I have now officially done my civic duty. Unlike millions of Americans who every year beg, cheat, and lie their way out of it, I attended jury duty yesterday. Also unlike millions of Americans, I was actually excited about it.
That was, of course, before I found out what "jury duty" really is. It's not Law & Order or The Practice. It's not The Rainmaker or A Civil Action. And it most certainly is not Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise.
"Jury duty" is waiting in a stuffy, windowless room for three and a half hours, not moving, not speaking, until the judge comes in and tells you they're waiting for a witness to come in and therefore will not need you today. Thank you for time.
At least I was out by 11:30am. I had the whole rest of the day to think of ways in which I might beg, cheat, or lie my way out of it the next time around.