Yesterday at work I got to out to a fishing vessel and do my first real investigation-type thing. It was so exciting! I was talking to a witness and he offered to take me out to the boat where the accident I'm working on took place and give me a tour. So, after my boss said "Hey, go for it!" I called him back and took him up on his offer, and he came and picked me up and took me out to where the boat is.
When I got out to the vessel, the witness (former captain of the boat) helped me on board, and I walked around taking pictures while he showed me where everything had happened. Since I hadn't planned on doing anything like that yesterday, I was wearing boots with 3" heels. The poor guy was really nice and walked around right behind me, I think worried that I was going to fall down and either bust my ass on the deck, or fall into the water or something. But, it all worked out and I got tons of good pictures, and a lot of good information out of the witness.
I am so excited that my bosses trusted me enough to let me get out of the office and do something, anything, related to a real investigation. I've done more paperwork in the last month than I ever though possible, and I think I'm doing a good job of learning how to do my job, and taking care of about a million details on so many different cases all at one time. But, this is the first time they've let me out of the office to interact with an ongoing investigation. YAY!
The guy couldn't meet me until 5pm, and my boss said "Are you sure that's OK with you? It's Friday night!" And I said "Oh my God, I'm so excited, I don't care what time it is!" She goes "You are REALLY going to fit in here...I can already tell." YAY AGAIN! I love this job so much! The people are awesome, the work is interesting, and I'm getting to do all the things I love to do. I'm good at being social, I'm good at keeping track of a lot of things all at once, and I'm good at connecting with people and getting information and figuring out complicated situations, and those are all things that are integral to my success at this job. I'm so sad that next week is my last week and I have to go back to my paltry law school existence for two months.
Anyway, back to the real world I suppose - I have exams in a week, which means I better get some reading done in the two classes that I haven't been paying attention to for the past eight weeks. I'm going to see The DaVinci Code tonight, so perhaps I'll have something to say about that tomorrow.