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Deep throat. So I'm beginning to feel like the think at the base of my tongue is coming back. This is a little bothersome, as, you know, I was on antibiotics strong enough to possibly cause collateral damage (875 mg, twice daily - that's a gram and a half +, each day), and while it cleared up the problem on a temporary basis... well, it shouldn't have come back.

In my expert (ill-informed) opinion, what this means is that I did have a bacterial infection of some sort which was causing the inflamed lymphiod tissue. The abs I was taking were enough to kill off most of it, but not all of it. Which is a little concerning. Either I now have a healthy population of ampicillin resistant bacteria which are causing a problem or, and this is one I'm not so sure on, the bacterial infection is in and of itself a symptom of something else. Ie, if I have an injury or a skin tear or something, it is allowing the bacteria to get in - until the injury is fixed, the bacteria will always get in, and thus cause my inflammatory response.

I'm such a microbiology nerd.

In any case, I'm going to pay attention to it for a few days before I, grudgingly, make myself go back to the hospital. Possibly for an endoscope up my nose. I mean, it could all be psychosomatic today. Crazier things have happened...

Jury duty. I am officially a citizen, and have been called for jury duty. Sometime between July 11 and September 30, in fact. I'm not too fussed by this because, from stories from buddies of mine, the fact that I am a biological scientist will probably mean than any defence lawyer worth his salt will challenge my entry into a jury if the case has anything to do with, you know, science. Fingerprints, DNA evidence and the like.

They don't like smart, qualified people of juries, it seems.

I actually find the whole thing quite funny.

Bills. I paid a whole bunch of bills today, and have been left with less money than I would have liked. This is frustrating, because as we all know, I am temporarily without work on friday nights. Fortunately enough, I did have some money squirrelled away for just such an eventuality, so while I will be okay for cash, I'm not exactly at my most wealthy.

Which sucks, but what can you do?

DnD. My DnD session went well last night, dispite getting into an argument with a player. Sigh. Anyway, you should check out the session summary in house_fiona if you are so inclined.


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May. 26th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
Which sucks, but what can you do? Do jury duty! I am sure they still pay you for that.
May. 26th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, but for something like $30 a day.
May. 26th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
$36 for the first day $72 a day after that (if you get on a jury).
Dont hold your breath. The "random" process is not at all random. I am VERY angry about the complete waste of time that was my jury duty day. My name was at the end of the list of cards. They put the cards in a box, and pick names out of it. They dont mix them up very well, so people at the start of the list get repicked everytime (cos unpicked juror get put back in the top of the box), and people like me (who were at the bottom of the box) never get picked. So, at the start of the day, depending on where you are in the roll calls, only about the first 1/3 of people get used. the next 2/3 are too far in the pack to get shaken up to the top. If they shake the box at all.

So, take a good book. They have phone lines and modems so if you want, take your laptop to play with. Be prepared for a VERY boring waste of time.

Oh and be careful what you put down as your job - that is how they identify you, by number and job. If you want in on a jury, dress conservative, hide your books, and put down a "boring" job title (eg student).
If you want to get off without it, dress like a nerd, wear glasses, say you are a PhD student or a scientist or something like that and make sure you carry a nerdy book with you into court.
May. 26th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
"They don't like smart, qualified people of juries, it seems."

I was once informed that a good way out of jury duty was to carry a newspaper into court. For somewhat understandable reasons, they didn't like you being too well informed either.
May. 26th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
I'd also guess it's worth asking to be excused, even if you don't have a reason worth a damn.

I was recently called, and in the trial I was in the panel for, every single person who asked to be excused but was denied were knocked back by the defence anyway.
May. 26th, 2005 07:11 am (UTC)
See, I've never understood this attitude to jury duty...
*Ask* to be excused from jury duty?

What could *possibly* be more fun than jury duty?

My crim tutor (who specifically obfuscated exactly *what* she tutored) came back with the best stories...
May. 26th, 2005 08:10 am (UTC)
right there with ya, matCha.

there is no way i'd miss out on an opportunity to be in a jury.. i mean . . shit! you've got the rest of your life to waste away with the subsistence cycle of eat/sleep/bitch/roleplay . . why pass up your one chance to arbitrate the ideal of Taste and Justice? why??

ah well, if you're not with me at this point, i certainly can't convince you..
May. 26th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Re: See, I've never understood this attitude to jury duty...
Being at work to earn your end of financial year bonus.

Well, that's not the fun part, spending the bonus is.

Employers certainly can't penalise you for doing jury duty, but they can absolutely not reward you for stuff you haven't done.

If it was about six months earlier, I would have been hanging out for it, but the timing for me was rather awkward.
May. 26th, 2005 09:02 am (UTC)
I have done Jury Duty.
It is like being in an airport terminal with no where to go.
Dress conservative... and like you have money, a defence lawyer wont want you.
laugh at the $36.00 cheque... it may have increased since i did it.

no i missed selection :D
May. 26th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
I got out of jury duty when I was called earlier this year.

The case was drug related, and if my excuse hadn't been accepted (That it would have disadvantaged me at work because i was basically a full-time casual), then one of the four defence lawyers would have challenged me, as I was sitting behind them, talking about how i agreed with the Malaysian/Indonesian stance on drugs...
May. 27th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
I did jury duty in 1999.

Take a book.

They are not quite right about not wanting biological scientists to sit on juries where there is technical evidence...

The lawyers on both sides don't like any scientists or engineers on the jury. It's more to do with being able to process data and come to logical, independent conclusions. Very dangerous to have someone on the jury you might not be able to direct the thought processes of.

If you want to get on a jury, list your occupation as one of your other jobs, or just say "student", and hope your name gets picked.

Mine never did so it was a moot point.
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