Few Things Can Make Me So Grumpy

I was called for jury service for the week of the 15th. My son's birthday, my folks' visit from out of town, and my last opportunity to finish shopping is also happening that week (Insert strongest possible un-ladylike word here. Add a few exclamation points please.)

We've lived in Boise for 11 years now. I've been called for jury service...let's see...at least 5 times in the past 11 years. My hubby has been called...let's see...oh yeah, ZERO. Now, I'm not saying I want him to be called.

I am saying that the claim that it's a randomly generated thing is absolute garbage. Really - what are the odds that I'd be called so often, and he'd never be called? Someone, anyone...can you do statistics? What are the odds? I'd really like to know. It's a long shot, whatever it comes out to be.

Pardon me while I run out to buy a lottery ticket...

Kaye  – (12/04/2008 11:56:00 AM)  

I think that maybe your husband should be the one to go buy the lottery ticket. Doesn't sound like you'd win. =)

Lisa  – (12/04/2008 12:08:00 PM)  

I was just called last month but got out of it. Do you have any good excuses? I just could not do it since my husband works far away and we would have no child care at all. (no family either)

Did you know you get called because you're a registered voter? Can we unregister and then register again close to election time? Ok, I'm being very bad.

The Shopping Girls  – (12/04/2008 08:36:00 PM)  

Doesn't seem that random to me!?!? My hubby gets called quite a bit. He's sat thru some serious cases. I've been called about every 5 years or so. But here in Texas, you're exempt if you have a child under 9 or 10? that needs care during the day. I only have 5 more years of that excuse myself :(

Big Daddy –   – (12/04/2008 09:28:00 PM)  

Registering to vote is not how people are called. My brother-in-law did not register to vote for this reason and still got called.
Everyone should register AND vote.

Lizzie  – (12/05/2008 03:49:00 AM)  

Ahhh, one of the many benefits of being married to a police offioer. Neither DH or I are eligible for jury duty.

Ever.

Even if he leaves the force (too much previous vested interests).

And of course I'm not allowed because of my connection, through him, to the police.

But you know what? I've always found the whole notion rather intriguing! And I can't ever do it! LOL.

Cheers,
Lizzie

Daiquiri  – (12/05/2008 07:41:00 AM)  

To be honest, I'm really interested too. When I go in and see the process - especially when I walk into the courtroom - I get a little thrill. It feel a little like stepping into a book or movie (a very slow book or movie, but still).

My problem is that I am the primary care provider for 4 small children, and they don't seem to care. "Get a sitter" they tell me. Well - if I had the money to just get a sitter for 8 hours a day, my hubby and I would be having many many more dates! Not to mention the fact that I don't put my kids in childcare for a reason. I'm blessed to be able to choose to stay home with them...and I make that choice because I believe it's the very best decision for my family. They need me home - motherhood is an unappreciated role - especially, it seems, to the judicial system of Idaho!

And ya know, I should probably be honest. There's just something about being told that I MUST do something (especially when it involves the care of my children) with my time, that just irks me. I've never liked being told what to do ;)

Hilty Sprouts!  – (12/05/2008 11:04:00 PM)  

Wow that stinks! I hope you don't get called in.

Have a safe and fun trip to WI!

Jennifer

Patrick  – (12/07/2008 02:38:00 AM)  

You want out of jury duty... just tell them this:

Well... if the police arrested him, of course he's guilty! voila - you're outta there!

I never get asked... strange :(

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