You know you need a vacation, or a new job, when you’re excited to see the jury summons. In the past year and a half at my job, I’ve taken only 5 vacation days. This is partly because I only get 10 vacation days, and 10 days is not enough to go on a trip and really relax. But it’s also because I’m not sure if I’ll be going on a permanent vacation (meaning layoffs). In any case, the timing of the jury duty summons was perfect.
As luck would have it, I got picked to be on a case. So for the past week, I’ve been leaving my car parked, walking to the Metro station, taking the Red Line to Downtown LA, enjoying 90 minute lunch every day (mandatory according to union rules), walking to Little Tokyo for sushi at my favorite place, meeting with ex-coworkers, and did I mention NOT driving? My daily schedule has been 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every day I’ve been getting home early enough to jump in the pool and hang out with my fabulous neighbors. (And one of my neighbors is especially cute, so every day I get to gaze at him, in his shirtless glory, admiring his perfect biceps and the rest of his perfect physique.) (more…)