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Perfect 10 August 5, 2017 | 06:14 pm

10.0Douglas Robert Hughes

Reality of Optimism January 28, 2017 | 12:45 pm

Just when you think things couldn’t be worse, reading something about how good things actually are is quite helpful. I urge everyone to read this article. It is mind blowingly awesome.

We have less crime than at any time in human history. Poverty is waning on a worldwide scale. Diseases that killed thousands and millions over years are quickly vanishing from the earth. It is truly staggering.

Of course you have to add the obligatory “this doesn’t mean that suffering does not exist or that we shouldn’t do more to help” of course you stupid ninnies. That goes without saying.

But anyone who feels like terrorists are closing in, that the world is about to enter the zombie apocolypse, or that politics has taken such an absurd turn that you don’t even know which way is up (are we seriously arguing with Mexico and in love with Russia? that seems weird…) just think that overall things are pretty good. Better than that, things are pretty damn good indeed.

Best Child Custody Lawyer in Spokane March 11, 2016 | 05:52 pm

Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine has named Douglas Hughes the top Child Custody lawyer in Spokane. Their annual “Best Lawyers” issue highlights ratings from Avvo in various practice categories. Not only was Douglas listed as a “10” rated Child Custody Attorney, he is the only attorney focused on Child Custody Matters listed in the 2015 issue. You can read the entire list and find the listing naming Douglas R. Hughes as the top child custody attorney in Spokane here.

If you need to hire an attorney for a child custody, divorce or other family law matter, choose Douglas R. Hughes at Hughes & Nelson, P.L.L.C.

Avvo Awards March 11, 2016 | 05:47 pm

I am very honored to have been awarded a perfect 10 rating by Avvo. I have also received an award for Superb Child Custody attorney and Client’s Choice Award as well. Thank you!

Something July 8, 2015 | 11:29 pm

I guess something might be better than nothing. Here’s a nice pic to keep you satisfied.


Winning Fantasy Football Lineup August 17, 2014 | 03:52 am

In case anyone doesn’t know, it’s football season. Or should I say, it’s FANTASY Football season.

My league drafted last night, and with all humblebrags aside, I totally kicked it. I have a team that will be unstoppable. Here is my lineup:

QB: Colin Kaepernick

RB: Jamaal Charles

RB: Adrian Peterson

WR: Julian Edelman

WR: Michael Crabtree

WR: Vincent Jackson

FLEX QB: Russell Wilson

K: Blair Walsh

DEF:  Denver Broncos

BN: Jordan Cameron – WR/TE

BN: Jason Witten – TE

BN: Greg Jennings – WR

BN: Ryan Mathews – RB

BN: Ben Tate – RB

BN: Alex Smith – QB

Now think about this, I have the #1 and #2 RBs, and the #7 and #12 QBs, and excellent other players to help out. This is truly my dream lineup. I could not have listed out much of what I wanted to fall to me in 7th place and not get it. I think I’m a lock for playoffs from here. I think this is the year that things start to fall into place.

Of course, all the caveats about NFL and the risks and injuries, and that my kids aren’t playing football, and what it ends up doing to people over the years, and how hard it is, etc etc. All that said and known. But for now, I’m going to kick butt and take names in my fantasy league!


Quartz vs Automatic Watches June 13, 2014 | 12:38 pm

Quartz watches are better than automatic watches.

Okay, there, I’ve said it and thrown down the gauntlet right at the start. No messing around with buildup and thesis and all that. You know where I stand right from the start. I’ll spend a bit to qualify, but let’s begin the discussion there.

Background: I received a wonderful watch from my wife for our anniversary. I was touched and amazed by the gift, but it was truly a step out in style. I had a been a true Timex cheapo or Pulsar railroad watch guy for years. Watches would last a few months or years, to then maybe disappear when one of the kids accidently flushed them down the toilet. No biggie, though my loss of my old rail road affectionately known as “glowie” has been haunting.

But all of these watches were quartz. They were $100 or less at the time. Inexpensive in the world of watches, but not cheap in the world where most people live. $100 is a $100 no matter who you are.

