Friday, February 09, 2007

Postage Stamp of the Week: Jury Duty

"I saw this stamp a few weeks ago when I was checking out the 2007 commemorative stamps. Thought you’d enjoy what I think is the lamest stamp ever."

Wow! With feedback like that, how can I not help but pander to my readers?

Anyhow, yes, this stamp is indeed Lame City. Its uninspired design looks like a horrible mashup of the PBS and Girl Scouts logos, with a dull "rainbow" of multicultural silhouettes. Of course, since jury duty is something most everyone finds tedious and boring, it's fitting that its corresponding stamp conjures the same feelings... But why only twelve people? Don't alternates deserve commemoration too?

Speaking of jury duty, a few weeks ago I dutifully reported to the King County Courthouse because of a summons I received in December. I'd previously spent two weeks on jury duty for a 2002 trial, and didn't expect to be called back so soon. Unfortunately, I didn't read the summons as closely as I should have. It was delivered to the proper address -- mine -- but not 'til I got to the courthouse at an ungodly hour did I realize the name on the summons was some guy I never heard of. So I felt like a total doucheball, but I was plenty happy to be excused.

Stay tuned for next week's installment of "Postage Stamp of the Week."
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