Monday, February 11, 2008
Hi. Well, I've managed to avoid having to go to the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles for at least two days this week. But, I know that my luck will probably run out soon.
The jury duty system here is designed to interfere with your life, and inconvenience you, as much as possible. You are pretty much on call and at the mercy of the faceless machine we call the Justice System for an entire week of your life. You have to call in every night to see whether you will be required to COMPLETELY ALTER YOUR LIFE when you get up in the morning. I don't know about you, but my company doesn't pay me for jury duty, so I have to burn one (or more) vacation days, and put everything I need to do completely on hold, in order to go mingle with my wretched peers in some depressing, fluorescent-lit, god-forsaken holding pen.
I know that I'm supposed to feel all patriotic and full of civic pride for jumping through these bureaucratic hoops, but I don't. "But, what if it were you who was on trial? Wouldn't you want the most responsible and nifty jury of your peers sitting there judging you?" Well, I don't know...judging by the people I see around me on an everyday basis, I'd have to say "NO! GOD NOOOOO!!!!!!!"
Anyway, I know that there are worse problems I could have. Jury duty is no big deal. I just had to blog about something.