Seven months to Christmas.
Good Morning. 12:01 AM here. I am going to work on some alternate work process/schedule options just to see if I can make better use of the twenty-four hours I have each day.
As most of my letter writing (as opposed to specific blog post) to you has been very much raw thoughts, I want to see what happens if I process those thoughts a little more on my end. For starters I will write out a letter to you in long hand.
This will initially take place at the end is a day as a way to wrap the day up and to spend some nice quiet time letting you in on the activities that might tickle your funny bone or perhaps trigger a note of sympathy in a future letter or any number of responses in between those points.
There is a possibility that as I type the drafts, I will omit certain items that do not hold up as all that important on a second reading. I will save the rough drafts. Maybe bundle them up in 300 to 500 page archives. I could just tear them up. [As I type this I am actually pretty much following what I wrote. No point saving the hand written copy.]
My hope is that by writing out in longhand, I will only have to type what is written, working on increasing my typing speed/accuracy skills. No thinking needed.
I will be writing in pencil and make liberal use of my refillable eraser stick. Great invention.
I am now listening to Dvorak's Seventh Symphony and caught the last act of Wagner's Lohengrin Opera
. Think "Here Comes the Bride."
The commissary decided that my sixteen looked like a ten. I only received ten Hershey Bars. I was going to abstain for the first four or five days, leaving me with one a day till next commissary. I then said well I can have half a bar tonight and do that for ten days, with four full bars the last four days. I did end up eating one whole bar last night.
I had agreed to get two candy bars for Tom. He wanted one Hershey and one Milky Way. I still gave him his two bars. I said it must be a sign from above, but I was going to have a word with the man upstairs and tell him if he wanted to give me some signs, there were other areas that I would really appreciate a sign on.
I am reading Killer Angels
. It is hard for me to keep track of all the names and who is on whose side. That is still my weakness when reading. I am enjoying the story and do like a lot of the discussion between the characters about the meaning of the war.
I was reading about the hundred or so soldiers from Maine that felt they were tricked into signing a three year contract instead of the usual two years. The officer
that was assigned to guard the "prisoners", also from Maine
, was told he was to shoot any of the men that refused to fight. He made a speech saying he would look into their complaints but for now they were going to have to fight. He also told them he would not shoot those that refused to fight.
I could relate to his seeking anyone out that he knew from back in Maine or anyone that he could share a common experience with. That is very common among us inmates. Whenever someone new comes into an institution, everyone is hoping that you might have some common experience to share.
I am also reading one of the novels you sent in the last batch. I need to get some of these books out of my locker!
There you have it; it is 3:00 PM real time Wednesday. I am going to proof and print this.