Prison Pete

Thursday, October 28, 2004
  My non-schedule.
Last night was a cluster fuck, and made me realize how I appreciate my schedule without really being on one.

Mike, the guy I usually walk with, works Monday and Tuesday nights. So those two nights I usually take the radio or, like last week, I take a night off. Well, Monday I know I better walk, and did hit the road.

I got the latest five book purchase but was "surprised" there was no letter. So walking was a good thing.

Tuesday mail call and BINGO, two letters. I decide to hit Education at the 5:00 PM move and type. The result of that endeavor is enclosed.

I was sort of cruising along, and stayed at it during the first move back at 6:30 PM. This meant I would be there till 7:30 PM, but that would still leave me time to eat, bathe, and finish "packaging" the letter to you.

Well, sometime after 6:30 PM, a few inmates in one of the other housing units decided to rumble. The net result was there was no 7:30 PM move. (I just had a visitor looking for some reading material. I sent him off with three books.) So by 7:30 PM I have had enough typing and am getting hungry, so I sort of end up pacing the library till 8:25 PM when they finally call Recall.

I hoof it back to the unit to find that the lights are out in our cell! Actually they were out in the entire row of ten cells. We have two outlets in our cells, one GFI type by the sink, and another outlet by the beds. Neither one was working. Well, make that three outlets, because the four-foot long fluorescent light fixture also has an outlet. The bozos around here plug the industrial size buffing machine in there and duh, it blows the breaker.

To reset the breaker requires our CO to get one of the Compound CO's that rove around the grounds to come up and access the equipment room that house the breakers. Well, either she (Yes, we actually have two female CO's working in the unit this quarter. One works the 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM shift, and the other, the 3:30 PM to 11:30 PM shift.)

So, I was saying that sometimes the Compound cops do not "feel" like coming to reset breakers, and depending on the amount of "pull" the housing office has, etc., etc., suffice it to say we did not get lights back on till 8:30 AM this morning. Yeah, and that CO in Alderson is bitching about staff cuts affecting safety. Like they really care! Yes, some do, but...

OK, so I get back cranky and I make my dinner in the dark and end up plopping down in front of the TV to watch Shallow Hal on USA Network. Eating at 9:00 PM is a little different from eating at 7:00 PM and I end up tossing, turning, and jumping out of bed for several hours. I ended up "napping" in the morning before lunch.

I did walk tonight, came back, showered, had dinner, and now I am writing to you! I have so much to say and I realize if I do not get something in the mail tonight, you won't get any mail this week. So I am going to make an edit sheet for my typing and see what time is left. 8:45 PM now!
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