Friday, January 14, 2022

Jury Duty and the "Big O"

 Overall I lead a very boring life. On occasion it seems I just sit around writing waiting for something remotely different to happen. This week  I hit the jackpot for all the right and wrong reasons. Plus, I am 72 and retired.  Now the wrong reason. 

Two days ago, my partner Liz's son tested positive for the Omicron Covid 19 virus. Even though he had been vaccinated twice. Because of his age (24) and vaccination history, we hope his recovery is swift and does not spread to Liz and I. Plus, both of us have been vaccinated twice plus have been boostered. Either way I am now in quarantine for a least five days.

Then out of nowhere came a jury duty summons. In my entire life I believe I have only been summoned twice and never was required to serve. The only problem I have with doing it now is how bad my lower back is now. Sitting in any chair for much more than a hour is torture. I have been considering applying for an Ohio handicapped permit but my pride/ego has stopped me from going ahead with the process. Clouding the problem now is I am being assigned a new primary provider (family doctor) at the Veterans Administration. So now I am required to complete the process with somebody new. 

Also I was lucky. I went on the court's website this morning and learned the county was cancelling most all of the lower level court cases due to the pandemic and my participation wasn't required, for now. For obvious reasons I need to point out my hesitation to serve was only due to physical reasons and had nothing to do with me being transgender. In fact, as regular reader Paula once wrote in a comment, being transgender is only a part of who we are. We are so much more and so complex.

Putting all the negatives aside, this is a huge week around the Cincinnati,Ohio area and beyond as the Cincinnati Bengals football team attempts to win its first NFL playoff game in thirty one years. I am proud to say, my friend Connie out in Seattle will be rooting for the Bengals. Back in my dim past when Cincinnati was actually in the Super Bowl I actually broke a small bone in my foot celebrating a touchdown return during the game. It was difficult explaining why I was on crutches the next day to my bosses. 

So, as you can tell, my week finally shaped up to at the least be a bit different.  

7 comments:

  1. I think I know why they don't use the phrase, "Break a leg," for wishing good luck in football. :-)

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  2. Thank you for the shout out. a long time ago in a previous live I too was called for Jury service, only I did have to serve. I had to take two weeks out of work, and I spent almost all of it sitting in the waiting room. This was before my transition, but I was only on one case which lasted for three days ( but only part of each of those three days).

    I wasn't complaining though as here in the we can claim for subsistence and a small allowance for loss of earnings. As I am a self employed gardener and this was in a snowy January I actually ended up making more money than if I had actually been working.

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    1. You are welcome and I am glad your jury duty worked out.
      Always great to see your comments!

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  3. "Ohio has a statutory exemption that allows individuals over a certain age to request exemption from jury duty. Citizens over the age of 75 can be exempt from jury service under this age exception. In Ohio, a prospective juror aged 75 or older may request to be excused from further jury service." I looked this up for you because in Connecticut, we are off the hook at age 70. Sorry it's not the same in Ohio.

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    1. Yes, I saw that exemption and for once saw a advantage to being my age...except I didn't quite make it :)
      Thanks for the research!

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  4. I had to chuckle at this post because yesterday I received my first and only notice to serve in my lifetime. Here in Florida, we have the 70 year old exemption and I only have a month before I could qualify. I can emphasize with your sitting for a long period due to back problems. I'm just waiting to find out how they will handle me being in a wheel chair and taking meds that cause me to drift off if sitting still for a length of time.
    By the way, COGRATS to your Bengals for their first playoff win in 31 years. I had a really good laugh when one of the TV commentators stated that texting hadn't been invented when the last won a playoff series.

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  5. Thanks for your response! I sure you can empathize. I wish Ohio was at the 70 year old limit too!

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