Thursday, February 19, 2004

Jury Duty

A quick interruption in "all nannies all the time" here at Apt. 11D. I went downtown today to get out of doing my civic duty. I had been called up to serve on a special grand jury -- those are for high profile cases that go on for 5 or 6 months.

Waiting outside the marbled halls of justice today were 7 white media trucks all with huge satellite dishes. Under a tent, 30 or more cameras were all trained at the front door of the court house. They were waiting for Martha Stewart to come out and walk to her limo at 5:15. They had been out there for weeks just to get that 10 second shot. I asked one of the clerks if she had ever seen anything like this. She said no.

You know I feel bad for Martha. (Yeah, I'm probably the only person out there who does, but I can't help it. I'm an old softy.) It's hubris. It's Oedipus. It's a Greek tragedy. Someone who has everything but forgets that they are human and loses it all. Why are people more willing to forgive Clinton's act of hubris, but not Martha's?

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