Maybe it's just because, in between moving from one office to another, I haven't been working with a particular set of attorneys long enough to really know when to seize the (slow) day and disappear for a few hours. I finally gave this a try last week when the stars aligned: work seemed slow and Yulia Zagoruychenko and Riccardo Cocchi were offering a three-hour workshop in Orange County that I wanted to attend.
I walked out of the workshop to find an unexpected request that I start and complete a fairly sizable assignment by the next morning when I checked my Blackberry. I called the partner, got the assignment, had a nice dinner with my friends, drove back to LA and started the assignment. I didn't sleep at all that night, but I finished the assignment. Really, it was having my cake and getting to eat it too. This is what "flexibility" means in a big law firm setting, I think.
I don't regret losing that sleep for one minute--can you believe I got to participate in a workshop with the World Professional Latin Champions!?! Their dancing was impressive, as always, and they were incredibly charming and patient (there were many beginners in attendance). I liked that they demonstrated a great respect for one another throughout the workshop. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a world champion partnership, they were both very detail-oriented and incredibly hard-working. I expected that they would have this approach to their own dancing, but was pleasantly surprised by their effort in teaching a bunch of beginners. (At one point, when it was announced that we would take a ten minute break, Riccardo exclaimed "Oh no! Better only five minutes--how else we get anything done?") What a beautiful couple, inside and out.
While I wish I was further along with my dancing in order to get more out of the workshop, I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity!