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jury duty posted : 03/06/13 at 03:16pm pst

 CIVIC DUTY IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Don't worry, I won't go into a long speech about how much I think it's crucial that we all do our part to keep the wheels of justice turning, but let me just say that if I ever do something that lands my ass on the wrong side of the law, I'd rather have a jury of my peers than, say, a jury of angry bees or really confused British royalty. That said, holy FUCK is jury duty boring. I qualified out of the trials for which I was a possible alternate juror (NOT ON PURPOSE! I SWEAR! I JUST ANSWERED SOME QUESTIONS HONESTLY!) and I spent many hours staring at MSNBC on mute and literally, seriously started to get hypnotized by the guy who was restocking the vending machines. For realsies. That is some Grade A boredom. BUT! Now I'm home and I refuse to get out of my pajamas, as shown in example A: 

and also in example B...

So that said I should probably go do something useful (not that watching "The Hills Have Eyes 2" isn't extremely useful) but I just wanted to say hi and talk about what a magical place the Kings County Supreme Court is.

xoxo,

V

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wychlea
03/06/13 04:07pm pst

 Ok, what are the answers to those questions!  I want to get out of jury duty next time.  Unless it 's a really cool case, then I'm all for getting on a jury!  My problem is, I always get called in on some case where a homeless guy is suing the garbage company for driving over him while trying to empty a city dumpster (true story).  I'd prefer a cool murder case or something.  :)

"... a jury of angry bees or really confused British royalty."

LOL - both of these create really fucking funny images in my head, aka, why I have a bit of a crush on you.  I'm glad you're witty!  :)

And, of COURSE horror movies are useful!  I can count many things doing that are less useful than that.  By the way, which version of The Hills Have Eyes were you watching?  The 1984 version, or 2007?

oxox

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Victorieux
03/06/13 04:31pm pst

 Hahaha thank you! You always make me feel so special!!!

Let me just say that I ALWAYS wind up getting pulled in for a trial (in my 2x forays into this world, ha) where someone is suing a doctor or a hospital, and my mom's a doctor, so the second they ask "has anyone in your immediate family been involved in any sort of malpractice lawsuit, or testified as an expert witness..." I have to shuffle out of the room to resume my staring-intently-at-the-vending-machine game. It's funny, because people like you and me are the people who SHOULD be on juries - we're SMART, Neil! It's the crazy, half-asleep bastards muttering about how they don't have time for this bullshit because they're missing the Maury show that often wind up actually hearing the case.

And OMG I have a friend who was a juror on a murder trial last year!!! He said it was THE WORST THING EVER. Like, 3 weeks of incredibly convoluted forensic testimony and lots of diagrams, and people in the courtroom sobbing the whole time. He shut me right up when I was complaining of the boredom that is civil court!

(I have to say, though, I did have a very exciting 5 minutes in which I bought a coffee from the vending machine and pretended I was in that scene from Terminator 2 where the security guard buys a coffee right before the T1000 kills him... I'm going to shut up now.)

And of COURSE the 1984 Hills Have Eyes! I'm a purist!!!! :)

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wychlea
03/06/13 06:53pm pst

 Some people have some weird radar that lets the county know they're available for jury duty.  Fortunate for you that you have had reasons to be disqualified.  :)

And indeed, we are plagued by intelligence.  Oh, to live in ignorance, it truly is bliss. Some days I get so frustrated by other people that I almost wish I was as ignorant - ALMOST.  So many people can't see how important it is to get an education.  But let's not forget the power of common sense, the least common of all senses.  :)

Hahaha - no need to ever shut up about fun movie references!  I LOVE movies! And YAY for being a purist!  I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Berryman last October!  Nicest guy ever!  AND just a unusual looking.  :)

 

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BradSabbath
03/06/13 06:24pm pst

 The Hills Have Eyes 2 original or remake?

Everything seems rather slow and boring when it comes to the legal system, i went to court as part of High School legal studies, were there all day, maybe saw one or two cases

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Victorieux
03/08/13 10:00am pst

 Original!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But of course. Yeah, the legal system is way slower than the tv would have us believe. I for one am ashamed that my country doesn't make our lawyers and judges wear wigs. That is all.

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VandaliaLaRue
03/06/13 07:33pm pst

Part of me would really love to do jury duty--the other part of me would absolutely dread it. But.. I doubt I'll ever actually have to do it in my town. Because one of the questions they ask is-- "Are you related to the person on trial, if not related, are you associated?" And.... I'm related to everyone in my town--or I've gone to school with them. LOL!

