So today is my birthday.
31 years of living on one planet can really make you stop and ponder, can’t it?
I had some time to think this weekend…
(and wear my first ever pair of red jeans, which can only help the depth of one’s ponderings…)
What have I contributed to this world?
Why am I here?
What is my purpose in life?
And, most importantly, WHY haven’t I EVER been summoned for jury duty?
Seriously. I’m 31 years old now. In my state, you can start serving on juries when you’re 19.
No Contact AT ALL.
How have I gotten left out of the system?
Ignored, shunned, forgotten…
I pay taxes!
I have a social security number!
AND I AM THE ONLY PERSON IN MY STATE THAT ACTUALLY WANTS TO SERVE!!!
Not to say that I have some sort of selfless goodwill toward the justice system and a thirst to be a part of the striving for fairness and equality for all.
No – I’m not that altruistic.
I want to see how the justice system really works, when criminals aren’t really trapped by their words and pressured to tell the truth in a burst of dramatic courtroom remorse a là Matlock.
I want to live-tweet a murder trial.
I want to blog every detail of a corporate embezzlement scam.
I want to text my Mom for a lifeline when trying to decide whether they’re guilty or innocent.
I want to be the first to break a stunning courtroom news story.
I want to –
Oh – what was that? They won’t let you do any of that?
You can’t even check your email during the trial?
Never mind then.
(But it would still be nice to be asked.)
So. Share. How old are you, and how many times have you been summoned?
I need to gauge the severity of my Justice System Snubbing.