It’s Sunday morning in here, and I find myself without much to say and with little inspiration to write. Please don’t mistake this for me being in a bad mood. I simply don’t know what to write about. This will probably be short, but, at least, you’ll know what I am up to. Maybe a jolt of creativity will strike this afternoon and I’ll fill ten pages with mindless blog barter. Who knows?
Yesterday, Saturday, went by faster than any previous Saturday for me. I’m not sure why. I definitely hope that the trend continues because, on consensus, Saturdays are the most dreaded days in here. For me, there is just too much idle time which spurs me to start wishing I wasn’t in here. I also tend to let my mind wander and try to imagine the fun things I’d be doing instead of exercising on a hard concrete floor or writing a blog from an uncomfortable steel stool/seat thing. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why the weekends drag on now, does it?
I spent a couple hours yesterday thumbing through “Men’s Health” magazines trying to find any and all exercises described that I can do in here without needing any peripheral equipment. I came up with some stuff that was new to me, and I worked up a complete 7 day program. I started it yesterday afternoon, but it was difficult to motivate myself to begin. Nonetheless, I did begin. After I finish writing here on the Blog, I’m going to make a nice concise chart, so I can record what I’m doing (sets, reps, etc.) For the most part (in the real world), I’m not one of those people who walks around the gym with pen and note card in hand charting my workout. However, in the spirit of keeping things interesting, I thought I would try it this way and see if it helps out any. More than likely, I’ll get tired of messing with it and just move on.
I just got back from lunch. It’s barely 10:30am. I’m not complaining, I’m just letting you know. I was able to sleep late this morning. I woke up at 8:52 am, which I think is just about the longest I’ve slept since leaving County. For lunch I had a piece of meatloaf (the portion was generous for in here), some mashed potatoes, a piece of corn on the cob, and some beans. I traded away my biscuit for an additional piece of corn. I’ll have to say that it was all pretty tasty. It really just felt like I was getting to eat a big breakfast. It’s hard not to snack while just hanging out pointlessly here in the dorm, but hopefully I’ll be tided over until dinner which will probably be between 3:45 and 4:15 pm. I plan on exercising today starting at 2 pm.
There is not a wealth of extra food floating around in our dorm right now. It’s been 24 days since we were last able to go with the spend limit that is imposed on us at the commissary. 24 days is too long of a period to stretch our purchases and remain comfortable. Is anyone going to starve to death? Absolutely not. Does it make inmates agitated for no purpose? Absolutely yes. Does it cost the already cash deprived TDCJ system valuable additional monies? Absolutely yes. In a very small nutshell, I would compare the commissary system here to a fully stocked and competent convenience store that is only open to the public 4 days out of the week and for only half of the day. The owner of the convenience store and his fixed costs are set and include his enormous monthly rent. By limiting his hours, he is now only exposed to about 2/3 of his potential gross revenue. Although there is probably more to this than meets my eyes, I do not think that it is a sound operating procedure for the commissary to operate as it does on this low security unit. My gosh, I’m not sure where all my ranting just came from! I still have food in my locker, so why am I worried?
I think I told you that one of my friends received news from his family that his parole was denied. We do not get a timely notice in here on whether or not we have been granted parole. You readers on the outside have much quicker access to the information than we do. My friend was denied parole by the board around the end of May. His family informed him via Jpay of the decision on June 3rd. He still has not received word via the prison system of the board’s decision. The official word via the prison system is relayed to us in here when we receive a lay in to visit the IPO. The IPO then gives us a letter that indicates the parole board’s decision. Not that it’s much consequence in my situation, since I have plenty of available communication with my attorney and family, but it appears that most of the guys in here have to wait over two weeks after the board has voted, to learn of their answer. I’ll let you know when my friend is delivered his official denial letter, so that we can determine exactly how long the lag time really is. Yes, I know that I think about math and numbers too much. Sorry. The boredom in here doesn’t help matters.
Another one of my friends is due to see the IPO tomorrow morning to learn his fate and parole answer. His family on the outside has not pre-discovered his answer for him. He has been to prison at least one time previous to now and I’m guessing he will not be granted parole. I don’t even remember his charges or his background story, but I’ll let you know how things turn out once I know myself.
I met another guy in here this week that was recently shipped here from another unit. He’s in here for a violation of his probation and a 3rd DWI. I’m not sure of his original charges or how they relate to the DWI. He was originally arrested last July 2009 and received a 3 year sentence. In November 2009, the parole board set the date as June 1, 2010. He will be released sometime within the 60 day period following June 1st . His reactions to his “any day now” freedom are very intriguing. Keep in mind, he has no idea how long after June 1st that he’ll go home. Unless someone from the outside notifies him, he will be totally surprised when his name is called to catch train and go home. To say he is extremely anxious is a mild understatement. If he has family on the outside to check on his release status, I know that they will have some sort of advance notice, but I don’t know how much.
OK, now, this is too much jail talk. I’m even boring myself. Someone tell me about an interesting summer vacation that you’ve already taken or about one that you might have planned. Has anyone played golf lately? I’ve been craving a round or two of golf. They don’t even have putt-putt in here!
June 13th is the day I am officially proclaiming the heat to be a non issue. I don’t know what the exact temperature was yesterday, and I not sure what it will rise to this afternoon. I think it’s probably mid 90’s and pretty darn humid. Point is, that it’s gonna get much hotter. Maybe it will climb to high 90’s or low 100’s, but that’s it. Also, the humidity factor should start improving in about ten days or so. The heat has not been the death of me, and I am declaring victory over it.
Although I’ve missed my two dogs, the entire time I’ve been on vacation, I’ve really been wanting to see them badly for the past week or so. I missed both of their birthdays at the beginning of last month, so I’m sure they’d like to express several not so kind words to me. Actually, that’s not true at all. They are still loving it on our farm. They’re in dog heaven descended. What more could you want as a chocolate lab? Goats, chickens, stock tanks, and pickup rides must feel like Disney World. Hey, my dogs get the fun summer camp, and I get the crappy one! I am looking forward to being able to run with my dog, Tank, again on a regular basis.
As of last Thursday, the parole board had still not scheduled a meeting with my attorney. I think that by this Thursday there will be a meeting scheduled, and I am going to be very happy to finally know that for sure. It’s going to be a little weird. Once there is a meeting scheduled, I will be able to determine almost an exact date as to when I will know my parole answer. All the dates up to this point have been completely ambiguous, so my reaction to knowing a specific date is going to be interesting. Hopefully, I’ll be nervous and stressed out. Most any kind of different emotion would be nice to feel at this point. More than likely, I won’t be stressed out, though. I think my confidence is up high enough to the point where I’ll just wait until the fat lady enters the building.
I read that the ring finger of a female is shorter than her index finger, and the ring finger of a male is longer than his index finger. Did you know that? Does everyone remember that he/she thing from Saturday Night Live named Pat? What is the scientific name for not knowing the sex of a human? Words that I use entirely too much in here and on this Blog are (amongst many others) definitely, hopefully, ambiguous, and really. I really definitely need a thesaurus!
I think that’s going to wrap this up. I’m glad I got the time to write and I'm glad everyone is back up to date with what’s going on. Thanks for all your letters and support, and I look forward to talking to you again.
BTW-How many calories do all these activities burn per hour?
1. Running/jogging (8 ½ - 9 minute pace)
2. Sprinting (40 yard sprint, walk 40 yards continue, etc.)
3. Walking (fast, but not speed walking)
4. Jumping jacks