Prison Pete

Friday, November 05, 2004
  Halloween Trick or Treat.
Well, it started out OK. The clock was set back, the sun was shining as we were called to breakfast, and the cinnamon buns were baked just about right. I had two cups of skim milk and then headed back to bed for my morning nap. Yeah, another lazy Sunday.

So we had the 10:00 AM Saturday, Sunday, and holiday standup count, and that seemed to go well. We were back out of our rooms by 11:00 AM. I puttered around for a bit and cooked some lunch, yes you guessed it, mackerel and rice.

I was thinking about watching The Exorcist at 12:30 PM on USA Network, but the one TV that was available was tuned to the FX Fear Factor marathon! So I went to my room, ate lunch, and did a few crossword puzzles. I double-checked at 12:40 PM to find that The Exorcist was on. So out I went to watch.

Cruising along, and then WHAM - the speaker blasts those dreaded words "Recreation Recall." This happened at 1:00 PM. The cause of this announcement earlier than 3:00 PM is usually the result of the children not playing nicely with each other in the sand box. So as the inmates came trickling back in, having been checked as they exited the Rec yard for any possible signs of being involved in the fracas, we were hoping that the rest of us would not suffer.

No such luck, and by 1:30 PM the CO blinks the lights and yells "LOCKDOWN!" So much for enjoying the movie. So they count us. This occurs at 2:00 PM and they have us stand up for it. Since it usually takes an hour to clear the count, well, let us say that it is now 3:40 PM and we are still locked in. True, we would have been locked in anyway at 3:15 PM, but now we will be counted again at 4:00 PM, the time of the usual daily standup count, and maybe we will get out at 5:00 PM.

They did announce a little bit ago that the outside Rec area would be closed for the rest of the day. So I guess that means we will be let out for the evening at around 5:00 PM. Stay tuned to see if we do get out!

Well, we did get out at 5:00 PM but outside Rec was closed as promised easier. So with nothing else to do, I wandered over to chow hall for dinner. That was a mistake. They called it Chicken Chow Mein. I will call it Not Worth The Energy.

So I am now listening to Pipe Dreams and as I hoped, they started off with Bach's Toccata and Fugue and are now playing music from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

Yeah, I know that today is Halloween, and as noted, we already had the trick of the day, the afternoon lockdown, and dinner was no treat.

Just before coming in to listen to Pipe Dreams, 60 Minutes did the story about the lack of proper equipment and supplies for our troops in Iraq. See, I wrote about that earlier this week! 60 Minutes must be reading my mind.

Actually if my friend is able to link to the CFO Magazine article, you can see how shallow the 60 Minutes report was! The CFO article clearly shows the level of mismanagement and the sorry state of affairs the entire defense spending buys.

So why not name names and hold individuals responsible for their actions? We the people need to know where our tax dollars are going. OK, so you the taxpayer need to know, but I am still hoping to become a taxpayer soon! And besides my firsthand, all too intimate knowledge of the operation of this federally funded gated community, I am truly afraid to find what other evil lurks out there in the world of Federal spending! Where is the Shadow when we need him? I am not that old, but it is one of my Dad's favorite memories, as he keeps reminding me about the Good Old Days of radio!

So there you have it, another day at Club Fed. The last October day! Now starts the countdown to my exit, as tomorrow when I awake, it will be November 1!
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