Prison Pete

Saturday, August 06, 2005
  One of the problems I am going to be working on.
I was typing the draft pages singled spaced, and even though I had marked two corrections I missed them when I was running the text through the spell checker. Since I only have the sixteen character LCD window, I can hold down a forward arrow key and it scans the text beeping when it comes across a misspelling.

The key is I have to have my finger on the next typo I want to catch as the text scrolls by, or first use the find option then scan for spelling. I am really serious about getting the errors out! What I am going to do now is print the drafts out in double line format. This way I can really mark the corrections clearly. Then once I have corrected all the errors, I will reset line spacing to single space.

I had stopped typing your letter to type a copy of my rehabilitation program homework sheet. I printed out a few copies. A couple of the inmates are sending copies of this sheet to their lawyers. The counselor is quite serious about the need to really answer all these questions honestly and fully. Failure to answer to her satisfaction is grounds for removal from the program and then the parole board sees that as a refusal to take recommended program and basis for denial of parole. In my case that means serving the full fifteen years.

While I am not yet taking this program, it certainly is not helping with the funk. The other two pages I have included with the letter are really strange reading. They are not from some official treatment program book. I do not know if the current counselor wrote them or they have been around for a bit. Based on my past knowledge of how personally typed stuff is handed out in prison programs, these sheets are Ms. Lemon's own handiwork.

It is now 9:20 PM and I have printed out the two pages of your letter along with the other enclosures. I will continue to type till count time. After count time, I will proof and print and get this in the mail. I will continue this letter tomorrow. Tomorrow I only have to walk one hour and there is no commissary to interrupt, so I can get a whole bunch of typing done. I hate to admit but I do feel like I actually have gotten something accomplished and lifted my spirits a bit.

I did receive a letter from Mom and Dad today. They mentioned they had not heard from me and wondered what was up. I did send out two letters last week and their letter was sent out Wednesday so they probably got two letters by now. One was the request for an additional $50.00 for next month since we will have three shopping days.

I actually have managed to save over $100, including the $50.00 they sent for my birthday. My mail slowdown did mean that I did not need to buy any postage stamps on the last commissary order. I have been averaging around $50.00 per shopping day.

Have you triad the canned octopus? We have one they sell on commissary that is packed in soy oil. It is set up as a two serving can, but the combined nutritional info is 200 calories, 60 of which are fat calories and 28 grams of protein.

I mixed the octopus including the oil, with a small onion, and a small can of mushrooms. Added some garlic powder and adobo (which has salt in it but it is the only spice we can get) and then added about a quarter pound of spaghetti. That was lunch. Low fat, high protein end tastier than tuna in my humble opinion.

I would suggest you try it with some fresh produce, peppers, garlic, fresh mushrooms and heat the whole mix up in a hot frying pan. Use the oil in the octopus to cook. Add some angel hair pasta and that would be a great meal. You could use it as a salad, add a little balsamic vinegar and that could be a great carry-in lunch.
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