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Jury Duty, Doctor’s Waiting Rooms and Other Day Killers.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 25, 2018

No. 1,406

WARNING: You are about to be exposed to a short sermon, but read it anyway.

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The other day, I heard a fellow complaining loudly about being called to jury duty while we were both in the dentist’s waiting room.  After I couldn’t stand it anymore, I looked up from my book and told him to take a book with him that he really wanted to read.  From the expression on his face, I could tell that he would rather have a root canal than read for a few hours. OK, I said, then you can stand around at the coffee machine and complain and be miserable with all the other people who hate being there.

Waiting is  a fact of life, just like sleeping, eating and all those other necessary things. The doctor and even the jury commission, who are aware of your dissatisfaction, will probably try to distract you with daytime television. Of course, somebody else picks the show you have to watch.  You can surrender to that if you want, but you can also come prepared to do what you want. Pack a few books in your cell phone using the Kindle App.  Or if you don’t want to use your eyes that much, subscribe to Audible and use earphones.

Yes, getting set up requires a little bit of work.  But it pays dividends.  Engage your mind and time passes more quickly.  You learn something and you are entertained.  Indeed, you might even start enjoying yourself at jury duty.

Sermon over.




CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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