Folders fulla nothin’

Judge of The People's Court 1981–1993

Judge of The People’s Court

Back in high school, when I was about 17/18 years old, my best buddy P.C., and I would watch The People’s Court. Back then Judge Wapner was large and in charge! Much better than this Miliani chick. We’d hang out at his house after school, supposedly doing homework, when in fact we were just shootin’ the S#@T. But in our defence we were at the table with books open and pens in hand.

Anyway, we’d drop it all when it was time for People’s Court. There’s something about watching folks who have no concept of how the law works try to pull a fast one on a judge. The thing that made us laugh the most, though, was the opening of the program. That ominous court music plays (DAH NAH DAH….DAH DAT DAH…DAH NAH DAH….) and as the defendant and the plaintiff walks in with his/her entourage, we were amused by what they carried into court. Some had manila folders. Others had brown envelopes. A few had a briefcase, while a couple of women had random, loose papers shoved in their purses. Those who liked to keep it real walked in with documents in hand. One fine day as we were glued to the set, ready for another mother/daughter, boyfriend/girlfriend, landlord/ex-tenant showdown, P.C. blurts out with this: “They’ve all got folders fulla NUTHIN’!” I hit the ground laughing (HTGL?….this was before ROFL)!  Because in truth, a lot of these sad souls had come to court so woefully ill-prepared they may as well have showed up with blank sheets of paper. From that day on, Folders Fulla Nothin  became one of our catch phrases for people who had nothing important to say, or who weren’t too bright.

If you’ve never seen the original People’s Court, here’s a taste:



About Bella

I've reached my 40's with a few battle scars, but I'm still in one piece so I guess that's something to be thankful for. Married for a long time...well, what passes for long compared to many of my other friends. Almost 20 years. 3 kids: a teen and two tweens. Heaven help me! There's a lot about me to know but I always think that others won't find me interesting, isn't that sad? Writing is my passion. It's an outlet; it's a way to filter my world and the experiences I have. Blogging was a foreign concept to me when it first came out. But I GET IT now. It's therapeutic to unload. It's fun to read about the experiences of others. This is my way of meeting and greeting, overcoming the obstacles of time and distance. My hope is that you will stop and read my blog. That you will enjoy what I have to say, and we can have a chat. You're welcome anytime!
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