Shoot, it's the Chute and it's Moot.
Many of you know I have been steadily working on an appeal of my sentence. The issue is currently in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
After about fourteen months of sending letters, various motions and other legal papers to the court, they responded with an Order that stated upon review of my file it appears that I was missing a piece of paperwork that should have been done by the U.S. District Court at the time I originally filed my Notice of Appeal. Since the district court did not issue the proper order, my appeal was being dismissed until I got the proper order for the district court at which point the Court of Appeals would then take up my case.
The last line mentioned that, "Any motions pending prior to the entry of this order of dismissal are deemed MOOT."
In other words all the anxiety and work I have had and done over the last fourteen months has no value at this time. Just like as a kid when we played Chutes and Ladders, when you were within two or three boxes of that winning 100, you land on the box with a chute that takes you all the back to one of the first few boxes.
I have now gotten the proper order from the District Court (a denial of my request for something) and now I get to ask the Court of Appeals for the same thing and hopefully get a positive answer.
I also have an option on some ocean front property in Arizona. Both of these have the same possible outcome of being worth anything in the near future.
But there are still miracles and if I had to choose which one I would like to have the miracle on, I take the loss on the option for the property.