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Thursday, September 09, 2004
  Scribbling.
I will try to add last night’s scribbling to the bottom of this letter, and, if not, I will mail it "as is" to you tomorrow night.

OK, so we did have fog this morning, and they did not even open the cell doors till 11:00 AM. I took a quick shower, and I am now back at Rec.

Boy, I really love the writing of Frederick Forsyth. "The Deceiver" is great, and I am dying to read some more of it.

Oh, another way you brightens lives here in prison: one of the inmates collects cancelled stamps, so the letter I got today had two nice stamps which I tore off and gave to him right at mail call. He was really happy, so keep up the good work there.

You continue to reach out to people you do not even know.

Your misdirected letter is certainly interesting. The bar code zip code shows 32896. That is not even close. One could suppose that it is part of Homeland (or BOP) Security that mail is misdirected for "special" handling.

That reminds me of the time I mailed a letter from here to the company that supported the printer. I got yelled at for sending it. This was during the Anthrax scare. Since all of our mail is read and sealed by the staff before mailing, I missed the point where it was wrong to send it, but you know how small minds work.

Oh no, the runny nose and hacking cough of overtiredness is setting in. I have got to lie down before I fall down. That would not be good, since I am all alone in the cell.

The vanilla wafers, Hershey bar, Coke, tuna salad etc. are beginning to churn in my stomach, so off I go to bed.
 
Comments:
"You continue to reach out to people you do not even know."

People are strange when it comes to internet communications aren't they? I wonder if the same people would reach out as openly if they descovered this blog were:

(a) either a hoax

or

(b) written by a man who, (for example), had sexually abused children?

If you are in prison, you must be shaking your head at how trusting people can be - if you aren't, well this blog certainly makes for an interesting study in human behaviour doesn't it?
 
I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy reading your posts, even though I never comment. I say this realizing that there certainly must be many other people in my shoes. Guessing by the number of hits on your counter, hundreds of people read each post, even the ones with no comments at all. Just thought I'd extend my appreciation for your webpage.
 
hit counters can be shacked up to look realistic too...
 
Error,
wether its a hoax or not..why can't you just sit back and enjoy this obviously talented writer ( truth or fiction). And even if it is true not everyone in jail deserves to be treated harsh..so he did something wrong he's paying for it. now does that mean he cant collect stamps?
 
Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno, Oklahoma May 1965 - June 1970. It's always amazed me how smart we get when we get in prison. How the staff all become small minded, petty or couldn't get jobs elsewhere. A lot of what you write about - your environment, and the staff who control your every move - is true. But I'm surprised you haven't learned to stop whining by now. Eight years - if true - should have given you enough time and strength to accept the crap and not fight all the details. To move on to other things even though you are - at face value - in prison.
 
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