CURRENT STATUS

If you have any questions for Andy about the prison system, what it is like, what goes on there, or anything, please leave the question in a blog comment and Andy would be happy to answer it. It keeps him occupied and allow us to learn about the system.

Also, for his friends, he would LOVE to get pictures of anything, so if you have his address, please send them to him, or if you would like to email them to the blog editor, you can do that and he will print out the pics and mail them to him.

He is now attending the class he must take before his release, and he will mention the journal entry memo they discussed that day in class.

Even if you don't know Andy, feel free to comment on his blog entries, which he gets and will respond to.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

WHAT DOES THE IRON GOAT KNOW?

3/20/10
8:20 am  I’ve been at work for about an hour.  I have finished all the work I need to do this morning and now I’m just sitting at my desk in my office.  I will have about a half hour of additional work to do a little later, but I have to do it at a specific time.  More than likely I will stay here until lunch (10:30 -11:00 am or so) and then come back to finish my tasks.  I ought to be able to leave work a little early today, if I choose, but right now, the peace and quiet in this near empty building is making it a relaxing Saturday morning for me.  Surprisingly enough, as I was walking to work this morning and enjoying the coolness of the first day of Spring, I thought to myself that I was happy, was in great spirits, and extremely grateful to be experiencing my incarceration in an effort to finally get my legal quandary out of my life.  
On a much lighter note, does anyone have any good Spring Break stories or mini-vacation stories yet? We’re obviously a little old (most of us) for Padre or Mexico, but hopefully someone can find me a good story.  My cellmate in here (whom I believe I mentioned previously had a band and was also in a fraternity) and I have been swapping stories for the past few days.  I’ll have to admit that he does have some pretty good ones.  Not quite as good as mine (imo), but still pretty good.  Neither of us is anywhere near exhausting our arsenal of tales, so maybe he has a secret stash of really good ones waiting in the wings.  I’ll let you know.  It is very nice being able to B.S. with someone in here about stuff we have in common and about ideals and a way of life that we both equally perceive as “normal”.  
We had rec again yesterday.  I think as the weather continues to be nice we will have rec near daily.  I played volleyball again the entire time.  There is a medium sized field behind our rec yard.  I noticed a strange animal out there in it yesterday that I, nor anyone else in here, had been aware of before.  I am pretty sure it was an iron goat.  I know that sounds strange, but it just stood in the distance and didn’t flinch a muscle or move a hoof.  I got the feeling that goat knew something that none of us in here did.

Monday, March 29, 2010

YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE HOW SOME GUYS SPEND THEIR REC TIME

3/18/10
I got to sleep in until 6 am today!  Then I had a  good day at work since it was slow and I had a chance to write a bunch of personal letters.  I overheard a guy today telling his “jail” story of how he got to prison.  He had stolen 7 cows from a guy that owed him money and sold the cows at auction.  There was a big lead in to that story that the guy described in detail.  I won’t even try to replicate it here, but it was hilarious

I played volleyball outside again today, and boy, the weather sure was nice.  However, I want to confess my opinion of how some guys are spending their rec time.  When we go to rec we are basically on a very large concrete court..  There are weights at one end, volleyball in the middle, and basketball at the other end.  There is also a wall set up for handball in a corner. 

Most of the guys either take part in one of those 4 activities or choose to just walk laps around the perimeter of the court.  Here’s the bad part.  Some of the guys actually lay out to get sun!  Like I’m talking spread out on the ground for comfort… in a full fledge lay out… with the sole intent of absorbing the sun’s rays! Now, I am all for being tan and getting sun, and we all know how out of place someone who is ghostly white can look at the beach or boating.  But come on. This was too much!  I believe man-law # 47 states that “You cannot sun tan in prison.” What do you think about it?  If anyone disagrees, I would love to hear the logic behind your misguidedness. LOL!
 
