Prison Pete

Sunday, May 28, 2006
  A whole lot of nothing.
Yes, I did get your letter Friday, but ended up doing a whole lot of nothing most of the weekend.

Would you go ahead and send in another shipment of books. I have read most of the ones you sent in the last shipment. I was hoping to get through a few of the classics that I had taken with me, but I am still not up to too much serious reading. I still need to finish the Civil war book you sent and promise it will get done sooner rather than later, but in the short run I need some more mindless fluff to get my mind off the weighty issues I am currently dealing with.

I did get to meet with the psychologist (male) last week and unfortunately I am too well to be seen by him. If I needed some sort of medication then that would be a different kettle of fish. He said yes, sometimes if there is a lull in the caseload they might add someone like me who is obviously more "verbal" than the average inmate he sees.

Nothing was done by me about the CO's comments. It is not the language itself that bothered me. It is that this same alleged professional would be the first one to write up an inmate for talking like that to him. So much of the control of inmates is based on the way an officer treats us. If he is respectful to us, it is much harder for an officer to be criticized when writing up an inmate for being disrespectful.

Also, from a personal standpoint, the younger inmates certainly take this joking around by an officer as a license to act like jerks and then are surprised when they get nailed by the same staff member, or worse, when their stupidity causes consequences for the rest of us.

Apparently there was a problem with the 11:30 bedtime last night and as a result our toaster was taken away for a day or two. I did not realize it was missing until I had already cut my English muffin and ended up putting some butter on it and nuking it for 30 seconds. Yes it does come out soggy!

Well I still need to write my tirade to PC Magazine about them trying to soak me for the one year renewal for the same price they are advertising for two years. I wonder if I should not bother renewing since there are more and more product reviews and less computer theory, but there are always one or two things in each issue that gives me something to chew on.

Well off this goes. I do need to proof the enclosed post. I typed this letter directly; I am sure you can tell, but I first typed the post into the memory. I have just enough time to proof and print it.
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