It occurred to me last night that every single annoying, frustrating situation I was involved with this week boiled down to “don’t make stupid choices.” If I think about it long enough, I bet nearly everything boils down to that. Obviously, everyone’s definition of a stupid choice will vary at some point, but this week’s events were particularly egregious.
Some of those stupid choices were well meaning, and unfortunately, even *I* was guilty of some of them.
I started to post a big long description of the way my week started: with the story of my jury duty experience. The more I wrote about it, though, the more annoyed I got by the entire experience.
What it boiled down to were people were stupid. And some of them were lying.
The worst part was that after sitting through the corny 1989 “So You Get To Be a Juror” video, hoping not to get picked (and getting picked), listening to all of the witnesses, and taking a 1.5 hour lunch: we didn’t get to deliberate after all. After the state was done, the judge dismissed the charges.
She was just as tired of wasting our time as we were at having it wasted. If I understood her correctly, 18 years, she had never granted the defense’s motion to dismiss, but I guess there is always a first time for everything.
Some of the other examples of people being stupid are not things I can talk about: there’s as lot of privacy issues with the things I see in a day. Frankly, there are a lot of things I wish I didn’t even know about.
Let’s just say: I’m ever grateful for the family and friends that I have, and I am ever more aware of how truly awesome they are. I might be annoyed by my boys, but they are ANGELS in comparison. Of course, my experiences at school mostly mean that I’m even harder on my boys than I was before….
I think I started off with a point to this post, but now, I think I’ve lost sight of it.
Oh wait, here’s something:
Make good choices. Don’t lie. Hug the people you love.