I really lucked out with my jury duty this cycle. Not only did I get assigned to a local Justice Court just a 15 minute commute from my home but ... the two cases on the docket were settled without coming to trial. The entire jury pool was excused for the week with no further obligation for two years. It could have been much worse. The Federal District Court is in Manhattan which would have been a two hour commute in the best of times but far worse in this brutal winter weather. This is the second time I have been called that the cases were settled before an actual trial. The next time I am called, I will be retired and will have the time to serve without worrying about work being left undone back at the office. Maybe I will actually get to serve on an interesting trial.