Prison Pete

Thursday, August 19, 2004
  Some stuff gets lost in the mail.
Do you have any idea what it is like to type with only a 16-character display and no ability to go back over what you have typed without using the good old destructive backspace I believe it is called? So yeah, the spellchecker beeps at you, but by the time it beeps I am already 3/4 of the line down.

The way this typewriter works is the daisy wheel actually moves across as I enter each character, and then when I get to the end of the line, it goes back to column one and types the line. The display freezes and buffers my next line until it has finished typing. Then it spews out the line I am working on, beeping as it comes across a typo, but not stopping.

So the only thing to do is backspace until I come to a word that might be misspelled.

Never mind, as the song says: You got your trouble? I got mine.

As I think I have mentioned, we have a copier in this building, one of fourteen or more just on the compound, that rents for $629 a month. 30,000 copies works out to around $.0207 per copy. If you do not use the full 30,000 copies, then the cost per copy actually goes up.

Lately we have been using 15,000 to 22,000 per month. Due to George’s great war effort, they have taken all our budget money, yet they still want to build twenty-eight new Federal prisons.

So, last month I tried to convince my boss to run some of the printing jobs on the copier since we already paid for the copies and I could "save" the ink and stencils for later use. No such luck, she did not want to burn out the copier!

But isn't that why we spend so much money each month on a copier that can handle the workload?

Anyhow, I am really struggling with the heavy burden of trying to appeal my New York State sentence. I am now getting close to the end here in Fedville, and if I do not get going with this latest legal move, in November 2004 I will be transferred to the NY State prison system to start serving the five to fifteen year portion of my state sentence.

By then I will have served over eight and a half years in the Feds.

Well, as I have tried to share with you on the phone, it is almost impossible to deal with the issues in a cold, legalistic way. The issue I have to raise is that I... oh the hell with the issue, just suffice it to say that I am much more likely to find stuff to do here in my little print kingdom than deal with anything from either the legal stuff or the two college classes I am signed up for through Indiana University.

In summation, what I really need to do is focus first on finishing the legal work, then the English class, which has only four of the ten lessons to go, then bite the bullet and wrap up the other class, which also has only four of the ten lessons done.

I did see on the latest CNN college poll that Indiana University was rated a top party school.

Funny, I never noticed that, but I guess some stuff gets lost in the mail.
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