The firm did buy a table, and I was invited to join. Which meant I essentially got a free trip to New York (complete with first class high speed train tickets and nice hotel that leaves me oranges and chocolate with a handwritten note saying how much it loves my firm) so that I could go to a fancy party with two of the more prominent lawyers in the firm and some important sports media clients. It’s the sort of client development work that I think is fun (and also a good reminder that, if I’m going to keep doing this work, I really need to start watching sports).
After the dinner, I split off from the group and met up with Tarek (a good friend from law school and fellow associate at the firm), who recently returned from a two year assignment working in Saudi Arabia. We talked for way too long over drinks at a fun bar (I had mint lemonade) and got caught up on our various life projects.
Now it’s time for bed — I’ve got to be able to get back to real work tomorrow.