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Monday, September 27, 2010


Well, the nfl games just wrapped up.  Boy, the Texans are looking good.  I’m excited now about seeing some more of them this season.  Yesterday’s college football was fun, too.  I watched a little of each game that came on TV, but I didn’t watch any of them in their entirety.  As I think I’ve mentioned before, the seating here isn’t the most comfortable in the world, and I get too fidgety trying to stay seated for so long.  I’m definitely able to get my fill.  I’m not sure what’s in store for next weekend’s games.

I haven’t been nervous one bit this weekend about finding out my parole answer this week.  These will probably be immortalized as famous last words if I’m wrong, but I’m chalking up a “yes” vote as a foregone conclusion. I figure if I’m wrong, then I’ll obviously be disappointed, but at least for one weekend, I was able to experience the joy of thinking that my not too distant release was eminent.  At this point in the story, you can all feel free to laugh, at my expense, if it turns out I’m wrong and I’m denied.  A denial would mean I’d most likely get out on April 21st of next year.

There are a few ‘varieties’ of parole that the board could grant.  In the best scenario, I’d be home in a month.  There are 2 other options where the board grants parole, but makes me take classes in here or just has me spend more time in here to be released later on an arbitrary date.  Although, these 2nd two options would be better than waiting until April 21st,  I would pretty much take either of them as a defeat and be disappointed.  These 2 options would have me leaving roughly in 3 to 4 months from now.  Again, better than April 21st, but still not desirable.

This may be somewhat ‘institutionalized’ side of me speaking right now, but it will be refreshing to learn an answer tomorrow, if for no other reason than to know exactly what I’m facing time wise.  Throughout this entire episode, I have lacked the luxury of being able to plan for a known future.  This week that should cease.  And really, this will somewhat be the onset of closure for my whole legal quandary dating back over 5 years ago.  Any way you look at the situation it will ultimately be positive.

Next week I plan on going to the law library here to research what the full extent of the Texas and Federal laws are concerning me owning firearms once I’m out of here.  I heard some new info today that contradicts what I have been carrying in my mind, and I think now would be a good time to clarify and extend what I have learned so far.  I did a little research on this back a long time ago when my case began, but it’s time to get it all straight in my mind.  Heck, maybe I’ll stick to fishing for a while and leave the hunting alone.  I know I can’t get in trouble for casting out a lure!

I don’t know if it’s possible to convey my attitude shift between last Thursday and right now, but there has definitely been one.  I don’t know if it’s permanent or not, but I feel like I am now living in here with a specific purpose and something to look forward to.  I do not feel any longer, like I am just idly existing.  I actually have a somewhat sense of urgency coursing through me, and I feel like I need to start making more specific exit strategies and an updated plan of attack strategies for as soon as I’m home.

I’ll end up by saying that the next time you hear from me, I’ll have a positive parole vote in my pocket and the next phase of this all will have begun.  Thanks again for keeping up with me and for showing all of your support.  There may be a handful of days until the next post, but now would be a great time to leave any comments you may be mulling over.  I’ll talk to you soon.

1 comment:

  1. Well, anything you get will be positive news, for the fact that you will be home by next spring. I think you should think of the positive side of that. I know thats easy for me to sit here and say, but like you said, your 5 year journey is just about over anyway you look at it. Be thankful and relish in that. Things are good.