Posts tagged ‘daily life’

in which i have jury duty

So I had jury duty today. I watched the first fifteen or so minutes of Indian Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull before I was called into a jury panel. After about forty minutes of questions, I was chosen to be on the jury for a trial. The crime was a theft of services. I thought it could be interesting.

Turns out, not so much. Basically, this woman called for a taxi, took the cab ride home, and then didn’t pay because she didn’t have any money. For some reason, she plead not-guilty. But when she got up to testify, she said that she didn’t pay.

The defense’s argument was that she isn’t in charge of her own finances, so it wasn’t her fault she couldn’t pay. We didn’t really buy it, and after an hour and a half lunch break, followed by about one minute of deliberations, we returned a Guilty verdict.

Uber-exciting, right?

I did get to be the foreperson though, which was kinda cool. And it was interesting seeing how to whole process plays out.

Have you ever served jury duty? Was your trial more interesting than mine?

January 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm 4 comments

in which i write about daily life

I’ve noticed that I don’t often write about what I do on a day-to-day basis on here. That’s probably because I’m leading a pretty boring life at the moment. If I were to frequently write about what I did during the day, there would be a lot of posts that would look like this:

I woke up (later than I wanted to) and went to work. I worked on wedding albums and wedding photos for eight hours. I came home, ate some dinner and read until I fell asleep.

Rinse and repeat.

Not particularly exciting, right? Right. Life is not full of crazy nights out and lustful love affairs right now. For one, I don’t have the money for crazy nights out and for two, I’m not currently dating anyone. Not even a single date here or there. In fact, other than one really sucky date months ago, I haven’t dated at all since J and I broke up. At the moment, I’m pretty cool with it, considering I’m moving across the country in a little over two months. There wouldn’t be much point to starting a relationship with someone here.

But anyway, I did not start this post with the intent of moaning about my lack of a nightlife and lack of a lovelife. I started this post because, for the first time in a long time, I have something besides graduate school and random crapola to write about! I’ve actually done fun things this week! Rejoice with me, people!

First off, I went out to dinner with Jersey (my friend from college who is getting her phD out here) on Wednesday night. We ended up at a little bistro around the corner from my place, and had a great time. We had amazing food and caught up with each other and ended up randomly making conversation with two guys sitting at the table next to us, who were both about seven beers in. They were incredibly amusing, and had Jersey and I laughing hysterically for hours. It was really great to hang out with her, especially because I don’t really have any close girlfriends out here. My four closest friends all live in various cities on the East Coast, and although we talk as often as we can — through video chatting mostly — it’s not the same as being able to get dinner together.

And last night, I went rock climbing with J and about eight other people from the Meetup group I used to run, but am now just a member of. I had never done it before, so I was a little nervous. I had a vision of myself suspended above the ground, swinging back and forth, cursing like a drunken sailor. Luckily, this didn’t happen. I never made it to the top of any of the walls I tried — because of nerves, mostly… I kept getting scared the higher I got — but I successfully made it three-quarters of the way up most of them. I count that as a success. We had a great time climbing, and are thinking about making it a regular thing. After that, we undid all the hardwork of climbing by getting beer and pizza at a little place around the corner from the rock gym. We played foosball and darts, and basically had a great night!

So there ya go… finally some fun things I have done lately! It felt good to go out and do something, instead of staying in and reading all the time. I highly recommend it. And I’ll be continuing it by going to the art museum that is literally five blocks from my apartment tomorrow.

What have you done for fun lately?*

*Anyone else start singing Janet just now? “What have you done for me lately…

January 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm 2 comments


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