i had jury duty the other day. does every state do this? how often do you get called? i get a jury summons every year, on the freaking dot. except for now that i moved, they said i'll get called once ever 2 years. i don't know why people hate jury duty so much. sure it has the potential to be so boring you'd rather jump off the building top than stay there another minute. but it also has the potential of being really fucking cool. everyone bitches about the day they're missing from work. WHO CARES? so you do something different that day. you take a break from your daily routine. LIFE IS NOT ABOUT WORK. and i've never understood the concept of people completely freaking out because they'll miss work for 1 whole day. oh, wah. embrace jury duty people. and for gods sake, smile about it. i think jury duty rocks because i don't have to go to work that day, i always end up meeting really cool people and i get to leave at a decent time and spend time with my kid.
what cracked me up about jury duty this time was the fact that no one would speak their grievances about the case (DUI) out loud. everyone wanted to speak to the judge privately about their "issues." yet, no one had a fucking problem telling a room full of 81 strangers their full names, where they worked, how long they've worked there, where they went to college, what their degree was in, how many kids they have and how old they are, where they live, how long they've lived there, their spouses name and place of employment. all i kept thinking was how if we had a complete pyscho among us, any one of us could be his next target (hi, here's my address and i'm at work between 8-5 everyday and so is my wife. here's the key to my house to make things easier). and it was those same people wouldn't say out loud why they couldn't be fair & impartial in a case like this. you just told me a shitload of personal information about yourself and your family, but you won't say what your issues with drunk driving are???
i wanted to take a moment to remember the columbine anniversary today. this day in 1999 completely affected me. it devastated me. it horrified me. and it broke my heart. i get like that with certain things. sometimes i just feel too deeply. this event was one of those times. i couldn't shake columbine for a long time after it happened. i was consumed by everything about it. ask my friend meg, she'll tell you. she watched me read every piece of news printed on the subject. and she witnessed my heart just aching for these kids and their families, and all those left behind to pick up the pieces. i can't really wrap my head around such horror, so i won't even pretend like i can understand it. i just want people to know i won't ever forget it. and that i still think about it..... and not just on the anniversary. hug your kids. and hug them tight.