Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jury Duty

When I lived in DC, I received a summons for jury duty at least once a year. I guess there were a lot of courts in DC that needed jury members, and not a lot of registered voters or licensed drivers to cover all the trials going on. 

I didn't always have to serve, but I did get selected for a jury once. It was regarding an automobile crash, two people, and a stoplight with questionable timing. The judge warned us not to drive through the intersection on our way home unless it was on the way. I didn't, but every time I passed through after the trial was over, I checked it out thoroughly and always stopped on yellow. One of the drivers was a big guy with a leather jacket, the other, a sweet looking lady, and the case settled before we could deliberate. 

Despite being a registered voter and also a licensed driver in PA, I have not been called to serve in Lehigh County. I know after writing this blog post, I probably will. 

Has anyone served on a jury in Lehigh County or Northampton County? How was the experience?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reader Letter

I recently received this email: 

I was recommended your blog and wanted to ask a question of you-
First of all , I recently moved my 22 year old daughter to Emmaus PA.
She was home for Labor day weekend, to Michigan.  She confessed how very difficult it has been to meet young people.  Her work seems to be mostly married folks, or at least 10 years her elder.  She has a boyfriend, long distance, loves to go running, and is very active.  She is working a lot of hours, and has a quiet life at this time.
Any ideas I can pass on to her for how to meet folks, outside of work in the Lehigh area?  Just tying to get her some ideas- Thanks for your time, love your blog-just sent it to her to catch up.

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I confess, I outsourced my reply to a fellow Michigan native-turned Lehigh Valley transplant-turned Michigan boomerang, and will post her reply shortly. But readers - any suggestions? And hey - early 20-something female readers - want to meet her? 

Sunday, September 08, 2013

The Dreaded 484

In the first Sex And The City movie, when Carrie has to replace her phone and realizes she can't get her 917 back, she whines, "But I've ALWAYS been a 917 girl."

Until 1993, all of southeastern and east central PA, including Philly and the Lehigh Valley, was 215 country. Then around 1998 the phone company started running out of 215s. So, the Valley got its own code - 610. Not too long after, cell phones became popular, and the advent of the 484/610 overlay area began. 484 and 610 cover the exact same geographic area, but... 610 numbers are scarce, so most newcomers get a number with 484.

484? What kind of an area code is that? 

That's what a lot of locals thought, and they've fought tooth and nail to keep their 610 numbers and get a 610 area code for their cell phone number, too. Area codes can be a status symbol. And for Lehigh Valley natives, 610 means: I've been here a while. Nothing is so quick to distinguish a newcomer, than filling out a form and entering 484 in the home phone field. 

This came up recently when an acquaintance was selecting a contractor to do work in her home. 610 means this guy's been in business for a while, she reasoned. 484... you never know about those people.

Natives, pray tell: have you held tight to your 610 number? Newcomers, had you even thought of this?