By Diana Bosse for Loveland Beacon

LOVELAND, OH and beyond (December 27, 2023) – The exploits of Diana Bosse was first introduced to us here on Loveland Beacon earlier this year – in October – with her new “Destination2Di4” feature. It was to be a regular feature here, but duty called and a delay ensued. The delay is over and Diana’s Destinations2Di4 is back.  First, a reminder on the background of the author of these adventure stories. Diana Bosse, in her own words:

Diana Bosse (Photo Diana Bosse)

Diana Bosse has jotted notes in her diary, written thousands of grocery lists, hundreds of Facebook posts, a few articles in company newsletters as well as The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Island Packet, Ladies Home Journal and Women’s Day. In 2019 she published her first New York Times Best Seller (well, that’s a stretch, but she’s still hoping), The Perks of Having Cancer.

Diana grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and did what few West-siders ever do – she crossed Vine Street and moved to Loveland in 1990, where she lived for 31 glorious years.  (Editor’s Note: Also where Diana fought and survived cancer.)

Her plan in retirement is to move to South Carolina.  One morning, about a year prior to THE.BIG.MOVE.SOUTH, she had a panic attack when she realized there were many places in Tri-State area she had yet to explore.  Thus, her gastronomical and intriguing adventures began.

Travel along with Diana on her journey through diners, drive-ins, dives, quirky museums and off-the-beaten path destinations in our beautiful town and beyond. Buckle up your seat belt, undo your trouser belt, and enjoy Destinations2Di4!   

And now, here is Diana Bosse back with a new edition of  “Destinations2Di4”: 

Jury Duty

I’m thrilled I was able to cross an item off of my Bucket List recently…this time one that was beyond my control.

Beaufort County Courthouse (Diana Bosse)

I had waited 42 years as a registered voter in Ohio before being summoned to jury duty after only 13 months as a South Carolinian. I know most folks would consider this a hardship, but you must understand I’m in the eighth season of Suits and am thoroughly fascinated with the judicial system (as well as Harvey’s cars, Donna’s dresses, and Louis Litt’s antics). I was beyond excited! I reported to the Bluffton Magistrate Court yesterday praying I would be selected. Once I entered the room and saw there were probably 60 or more people, including a friend of mine from Sea Pines and the bagger from Harris Teeter, I knew my chances were slim. 

Then came the really bad news. Only six jurors per case plus one alternate and there were only three cases going to trial. As names were called for the first case and then the second, old feelings of being picked last for Dodgeball in grade school started to creep in. You can imagine my elation when the judge not only said my name correctly, as I stood, the attorney said, “Seat the juror”. I high-fived my new friend who I’d sat next to in the hard plastic chairs all morning, pleased I’d be back to sit in the hard plastic chairs again the following day.

I awoke early the next morning and chose a nice pair of slacks, blouse and blazer out of my closet for only the second time since retirement. After showering, doing my makeup and hair (also for only about the second time since retirement), I set out off-island to ensure a prompt arrival. The jovial Deputy directed us to the Deliberation Room which to my delight actually had comfortable chairs. As the other jurors filed in, we made introductions and pleasantries until the Deputy knocked and said, “It’s time!” I have to admit I was a little nervous even though I wasn’t the one on trial. The whole thing was a bit like Suits whereas the lawyer had a man-purse, but not at all like Judge Judy as the judge looked more like Elizabeth Hasselbeck from The View and didn’t wear a lace collar or use a gavel.

Shrimp Roll from the Sugaree (Diana Bosse)

Following an opening statement, witness testimonies, sharing of evidence and closing argument, we marched back to the Deliberation Room for all of 20 minutes before we unanimously agreed on the verdict. The entire proceeding was over before noon. Since I was just around the corner from one of my favorite Bluffton lunch spots, The Sugaree, I decided to award this juror a fresh Maine lobster roll dripping in butter. My two-day pay of $20 + mileage just barely covered the cost, but it was so worth it – the sandwich and the jury duty!

That evening I said another prayer that I’m summoned to perform my civic duty again, only this time in Beaufort. Rumor has it the pay is better because you have further to drive. Then I might be able to order a NY strip with a nice glass of Malbec.

Thanks for reading here on Loveland Beacon, come back again for the next edition of Diana’s Destinations2Di4 this Friday, December 29th.