Dodged the Jury Duty Bullet

On Monday I had to report for jury duty at the Downtown LA criminal courthouse, my second time being called upon to serve my civic duty. First time I served I was at Norwalk, got called in on a jury pool for an armed robbery case but didn’t get placed in the box and after 2 days I was done. This time around I got called on the first case of the morning and got placed right away in the jury box.

The case turned out to be for a gang-related murder and would have gone for a minimum of 7 days. We went through the standard questions, where do you live, are you single, what do you do, any prior jury experience, etc.. Defense asked questions and there was nothing I really had to say, there’s nothing that would prevent me from being fair. Prosecution asked us questions and I got a better idea of the case’s circumstances and the evidence available.

On Day 2, the DA went up and made a stink about the possibility of there being no physical evidence and if that would affect how we would ultimately come to a decision. I could see myself wanting physical evidence but that isn’t my choice and as a juror you can’t take the lack of evidence into consideration, only what is presented to you. I figured I could handle that and said I had no problems being fair.

After that the judge asks a few more follow up questions to the people obviously trying to get out of serving (the Russian guy who thought we shouldn’t have jurors got a 30 minute lecture) the councils started dismissing jurors in the box. Some of the obvious choices got the boot first and then bam, I’m off the jury and done with my service.

I’m still a little puzzled why the DA didn’t like me. The only thing I could think of was that I might not have been sympathetic enough since the bulk of their case was made up of witnesses. A couple other people surprisingly got the boot too. I’m not complaining, I’m just slightly intrigued about what is considered when choosing jurors. Well I’m done for a year.

Wow it has already been 3 weeks since my last post

Time flies when you are working. I’ve already been working full-time for over a month and my blog has been pushed to the back burner for no good reason. Compared to when I was in school full-time and working part-time I should have more time now to post, I just need to stay motivated. I should have a gallery up of pictures from a trip to the Long Beach aquarium tomorrow. If I don’t get it up yell at me.

I’m now more offically a college graduate

I “graduated” about 3 weeks ago, but just because you walk doesn’t mean you are going to make it past your final grad check. Got an e-mail today saying that I had officially graduated and that my degree was now real. Cool, just gotta wait a couple months to get my actual diploma.

CSULB actually had a pretty good on-line tool that would check your transcript against your degree requirements and tell you what you needed. One of my classes got reduced by a unit so it said I was missing a unit, but it checked out okay anyway.

So now what?

At this point in life the question of plans for the immediate future is very common. I’m a pretty ambitious guy and I hold myself to a pretty high standard. I was an intern at Northrop Grumman for almost a year and a half and always knew that when the time for me to graduate came I would probably receive an offer from them, but I also planned on looking at other positions outside of NG. Well April 2006 rolled around and I wasn’t offered a position so I went ahead with my plans and found other potential positions.

By the second week of May I had several competitive offers I was considering but I weighed what I thought was important and ultimately went with my gut feeling and accepted one of my offers. That position is with DreamBox Creations in Diamond Bar. They do web sites and web applications. It is pretty kick back (ping pong table in the break room kind of deal) and very small (I’ll make number 11 or 12), both of which I like after coming off my stint with NG.

So what am I doing after college? Working full-time and hopefully having fun at the same time.

Graduation Ceremony

Taking my walk. Note the lack of graduation accessories, I boycotted the campus bookstore as often as possible and I had already ponied up $50 for my cap and gown, they weren’t getting another dime.

My supporters, thank you for your support.

I’m glad my dad got this shot just as a turned to wave to the above supporters. I’m also glad that that guy felt he had to take a picture of himself the same time his mom did.

Someone had to get emotional, I wasn’t.

Ahhh I get it, funny. Instead of giving me a diploma you take the opportunity to try and get me to join the Alumnis.

Isn’t this a smart looking family?

And this is obligatory.