Tomorrow (now today — eek!) is my first day of jury duty

I have never received a summons for jury duty before. I want to do my civic duty, I really do. But I’m a little nervous about the whole thing right now.

Am I up to the task? Do I have what it takes to be a good jurist? I feel kind of like the cow in this picture. Or like the guy in the car, directly underneath the falling cow.

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In certain parts of New Mexico we have yellow warning signs just like this one. And with good reason — mountains and herds of free range cattle! πŸ˜‚

 

46 thoughts on “Tomorrow (now today — eek!) is my first day of jury duty

  1. Amy Blount March 3, 2020 / 11:05 pm

    Lucky! I always wanted to get picked for jury duty…honestly. and you’ll do fine. You are smart and have a sympathetic ear as well.

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    • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 7, 2020 / 1:21 pm

      Oh my goodness, Amy, I thought I replied to your sweet comment. Duh. I probably got interrupted by a phone call or something. But I wanted to say thank you very much. Your affirming words touched my heart.

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        • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 7, 2020 / 1:59 pm

          Yes! There’s a trial coming up next week, we have to call a number Tuesday evening to find out whether the parties settled or plea bargained, as the case may be, or if the jury trial on Wednesday is still a go. I’m not nearly as nervous now as I was before. πŸ™‚

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    • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 4, 2020 / 5:26 am

      I know, right? My stepdaughter and I were driving north to Taos, New Mexico, a few years ago, laughing at the funny falling cow caution signs. Then we drove around a corner and saw why the bizarre warnings are warranted. There was an entire herd of cattle, walking unattended on the mountainous road. Much of New Mexico is free range for cattle. Why? I don’t know!

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  2. Lesley March 4, 2020 / 1:34 am

    I’ve never been on jury service and can understand why you’re feeling nervous. Hubby’s done jury service and he said you’ll get instruction. I’m sure you’ll be fine.

    That sign – blimey! 😱

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  3. Sue Cass March 4, 2020 / 6:18 am

    That sign? Now that’s a first and I’ve been all over the USA. Jury duty – no big deal. Most of the time you just sit around waiting to see if you’ll be picked. Anyway that’s what I’ve experienced the few times I had to go.

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    • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 4, 2020 / 6:38 am

      Okay, thanks. I don’t know why I’m so nervous about this. My stepdaughter served on a jury last year, the next county over. She was on three different trials, and elected foreman on all three. But she’s not as introverted as me. πŸ™‚

      If you ever get a chance to drive the mountainous roads between Taos and Las Vegas, New Mexico — not the famous Las Vegas in Nevada — you will see signs like these! Mountains and herds of free range cattle, yikes!

      I need to put my tablet away and go be a juror. Unless they decide I’m too flakey and send me home!

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  4. hatrack4 March 4, 2020 / 7:13 am

    When I was in the Army in Germany in the 70s, my wife’s baby sister graduated high school and was given a free ticket to fly to Germany and live with us for about six weeks. We were driving through the Black Forest, and I mentioned that all the cows were standing of the steep slope in the same direction because their left legs were longer than their right legs. My sister-in-law protested, but I stuck to my statement, thinking that my joke would soon be forgotten. About 30km further down the winding mountain road, she screams from the back seat, “There’s one pointed the wrong way!” That was funnier than what I had said, but thinking of those cows on the slopes, I am glad none of them fell on me.

    In my two times of jury duty, I was finally called to be one of the twelve initial jurors – before the lawyers started examining us. Just seeing us sitting in the twelve chairs, the defendant whispered something, the lawyer went to the judge, and then we were dismissed. The defendant took the plea deal. I wish you the best.

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    • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 4, 2020 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you for sharing that story about the wrong way cow. πŸ˜€

      I like your jury story, too! I was stressing about today, but it was actually an enjoyable experience. There’s going to be a trial next week, I hope my experience goes as easy as yours.

