The two words all Americans hate to see with their name attached anywhere to the document. That was me today. I actually was supposed to go a couple of weeks ago and completely forgot, but thankfully we have a forgiving judicial system. Either that or one that’s desperate for jurors.
Today was my first stab at jury duty, and let me tell you, people-watchers have no greater aim than to sit in a jury room with 500 of your fellow Pasco County citizens. Truly a spectacle. God made us in all different shapes, sizes, interests, personalities, accents, quirks, facial hair, and choices of earrings. To each his own.
Now, I did learn a little something about working the system. Here’s the trick to getting out of actually getting picked to sit for a trial. I may be a novice at jury duty deliberations – voir dire for you aficionados and legal types – but I figured out what I consider to be a 5-point fool-proof plan for ensuring you will be home in time for lunch with your dismissal in hand after having been deliberated over by the legal counsel and judge:
1) Make eye contact with both defense and prosecution at least once, but no more. You want them to know that you know they know you’re present, accounted for, and not afraid to look another human in the eye.
2) Don’t be like the guys who say after every question, “I’m sorry, I can’t do that without bias.” You’re bringing too much attention to yourself. You want to be like a career .260 hitter in baseball who can field a ground ball. Not getting you into the hall of fame, but will punch your ticket to a major league roster year after year.
3) While you don’t want to bring attention to yourself, you do want to make it known at least once that you might struggle with some bias. For instance, today we were asked if we could remain neutral about the case, even if we disagreed with the law as written. Well in this particular case, I would’ve been fine; however in general, I let them know that if I find a law unjust, then yes, I might have bias creep in when rendering a verdict. If someone keeps the law but I find the law reprehensible, I’m inclined to see that through jaded lenses. I took this opportunity to make my voice known, planting the seeds that I was partial and thus unfit for service in the eyes of both prosecution and defense.
4) Be patient. Don’t jump at the first opportunity to speak. Wait for it, like I did. You want everyone to know you’re in the room, but only briefly. Make yourself forgettable once you’ve planted the seeds of doubt.
5) Finally, plan a Chick-fil-A run afterwards to celebrate both your civic duty and successfully executed master plan to evade actually serving on the jury. That’s what I do anyhow. Granted, this was only the first time, but I think I’ve started a movement.
Only negative about heading to Chick-fil-A for lunch? Holy traffic. Take a look at these pics, taken around 12:47 today:
On the other hand, it’s nice to know I’m eating a place people enjoy. Empty parking lots give too much room for bugs to fester in your food, so I’m liking a restaurant that’s knocking out some chicken sandwiches.
Today’s Menu Item as I’m working my way through the Chick-fil-A menu was a #5 Chick-fil-A Nuggets Meal with Waffle Fries and a 1/2 Dr. Pepper 1/2 Diet Dr. Pepper. Now I’ve got to send some kuddos out to Nick, who was my server today (pic below):
Nick was ready for my Dr. Pepper order, though he wasn’t quite sure about the 1/2 and 1/2 part. It’s okay though, he’s paying attention, and that’s the kind of attention to detail I’ve come to expect from the Trinity Chick-fil-A staff.
According to the official Chick-fil-Fil website, here’s your description of the Chick-fil-A Nuggets: Bite-sized pieces of tender all breast meat chicken, seasoned to perfection, hand-breaded and pressure-cooked in peanut oil. Available in 8-count or 12-count entrees with choice of dipping sauce. They also come grilled or breaded in 4 and 6-count in Kids Meal with choice of Waffle Potato Fries, applesauce, or fruit cup and choice of milk, apple juice, or freshly squeezed lemonade.
Price for meal: $7.76 (I just made that up; I’m not sure what is is in full disclosure. Of course I got the 12 piece nuggets – who wouldn’t?)
Nutritional Content for Nuggets:
If you go with the 8-ct, you can get that calorie count all the way down to 270. Now since I was in a hurry to get back to the homefront and get some work done, I ate my waffle fries in the car and saved my nuggets for home. If you have the luxury of doing this, then you might find it equally delicious, as a made a salad with my savory, hand-breaded Chick-fil-A nuggets:
It’s hard to tell from the pic, but I had red and green peppers and onions in this salad, and it couldn’t have been more divine. The perfect ending to a 1/2 day of serving my country while at the same time purposefully and successfully limiting my time of jury duty service.
Final Every Day Rating: Well the day was about an 8.5, but the meal itself had to be pushing 10 out of 10. I’m such a big fan of the nuggets, and putting them on top of my own salad concoction? Well, let’s just say I’m blessed. Blessed by Chick-fil-A, blessed by the U.S.A., and blessed by the good Lord in heaven.