Prison Pete

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
  Hello, this is going to be
one of those "gee I have not heard from you in a while letters so my mind goes a wandering" letters. [It is now Wednesday and I am just starting the proof and print. Yes I did get your Monday letter and will add more to the end of this letter.]

While I have not heard from you in the last two weeks, I have gotten other mail for a change.

I finally got a letter from my parents last Monday. This letter was actually four pages and written by Mom, for the truly unusual. It was my first letter from them in over three weeks and still did not answer all the questions that had been floating around in my mind. I decided I could not wait much longer and placed a call home.

No, Dad was not mad at me, they had the next shipment of goodies about to be shipped and Dad was mailing off the Hamilton book order, and another letter responding to my many letters was already in the mail. I did get the other letter on Thursday and needed to send out yet another letter that further explained an issue that it appears was not clear enough.

Then on Friday I received a food package that only contained five cans of tomatoes and two packs of the double stuff Oreos. No Cheese? No List? Now I was really puzzled. Did they send the cheese? Was it appropriated by staff?

If I wrote a letter it would not reach them before Wednesday and by then they may have already forgotten what they sent. The four bricks of cheese are worth enough that I needed to know if I was going to have to raise a little hell with the Sergeant. So I called,

Mom answered, and I told her I got the food but no cheese. She walked over to the refrigerator and said, "Yep, they are sitting right here on the shelf. Dad ran out of room in the box."

She asked if I could wait for them and I said whenever they sent it was okay. I just wanted to make sure that the cheese was not adopted by some hungry correction officer. I asked her if she put a list in the package so that I would know what to look for. She had, but the package room ditched the list.

Next thing my dad will get frustrated at the effort needed to send stuff and will give up.

I have already finished one package of the Oreos. I did give away three of the 36 cookies. Can you say Oink! [And as of 2:45 PM Wednesday, the second package of Oreos is gone. OINK OINK! All those useless sugar calories!]

Next I received not one but two letters from Bobbielou. The one I think I told you about arrived on Friday, and was a large brown envelope. It turns out it fell out of her car while shopping at Wal-Mart and one of the cashiers put it in the mail!

I also received a regular envelope last Tuesday. Finally this past Friday I received a recently published book of writings by a Minister that Reverend Paul likes. [And yesterday I received one of the two books Bobbielou has ordered for me. It was one of those used books via Barnes and Noble 'software.' Seems like a lot of work just to sell/buy a single book?] All in all it was good to hear from others last week.

I am in the middle of working on two parole appeals that have all sorts of deadlines and require me to do lots of reading of case law.

I have gotten back into the walking thing and walked every day for the last seven and three of those days were two hours! I have been plowing through the papers and just finished reading Friday! Hope to close the gap soon. Have decided to make walking top priority since it helps on both physical and mental fronts and it is too easy to skip. Paper reading is currently number two and then comes the legal work.

I have been cooking two meals most days and by the time I hit all the above mentioned items the day is gone. I even ended up "missing" a shower one day.
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