July 2009 Blog Posts (32)

Lesson Learned: My Brand-New HP Laserjet Printer

My HP Laserjet 1320 printer died. I researched the HP printers and ended up geting the HP Laserjet P2050DN. I didn't need the "DN," but they were out of the regular HP Laserjet P2050. It must be a popular model. The "N" stands for network, which I don't have. I don't know what the "D" means, at least not yet.

So I plugged it up, placed the toner cartridge in it, and then let it self-install with the HP CD.

I was so bummed, as the printer just would not print. I tried… Continue

Added by Jennie Ann on July 31, 2009 at 12:31 — 6 Comments


Today is National Cheesecake Day. Yes, we now have cheesecake to celebrate.
The nationwide chain, The Cheesecake Factory, is debuting a new flavor today: Stephanie's Cheesecake.
It's a Red Velvet layered cake/cheesecake. You can also get your favorite slice of cheesecake today for half off if you have a meal in one of their restaurants today. Any flavor.

So, go get your cheese on :D

Added by April McMillan, CRR, RPR, CSR on July 30, 2009 at 9:34 — 5 Comments

Swearing in Witness

For those of you working as deposition reporters, would you be so kind as to give me the exact wording on the oath that you give to witnesses? Is there a standard oath? Is it okay to use your own wording as long as certain specific words are there? Working in court for my entire reporting career, the Clerk swears in all witnesses, so I've never had the "honor" of doing it. BTW I am a p/t instructor at a court reporting school, and your answers will benefit future court… Continue

Added by Kaleisha Straughter on July 29, 2009 at 22:20 — 10 Comments

Got to Disney in June and it was awesome!

I loved it too! I got to chat with Prince Caspian (above) also and was tongue tied, lol. I love Narnia!

Added by Rhoda Collins on July 29, 2009 at 19:31 — 7 Comments


I took Volume II of a depo. Volume I was taken by a completely different reporter. I am a 5'2 Korean woman. The reporter for Volume I, the day before, was a tall, blonde white woman.

At the start of the depo, the attorney turned to me and asked me to read the last question from the day before.

I just looked at him for a second. I was so amazed my mind actually went blank. I reminded him that I wasn't the reporter from the day before.

I know we're… Continue

Added by Kyung on July 29, 2009 at 9:09 — 4 Comments

Things you wish you could say during a depo

Feel free to talk over each all you want, I'm not listening.

I write at 225 wpm, I will drop all words starting at the 226th word and on for those minutes you choose to speak at 300 wpm.

Do you think the room has been struck deaf. We can all hear you whispering really loudly to your client and chances are that counsel can hear you instructing your client and I can hear you. Take it outside if you don't want it on the record.

Why do you think I am a lip reader… Continue

Added by Kyung on July 29, 2009 at 9:03 — 19 Comments

Pandora has started charging

I am absolutely bummed. I wrote a long while back about Pandora, which is an online music service where you can listen to music while you're proofing. It used to be all free. And I discovered a lot of new music.

Well, they've started charging. You get 40 hours free, and then they charge. You can pay $36 for the year, which is not much. But it's like paying for radio, I rebel.

Today I listened to Yahoo… Continue

Added by Kyung on July 27, 2009 at 17:04 — No Comments

Mouse in My House. EEK!

Last night, I woke up about 2:30 a.m. My eyes were tired and scratchy, and I was a little dizzy as I was walking to the bathroom. I was still half asleep, but then I got the shock of my life. EEK! It was a tiny gray mouse scampering for cover in my bathroom. The door was shut, and he was trying to get out, running back and forth furiously. The faster he ran, the louder I screamed. I didn't know what to do. It was just me and a mouse trapped in the bathroom, with nowhere to… Continue

Added by Jennie Ann on July 26, 2009 at 11:47 — 9 Comments

How To Interrupt the Proceedings

Okay. All you veteran reporters, please, share with us newbies how you handle interrupting the proceedings.

I just started reporting hearings last week. I have discovered that I have not had much training in the way of interrupting when the speakers are speaking too fast. It seems I am comfortable in asking for a repeat if I didn't hear something correctly.

I would appreciate any scenarios you have to share. How do you tactfully ask the judge to slow down? What language do… Continue

Added by Teresa Russ on July 25, 2009 at 10:05 — 17 Comments

Don't You Wish...

