I’m on my lunch break from that most hated of civic duties: jury duty. California has at least changed their policy to one day/one trial… meaning that you spend one day waiting to be put on a trial, and are either picked, or done for a year. So the stress is still there, and the mind-bending boredom of sitting in a room doing nothing, but you only have to do so for 1 day instead of 10 like it used to be.
Something like 10 years ago I was picked to be on a jury. I’m fairly sure I was only 18 or 19 and I remember being surprised that they would pick someone so young. I spent three or four days in the jury pool room doing absolutely nothing except hating my life until I was picked to be on a jury and spent two weeks hating my life even more. It was an interesting experience, and it wasn’t the worst thing in the world, but it was incredibly tedious and reaffirmed my decision to not become a lawyer like I wanted to for a while.
Hopefully, by the end of the day, I’ll have been excused.