October 29, 2004

Jury Duty

Which reminds me, I was on jury duty this week, and I feel cheated. I was told to call in on Sunday and see if they needed me to come in on Monday. They didn't. They told me to call in on Monday evening.

Monday evening I called in and was told to call in on Tuesday.

Tuesday evening I called in and was told to call in on Wednesday.

Wednesday evening I called in and was told to be at the Jury Assembly Room on the fifth floor of what used to be called the Criminal Courts Building at 7:45 AM.

I was there at 7:35 AM; I'm like that. I sat outside the Jury Assembly Room until they opened it up, reading Mad Hatter's Holiday by Peter Lovesey. When they opened the doors I went in, found a comfortable sit, and continued reading. They had the usual orientation song and dance, with a certain amount of paperwork, and I finished the book. I took Nevil Shute's Lonely Road out of my backpack and continued reading. They called for a panel; it was pre-qualified for a 20 day trial. JPL only pays for 10 days, so I knew they weren't even going to call my name.

Eventually it was lunch time. I took out my lunch, and continued to read while eating it. (They gave us a break for lunch, but walking around downtown Los Angeles by myself isn't my idea of a good time.)

About halfway through the afternoon I finished Lonely Road (a real tear-jerker) and began reading Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde. They called another panel around 3:30; I wasn't called, and went on reading. Around 4:15, they let us go home. That was it. We were done. Maybe they'd summon us next year.

Now, it's nice that I don't need to drive downtown any more. And I've certainly got more than enough to get done without missing work for a week or two. But if you've read this far I'm sure you'll agree that it was a dead loss as from a blogging point-of-view. Oh, well.

Posted by Will Duquette at October 29, 2004 08:37 PM

Craig Clarke said:

My condolences. I hope I have better luck; I'm up next week.