November 15th, 2006  |  Published in etc  |  2 Comments

Jury duty today. They have a wireless connection, so I can live the dream of never really getting away the interwebs no matter where I go.

I showed up with the wrong paperwork, which instantly branded me as a don’t-bee. Otherwise, what else to report? It’s a very big room, the chairs are comfortable in that “just wait until you’ve spent two hours in one” sort of way, and there are a ton of people in here. I’ve got several books to read, a Nintendo, and a sense of lunch that’s more powerfully anticipatory than it has been at any point in the last five or six years.

JUPM makes me give back my juror pay. So “bummer.”

If you see me on IM, say “hi.”

Update, 9:15: First 30 jurors were called out. I didn’t make the cut. Dangit!

Update, 10:30 Two more sets called, and I didn’t make either of those.

Wrapup much later: I never got called. I did, however, finish a book I’ve been nibbling at, and I got a start on another before they sent most of us home.

Final analysis: Sort of disappointed. I initially got a summons for six weeks of grand jury duty, but JUPM won’t pay for that much jury absence. So going down to the normal jury selection pool for a day wasn’t nearly as interesting as what I had to beg out of, but I was still sort of curious to see what it was all about and I had this niggling bit of hope that I’d get on an interesting one that would take a day or two. So … rats.

What else? I read about the Zune some more. There was an AP account of what sounds like a positively desultory retail launch. That’s Microsoft, though. They’ll be back. Again and again and again. Why?> Because they have nothing better to do.


  1. gl. says:

    November 15th, 2006 at 8:54 pm (#)

    how was it? i peeked in on im a couple of time, but you weren’t online. (or at least, that’s what ichat said. can you believe everything ichat says?)

  2. mph says:

    November 16th, 2006 at 8:31 am (#)

    A lot of sitting before being told to go home.

    It wasn’t that bad, really, because the chairs were comfortable enough and the staff had a decent sense of humor even if it was pretty easy to figure out the myriad ways in which a couple hundred milling and resentful jurors could mess their days up with normal levels of human inattention.

    I don’t believe any IM stuff anymore. One of my Yahoo contacts has the mysterious ability to be both “offline” and IMing me at the same time, which tells me some combination of privacy setting and something else has gone horribly awry.

    I did stay offline most of the day, though, because I got a bunch of work done, found myself with two hours of battery life and got into that weird frame of mind where those precious two hours of juice must be preserved at all costs.

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