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Americans don't really negotiate over things as much as people do in other countries. We're accustomed to just paying the sticker price and moving on with our lives. But there are a plethora of things you can acquire for a cheaper price by putting your fancy lawyerly negotiatin' skills to work.

Here are five examples:

I hope you've purchased your Costco-sized bottle of antacids: The holiday season means travel, and travel means stress via missed flights, delayed flights, poor weather, nasty people, and luggage that's in Boston instead of Albuquerque (but don't worry; you'll get a $25 voucher for your troubles).

So how can you get work done on the go? Thankfully, airports, airplanes, trains, and even buses are much friendlier to getting work done than they ever have been. (Downside: You're expected to be working all the time.) Here are a few tips that can help:

Black Friday will soon be upon us; or, more properly, the month-long holiday binge once called "Black Friday" is already here. That means you can get discounts on lawyer gifts for your lawyer friends as early as today.

But what do lawyers want for Christmas? Law-related stuff, of course, which includes gifts that make them seem more important than they really are. Here are some gift ideas that should please any lawyer.

You know what was vastly underrated? The Smith-Corona typewriter. Typewriters didn't distract you with celebrity gossip. They didn't have email alerts popping up in the corner of your screen, ready to interrupt your work every few minutes. And eye fatigue? Not so much, not when you're not staring at an artificially lit computer screen for 8 to 10 hours straight.

Sadly, the typewriter is no more. Research, brief writing, and even filing is done using these damned computers and the "information superhighway." According to the 2014 Digital Eye Strain Report, Americans on average are now spending nine hours per day in front of a digital screen. Nearly 70 percent of adults report eye strain, more so among younger adults (18 to 34) than older adults with presumably higher rates of actual eye issues.

What can you do to relieve the pain? Here are a few tips:

What's the biggest divorce you've ever handled? A million-dollar pie? A billion-dollar pie?

Try $14 billion, the net worth of oil tycoon Harold Hamm. Hamm. The CEO and majority shareholder of Continental Resources is breathing a sign of relief after an Oklahoma court held that his now-ex-wife would only receive $1 billion in their divorce.

Yes, only $1 billion -- yeesh. Here are a few other fun facts about this massive, massive divorce case:

November is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. It's an artificial deadline, chosen in an arbitrary month, meant to force people to finally conquer that dream of penning the next great American novel. Because everybody has a story, right? And if everyone who wants to be a writer finally just shuts up and writes, and chases that dream, they'll finally know whether they are the next Hemingway or Faulkner.

But maybe you're not a novelist. Maybe you're perfectly content with being a hell of a lawyer. That doesn't mean there's nothing for you in NaNoWriMo. Here are three stream-of-consciousness takeaways that apply equally to the practice of law:

If you've thought about becoming a law professor, you probably know that it's hard to become a full, tenured professor. You have to go to the right school (cough, Yale, cough) and then spend the next several years writing articles and doing research.

If you're a practitioner, that's not a likely sequence of events. But what you can do is become an adjunct -- an untenured "guest" professor who teaches courses here and there (though, increasingly, more than just here and there).

Want to teach young minds, and make a little extra money on the side? Here are a few potential ways to do it:

Prestigious legal jobs, up to and including federal clerkships, require letters of recommendation, that most hagiographic of exercises that's really fairly pointless. Seriously: What is a prospective employer going to learn in a letter of recommendation? (The dark secret is that this is the employee's chance to show off whom he or she knows.)

It's getting to be recommendation season, so if you're going to write a letter of recommendation for young lawyers, law students, or even prospective law students, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee died Tuesday at the age of 93. Bradlee was the editor of the Post during one of its most difficult times, and the time that made it famous: the Watergate scandal of 1972-73. Even long after Watergate, Bradlee continued to helm the Post, cementing its place as a national newspaper, not just a "metropolitan daily."

So what lessons can lawyers learn from Bradlee?

Wait, wait, wait? Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did an interview? We know -- she's done (estimating here) 57 of 'em this summer alone. But this one is really good.

Also, what happens when a cop is convicted of beating an innocent person for no reason? A mulligan.

Finally, what is your worst nightmare when taking the bar? Failing. But a grading error comes close.

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