I received a Jpay letter last night from a friend of mine.  This person is very likeable and we have been in the same group of people in a social setting a few times over the last year or so. That being said, I did not even know that this person knew my situation, nor would I have ever thought she would take the time to express her concern for me by writing.  Well, I’ll have to say that the brief note and a couple of pictures she sent, were extremely uplifting.  I can’t exactly explain it, but somehow, just knowing that the world on the outside isn’t revolving totally without even a thought of me, is a refreshing sliver of knowledge to learn.  It also gives me inspiration to know that once I am released, I won’t be restoring my life from a complete standstill.  So, to this friend, I extend a sincere “Thank you.”  I don’t have your personal address, but I’ll find a way to get a letter out to you.

Several people have commented about my blood pressure being a little too high. Let me assure everyone that my health is just fine and remind you that not everything in prison is not what it seems to be on the surface.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

SUING MY EX-WIFE

3/17/10
Hello everyone.  We were able to go outside for recreation again today.  We stayed for around an hour.  I discovered that I am an exceptional volleyball player compared to most prisoners. I guess playing on Friday’s at the fraternity house prepared me a little better than if I had been out slinging drugs. LOL.  It was considerably enjoyable to say the very least.  I stuck with my exercising today and bypassed most of the bread that was on my tray at lunch.
As far as the diet goes, I’m going to have to wean myself down to eating a little less food each day.  My sleep continues to get better.  I slept through the night yesterday and came pretty close to waking up on my own at the correct time.  I was still a little tired at the end of the workday, but I think all l my sleep woes should be straightened out within a week or so.
I have started to work on my parole letters, and anticipate that I should have them all completed by the end of next week.  I have delayed writing them until now because I wanted to clear my head as much as possible beforehand.  Being settled here at this unit has helped.  I also put in a request today to be assigned times to visit the law library on a regular basis.  There are a handful of issues that I need to take care of, and now I have plenty of free time to address them. 

Everyone that personally knows me will be glad to hear that I will soon be filing suit against my ex-wife.  I have had a claim awarded in my favor for the past few years.  The claim is for a significant amount of money, and I feel it is well warranted for me to pursue collecting it.  I hope no one views me as callous for pursuing this.  It needs to be done for financial reasons.

Friday, March 26, 2010

WORK, SLEEP, THE WARDEN AND THE INTERESTING CHARACTERS HERE

3/16/10
7:00pm - Hello everyone!  Thanks for taking a look at the blog.  I extend a big welcome to all of the new and tenured viewers, and I encourage you to leave comments and ask questions.  I enjoy reading and responding to everything you have to say.  
I had a fair day today.  My co-worker didn’t report to our job this morning so my workday seemed busier than normal.  That was absolutely OK with me, and it made the day go by faster.  It would be alright with me if I were the only person on my shift for the rest of the time I was here.  I probably won’t be that lucky though.  
I officially restarted my exercise program again today along with beginning to watch my diet.  Since I still haven’t made commissary, it is impossible to completely revamp my diet just yet, but I did pass on the beans and bread at dinner this evening.  I think I’ll cut the bread out of each meal.  I should make commissary within the next 4-6 days, and at that time my eating and my diet can much improve.  
I went to the library for the first time today.  I scheduled the time of 4:20 pm every Tuesday to go. I am already reading a book here in my tank, so I didn’t check out anything, but I did read a newspaper (dated one week prior to today) and flipped through a “Car and Driver” magazine.  
I think my sleeping patterns are starting to adjust for the better.  I was not nearly as tired early this morning as I had been the last few days.  I’m pretty sure I’ll go to bed early tonight, also.  
I got some more information this morning concerning what content should go into a parole support letter.  Most of my friends should have already received this information by now via a private email.  The new information is a little more concise and might be more user friendly than what you received in the mail some time ago.  Hopefully, it will help anyone who is still having a problem writing.  
On a lighter note, I came to the conclusion a little earlier today that it would be much easier to organize my clothes and belongings in here if I could have use of an armoire or chest of drawers.  Do you think the warden could make an exception and allow me to move mine in?  I’ll not hold my breath!  Actually, the warden seems like a good person.  He seems very stern, but I guess that sort of goes along with being a prison warden.  
Can someone out there in the blog-world do me a favor?  It would be interesting to know a little of the demographics behind the employees here. (Officers, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, major, assistant wardens, warden)   I’m curious about average education levels, average salaries, experience needed, average turnover rate, etc.  I am assuming this information should be readily available.  
On a human interest level, I think the characters here in my tank now and at this unit are much more fascinating than any of them that I have previously introduced to you.  4-4 got his nickname because that is the number on the bus route that passes by his home in.  He has 44 tatooed on his neck.  The guy in the bunk below me is the lead singer of a band that has opened for Buck Cherry and Hinder in the recent past.  “Sketch” is a 6’6”, 250lb guy that has a home schooled chemist’s knowledge of how to cook up all sorts of drugs.  I have another friend (he needs a nickname because he doesn’t have one) that is 67 years old and is in here for 5 years on a white collar theft crime.  
And OMG…there are two guys in here that, believe it or not, know each other from the real world, lived in the same part of town, and are now bunkmates here!  The odds of them being in the same prison are slim to none, but the odds of them being bunkmates is astronomically miniscule.  (Bunks are assigned by the staff.)  One of these guys was a professional boxer.  Together they are hilarious and could be the next wave of the Blue Collar Comedy tour.  One of them burned his house down and is in here on arson charges.  Apparently, he told his ex-wife that if he couldn’t have their home in the divorce, then neither could she.  Oh, yeah…..the fire accidentally burned down the neighbor’s home, too. Oops!                            
Good night for now.  Mail just came and I’m off to read my letters.  I am also excited because I got a lay in to pick up a package at 9:00 am tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

