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However, now that my career is my small business with multiple websites, lots to do and even more to read about daily, I'm wondering what to bring in my Jury Duty Survival Kit <tm> next week. I'll be spinning in the aisles if I don't come prepared with enough to (1) occupy the countless hours of likely waiting and (2) make me feel like I've spent the time productively.
Any books I should pick up for the occasion? Particular threads from WebmasterWorld that if printed out might help lightbulbs go off in my head while I wait?
Any ideas? This is unpaid time, unlike my days in corporate America, so I feel a strong need to make sure *I* make it productive somehow.
I have a laptop but doubt a connection would be available and would prefer not to lug it around, btw.
EssexBoy & Robert C: These reading and film choices might certainly help me not get selected/empaneled. :) "Legal system nut in row #4, with the law-related novel in her hands!"
All look like worthy items to add to my library, however. And the Sharia law was a particularly interesting suggestion.
Thanks! Maybe when I think "productive" I shouldn't always assume that means "Internet"! Learning's productive, certainly, and even entertainment has a purpose. All of these suggestions beat sitting with the cellphone glued to my ear.
The last time I served was in '99 and the trial was settled before jury selection even began -- one look at the lot of us (potential jurors) I guess was enough to make the defendant change his plea.
Speaking it out loud as you're doing it, and inserting the odd cackle, will ensure that you don't get selected. And it will be time well spent. You'd be surprised at the good ideas that come to mind when you think about code that way.
(Erm, not that I've ever done this in public. Well, at least not the cackling bit.)
Well, tomorrow it is. I had no time to pick up any books so I'll be bringing a book I started, convinced my husband he had to read (he's a licensed private pilot with an instrument rating), and then promptly stopped reading myself due to time constraints --
Flying South: A Pilot's Inner Journey by Barbara Cushman Rowell (Photography by Galen Rowell)
I have 3/4 of the the book still to read. And I'm bringing a blank notebook to let my mind wander and jot down whatever crosses my mind as I wait.
Why did that never happen when I worked in corporate America and would have killed to be let out of jury duty at 10:30 AM and take the whole rest of the day off? (Actually, neverwouldahappened -- they always checked what time you were signed out and if it wasn't past 3PM you were expected to report back to work. Grrr...)
So, no exciting stories to tell and no time to have illuminating "sitting in jury room breakthroughs" on my business.
Good thing, I guess. My mom and dad had to go to the emergency room last night (different causes -- in fact, mom's was caused AT the emergency room), so I have the day to help them. Dad got stitches in his finger after a Dremel (drill) attacked; Mom needs oral surgery and not sure what else, yet, due to taking a fall face first into the hard hospital flooring -- painful for anyone, doubly painful for a long-time rheumatoid arthritic that breaks and bleeds under less pressure than a healthy body does.
<sigh> Think good thoughts for them both; they need it, and are good people (don't hold their relation to me against them!)
Oh! That's awful! But, I guess if you're going to fall flat on your face, the hospital is a pretty good place to do it.
Best wishes to her, and get your dad a pair of well-fitted work gloves to wear while Dremelling... ;)
Bummer about not getting further on your book as well....
I sincerely appreciate the sincere well-wishes regarding my parents recent ER visits. My brother and I live relatively close to our parents and we spent all our free time there today -- ostensibly to run errands and help them relax, but our folks are stubborn (it's inherited!) so it was more for companionship and "You're looking a little better today!" good vibes.
Thanks all for the suggestions and commentary, and of course the thoughtful comments regarding my parents' recent difficulties. I'm like any 30 year old "kid" I guess -- love 'em dearly and finally appreciate just how much as time goes on.