A Yankee in Southern Court...  

Sarcasmistress 47F
220 posts
6/29/2006 8:25 am

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6/29/2006 4:57 pm

A Yankee in Southern Court...

I shudder to go to Forsyth County...ever.

First off, my car is basically wallpapered in anti-Bush-administration bumper stickers. I drove up to the North Georgia Outlets a few weeks ago and some dumbass in a Dodge dualie pickup felt compelled to gun past me just so he could give me a thumbs down gesture. I smiled and waved -- after all, it's not nice to make fun of the handicapped.

Second, well, I hope no one takes this the wrong way, but I cannot *stand* rednecks. By saying this, I am damning myself, as I come from a long, proud line of white trash. My dad was the first to go to college, I was the first chick and only child of this generation to finish college and I'm the first person in my family *ever* to go to graduate school. But we were the people who lived in the double-wide trailer with the redwood deck, my first concert was Alabama, I know all the words to Charlie Daniel's Greatest Hits tape and proudly own stuff by George Strait and Garth Brooks (although I don't listen to it that much anymore). My brother used to ride bulls in the rodeo and once shot a guy that he liked. I am the only member of my immediate family who does not have a criminal record (well, okay, Mom didn't, but suicide is a crime, so there, nyah). I've only seen the inside of a jail when I have been visiting clients.

In any case, I got stuck up there last night for a small claims case trial. Dear God almighty. I thought I was gonna die -- I Seriously called a friend and told him if he didn't hear from me by 9:00 to please make sure my dogs found a good and loving home.

I was smoking outside the court building in the parking lot before the court opened and was vastly amused watching people read my car. Understand, I have stickers that say stuff like "We are witnessing the worst presidency in US History," and a picture of Bush thinking "I suck at this job." People brought other people over just so they could read it and cluck their tongues in derision. It was very funny and not a little disconcerting as I half expected to come out of the court to find I had no tires.

Small claims court is 90% people getting kicked out for not paying rent and 10% you-owe-me-money cases. I had one of the latter, and we ended up going last. The trial lasted until nearly 8:15. At the end of it all, I won (again, yay me) but it's a hollow victory since the defendants can appeal it as a matter of right to State Court. Still, a win's a win, right?

Having done collections work since I first finished law school, I've been in my share of small county courthouses, and knowing what I know of Forsyth County, I do not know why I was surprised that there was not one African American person in the Courthouse. Hell, I didn't see one the whole time I was in the County at all. I am not exaggerating.

(If you don't know, Forsyth County is the headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia).

My client made me stand next to my car so he could take a picture of me and my bumper stickers to "show the boys back at the office." Since we won, I guess he's okay with the fact that his Big City Atlanta Lawyer is apparently a liberal as well (I'm a libertarian, but that's another blog).

I got home around 9:30 last night and was grateful to be there. I may rent a car the next time I have to go up there....


Seriously_Real 49M

6/29/2006 8:40 am

They don't take kindly to folks who don't take kindly, dear....

--Seriously (from Missippi (state motto: "You ain't from around here, are ya, boy?" ), and is actually related to someone living in a double-wide at present)


caressmewell 54F

6/29/2006 10:00 am

*Grins*...even I, a liberal southern girl, will think twice before going to Forsyth County.


MoonRise9 59M

6/29/2006 3:30 pm

You're a brave woman, but maybe you should save your bravery for those that can actually hear the message. I want you to be able to "keep talkin'" woman. That's part of why I don't do bumper stickers myself, but regularly speak at town meeting, EPA hearings, etc.


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