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    Here at TC, "Life Without" starts at Ch. 18. The first seventeen chapters are elsewhere.

    Chapter 18: Feelings Check



    I had to spice-up up my prison resume pronto as Bumpo had advised me to make it look like have tried to, before a future Parole Board. I looked over my list from the Self-improvement and job board (see chapter 16Decisonsfor background knowledge if needed).

    I wrote down several possibilities backDid some thought, crossed out some and circled others.

    The first I would try would be.....Mondays at 6 PM. Hosted by Patricia Worthington, Counselor.

    When the time came I walked to room 416-B and peered in. The door was open.

    There was a group of about 16 inmates sitting in a circle on plastic chairs. I had never seennor met any of these inmate beforestyrofoamNezcafe

    I glanced towards the group that was talking peacefully in a hum of low voices to one another.



    Kind of like those AA meetings and Interventions

    I spotted an open chair on the left side of the circle, walked over slowly and

    A slightly overweight man in his 40s sheepishly entered the room. I could tell it was his first time, too. He looked around a bit bewildered trying to think about where to sit. His eyes focused mainly towards the floor to avoid eye contact. Finally, he shuffled to another open chair opposite of me. I could sense his pensiveness, which was similar to my own. I scanned the circle from my chair again. It was relaxed. Except for one man, in his 30s, with a dark brown flat top haircut and sweater who sat in a tense posture, eyes staring straight ahead, with both arms resting on his lap with fists clenched. I told myself.

    A tall and lanky inmate in jeans, dull red flannel shirt, and graying pony-tail stood up and walked towards me. He stuck out his hand for a shake. I stood up, made eye-contact, and shook his hand.



    more at ease.






    six.



    I sat down amidst the quiet conversation among those here and opened my notebook.


    s

    Table of Contents, by chapter. I skimmed it.

    Nutrition for Physically Improving our:

    Stress

    High blood pressure

    Diabetes

    LDL Cholesterol levels

    Acid Reflux

    Arthritis

    Gout

    IBS

    Inflammation

    Etcetera....



    I turned the page. The next page read:



    Nutrition for Mentally Improving Our:

    Insomnia

    Anxiety

    Neurosis

    Agoraphobia

    Claustrophobia

    Feelings of inadequacy

    Anger Management

    Depression



    Etcera....etcetera.

    I opened a random page to take a look. They were all photocopies of articles written by Psychologists, Nutritionists, a couple Doctors, Yoga gurus, and Personal Trainers. Some of these articles even came from magazines and newspapers.

    " --No sh*tSherlock,I thought. What do they think I am? Stupid.

    Another read:

    GDuh.

    Useless info....I thought....



    The chatter all of a sudden stopped.





    ,, with a clear lack of enthusiasm.

    Patty Worthington was a middle-aged plump women with slightly red mid-length poofy 1980s style hair, large glasses and a radiant smile. She wore a light blue loose-fitting dress. Loose fit was not only because she big but also to not arouse deprived male inmates. T

    placed it into a tissue, putting it away.

    The room was silent.

    6

    that I and that other guy were the newbies.

    I raised my hand slowly.



    awkwardly.

    group responded in a pleasant and welcoming manner in unison, but lacking any energy whatsoever.



    ....Hi,uhm....like I said,

    ....feelings


    Pause....silence.


    idence.

    Patty recognized this immediately, and being the professional she is, she filled the void.







    The New Guy opposite of me raised his hand.

    l

    !genuine feeling.



    A man raised his hand.



    Doin I got promoted to line manager at the License Plate

    Jesus, I thought....Does this guy have a life?

    gotta raise. .74 Cents an hourmakin

    Some members clapped their hands in a slow and muffled manner. This was like an Alan Smithee film.







    instructed Patty,psuedo-shrink on the cheap. Probably a low-grade Counselor who the prison hired on the cheap, knowing how tight with budgets they are.

    A man with long brown hair pulled parted in the middle raised his arm in the back in the middle of the circle.

    ear it



    ! Rah-Rah chant but with no soul.

    ckinhot



    8bullsh






    One guy in the group shook his head disapprovingly.







    !





    !

    he said.

    feelings






    My mind was already wondering. This was so dull. But it was what I was willing to do to cast myself in the best light possible before the parole board.

    .....
    Last edited by Boots; 09-20-2018, 01:31 PM.
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  • #2
    Is this something to do with getting out of the Freakdoor Jail? Do what I do: Send a message to that e-mail they provide with a FECK YOU in bold capitals, then re-nic.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by xiao mo View Post
      Is this something to do with getting out of the Freakdoor Jail? Do what I do: Send a message to that e-mail they provide with a FECK YOU in bold capitals, then re-nic.
      LWO is about a man's journey through a difficult time and how faces adversity and what he learns along the way.

      Stay tuned for future editions.

      Chapters 1-17 are over at that other place.

      Thank you for responding, xiao mo.
      LWO Community strong!

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      • #4
        Interesting read.. did you write it, Boots?
        It reminds me of how I would do a feeling check in with my grade one students with a magic stick. They passed the stick around if they felt like talking to check in how they were feeling before the start of the day. It was a good gauge on how to approach them and the day. The rest of the story could be a good read, boots.

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        • #5
          Snippets from an ebook published a few years back, here is the first chapter of Thailand Calling

          https://thailandchatter.com/showthre...ll=1#post32600

          Second passage

          https://thailandchatter.com/showthre...ll=1#post53716

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          • #6
            Originally posted by vendetta4real View Post
            Interesting read.. did you write it, Boots?
            Yes, it's from me.

            I've written short stories before.

            It reminds me of how I would do a feeling check in with my grade one students with a magic stick. They passed the stick around if they felt like talking to check in how they were feeling before the start of the day. It was a good gauge on how to approach them and the day. The rest of the story could be a good read, boots.
            Nice story on the magic stick.

            More chapters will be coming in LWO.

            Cheers.
            LWO Community strong!

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            • #7
              ^^Cool, thanks.
              ^Thanks.. what is LWO?

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              • #8
                I also wondered what the acronym 'LWO' here are a few guesses:

                Love Won Out

                Limited Weather Observation

                Lesbians Without Opportunities

                Liquid Waste Operations

                Long Way Opening

                Liaising With Orangutans

                Ladyboy Warning Organization

                ....the list goes on

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                • #9
                  Life Without Orgasms

                  Lefties Winge Obsessively

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                  • #10
                    Lardarse Wobbling Over

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                    • #11
                      ^you guys are funny..lol..

                      I'm guessing it means , Life Without? Which wouldn't really make sense because the o is attached to with.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by vendetta4real View Post
                        ^you guys are funny..lol..

                        I'm guessing it means , Life Without? Which wouldn't really make sense because the o is attached to with.
                        A common acronym in legal papers and documents is: LWOP.

                        Life Without Parole.

                        The "Parole" is left out.
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