Prison Pete

Wednesday, October 26, 2005
  Dear Diary, or Here We Go Again.
Until October 7, the last entry in my day to day composition notebook was May 5. Yes 2005, I am not that far behind.

I am currently on track for every other day. I have made entries on October 7, 9, 11 and 13. It is the ramblings from the 13th that I am including below:

7:20 AM Went to breakfast. Special treat today was doughnuts. They were two individually wrapped small cinnamon bun style items, only there was no cinnamon in them and they only had a thin later of clear glaze on them.

I am setting a goal of ridding my locker of old New York Times. Since I now allow two other inmates to read them first, and they too have discovered the challenge to stay current, I have been able to read all the papers that come in on the same day basis when they are given to me.

This is currently not all that much of a challenge since the most recent paper I have gotten was 9/15/05. Yes, one of the inmates has a way too big stack of papers in his locker to read. I have enjoyed the 'rest` and not feeling pressured to get them out of my locker, but I am going to have to take over and read them first soon.

I must not allow the body to become horizontal. No nap today. I have to wash out the bowl from last night's dinner.

9:30 AM finished 9/15 Times. Cut out eight articles and one crossword. Going to wash the bowl now.

11:00 AM finished 9/16 New York Times. Clipped three articles of interest for Mom and Dad, three for me and one crossword puzzle. Was not able to wash bowl earlier. I am going to see if the sink is clear now.

11:35 AM now what to do? I have papers from August 17 and 27 to 30 to read. All right let us finish all the papers today. Will spend afternoon reading the real old ones mentioned above. Will set additional goal to send the articles I have clipped out to my parents. Go for it Pete.

Going to see if I can get by on lunch from chow hall - pepper steak with egg noodles.

Last chance for mail to go out for this week. I might get something tomorrow, but the next outgoing mail is Monday morning, after tonight (Thursday).

Taking break till noon.

Scanned "Own Worst Enemy" last night. I have to get back to the lessons the book teaches. Some of the points raised are certainly in my subconscience and I need to bring them to the forefront.

Lunch is done. An inmate somehow lost some gold teeth and if they are not found in the next half hour they are going to come in and tear this place apart. [Well they have not yet done that today, but it might still happen in the next couple of days.]

Ended up trying to be sure my locker was in some semblance of order if the shake down came.

Decided to go out to yard at 1:00 PM and get in an hour walk. I did and completed 45 laps.

While taking my shower upon returning from my walk, we lost power. There are no emergency lights in the shower room and no windows. It was very, very dark. After five minutes of total darkness, one of the officers came in with a flashlight to chase us all out of the showers.

Will make this my rambling post for today. Never did get back to the papers.

Received three New York Times today, Monday through Wednesday and a letter from Mom and Dad.

Ending up making a spaghetti and clam sauce dinner for myself tonight, and then spent some time working on a legal issue for a fellow inmate. If I can 'help' him file the right paperwork, he gets to go home now, instead of one year from now. At least if I am stuck here, I can help others.

Well it is now 9:30 PM and time to call it a night. I’m stumbling along here and will continue in my plan to become a more efficient and prolific writer.

Thanks for hanging around, and I promise not to resort to this rambling about my day too often. There are certainly much more interesting things to write about. They just require a little more (okay maybe in my case a lot more) effort and that is the quest I am working on. As the song says: "You know it don't come easy."
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