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My first day of Jury Duty

Monday, February 01, 2010

Well, it definitely did NOT go as I anticipated. We got there, and all turned in our identification papers. The circuit court clerk then called roll. The judge came in and explained the "rules" to us. Then, he picked names out of a box to serve on the Grand Jury. Why couldn't I have won the lottery on that one? If I had, I would have only had to serve out the rest of the day and I'd have been done.

Now, I have to call in on the specified day to see if court will be in session the following business day. If the message says "yes", then I have to go in to the court house. I have to sit through 26 people being picked and questioned by the DA and the defense attorney. Once the jury and 2 alternates are seated, then the rest of us are free to go with our morning wasted and nothing to show for it. If I get picked to serve, I stay for the day and hear the case. I will get paid a whopping $11.00 and lunch (for which they will have to be very specific because I am allergic to everything containing dairy.)

The thing is... I have to do this for the next 4 months. If I never get called to serve on a jury, my days are still messed up because I would have to turn down any work days that the vice-principal may call me for. If I get called, I will only have to serve 3 days. I hope I get called, so I can get it over with.

  
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MOMFAN 2/3/2010 2:35AM

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JLUVSHIKIN 2/2/2010 12:14PM

    In my life I have been called twice to serve. Once in Wa I was able to have reasonable reason not to serve... head of household and all that. It was accepted.
In Idaho it wasn't as easy..... and I had to call once a week for a month to see if I had to serve that week. Needless to say, the boss that I had at the time would not put me on the schedule... skeleton crew... and in the end I quit the job... long story... but I learned somethng in the process.
I can't believe it's for four months... wow... That is quite a awhile to put your life in a weird kinda limbo. Sorry.

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VHALL89 2/2/2010 10:22AM

    That just seems like a crazy process to go thru. I understand about it being our responsibility and all but just sometimes it can be frustrating!
Good Luck!

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JMB2650 2/1/2010 6:04PM

  I know this sounds silly, but jury duty is a responsibility. I also understand how messed up your days can be, but look at it this way, if you were on the other end of the jury, depending and praying that 12 people were going to judge you fairly, would you want someone who is upset because their day is getting messed up to judge your case? I think not. I also think that even though we ALL don't want to serve, if you are called to do so, you will do so fairly. Good luck!

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I won the Jury Duty lottery... again!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Well, I got a summons this week to serve on my county court's jury. This is the fourth time in the last twelve years to be called up... my first to time actually serve.

The first time I was called up, I was living in Louisiana. I had been living in East Baton Rouge Parish. Just about a month after my Dh and I moved to the next parish over, I received the summons. I didn't have to serve then because I was no longer a resident of the parish.

About a year later, I was summoned to be a juror on the city court of Walker, Louisiana were Dh and I owned a house. We had planned to live there a while, but Dh's job moved from Baton Rouge to Houston, Texas. We moved to my birth county in Tennessee. Again, I didn't have to serve because I no longer lived there.

Last November, I received a summons to serve on the Federal Jury where the court was over an hour and a half drive away for me. I was able to get excused from that because of my gran's health (which was worse then than it is now) and the fact that the kids were off school for more than two weeks of that time for Christmas break and I am their only caregiver.

I don't think I will be excused from this one. I live less than 5 minutes from the court house. In fact, I could walk there in about 15 minutes. I guess the only thing that might get me "thrown out" (so to speak) is the fact that I look just like my twin sister who is the associate editor of our local newspaper.

If I thought I'd be so lucky with the lottery, I'd buy a ticket!

  
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JANNER.VIC 1/25/2010 11:49AM

    Maybe once you truely serve you will break that lucky streak!!lol!

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IWILLBE145 1/24/2010 11:33PM

    I know many people look upon it as a "chore" but it is still a privilege to be called upon. I would like to think that if I was ever accused of a crime I did not commit, that the people in the jury box would be serious minded and honest, and listen to both sides and make a fair judgement, as I would really try to do.

If you have any doubt about taking the knitting, you should call the courthouse clerk. If you still don't know, go early enough that you can return to your car if they won't let you take it in, but I don't thing it would be a problem, and it beats the boredom of the long wait sitting in the holding room.

Good luck, be sure to take an apple and some crunchy carrots so you don't wind up munching out of the vending machine!!

Charlotte

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 1/24/2010 10:07PM

    emoticon I have been fortunate not to have that honor yet. Good luck!

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70CUDA 1/24/2010 12:29PM

    I have never been called, but after hearing everyone's experiences, I'm okay with that. Even the interviews sound awful. So good luck, I hope you it passes quickly for you.

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MRE1956 1/24/2010 7:57AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your call-up. I give condolences because, frankly, I have prejudices. I'm not a fan of this-have always hated JD - most times have been spent wasting my precioustime, and the last time I LOST NEEDED FAMILY SUPPORT MONEY because I was a TEMP and couldn't get excused.....to make matters worse, I was interviewed for a MURDER case that could have taken several weeks and caused even more financial hardship than imaginable. Fortunately, fates smiled down upon me (for a needed change) as I was excused because I knew a few police officers.....glad they didn't ask me about my last question - "do you know any crime victims?" Sadly, I knew a murder victim.....