GUEST BLOG ENTRY

Hey there, I thought I would use this vehicle to hopefully find some people to correspond with.  People call me Sketch.  As you can probably figure, my name is due to my hobby.  I'm an artist who specializes in portraits.

Well, I've been under care of the prison system for the last year and so many months.  Therefore I have been out of touch and have not had any communication (hint).  So to any responsible and even-minded women out there, I am very hopeful for some pen pals that might be interested in an envelope friendship.  I'm 35 years old, 6'6, 250 lbs, and a country boy.

I have a ten year sentence for possession of

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

RESPONSES TO BLOG COMMENTS

Kristen  (2/6/10)  Everything you send is hilarious and great!  The pictures are the best. Thanks so much.
(3/10/10) Panty raid on

Sunday, March 21, 2010

FIRST DAY OFF FROM WORK AT NEW UNIT

3/14
It's 2:30 pm on Sunday.  The weather is absolutely gorgeous here today.  Today is definitely not a good day to be confined indoors.  I wish I was outside doing something fun with my dogs.  Today was the first day here that I did not have to go to work, which was very welcomed. 

I still haven’t totally caught up on my sleep yet.  I’m not sure what time it was when I woke up this morning, but it was probably around 10:00 am or so.  I think I went to bed around 11:00 pm last night, so I at least, finally got a long night’s sleep.  I’m hoping that by the end of the week I will have my sleep schedule adjusted to the early 4:30 am breakfast.  Breakfast is the best meal of the day, so I’m going to attempt to adjust to it.  I guess if I go to bed by 8:30-9:00 pm each night, I should be able to do it.  

I exercised yesterday and today, but not for as long as I needed to.  Within the next few days, I will be back to a normal exercise routine.  I have not had any outside recreation since before I was transferred to the intake unit on Feb. 22.  We are supposed to get 8-10 hours of it a week here, so I’m not sure what the deal is.  I’ll find out next week, and I’ll let you know.  

Also, I happened to remember last night, that the police department back in the original county where I was arrested has never returned the property that they confiscated when

Saturday, March 20, 2010

TIME AT THE JOB, CAFETERIA AND MEETING NEW INMATES

3/13
It’s about 8:15 am on Saturday morning right now.  I’m at my job, but I’ve got some time to do a little writing.  I’ve been here since 6:30 am.  I missed the 4:30 am breakfast this morning because I slept right through it.  Yesterday morning was the first and, so far, only time that I ate breakfast here at this unit.  It was actually pretty good, filling, and made my day much better.  I wish I would have gone this morning, but --- oh well!  I’ll just look forward to lunch.  I’m not sure what they’re serving.  (Fajitas sure would be good!)
Some of my mail that was originally sent to

