Ol GuardSquealer is still around. Just not as much. He took a first shift job that doesn't give him access to a computer, and he has been baling hay all summer, so far, so he doesn't have much spare time at home. But since it doesn't rain here any more we might be done baling hay now, so who knows - he might be around more.
Nice that someone still remembers me. I guess you conjured me up, as I haven't been on here in quite a while.View Thread
I want to tell what happened to me friday night. However it is a very tragic story and if you are very sensitive you may not want to read it.
This past friday night probably was the worst night of my life. I had worked a double and was supposed to be coming back in Saturday to work another double. I got home around 11 pm, talked for a while, got a shower and was in bed around 12 am. Had to get up at 5 am.
About 1 am the dogs were barking. I was sound asleep by jumped up to see what was going on, Lola has a very different bark when something serious is going on. We had a lot of rain Friday evening and my front field was under a lot of water. So I opened the door to let the dogs out and was surprised to find someone standing on the porch.
After getting the dogs back in, she asked me if I owned horses. Told her yes, and she said that there was one in the road in front of my house. We sit back quite a ways. I grabbed a shirt and slipped on some tennis shoes and headed out. Half way out she headed back to the house. I yelled to let her know where I was and she said she thought there had been an accident, there was another horse in the ditch and car parts on the road. She called the sheriff.
My daughter brought home two horse she found on craigslist that had been neglected and mistreated. She did this a couple weeks ago. One was blind and the other seemed to be a seeing eye horse for him. He would somehow tell the blind horse where the food was and was very protective of him. He would try and keep him from hitting the fence and just took really good care of the blind horse. It was actually neat to watch. However I knew it was a bad idea to have a blind horse on the farm as they actually dangerous. And can accidentally hurt someone or themselves very easily. I told my daughter several times that we needed to get rid of the blind horse due to the liability. But she would say that her boyfriend was attached to him and she didn't have the heart to get rid of it.
So anyways back to Friday night. I get to the road and the seeing eye horse is laying in the ditch dead. A car had hit him and left the scene of the accident. The blind horse was standing near his body clearly upset. I approached him and he just took off. The sheriff showed up and we discussed the situation. I tried to catch the blind horse a while longer and decided to wake up my daughter to help me. I told her what had happened and we both went back out.
We would talk to him and get close, but as soon as we touched him he would bolt away. Once I thought I had him, but he bolted hit the electric fence and then turned and ran me right over. He hit me hard, knocked me down and then stepped on me about 10 times.
We tried for 3 hours to catch him. The whole time in total darkness, with a flashlight and the 4 wheeler. We tired every trick we know for catching a horse. But every time we would touch him he would freak out. We finally got him back into his original pen with wooden fence. Thought we had him then, but he just ran through the boards on the back side. But then he ran through another section of electric fence and released a bunch of other horses. So while my daughter caught them I called the sheriff back out.
I told the sheriff I felt the only thing to do was to shoot him as there wasn't a way to catch him at this point and he was dangerous running loose. We actually had lost him for a while only to find him back at his friends body sniffing him. The sheriff contact the humane society and they agreed that shooting him would be the best thing to do.
The sheriff contact his supervisor and he said it was ok but that I had to be the one to do it. I had loaned my pistol to a friend and didn't have any ammo for my shotgun. So the sheriff gave me two deer slugs. It was very sad and difficult to do what I had to do. Especially since he was standing over his dead friends body.View Thread
Working some OT this evening. And I have access to my old computer. So anything you want to confess about the upcoming summer?
Me, I am really looking forward to going boating with the wife. Bought a boat and it turns out that it needed alot more work than I imagined. But I think I can get her sea worthy in the next couple weeks and have it on the water by the end of May. At least I hope.
I also confess that I have almost doubled my salary so far this year. I noticed on my pay stub my OT pay for the year is almost as much as my regular pay. I hope I can keep it up all summer.
My daughter has been running the farm since I went to first shift. She does a pretty good job, but she doesn't keep things as nice I would like them to be. Hopefully she will learn.
I still miss third shift. It was nice to do nothing all night. First shift keeps me moving all day. My legs and feet are wore out by the evening. And my work crew has been doing a great job. We constantly get complements on how nice the place looks. They are the only reason I will probably stay on first shift. They are in an 18 month apprenticeship program and I am in charge of it. So I would hate to leave them after they have made a committment and have being putting in an effort.
The inmates working on the yard with me seem to be gaining a sense of pride in how the place looks. Yesterday there was an inspection and it pretty much looked like a part around here.
The vegtable garden is coming along, we have been moving the sod. It is a big job, but we are making progress. The seeds have started to grow, that is fun to see them popping up.
I am trying not to focus on what there crimes are. Most of the guys working with me are in for drug offenses. So it isn't too bad dealing with that.
I am hoping the overtime keeps up for the next few years. Will bring my retirement pay up substantially. Plus help pay for the boat expenses. The wife and I are really excited about this summer and taking out the boat.
Well I have been off third now for about 6 months. I think I feel better and my mind is working a little better. But, I don't have as much time as I did. It was nice to be able to do whatever I wanted during the day really not worry about time. Now it seems that I have to hustle to get anything done.
It has turned my career around a little bit though. Everyone pretty much thought I was dead weight on third, as most people are. You are pretty much just there to fill a spot on third. If something happens then they need you.
We merged with the Medical Center on 1/1/12 and then we all had to pick our jobs again. I was bumbed out of my area I went too in october and now I am a yard officer.
I didn't like the condition of the grounds so I found a crew of workers that hadn't been working because nobody was making them. I started making them work and we have been pruning trees, trimming hedges, mowing grass, edging the sidewalks and whatever else I have felt like having them do. The place looks really nice.
After talking to an inmate that worked in the garden at another prison I decided to put in a garden at our prison. So my crew and a bunch of volunteers has been working on that. Since we are actually pretty much in the city, we don't have as much room as the rural prisons. But the warden gave me permisson to put it in an area that I thought would work. So we have been cutting the sod up manually. It is hard to get access to tools, they whine because it is hard work. But it keeps them out of trouble and I since a certain amount of pride in them for what they are doing.
The produce will be donated to a food bank. I have bought the seeds and supplies we have needed so far. We are starting all our plants from seeds. A lot of guys in here have never been near a garden before so there is some interest from them.
After we get all the sod cut up, I am bringing in a dump truck of composted horse manure from the farm to fertilize the ground. Hopefully I can get my tiller in for a couple days and we can get it worked up. Even though the temps are so high. We really can't plant until 5/15 anyways.
I have also started a going home clothes program for them. A lot of them don't have anything to wear when they leave. So we were sending them out in their prison uniforms. And they look pretty bad. Tough for them to get a start back out on the streets wearing that. So I have been trying to get some donated clothes so they at least have one decent looking outfit to wear when they leave.View Thread