Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Old Lady Dumped Me

Yes, you read that right.

The old lady dumped me.

No, not Natalie.  (I can't stand it when husbands call their wife "an old lady". In fact, I hate it).

It was Lady Justice.  

Yup. Dumped.  

As you may recall, I was selected for potential jury duty.  Yesterday was the day.  Sadly, I was not selected but I can tell you it was an experience.

First, based on the process of selecting the jury, they give you some insight as to the nature of the case.  Attempted murder.  Boy, I can tell you that would have been somethin'.  Doctors testimonies.  Firearms experts.  Tons of witnesses.  I would have been digging that all the way.  That is so up my alley.  

I also got a pretty impressive look at how the jury thing is really done.  The next time someone tells me the jury selection process is crooked and unfair, I can tell them this: one woman was excused during the questioning when it was discovered that she barely understood English. If you want a fair trial, do you want someone like that determining your future?  Yeah, I didn't think so.

It was scheduled to last 2-3 days plus deliberations.  That may have jammed up my plans a bit, but I was prepared to do it for the greater good.  

In any case, I am off the hook for a full year.  Even though I was not seated, I was a part of the process and therefore did my civil duty.  

Maybe next time.  


Wednesday, March 11, 2015


This device is amazing. 

It's called a flash drive or thumb drive. Not much bigger than your thumb (hence the name), they function as a portable storage device for computers.  Gone are the days of floppy disks and CDs. These things are awesome.

Note - they are only awesome when you know where they are.  

Somewhere in southeast Michigan, in a yet-to-be determined location, is my flash drive. Oh no, not just any flash drive.  MY flash drive........

....containing my mid-term exam.  Yup. Gone.

The professor was nice enough to allow us a take-home mid-term exam.  Due Friday at midnight, I have been working slowly but steadily on all the dimensions of this test.  Natalie and I both agree that take-homes are a bit more challenging.  Knowing this, I have been chipping away at it instead of one prolonged writing session.

With the device now AWOL, I get to start over.

Oh wait. I know what you're saying.  "Paul, you're smart. Surely, you have it backed-up on your computer at home....'

Yeah, well. If you'll excuse me, I have some writing to do.....