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Sunday, August 22, 2004
  That which does not kill you, makes you stronger!
Sunday morning here, and we are locked in for the 10:00 AM standup count. This count occurs only on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.

My diet of eating mackerel with rice each day actually worked. Over a six-month period, my cholesterol went from 204 to 176. My triglycerides and the bad cholesterol number were also lower!

Not an easy feat in prison!

Somebody started a rumor that the wheat bread sold at the commissary could be used to make white liquor! I’m not sure how true that is, but now right off the bat the bread goes, so my third meal, which was PB&J, is now PB&J on Saltines!

Not as comforting to be sure!

The bad news is I have been as sick as a dog due to an upper respiratory infection. The health services department decided that it might be a virus, and declared that I did not need antibiotics.

My illness is made worse by the mold growing in the carpet in the day area.

One of the brighter inmates decided to use the sprinkler head as a coat hanger. When he went to pull his sweater off the hanger, the sprinkler head popped.

It was a Saturday evening and it took the staff here over 45 minutes to figure out how to turn off the sprinkler system!

Do you have any idea how many gallons of water this was?

The mold smell is still bad four weeks later.

Meanwhile, I have managed to have my immune system beat the bug.

That which does not kill you, makes you stronger!
 
Comments:
Well Pete I hate to burst your bubble..but just because something didn't kill you doesn't necessarily mean it made you stronger. Take for instance your getting caught at whatever law you broke. It didn't kill you, but what strength did you gain by spending all those years in prison with others like yourself. I'm glad you're writing a blog. It indicates some degree of intelligence, but since you are writing it from prison, it's unlikely many of us that read your words will ever want to be near you. Particularly since you refuse to disclose why you are there in the first place. Does this mean you want us to believe you are innocent of the charges??? Your motto actually should read as follows: "What does not kill you, allows you to continue living."
 
Congrats on reducing your cholesterol. That indeed is an amazing feat in prison.
That which kills you doesn't necessarily always make you stronger, but you can't assume that Pete's prison experience hasn't given him any kind of strength.
In fact I believe this experience has aided him in many ways. Look at the number of books he's now reading. Perhaps being free in the outside world, he might never have read so many books.
He obviously hates the experience, then perhaps the system has worked to rehabilitate him so that he does not end up there again.
I can't imagine the mental turmoil that prison would have on a person, though I'm finding out by reading Pete's posts. If he makes it through this, then he has indeed gained strength.
When something negative happens, you can either let it beat you down or you can take the experience and mold it into something productive. Even just surviving something takes great strength. I think it's all a matter of how you let a negative event affect you whether you gain strength from it or not.
 
I am not really interested in why you are in prison unless you choose to tell us. At the moment that is where you are and I take you as you are.

I know myself and the dark side of humanity well enough to know that each one of us has the potential to join you, either because of something we do or because of something we are accused of. Anything can happen in this life.

Congratulations on beating the infection. I enjoy reading your blog and thank you for sharing it with us.
 
I hear you, but I completely hate most universal truths, such as "That which does not kill you makes you stronger." Probably because I've heard that particular one so many times in my life it should be the theme song for my life when it becomes a made-for-TV-movie or when I declare myself a soverign nation. It isn't that it isn't true, it's just that it is true and so annoyingly true.
 
I hear you, but I completely hate most universal truths, such as "That which does not kill you makes you stronger." Probably because I've heard that particular one so many times in my life it should be the theme song for my life when it becomes a made-for-TV-movie or when I declare myself a soverign nation. It isn't that it isn't true, it's just that it is true and so annoyingly true.
 
I hear you, but I completely hate most universal truths, such as "That which does not kill you makes you stronger." Probably because I've heard that particular one so many times in my life it should be the theme song for my life when it becomes a made-for-TV-movie or when I declare myself a soverign nation. It isn't that it isn't true, it's just that it is true and so annoyingly true.
 
I hear you, but I completely hate most universal truths, such as "That which does not kill you makes you stronger." Probably because I've heard that particular one so many times in my life it should be the theme song for my life when it becomes a made-for-TV-movie or when I declare myself a soverign nation. It isn't that it isn't true, it's just that it is true and so annoyingly true.
 
I hear you, but I completely hate most universal truths, such as "That which does not kill you makes you stronger." Probably because I've heard that particular one so many times in my life it should be the theme song for my life when it becomes a made-for-TV-movie or when I declare myself a soverign nation. It isn't that it isn't true, it's just that it is true and so annoyingly true.
 
I hear you, but I completely hate most universal truths, such as "That which does not kill you makes you stronger." Probably because I've heard that particular one so many times in my life it should be the theme song for my life when it becomes a made-for-TV-movie or when I declare myself a soverign nation. It isn't that it isn't true, it's just that it is true and so annoyingly true.
 
I hear you, but I completely hate most universal truths, such as "That which does not kill you makes you stronger." Probably because I've heard that particular one so many times in my life it should be the theme song for my life when it becomes a made-for-TV-movie or when I declare myself a soverign nation. It isn't that it isn't true, it's just that it is true and so annoyingly true.
 
dont know if you made your point hehehehehehe
 
dont know if you made your point hehehehehehe
 
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