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      • hatrack4 March 4, 2020 / 8:26 pm

        I have heard from people who had reservations like you talked about and enjoyed the trial and the deliberation afterwards.

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    • ibikenyc March 5, 2020 / 9:41 am

      I’m sure there’s quite a story behind that!

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      • hatrack4 March 6, 2020 / 6:13 am

        Probably a few stories. I use comedy when the conversation trails off. Besides, when we are driving through beautiful countryside and quaint little villages, l grew up looking at the countryside. It worked.

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  5. ibikenyc March 4, 2020 / 7:22 am

    That sign is hiLARious; LOLOLOLOL! All rightie, then. The poor cows. I wonder: Do they just not get it, or do they get pushed or crowded off?

    I always wanted to be on a jury. I got called for the first (and, so far, only) time about two years ago and was all excited. Turned out the suit was against the physician who is the head of a practice I visit regularly, so of course I got disqualified. SIGH.

    You’ll do fine! You’re so centered and wise πŸ™‚

    We’re all rooting for you!

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      • ibikenyc March 5, 2020 / 9:39 am

        No; YOU are, LOL! πŸ˜‰ Just being truthful, and you are very welcome πŸ™‚

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  6. marianbeaman March 5, 2020 / 3:22 pm

    I agree with Amy about jury duty: You’ll do fine, smart and sympathetic (but not “too” sympathetic!).

    About the falling cow signs – well, I never . . . !

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  7. Nancy Ruegg March 6, 2020 / 2:37 pm

    Oh my goodness–I just served on jury duty too! My biggest concern was finding parking downtown in our good-sized city, and finding the courthouse from there–then finding the correct parking garage at the end of the day and paying by credit card at their machine. (They all work differently!) God watched out for me, though, as He always does. I sat in the jurors’ room for three days and was never called for a trial. That was OK by me!

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    • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 6, 2020 / 5:03 pm

      That’s quite a coincidence! Our courthouse is in a small town, so parking and finding it wasn’t a problem. I have lived in a couple of large cities in the past though, so I can definitely understand your concern.

      When the judge asked if anyone was in law enforcement or closely related to someone in law enforcement, I admitted that my grandfather had been the associate warden of Leavenworth Penitentiary. The judge asked if I thought that might cause me to be either more or less likely to believe the testimony of a police officer. I told him “Not at all!” Then the judge smiled and said “I’m just glad I never met your grandfather.” Lol!

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      • ibikenyc March 7, 2020 / 9:13 am

        At least not professionally; LOLOL! πŸ˜‰

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  8. ibikenyc March 7, 2020 / 9:15 am

    Wow! Did you know your grandfather? Any good stories?

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    • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 7, 2020 / 9:49 am

      Oh yes, I knew my grandfather. He loved and doted on me very much, until I embarrassed him by having a post-traumatic breakdown at age 14. The stories will be in the memoir I am writing.

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      • ibikenyc March 7, 2020 / 10:11 am

        I don’t like that your pain was an embarrassment to him, of course 😦

        Very much looking forward to your memoir.

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  9. Sleeping Tiger March 7, 2020 / 9:52 am

    Haha, I remember seeing a couple of those signs when I drove cross country years ago. Being from the other side of the country it was ONE of the strangest things I ever saw. Now I think, well, it’s the equivalent of the deer here I guess. Could be free dinners for a year if one fell in front of you.

    Good luck with jury duty.

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    • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 7, 2020 / 1:19 pm

      Thank you! I’m in Jury Group A, whatever that means. This coming Tuesday evening I am required to call a phone number to find out if we are having a trial the next day, or if the parties have settled out of court, or plea bargained, as the case may be.

      I’m thinking: I haven’t watched enough Judge Judy, or before that, Perry Mason!

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      • Sleeping Tiger March 7, 2020 / 2:30 pm

        Haha, better catch up. Lol. I’d bet you can find both full episodes on YouTube. Lots of other stuff too. I seem to remember Ironside had court room scenes too didn’t it? I don’t know why I thought of that show. It hasn’t come to mind in a million years.

