Since this Christmas Eve has been cloudy, chilly, and drizzly it gave me a lot of indoor time to relax in my easy chair and give considerable thought to some of the age-old questions that have plagued man since the beginning of time such as, what is the meaning of life ? What purpose do we serve on earth? And how do I get out of jury duty? The first two questions put me to sleep immediately but the third one haunts me still.
I used to live in a different county from where my legal residence is now and got called for jury duty about once a year, and it was almost always in the Winter when I would have to drive to Cripple Creek on snowy roads with steep drop-offs and no guardrails instead of in the Summer when I was working in Cripple Creek and there everyday. And it was always the same, I would have to sit around in a courtroom with 50 other people for half a day to see if I was going to get chosen for the jury or just sit there and waste my time.
Usually it just wasted my time. But one day they actually called me to sit on the jury and after that I never got called for jury duty again, life was good.
But now I'm legally living in a different county in Colorado so the whole miserable thing starts all over again, and I've just received my first jury notice for the middle of January. Now past experience tells me that I can call them and get it postponed until Summer when I'm actually In town but it's just the thought of having to deal with the whole jury duty thing all over again that puts a little bit of stress in my life that I'd rather not have to deal with.
Now if I'm reading the rules correctly the county allows you to drop out of the jury pool when you get to be 75 years old which makes a lot of sense because by then you can hardly hear, you can barely see, you have to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes, and you barely know where you are and what's going on around you, so at least I've got that to look forward to.
So I'll give the jury people a call after the holidays and see if I can convince them that even though I'm 73 I already have most of the characteristics of a 90-year-old man, and if I keep repeating, what did you say sonny? Often enough maybe I can get an early out.
Dressage riding is all about proper form and posture. In cowboy riding the proper form is remaining on top of the horse no matter what.
If you own a horse, but not a horse trailer, a little thinking outside the box Is necessary.