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Unfortunately, I discovered that moving to the courtroom only meant a different type of waiting in even less comfortable chairs where laptops, cellphones and reading material weren't allowed. Initially I was at a lost as how to pass the time, until the proceedings started. It was then that I realized I was in a writer's paradise; a room full of living breathing characters waiting to be transcribed. There was the aging actor who looked like a homeless Santa and answered every question like he was auditioning for a part, the excited divorcee who rambled on and on about her first, second, and third ex-husbands, and the sharp public defender who was probably the key reason the case was settled after only one day of jury selection. Fortunately, I had my trusty journal and used every break, sidebar, and free moment to scribble down as much as I could remember about my fellow jurors.
Although I didn't get as much work done as I had planned, I did manage to finish a book, gather several characters for future use and sit in a real jury box. I also got to use a Borg reference on Facebook when I became juror eleven of twelve. In my opinion anything that allows you to reference the Star Trek or the Borg isn't all bad.
How are things going for you? Have you made any lemonade with the lemons life has giving you? Were you able to work a Star Trek reference into your everyday conversation?