Well, that was a surprise! Reporting for jury duty turned out to be a quite pleasant experience. The waiting room was elegantly decorated. And when myself and 80 others were called into the courtroom to be whittled down to 12, everyone was well-dressed, rational, intelligent and efficient. There was one sophisticated woman who looked just like Katherine Hepburn with gray hair, an olive silk suit and tan heather cashmere sweater.
I would trust any one of that group to sit on my jury. Overall, it was sort of like attending a very well-acted and staged but rather boring six hour play.
Plus, we had an hour and half lunch break. Which I used to visit the main city library for the first time. All the free books you could want and a tidy cafe where you can enjoy a turkey sandwich and a coffee? That's civilization at its most developed!
I'm a happy taxpayer today.