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Old 07-30-2011, 03:17 PM   #1011
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OMG, , you made me laugh so hard it made my shoulder hurt! Owwwww! Whaaaaaaaaaa, Whaaaaaaaa

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Old 07-30-2011, 11:21 PM   #1012
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awful, unproductive day. trying to sew and also order groceries on line.

sewing, trying to sew on netting. not hard except has decorative bumps that don't like my machine. it kept hitting the bumps and then the bobbin twisted up. gave up and made ruffle out of the smooth fabric. the over skirts are made with the netting. guess i will figure out what to do when i get there. sure would hate to have to sew it all by hand.

the site for vons groceries on line was wacky all day. i fought it anyway as i wanted the delivery time, i had picked out. finally got it done, and was not the pleasure i usually find.

tomorrow will be better, it has to be.
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:39 PM   #1013
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I'm going to regress and vent about "improvements" in technology. Last weekend I was so frustrated I wanted to scream. Every single friggin' "advance" in technology leaves me unable to do basic stuff I used to be able to do. And the instructions are always written by someone who does not speak English as their first language. I mean, really, why don't you at least hire an English speaker who has actually set the stuff up to write the instructions? There always seems to be one step missing. I finally managed to fix a couple of problems (one with my cell phone, one with a new TV remote), but, I swear, it was only after I kicked husband out of the house so I could have some peace and quiet while I did it, and it still took over an hour because of really, really poor instructions and people answering the help line who had accents so thick I could not understand them (and I'm generally good with accents, I really am).
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:44 PM   #1014
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You are so weird. I got a letter for jury duty during finals week...um, DUH! That would have been a waste of my tuition, missing finals. You wouldn't believe the hoops I had to jump to get out of it. Now that I could do it, I never get a letter.
this is weird. I have never been called for jury duty. Everywhere I've lived, I've registered to vote and voted (you're part of the solution or part of the problem; if you don't vote, don't complain). I'm told that is where they get the jury lists. I've lived, as a registered voter, in Florida, North Dakota, Virginia, Hawaii, and here in Illinois, and never been called for jury duty. I'm 56, and it strikes me as odd.
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:45 PM   #1015
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LOL!!! I have to send Shrek away, too! Otherwise he might be taking care of a new piercing...
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:59 PM   #1016
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this is weird. I have never been called for jury duty. Everywhere I've lived, I've registered to vote and voted (you're part of the solution or part of the problem; if you don't vote, don't complain). I'm told that is where they get the jury lists. I've lived, as a registered voter, in Florida, North Dakota, Virginia, Hawaii, and here in Illinois, and never been called for jury duty. I'm 56, and it strikes me as odd.
Man, I hate to jinx it, but it's the same with me. I've never been called for jury duty. I'm 58 and have registered and voted in every election since I was 18.

Claire...are we defective? Are our opinions not wanted? Are we to be cast aside? Outcasts of jury duty...
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:50 AM   #1017
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Man, I hate to jinx it, but it's the same with me. I've never been called for jury duty. I'm 58 and have registered and voted in every election since I was 18.

Claire...are we defective? Are our opinions not wanted? Are we to be cast aside? Outcasts of jury duty...

I was not called for the first time until I was 57. In my area it seems to tie in with the Motor Vehicles Department database. I also think they rely on retired people to the extent possible because they do not have to pay the jury stipend. Just my opinion.
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Old 07-31-2011, 02:23 AM   #1018
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Actually here, seniors don't have to serve if they don't want to - the rest of us have to have an excuse!
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:06 AM   #1019
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Man, I hate to jinx it, but it's the same with me. I've never been called for jury duty. I'm 58 and have registered and voted in every election since I was 18.

Claire...are we defective? Are our opinions not wanted? Are we to be cast aside? Outcasts of jury duty...
Actually, we might be. My husband has been called up, and they asked him what business he was retired from. He told them he's a retired Army officer. The defense jumped up and more or less said "no way". When he tells the story, people laugh, and those in the know around here say he never has to worry about doing jury duty in this town because everyone has pre-conceived notions of what an Army officer will hold for opinions! They never got past asking his background to find out what he might think or know about the issue. I might be in the same predjudicial boat with him!
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:33 AM   #1020
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My venting is about drivers. What in the world has happened to road courtesy and normal politeness? Have they been erased from our world?

I was taught that on a normal road with two lanes in each direction, that one lane is for turns and passing, the other for long term driving. This way, anyone in a hurry for whatever reason, can move over and pass the slower vehicles.

Well, it seems now-a-days, that half the people on the highway want to just glide along in BOTH lanes, usually right beside one-another, so NO ONE can get past either of them!

In the last 5 years, I've noticed this all over the USA. I wonder if it's the same in other countries? People just don't think of being polite on the road any longer it seems.
Yeah, not going to touch this one. I'd be here all day writing my response and then decide not to post it because it just sounded to rant like. I'll just say there is a reason I prefer driving late at night and leave it at that.

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Actually here, seniors don't have to serve if they don't want to - the rest of us have to have an excuse!
That's the way it is here too. When I got called to jury duty there was an elderly gentleman who said he volunteered for jury duty as often as he could, even though he didn't have to serve even if his name was selected. He was retired and said he figured if he was on the jury then it was one less still working individual having his or her life disrupted and being deprived of important income (jury stipends are not the same as a wage). I got to talk to him after all was over and he was just a really cool guy in general, the type that you can't help but respect within minutes of meeting him.

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Actually, we might be. My husband has been called up, and they asked him what business he was retired from. He told them he's a retired Army officer. The defense jumped up and more or less said "no way". When he tells the story, people laugh, and those in the know around here say he never has to worry about doing jury duty in this town because everyone has pre-conceived notions of what an Army officer will hold for opinions! They never got past asking his background to find out what he might think or know about the issue. I might be in the same predjudicial boat with him!
I'm just the opposite. During selection they asked the potential jurors if the defendant not testifying would make him look guilty to them and if we could think of a legitimate reason why an innocent person might not want to speak on the stand. I gave a very logical answer that had the judge and every lawyer in the room nodding in agreement. When they asked what my profession was and I said network tech, that pretty much sealed it. I'm pretty sure if my name gets pulled again and I make it to the questioning stage, if even one person that was involved that time is present I'll be on the jury again.
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