I worked all day today outside doing the same thing as yesterday. The weather was great again. Although it was mindless manual labor it did feel good to finally work all day long at something that left me a little tired and the end of the day. I think I may have even gotten a little sunburn over the last few days. I guess that's a quality problem since I'm in jail.
I am going to try to start telling a story about or describing some of the other guys in here. Maybe that will give everyone a little better idea of the dynamic in here. First is a guy named "Catfish" who is caucasian and probably around 23/24 years old. I don't know if he has completed high school, but he certainly has no college education (I'm pretty sure that no one in my tank has any college credit, but I'm not certain). He has a big picture of his daughter by his bunk and she looks to be about three or four years old. Well, he was in a bit of a weird mood this afternoon. Come to find out his sister had written him a letter telling him one of his friends had been spending the night at Catfish's house with Catfish's wife. Even further,
as Catfish explains it, his wife had reassured him this past weekend that this "friend" and not been hanging around her. So basically what we have here is Catfish's wife possibly being dishonest and his friend possibly trying to hook up with is wife. Catfish was expressing his extreme despair about the situation and was explaining how empty handed he felt because he was in a position here in jail to do absolutely nothing proactive to address his personal problems. I'm sure he must have felt awful.
When he told me this story this afternoon I got an instant sense of relief that I had the opportunity to deal with a break up before I got in here. As bad as I felt about mine I think it would have been 84 times worse had it happened after I came to jail. Is it possible to retroactively thank someone for breaking up with you? I think that is what I want to do right now. Moral of the story...."be glad you're not Catfish".
Tomorrow we will talk about another inmate named Peewee.