Prison Pete

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
  Corner Cube.
I thought I had better send another letter out to you after the letter yesterday did not really mention much of what is new with me and I need to comment on your latest letter.

I was sorry hearing about your funk, but perhaps it is something to so with arriving at that fifty year mark. I certainly understand your frustration at nothing special happening on your birthday, how many years have I hoped for a special birthday visit or for the last two years a special food package. But alas no such luck.

I am glad you are enjoying your new wheels and are still seeing an increase in your stamina as you continue to ride. Maybe you should see if you could go for a mountain bike ride with our President. I am sure your new mountain bike is a fine tooled machine. How much does it weigh as compared to your road bike? What kind of rims/wheels does it have? I assume the bike does have some sort of shocks on the front and back? Maybe you could send me a picture and spec sheet?

I stopped by Medical today and signed the acknowledgement for my colonoscopy. I have a CAT scan scheduled for my sinuses and a full blood work-up scheduled for next week. By the end of this month I should really have a good idea of my physical condition.

The CAT scan and the colonoscopy are both done at either the city hospital or one of the other state prisons that has an extended medical department. I am pretty sure the colonoscopy will be done at the hospital. The day prior I will probably be in a medical unit for the "clean-out" phase. NOT.

The downside is that for the CAT scan I get to sit around in a holding cell with a bunch of other inmates all trussed up; handcuffed, waist chain and leg chain too. I'm not sure about the other procedure but I will certainly fill you in after all is completed.

It was nice to get the uplifting comments in your latest letter. I am such an emotional weakling and once I get a serious comment or two I feel so up. Not that your letters leave me down. But even though I know intellectually that I must be patient, that things take time and one must appreciate the little steps, emotional I still get too easily frustrated when comments are absent and the mail call does not carry any letters for me.

I moved out of the back row and into a corner cube yesterday. I am now sitting in my new cube facing west. I have two windows in front of me and another two windows on my left along the edge of the bed. It is kind of like sleeping on a screened in porch. It has been raining all afternoon and evening and it is very damp in here. I do get plenty of fresh air and if there is any breeze, I get it.

While it does cool off a little after 10:00 PM, lately it has been so hot in the dorm you sweat just sitting on the bed. I certainly miss the air conditioning from Club Fed. This is the first summer in ten years I have not had air conditioned sleeping accommodations.

Another advantage of the new cube is that I can now get the Country station in even with the lights on and the typewriter plugged in. I know some of my blog readers will be happy to hear I can listen to more country music. I can get the local Public radio station in a little clearer to the point that it is still not quite a stereo signal, but I can listen to the news, which I did this evening while finishing up the crossword puzzle.

The move also puts me on the opposite side of the dorm of the village idiot, although he brought over another inmate tonight to get the address for the Manhattan DA. I am the source of all kinds of useful info.

It is already rapidly approaching 8:00 PM.
Hey, Just found your blog, not sure how. Very interesting! I will be back to read more later. You sure have ecclectic taste in music! I love that!

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