinkle basil leaves over top.

4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Solution

5. Drizzle with olive oil.

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Inside This Issue 1 Meet Uga X, Kevin’s Favorite Dog! 2 Go Planet-Hopping With NASA Try Kevin’s Summer Movie Marathon 3 Become a Grill Master This Summer Fig Caprese Salad 4 3 Enriching Staycation Ideas

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Turn Your Vacation Into a Staycation 3 Ways to Replace a Canceled Vacation Vacations provide opportunities for families to spend time together in a relaxed environment, get away from the routines of everyday life, and create meaningful memories. If you’ve recently had to cancel a trip but still want to create the experience of a vacation for your family, then a staycation is just what you need.

to get creative and make their own contributions, too. Have everyone create art, take photos, or write about their prized possessions. Display these masterpieces around your home and let their creators take you on a tour. Learning more about one another builds meaningful bonds.

TRANSFORM YOUR BACKYARD

BRING YOUR TRIP HOME

When you’re trying to recreate a vacation, the outdoor areas of your home present a variety of possibilities. You can turn a sandbox into a relaxing beach, complete with a kiddie pool “ocean.” If you have trees, then set up a zip line or obstacle course. You can even stimulate summer brains with a scavenger hunt around the backyard with hidden clues in the dirt or bushes. The ultimate prize can be something you would have purchased on your original vacation, like a souvenir you can find online.

You probably chose your original vacation destination in order to experience new and different cultures and activities. But just because you’re no longer traveling to that location doesn’t mean you can’t experience some of what it has to offer! Research popular local cuisine, activities, and history of the area, then create ways to experience them with your family. Cook a traditional meal, recreate a scenic location through photographs, or share a story about local lore and history. Your changed plans will no longer feel like a missed opportunity. Staying at home doesn’t mean your family can’t have the fun of a vacation. All it takes is a little creativity and innovation to build an experience that will bring your family closer together. For example, we took our family exploring the banks of the Chattahoochee River in lieu of a beach vacation.

CREATE A ‘FAMILY MUSEUM’

Many vacations include an educational aspect in order to enrich our understanding of the place we’re visiting, and museums are a great way to accomplish that. If you’re confined to the house, then teach your kids about your own knowledge and interests and encourage them

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