Several years ago, I was called for jury duty. It was my second or third time that I was asked to do my civic duty, to which I complied since I really did feel proud to serve my county. Besides, I didn’t have any legitimate excuse not to.
That day, I headed out to the courthouse in my old car with a broken driver’s side power window. It wouldn’t go up or down. I hated that because I couldn’t go through the drive-thru window at the bank, or the drug store, or even the fast food restaurants. I would have to open the door and stretch to reach the drive-thru window. Very annoying, at least until I got the window fixed. It had already been fixed once already.
So, I’m driving and trying to read the directions that I had scribbled on a small piece of paper. No GPS back then. While at a stop light (no reading and driving at the same time), I manage to get my glasses from my purse on the passenger seat and put them on. After refreshing my memory of the directions, I then remove the glasses and slip them over the opening in my blouse. I never wear those eyeglass holders or chains that go around the neck.
When I get to the courthouse parking garage they have the machine that spits out parking tickets/receipts. I pull my car up a bit so that I can open the door. I reach out to grab the ticket, but I can’t reach it. I’ll have to remove my seat belt so that I can reach further. Well, I didn’t think about it at the time, but I had placed my glasses on the outside of the seatbelt that went at an angle across the front of my blouse. When I pushed the button to removed my seat belt, my glasses went flying out of the car and underneath. Great! It’s already embarrassing as it is since there are cars lining up behind me. I envisioned myself getting out of the car and lying on the parking garage floor in my nice clean dress that I picked out just so that I could look nice for the judge and jury. Luckily, when I reached under the car from where I was sitting, I felt them lying there and was thankful that I didn’t have to get out of the car. You don’t know how relieved I felt at that moment!
Anyway, I proceeded to sign in and waited to be called until after lunch. Around two o’clock, we were called in to the courtroom. Just as we were about to take our seats, we were told the case had been settled and we were dismissed. Although I didn’t like the idea of having to be a juror for any length of time, it would have been exciting if it were a high profile case where we would have to be sequestered for weeks on end. In a way I was a bit disappointed. To this day, I have never served on a jury.
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