Thursday, March 19, 2015

Day 77 (12/8/14) 50 women with 50 different personalities

It’s Monday, a start of a new week. I feel like it’s going to be a good week. 
Thought of the day: Sometimes you have to let things go, so there is room for better things to come into your life. 

We had a few tiffs today. Fights over the TV, the newspaper, and cleaning. With 50 women and so many personalities, we are never going to always get along. The morning started off with two roommates fighting over when to clean their cell. One of the girls sleeps until lunch everyday and the other is up early. Well, the early bird likes to clean before lunch, but cant because her roomie is always sleeping. So, she waits to clean after lunch. The resentment of not being able to clean when she wants, has to be building up and today, she hit her breaking point. She decides she’ll clean when she wants to, so she goes in and starts cleaning. She wakes up her roommate in the process and they get into a screaming match. The early bird gets mad and wants to switch rooms. But, the grass isn’t always greener and she realizes that moving isn’t a smart move, so she backs off and doesn’t clean the room. But, she’s still mad and as she stews about it complaining to everyone that will listen, she decides “Screw it, I’ll do what I want to do and I’m cleaning now”. Then round 2 started up. They eventually cleaned their cell and by the end of the day, they had squashed their fight. 
The newspaper is a daily fight. We have people grab the newspaper and take it into their cells before anyone has read it. Then there’s “Butter”, who usually gets the paper first, let’s no one read it until she’s done and she keeps the sudoku puzzle section all day while she works on it. This really pisses people off. Now, we have “Crazy Donna” (who was transferred here from Patton State Mental Hospital) who interrogates everyone about the paper if she can’t find it to read it and once she gets it, she guards it with her life. She won’t share and she hoards it in her cell. She was reading the comics and hoarding the local section, so a woman asked to read the locals and she refused. She was “reading it”. But, she wasn’t reading it, so they argued about it. The woman attempted to pry the newspaper out of “Crazy Donna’s” hands. No luck. She left extremely frustrated. 

The TV channel selection is usually a “majority rules” selection. But, some deputies will not change the channel if people are in the middle of watching something. That’s what happened tonight. The deputy turned on the TV and Storage Wars was on. Two women sat down to watch and the deputy wouldn’t change it. So, many inmates kept complaining the entire time. “Are we really watching this ? I can’t believe someone is watching this”. Blah, blah, blah. I actually like the show and didn’t mind watching it. Plus, it was something different for a change. The thing is, the two women were nice and said you can change it at 8pm after the episode they were watching was over. Because, it was a marathon on and the deputy wouldn't change the channel if they were watching the show, they could have manipulated the TV programming all night, but they didn’t. If I don’t like what’s on TV, I’ll read a book. It’s not worth the energy getting worked up about it. The only problem I have with the TV is the women that yell “TV courtesy” when they are watching their show, but if it’s not what they want to watch and they’re not watching TV, “they” have no courtesy and get loud. It’s very irritating, selfish, and rude. I look forward to the day I’m home and I’m watching my own TV. What I want to watch, when I want to watch it, at the volume I want, and to be able to fast forward, rewind, pause, and rewind. :) 

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