It's a three day weekend, and change is on our mind.
There used to be no security checks at the courthouse. You could walk right in.
But that changed.
There used to be separate bathrooms and water fountains at the courthouses for "Coloreds and Jews", but that that changed.
People used to smoke in the courtrooms, but that changed.
There used to be no women or Hispanic or Asian or African-American or Haitian Judges, but that changed.
The Champion Golfer and amazing person Gary Player has ten commandments for life. "Change is the price of survival" is number one. Check out his website here. Every one of the commandments is a life lesson.
All of these things, and many more have changed since the REGJB opened its doors circa 1962.
There is climate change, and the first African-American president. The Soviet Union rose and fell. So did the Fourth Amendment.
We may have our first woman president. Or our first lunatic as president (but not our first megalomaniac.)
There's been flight, and space-flight, and landings on the Moon and Mars, and the re-paving of some streets in Hialeah.
In the REGJB there's been Cozzoli's, The Pickle Barrel, Au Bon Pain, and now El Chapo Cafe.
And we even have Wi-Fi at our courthouse! Which means you sit staring at your device as the power bar flickers between zero and one, and nothing loads. We used to stare at Newspapers and Magazines while sipping bad black coffee and waiting for our next case. Now we stare at websites unloaded and dream of streaming Netflix while sipping bad black coffee while waiting for our next case.
Change is everywhere.
Except when it comes to summer and the outmoded, ridiculous, ancient, antiquated, superannuated, if not antediluvian requirement that gentlemen lawyers wear a coat and a tie to court during the summer.
That hasn't changed.
Are you listening Judges Soto and Sayfie? Female lawyers used to rightfully complain that male judges had no regard or consideration for them.
The more things change....
Enjoy your long weekend.
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