Jury Duty, part 1

I received a summons for jury duty last month and promptly forgot about it. I put the dates in my calendar and figured I'd show up when it was time. I didn't notice that the summons said I was supposed to register by phone within [some number of] days of receiving the paper. Oops. I finally figured it out and registered by phone a couple of weeks later. I was a little worried that I would get in trouble, but I didn't.

So, my instructions said to call the given toll-free number the weekend before I was scheduled to serve and to follow the instructions. I was scheduled to start this past Monday, and it was supposed to last all week. So I called last Saturday. Yay! The instructions said I did not have to report on Monday and to please call on Monday after 5pm. I called on Monday. Yay! The instructions said I did not have to report on Tuesday and to please call on Tuesday after 5pm. I called on Tuesday. So sad. The instructions said to please report to the courthouse on Wednesday at the ungodly hour of 7:45am. Yuck.

I was very unhappy that the assigned parking lot was 6 blocks away, some of the walk being uphill (and some of it downhill--which means that the old "it was uphill both ways" actually rang true here). With my sciatica, this was NOT a good way to start the morning.

I arrived at the courthouse and found the appropriate room. I've been through this a couple of times before, and the procedure is pretty much the same, so I expected a lot of sitting around and waiting. As we waited for the person to give us our original instructions, a guy sat next to me and started talking to me. He talked and talked and talked and talked. He was nice enough, but we had absolutely NOTHING in common, and I couldn't figure out why he would want to talk to someone that obviously was the complete opposite of him. I mean really, he started off the conversation with, "So, I went to OzFest last weekend." And it went downhill from there. Anyway, he talked to me for most of the morning until he put himself to sleep, and I moved to a table so I could work on my math book.

We were given a short break so I could make some phone calls and grab a snack from the snack shop. How funny was it when I walked back into the jury room and saw that Ian Ziering was sitting and talking on a phone. Apparently, he'd been called for jury duty, too! I spent the rest of the morning watching TV and working on my math book. The funniest part of the morning for me was when the local news aired a story about next season's Dancing with the Stars, and they showed a picture of Ian Ziering for about 2 seconds. I was like, hey, I'm in the same room with him!

Soon it was lunchtime, and I pretty much stayed in the same place after grabbing a couple more things from the snack bar. Those of us who were in that part of the room became pretty involved in All My Children. Stephen called me, and I was telling him about my day. Someone came by and asked if he could have the Car and Driver magazine that was on the table in front of me. I nodded yes and kept talking. He asked if it was mine, and I shook my head no and kept talking. I looked up, and it was Ian. He then sat on the couch that was essentially right next to my chair and read his magazine and watched TV. Then he moved to another part of the room where I could see him. By then, the show had changed to One Life to Live. Someone on the show had some hilarious line about "your rapist, stalker, psycho boyfriend." (It was actually funnier than that, but that was the idea.) I looked at Ian, he looked at me, and we exchanged a smile because it was such bad dialogue. After a few minutes, he sat on the couch next to me again.

Soon thereafter, he was called to a panel. They called his name, and when he left, he said, "It's like being called to the principal's office." I was called to another panel about an hour later, and when looking for the appropriate courtroom, I saw him waiting in the hall for his court to start. I was hoping that he would be there again today, but I had no such luck. Oh well.

I'll tell you more about the panel some other day when I have more time, as this post is getting rather long.


Will K. said...

Haha. I always find it interesting running into celebs. I mean, they're people too! Which is why I always enjoy the 'They're just like Us' section of Us Weekly. ;)


PMKat said...

LOL! I don't think I'll ever get over the Ian Ziering incident.

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