I've spent the last hour at City Court here in Tucson. While hardly pleasant, the experience is illuminating and not without its consolations. For one thing, the percentage of people of color far exceeds the norm in the suburbs where I live. Yes, the fact they are here in court, waiting in long queues to deal with penalties they can't afford says a lot about the persistence of inequality in this nation. But the room is filled with a resigned, yet collegial spirit. It reminds me of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, where diversity is more widely encountered. I like hearing multiple languages, including African ones being spoken. And it's good to be reminded that, even if the system is rigged, there are places in the network where the stresses from without are counterbalanced by resistance from within. That said, having access to the internet on my phone certainly makes it easier to redeem the edgy dullness of waiting far too long for far too little. The time spent feels less like time wasted.