Journal Entry: Choon Yong-08/25/2023-

Journal Entry

8/25/2023 Friday Daily Diary from Atwater camp.
Woke up at 5:40 PM. made up my bed, cleaned up and changed to BOP uniform and made a cup of coffee. Stretched, drank my coffee and watched the local news and weather channel, high temperature for today is 93 degrees F. Started walking at 6:10 AM. Breakfast was served at 6:30 AM. Breakfast menu: Oatmeal, muffin, milk and punch.

Plan for today:

  1. Stretch.
  2. Call Doris.
  3. Email Daily Diary for 8/24/2023.
  4. Walk 6 miles.
  5. Yoga.
  6. Quotations.
  7. ACE Classes – Italian Cities 4-4:30 PM, Oceanography 5-5:30 PM and Ethics 6-6:30 PM. 8) Daily Dairy 8/25/2023.

Walked 2 miles in 28 minutes 45 seconds, sluggish pace but the ambience was nice and the sun rise over the horizon looks stunning amid the dawn sky. Final 4 miles was at a better pace under 12 minutes per mile or 47 minutes 39 seconds for 4 miles. Stretched at the basket ball court from 7:40-8:00 AM. Talked to Bryan about T shirt exchange for inmates who have been there for more than six months. Practiced Yoga on the basketball court from 8:10 – 9:20 AM. The practice felt good, it was taxing but felt very relaxed after the practice, also I missed practice for 4 days. Most important, no pain in any part of my body. Fridays and weekends are easy days, as I don’t have any laundry obligations, other that special projects that crops up. Jay Rod help me fold some blanket and sheets. Jay wanted top learn how to sew, so I volunteer to show high some tricks of the trade. Exchanged blankest and sheets for Kia and Crusty Old Man. Went to the sewing room to sew some missing buttons, measure and sized up pants and shirt left over from inmates who left the camp. Lunch was served at 10:20 AM. Luncheon menu: fish sandwich, pasta, carrots and punch. talked to Doris at 10:40 AM: She sounded very good and she felt better. She had 33 Botox shots yesterday. Kein was able to give her a ride to Dr Arnold for the Botox shots. Kain will visit me during the Labor day weekend. Dr Arnold asked Doris to walk barefooted, but she only could do a few steps. I suggested that she try it at home near the dining table or by the sofa when someone is around the house. Dr Arnold increased the dosage and she should not walk too much in the next few days as her muscles are weakened. She inquired if Thomas Johnson called or email me, I told her he did not. As long as he is working on the restitution case that is all we could ask for. She asked about the 2024 Release Plan, I told her it was a book sent by Prison Professor. Several inmates at Atwater have received the guide and they saw my picture in the guide. I even encourage several of them who are interested to email Prison Professor to receive the 2024 Release Plan guide. I told Doris that the second chance act had a provision for elderly inmates to be in home confinement for one year and I qualify for the program. We will have to wait until my 2nd unit meeting to discuss this with my case manager and counselor. If things work out to my favor, I could be in home confinement by December 2024. Also I have several opportunities to each and conduct training courses, but the positions are not available to teach and mentor GED or ESL classes. Also I have been busy with laundry duties, reading, classes, walking, Yoga and other activities to educate and learn. In retrospect, prison has gotten me to start the learning process in high gear, I had taken life very easy not challenging to improve or educating myself. I have taken very diverse subjects to broaden my perspective and challenging my learning capabilities. Before coming to prison my mind was in retirement mode and I did nothing challenging to to educate myself other than clicking on the the TV remote.
Showed Jay Rod how to sew ripped pants, repair buttons, and sew new seams for blankets. Finished training Jay Rod at 12:30 PM. Showered at 12:40 PM. Loaned Chan my “Success After Prison”. I exchanged T Shirts for Eric, Chris, Versace and Bryan. Census count at 3:30 PM. Dinner was served after the count. Dinner menu: chicken fried rice, green beans, bread and punch. ACE classes Italian Cities 4-4:30 PM, Oceanography 5-5:30 PM and Ethics 6-6:30 PM. Read at the library from 4:30 – 7:00 PM. In Oceanography we learned about the Trade Winds and calm regions of the Equator and the Horse Zones where no trade winds exist. Ethics we learned about defending a killer. Back to the unit at 7:00 PM. Washed a load of laundry for 13U, emergency wash. Census count at 8:00 PM. Cleaned up at 8:30 PM, Census count at 8:45 PM. Final Census count at 9:30 PM. Went to bed at 10:00 PM.

Today was a good day: Doris is doing well with her Botox shots. The Botox shots are slowly helping her regain her mobility but it will take time and lots of efforts from her. Walked 6 miles, 4 miles under 12 minutes per mile. Had an excellent Yoga practice. Jay Rod was a good help with laundry and sewing duties.

Duc De La Rouchefoucauld: It is more shameful to doubt one’s friend than to be duped by them.

Books read: 13 Books, Book reports: 13 Reports, Target: 150 Books.
ACE Classes: 21 Classes, ACE Class report: 2 Reports, Target: 100 Classes.
EBRR Classes: 4 Classes, EBRR Class report: 2 Reports.
Miles walked: 6 Miles, Cumulative mileage: 395 Miles, Target: 9000 Miles.

Duc: The Glory of great men should always be measured against the means the used to acquire.