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Jury Duty


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I have been summoned for jury duty several times, but I have never been seated on a jury that has gone into deliberation. The one time I was seated, the defendant decided to settle without his case's proceeding. The first time I was ever summoned, I was relieved not to be seated — it was a murder trial in Detroit and final exam week for me as a teacher. Ugh! The system was supposed to be "one day, one trial," but because it was so difficult to seat a jury for that well-publicized case, we all had to go back several days. I guess they needed a jury of people who lived in caves and never saw or read the news.

Well, this next week I have been summoned for jury duty. I'm glad they were able to move this to a time when classes aren't in session since it definitely would have been hard on my colleagues to cover my classes for a week.

In honor of this upcoming event, I thought I'd post some law-related humor. It's mostly jokes about lawyers, since they figure so prominently into courtroom scenes. I apologize in advance to several of my readers who are actually quite nice lawyers. They must know lots of other lawyers, though, who are the reason for so many lawyer jokes. Anyway, here goes...!

Mrs. Swanson was declining to serve on the jury because she was not a believer in capital punishment and didn't want her beliefs to get in the way of the trial.

"But, Madam," said the public defender, who had taken a liking to her kind face and calm demeanor, "this is not a murder trial. It is merely a civil lawsuit being brought by a wife against her husband. He gambled away the $15,000 he'd promised to spend on a fur coat for her birthday."

"Hmmm," reflected Mrs. Swanson. "OK, I'll serve, I could be wrong about capital punishment."
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Do You Use the Caps Lock Key?


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About the only time I use the Caps Lock key on my computer is when I aCCIDENTALLY hit it as I reach my pinky over to hit the A key. Seriously, it has come in handy at times, especially back in the days of typing on my trusty Remington manual typewriter that lacked bold and italics.

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Recently I read an article telling that Google is planning to delete the Caps Lock/Shift Lock key on its Cr-48 notebook (laptop), replacing the key with a search button. If users still want to have it be a Caps Lock key, they can do so by tweaking a few settings. The article about this change gives an interesting history of typewriters and keyboards and tells when and why the Shift Lock key came into being and how its use has changed through the years.

The change Google is making on its laptops may be confusing to those who frequently use the caps lock key, but it could also help people avoid being part of something like the following discussion I found online earlier this fall:
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Christmas Cookie Rules


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A favorite tradition of the Christmas season is Christmas cookies. There are some that each family just has to make each year, or it wouldn't be Christmas. There are cookies that we make only at this time of year because of their strong tie in our minds and hearts to Christmas time. And every family's list is different. Today I'm posting a list of rules to make you feel better about your Christmas cookie consumption.

Christmas Cookie Rules

1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first one is the test cookie and thus calorie free.

2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free, (rule #1) yours is also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.
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Mail at Christmas Time


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The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is hectic for most of us, even in the best of years. There is so much going on and so much to get done that, if we're not careful, Christmas will find us more Scrooge-like than we would ever want to be. Today's post is about three people who had problems at Christmas time, problems mainly of their own making. And all three problems involved the mail system in one way or another. (Boy, how long ago was the stamp on the right valid?!) 🙂

A grandfather bought a hobby horse by mail order as a Christmas present for his granddaughter. The toy arrived in 189 pieces. The instructions said that it could be put together in an hour. However it took the old man two days to assemble the toy!

Finally, when the hobby horse was all put together, he wrote a check, cut it into 189 pieces, and mailed it off with the bill to the company.

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Here are two lessons on being careful preparing your Christmas cards.
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Texting for Seniors


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Cell phones have revolutionized our lives, maybe as much as any other invention in recent memory. My son-in-law Jim and I were talking about it recently and we each gave several great examples from our lives of where having a cell phone made a difficult situation much more manageable ... or in one case, of how my traveling through an extremely heavy snowfall in 1974 (a total of 22 inches!) would have been very different if I had had a cell phone.

Earlier this year I was surprised to read that cell phones are now used more for data than for calls. (Among many things, data includes Internet activity, various apps, music, games, and especially texting.) There's even something now called tethering, whereby you use your cell phone as a modem for your laptop to access the Internet. I have noticed more and more seniors with cell phones and wonder whether they use them most for calling. I pay for limited texting on my cell phone (250 messages a month) and text mainly my kids, a couple of friends, and a few students. We're trying to decide whether to add texting to Becka's cell phone.

One part of texting that I'm not too good at is the use of acronyms or abbreviations to cut down on the number of characters in a message — for instance, ttyl is "talk to you later" and thx is "thanks." It's not always easy to figure out what some of them mean. Today's post is a list of acronyms seniors might use in their texting.

Texting for Seniors

BTW: Bring the wheelchair

LOL: Living on Lipitor

OMG: Oy, my grandchildren!

ROFL. CGU: Rolling on the floor laughing. Can't get up!

IMHO: Is my hearing-aid on?

IMHMO: In my HMO

SUP: Speak up, please
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