Prison Pete

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
I think I know why my recent correspondence may be a little spotty. I have been putting off writing for a day, and then another day, and before I know it, three days may even pass. Worse, if I decide that since there is no difference between sticking a letter in the box on Friday night or Sunday night, all of a sudden Sunday night creeps up and oops no letter has been started.

Yesterday, Monday, for some reason I made a conscious decision to not take the beast, the typewriter, out of its box. Now it is 6:30 PM and I am just starting to type. I did realize, as I did some solo speed walking this morning that retyping the handwritten letter was not too challenging.

I am going to do some rough draft handwriting. This would be in lieu of the way I have been doing it, by just typing off the cuff. By doing a rough handwritten draft, I noticed as I typed the letter that there was actually another step of editing that went on. You will notice some minor changes that were obvious as I worked from the handwritten carbon copy.

That used up a third of a page. I just took a peek at the first two pages of your last letter, and already the funny feeling has returned to my stomach. Very much like the feeling one gets as a roller coaster goes down that first hill. I am not sure what joke you are referring to. I thought I told you not to worry, and may have pointed out that it was one less thing for you to do. I am sure I did not mean to add any sarcasm, but if some leaked in, I am sorry.

Hamilton has a 708 page book, Fundamentals of C++ for $8.95. That looks really cool. I am going to put that on the next order I place. They might even let it in. Time will tell. I know you are not looking for more stuff to do for me, but in the abstract, could I type a C++ program and would you be able to OCR it into a file and then compile and run it?

It is now 1:50 PM on Wednesday. I have had a nice big bowl of rice and beans, walked for an hour this morning, and have showered. Essentially I am all set for the rest of the day.

I surprised myself today by starting off my walk at top speed. I was able to keep the pace up for twenty-five minutes. My usual super speed walking endurance is thirty minutes. Not too shabby considering I have not been doing all that much walking of late. That and the fact I am back to wearing the Keds wannabe sneakers. I am going to get the three pages that got zapped last night typed and printed first, then go on from there.

Hmmm, I guess I should start looking at the letter, and I will include a "to do" list this time including some of the things I have asked for in the past.
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