In the meantime…

When last we met on these pages I was posting from downtown Los Angeles on the second day of jury duty selection. For all of the energy that went into planning for the possibility of a prolonged commitment, as so often occurs, expectations did not match outcome.

I was released.

A few years ago I was seated for a month-long murder trial.  It sounds a little insensitive to the gravity of the charges against the defendant, but I enjoyed myself. I find criminal court proceedings interesting, and because the wheels of justice move slowly, some days very slowly, I took full advantage of my location and explored the city on foot.

This time, however, after two days in the jury box as others were released from service and I remained, I had begun to imagine I had “made the cut.” At the end of day two when the defendant’s attorney thanked me for my service with a polite “don’t call us, we’ll call you–maybe next year,” I think I let out a little gasp of surprise.

I did have mixed feelings, I admit. We had postponed a trip to Oakland to visit our little grandson and now we could take off! That was the best possible outcome. But had I been selected, I was looking forward to another extended period of time just to explore. I do love to meander!

Adjacent the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center the hubbub of city street noise is masked within the peaceful grounds of The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a notable landmark not without its share of criticism. But the atmosphere is welcoming and very quiet.

The landscape is dotted with statuary with additional artwork adorning memorial walls.  It’s a remarkably appealing location to grab a reasonably priced sandwich, salad or even just a cup of coffee.

But if that’s too remote for an anticipated city experience, the complete opposite in energy can be found at Grand Central Market.

I’m not at all sure what you wouldn’t be able to find here. My mother recently told me that my grandmother frequented Grand Central Market I would suppose in the 1930’s and ’40s.

If you’re early enough in the morning before the crowds arrive, breakfast at Egg Slut  is a treat! As the day unfolds the crowds grow heavier, but it’s still a fun place to explore.

And when you have had enough to eat and still have a little exploration time at your disposal, walk across the street and grab the 117-year-old funicular connecting Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill.

You may recognize Angels Flight Railway from the movie La La Land.

With only two days downtown I had to keep my explorations to a minimum. But there was one more bonus!

Jay has been trying–for YEARS now–to entice me to embrace the convenience of taking the bus downtown. I have wrinkled my nose and said “No, not for me!”


Proving my attitudes can change, I gave it a try and I had to apologize to my husband for my previous intransigence. Parking downtown is expensive and now I can just pick up and go at the drop of a hat–for a cool $1.75. I can’t wait to take the bus to the Grammy Museum, where last time we paid $30.00 in parking. Ouch!

But perhaps I’ll wait just a little while before venturing off.

I think, for right now, the beach is calling.

I think everyone is stressed a bit by current heatwaves–across the United States and abroad! Stay safe, my friends, and do your best to breathe lighter this week.











42 thoughts on “In the meantime…

    1. That’s a good way of looking at jury service, Andrew. For all of the calendar switching that I had to do just in case I really was seated, I feel like that was a sacrifice. LOL! And I’ve never previously experienced heat like we had this past week. My son asked me when I would be ready to move to Oakland! I could be persuaded. 🙂

    1. LOL! You’re right Lakota Grace! A Phoenix friend called me on Saturday to tell me the same thing! This is really something to experience. I told my husband that I thought I noticed the birds were panting. 🙂

  1. I love those fishing poles, what a great picture. What an amazing heat wave in LA and of course more so in the valleys. I hope you are staying cool. And you made me miss Los Angeles. It was great to live there and I miss the diversity of its people and all the things to do there.

    1. We live in San Gabriel Valley, Inger, and along with the San Fernando Valley I think we topped the record heat except for the deserts. I don’t remember ever experiencing heat like this. It’s backing off a little bit now. Whew! I hope you’re doing well, my friend. I also enjoy Los Angeles for the diversity in people, interests, and just like at Grand Central Market, enjoying a cultural tour through food. 🙂 So nice to hear from you!.

  2. I know that I commented before how much I enjoy the opportunity that jury service gives me to explore our downtown (love those 2 hour lunches!). I usually take the trolley which is so much better than driving and trying to find – and paying for – parking. Good for you for doing your civic duty!

