Monday, September 20, 2010

Happy 90th Birthday Dad


This Thursday is my dad’s 90th Birthday.

My brother is coming in from Montana and we all plan to have a small dinner party for him at a local restaurant.

He still lives alone (which we wish he wouldn’t), and

drives (which we wish he wouldn’t), but he is stubborn and refuses much help from any of us.

He is in good health for his age…..has survived and thrived thru 3 major cancer diagnoses.

I worked in my dad’s business for over 25 yrs. – and that sometimes caused problems between him and me

but we have resolved those problems and I now enjoy and appreciate him as

just my dad.


Happy Birthday Dad !

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Jury Duty



A few weeks ago, I got the dreaded letter in the mail  calling me to jury duty.

I had done it once before a few years ago, so I knew what to expect……0511-1007-0917-3658

Loooong wait to be called then verbally answering questions about myself in the courtroom while lawyers decided if they wanted me or not, listening to opening statements, testimony, depositions, closing arguments, to say nothing of the numerous “sidebars”.

It was a civil case and not a criminal one, and really quite clear-cut. As a jury, we came to a decision fairly quickly, x11987492 all in pretty much agreement and only needing 10 out of 12 to agree.

When all was said and done, I walked out of the courtroom, happy to have done my duty and awe-inspired by the wonderful judicial system we enjoy in our country.

Maybe next time I won’t cringe and wonder “again?”  when/if I get that letter again.

(but knowing me, I probably will!!)