I have to return to the Courthouse today and may well have to serve on jury for a trial lasting several days so may not be able to blog as regularly as I would like.
As someone who likes to express himself, it’s kind of odd to be in a situation where I cannot speak out. I’m not sure I can even discuss the nature of the case to which I have been assigned. Indeed, when I had dinner tonight with one of my closest friends, I only mentioned that it was a civil suit. I think that’s really all I can say. So I’ll leave it at that.
This is the first time I have had to go in for jury duty. It was interesting waiting with a diverse group of my fellow Angelenos. I did get to talk to a few people called up to serve today — and wonder if I will ever cross paths again with any of those not selected to serve on the panel with me. (And even with those selected.) But, I guess that’s just one aspect of our life today. Just like our encounters with those with whom we share a long plane flight (or other journey).
Unlike people a hundred years ago or so, we continually interact with people for a few hours, a day, maybe even a week who come into our lives and then disappear. Perhaps, we have an interesting conversation (as I did today about the movie business with one potential juror) or find we have something in common with those we meet, but instead of these connections serving as the basis for a friendship or other relationship, they just become pleasant means to pass the time and to learn a little more about our fellows.
Interesting that after a somewhat disorienting day today — where I returned home to nearly 100 e-mails and two small fires to put out (for volunteer responsibilities I have with my college alumni association), I finally felt that I began to decompress when a friend came over for dinner. In a day filled with apparently transient connections, I finally begin to feel fully human when together with someone with whom I have found a more lasting connection.