Prison Pete

Wednesday, October 06, 2004
  Paint it!
Well, let us see, I mentioned the waste of the floor waxing. Due to the recent inmate hide and seek episode, they went ahead and welded a five foot metal strip to the doors, covering the edge with the lock, I guess keeping the opening from being able to be wedged open. The interesting thing is that since they have to buff off the paint for the welds to stick and the strips they put on were unpainted steel, they went around and painted all the work areas with that rusty red brown primer! I knew someone here knew what you had to do to protect metal!

We have these metal with concrete tread stairs that gets us up to the third floor entrance on each of the six top pods. They all are showing signs of severe rusting and our staircase had the riser part of the first stair rot all the way through already. Under the Fed system of, "If it moves, move it, and if it don't, paint it", these stairs are repainted one or two times a month with a water-based, paint which does nothing to slow down the rusting! Yet as evidenced by the primer on the trap doors, someone here does know the proper paint to use! What a waste! Brand new steel already rusting through! Well, more later on.

Hey, it is now 10:30 PM Saturday. I managed to type 2 1/2 pages into the Wheelwriter. So it typed out to 1 1/2 pages at 1 1/2 lines. So I proofed it, now with a red pen, and I got to toss out the first two pages of handwritten draft. Now I will read the first four pages and let it rip from there.

I think printing (vs. script handwriting) is better. It is still not great, but it is a step up. I am less likely to squiggle out letters and words when I must lift the pen for each letter. I did notice that some of the stuff in the first letter was missing words that should have been included and also had some interesting word goofs. But that is sort of the point, I actually feel like a writer this way. Brainstorm, clean up, brainstorm some more, keep copies of what goes out, and write without waiting for an answer. Yes, I might be writing too much minutia. But hey, let me work on a system and see if I can develop a habit.

I am sitting here with my Roget's II, The New Thesaurus, so maybe I can do some spell checking and make even better use of the English language! One of the CO's down at Rec tonight said I might be in good shape because he thought the SV was out for the next two weeks. See all the enjoyment and excitement I provided here! I walked eleven laps tonight with my sometime walking partner Mike. He can walk or jog, and is in better shape than I, so he keeps me pushing. We are doing 5:05 laps.

I broke down and wore my shorts, which are sweatshirt material, instead of the khaki uniform pants. It makes a difference in terms of certainly being cooler and there is less friction on my legs. Tomorrow Mike is going to run so I am going to use that opportunity to do my laundry. I might try to walk some during the day but I am not too sure. My ankles are a little sore but I do feel a lot better in terms of my energy level.
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