Friday, July 13, 2007
After bowling, we went to Guppys Teahouse.
Monica and I shared their Coconut Butter Toast. It's so good, but you can only eat a couple bites of it since it's so rich.
Aahh, free bowling, friends and Asian-ish food makes for a fun day.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
For the past two days I have been serving my civic duty. The first day wasn't too bad. It went by quicker than I expected. I made friends with a few women sitting next to me. It was a little weird at first because most of them were old enough to be my mom. But somehow I got along with them well. We went to lunch at Japanese Village. While walking there, I talked to another potential juror who was trying to find a place to eat. I got along better with her because she was only a couple years older than me. After lunch, I got called into a case and stayed in the courtroom for the rest of the day. I had to come back the next day. I was so mad, but I wasn't too mad because overall it was a good day.
After getting home, I went to hang out with Megan and Bryan at the Grove. We ate, watched the water fountain show, and took "Who's Your TV Alter Ego" quizzes at Barnes & Noble.
Bryan knocked the whipped cream off my fork... and then I ATE IT! Just kidding.
This picture is just really funny to me. Aah, those fountains.
It was a long yet eventful day, and I knocked out when I got home.
I went back to jury duty today. And as my luck would have it, I got picked to serve on the jury. I got sworn in and everything. We took our lunch break, and I sat in the cafeteria, thinking about having to serve on a jury. I was a little mad, but the more I thought about it, it wasn't that bad. The trial was only for a couple days. I would only be in court for four hours, and I got a two hour lunch break. I was going to use that two hours to gallivant around and explore the city. I thought about the places I wanted to visit, like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the MOCA, and the cathedral. I started getting really excited about it. When I got back to the courtroom, one of the jurors was missing. The judge sent us outside the courtroom to wait for him. He came 45 minutes late. When we got back inside, the judge said that she had to call for a mistrial, and all of the jurors were excused. I was a little sad that I wouldn't get to explore LA, but I was happy that I didn't have to serve anymore.
I wasn't sure what a mistrial was so I looked it up.
According to Wikipedia:
"A judge may cancel a trial prior to the return of a verdict; legal parlance designates this as a mistrial.
A judge may declare a mistrial due to:
- The court determining that it lacks jurisdiction over a case,
- Evidence being admitted improperly,
- Misconduct by a party, juror, or an outside actor, if it prevents due process,
- A hung jury, which cannot reach a verdict with the required degree of unanimity
- Disqualification of a juror after the jury is impaneled, if no alternate juror is available and the litigants do not agree to proceed with the remaining jurors.
A declaration of a mistrial generally means that the court must hold a retrial on the same subject."
We were dismissed because of reason number 3. And so ends my service, at least for one year.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
After dinner, we walked around for a little bit then went to Cal Tech so Jen could give us a tour. Cal Tech is a creepy at night. It felt like someone was going to jump out of the bushes and attack us. Some random cat started following us but eventually found something else to occupy its time. Jenelyn led us to a pond that had lots of turtles living in it. Gian and Kevin were trying to disturb the pond so the turtles would come out so they could take one home.
I failed to take a picture of the sign next to the pond that said "Please do not take any animals from the pond."
Today Jen, Kristina, and I went to Mi Piace for brunch. I really like that restaurant. It's reasonably priced for delicious food. And their desserts are even better. I like their cheesecake a lot better than Cheesecake Factory's. We also went shopping around Old Town. What was supposed to be a thirty minute venture turned into one that tripled the time.
I'm kind of glad I'm going to be on vacation for three weeks because it will take the pressure off my wallet and bank account. I've been spending a lot of money these past several weeks on mostly food and other miscellaneous expenses. This is really bad because I have no income coming in this summer. Three weeks will help me save money for the last two months of summer after I get back. Even though my parents won't be on vacation with me, I still don't have to pay for myself. Haha! =D