Just a short note to say that I’ll be taking a (sort of forced) leave of absence through Friday and possibly Monday because I’ve been selected to serve on a jury here in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The trial will be a civil (as opposed to criminal) proceeding; I probably shouldn’t say anything specific about the substance, but it’s surely OK to note that it deals with issues I’ve written about more than once on RealityChek. In fact, to the extent I can, I’m hoping to blog about this experience – a first ever for me.
The timing’s a little unfortunate, since tomorrow the federal government will be releasing its latest report on the Federal Reserve’s favored measure of inflation, and on Friday we’ll get the latest jobs numbers. In fact, today I was going to post on the trade highlights of the new (and final, for now) data on fourth quarter, 2021 and full-year 2021 U.S. economic growth. But I unexpectedly spent 11 hours (you read that right) participating in the Zoom-ed selection process, and even more surprisingly was chosen to serve.
I aim to start catching up on these developments over the weekend, since they’ll mark important milestones in the economy’s journey through the CCP Virus pandemic and (possible) aftermath. Today’s trade results alone contained some pretty startling record and multi-decade worsts. But that goal will surely take a few days to achieve itself.
So I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and I’ll look forward to resuming normal RealityChek operations ASAP. Till then, though – (jury) duty calls!