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January 28 and Jury Duty


Monday, January 28, 2013

My choice for winner of personal torture award...for me. I don't mind doing my civic duty or sitting for a jury but being the introvert with what is probably an social anxiety disorder this is torture for me...small rooms, very close quarters with lots of people who are strangers to me...internal inclination is to BOLT...externally I can keep this in check...but as someone who was relatively close to me once said...I have a very loud silence. I tend to shutdown, not make eye contact, not move and from moment to moment visualize myself elsewhere...to cope with the discomfort....and when they give us a break I get as far away as possible to still know what is going on in an unoccupied corner...just in case I need to climb a wall...lol.
So....just another angle of the prism that makes up my personality. In truth I like and I am pretty good with people when I am in a position to help them or I don't feel too close for comfort or threatened.
Now as pertains to staying on track...I carried lots of food bars and small bottles of water for those breaks and to get me through the day. I was ecstatic to get out at 2 something..and have time to rest and get my chores done.
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GODS_TEMPLE 1/29/2013 2:16AM

    You can do this. Just pretend all the other people are sheep or horses. Throw a few cats and dogs in, too. Everyone has some little something that resembles some kind of animal, all you have to do is look for it.

Then, you'll feel right at home! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JULESJET 1/28/2013 8:22PM

    Ah, the awkward social circumstances... yes.
That is a hard thing to deal with, and yay for getting out early!

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DIET_FRIEND 1/28/2013 4:32PM

    They always seem to choose me for juries when I get called for duty. The thing that bugs me the most is that we aren't allowed to have reading material in the jury room where we are trapped with 11-13 other strangers with one thing in common: the trial which we are not to speak of. I like to read when I have to sit for long periods of idleness. I get a little cranky and crazy when there's nothing to do but make small talk.

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