I got a notice in the mail yesterday that I could be a potential juror and that I needed to fill out the enclosed questionnaire to see if I qualified. One of the questions was whether I had been convicted of any criminal offense by way of indictment for which I had not been granted a pardon. The letter went on to list a number of offenses (not prosecutable by indictment) for which I could have been convicted, but would not have excluded me from jury duty. These included: * engaging in a prize fight; * being nude in a public place; * disturbing a religious worship; * being a vagrant; * failing to keep watch while towing a person on water skis/surfboard; and * pretending to practice witchcraft. It made me think about my last call to jury duty, where the caliber of people considered to be "my peers" included a woman who, during the selection process, made no less than 14 phone calls to her "puddy cat Muffin", an elderly gentleman who told anyone who would listen about his last prostate exam, and some emo kid with thick black eyeliner who had to be told by the judge (!!) to turn off his ipod while in the courtroom. Focus: If you've done your civic duty, you've surely seen some interesting characters. Tell your jury duty tales. Either how you got out of it, or what you saw while you were there. Addendum: On my way out of the courthouse that day, I saw an exceptionally pregnant teenage girl, a teenage boy with the crotch of his pants nearly dragging on the ground, and an obese hot-pink-sweatsuit-wearing mother of one of them coming out of a courtroom. I then heard the mother turn to them and say "Well, y'all are married now. Wanna go to McDonalds to celebrate?". Classy.