I am sitting in a jury assembly right now waiting to see if I get put on a jury panel. Although I dreaded coming in for jury duty, it really is not all that bad.
The worse part of it by far is the sitting and the waiting. I had to be here at 7:45 a.m. (which is early for me) and since that time I have had to sit here and basically do nothing. But it could easily be worse. Lucky for me, they have Wi-Fi access in the jury room. So I've been able to pull out my laptop and get a little surfing done. I'm even able to do a little bit of blogging.
Of course, one can only surf so much before one gets bored out of his mind. So while this is OK for now, I could not imagine having to do this for several days in a row. Lucky for me, the Los Angeles County Court system has a one day, one trial policy. That is, if you do not get called for a jury on your first day, you are done with your jury service. Similarly, as soon as you serve for one trial, you are done with your service. This is a big improvement over the previous system where people have told me they had to come in for two weeks in a row and just sit and do nothing. That would suck.
The one thing that this experience is making me realize is that I am glad I have my job. There are lots of job which are as interesting as sitting in a jury assembly room. You do nothing all day but watch the paint dry or wait for someone to ask you a question.
Sitting and doing nothing is fine for someone like me to do for a day. It actually can be a nice little break. But if I had to do this day in and day out, it would drive me crazy. Few people love their job. I am not one of them. But I at least find it interesting and challenging on a regular basis. There are days and even weeks which fly by and seem like almost no time has passed. I cannot imagine that happening if every day my job was to sit and wait.
I still have at least two hours to go. Part of me hopes to just get called for a jury. Might be more interesting than just sitting and waiting here with nothing to do.