I thought that it would be nice to do a post honoring the birthday of our first president. Here in Texas the news is all about our upcoming presidential primary, and indeed, I just came from seeing my parents, where discussions about who should be president were the main topic. The other topic of conversation was how I was serving my country today.
Today, I participated in an event that many dread: jury duty. My wife was running through the list of possible excuses that I could use to obtain an exemption. She admonished me to look into every possibility. She knew that I would not. She called me in the afternoon to find out if I had been picked for a jury. She found out that I had not been picked. She did not disguise her pleasure, but she quickly added that she knew that I would not be happy. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I like jury duty. I think it is great that I live in a country where I can assist the legal system in such a way. I enjoy hearing the judges give their spiel, and for the attorneys to present their questions to see who should be on the jury. I like the drama of every trial. It might not be the stuff of Law and Order or Boston Legal, but the lives of the people in the courtroom is far more interesting to me. I was watching intently as the lawyers were trying to decide who should serve (maybe my stare scared them off from choosing me, but smile is reminiscent of Lurch attempting a smile).
One of the things that I have enjoyed since entering a real estate profession is the fact that I can have the time to serve my community. I volunteer at a Food Bank on almost a weekly basis. I am involved in politics in a minor way, and I go happily to serve on a jury, knowing that many parts of the world have no such opportunities. I do not think that I am alone in this feeling. In fact I think that others in real estate feel the same way towards service to their country and community. I offer the following two posts as examples:
Sean K Robison Sr.'s take on giving back to his community: http://activerain.com/blogsview/387398/Giving-back-to-our
or Rich Dansereau's post http://activerain.com/blogsview/374322/-VOTE-Are-You , which also connects to a post by Christina Williams with a similar theme.
Please read them to see that my opinion of this profession is not wrong. I am offering two, but look around this site, and you will find many more.
So I ask you, how did you honor Washington's birthday today? Many in the real estate industry honor it all year long.