Friday I got a notice for jury duty later this week. Now, for some, that is a chore worse than going to a funeral. But, for me, I find it an amazing duty. Why? What other country, besides perhaps Canada, Australia and a few others, allows and/or has a judicial system even close to ours? What other countries even allow their people the freedom to have a trial by a group of their peers? Oh, we may ***** and moan and gripe about some of our politcal views....views about laws.......what bugs us and the like. When I look around the world's problems I suddenly find fullfillment in that I have less problems than they. When I open up the closet and see all of my guns it reminds me that they are there legally there and need not be hidden. When I see the Bible on the night stand I know it is free for me to open and read, to discuss it freely and to walk around with it in public, if I wish. When I pull into a strip mall I cherish the fact that I can choose which store I shop at rather than the government telling me which one and what I can buy that day. I relish the fact that I can walk down ANY street with my Navajo wife and feel proud. I look at my retirement credentials and I'm even prouder I served....served of MY own free will...not someone else's will. When I think of all the mistakes I have made I can blame only myself and not someone making the choices for me that led to those mistakes. When I surf through the television channels late at night I am thankful that I have the options I have. Not just one government controlled news propaganda station. When I was working I enjoyed the idea if I ever chose to do so, I could quit and find another job. Not suffer through it because it was the job chosen for me. When I apologize to someone for something I might have said or done I fear no reprisals. Yeah, we gripe from time to time and I am just as quick to do that as anyone. And, sometimes our gripes are founded. But, we still live in the best **** country there is and I am ****ed proud to tell them Wednesday that I would be glad to serve as a juror.