I arrived at court a little late today. As I walked in during another attorney's direct examination of a witness, the judge cast a scowl my direction. Then the following exchange took place:

Me: My apologies, your honor.

Judge: Counsel, promptness is a requisite in my courtroom.

Me: Yes, I understand, your honor, and I apologize. I couldn't get my mother off the phone.

Judge: Ah, I see. No problem then. Proceed with your line of questioning.

I know many judges seem a little disconnected from real life, but seriously, most of them think and act just like you and me.