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        • ibikenyc March 8, 2020 / 8:45 am

          I think so, too.

          Back In The Day I read something where a fan of Ironside met Raymond Burr at some kind of event and went up to him and was gushing about how wonderful it was that he’d been healed and no longer needed a wheelchair!

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          • Sleeping Tiger March 8, 2020 / 10:55 am

            Lol. That’s hilarious. So funny how some people think that the actor is the character they play. I wonder how many people thought that Carrol O’Connor was actually Archie Bunker.

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          • ibikenyc March 8, 2020 / 3:34 pm

            Yeah, right?! LOL!

            I never realized what a phenomenal actor he was until I saw him as Chief Gillespie in the TV version of “In the Heat of the Night.” I knew it was him; saw his face; read his name, but I still couldn’t believe I was actually looking at the same person.

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          • Sleeping Tiger March 8, 2020 / 8:08 pm

            Haha I know what you mean, that was close to what I experienced too. Quite the testament for his talent. I imagine the best actors get lost in their characters.

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          • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 8, 2020 / 10:13 pm

            I acted in a play once, in a small playhouse. I had never done anything like that before, so I was very surprised when I was picked for the leading role. The name of the play was Pack of Lies. It was based on a true story.

            It was really weird, the way I was able to take on that role and imagine what it would be like, to have been the woman I was playing. I almost felt like I became her during every performance of the play. It was very cool but also kind of scary!

            That was about thirty years ago. I never acted in a play again, because it took too much of my time and energy. But I am glad I had that one experience.

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          • Sleeping Tiger March 9, 2020 / 10:47 am

            Oh wow. The things you learn about people.

            My father did a lot of community theater from before I was born until his hearing got too bad to hear his cues. As a kid, a few times I helped him with practicing his lines. He’d highlight the cues in his script and I’d read them and he’d say his line. It was fun to go see him on stage playing a character too. I used to love to go see plays more than movies whether he was in them or not. He was also in a movie someone local made with his wife. I ended up working with the guy who made the movie a few years after it was completed, although he and his wife were still editing it for a showing. In fact B did a lot of the camera work so he met my father years before even knowing me. It was just a fluke I got a job there later. It never made it big though and it’s such a B quality movie. The acting is pretty bad and the guy who made it end up selling out to a little production company that changed the name of it.

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          • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee March 9, 2020 / 11:26 am

            Wow, like you said, the things you learn about people! That sounds like fun. Hopefully one of your good memories of your father.

            Speaking of childhood memories and fsthers.. my brother that I told you reached out to me in December, he and I were chatting via text a couple of days ago and I mentioned something that our dad used to preach a lot about when he was a church pastor. My dad being a minister was a huge part of my childhood, he preached at least twice a week at a little country church from the time I was 6, until I was 12. Well, my brother, who was born a few months before I turned 11, texted back: ‘I never knew dad was a pastor!’

            Of course he wouldn’t remember, he was only about a year and a half when our dad quit. But, to not even KNOW?! Blows my mind!!

            It’s really true that each child in the same family has a different childhood!

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          • Sleeping Tiger March 10, 2020 / 8:25 pm

            Wow that’s truly wild. It’s so true about the different childhood per child especially with such a huge age difference.

            Yeah the memory of my father’s acting in plays is a good one for the most part. Lots of moving parts of course like so many other things. Everyone he worked with in those theaters loved him and knew nothing about his ‘shadow’ self. Except maybe my maternal grandmother but that’s perhaps not til after the fact. My father met my grandmother doing community theater. My parents met through her.

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      • ibikenyc March 7, 2020 / 3:22 pm

        Re Judge Judy: Count your blessings! IMO, she is THE Poster Child for Verbal / Emotional Abuse (and a huge part of why New Yorkers have the reputation we do)!

        I watch Perry Mason just about every night and admire his smarts, but it’s Paul Drake who gives me the Hubba-Hubbas ;-D

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