Wednesday, October 16, 2013


....and I don't have jury duty!  The jury system is a great thing, it's even an interesting process, but it still doesn't mean I want to be there.

I did have to go in yesterday, and I have to say that I was impressed with my fellow jurors.  No one WANTS to be there, but aside from two people who sounded like they were trying to get removed, during the questioning everyone really did take the process very seriously.  I was lucky enough to be at the end of the line for my particular panel--which meant that for me to be impaneled as a juror would have required the dismissal of 41 other jurors, which I think might have resulted in a mistrial--so I got to watch the process without really being involved.  Unfortunately, it meant two hours of sitting on the hard benches in the back, but at least I was saved from two additional hours on that bench by some sort of hiccup in the trial while we were on break, and we were sent home shortly before noon, and I spent the rest of the afternoon on the heating pad.  I have to call in the rest of the week, but it's unlikely I'll have to go back.  Civic duty or not, that hurt my back.

This morning I am using my free day to can green tomato and lime salsa, then will do my therapy and go for a few laps around the block to see if things loosen up.  Then maybe a few ornaments....................?


Mandy said...

I do hope your back loosens up quickly. It's the last thing you need - hard seating and no respite. There doesn't seem to be much understanding that, even though you have been asked to attend as a juror, you do need to be comfortable. You cannot be the only one to suffer back pain.

RobinH said...

Nice to hear that folks take it seriously. I was kind of bummed that I couldn't serve when I was called in college (needed the income, and had no transportation). And then once I had a car and a job that would still pay me if I were on jury duty, I was never called again!