So quartz watches are far more inexpensive than automatic watches. And they are more accurate.  This is fairly simple, as quartz watches run on a battery and have fairly straightforward mechanism that keeps them solid for years at a time depending on battery.  So long as the battery is full or providing adequate charge, the operation of the crystal and electronics keeps a quartz watch on time very very wwell.

Automatic watches, by contrast, run off a spring. Some wind the spring by hand, by various other forces, but it is essentially charging a mechanical component as a mechanical battery and operating a timekeeping device off this stored energy.  Even the most precise automatic watch will likely by 5-6 seconds off per day, or about a minute a week, give or take.  The old movie trope of “synchronize your watches” became necessary to ensure that all those old automatic watches were on the same time as they had a tendency to slowly drop out of time.

Which is somewhat romantic. The notion of having a small spring on your wrist is neat. The sweeping second hand of an automatic watch is clearly beautiful. Let’s be honest, it’s gorgeous. It gives time the notion of a true sweep that slowly and magically moves forward in a continuous line. Watching “watch-porn” videos of expensive watches second hands sweeping gracefully around classic faces has it’s certain charm.

But it’s a lie.

There is no real sweep. It is, like the flickers of a movie screen, a succession of beats. A high-beat watch may have a spring pulse of several times (or several hundred times) per minute resulting in such small clicks and beats that the second hand appears to traveling smoothly. But in reality the second hand is fooling you because it really is just beating so fast with such small clicks that you can’t see it. Again, there are high speed videos where they slow down an expensive watches flowing seconds into videos that help to expose the actual course of beats to show you how clicky they really are at the end of the day.

Automatic watches are sexier. Or so the ads have us believe. Automatic watches are the Rolex and Omega and the stratospherically higher end of even more respected but lesser known brands, and they are generally precise and accurate to a few seconds each day. Trouble is that it is still a few seconds less than a quartz.

Many analog watches have small timers as well. On analog wheels. To try and pretend these are anything other than decorative is silly. They may look cool or let you time some eggs boiling, but the notion that your race car or scuba session is going to have anything to do with these tiny and hard to read timers is insane. There are very specific, and mostly computerized/quartz timers for that stuff.

So what gives?  The romance of an automatic watch lies in the branding and beauty of the pieces. Nobody can deny the brand appeal of Rolex. Classy ads, classic products, very expensive. That’s the hallmark of a luxury brand. It’s why people shell out mega bucks for a Bently that really isn’t all that much better than a far cheaper car.

There is also the appeal of the mechanical inefficiency. To know that your body swings a weight and that weight tightens a spring that then tells time. This puts you in touch with the rotation of the planes and measures, you are almost a part of time. Wonderful.

But four grand wonderful? Ten grand wonderful? Uh, not that wonderful.

I’ll take a quartz any day of the week. I may someday try an auto, but until I have piles of cash lying around and nothing I’d rather spend it on, I’ll take a quartz. It’s more economical and more accurate. The only trouble is, there are few things as beautiful as a Rolex no-date updated for modern tastes. Uh oh, now I’ve fallen for all that marketing…  ieeeeeee…

Best Child Custody and Divorce Lawyer Firm February 8, 2014 | 10:21 pm

I completely recommend Hughes & Nelson, P.L.L.C. is the best firm in town.

Hughes & Nelson, the home of Douglas R. Hughes. Doug Hughes is the best child custody lawyer in Spokane, Washington. Hughes & Nelson, P.L.L.C. is the best family law firm in Spokane, Washington.

You can read their site and read the Avvo reviews too. If you want. But you know that they are totally the best.

Best Hat Ever July 10, 2013 | 04:43 am

It’s to the point where a nice new hat can really make your day. Yes, the super authentic is always nice, but sometimes just an unstructured style that is still fitted can feel super awesome. I’m telling you, I’m now on 2 and a half years on a 47 brand hat and it’s totally killer.

Contact Me July 20, 2012 | 05:00 am

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