    1. I suppose that every city has its parking issues! We have light rail that would take me downtown, too, but in the early morning it can be very full, and I knew the bus stop a block or so from my home would have a seat! I really did have to chuckle when I realized how easy that was and how much I’d previously protested. The funny thing is that just as soon as I was released my husband received a jury summons in the mail for next month! We’ll see how he does. 🙂

  3. Beth Gramling

    Enjoying your ‘eye’ on downtown LA. When you return and it’s cooler we must hop the transports downtown. Much to explore! Too hot here so bring back some cooler air ok? Hugs- Beth

    Sent from my iPhone Beth Gramling


  4. Nice that you’ve discovered the bus for quick jaunts into the city . . . or for day long explorations.

    I’ve never been picked for a jury and am always a bit disappointed to be released (even though I know going in that neither side is going to want an attorney on the jury).

    1. I really am looking forward to some bus trips when the weather cools a bit, Nancy. I think it opens up the possibility to go more frequently. The parking issues are always a discouragement.

      I was on a criminal trials with a civil attorney once, but I think that’s rare, from what i’ve seen. The most interesting thing to me in Los Angeles jury selection is the number of jurors released because they’ve been a victim of violent crime and don’t want to serve. I take people at their word and that they aren’t making a false claim, but this was an armed robbery case and probably 2 dozen people were excused right away for their claim that they couldn’t be impartial due to their own experiences. Attorneys, prosecuting and defense, have difficult roles!

  5. Egg slut! What a brilliant name 🙂 🙂 I enjoyed our little explore, Debbie. And it’s even better when you become a geriatric and earn a bus pass. 🙂 Our first tiny sprinkling of rain this morning. I can hear the earth sighing in relief. Enjoy the beach! And the grandbaby.

    1. I qualify for one of those “senior bus passes,” Jo, and we just have to fill out the paperwork and I’m on the go! LOL! I’m ready–maybe after it cools down a bit! Rain? Oh wow…how nice!! I’m going to have my grandson and the beach in just a few days. We visited him up north, and now he’s coming to see us “down south.” Thank you for your best wishes!

  6. It sounds like you kinda were thanked for your service, since you had such enjoyment after your ..uhm… dismissal. 🙂

    Thank you for taking us along!

    I love a good meander myself. And meandering through markets with different offerings and fun food options is a bonus.

    1. If I’d stayed any longer downtown, Colleen, I’d have gained weight and spent too much money as well. I was planning to visit several eateries and make the most of the experience. LOL! It’s probably just as well I didn’t have the opportunity.

      I did have a good visit up north with my son and his family, and I’d have missed out on some of that time. It all worked for the best, I’m sure! 🙂

  7. Thanks for a lovely insight into bits of LA that I didnt know existed, I also loved the idea of a cafe called Egg Slut. Here the temperature is an unusual 30 degrees (86 in Farenheit) making it difficult to get about.but that’s nothing compared to your heat.

    1. I’ve seen lines at Egg Slut that wrap around the counter and out the door to the sidewalk, Philip. I really do love their egg sandwiches, but I have often thought the establishment benefits from its catchy name. It simply attracts attention.

      Your heatwave isn’t as extreme perhaps when compared to Los Angeles, but we at least expect high heat in the summer. 86F must feel very confining to you! I hope it breaks soon. It’s just a little alarming to think that we could be facing these extremes more routinely! We’re going to find out soon how resilient we are–or aren’t, I suppose. Do take care!

  8. Gail

    What great fun you had! Thanks for taking us along — I enjoyed it. Grand Central Market is such a great destination, not to mention the people watching. Enjoy Newport Beach!

