Friday, October 3, 2008

i went to prison

san quentin state prison to be exact. don't worry....you're not going to see my ugly mug on the 10 o'clock news....we went for "family night". once a year, the prison goes on lock down and opens it's doors to the public to tour the facility. one of our close friends works there as a corrections officer and because of that we always get an invitation to go. seems a little odd....but it is actually really interesting. the architecture itself is amazing. you know i love old buildings. our friend always gives us a guided tour, so we get some inside info on how things roll our there.

as we drove over the san rafael bridge towards the menacing facility while listening to my favorite album, i realized something that hits me every time i walk through those big steel doors...prison is a sucky place to be. i know on tv and movies, prison may not seem to terrible....i guess that really depends on the movie you're watching....but i'm telling you. until you've had to turn sideways to slide from the front of a prison cell to the back....you just don't realize how bad it really is. it's a dark place. i'm glad that i only see it once a year.

have a great weekend! see you later.

less of me...

6 comments:

Sharon said...

I'm still trying to process all of last night...

Pastor's Perspective said...

You know, Johnny Cash had a huge prison following J! Might be an untapped market 'The Man in Black' left wide open for you. Maybe rearranging some of your titles/lyrics: It's (Never) Too Late (**deathrow audience only), Now (is the)Youre Doing Time, Chasing the Soap, Firearms of my Father...okay, maybe not.

Sharon said...

Oh... Steve...

Shan said...

Funny Steve!
My brother is a correctional officer at Folsom Prison. But I remember going to one of the prisons with him and seeing the home of a lot of men. Crazy.

Natalie said...

Wasn't it so COOL that this tour was nothing like our first one???
We got to see some things that the public has never before seen!!! Yep, the (old) gas chamber, the gym, which houses 360 inmates in bunkbeds that were standing 15 feet away from us, FREELY!
Good times...

Steve, I think you need a new creative outlet. Do you like painting? Sewing? Cooking? Oh, and just so you know J, did pick up the guitar and "got jiggy with it" in the protestant chapel...
It's true...

Amanda Mays said...

Cool! I did alcatraz on my last time down which was cool. But seeing an active prison would be really awesome!