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.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Anoa and Sirdar
Do you know what these two words mean?
Tuesday 7:20 am – I’m not necessarily sure that anything newsworthy has happened between last Saturday and right now to comment on. I’m pretty sure it hasn’t. On Sunday I was able to eat a bunch of BBQ’d brisket from the real world and that was definitely delicious!
I finished reading a book titledIn Thin Airlast night. It was a factual account of the Mount Everest tragedies in 1996. If you recall, in the spring of that year there was sort of a “Perfect Storm” that lead to the deaths of several climbers and guides all in the same 24 hour period. I was somewhat delaying starting the book, because I thought it might be a little boring, but, to my surprise, it turned out to be an extremely intelligently written and riveting account of what happened on the mountain. The author was on the expedition himself and escaped with no permanent physical injuries. His descriptions of the mountain and his quest to summit it made me understand how a person could be drawn to attempt something so illogical and dangerous. Does the book make me want to climb the mountain myself? Absolutely not. Pirates do not ascend mountains. I would, however, like to build a bar at the top of Everest called “High Life” and install a gondola lift to transport my customers. The opportunities would be enormous. While reading the book, I also learned two new words that I really like. I hope you’ll like them, too. Ananoais a dwarf buffalo, and asirdaris a lead Sherpa. See if you can incorporate each of those words into a normal conversation today!
What is the phenomenon that dictates -- as soon as you learn a new word that you have never before previously heard, you will now hear it on a regular basis? Is it a total coincidence, or are we just ignorant that the word is being used before we learn its definition?
As you can see, I seem to be lacking for substance in my writing today. I think that it’s just one of those days when the wheels aren’t turning as quickly as they should be. I even overslept this morning and got to work a half hour late. I think I already need a nap.
3:00 pm – I’m back in my dorm after a very non-eventful work day. I took advantage of the tranquility and wrote a couple of letters to a couple of friends that I haven’t talked to in a while. Six pages to a girl….two pages to a guy. They both keep track of the blog, but I tried to give them a little deeper insight in what I wrote directly to them.
I’m inspired by the prognosis of the blog. I would love to get some comments from you now that we are back on track. I still have plenty of time to write.
The weather has cooled off significantly this afternoon, so it feels great here in the dorm. I’m going to work out now, and I’ll write some more tomorrow.
Thanks for reading. Your support is important and inspiring.
This blog has been created for the benefit of those who would like to understand what life in prison is like, and what the kind of thoughts, struggles and experiences one encounters throughout the process. It will also allow his friends and family to stay updated on how he is doing. He is going by Andy as a nickname, to attempt to remain anonymous. His goal is to use his time to benefit others, to read books, learn as much as possible, and help others learn about the prison system and what people go through, and perhaps make some kind of impact. He will be writing me (a friend) as often as possible, and I will post to the blog when I receive his letters. I encourage people to comment and/or discuss their thoughts or ask him questions in the comment section. I will print out the comments and mail to him so he can address any comments in subsequent blog posts.