I had a good day today. I got an A on a midterm, and while studying for a math test everything finally clicked. Then I checked the mail that had come for me. I saw that little envelope that most people hate to see – Jury Summons. So much for a good day 😉
It’s not that I’m worried about going up there. I’ve been called in three times before, I’m a pro at it now. For all those visits, I’ve never served on a jury and, honestly, I never will – I don’t believe in it. The last visit I made, which really wasn’t very long ago, was the first time I had to go back for more than one day. I was asked to fill out a questionnaire as part of the selection process for the trial, and I filled it out honestly – discussing my dislike for the current system whenever it came up. The case was settled out of court and we were all dismissed, but I know I wouldn’t have made it on anyways. That’s not the point, though. The point is that it’s so darn annoying. I have to waste time driving up to Santa Ana really early, sit around for a good part of the day, and all for nothing. I’m never going to serve – so can I get a permanent dismissal? No, of course not… it’s my “duty.”
Paying taxes, that’s a duty. Following the driving laws and not running people over, that’s a duty. Being legally forced to waste my time and money to participate in a system that I don’t believe in? Balderdash. For once, I’m not actually going to bother explaining an opinion of mine (it’s late and this could become a lengthy topic), but ultimately there’s nothing I can do about it. Much like the electoral college (another screwed up system of ours), I don’t foresee mandatory jury service going away anytime soon, so as annoying as it is – I just have to accept it. My first time I met a really interesting old guy and we talked for a while, but the next two times I went were boring and dull. I’ll have to postpone it this time because I’m in school, which is a first, but I’ll eventually have to go. So, here’s to hoping that this time I can meet someone interesting again.
Preferably blonde with a nice smile 😉
Since my scheduled day to come in is a day I have class, I had to postpone it. I went online today, thinking perhaps that I would simply come in on a Friday or later in December after school is out. The earliest they had available though is May and the latest was next December, which I would have gone for, but I don’t know if I’ll be in Chapman at that point and what my schedule might be. So, I don’t have to worry about this Annoyance Duty until June, and that makes me happy again! Now… let’s see if I can get a doctor to label me mentally unfit by then and have a permanent excuse 😉