Hey, everyone. Just checking in. I've been lurking in the show threads, but haven't had anything to add. Since I stopped covering the show for TWoP, I've been watching on auto-pilot. It's kind of nice, until something happens that makes me wonder about past episodes. Apparently, writing 7,500 words on an episode helps me commit it to memory, whereas eating popcorn and swilling Diet Coke does not. Your lovely and talented moderators gave their okay for the next part of this post. I'm writing again (for like pay and stuff) and it's about TV, but it's very different than what I used to do. I'm freelancing for TVSeriesFinale.com. I started October 1. The site runner used to do the majority of writing, himself, so there haven't been any bylines on my articles, but they're coming soon. We mostly cover series finales (hence the site name), pilots, season premieres, ratings, cancellations, renewals, development deals, etc. -- newsy stuff, i.e. no talky-meat recaps. TVSeriesFinale has a Twitter account under that name, so if you follow it, you'll see our links in your feed.
I hope this finds everyone well. I miss you all. In re jury duty: I was summoned little more than a year ago. I deferred for a year (in my state, we can do that without giving a reason). My new date was fairly recently. I knew it was coming, and kept thinking I had to find that dang letter, because I hadn't put the date on the calendar (on account of how I'd received the notice in a different calendar year). Then one day, I opened my email to find that my services weren't needed and I was free from jury duty, this time. Good thing, because I didn't see the email until the day after I would have had to report. I've been called twice before. The first time, I made it to voir dire before being dismissed. The second time, I just had to hang out in the waiting room until I was dismissed. I wish I knew how our state summons potential jurors. I've been called 3 times in about 20 years. I have friends who have never been called. They're registered voters, too, so the thing makes no sense to me.