So, here I was, as many of you good citizens of the Commonwealth of M must have been at one time or another, on a recent Monday, stuck in Middlesex Superior Court on potential jury duty. There are so many questions:
Why is a court that calls itself “superior,” and has lots of fake wood all over the place (as if to prove that it lives up to its name, despite the low ceilings with fluorescent lights), in an inferior industrial park with sub-superior food (the only two eating options – to stay, not just on thread, but on site – are [everybody seated? Have their smelling salts ready?] Dunkin’ Donuts and Stop&Shop)?
Why does nothing work in Superior Court? No Wi-Fi. No computer “up” at 8 a.m. No working security gates, thus requiring thorough manual checks. No good food in the vending machines.
But the biggest question of all is this: why are Gene’s FC and Ritu KR closed on Mondays, when new jurors would most benefit from their food? (Have they no decency?)
I believe that food, like all art, can be transformative – a fellow juror, from the construction industry, said he’d been dragged to NYC twice, once to the 9/11 memorial, and once to the old Yankee Stadium, before they tore it down, but on one of those visits he’d stumbled on the Frick Museum. In his own startled/bewildered words “I’m not a museum guy, but those paintings were frickin’ awesome.”
It’s the obligation of GFC and RKR to provide the food that will transform even more lives.
OK, I jest(ish). Are there other food options in the area? There’s the Sichuan Garden – but I only glimpsed it at the end as I was fleeing the court (feeling, later, like the character in a Naipaul novel, who, after – how to put it? – a premature encounter, mused “too late then, I smelled her sweat”). Is there anything else?
Despite the confidence my wife has in my qualifications – “Nobody would pick somebody with your credentials for jury duty.” – I do worry that I’ll be woefully in Woburn again, and will need to eat. Eating advice in the area would be useful.