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Took Septa in this AM. It started off with a bang when I realized I needed quarters for parking, and the dollar bills I had would not help. Sure I looked like the world traveler as I called out "anyone have 4 quarters" over and over until two people scraped up enough for me to park. In my defense, I did offer each a buck for the quarters, but with pity in their eyes for this backwoods rube, they said don't worry about it. Actually the rude young Yuppie said "I don't need that.", which I just chose to interpret as "don't worry about it," since my stressful day was already getting more stressful, and I just did not need to pile it on.

So I get on without a ticket, since there is no ticket booth at this station, looking to buy it on the train. But two stops from where I left the car, the conductor warns we may not make it into the city. So what happens when you are late for a summons? $1,000 fine for not showing up at all. Fortunately, they limped on in and we made it with time to spare, going express after a while. And things were so crazy on the train that they never collected tickets or charged me. OK, $8 to the positive so far. Day is looking up!

At 11, the judge came down to discharge us. Dodged a bullet in so many ways, as the defendant who pleaded out was in the judges words "A major distributor of child porn." And you can bet that as a parent the prosecution was going to push to get me or some of the other parents on the jury. That is so not evidence I ever want to see. I also figure it would be really hard to not want to ram rod the defendant right into jail, since someone would really have to pay for taking and selling those pictures. And really, shoving someone, anyone, into jail because you can't handle the crime that was done, wasn't the job I was signed up for, so I am glad he plead out.

I did get a paper stating I had shown up for jury duty which apparently means I am jury free for two years. I never actually had to go before, just put my life on hold until 5pm the day before, so I was still eligible for jury. They say I can use this if the county calls me too, though that must be a Federal thing, since the county sure never told me that.

Home sweet home.

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