Prison Pete

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
  In desperate need of a hug.
4:50 PM. Just finished reading your letter. Okay, not really just finished, I did take a few minutes to get tears out of my eyes, then walked to bathroom, took a piss, discovered my zipper is gone on my only pair of clean pants (only three pairs are issued) and now I am writing this note. I am using carbon paper and will type it up and send it to you.

I am writing because I do not know how much I will type tonight and want to get some of the emotional power carried in your letter out of me so I can sit down and type. (I never did get to type any thing to you.)

Your letter is full of great stuff. Like a Chinese menu. Take two from column A, one from column B and a whole bunch from column C. In this barren wasteland, I have gotten to an oasis!

While I was eagerly awaiting your letter, I kept reminding myself that it would eventually arrive and today it did. So many things to write about, old issues that I thought I was clear on that still confuse you, new stuff to write on and a heap of stuff about you.

I was in desperate need of a hug and your letter delivered it! I wish I was able to sit down and type a two-page response to you but you know it does not work that way. The specific questions you raise and the overall response to you letter is going to kick off a whole slew of typing. I am not even thinking of all the blog stuff I want to type.

Today is Thursday; your letter was delayed one day. It was "hand canceled" with a pen scribble on the stamps (I think the mail room here does that) and the P.O. bar code got double printed so was unreadable.

This has got to go out in the mail tonight, Thursday, or you will not get it till next Wednesday.

I am not sure why you are missing mail? I go through twenty thirty-seven cent stamps every two weeks and I figure you are good for a least half of that. I better start keeping track of the dates I send you stuff.

In an effort to keep only useful paper, I have been shredding and tossing all the drafts of my typing. From now on I will hold them until you confirm receipt of them.

I am currently so low on emotional "gas" that I am still shaking from the warmth and love in your letter. I will expand, but for now know that you can relate to people, and you do it well. Do not sell yourself short!

Just as the blog has shown, some people really do care about what I write, and even what my feelings are. One must just search out for those people one can relate to. Figure this, 280 million Americans, the blog interests seventy to eighty people a day. Not great odds, but seventy is not bad.

I do not know about you, but from my perspective, our current relationship is more open and honest than any relationship I have ever had. We both seem to be able to bitch at the other when needed and then we get to work through it.

True the delay sucks, and some of the specific bitching would be less on the phone or face to face. We would be able to stop the other person from going on and on once the point was made. On the other hand, that same delay allows for some pretty open and in-depth revelations.

Damn, legal mail is here and still no news from the courts. I have some questions I am waiting for answers on, still have not typed the actual brief yet.

They have not kicked on the coolers for the AC yet. One of the four industrial fans blows right on the tables where I type. It makes for a very messy, (papers blowing) and distracting time. (Well, I am sitting at one of the tables now. Thankfully they have moved the fan so it no longer blows directly on the table)

Consider this the readers digest version of a response to your letter. The full-blown response will follow. I will probably not get anything out tonight but will have this weekend to prepare an opus.

I got the legal search thing I needed tonight and need to go show one of the other inmates how to use the information now that I have received it. I also definitely need to type a letter to the courts. I was supposed to do that last night but became too frustrated with the working conditions.

Sorry about the "light" copy. I need to order a whole bunch of carbon paper and was trying to get all I could out of the ten sheets I was given. I will have to ask for a couple more to hold me over. (I did receive an Office Depot catalog thanks to Mom and Dad, on Friday. It is the full, thick catalog and they do not have any carbon paper at all? Please see if you can find a catalog, Staples or Office Max, which has carbon paper.)
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