...that you could create one brief for the entire transcript? Walk in, set up, listen to them talk all day long, as fast as they want, seven hours, then just hit one stroke, pack up your equipment and go home? And have perfect translation, too, 100 percent.

Maybe just two strokes, BHRA BHRA.


Added by Janet on July 24, 2009 at 16:25 — 7 Comments

Just a short Note

Good Morning,

I've been rather busy and hope to continue so.

Have a great day.

Added by Kathleen Russell on July 22, 2009 at 7:35 — 1 Comment


how is this transcribed?

Merriam doesn't have an opinion, and I'm seeing about 30 different ways on different google results.

it just looks awkward no matter what.

Added by Clay Frazier on July 21, 2009 at 18:35 — 5 Comments

All Done!!!!!

Since January of this year I made a vow to keep all my online CSR nation buddies up to date on my experience with switching from steno to Voice.....Well how about this? I have long since passed my voice theory class with an "A" and went on to speed classes where uopn my second day of voice in speed i passed all my 140 speed tests and am now in 160's..who would of thought!!!!!

Added by Malinda on July 20, 2009 at 13:34 — 1 Comment

Dinner Quickies

I work long hours, to include weekends. One thing I try to do every evening is provide one good meal. It's every man for himself during the day, but, in the evening, I like to have a nice meal, dag nab it!

I know every member of this forum may have some favorite dinner quickies, requiring little work. I want to know what yours are, so I can have some new treats to look forward to.

Here's one of my favorite dinner quickies. I boil water and cook DeBoles organic garlic and… Continue

Added by Jennie Ann on July 17, 2009 at 2:00 — 4 Comments

Donations to "The Nation"

This is a discussion I posted in "Court Reporting Agencies," a group I belong to:

How many times have your jobs been covered because of this wonderful site?

Maybe we all just need a friendly reminder that there are no paid advertisements here. It all comes from the giving of time and hard work.

Have you seen the following Discussion on the Forum page:

Dude, like, OMG, where'd the DONATE button go?

I've looked all over The…

Added by April McMillan, CRR, RPR, CSR on July 16, 2009 at 17:40 — 9 Comments

On this court reporting road

Hey Everyone:

I know that I had withdrawn from CSRNation for quite some time. I had many things going on in my life and social networking sites like this one and facebook just took a back seat. My mom had to have her ovaries and uterus removed because doctors had found some tumors. I had to take care of my mom for a month and half, not to mention her cousin passing away the week before the surgery.

Since she couldn't work I had to take on her job, and still work mine to… Continue

Added by Jessica Guardado on July 16, 2009 at 10:00 — 1 Comment


I'm not sure if this is a duplicate or not. I thought I was sending a post and got a message "sorry please enter a value for post" So as you can tell this is my first post.

I'm inquiring if there are any Nevada reporters who are aware of the reporting situtation in Las Vagas and Henderson, NV. I have two lovely elderly parents currently living in Henderson and as we are ALL aging, I'm keeping my relocation options open and fluid. Any information would be very much… Continue

Added by Cheryle on July 15, 2009 at 10:01 — No Comments

Cutest Baby Contest

I have entered my little Olivia in a Cutest Baby Contest for fun through Kost FM The voting starts tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14th. Check it out and vote for my little girlie. And tell your friends too! I would really appreciate it....and so would she =) It's from three months....a bit outdated, but one of my absolute favorite pictures of her!!

The website is listed below. You can click on "O" and it will take you to the "O" names.

The picture I submitted is the one I have for my profile… Continue

Added by Mary Motley O'Brien on July 13, 2009 at 15:35 — 5 Comments


Glitterfy.com - Glitter Graphics

On July 15th the latest movie will be released in the Harry Potter series, Half Blood Prince. If you're a fan like me, they don't make the movies fast enough. The first two movies, The Sorcerer's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets, are my favorites. J.K. Rowling is a gifted writer with a fantastic imagination. I'll be out there waiting in line with all the other Potter fans, and I will… Continue

Added by April McMillan, CRR, RPR, CSR on July 11, 2009 at 13:00 — 20 Comments

Simply Steno

I've been considering my options and SimplySteno.com might be a good fit for me. If anyone has any input about the program I'd love to hear about it. Thanks in advance! :)

Added by Stephanie Theophilos on July 10, 2009 at 9:46 — No Comments

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