Dearest Rachel –
Out of all the mail received yesterday, the only thing that wasn’t either an advertisement or a plea for money (but I suppose I repeat myself) was a summons for you to appear for jury duty in about a month for now.
I suppose, since your death was recorded in a different state (to say nothing of the county), it’s somewhat understandable that they wouldn’t necessarily know that you’re no longer able to fulfill your civic duties. On the other hand, I’m not entirely sure that things would be any different had something happened to you down here; I’m not one to put a lot of faith in bureaucracy, despite (or maybe because of) having been a part of one for much of my working career.
At least it’s a fairly easy process, as long as you’re willing to sit through all the phone tree listings: “press 1 if you were inquiring about this issue, press 2 if you’re needing to do this…” and so forth. I even actually got to talk to somebody directly, and they offered perfunctory condolences.
So you’re no longer on the schedule for jury duty going forward. However, I made a small mistake at this point. I asked if you could be taken off the voter rolls. Because, you know, Cook County.
The fellow told me I should be calling a different number to resolve that issue; I guess I should be grateful that he gave me the number. But when I dialed it – and again got connected to a real live person! – they informed me that they were not the right person to speak with, and they would transfer me.
After four or five rings, I wound up in somebody’s voicemail. Left my phone number, for them to call me back, somehow I don’t think anything is going to happen.
So, it looks like you’ll be voting Democratic in the next election – whether you want to or not – because… y’know, Cook County. Hope you don’t mind too much.