I forgot I had to report for jury duty this morning, I found a sub for the 3 classes I had to teach and then drove the 25+ miles as fast as I could to get to the courthouse. I got there with 4 minutes to spare. (If you're late you are given extra days to serve.)
Me and my 50 fellow prospective jurors filled out a questionnaire, watched a video on the justice system, listened to the judge deliver instructions, answered questions by the attorneys, and stared down every inch of the courtroom and each other for three hours. I was potential juror #29, but the last juror chosen was juror #27 so, with my jury duty duration finished, I came home and peeled pears to dry.
Standing at the kitchen sink peeling and slicing pears takes a very long time. It's one of the slowest kitchen tasks I know. As you stand there, peeling and coring and slicing each pear, it's easy to think of all the things you could be doing if pear-peeling didn't take so long. However, pear-peeling is thoroughly enjoyable, and you don't wish to do other things, if you have a good conversation. Beings there was no one to talk to, I turned on The Mormon Channel (www.mormonchannel.org). It's like listening to a really good conversation that teaches you something. I enjoy several of the programs on the channel. One of my favorites is "Insights" (http://www.mormonchannel.org/insights) from the archived programs. I've listened to some that explain (Understanding Islam, Understanding Mathematics, Understanding Money) and some that entertain (Abraham Lincoln).
A positive part of mundane chores, like pear-peeling, is it leaves the mind free to think and learn and make plans. I'm looking forward to peeling pears again tomorrow.
Where I Stand.
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