Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Rest Easy

I can only imagine how worried everyone was yesterday by the fact that I didn't post at all. You can call off the search party, stop dragging the lake and cancel the APB. I'm fine. I was doing my civic duty by sitting in a room all day keeping my fingers crossed that I wouldn't get chosen for jury duty.

My morning started a little frenzied since I completely forgot that I had to report for jury duty. It was only while frantically searching for my check book to write this month's rent check that I came across the jury summons that I received a few weeks ago and promptly put out of mind. The reason I was frantically searching for my checkbook was because I forgot today was the first of the month. It was only as I was lying in bed staring at the clock and wondering how many more times I could hit snooze that I noticed my clock also displays the date and today it was showing 5/1. Convinced that the clock was mistaken, I got up to turn on the TV to double check and sure enough, the clock was right. So next came the frantic search and subsequent jury discovery.

I took the fastest shower of my life and was out the door without stopping to google the Brooklyn court house to find out where I was going. The summons was kind enough to tell me which train would put me in the general vicinity of where I was to report but no further directions were given. I found a coffee vendor, which was also very important to find, and he gave me directions to the building I needed to go to. As soon as I made it to the first turning point in his directions, I realized I hadn't paid a bit of attention to anything he told me other than which way to walk once I left his kart. It occurred to me while looking for someone else official looking, like an officer, person wearing some sort of civil identification or another coffee vendor that I have a bad habit of doing that. I'm not one of those guys that refuses to ask for directions, I just don't pay attention when the directions are being relayed.

Eventually, after asking two more people for directions, I made it to the building and room where I would be spending the rest of my day. I actually had a lovely day with a window seat and a good book and when all was said and done, I don't have to worry about jury duty for another six years.


  1. Thank you.

    The last time I had jury duty some horrible guy kept hitting on me. He was SOOOO annoying.

  2. lioux - that sucks. You would have had to hold a gun to my head to get me to hit on any of the people with me yesterday.

  3. Tell me about it, Jeff.

    This particular horibble guy insisted on walking me to my car at the end of the day.

  4. lioux - Creepy!

  5. The last time I was summoned, I was in school and was able to get out of it. I'm still waiting for the call. Dreading it, actually.

    What happens if you just don't show up? Jail? Beatings? Beatings in jail?

  6. Clinton - From what I've been told, the city has begun prosecuting people who don't show up when scheduled. Does anyone else know if this is true?

  7. JDizzle2:48 PM

    Wait, back up...

    Jeff you took a quick shower? I don't believe it.

  8. Jeff... That seems just a tad excessive.

  9. Jdizzle - Its true. In and out in under 20 minutes.

    Clinton - There's only one way to find out. Ignore that next summons and then email me from jail.

  10. You get a ticket here in Colorado if you don't go to jury duty.

    I actually wanted to be selected last time I went. The case was interesting , although I don't remember what it was now.

    Plus I live three blocks from the Courthouse. It would have been a quicker commute than work, and I could even sleep in.