Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rhino At The Mall

As I Tweeted on Twitter earlier today:

The bad news: I have a cold so we can't go anywhere NEAR the NICU! ;o(
Heck, I won't even breathe in a SouthEasterly direction!

The good news: Isabella now weighs 3 pounds (1.36 kg)!!! Hurray! ;o)

I blame my cold on the Massachusetts court system. I had jury duty in Worcester’s “Mall of Justice” on Main Street and with 100 plus citizens all in one pool room there must have been a bug or two tagging along. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

I have to say that all three judges I either spoke with or listened to impressed the heck out of me. I had not been looking forward to my “one day, one trial” tour of duty. I understand and appreciate civic responsibility, but the timing for this call up was not the best. I really was hoping not to be empaneled and I wasn’t. But as each inspiring judge spoke, I had the powerful urge to hold up my juror badge and say “Pick me!”

So five stars to the judges; four and a half stars to the impressive facility; and five stars to Court Officer Rose who kept us all informed and advocated to get “her jurors” where we needed to be. Oh, and minus five stars to this damn rhinovirus. You’d think that all that scanning and screening at the front door would keep such nasties at bay!


Sue said...

Shame Lee!!! Here's hoping that you get better really quickly so that you can get back to that gorgeous great niece of yours ASAP!

Big hugs,
Sue X

Tracy Novick said...

I had the same experience when I went (well, not getting sick). Those judges are GOOD about making you feel like you're the best group of citizens in the world for showing up, aren't they?
Hope you get well soon!

Pink Granite said...

Hi Sue -
Thank you! I feel better already so hopefully this will be a speedy cold!

Hi Tracy -
I'm glad to hear you had a similar experience - including minus the cold! I assumed the first judge who spoke in the jury pool room was chosen for his easy way, wit and charm. But the other two judges hearing cases were equally good teachers and ambassadors.

Roo said...

Rhino at the Mall... shame on you!
Here was me thinking "oh my God, that beats a Bull in a china shop by a country mile".. sheeez! ;o)

Anyhooo, hope the old nasal thing is better and you get to see your delightful bundle soon.

As for the jury duty, I've never been called up, so I wait in anticipation.

Pink Granite said...

Hi Roo -
All is well now - the rhinovirus has been banished. And we finally got to get back to the NICU and see Isabella, Carrie and Al. And yes, even though it had been more than a week, we did still recognize Isabella!

Sorry, but I couldn't resist the title of the post!
- Lee