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Surviving jury duty

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The jury selection process is frustrating, time consuming and inefficient to me. The #1 issue for me is the drive to get there -about 45-60 in good circumstances. Add VERY heavy fog and it becomes 80-90 minutes. Over 300 people are in a room and asked not to move for several hours. I felt like I was in an airline seat. After basic instructions jurors are divided by judge but you still have to sit there until everyone is assigned. Now you can have a break - so we have 300 hundred people heading for the bathrooms and the coffee machine at the same time!

The next phase is better organized. The bailiff comes for your group and takes your assigned courtroom. People are selected to be interviewed by both attorneys. The judge gives you a LOT of information about your duties and the law. This is usually where my jury service has ended. I had never actually been selected for jury duty until now.

After a brief break the selected jurors are called back and sworn in. The bailiff takes us to a jury room and explains what will happen tomorrow - he was extremely knowledgeable and efficient. We are dismissed for the day and told when to come back for the trial. Mine was Tuesday.

We were met by the bailiff and escorted to the jury room where he had coffee and ice water. When ready we were taken to the courtroom. Both attorneys presented their cases and it was a VERY interesting process. It moved along quite quickly. The judge gave us further instructions and we went back to the room to make our decision. Back to the courtroom and we were finished.

I would not hesitate to serve again - I just need them to move the courthouse closer to home!!!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2014 7:37PM

    I have always wanted to serve on a jury. It seems like it might be interesting.

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    I always enjoyed the process, but typically had trials that lasted more than one day when I got seated. But yes...move those courthouses closer! LOL

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December 13 ?????????

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Here we are half way through December and I'm not nearly ready for Christmas to come in less than two weeks.

To start with I have jury duty on Monday. I think my part of the county is about as far away as you can get from the courthouse so I will be leaving home about 6:45 a.m. to get there in time, find a parking spot (the jury lot is usually full when I get there), go through security and get to the jury room by 8:05 a.m. I have done this 5 or 6 times in the last ten years. But I have never served on a jury. Just being interviewed for a case is stressful - it seems the attorney's ask the same questions over and over again.

We are also car shopping - always a process I dread!

I'm off to exercise - that should improve my attitude!

Happy Holidays!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/13/2014 8:21PM

    I think being on a jury would be fascinating! It is certainly a tough time of year to be selected though!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/13/2014 8:17PM

    Is the courthouse in Lakeland or Bartow?

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GOLDENRODFARM 12/13/2014 8:33AM

    I have mixed feelings about the whole jury duty thing, it was very expensive for me, I had to travel 90 miles one way to get there at 8 am, so leaving about 6:30, and chores had to be done first, so get up about 4 am. Pay for gas and parking, and lunch, they discouraged us from bringing meals and we had to all go to the same restaurant. While my work place still paid me for the time it was minus the money the state would pay me, and they didn't send a check for 6 weeks, it was a very lean time for me,

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TERI-RIFIC 12/13/2014 8:18AM

    Good for you for doing your civic duty! There are people who try to get on juries and you wonder? I was on only one and the decision wasn't who was innocent and who was guilty but a choice between who was bad and who was worse. The funny thing was, they were their own worst enemies in their testimonies. The last time I went and wasn't picked it was for a child molestation case and I was very glad I wasn't chosen because it was so ugly. I hope all goes well for you.

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The sun at last

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Yesterday we had lots and lots of rain in central Florida which we truly needed. The temperature stayed in the 50's and it was windy and cold. I know, I know, half the country is laughing that we don't know what cold is. I should say cold for us!

This morning is 48/F but clear and the sun is coming up!

Today I am thankful for all the rain yesterday and for the sun today. Happy Thanksgiving!

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IMEMINE1 12/1/2014 10:08AM


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HEALTHIER-VICKI 11/27/2014 1:02PM

    You're right, we needed all the rain and I'm thankful we got it. Now it can warm back up and feel more like the Florida weather we love.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2014 7:54AM

    Wow! We're at 39 degrees at our part of the county. Our pups didn't like the cold, wet grass at all this morning! Happy Thanksgiving!

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-PAULA 11/27/2014 7:24AM

    I look out and there the sun is peeking through! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/27/2014 7:17AM

    Lucky you! We got lots of snow, and wind, all this early snow is getting to me, but that too shall pass lol Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Some nights are like that....

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I usually go to bed and go right to sleep but every now and then I have one of those nights that I do not sleep well. I went right to sleep but woke up about 3 a.m. and could not get back to sleep. I stayed in bed until about 6 and had a headache when I got up. I finally made myself walk for about 45 minutes and I felt better but still not up to my usual energetic self. I am going to walk again after lunch and see if that will motivate me.

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IMEMINE1 11/2/2014 4:14PM

    That happened to me if I drank caffeine after 7 or 8 o'clock. I would wake up at 2 am and tossed and turned for ever.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/23/2014 6:02PM

    I hate nights like that too! I hope you slept well last night. You are to be commended for walking when you had a headache. Feel better!

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LYNNIERN 10/23/2014 7:06AM

    Hope tonight is better.

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MARCIAC10 10/22/2014 4:51PM

    I hate those kind of nights. That's usually when I put my earbuds in to listen to relaxing nature sounds in the hope it will lull me into sleep of some kind! It's too late at that time of night to take anything to help with sleep!

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TERI-RIFIC 10/22/2014 3:47PM

    I haven't had one of those nights in a while, but I hate it when it happens. I hope you sleep well tonight!

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DNRAE1 10/22/2014 3:18PM

    I've had a couple of nights like that lately! Not fun. Hope you get in a good night tonight! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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    Those make for long days. Hope you have time for a nap when the feeling kicks in today!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/22/2014 12:25PM

    Sounds like you are handling it well, Donna. Hope you sleep really well this evening. Tired days are my biggest challenge to healthy living. Hang in there!!

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Cooking day

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yesterday we went to Sam's to stock up as we came home from the cabin to an empty freezer. $200. later and a day of prep and cooking resulted in about a half full freezer. We have pork for about 10 meals, 6 ground beef patties, 2 pkgs. of 3/4 lb. ground beef (that will be combined with ground pork/turkey/veal) for future meal loafs or shepherd's pie. 6 weeks worth of deli ham plus 4 meals, 6 meals of grilled chicken breasts, the crock pot is full of pot roast which will result in 3-4 meals, there is a beef stew on the stove that will be another 3-4 meals and I forget what else at the moment!

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JSPIN74 10/23/2014 9:14AM

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LYNNIERN 10/23/2014 7:07AM

    Great plan for success!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/18/2014 3:57PM

    You have been the energizer bunny since you got home. I love the way you just dug in and set up your future meals. Well done!

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