Thursday, December 06, 2007
Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here . . . .
I kept on putting it off, but now it's here: jury duty. I'm cooling my heels in the general jury assembly room with the other poor souls that have been tagged from the DMV and voter registration rolls.
Welcome to the Central Jury Assembly Room. Get comfortable. You're not going anywhere for eight hours.
The courthouse is a very depressing place. As I walked down what had to be the world's longest corridor on the way to the jury assembly room, I passed various plastic signs (including the one above) posted on the outside of closed courtroom doors sternly warning of various proscriptions and prohibitions in a government-issue sans-serif font (looks like Helvetica). Whoever wrote out the request for the sign above clearly had gone over the deep end.
I'm here all day. I brought a lot to read. I forgot to bring my hat, sunglasses, and Bubble Yum.