Jury duty, dialogues, and the good old Norah

February 7, 2013

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Not sure if its all the pressure of jury duty on Monday, or just stating off my week in a court room, but it’s been really hard to gather my thoughts and write something that has a beginning, middle and the end, sooooo, this post might be a jungle, but it will represent what’s going on in my mind precisely.

Thankfully I did not get picked for the case I was scrutinized for; the nature of it was too disturbing for me to handle. But I did learn a few things to keep in mind for next jury duty. Like don’t take the business dress notice seriously, you’ll be likely sitting next to a guy in ripped jeans and biker jacket, but hey at least you won’t eat lunch alone. 😉 Avoid people who use face recognition on their Android, I hope none of you do this. Do not smile or think too hard in court, you will be asked if that’s a smile and why you are thinking so hard. Never be number 12, you might be unexpectedly requested to leave the court room by both sides. Do not talk to people who’ve set in the waiting room all day, you might get their life story before you get to the parking lot. Don’t plan on having time to read, if you’re anything like me you’ll end up talking to someone for three hours. The fun part was of course telling the judge how much I love my brides and how much I enjoy running a business, which frees me up for church and the things that really matter, (for a moment there I forgot I was in court). Another good thing was getting a juror number that corresponded to my real age. I think finally I remember how old I am, because for the most part I’m convinced I’m still 25.

Besides all the jury duty fun, I’ve concluded that this past year has flown by the fastest. I was looking at my calendar for April to fit in a trip to Dallas to visit my favorite college professor, and then I thought to myself, “Didn’t I just see his family?” Has it really been almost a year, world?

On a totally unrelated note (not that anything is related in this post), I figured out that retelling conversations to others just gotta be the hardest thing for me yet. When I have to write about a conversation it takes a lot of time and many changes until I’m convinced people will follow the dialogue without confusion, but trying to tell someone the dialogue is a killer. I happen to remember more details than anyone ever should, and I feel like I don’t do justice if I miss anything the person says, or say it a bit differently. So now I.m in a dilemma, do I just skip dialogues in my conversations all together, is it ok to summarize, or is there a way to make it easier? Any tips would be appreciated.

Starbucks is playing Norah Jones while I’m finishing this up and now I’m all in reminiscence over my college days spent in Israel. I spent many lazy summer afternoons with my friend Jodi listening to her pandora list with lots of Norah in it! Good old times. And since there’s no way to properly finish this post, we just have to end it right here and hopefully I might have something more exciting next time! 😉 Cheers, Yuliya