This is my fifth jury summons. My first summons I didn't have to respond to as it was for WA just after I had moved to TX. My second summons I sat on a jury panel for a good part of the day and was not selected for the jury. My third summons I was selected to the jury. My fourth was during a ridiculous project at work and my boss wrote a letter and got me excused. And here we are at my fifth.
I showed up bright and early and checked in. I had snacks, books, and my phone to entertain me. I was called to the first jury panel which was going to be a potential 4 week jury. Ugh. I am going out the country next week so that wasn't going to work for me. (Did I tell you? I'm going to Slovakia for work and added a few more days to go to Vienna on the front end and Salzburg on the back end.) I was dismissed and sent back to the pool. I read a little, played on my phone a little, and then read some more. I remembered my brother worked near the courthouse and texted him and he and his girlfriend met me for lunch. Good thing too because he had dollars so I could get a diet coke from the vending machine! Then it was back to the courthouse for more waiting. I was finally dismissed for the day. Oh boy, I can't wait to go back tomorrow.