Monday, May 20, 2013

A slight pause

Down for Jury Duty this week.  I am liking the "process".

It amazes me the lengths people will go to to avoid jury duty.  So here is a way to look at it.

YOUR family member is arrested for "insert infraction here".  You obtain a lawyer, get set for trial only to find out that the pool of prospective jurors are not the sharpest tools in the shed.  Why, because they were the only ones who had nothing better to do than sow up for jury duty.  The only ones who couldn't come up with a better story, excuse, hardship than the person next to them.

Folks, this process only works when we all participate.  Kind of like voting.  You don't have the right to bitch about the politicians and laws that voters pass/elect if you can't take the time out of your day to find out about the people and issues that are up for the ballot.

Same thing for the judicial system.  It doesn't help the speed of the trial systems when they have to keep going to the well for jurors.

While the case I'm on appears to be a waste of time (as of right now.. I'll fill you in after) the accused has the right to a trial by jury.  Wouldn't you hate to be the person on that side of the table if it involved someone you knew?

Just my .02


Thursday, May 9, 2013


So now that Kim has headed out into the wilds of Northern California to "camp" with her mother in an RV for the next few days I can finally post this.  She has no internet out there or spotty at best.

I ordered a letterpress certificate from Two Paper Dolls the folks who by a lucky circumstance have my sense of humor. I found this piece on their Etsy Store. When I came upon ONE WORD (see if you can spot it).

But what I really needed was someone who could really put the Jazz Hands to this to make it something special.  Enter Sarah Hanna.

Now for those of you who remember last Christmas and the letters Sarah did for me (one and two), HOW could I not ask her to put her touch on something like this?  Hmmm?  Hmmm?  That's right I did it!

So off to the wizard they went.  What I got back was more than I could have hoped for.

Might be a bit hard to see on the kraft paper but the ink is gold.

Now here is the most unexpected surprise with my return package.  


So, what cha think?  Will she like em'?  I'm bringing one of them up to her on Saturday to drop of our SPAWN (Kaylee) for the remainder of the weekend to "camp" with the family.  Kaylee couldn't go early because she had (a.) a school field trip we didn't and her to miss (b.) she still has another day of school, (c.) she has t-ball practice on Friday and finally (d.) she has a t-ball game on Saturday and we have taught our child that you follow though with commitments like team sports.

Now for those of you who have never thought of getting a NICE piece paper and having it dolled up for someone special.  Try it.  I can almost promise they will never forget the effort you put into finding the right piece and then the additional effort of having someone with the talent (like Sarah Hanna or any other calligrapher for that matter) to put that special touch on something. 

I went out with Kaylee tonight and bought some frames for the two "awards", one for work and one for home.  One will be put on the wall.  Eventually when we can really afford a quality frame job, I will have the tags put in with it for a proper mount.  

I was joking with Kim last night as we spent another 7 hour stint at the ER.  
Me - "I can make you feel instantly better"
Kim - "How?"
Me - " I have your Mothers Day gift in my bag"
Kim - "Really?"
Me - "I won't tell you what it is, but here is your hint.  It's white and gold and you can use it at work and home at the same time."

Now the look on her face with that little riddle was worth it for me.  Not so much for her but it was then 2am and I really needed a boost.  

Anyway, that's my little post for this evening.  Remember yo mama.  The reason you're still breathing is   something in her was strong enough to not strangle you but punish you later with grandchildren that are JUST LIKE YOU!