Jury Duty

I have jury duty starting on Monday. A lot of people, I think, see this as a civic duty that they dread. Sitting in a court room for days (or possibly weeks) listening to lawyers go on and on?

But, I actually look forward to it. This might be because I never get actually selected because of Betsy’s job, but also just because it’s part of our social/government system that works without too many hitches. The logistics of getting 6-12 theoretically unbiased people to come in and participate in each jury case is pretty amazing.

Many people take it for granted, but it’s a pretty awesome system.

If/When you get jury duty, try to remember that you are not only participating in a great part of our government, but you are also in charge of deciding something that can completely change someone’s life for better or for worse.

I think it’s worth taking seriously.

The Links!

Butterscotch Peach Pie – This is the time of year to make a great stone fruit pie and you should be able to pick up the ripest peaches for almost nothing. The butterscotch touch here is just an added bonus to what is already a good lookin’ dessert. (@ Sippity Sup)

Tart Cherry Brussels Sprouts – Crispy brussels sprouts glazed with a slightly sweet and tart cherry glaze. Definitely one of my top three veggies to cook up during the fall. (@ Love and Olive Oil)

Grilled Baby Artichokes – It’s nice to have a lazy patio meal this time of year. Little baby artichokes are a great thing to toss on the grill that many people won’t think of. The chimichurri sauce is an added bonus. (@ Tartlette)

Chipotle Beer Cheese Fries – I just got back from Vancouver. While there I pretty much alternated meals between really good seafood and poutine. This dish kind of reminds me of the poutine. (@ Beeroness)

It’s starting to cool off and fall is on the horizon. Here are some links that caught my eye this week that do a good job of kicking off the season change.

Courthouse photo by Catchpenny.

5 comments on “Jury Duty

  1. 40 degrees in Denver – that is quite a cooling off!! Applaud your take on Jury Duty.

  2. I’ve only been called to participate in criminal trials and since my brother was a police officer, I never got chosen.

  3. Those who don’t like being called to jury duty should remember that one day they may need a jury of their peers. My Mom served on 2 murder trials, she was perfect for jury duty, she could detect a lie at 40 paces with one eye closed, an amazing woman. Good luck with this, let us know what happens.

  4. I have always thought that jury duty is important and interesting to boot. I been locally twice–I was Madame Foreman once! lol I was called for federal duty once in Baltimore and had to spend the night as it was 125 miles from home. While I was not chosen (it would have been a month long duty-international child pornography) I had a wonderful day relaxing from a very stressful hotel manager job at the expense of the US govt. Glad you are going into it with a good attitude.

Leave a Comment