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Friday Potpourri

So there I was stuck for a new post.

WordPress suggested asking people for input.

I sent out a tweet that said, Need an idea for a blog post.

Fortunately, I have a small group of followers who are helpful with that sort of thing. One of the newest @julierosesmk suggested “psychology of kittens “.  @debihen came up with “jury duty”. @lgalaviz had a number of choices to pick from.  “philosophical post on your favorite soup”. “list my deepest fears”.something about pirate hats.

Since I know at least three people will read this, here we go.

Psychology of  Kittens

Kittens make me nervous. Mainly because they grow up to be cats and everyone knows you just can not trust a cat. Maybe this should be under—

My Deepest Fears

Yeah, this is where the cats should be. Along with my fear of anyone who has taken a semester of Psychology.  Have you ever had a conversation with someone who has completed such a class?  They use phrases like “Don’t project your feelings onto me”, “You seem awfully defensive”, “Someone has mommy issues”.   You know, Dr. Phil kind of stuff.

I bet Philosophy majors would belong in this section as well. People who have a philosophy about raising kids without having any of their own would be at the head of the list.

When you are trying to talk a small child into eating baby  food peas , an extensive knowledge of the works of Plato will never help you.

This is flying along. Let’s see what we have left. Pirate hats. Soup . Jury Duty.

@lgalaviz has cornered the market for pirate hats on Twitter. She informed me that she has 11 of them.  Nice, but you can only wear one at a time, so 11 seems like overkill.  Maybe you use different ones depending on what you are doing.  One for marauding, another for pillaging, a third for movie night. I dunno. Enough with the hats already.

Soup

I don’t eat (drink?) soup. And you can’t talk me into it.

I like chicken and noodles but not when it looks like it is drowning. Which leads us to….

Jury Duty

@debihen says she has been on jury duty twice and found the accused guilty both times.  So, if you are on trial in her area, a plea agreement would be the best course of action.

I have served on jury duty.  It was interesting.I was one of the people who didn’t want to get out of it.  I wanted to experience the whole thing from beginning to end. That put me in the minority.

The excuses were pathetic.

“I can’t put myself in the position of judging another person.”

This was far and away my favorite.  How incredibly lame is that! We judge people all day long.  The idiot in front of you asking the Subway sandwich specialist what kind of soup they have, for example.  The person who, at a 4-way stop, can’t count to four.  Twitter is full of judging.

Anyway, I got to serve on a one day trial.  We found the person innocent, which really pissed off the prosecutor. He left mumbling.

But the next time I was called for jury duty, one of the attorneys asked me about previous jury experience and I told him about the last time I served. I was excused and as I was leaving, the guy who used that lame excuse I cited above was selected. So, I won at jury duty. Judge that!

Man, this was a lot of typing.

My thanks to Julie, Debbie, and Lisa for the suggestions.

Peace.

 

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13 thoughts on “Friday Potpourri

  1. Debihen on said:

    One can never have too many pirate hats.
    Signed-@lgalaviz personal hatter, “Hang. ’em High” Debbie

  2. I HATE people who ask about soup at Subway. Or, at least I think I would. Does Subway even have soup? I don’t like Subway that much. I can’t stand the pressure of telling people what vegetables I want. I like WhichWich where I can write my preferences quietly on a card.

    I don’t think anyone’s life should be in my hands. Ever. I’m highly careless and irresponsible. I would let the poor guy fry because his lawyer wore too much cologne.

    • There are too many questions at a Subway. What kind of bread? What kind of cheese? Do you want it toasted? And using a drive thru at a Subway is a guarantee that you will get the kind of sandwich they want to make. Not what you order.

  3. I HATE people who ask about soup at Subway. Or, at least I think I would. Does Subway even have soup? I don’t like Subway that much. I can’t stand the pressure of telling people what vegetables I want. I like WhichWich where I can write my preferences quietly on a card.

    I don’t think anyone’s life should be in my hands. Ever. I’m highly careless and irresponsible. I would let the poor guy fry because his lawyer wore too much cologne.

    • I think this is artificially inflating my comments total by splitting my response. Whatever. I think people who wear too much cologne should be punished.Maybe to a year of Old Spice.

  4. I didn’t see this go up immediately. So I posted again. What is that thing called where you keep doing the same thing over and over? Genius?

  5. Well done! I like how you jumped from one subject to another without missing a beat.

    Really? You don’t like soup? Interesting…

    And, I believe you can wear 2-3 pirate hats at a time- if balanced well.

    I’ve been called for jury duty twice – once I wasn’t needed & the 2nd time is yet to be decided. However, I can judge with the best & worst of us: you’re guilty; your tie doesn’t match your shoes; and, is that a wig?

    Till next time,
    Arrrr

    • Thanks. I was hoping this would all fall together somehow. Thanks to you starting the ball rolling it went alright. It was the most fun I have had writing one of these so far.

  6. I got called once for jury duty in college but didn’t even make it to the part where they questioned me and then never heard from anyone again. I’m pretty sure that’s because I would be so good at it no one would ever measure up again and their lives would be so empty from then on that they’d probably have to cry themselves to sleep every trial I was *not* on so they don’t want to see what they’d be missing by ever allowing me to be on a jury, ever.

    I mean, I watch all the crime shows. I know all the tricks. I know what a serial killer looks like (the answer? Murdery.) I read Canadian Reader’s Digest so I can point out a sociopath. It’s obvious I would be the best at this.

    Also, I love passing judgment on people, so I don’t really see what the problem is here, other than I would be so much better than everyone else they’d all get some sort of complex or something.

    • I love the thought of such a thing as Canadian Reader’s Digest being the go-to for being able to point out a sociopath.

      I went with a friend to misdemeanor court once. He wasn’t sure if he had enough money to pay the fine. He was the last one called out of a very full room. I had a blast watching all these people taking their turns before the judge. It was the Monday after a 10-day summer festival in our town. Lots of alcohol related incidents.When it was all done I was the last person sitting there and the judge said,”Did we miss you?” I said , “nope I am with him(pointing at my friend)”.

      Thanks for the comment, Amy.

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