Saturday, March 04, 2006

Mail Call

Petit Juror

So today I got this on-call notice for jury duty for the month of April. I have to fill out a form and send it in, and then if I get selected for petit term jury duty I get a yellow notice in the mail a week before the trial.
I don't know how I feel about this. I'm willing to do my civic duty, but I'm absolutely praying that, should I be selected, it is something ridiculously small and simple, with truly obvious evidence. Is that wrong?
I remember my Mom had to go for jury duty once, and I think she got excused because we kids once sold Girl Scout cookies to the defendant. Or something like that. Maybe that wasn't suitable grounds for dismissal. I can't remember. Anyway, our family knows everybody back home (and not because we're particularly important, just because we're busy) and it would be hard to find a suitable case in which we had no personal connection.
Nobody do anything illegal for a while, okay? I don't want to have to send you to jail, and as honest as I try to be, I would have to if you, say, knocked over an ATM or stole a pack of gum from a gas station, on video. And don't even get me started on drug charges or drunk and disorderly.
Has anyone ever had jury duty? Tell me about your experience.

Dream a Little Dream

I had this weird, crazy dream last night that was some sort of playful Victorian mystery...I was the female head of a household of kids, and these pesky kids got into all sorts of trouble on the beach, including bothering the old neighbor lady, who was a mysterious old...witch? crazy woman? imperious harridan? gentle but misunderstood widow? The last part I remember is my husband and myself taking some pies, secretly, under cover of moonlight, to her house in our carriage, and riding through her orchard just off her driveway considering how we'd sneak in undetected. Evidently we were doing this to apologize because our children had troubled her in some way, but we ourselves were apprehensive of her.
Like I said. Weird. But at least not truly scary. The ocean was kind of frightening at one point in the dream, and of course the old lady was scary. I woke up thinking I'd write a book of some sort, but now I haven't the faintest idea how I'd do it. It was all very theatrical.


Carrie said...

Ohmygod!!! Paul got the same notice yesterday. Isn't that funny? I don't know if he'd admit it, but I think he's a little intrigued (although I doubt he would be if it turned into a month long thing...) Ha! At least you guys may potentially have company together.

See you later!!!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a delightful dream, and worthy as an episode in a novel. Perhaps we should all sell our novel-worthy dream ideas to each other. I've had those in the past, too, dreams that I think would make for a great historical romance plot, but then I'm not sure how to do it once I've been awake for a couple hours. Someone else might know how.

What was the dream-husband like?


Abs said...

As the dream husband was someone I know, I will not comment on him here except to say he was hot in a high-collared coat.

Anonymous said...

I got a jury notice for back in january. I called and told them I was in school and wouldn't be able to be there when they required and they rescheduled me for may. my ex got a call a jury duty notice for a week later than mine. He called the night before as you're supposed to and they hadn't needed his group number. amandap