Thursday, March 18, 2010

FINALLY AT THE NEW PLACE

3/9/10
Hey everyone. How’s it going? I’ve been up since 1:00am and have only been able to sleep in little 5 minute intervals since that time. I was transferred to what I believe to be the final destination.  I’ve been here in the “processing department” since about 8:00am this morning.  It’s 2:00pm right now.  Forty five of us caught chain and will now be making this our permanent unit.  It seems to be a little more relaxed here.  The facility is laid out the same, but it is larger.  We’ve already been to the dining hall once and it was cleaner and more inviting that the one I was at for intake, because it has windows on the front of it.
This feeling of being “booted” into prison is pretty awful.  This is now the 3rd time in less than 2 months that I have experienced this and it is very exhausting mentally, physically, and emotionally.  All the thoughts of regret and sorrow for putting myself in this situation instantly

Monday, March 15, 2010

NOW BEING TRANSFERRED TO MY NEXT FACILITY

3/8

9:30pm

Good day to everyone.  I finished all my intake evaluations today.  I had a sociology review at 5:45am and then I had a long 4 hr test at 8am.  This post will be a little different from the norm as I just learned that I am "catching chain" tonight to be transferred to a new unit.  I really think this will be the last transfer I undergo so I'm pretty happy.  Hopefully, I will be settled in very soon.  By the time you read this I am pretty sure the blog moderator and my mom will have my new mailing address (we don't).  Unlike last time mail will be forwarded to me this time.  Anything you sent over the last week will reach me, but it might be delayed.  JPay will continue to work and will not be delayed.

I have no idea where

Friday, March 12, 2010

THOUGHTS ABOUT PAROLE, MORE ANXIETY, STRESS, AND NOW HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

3/7

It's Sunday afternoon at about 2:30pm.  I've been writing personal letters to friends for the last couple of hours while also watching "Road Trip" and "American Pie III".  I think the tv is tuned to TBS.  I enjoy doing paperwork with the tv on in the background, so I'm pretty content right now.  I watched a bunch of basketball and the hilarious movie "Mean Girls" yesterday.

During my initial physical exam here I had a high blood pressure reading.  For the past 4-5 days I have gone to the medical department at around 10 each morning to have it rechecked, and it has been high every time.  This is peculiar because

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

THE DORMS, MEALS, COMMISSARY AND THE INTAKE PROCESS

The chow hall is probably 150 yards from my dorm and everyone in my dorm walks to meals at the same time.  If we do not want to eat, we can stay in our dorm.  Breakfast is at about 4am and I have only gone twice.  Once we had eggs and grits and a biscuit and the other time we had a coffee cake with syrup and some pears.  One day the staff decided to not

Saturday, March 6, 2010

THE MOVE FROM COUNTY TO PRISON

I was very surprised when a guard woke me up at 2am and told me I was catching chain and had to be ready to go about an hour after breakfast.  Since breakfast was at 3am, I only had a couple of hours to get ready.  So the move was on.

I was becoming very comfortable in my bunk at the county jail.  I went to sleep last Sunday evening fully expecting to wake up the next morning and have a good day of work outside.  I figured I didn't have to think about moving until after the other guy that came in before me moved.

The guard who woke me up gave me

Monday, March 1, 2010

LITTLE DID I KNOW, BUT THIS IS MY LAST DAY IN JAIL BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED

2/21

It's Sunday afternoon around 5pm.  Today has gone by relatively quickly I guess.  Sundays seem to be the only somewhat peculiar day around here.  Everyone sleeps in late.  Visitation is sort of in the middle of the day and that alters the normal jailhouse routine.  Now, as evening approaches I find myself getting bored and just wanting Monday morning to get here.  Overall, however, the days are still seeming to get shorter and shorter.

I got a visit today from my dad and cousin.  My cousin is about the same age as my dad and he lives at our ranch with my dad.  Anyway, it was a good surprise to see him and get to talk about normal stuff for an hour.  We briefly broached the topic of "What am I going to do when I get out?"  However I'm still trying to