A few moon cycles ago I received notice that I had been selected for jury duty. I thought for a minute of ways to get out of it, but then immediately thought better of myself and decided I was better to get through the process than delay it. I know a lot of people equate it to going before a firing squad, but at the end of the day it is still a civic responsibility and as the introductory judge explained to us not all peoples of the world have access to a criminal justice system like ours. (I am acutely aware of the flaws that do exist in the US justice system, but in comparison to other nations, including other first world nations similar to ours, its significantly better.)
After two days of essentially sitting in the candidate holding tank (see room) and almost loosing my mind they finally selected the candidate pool I was in to come into the courtroom for Jury selection. After a few minutes of instruction from the judge a review of questions previously answered and a few more specific questions we were quickly ushered back out so individuals could be brought back in for private questioning.
Needless to say even though I was positioned among the first few people in the pool I was quickly dismissed and thus ended my Jury Duty. I was both disappointed and relieved at the same time. Back to the grind tomorrow.