Under Oath: Jayne Lee

Superior-Court

Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

A. "Spending time with family and appreciating what I have as opposed to longing for that 'thing' in the future. Tomorrow is elusive, appreciate today."


Q. What is your greatest fear? 

A. "Well, I have two fears," she admitted. "The first is if something terrible happened to my family." "And the second?" I inquired. "I'm also afraid of the zombie apocalypse. So my greatest fear would be something terrible happening to my family during the zombie apocalypse."


Q. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 

A. "Procrastination," she said. "I am sorry about procrastinating on this interview! Sometimes I don't always get back to people right away. I like to think about things and have the right answer, but that can sometimes take a little while. This is something I'm planning to work on this year."


Q. What is the trait you most deplore in others? 

A. "Procrastination!" she repeated. "It might take me a while to respond to someone, but I hate it when they don't get back to me!" She laughed.


Q. What is your greatest extravagance? 

A. "Traveling. And, honestly, probably living in California. When you compare this state to other states, it is so expensive. It is beautiful and everything seems to be within a day's drive, but we pay a premium for living here."


Q. What is your favorite journey? 

A. "Meditation. I meditate about twice a day and I travel to my inner self. It is so calm and peaceful." "How long have you been meditating?" I asked. "About six or seven years. My friend introduced me to it and I loved it. At first it was awkward and difficult, but now it is my release. If I do not get that time, my day does not go as smoothly."


Q. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

A. "Confidence. I think Woody Allen said it best, 'Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem'." "I meditate about twice a day and I travel to my inner self. It is so calm and peaceful."


Q. What do you dislike most about your appearance? 

A. "Oh that's easy! My freckles!" "What!?" I was shocked, as I find her freckles nothing short of beautiful. "It's a war!" She admitted, "I should really have my dermatologist on direct deposit."


Q. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 

A. "Probably, 'I'm sorry.' You know, 'I'm sorry, I didn't know this road was one way.' Or, 'I'm sorry, I thought cats could swim.'" We laughed trying not to disturb those dining at the tables around us. "Do you have a cat?" I asked. "Not anymore!" she said. [Author's note: Actually, cats can swim. They just prefer not to. Especially when hurled into the pool. Sorry, Mittens.]


Q. What is your greatest regret? 

A. "Probably programing." "Programing computers?" I inquired. "Yes. As a teenager I used to program, but over time I let it go. I just stopped doing it. I really wish I would have kept it up."


Q. What or who is the greatest love of your life? 

A. "My husband, Art. But I really do like Bi-rite's salted caramel ice cream. So maybe, the real answer is my husband eating salted caramel ice cream? No, but I really do love him."


Q. When and where were you happiest? 

A. "I think I am always happy," she said. "I believe that it is a decision to choose to be happy, and I try to appreciate where I am and what I have. I am really happy eating salted caramel ice cream with my husband. Or eating bacon with my best friend. Or both!"


Q. Which talent would you most like to have? 

A. After the laughter from her last answer subsided, she said, "I would like to have the ability to forget about my mistakes. I still want to learn from them, but I think we can beat ourselves up over mistakes and sometimes they actually inhibit us. So if I could forget about them, that would be nice." "I would like to have the ability to forget about my mistakes. I still want to learn from them, but I think we can beat ourselves up over mistakes and sometimes they actually inhibit us."


Q. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing what would you like to be? 

A. "My cat! So spoiled!" she explained. I had to ask. "Does it swim?" She smiled sadly and said, "No."


Q. What is your most treasured possession? 

A. "I keep every letter that my family writes to me. I keep them and I put them in boxes." "Do you keep all of them or just the special ones?" She placed both hands on the table and explained, "All of them! Every birthday card, every Christmas card, all of them! Its love in those boxes."


Q. What is your favorite occupation? 

A. Shaking her head she admitted, "I love being a lawyer. I really do. But, perhaps an astronaut? Maybe…. Maybe an astronaut lawyer."


Q. What is your most marked characteristic? 

A. "I like to focus on practical solutions rather than unending problems. Even though there are a lot of procedural and substantive requirements in the law, we have to remember that ultimately, the law is here to provide practical solutions to people's problems."


Q. What do you most value in your friends? 

A. "Oh, loyalty!" she said with certainty. "And, perhaps, their ability with jumper cables! …And maybe willingness to be an organ donor."


Q. Who are your favorite writers? 

A. "James Baldwin and Judy Bloom."


Q. Who are your heroes in real life?

A. "My father has always been a role model. He's the most generous person I know. He taught me that it was important to give to the community and to keep giving even when it's hard." She paused. "And, of course, the notorious RBG, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She believes in slow, concrete advancement of social change. I don't think that women's rights would be the same without her."


Q. Who is your favorite hero of fiction? 

A. "Well," she began, "I would have to say Wonder Woman and Hello Kitty!" She laughed. "Wonder Woman because it would be really helpful to have that Lasso of Truth sometimes. And Hello Kitty, because who doesn't love Hello Kitty?"


Q. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

A. "Well," she began, "I would have to say Wonder Woman and Hello Kitty!" She laughed. "Wonder Woman because it would be really helpful to have that Lasso of Truth sometimes. And Hello Kitty, because who doesn't love Hello Kitty?"


Q. How would you like to die?

A. "Gosh, that's always a hard one. I don't know." Staring off to capture her thoughts, she added, "maybe it's because the new Star Wars movie just came out, but getting frozen in carbonite like Jabba the Hutt did to Han Solo, perhaps at age 150."


Q. What is your motto?

A. Caught off guard, she responded, "I don't know if I have one." She dwelled on the idea for a moment. "Everything will be all right," she stated with conviction, "and if it's not, even that's going to be all right. It will be okay. Even when…," she grimaced, "even when you don't always get your way." 

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