Thoughts From The Slopes

A shout out to the aging rockers who can still rock. In the past few years I’ve seen Paul McCartney jump around like a teenager in a 3 hour show, he’s 74. I’ve seen the Rolling Stones do an ouskiing2tside stadium show with an energy level that teenagers can’t sustain. I’ve seen Elton John and Billy Joel do incredible shows, but at least they get to sit down and play the ivories. The Doobies and Peter Frampton rocked Atlanta recently and they aren’t spring chickens. I just saw Bruce Springsteen do a 3 1/2 hour show, nonstop, and end it with a passionate rendition of “Dancing In The Dark” and “Shout” that belied what had to be incredible exhaustion. Bruce is 67 years old, 10 years my senior. I hope that I can sustain half of his energy and keep my stellar good looks like he has. It’s been great seeing these acts and I hope to see more before they start using walkers.

An observation: If doctors were like lawyers, we’d all be dead. Doctors generally make great and quick decisions. Lawyers start off with “on the one hand this, on the other hand that…” One of the things almost all of us lawyers do is get extensions of time to do things. It’s in our nature.

When skiing, it’s important to stay on the trail. Sounds obvious, no? Almost every skiing death that I read about this year involved the skier leaving the trail, sometimes for unknown reasons. Maybe it was a lapse in attention, or skiing past one’s ability, or just being stupid, but skiers don’t die in the middle of the slope, even on a double black. However, in the past few days a skier died when another skier ran into him on the slopes. You can’t beat bad luck.

State Court Judge Jason Ashford recently told a lawyer that what he was proposing was “stupid.” The lawyer was suggesting that he could try a case the week before his wedding. Judge Ashford exercised judicial temperament and moved the trial to two months later, suggesting that allowed time for reconsideration by the bride.

It’s good to be happily married. It’s not good to be Alanis Morrisette’s or Taylor Swift’s ex-boyfriend. Taylor at least makes veiled implications about shortcomings, but Alanis is just cruel. Both make great songs however.

It’s not a nuisance to paint your house lavender with canary yellow shutters, but it is a nuisance to have modestly kept and well cared for chickens. We’ve lost our minds.

The Legislature’s experiment with liberty lasted one year. The fireworks ban is back in place. You can shoot fireworks until 9pm, except New Year’s and Independence Day when it’s 1am. Those fireworks that are visible at 9pm in the summer will certainly be amazing to see.

A simple logistics observation. Most of the time, you can drive to Perry and back to get your car tag just as fast, if not faster, than going to the Warner Robins office. Both offices are as nice as can be, but the Commissioners need to give Tax Commissioner Mark Kushinka better resources. And Mark has never said a word to me, this is free advice.

Maybe it’s Warner Robins Mayor Randy Tom’s firefighter background, but he incredibly receptive to suggestions on how to streamline doing business in WR. There’s more to do, but he listens.

Kelly Burke, master attorney, former district attorney and magistrate judge, is engaged in private practice. He writes about the law, rock’n’roll and politics. These articles are not designed to give legal advice, but are designed to inform the public about how the law affects their daily lives. Contact Kelly at to comment on this article or suggest articles that you’d like to see and visit his website at to view prior columns.

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