Prison Pete

Saturday, September 17, 2005
  Labor Day.
Well it is 5:10 here and the holiday weekend is drawing to a close. At least I do not have to worry about getting stuck in traffic getting back from my summer location.

We had four movies this weekend. The best was the Saturday movie "In My Country." This is the story of the hearings conducted after the fall of Apartheid in South Africa. It is really well done and carries lots of powerful emotions.

The Friday night movie was "Control" and while I did watch the whole movie it is not one that I would recommend. Sunday's movie was "Beauty Shop" which I skipped and did my legal work. Today's movie was "Monster In-Law." I watched the first hour of that one and walked out.

So out of the four movies, I skipped one completely, walked out of one after one hour, and watched two all the way through. The only one that was worth watching, "In My Country", was the only one I would strongly recommend.

This storm down south is still something I am having trouble understanding. I have not seen much on the television and I am expecting some papers to arrive tomorrow. I received Thursday's paper and the pictures are amazing.

There is so much information flying around it is tough to figure what is really going on. There were all sorts of stories going around about horrible acts being done to children in the shelters. They have never been confirmed to my knowledge. If these stories are not really the truth, and it turns out just a cheap attempt to get attention where it is unwarranted, I think that is irresponsible.

We had a spill in the showers today. As much as I could gather, someone spilled some baby oil on the shower room floor. The powers that be decided that the solution to this problem was to lock and close the showers. We have a hard enough time getting fellow inmates to take a shower, but closing the showers is not a negative event in their minds.

The entire shower area is ceramic tile. One would think that the solution to the problem would be a mop, bucket of soapy water, and one inmate to mop up the floor. Instead we have three inmates, the floor buffing machine, the hose hooked up to the slop sink, and it is now hour two of what should have been a fifteen minute task.

The really sad point is that even after all the effort the room will not be any cleaner than if it was mopped in fifteen minutes.

They actually shut the AC off last night and it was about fifteen degrees warmer than it has been. Not good for the old asthma, and I had a restless night of sleep.

I am actually listening to the McNeil News hour. It turns out the AM side of the classical music station broadcasts the audio portion of the show. They are now discussing the power of the Chief Justice. Do you remember the article on the NY Times Op Ed pages about the power of the Chief Justice?

I am going to end here and go into a proof and print mode. I have this letter, the one page post and my legal motion in typewriter memory now so it will probably need the rest of the evening to get that printed. I need to get my mind back up to correspondence mode. I do not think my writing has been that great lately; certainly I have not been as prolific.

[It is 10:10 PM, and I have gotten the motion printed out, taken a shower which they opened up at 9:00 PM. The damn sinuses are still giving me a nice headache. At least I did get something accomplished. I will proof the motion one last time in the morning and print the final copy out in the morning.]
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