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Comment by booklover on April 8, 2013 at 7:23pm

Ha ha Carl, that's exactly me!  You know, I'm really scared I'm losing it!  Now that I think about it, I DID get a form asking IF I got called for jury duty, when would be a good time.  I did say April.  I think it may have had a place to put if you had a reason you couldn't serve.  I remember thinking at the time that what I have wouldn't be a legitimate reason not to serve.  DUH!!! Well, it obviously was! I am on quite a few meds, and I think they cause me to not remember things.  Or forget things like names!  My daughter is on meds and says she has the same problem.  It's not enough of a problem to quit the meds that help me though.  It just makes me feel stupid! Oh well, I learned something today and made $10. lol.

Ian, I'm really happy for you and your daughter!  That's great!  Nothing better than laughing! :)

Comment by Ian Mason on April 8, 2013 at 4:25pm

Love the leaping cat :-)

An interesting and slightly profitable experience, Melinda. Hope you enjoyed the lunch.

Have had a couple of good evenings out with my daughter. First Rowan Atkinson in the tragi-comedy "Quartermaine's Terms" in London and then Eddie Izzard's one-man show in Århus. Our laughing muscles have had some good exercise.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 8, 2013 at 1:38pm

Melinda at the jury duty after-party:

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 1:19pm

And, you had an interesting experience.

I thought it was quite interesting when I responded for jury duty the first time I was called (when I was young and healthy).  I was both happy and sad that I wasn't chosen.  Happy because I didn't want the responsibility of helping decide someone's fate.  Sad because It would have been very interesting.

Comment by booklover on April 8, 2013 at 12:22pm

$10 made my day! And home before 11 a.m.!

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 12:18pm

Good deal Melinda.  $10 may have made it worth it.

Comment by booklover on April 8, 2013 at 11:37am

Hi Spud and Joan, well I feel great today, but I had to actually go report for jury duty.  I was picked for the first group, then out of those 50, one of the first seated.  Then the judge called the lawyers up, and I could hear him "whispering" who had to be excused, and why.  One was a pregnant lady, one was in the same business as what the trial was going to be about, and then I heard him say my name, and I should be excused because I have neuropathy of the digestive-system.  I just wrote it on my form.  They didn't even ask for proof.  So, parking cost me $2.75, I got a check for $13, and I guess I could go buy myself a "free" lunch! LOL.

Hope all of you are having a good Monday also! ~Melinda

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2013 at 9:54am
Melinda, surely you have a very good reason that any jury master would take into account.
Hope you feel well.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 9:27am

Melinda, I like the no-regret cat!

It reminds me of the saying "Take a flying leap."

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2013 at 9:22am

Melinda, does IL not let you request no jury duty before it starts?  In Idaho, there is a box you can check and give a reason why you wish to be excused.  I told them that I was 71 and had health problems.  If I remember right, over a certain age was all that was needed to be excused, and I was by return mail.

 

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