  9. It’s a little strange, but I too have enjoyed my stints on jury duty. I find the process and theater of it interesting. Luckily, I felt justice had been upheld for the cases I was a part of, and I felt proud to do my part. Stay cool out there in Cali! 🌞

    1. I like the way you referenced the “theater” of the jury process, Eva Marie. I hadn’t specifically considered that aspect, but yes! It’s a very stimulating atmosphere if you pay close attention to the roles that each court officer plays! I was a little disappointed to be released, but I think with the heat we’ve had, maybe another time of year would be more pleasant if I had ideas of roaming around the town on my lunch breaks. 🙂

  10. Donald Wilden

    The beach sounds lovely! Hope you get to stay cool ! enjoyed seeing downtown, I used to work there! Enjoy your family now that you are off the jury duty! Love Debi

    1. Hey Deb! Nice to hear from you. I hope your summer is going well…we need to get caught up. 🙂 We have a little more beach time planned and then the girls are back to school and rhythms will change again! I hope you’re staying cool. ox

  11. Glad you enjoyed your time. I had 2 weeks of jury duty in Philadelphia a while back and I spent the days walking the historic trails, visiting shops and eateries. At the end of two weeks, I was ready to resume my normal life. I was on a very short trial (1-1/2 days). The rest of the time I spent in the jury pool room.

    1. I think if I’d stayed on the trial I’d have been at risk for weight gain! I had all sorts of eateries on my list. 🙂 I see that you, too, just enjoy walking and exploring. I think that time in the jury pool room is the slowest and least interesting to me, too! I don’t need to worry about it again for at least a year. 🙂

  12. Isn’t it amazing that calm, quiet places exist within a bustling city center! Loved this tour and reflection of those days. … and yes – a beach walk is just in time! Stay cool!!!!

    1. I had no idea there were many rooftop or subterranean gardens downtown Los Angeles until about ten years ago. I now make a point of finding them like a treasure hunt! It’s cooled down now closer to 100 degrees! It actually felt ok after the other extremes. 🙂

  13. Debra — I thought I was the only person who “enjoys” jury duty! On the other hand, I’m glad you were released and took us on a tour. What a great way to make the most of a day! Cheers!

  14. Dear Debra, I always enjoy the tours you take us on! You always include some history and that so appeals to me. I enlarged the statuary pictures. So inviting. I bet children sit on the lion and the camel! Peace.

  15. I think using public transportation—where it’s available—has many benefits. It saves parking expenses and trouble, it saves the climate for more air pollution, it’s usually a quite inexpensive way of travelling, and it’s certainly more social. Yes, it takes longer time and thus may be a little more inconvenient, but nothing is perfect… Even though you had anticipated more time to stroll around in the city, it seems like the two days gave you lots of nice experiences.

  16. Like you, and others who have commented, I rather enjoy jury duty and have been impressed – or, perhaps maybe, in an odd way, comforted – that the system can truly work. I always enjoy the “downtown” time that can come with jury duty. Chicago and Los Angeles aren’t all that different when it comes to eateries, scenery, exploration and, while you have a great big ocean, we have a pretty large lake. 🙂 I’m easily entertained. haha. It was actually while on jury duty that I discovered THE Route 66 sign from our starting point here.

    So much goes into the naming of a restaurant. We have a new one hereabouts. The Frunchroom. It’s a small Jewish/Italian deli. I had the best matzo ball soup ever there! Frunchroom is probably a regional/Chicago “thing” and cultural to many ethnic groups that settled here, including mine. A house had a kitchen, maybe a dining room – and a front room, which is otherwise known a living room. No matter one’s ethnic roots, in Chicago it seems to come out as “frunchroom”.

  17. I know Angels Flight – not from La La Land but from Bosch. I did my Jury Service many years ago at The Old Bailey – it was a very pleasant week away from work given that you were often kicked out by the Jury Bailiff sometime around 1pm. A wander out to Stratford for an afternoon watching trains was the order of the day for me 😉 Your Cathedral looks to be an interesting architectural design – I quite like it. 🙂

    We’re in a heatwave in London currently which is being compared with the summer of 1976. Birds are making the most of the insect harvest – quite a few are raising second broods 🙂

  18. I’m going to say, I agree about rather enjoying sitting on jury duty. I will be checking in on your posts and leaving smiles in my wake, Debra.
    The ocean and your grandson were bot bonus parts for your release.
    The statues and beauty in serenity were apparent in the chapel setting. 🙏

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