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IWILLBE145 1/24/2010 3:36AM

    Great opportunity to take your knitting!

I have been called twice, and I spent a lot of time in the "holding room" waiting to be called into the courtroom. Once in the courtroom, things moved quickly, and once the case was dismissed, the second time I was not among the jurers chosen. Anyway, a nice large knitting project will keep you occupied. Enjoy the privilege of serving your country, not all countries are so lucky as we are.

Charlotte

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Christmas Cheer and a Happy New Year

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hello all my friends,

We had a good Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We "partied" at my twin sister's house. We ate ham (cooked by my sister), chicken (mine), and a deep-fried Boston butt (cooked by dad... he took home the leftovers after the meal). Needless to say, we had enough meat left for lunch and dinner on Christmas Day. We fed 17 on Christmas Eve and 9 on Christmas Day.

We got our girls hand-held Didj games. They are educational and can be hooked to the internet to download their spelling word lists. Some games even teach math which will be great for our older daughter who still takes a bit of time reciting her multiplication facts (too slow for those timed tests in school). They got a couple of Wii games, too.... several other things, of course, including school clothes.

DH and I agreed not to get each other gifts, but I got him a DVD of one of his favorite Science Fiction shows. I got him to get me a new set of pots and skillets that I saw on sale at Big Lots. They are the Farberware Breast Cancer PINK series. I hope that the "non-stick" coating actually stays on the pots and pans with these... AND I can go from stovetop to oven in the same pots and pans. DH bought himself a portable DVD player with his bonus from work... which he is calling a birthday present also. His b-day is the first week of January.

One more week and the kids will be back in school. I hope to be able to get more sub jobs than I have in the last month, though I want it to be for teachers wanting personal days... definitely not sick days.

I hope you all have a good holiday season and a wonderful new year.

  
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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 12/30/2009 7:33AM

    emoticon Glad your Christmas was good. I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

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JLUVSHIKIN 12/29/2009 11:10PM

    I am glad you had a wonderful holiday! Have safe and Happy New Year!

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GIRLHALFFULL 12/28/2009 10:30PM

    Glad you had a wonderful Christmas and hoping that 2010 brings many more smiles and more opportunities to sub as well.

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AZAPPED 12/28/2009 3:12PM

    My husband and I agreed not to give each other gifts, either, but ended up giving small gifts of clothing. The empasis was on the grandkids, mainly.

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L-OSTER8 12/27/2009 1:19AM

  It sounds like you had a lovely holiday . . . I wish you the best of everything for the coming year!

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DWROBERGE 12/27/2009 12:54AM

    As I reflect on my 35 years in the education business, I was always grateful to find subs when needed. Good ones are a precious commodity. Keep up the good work.

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I got a new scale!!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Well, I hated the way that my old scale was weighing. Every time I got on it and got off, the dial wasn't on zero any more. So, I went out on a limb and paid a bit more than I typically would and bought a Weight Watchers scale. It is digitial and holds information on 10 different users. You put in your height and gender when setting up your user profile. It measures your weight, bmi, water %, and fat %.

So, I've decided that since my weight is going to change based on my cycle that I will weigh every Monday morning before getting dressed. It will be the same time of the day each Monday.

Last Monday was the first day of my ToM. I weighed 154. Today, I weighed 152. I'm hoping that I can see a pattern and find the day that truly reflects my body and not retained water.

  
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JLUVSHIKIN 11/24/2009 11:23PM

    It wasn't that long ago that I got myself a new scale. It took me a bit to get over the initial gain but am very happy that I got a consitant scale!

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CATREBEL 11/24/2009 4:55PM

    I have decided that I can take the scales or leave 'em. I will not let them rule my day and how I feel about myself. Good luck with the new scales.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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SOPHIEGM 11/24/2009 8:16AM

    none of the scales I get on are correct..... well at least I wish they were not...lol
it has to be a conspiracy against me, those scales conspire to add weight

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RHALES199 11/24/2009 1:25AM

    yay for the new scale :)..... here's hoping it works well for you :)

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NANCYRUBIO 11/24/2009 12:27AM

    Great to get a new scale. Please don't be in a rush-don't want to set yourself up for any dissapoint you amy incure.

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Update on Daughter's Friend

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Just wanted to give an update on my daughter's friend, Jas, who has/d brain cancer....

She is back in school, mostly half-days. She, of course, has no hair from the treatments. She wears a turbine style head covering. I made her a chemo-cap. I hope she likes it and will wear it. She told my daughter that she likes it and that it fits. She is still going to Memphis a few times a month for tests and treatments.

The eye that had to tumor behind it is "lazy." It looks like she cannot control it very well. I hope that with time, she will have the nerve grow back and that everything will be back to normal. I know that she is very self-conscious of it. She used to be outgoing (though shy). Now, she keeps her head down a lot. I know that she is still tired, too. Another thing that they found out that she is diabetic (and I don't know if it has anything to do with the cancer and/or treatment or if it was a fluke that they found out).

Please continue to keep her in your prayers.

  
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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 11/8/2009 9:42AM

    For sure! It is painful to see a child suffer. It just doesn't seem fair.

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SUGARPUNK52 11/8/2009 12:53AM

  Of course I'll still pray for her.I lost two sister's to cancer.GOD bless.

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