Civic Duty: Sitting still and reading

So I was summoned for jury duty today. What fun. Actually, part of me was looking forward to the whole experience since, well, I’ve never actually had to be a juror before.  I was always in school when I got notices before.  Anyhow, we ended up being dismissed at around 2pm and no jury was selected, so I ended up just having a lot of time to read.  It was still an experiment putting that many different people in a room with chairs and coffee.  And lots of  “ok, take a 20 min break and then come back” and sit doing nothing for another two hours.   The most annoying interesting annoying was the lady behind me all morning who seemed very nice and all that but she did not stop talking to the nice man listening to her for 2 1/2 hours.  I know I talk a lot, but amazingly sometimes, in certain situations, I keep my mouth shut and do not discuss things such as family disputes and menopause (and how that affected her personally) – which of course prompted the man she was talking with to tell her how it affected his wife….. goodness.  Needless to say I found it difficult at times to focus on my actually interesting reading material.  She was only on her cell phone once, during which she said in her not quiet voice that she wasn’t supposed to be on a cell phone, then proceeded to start talking to someone else on the other line for about 5 minutes.  Oh well, no big deal, life goes on.  We had about a 2 hour break for lunch and then we came back and sat for another hour before the judge came in to let us go and give us his patriotic duty speech about how by our just sitting there and being ‘at the ready’ we had an influence on the people coming to court.  Well, next time I guess, which according to this little piece of paper I got, isn’t going to be for another 2 years at least.

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  • heather - Can I pay someone to get get me summoned for jury duty?

    I can’t get the james blunt song to play. Can you tell me the name of it?

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