I still haven’t blogged much about jury duty… Don’t worry, it’s coming.
In the meantime, you can read about the case I was on. “Defense wins in ‘injured infant’ suit.”
Having experienced earthquakes, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes, I have to go with tsunamis on this question. The problem with tsunamis is there's really no way to protect yourself... In an earthquake, get under a table or doorway. For a fire, evacuate. For hurricanes and tornadoes, go to your basement or interior room. WTH can you do when a tsunami's on the way?
After miserably failing at my first mountain biking attempt at Sope Creek over 2 years ago, I thought I'd return to the scene of the crime yesterday and see if things had changed. Thankfully, they had.
I fulfilled my civic duty and wrapped up a 9-day stint as a Fulton County juror last Thursday. I think I have several blog posts in mind related to my time as a fair and impartial juror, but for now I’ll summarize.
- I landed on a medical malpractice civic trial involving a 7-week old boy who ended up with permanent brain damage due to Group B Streptococcus. The plaintiffs were seeking around $25M in actual damages (lost wages and medical bills) and upwards of $100M in damages for pain and suffering.
- The first day was, obviously, jury selection. Days 2 through 7 were the trial itself, followed by days 7 through 9 of deliberation. On the 9th day we returned a unanimous verdict for the defendant (the ER doctor the plaintiffs were suing).
- I went in with an open mind, knowing it was going to be hard to (a) find for the defendant and crush the hopes of this family or (b) find for the plaintiffs and ruin a doctor’s career. I listened to all of the witnesses and took 40 pages of notes throughout the course of the trial. The evidence, testimony and other statements presented at trial included photos of the boy (now 2), videos of him and even a poem about the joys of little boys. Not a fun 2 weeks.
Overall, I’m glad to have had the chance to serve on a jury and gain some insight into our justice process. Am I looking forward to serving on a jury again in the near future? Hell no. Do I wish it could have been shorter? Of course! But both sides of this lawsuit demanded as much time as necessary to determine a verdict.
More to come…
This marks my first Twitter-related post, which is somewhat surprising based on how passionate I am about Twitter. But I had such an overwhelming positive experience with Twitter yesterday that I decided it was time to break my Twitter silence.
For those that follow my Twitter stream you know I was involved with an auto accident yesterday on the way home from work. For those that don’t follow me on Twitter, I was involved with an auto accident yesterday on the way home from work. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, although my awesome car suffered some nasty damage.
After making sure nobody was injured, and after calling my wife and insurance company, I posted to Twitter:
What amazed me was the set of responses I got. Within minutes I had Mentions and DM’s pouring through asking if I was ok, if I needed any help, if I needed a ride somewhere, etc., etc. And these weren’t just from people I know IRL, either! People who I only know through Twitter, some who don’t even live in Atlanta, all took time to see how I was doing. A few even DM’ed me their phone numbers in case I needed to call.
This is only one example of how Twitter absolutely rocks. To my Twitter friends – Thank you! If we haven’t met IRL yet, let’s make sure we do!
Yesterday we tried something we'd never done before... Blueberry
picking. It was a nice way to spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon!
Great way to spend $2 (it's only $1.60 for a pound, if you can believe it)!
If you’re friends with me on Twitter or Facebook you know I went for a spectacular ride three weeks ago to Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga. It was probably the best ride of my mountain biking career, actually… The trails were fantastic, we rode for over 4 hours, the weather was perfect, and I went with some great friends.
Of course, if you knew about the spectacular ride, then you likely also know about my spectacular crash. (I “supermaned” off my bike. It was glorious.) I’m sure in the grand universe of falls it wasn’t too bad (no broken bones, no stitches required), but it was certainly my worst crash thus far, worse than this one. I ended up with some bruised ribs, a really nice gash above my right eye, cuts and bruises all down my legs and two sprained wrists. My doctor suggested I keep off the bike for a few weeks.
So, three weeks later I was pumped to get back out there and headed over to Big Creek in Roswell yesterday after work. Big. Disappointment. The fact that it was a sweltering 97 didn’t help, or the fact that they had closed off part of the Roswell Greenway, so the only way I could access the trails was to start right off in the middle of the advanced section. A few things I noticed…
But… For the first time since I started mountain biking, I was really excited to get back out there.