Prison Pete

Saturday, July 09, 2005
Thank you for the birthday card. It is 7:30 PM and I have really not been off my bunk much at all today.

Without prior notice they turned off the hot water this morning. Since I realized this at 7:00 AM and was not sure when it would return, I passed on my morning walk. That makes two days in a row.

Had I known in advance of the lack of hot water, I would have definitely walked yesterday, to avoid the possible pattern of multiple off days. Each day off increases the desire to take the next day off at a geometric rate. Provided it is not raining cats and dogs, I will be walking tomorrow.

I did manage to find the Helmsley case I had asked you about. Hopefully you have not wasted too much time on it. Sorry for not fully exploring the possibilities I had available.

I have not received any mail yet with the exception of the two letters from Debbie (one of my pen pals). I was wondering if I will get a third letter from her this week, before writing to her again. It would be better to not have to write two letters to her without knowing where she would like me to go topic wise.

I was blown away by the special section in the NY Times on the current state of the digital photography! That certainly fits into my education ideas. That has certainly got to be the biggest "torture" for me, reading about technologies that I use to dream of, or still do since I have so little access to them, and not being able to put my toes in the water.

Despite my parent's complaint that they have not heard from me, I have not heard from them in relation to the typewriter at all. I am wondering if they understood the seriousness of my request for the court filings. They should have gotten that letter yesterday, Wednesday, and in theory, I should yet something in the mail by Monday.

I asked them to next day mail it, if they did go into the city personally and I am hoping they were able to do it today or tomorrow! Then again I do not even know if they are home to receive the mail. Last time they were at my sister's for the ten days and I did not even know that.

Did I mention that at this week's commissary they were out of onions? Since we only shop every two weeks, I will not have onions until after the July 4 holiday. I will miss them since they do dress up the rice and beans, and the pasta also. Of course I never even had the option of buying onions, legally, at Club Fed.

I just realized something else. If I did purchase an onion from one of the kitchen workers, it usually cost me two stamps. That would be 74 cents. Now I can get a two pound bag for 54 cents. And I am complaining about going two weeks without onions? Relativity, that is the point. It is indeed all relative.

I realize I have not written anything lately as far as specific blog posts go. I assume you have taken a tidbit or two from the letters and I will get back on the horse shortly I hope. Feeling sorry for myself really only makes me feel sorrier and it is up to me to pick myself up.

It is actually fairly interesting if you think about that sentence. I had to help Frank look up a few cases for his appeal process, and that is when I took a second look for the Helmsley case and found it. Then I came back and pulled out the typewriter and as much as I would like to deny it, I am feeling better just by the fact of writing to you.

Yeah I would like to wallow in pity awaiting a letter or some outside source to lift my spirits, but that is not the way things really work around here. I still eagerly await your letters, and they do lift my spirits, or at least provide some sort of emotional input. The point is I need to not let myself hang in a certain emotional zone awaiting your letters. I need to be able to lift myself up. I have the tools to do it.

It is not always easy to discern which is best way to attack a funk I am in. I actually do feel physically well rested. I still hate to go to sleep. I like to stay up and read then drag myself out of bed at 6.45 AM each morning. So to lie around and let the body "rest" is probably not all that bad an idea once in a while. Let me see how well rested I am at 8:00 AM tomorrow when it is time to resume my four mile walks!

I am going to proof and print this letter, and then go off and make something to eat. Tonight was pizza night. One slice is such a tease. The cheese is real, and it is just enough to whet the appetite, and certainly not enough to be considered a full meal!

Once I get this legal thing done, and hopefully the C++ book arrives I can add yet another tool to my toolbox. The box being things to lift my sagging spirits.

I loved the recent article about Craig's List. That is what I have been talking about, using the web to connect communities. I do think there is still plenty of room for innovation on the web. Especially if you are willing to work in niche areas to start.

I think the idea of using a portion of your customers to support the site is indeed an interesting way to cover expenses and assure growth. Things to think about.
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