The Jury is Out...  

mjtrcc 53M
93 posts
4/5/2006 4:57 pm

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4/6/2006 7:50 am

The Jury is Out...

Today I had jury duty. I've been called for jury duty twice in the last 8 months. The first time I wound up not having to report, so I guess we just couldn't let that karmic credit sit there on the books undebited.

Anyway, after getting J up and fed (and having to trust her to get the rest of the way ready and to school by herself), I headed out to downtown Tampa. I gave myself an hour to get there from Riverview, 15-20 miles, I didn't count. Those of you wondering why I gave myself an hour to go 15 miles clearly don't live in Tampa. I wound up being 10 minutes late.

After getting our instructions from a video, the 300 of us called today just sat. I spent the time engrossed in the esoterica of PHP scripting to call MySQL database content on a Dreamweaver website. It was all very informative. In fact, it informed me that I really need to hire someone to build my website instead of trying to do it myself.

Three jury panels were called for voir dire. I was on none of them. So on I sat. I promised a friend on AdultFriendFinder that I would try to come up with a fantasy to post on the blog. How do you like it so far?

At noon they dismissed us for lunch. It felt like graduating high school. I'm pretty good about keeping myself from getting bored, but the tedium in that room was just unrelenting. Fortunately, when we returned at 1, we were dismissed for the day. Good thing. I was about ready to crack and tell them about the escape tunnel Charles Bronson was digging under Barracks 12.

I hate to waste time. But I really do understand how important the jury trial system is, and I guess I don't begrudge being called all that much. It would have been great if I'd remembered to bring my divorce paperwork and spent the morning filling it out. At least I could have saved myself a trip.

(Taking a cue from heavensent1123 and posting my own mood): curmudgeonly.


piamatter 44F

4/5/2006 8:04 pm

If nothing else it was a break to the ordinary and a good spot to observe human behavior.

Bonus words - esoterica and curmudgeonly... how many scrabble points would that be?

Hugs,
Pia


rm_bucfannn 61M/60F
2110 posts
4/5/2006 10:06 pm

DAMN! I've never been called for jury duty. I think I'd be a good juror - "hang 'em from the highest tree!"

Hmmmmm... maybe that's why I haven't been called...


mjtrcc 53M

4/6/2006 4:05 am

    Quoting piamatter:
    If nothing else it was a break to the ordinary and a good spot to observe human behavior.

    Bonus words - esoterica and curmudgeonly... how many scrabble points would that be?

    Hugs,
    Pia
It was definitely a break from my routine.

What good were all those "It Pays to Increase Your Word Power" quizzes in Readers' Digest if not to burnish my blog?

Hugs back.


mjtrcc 53M

4/6/2006 4:06 am

    Quoting rm_bucfannn:
    DAMN! I've never been called for jury duty. I think I'd be a good juror - "hang 'em from the highest tree!"

    Hmmmmm... maybe that's why I haven't been called...
At least I'd have had someone to talk to...


heavensent1123 52F

4/6/2006 6:06 am

Don't say that too loudy Bucfannn; last time I said that the following day I got a jury summons in the mail, managed to get out of it because I no longer lived in that town BUT the point being be careful, they get you eventually.


mjtrcc 53M

4/6/2006 7:50 am

    Quoting heavensent1123:
    Don't say that too loudy Bucfannn; last time I said that the following day I got a jury summons in the mail, managed to get out of it because I no longer lived in that town BUT the point being be careful, they get you eventually.
It's the price you pay for owning a home or registering to vote. I just can't imagine being on like an OJ jury for year. How did these people support themselves? Never mind, I really am better off not knowing.


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