Oh, what a week! Among other small annoyances, Drew did indeed get jury duty (for two weeks) and has been home late a couple nights this week. But the silver lining is that he LOVES it; I seriously haven’t seen him this excited about something since the last time the Yankees were playing well and that was quite a while ago (womp womp). Last night he was practically giddy discussing the dynamics among the jurors, whom he said are like “family” now, I shit you not. And then this morning I couldn’t find our Roomba and Drew and I tore the place apart — our place is not big — looking for it and we couldn’t find it and I started thinking that someone had broken into our apartment and stolen it. Only, nothing else of value was stolen, so whoever took it didn’t take it for its value; they took it to fuck with us. And who would do that?! My mind was going crazy. I got myself all worked up in a tizzy. Drew even asked if he should skip jury duty. But he said it like it would be this big sacrifice, like having tickets to the World Series and not going. And I was like, “No, go! Go see your other family! The kids and I will be FINE! Don’t worry about us and the potential robber on the loose!”
I decided before I called the cops to check under Jackson’s bed one more time (I’d already looked three times). I had just re-organized the kids’ book shelves and put piles of books under Jackson’s bed until I could box them up and get them into storage to save for Joanie in a couple years. I moved about 30 books out of the way and army-crawled my way to the back of the bed, and there in the corner, wedged between two piles of books and the wall, was Roomba. Oh, hallelujah, we’re safe!
Before I say happy weekend, I have to wish my better half a fantastic birthday (tomorrow), and sorry I didn’t think to invite his new best friends — sorry, I mean, his family — over to celebrate. And happy half birthday to Jackson, whom I’ve totally forgiven for calling me fat and saying he doesn’t like me.
Happy weekend, everyone!
AndSoItGoes April 8, 2016, 3:06 pm
This is my favorite Weekend Open Thread ever.
Addie Pray April 8, 2016, 3:09 pm
Haha me too
AndSoItGoes April 8, 2016, 3:11 pm
I legitimately want to know more about the cult-like dynamics going on with Drew’s jury.
Addie Pray April 8, 2016, 3:19 pm
Me too. Maybe Drew can be convinced to write about his experience after it’s over? Yes, Drew?
I have only one experience relating to jury duty, and it was on the other end of it (as an attorney selecting jurors during voir dire). I’ve only gotten to do that once, as I’m not really a litigator. Anyway, I found the whole experience very moving. To see our system at work, to see all walks of life walk in, in a line, eager (for the most part) to perform their civic duty. Really, I found it very moving, and everyone seemed to take it very seriously, as they should. I get moved to tears when I see things like that. I kept tearing up and would then fake yawn so my colleagues would just think they were from yawning. But I was really moved, I don’t know, hard to explain. Being in that courtroom, like that. I was also moved when we’d make assumptions about jurors (like you must; I mean, our job is to use our instincts and the little information we have to select the best jurors for our client) that were shattered. For example, this one woman ended up being a physician and when asked her thoughts on equal pay, basically told a story about an issue she had with unequal pay, and it was very moving and more or less EXACTLY the case we were about to present to the jury, and for various reasons I thought we’d want to exclude her. (Of course, defense counsel did strike her.) Anyway, moving. It’s very moving. I’ve now said “moving” a ton of times. Point is, I can see how being on a jury would be a great experience.
AndSoItGoes April 8, 2016, 3:40 pm
I’ve only be called once and watching the jury selection was fascinating and worrisome in my case. Both lawyers allowed people to be selected that, it seemed to me, should have been disqualified. It was a domestic violence case and a woman that ended up being seated on the jury said that she’d been abused in the past, could not go into the case with an open mind, and assumed that the defendant was guilty. I was shocked. Both lawyers were young, though, so maybe that explains it?
I also found it disappointing how difficult it was for potential jurors to answer the actual questions asked by the lawyers or judge. It was a strange experience. I’m glad yours was better.
Addie Pray April 8, 2016, 4:33 pm
My experience was also kind of funny. We were in the south, and I was shocked how much religion is work on the sleeve, so to speak. Shocked but not shocked, but shocked. Everyone wore crosses. You just don’t see that where I live. And then, even though no one was asked about their religious affiliation, when each person stood up to introduce themselves and answer the specific questions that the lawyers crafted for the judge to read, EVERYONE first announced their church affiliation. (“My name is Bob and I’m a Christian, been a member of ‘such and such’ church since I was a kid” etc.)
Abbytoo April 11, 2016, 12:00 pm
I was summoned for jury duty last year (big case – murder & attempted murder) and went to selection assuming that the lawyers would ask questions. Instead, they lined 12 people up at a time, confirmed their names, jobs, and addresses and then gave them the opportunity to explain if serving on a jury would cause hardship. No other questions were asked. It almost looked like decisions were being made from demographic info alone. After watching for hours, it also looked like the defense was removing women from the jury so I was practicing my bitch face, just in case. They went through 75 people but got their 14 before I was called. I was super happy not to serve on a 2 month long murder trial, but a little dissapointed that TV and movies had led me astray about the experience! Due in no small part to the difference in legal systems here in Canada, I’m sure.
K April 8, 2016, 3:19 pm
I’m participating in a mock trial/jury for cash next Wednesday and now I’m more excited about it!
tangerbean April 8, 2016, 3:24 pm
This seriously made me laugh out loud. Like a lot.
anonymousse April 8, 2016, 3:25 pm
veritek33 April 8, 2016, 4:09 pm
my dad was on a federal grand jury once and he thought it was the BEST THING EVER. He bought special socks. We called them his jury duty socks. I think he might still have them. We are weird…
Jane63 April 8, 2016, 4:41 pm
Funny stuff! My grand daughter was walking behind me one time and she said, “Nana, you have a big butt”. I said, “Just call me J Lo”. Gotta think fast with kids! LOL She still calls me J Lo sometimes. Usually when she is walking behind me….
aw April 8, 2016, 8:44 pm
I’m glad I’m not the only one who has to go on Roomba hunts! Ours is notorious for getting in the bathroom and nudging the door shut, trapping itself in there. I never think it’ll be in there because, duh, the door is shut, and then I walk in and trip over it. Then I blame the robot, as if it’s the dumb one. :-/
Ladyinpurplenotred April 9, 2016, 12:16 am
I just got home from seeing Pearl Jam. They absolutely killed it. Rest of the weekend is catching up on some relaxation and trying to shake the feeling of failure at the new job.
keyblade April 9, 2016, 11:39 am
I’ll bet you are just settling in and next week will be better. I didn’t now Pearl Jam was still touring 🙂
Ladyinpurplenotred April 9, 2016, 1:32 pm
They are. Kicked off the tour last night. Sound just as amazing as ever. How he’s kept his voice in top condition, I’ll never know!
keyblade April 9, 2016, 11:37 am
This was funny. One of my kids is especially sneaky, and once in awhile I’ll come across a stash of treasures he’s hidden. Usually it’s my jewelry, or candy he doesn’t want me to know about, or something else he know’s he isn’t supposed to have. Sneaky.
bluemugshot314 April 12, 2016, 12:58 pm
Interested in getting a Roomba. We have a 1300 sq. ft, two bedroom apartment with hardwood floors. Is it worth it?