Well they served hamburgers and chili dogs for lunch this past weekend and I got a visit from my dad, which was definitely a nice surprise. I probably wasn’t in as good of spirits as he would have liked to have seen me, but it was only due to the fact that I was so exhausted from the working out last week. It’s very hard to sit at a table with your dad and discuss random topics for 2 entire hours. Keep in mind that I have no problem spending countless hours or days with my dad. It’s just hard to pull stuff out of the air when the gorilla in the room is “when is this parole mess going down? They sell fast food items here that are microwaveable, so he bought me a mini pizza. OMG, it was so good! I can’t wait to get out of here and devour a pizza buffet somewhere.
I think I will adjust my exercise routine to something a little more regimented and productive then I've been doing and I’ll probably go to the library tomorrow. At some point this week I’m going to try to figure out how to get my hands on a radio in here. I think that listening to an hour or two of music and talk radio would be a solid way to pass time each day.
So I haven't heard any news that differed concerning my parole. I’m still simply waiting for the board to vote on me. It has been questioned quite a bit recently about the impact of my transfer on my parole, or if my pending parole dictated I be transferred. Although it would seem to make logical sense to relate those two events, it is not the case. My parole and the entire process of me receiving parole is completely independent of my transfer to this unit.
Now, that being said, my sentence length and some other factors that will only be relevant if I do not make parole, do play into the fact that I was sent here. To explain this would take 18 pages of writing and I might still fall short in my description. But inmates are often sent here based on how much longer it is until they have their Discretionary Mandatory Review (shortway) release date. Apparently, my profile and duration fit the ideal candidate to be housed here and I’m also pretty sure, due to the minimal security here, that everyone housed here has a non-aggravated charge.
The book I’m reading now is Portrait of a Killer- Jack the Ripper Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell. She claims to have solved the mystery and her writing is very convincing, however, I have no basis on which to evaluate her findings. My knowledge of the case is certainly limited, and she only tells her side of the story in her book. I’m really missing the internet as I read. It would be nice to research the other theories proposed and read what the anti-Cornwell crowd has to say. Before anyone points out the obvious, yes, I am aware that Cornwell is primarily a fictitious crime author. This book is supposed to be different. I’ll be finished with it by the time you read this post, so please let me know what you think.
Everything here is just dandy. I’ll wrap this up for now and will look forward to writing more soon. I’ll be establishing a set workout schedule and I’m pretty time will start to fly by.
LOL! One last anecdote. I think I was insulted last might by some young guy in here in the dorm. He said my tattoo on my ankle was the smallest tattoo he had ever seen. He said it was obvious I was trying to hide it, and he wanted to know what it meant. I faintly described the reasoning behind the tattoo, but I don’t think my validation sank in. I guess small tats just aren’t cool in here.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to talking to you again very soon.