Monday, October 24, 2011

Jury Duty

Today I reported for jury duty for the county of Lehigh, PA. 

There is a specific parking garage in Allentown that is for juror parking.  Any other garage parking will not be validated.  So after driving around the block :(  I found the garage.  Parked.  Unfortunately I didn't know exactly where the courthouse is.  So I walked the wrong way for a block until I figured out I was going the wrong direction. (Idiot!)

Finally, I get to the courthouse and stand in line - so I can go through the sheriff's metal detector and bag screener.  Not one person made it through without a beep.  Everyone was wanded.  Gee - how long had wanded been a word in use?  And move to the next line - the sign in.  Actually this line is quick and uneventful.  I fill out the required paperwork so I can get paid ($9.00 a day) and find a seat. 

There are TVs tuned to CNN and we watch reports of the earthquake in Turkey.  I pull out my puzzle book and start working on sudoku.  TVs go off and they talk to us about juror rules.  We see a video telling us why being a juror is important.  We get a 10 minute break.

We come back and are each called by name, assigned a number, given a seat and a questionnaire.  It takes about 15 minutes to fill out the questionnaire.  Questions like: Are you more likely to believe testimony by a police officer because of their job? Are you less likely to believe testimony by a police officer because of their job? Yadda yadda yadda.  Remember where you are sitting because your number relates to your seat location.  Now a 30 minute break.

We come back and our host says "Do you want the good news or the bad news?" When nobody answers she says, "Well, the bad news is the cases you were called here to juror are settled.  The good news is, you can go home.  We thank you for your service"

Ta da!  As I was walking back to my car, i overheard a man saying into his phone "I had to cancel all my patients today and was wondering whether you want to play golf?"  He hangs up and I ask him what kind of doctor he is.  "Anesthesiologist.  I had to cancel 35 patients today." So I wonder just how disruptive this service is.  I got my jury duty notice at least two months ago.  Well, maybe they schedule that far out so even if he schedules it right away, he may need to reschedule lots of folks.  It is good to know that the jury pool is made up of a good cross-section of people - in the event I ever need a jury. 

A part of me is disappointed.  I have reported for jury duty twice now.  The first time I wasn't chosen and this time we were all dismissed.  Two other times, I called and they didn't want my jury pool to report.  There is a part of me that is very curious what it would be like to actually serve and decide a case.  Is it like Twelve Angry Men or more like The Runaway JuryFew cases are as explosive as the OJ trial or the Casey Anthony trial, and I'm sure none of those jurors were glad to be part of that group. There are a lot of cases much smaller and not noteworthy that are only important to the victim and the accused.  That is where I would like to be.  Juror on a small case. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall Fun

Yesterday we went to pick pumpkins at a cute local farm.  I got a butternut squash for us while Dann and Micah picked out this really cool, warty pumpkin.  The farm had a corn maze ( I always want to spell it corn maize - redundently),

giant pumpkins for sale and animals to feed and pet. It even included emus. 

And no, we didn't try to pet those snappy big guys.   There were giant hay bales for the kids to climb and even a miniature golf course.  It is a cute little farm.  We were taken to the pumpkin field in a hay wagon and were surprised to see pumpkins that are grey, green and orange.  Also, gourds, squash and lots of mud!

Once back at home, Micah and Dann went to work carving the pumpkin.  It is really cool! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What a Klutz!

We stopped at the grocery store tonight.  Bill dropped me off near the door and pulled away.  I was looking at the carts 10 yards away and stepping onto the curb when my foot stubbed and I tripped.  Down I went - right knee, left knee, left hand, left forearm then (and I still don't understand this) left boob!  Ouch!

Bill's story - I let Linda off to go shopping and pull ahead. I stopped for a lady who is sort of agitated and pointing to the door of the store. finally I realize she is "talking" to me and I look over and see Linda on her knees.

Embarrassing!  I rolled onto my back thinking "I can't believe I just missed that step!" and "Ouch, lots of places hurt"  Two ladies ran up to me to see if I needed any help.  Truthfully, I didn't know but I didn't think so.  I rolled onto my knees and pushed myself up.  That's good - no blood!. Bill is there, puts his arm around me and some guy walks by and says "I saw that and I thought for a minute there he threw you out of the car."

I assure everyone I am fine and go into the store to pick up the few things I wanted.  It is kind of cold tonight, so I had on a rather heavy jacket, heavy jeans and of course sneakers.  The heavy clothes protected my skin.  I have no idea why I didn't get brush burns on my hand, but I didn't.  Although as I sit here typing, between sentences I am resting my hand on an ice bag.  As for the rest of me - I'm all in one piece.  Amazing.