And.. uh... looks like you're busting out of your pajamas ;) Nah.. I live in my PJ's like that too. xD

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Victorieux
03/08/13 10:09am pst

 I'm so with you, I was like OOOOH! Jury duty!!! And then I was like, oh... wait, this is incredibly uneventful and these chairs are really uncomfortable and I'm counting the moles on the scalp of the dude sleeping in front of me (YIKES) and I've listened to half the songs in my iTunes and I can't read this book anymore because my eyes are crossing GET ME OUT OF HERRRREEEEEEE. The one time I was on a case for a hot second, they settled immediately while the jury was at lunch, and I was kind of like, wait Ms. Plaintiff, so I had to sit through your life story and then eat a sandwich with some weirdos for what exactly? But I've only been in civil court thus far so it's not like I've had to be traumatized like my friend who was on a murder trial, ugh.

You're cracking me up, though, because when they asked the "are you related to anyone in the case" question, some dude in the room was like, "well, I'm from Jamaica, and you said Mr. Plaintiff was from Jamaica, so we're pretty much related if you think about it." Um.... lame excuse much? Hahaha, at least you'd be telling the truth mama!

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VandaliaLaRue
03/08/13 11:43am pst

LOL That is hilarious! It totally is true though for where I live. I do genealogy, it's like my biggest greatest love of my entire life, and I seriously know how I'm related to just about every single person in this town unless they weren't born here and their family is from like...California. XD Everyone in my town pretty much has the same common last names. It's scary. LOL.

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Victorieux
03/12/13 01:00pm pst

 Genealogy? That is such a cool thing to be into! Much respect! I'm adopted so I like to pretend I came from a space egg of some sort.... That's so interesting, though, I've always been impressed by people who can tell you "oh, well my great-great-great-great grandfather Thomas was a locksmith in this hamlet in England and he died from the Plague - you know, THE Plague." So cool!

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VandaliaLaRue
03/12/13 02:33pm pst

Aww, I think it's rather neat that you're adopted, personally! I mean, if I were adopted--I'd look at it probably as.. I could do the family tree on two totally different families.. not just  you know, Mother's side, Father's side.. but you could do biological genealogy (if you knew your real parents) and then you could consider yourself apart of the genealogy of your adopted parents! So much tree work there to do, it's crazy!

It's been a passion of mine since I was about seven years old. It started roughly a year or so before my Great-Grandmother died. There were so many questions I wanted to ask her but unfortunately she had Alzheimer's so I couldn't ask. I mean I could...but the answers she gave, they were jibber jabber so to speak. My Grandma got real into the family tree work with me, and then her sisters did too. Now my Grandma has kind of went through something that resembles Alzheimer's so.. I do genealogy all by myself. I've come across cousins online though that are doing it, too, and we converse through e-mails. :)

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Victorieux
03/12/13 03:22pm pst

 Thanks love! I've always been cool with being adopted - but my origins are a giant question mark! Apparently my biological mother didn't know who my father was (oops!) and it was a closed adoption - poor girl was only 16, she had some balls of steel to carry me to term and give me up to an awesome family. But my (adoptive) Mom is a HUUUUUGE genealogy buff, and she's got some crazy stories about the family tree, which skips abruptly because her great-grandfather was adopted, haha!

What a wonderful reason to find your passion, too. So sorry to hear your Great-Grandmother couldn't participate more fully but it's really wonderful that you got to spend time with her, and so special that you shared such meaningful time with your Grandma (and her sisters!) before she started to have memory issues. Really cool stuff, lady. I mean, this is history, it's so fascinating!

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VandaliaLaRue
03/12/13 09:07pm pst

I'm so glad to know you share my enthusiasm! :) My Mom has some real cool stories of my Nana (the one with Alzheimer's) and my Mom also got to meet her Great-Grandmother, which would have been my Nana's Mother.. My Nana's Mother was born 1882 and died 1972 so, Mom got to know her pretty good before she passed. She has real cool stories about her. Then of course my Grandma remembers her even better and has told me stories about her my whole life..  so I feel like I know someone who was born in the 1880's haha. :) My Mom also met her Great-Grandpa LaRue, who was born in 1883 and died in 1980. He lived to be quite old! My Mom was born in 1963 so you can imagine she spent lots of time with her Great-Grandpa LaRue :)

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Laura
03/07/13 12:20pm pst

 I haven't been called yet for jury duty, and people think I'm strange that I'm looking forward to it! I really am though! I'm super curious and I hope I get a really interesting trial! But if not I'm still super curious!

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Victorieux
03/08/13 10:12am pst

 OMG I don't think it's weird at all! It's the people who are interested who SHOULD be on juries - like I was saying to wychlea, it's the annoyed, disaffected assholes who are sitting in the back, rolling their eyes and muttering about how they'd rather be watching their soap operas who wind up on juries, and, no offense to the apathetic masses, but I'd rather have someone who was paying attention on MY jury if I ever go into some shit, haha!

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Laura
03/08/13 10:52am pst

 I totally agree!! If I was ever in the situation I'd be livid if someone was taking it so lightly! It's someone else's freedoms, you can miss a couple episodes of Y&R for that!

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Victorieux
03/12/13 12:57pm pst

 Right?! That's what the DVR is for, people! It never stops shocking me how few fucks some people give about everything outside of their own personal bullshit.

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