Oh, yeah, and in case you were wondering, this was how jury duty went yesterday:
8:15... Arrive at court house; wait in line for about 10 minutes to get through metal detector.
8:25... Take a seat in jury waiting room, which is a pretty nice jury waiting room. Two newer computers with free Internet access, a big TV in a separate room, comfy seating. I could get used to this.
9:00... Audio of juror orientation is played over the waiting room p.a. Sounds like it was supposed to be accompanied by video, but there's no video anywhere, so we all stare into space while a disembodied voice tells us how important we jurors are.
10:30... Half of the potential jurors - but not me - are called to a trial.
10:45... The other half are told that nothing else will happen until 1:30, so we're free to take a 2 hour, 45 minute lunch break. Which seems OK.
1:10... Return to jury waiting room 20 minutes early. Not sure why, except that...
1:18... Jury waiting room announcer lady announces about 15 names and tells us that the case we would have heard has been settled, and we're free to leave. Or we can stay until 2 to hear the judge explain what happened.
1:18.01... I decide not to stay until 2 to hear the judge explain what happened.
So there you have it. America's justice system works again. I'm honored to have served. Look forward to doing it again next year.