December 2nd, 2014

Dead Dog Cat

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I was called to jury duty, yesterday, and like a good citizen, I showed up on time.

I live in San Bernardino County; each county's rules regarding jury duty differ. When I lived in Los Angeles County, you reported daily for a week and waited and waited and waited. In my present county, it's one day, one case. So hundreds of us lined up for the security check (where they even had me remove my belt???) and filled all the ridiculously uncomfortable chairs...every single one.

I sat for about three hours, give or take, and then my group was informed that our case had settled before we were to be empaneled, so we were excused from further duty, and I went to work.

I feel so ... American!
Dead Dog Cat

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A couple of days, a couple of books.

First was Bangkok Haunts, a detective novel set in Thailand and Cambodia. It's nicely written, and the police investigator who is the protagonist has a mindset completely different from an American's, which is contrasted with a female FBI agent who's been part of the series before. I enjoyed the book; it has a very different feel.

Then, Osprey Men-At-Arms #143: Armies of the Vietnam War (2). Now, Vietnam was the war of my childhood. There's a lot of emotional baggage associated with anything that I read from that era, though this book is pretty cut and dried about simply dealing with the equipment and uniforms of the various nations dealt with. Not bad, but somehow lacking, unfortunately.