As we speak, I'm currently in the jury room at one of the courthouses in downtown Manhattan. I've run out of postponements so I'm here to fulfill my civic duty.
When I was younger, I used to love jury duty. I treated it like a mini-vacation. What was there not to love? It meant I didn't have to go into the office. I could wear whatever I wanted. I could try a few restaurants downtown that I normally wouldn't visit. I might even be put on a case that would prove to be semi-interesting.
But now? None of those things mean anything to me. I'd rather be in the office. I've got responsibilities, dammit! And it just so happens that a lot of things are going on at work that I have to deal with.
But I will say that there are two bright aspects to my current state of affairs.
(1) I'm currently sitting in the courtroom they they use to film "Law & Order." Although I generally like to remain nonplussed about many things, I've got to admit that it's pretty damn cool. For those of you who don't know, some of the show is shot at a studio in L.A. However, virtually all the exterior and courtroom shots are filmed on location in New York. Since I've seen pretty much every episode of the show at least once, I recognize every single detail...the paintings in the courtroom, the hallway outside the jury room, and the steps leading up to the courthouse. In fact, I keep expecting to run into Jack McCoy in the bathroom, Emil Skoda in the hallway or Arthur Branch in the deli across the street.
(2) I can hardly believe it but the jury room is configured with Wifi. Figuring that I would be here all day, I brought 3 newspapers, the New Yorker and the latest novel from Haruki Murakami. At the last minute, I grabbed my computer, figuring that I could at least draft some e-mails during the day. But now? Woo hoo! I can surf the net all day until I get called for a trial. God bless the Internet! God bless the man who invented it. And God bless New York County for giving me wireless access in the jury room.
I'll keep you all posted if anything interesting happens. But for now? Just remember that...
"In the criminal justice system the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the District Attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories." Doink, Doink!