The Court Transcriber

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When my daughter Ruth was still living with us before she married, her girlfriend, Cynthia, would visit at times. She tried to talk my wife, Gloria, into switching jobs. She wanted her to begin court transcribing, and she told Gloria she would help her get started. Gloria asked her if there was pressure on her job, and this is the story Cynthia told:

She was typing away on that shorthand transcriber that transcriber’s use. She was seated directly below the judge, typing away, when suddenly one of the legs on the table began to give way.

Immediately, Cynthia crossed her legs, and with her knee she propped up the table high enough so that it didn’t collapse. With one hand on the transcriber keeping it from sliding, she kept typing with the other hand.

The spectators began tittering. The judge turned red and stood up to begin banging his gavel for decorum in the courtroom. When he saw Cynthia’s plight, he smiled but suppressed laughing and called for a recess. In short order, Cynthia had a new table and was typing as if nothing had ever happened.

Gloria looked at Cynthia and said, “No Thanks, I don’t like pressure jobs.” I looked at Gloria and said, “Isn’t being my wife a pressure job?” “You got me there,” she answered.

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About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

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