“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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My jury duty is over for the year. Or at least until I get another summons in the mail. We were instructed Monday to be at the central courtroom at 8 a.m. Then, the selection of potential jurors for many-a-trials were selected. I was one of 60 selected for jury "I" --yes, there were that many trials scheduled for this week, and more even after our group was dismissed for the day. Just before we left on Monday, we all were given a sheet to have us call in on Monday evening at 5:00PM for further instructions...the recorded message was up for us until 8am on Tuesday morning. Okay, so I called in early hoping the recording would be up...it was...and Jury "I" was then instructed to reconvene at the central courtroom on Tuesday morning at 8:30 am. I got there at around 8:15am, and the sixty people were mostly all there by then, with a few little 'stragglers' coming in shortly after I arrived. Then, we sat...and sat. [I hate that part.] Altho, I did get some reading done. And watched juror #36 beside me play billiards on his cell phone while we continued to wait.

Finally the court clerk came in, took roll call. One didn't show...oh, oh...around here, in this county in Texas if you don't show up as instructed there is a stiff penalty --- $1000.00 for the first and more if you continue to not show after other attempts of getting you as a juror.

Okay, then...the roll call complete. She calls up to the courtroom floor above us, on more floors; tells the judge we're ready to be taken to his courtroom. We wait some more. She ends up leaving us to bide our time until a court deputy appears and escorts us all upstairs....

Around 9:30am, she re-enters the central courtroom where we were 'held in captivity'...and tells us we have a twenty minute break. Oh boy........I'm thinking "This is gonna be a long day for us all."

Well, the twenty minute break turned into about an hour and a half!!! 'Long about 11am, after a few of us went to the cafeteria and sat and drank iced bottled water, coffee, juice, etc...we were informed that the accused was in the midst of a plea bargain, yet the judge didn't want us to leave until all legal documents were signed and notarized, etc. etc. etc. So, guess what, all 60 of us did some more waiting.

But the court clerk stayed with us...she sat by the phone wired up to the judge's chambers...finally, the phone rang...she said "This is it people!" "It's either release you, or take you up there for the rest of the day and more". All's quiet on the western front...[well, north in this case]...she hangs up the receiver, and turns around to us..."You're free to go, 'til we need you again"........boy howdy you should have seen the stampede through the main doors!!!

It was like letting all the pigeons out of the cage to fly free once again.

So, now my jury duty, my citizenship honor is over for this time. We never did find out what the trial was. And for that matter, I don't think any of us cared.

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I don't know if each county in Texas does their system this way for selecting jurors, but it's really quite a 'rinky-dink' system here if you ask me. In Colorado, when I was summoned to be a potential juror, when we received the notice in the mail, ---we were instructed to go to a certain courtroom in the courthouse, and we already knew what judge we had and soon found out what the trial was beforehand. A much less complicated way of handling it...saves a lot of paper work....saves a lot of time...saves a lot of all this extra labor/time for the unnecessary employees that are paid by our tax dollars!!! Really an odd way. I tellya, really odd. In Arizona while serving jury duty it was quite similar to Colorado's...Texas? At least this county....did, I say odd before? It is.

NOW!! I can get back to bloggin' and blog visiting. I must admit, I was 'dying' to get back and leave some comments to y'all who visited me in the last couple of days. Yay!! Free at last, free at last...thank god-almighty, I'm free at last. [to blog anyway]

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  1. ***This past weekend I finished my newest craft decoration. This is hung where my wreaths ffor holidays usually hang. Since no holidays, I needed something to fill the gap until Halloween....I took an oval picture frame and wrapped jute around the entire thing...put up a white picket fence and added a resin sea gull...and some of the many shells I've saved from the beachcombing...Added some artificial cattails and there, you have it.....my new 'wreath'

    Close ups added.

    ~Anni

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  2. Nice one for WW! Mine's up too hope you can drop by... Happy WW!

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  3. Very nicely done.
    Have a great WW.

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  4. Nice job, you are one crafty little free bird!! lol

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  5. You're very crafty. Love the picket fence.

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  6. Beautiful one you've created with a nice beach feel to it :)

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  7. Anni,

    Your new wreath is lovely and it has the beach theme. It will look terrific hung when there are no holidays coming up. It won't be long until Halloween and I'm anxiously awaiting the photos of all your decorations.

    I'm so glad the jury duty is done for this year. Here we can be called at anytime throughout the year. If we are not selected then we can be called again and again in the same year. I went last fall and they called me again this spring. I didn't serve but expect to be called again.

    Glad you are back to blogging and brightening my day.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  8. Ohhhhh, beautiful wrath!! I can almost hear the waves and the seagulls!!
    Hi, I am also (almost) free again to blog away :)

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  9. Great wreath! ooh and I must try the smoothie recipe too yum! Happy WW

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  10. Jury duty sure can be a pain. My husband seems to get called once a year though he seems to like it. Glad you're free. LOL!!

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  11. Your craftwork looks really pretty ! but what a story with this jury thing ! Sounds very complicated. We only have juries in murder cases in Belgium, but I never heard that people have to pay a fine if they don't want to be a jury. How can you be involved in something you don't want ? Strange ! Welcome back to blogworld then, lol !

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  12. Great pic for WW! Your jury duty sounds like jury duty here. I've gone through it manys a time! :)

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  13. Hello Free...free at last lady!! i know how you feel. I always take a BIG BOOK because you just never know how long you will be there. That is crazy to keep 60 people though!! My!! Hubby has been called so many many times now. Crazy!! They need to leave him alone.
    We leave tomorrow on our long awaited vacation for my dad's 90th birthday this Sunday!! Have been loading the motor home all day. makes you VERY TIRED!!
    SAndy

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