A Reply to My Husband, The Court Reporter’s Scopist


By:  Dana Anderson-Linnell

This goes out to Brad, my wonderful husband, business partner of almost ten years, and recent Paradigm blogger.

Most people would jump at the chance to work from home in loungewear and with no one present as a common “boss” day to day.  I am sure that thought went through your mind as you and I discussed it and came up with our plan.  However, having experienced second-hand what this type of working arrangement carries with it, I have to admit I now recognize the demands this opportunity has placed upon you.

You summed it up quite perfectly in your blog message to me that I’m an indeed an A-type personality (as most court reporters are).   No matter how hard I try not to be, it is just who I am.  And you were right about another point.   When I call asking how your day is going, it does mean one thing, and one thing only:  “How many pages have you scoped?”  That being said, I have a few more confessions I’d like to make.  When I ask what your plan is for lunch, that’s simply my way of suggesting you may want to start coming up with a plan for dinner for the family as well.  Oh, and the emails I send to you with the subject line “status”…?   Well, surely you know by now that what I truly mean by those.

My career as a freelance court reporter determines most of my weekday schedule and is the front end of our working relationship.  I couldn’t be the court reporter I want to be without you by my side, handling all the back-end things.   I know there is much more that you do behind the scenes, and I want you to know I am forever grateful to have you in my life.

Since emulation is the highest form of flattery, I’ll also quote the great Bob Marley in conclusion:  “This is my message to you-ou-ou.”