May 20, 2020

Chapter 4, 5

by Eric Wilkes (author's profile)


Date: 5/8/2020 10:55:57 AM

(CHAP. #4 PG. #1)

Another important subject to take into consideration -- especially in jail or prison -- is the importance of proper hygiene. Not only for your own health purposes, but also because you're almost always within ten feet of a human nose.

So when it dawned on me that I hadn't taken a shower in over two days,\1/ I immediately gathered together the items required to carry out the much needed task. Then, after looking out in to the day room, I noticed that he shower closest to me was in the midst of being used. However I also noticed that the shower at the other end was open and available. There was no question in my mind as to what would be necessary in completing the shower itself, but there was the question of what to wear while making the 50 foot trip through the day room. My evaluation revealed that I had four choices with which to consider:
1) Wear my pants.
2) Wear only my boxers.
3) Wear a towel around my waist. Or. . .
4) Wear nothing at all.

It's a shame my sense of perception didn't tell me to pay attention earlier, so I would have already known what the other guys had worn. It's also a shame that my sense of logic didn't just tell me to wait until someone else took a shower, so I could see what they wore for their trip. And it's even more of a shame that my sense of pride wouldn't let me just go ahead and ask for someone. I'm sure John would have been more than happy to help.

The whole reasoning behind my choice of attire can be summed up in one word: MASCULINITY. \2/ I don't know why. I guess back then I must have felt as though I had some kind of point to prove. So, for me to wear anything meant I wasn't man enough to. . . Well, I'm sure by now you've deciphered which choice I made. \3/

My trip through the day room went without and hassle: no laughing, no howling, no threats, no whistling, and no proposals. However, as I pulled the drape closed behind me, all of that changed.

It all started with what sounded like some guy sliding about ten feet on the floor towards the shower. \4/ Then, suddenly, WHAM! With what sounded like some guy crashing into the wall just outside of my shower drape. \5/ My pants were suddenly thrust through the drape, along with some friendly words of advice -- at a rather high volume. "NO! NO! NO, MAN! THAT'S NOT HOW YOU DO IT IN HERE!"


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