I have been summoned for grand jury duty and unlike all other such summons in my experience, have actually been called up. I am sitting in a jury holding area in Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles for what could be a two-week stint. I had hoped I could disqualify myself by admitting to be a geek and if pressed would volunteer that I voted for McCain, but it hasn't worked; so far nobody has even talked to me. I am just sitting here with 300 other people awaiting further instructions.
I brought my laptop in the hope I could at least work while sitting around, but it is a tough slog. My fellow jurors are determined to be a distraction, conversing loudly with each other and on their cellphones, and multiple televisions are playing CNN full blast. I have fought back gamely by listening to Michael Schenker on headphones, but it has only been partially successful. Concentration is tough to maintain in this environment.
I know I should relish performing my civic duty, but I can't help regarding this as a colossal waste of time. Blech.