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December 9, 2006

Hi. I'm an idiot.

So, I pull out my Jury Duty summons to call the "on call" line today. It's very clear, on the paperwork, that you may call in at any time on the weekend before your first proposed service date (mine is Monday), as long as you are already registered.

Well, duh. Of course I'm registered. How else would I get a jury summons unless I had registered to vote? Duh.

So I call in, expecting to be told to either show up on Monday or call again Monday afternoon to check in about Tuesday, blah blah blah.

The system tells me, instead, that I'm not yet registered. I need to push another series of buttons in order to GET registered... so I do that, and of course the system tells me I am LATE in registering (you're supposed to register within five days of receiving the summons, apparently) and therefore I cannot serve as scheduled. I HAVE TO REQUEST A DEFERMENT.

"I don't WANT a deferment," I say to myself. But then I think, "Oh, wait. That actually would be good, as this week is already insane in the extreme, schedule-wise." So, I hit the buttons that allow me to postpone service 'til NEXT Monday, since that's when the industry will be GONE and even if I am the only one in town and therefore HAVE to serve, so what? I'll get a lot of writing done.

I hang up and say to Keith, "Wouldn't you think they would put somewhere ON this summons that you have to call twice? Once to register and once again to report? I mean, I'm an intelligent person. How could I miss that?"

I reread the first line of my summons: Do not appear without registering. No problem! I'm registered. Otherwise, how would I have received this notice?

A few lines down, I see: You are required to register using the telephone within five days of receipt of this summons. Oops. Missed that.

"Maybe they should've put that in bold," Keith says.

Yeah. It's pretty bold.

I'm an idiot.

Oh well... jury duty next week. Fair enough. I deserve to get put on a really long, boring trial after having been that stupid.

Posted by bonnie at December 9, 2006 1:00 PM


Bonnie, I love reading this. I'm scheduled to call into my jury duty next weekend before the 18th.I have been a little confused on all this however your making it all very crystal clear. Thanks sista! I will probabaly be the only one in town on Christmas also. I have been in the hospital which explains my absence so bummed I'm still bed ridden and will be for Holly wood happy hour. Have a blast everyone and have a apple martini for me or maybe two.

Posted by: Mary Carlisle at December 10, 2006 7:40 AM

BonBon, I totally did the same exact thing the last time I got a jury summons! You are not alone. LYMI.

Posted by: Erik at December 10, 2006 11:30 PM

Hey Bonnie, I tried emailing this twice but it bounced both times.
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Posted by: Ed R at December 11, 2006 6:23 AM