Says the summons that came in the mail today:
You have been selected for jury duty. Welcome!
Your mandated participation in jury service…[and so on].
Don’t get me wrong. I’m 100% for due process (A big ole yes
to justice, I say). But can you imagine a more onerous scheduling system
than this? "You must call 671-1010 each evening after 5:00 p.m. starting on
Friday 1/12/2006 and listen for a recorded message." The friendly bot on
the other end of the connection, I guess, tells me whether I’m supposed to
report to the courthouse on the following morning. Still worse, I’m
teaching online this spring and getting going on the diss, which means
that I can’t very well bother my employer for a work accommodation. Excused
because I blog? Possibly, but I’d have to actually post to this thing from time
to time and broach more scandalous topics than I’m usually inclined to take up.
Anyway, if the phone’s busy next Friday evening after 5:00 p.m., you’ll know
who I’m talking with. And may you, too, celebrate a jurisprudent 2007.