Looking for an old email today came across this gem from the soon to be wife on assumed (correctly) future habits upon receipt of a shiny new iPod. The year was 2004. She was about to bring me my first iPod back in the days there was a $200 savings purchasing in the US. Amazing to think that a blue hued dot matrix screen was soon cool back then.
I, Brett T.T. Macfarlane, do hereby promise and commit to give my full, undivided attention to my lovely, American girlfriend (Lynanne Coffey) the ENTIRE weekend she is here, from Friday, July 30-Sunday, August 1, at approximately 3pm and henceforth not become distracted by my new toy, Ipod, which she graciously will bring across the US-Canadian boarder for me. By signing this contract, I do forego my rights to play, download, upload, inload, fiddle with or tinker with the Ipod unless said behaviors are approved by above mentioned girlfriend, who does like the Ipod herself, but has been stricken with the feeling that she will no longer be the most exciting part of the weekend once the delivery of the Ipod is made to myself.
Got me thinking that there might be a branch of law called specializing in proactive dispute resolution whereby anticipated disputes can be mitigated by simple form agreements prior to anticipated behavior. Reading about the dissolution of a major white shoe law firm may be a sign even that stodgy industry needs to innovation in a way that adds value rather than protects or extracts value as law tends to today.