Prison Pete

Saturday, October 29, 2005
  Baseball Disappointments.
I sent mental condolences your way. I was listening to the last innings of the Yankees demise in the Fall Classic, 2005. Knew you would be in mourning. Sure am glad they settled the hockey strike.

I had flash backs to all the times of being at (and listening to) NY Mets games. Always getting down to the ninth inning and hoping they would pull out the win. Yes they did it once, the infamous ball between the legs in Game Six of the World Series.

I guess after sitting through all the disappointments, that became the one comeback to remember. Then they, the Mets, have resumed the traditional racing to the cellar, a couple bright spots along the way, but I have certainly not followed them closely since. Of course it was after that magic year that the divorce happened and since the Mets were actually something the wife and I did as a couple, it did not have the same pull for me any longer.

I was going to mention about website for Electronic Musician. It seems a shame to just toss out the magazines but I really have to learn to toss them. I got searched this past Sunday and it could have been real trouble with all the papers, magazines, and books I have in my locker. I really need to pare it down.

That reminds me, I will have my Dad check out if there is a discount for the electronic access to the Times that might apply since we pay for the mail subscription rate.

I will probably use the smaller envelopes for anything up to eight pages and the larger envelopes for anything over that. The postal weights are a real good tool. Thank you. Normally it would not matter but it appears the prison mail room feels it is its duty to make sure we inmates pay all the postage that is due the government. This way I will be able to put on the proper postage and not have to end up with the envelope coming back the next day.

Paying for news articles without being able to see them first is not a very effective way to do any kind of research. Do you have any access to these types of sites via the public library? I remember the excitement of looking up old stories on the microfilm. They were advertising a new electronic edition. Is it anything earth shaking? On the flipside at least anyone wanting to read old news stories will have to help pay for the cost of archiving them.

Another thing for me to do. Write a letter to the Deputy Superintendent for programs about the DVD reception. Just like at Club Fed, they have one DVD player for the entire prison. Not sure how many televisions are involved. I still have no idea how many inmates are here. It would be great to have our own DVD/TV but then there would be all kinds of fights over how to show the movies, which features to look at etc. They do run the DVD through some sort of 'switch' since we view it on channel 88. I assume all they have to do at this point is put some sort of signal amplifier as the signal comes out the player and bingo, clear picture.

I do keep up on the DVD format wars, either what appears in the New York Times or the columns in PC Magazine.

I have seen the Howard Stern E! show a few times while at Club Fed. It is more tease then anything else. I am curious about Stern's latest project on On Demand TV. From what he has said about it, it is all the E! shows unscrambled. Part of me would love to see all the stuff he gets to see, but on the other hand I think that is part of what makes him the 'star' he is. The ability to paint the scene with words. Helping the listener use his mind. If you could see everything live, why would you need his words or his 'creative talent?' It has already been proven with the glut of reality programs on the boob tube, that for a given amount of money you can find a human who will do just about anything.

Creativity is the key. I read about the woman kicked off the plane for wearing the Fuckers t-shirt, and is one I agree with and I can say that not being a fan of Mr. Bush. The book I was reading had a scene set at the annual Yale vs. Harvard football game and someone is wearing a shirt 'Yuck Fale' The point is the same in both cases but the letter swapping is certainly a lot less offensive and certainly more creative. The movie Meet the Fockers is another cheap and not very creative use of the English language.

Music. How much is too much. I remember the days I used to ride my bike through the streets of Brooklyn. You needed to have all your senses attuned to what is going on at all times. Blotting off the ears could be a fatal mistake. Hey even walking the perimeter of the yard at Club Fed, it was impossible to have both ears fully covered and be able to maintain a sense of knowing what was going on around you. About the only exception to that were the times when I would be the only one walking the track as described in the post "Walking in the rain with the one you love."
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