Prison Pete

Thursday, August 26, 2004
  It is now the BIG WAIT.
I am trying to listen to an opera of "Of Mice and Men", but this damn Wheelwriter throws static out, so the signal is not as clear. I am going to head back to the unit at 2:30 PM but will be back out at 5:00 PM to type some more stuff.

Well, it is now 8:00 AM and I did not type anything last night. I did go out and walk four more laps on the track, and then went in to take a shower. I just got done listening to "With Heart and Voice" on NPR and "Now the News."

Well, it is now the BIG WAIT. The paperwork is certainly now in County Court, and I hope getting an honest and unbiased reading. The waiting is hell, and my hopes are raised again for the umpteenth time. Well, time will tell.

Without sounding too mushy, we all carry parts of people inside us, and that is the best way of all to remember someone. I remember a post-divorce trip with the kids and a karaoke video of us. I hope Mom and Dad have that tape.

But I guess one of the reasons I have asked you to save my letters is because that is basically all I now have. Mom and Dad have some of my stuff, but most, if not all, of my possessions are gone. I have no prior history. If I am out in November 2004, then I will be able to gather the few remnants of my prior life and move forward.

Funny story about my long hair: I was leaving my job to go and visit Mom and Dad, and the two guys I work with said they could not believe I did not get my hair cut for Mom.

I said that it would be my Dad, not my Mom, who would care about the hair.

Well, as Mom and Dad stood up to hug me, the first words out of Dad's mouth were, "you got your hair cut". I turned my head to the side and showed the pony tail and said, "No haircut".

The last time my parents were here was six months ago, and the time between the two visits for Dad was the length of my hair. I guess I will have to send you two pictures, one with the pony tail, and one without.

Yes, I do remember listening to Jean Shepherd when we were kids and I will read the stuff you sent. I need to use my reading glasses for that one, and even then it is a little tough. The reading glasses are old, so I may need a new prescription.

Sunday afternoon I walked eight more laps, went back to the unit at 1:00 PM, took a nice shower, relaxed, and finished up two books. Then, after the 4:00 PM count, I managed to get the TV tuned to Turner Classics and watched the end of some real oldie, and then the movie Tootsie. Also, while waiting for the flick to start, they had their rant on reformatting movies for TV viewing.

I will try to send this out tonight since the scuttlebutt is that there will be no work tomorrow. Some training thing. Well it is now 3:00 PM and time to head back for the count.

MTF (more to follow)

I am back. More mail for me! The books arrived today. Thank You! I already finished one of the books you sent.

It is a bummer that they are being picky on the five book limit, but at least two of the ones you sent have the small print and should keep me busy for a bit! It’s a nice mix too. We are probably not working until after 4:00 PM tomorrow, so the books came at a good time.
Hey Pete - You seem like a voracious reader - you might want to check out my book, "Failure to Communicate: The Selected Poetry and Art of Edward J. Carvalho" - you can link to it from my site - http://www.edwardjcarvalho.com

Check out my BLOG while you there. I'd be happy to exchange BLOG links with you. I like what you have to say and find it very interesting. Best Regards, Ed
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