I liked being a juror when I got my summons, but being away from my regular job and my family for a few weeks was difficult. I tried to get out of jury duty at first, but the list of acceptable excuses is pretty short. My mother-in-law was sick at the time, but the judge decided my obligation as a juror outweighed my obligations to a family member.
The way it was explained to me, a person has a legal obligation to respond to a jury summons letter. That's pretty much an inescapable reality. However, there is every chance one side or the other will release people from jury duty service for any reason or no reason at all.