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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BLOG - black is NOT a slimming color

I normally try to dress up my blog entries with photos, cartoons or some sort of eye-candy. However, with this blog, I just can't do it.

I was standing in the post office lobby yesterday morning waiting for the doors to open at exactly 8:00. There were 5-6 people there for the same reason, when a woman enters and goes directly to collect her mail from her mail box. Working in the legal field, I honestly try not to be judgmental of people. This woman, however, was one of the most vulgar people I've ever seen. She was a large woman - close to, or over six feet tall. She was well over 200 pounds and dressed entirely in black -- or at least the little bit of fabric she was wearing. She had black leather boots with stiletto heals, a black skirt that was about three inches above her knees and a black, waist-length jacket. I would say she was in her mid- to late-30's, although my eyes didn't really travel up to her face.

Although I am well within my weight/height scale, I am very self-conscious of my own muscular calves. Some of it is due to genes/heredity, but most is due to the fact that I lived on roller skates growing up and was an active skier. Even when I weighed less than 100 pounds, my calves were very muscular. I have a hard time buying boots that will fit my calves. I love mid-calf clothing -- because I consider it flattering and it is quite comfortable -- I don't have to continue pulling the hem down if/when it decides to crawl up towards my waist when I sit. This woman's calves were about the size of my thighs and I have no idea where she found these boots that were molded to her calves. More shocking, I don't see how the tooth-pick stilettos carried her weight. Each of her thighs were larger than my waist. Each knee was a little smaller than a basketball -- not by much, but a little, and the worst thing about her legs, the boots and what I would call a miniskirt on her really large frame, was the fact that her legs were bare -- no pantyhose, tights -- just ugly white, wrinkled and huge bulging knees, and cellulite, spider-tracked veins.

This problem is the fault of society -- when schools were allowed to do away with dress codes and business accepted "casual/dress-down Fridays" which turned into everyday "business casual," we became a nation of slobs. Do people even look at their appearance in the mirror before leaving the house?--or check themselves out in the building windows as they pass? Do they laugh under their breath or even out loud at the site of the woman in the post office?--and if so, do they consider what *THEY* look like to other people?

People need to stop dressing as though they are 16 and take a serious look at their own body and what they cover it with. If there was such a thing as the fashion police, it is sad to say that over 90 percent of the nation would be arrested.

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With a typing speed of 120 wpm, Carolyn Bodley began offering independent contractor/secretarial and transcription services to the Denver metro legal community in 1992.

I am not a court reporter or medical transcriptionist and I don't videotape depositions -- I'm strictly a legal transcriptionist which means putting spoken words on paper. All my transcripts contain a certification stating that to the best of my knowledge, belief and ability, the audio/video I received has not been altered in any way, and the transcript is true, accurate and complete. I have never been advised that a court rejected one of my audio or video transcripts. If my transcript is rejected by the court, you will be reimbursed in full for my services. Because I certify that the transcript is true and complete, the entire audio/video must be transcribed--I am unable to transcribe "just a portion" that you need. 

I guarantee that your transcripts will be typed confidentially, accurately and with attention to detail at a fair price.

  • Discovery is often turned over in a format other than hard copy. This discovery includes, but is not limited to, recorded telephone conversations, police interviews, depositions, investigations, witness statements, and more. The audio and video "words" need to be put to paper, and your already overworked legal staff often don't have the skills, equipment, the inclination or the time.
  • Discovery is often the deciding factor of whether a case goes to trial. Most of us hear, but do we listen? Recently I transcribed a video that had been viewed and listened to several times and by several people before I transcribed it. There was a one sentence statement that not one person caught -- this one sentence was not the only reason the case was dismissed one day before trial--however, it carried quite a bit of weight -- and I'm the only one that "heard" it. Had the video never been transcribed, how many other words would never have been heard?

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