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So . . . It Seems I'm Off To Jail

Yes, the long arm of the law has reached out and plucked me from free society, it would appear.  Consequently, I’ll be pulling five days in the hoosegow beginning May 27, unless there is some sort of divine intervention.  Showing that I have my priorities in order, this situation has set me to thinking -- about chess, naturally.  Should I start up any new games that may not be completed before I hear the jail door slam shut, necessitating that I place myself on “vacation” at this site?  That is actually not the point of this blog entry; instead, it’s the term “vacation,” which is used here to indicate that a player will not be available to make moves within the time constraints of active chess games.

 

I would posit that most who’ve used the “vacation” mode here at chess.com haven’t actually been on a real vacation when doing so; I’ve only had to make minimal use of the “vacation” setting during my time at the site, and in those instances, it surely wasn’t because I was sunning myself on the beaches of Tahiti.  No, I suspect that most people turn to the “vacation” option when general life activities impede their ability to make moves in their chess games before timing out.  Perhaps one has a business trip that will keep them away from their games.  Or, an illness.  Maybe one’s internet service is going to be interrupted for some reason.  Could be any number of reasons – yes, even a real “vacation.”  But in most instances, I suspect it’s not the latter.

 

In any event (and because I trend egocentric), I’m more focused on my own reasons for using the “vacation” setting; and specifically, this particular situation involving my coming time in “Folsom.”  Because I enjoy playing chess, I’m tempted to start new games and not worry a whit about those matches almost certainly having to be interrupted while I go Dillinger.  If only . . . there was another name for the option other than “vacation.”  There’s just something, I dunno -- chafing, about saying I’m on “vacation,” when in reality I’ll be bedding down in a facility that has housed the likes of al Qaeda thug Zacharias Moussaoui, the D.C. snipers and CIA traitor Aldrich Ames – among other “notables.”  Perhaps a setting simply called “away” would make me feel better.

 

Oh well, on the positive side, there is this: When the criminal across from me asks, “What are you in for?” I can just reply, “I’m on vacation.” 


Comments


  • 7 years ago

    PrettyGoPale

    Thanks, Batgirl.  I have been and will continue to make the best of my opportunity.  In the meantime, I'll turn to 10cc for inspiration.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHLxatfv2w8

     

    "GOOD MORNING JUDGE" 

    "Well good morning judge, how are you today
    Im in trouble, please put me away
    A pretty thing took a shine to me
    I couldnt stop her so I let it be

    I couldnt stop her so I let it be
    I couldnt stop her so I let it be
    I couldnt stop her so I let it be

    He didnt do it, he wasnt there
    He didnt want it, he wouldnt dare

    Well good morning judge, yes Im back again
    Im in trouble, so its back to the pen
    I found a car but I couldnt pay
    I fell in love and I drove it away

    I fell in love and I drove it away
    I fell in love and I drove it away
    I fell in love and I drove it away

    He didnt do it, he wasnt there
    He didnt want it, he wouldnt dare
    I didnt do it, I wasnt there
    I didnt want it, I wouldnt dare

    Alcatraz is like a home sweet home
    Im so wanted and Im never alone
    San quentin is the place to be
    Im so happy I dont wanna be free

    So happy I dont wanna be free
    So happy I dont wanna be free
    So happy I dont wanna be free"


     


  • 7 years ago

    batgirl

    I'm truly sorry to learn you must forfeit your freedom for 5 days.

    Every experience, however uncomfortable, can be an opportunity for enrichment.

    Good luck.

     


  • 7 years ago

    PrettyGoPale

    Hi, Bruce.  Don't think I can bring any outside material -- perhaps I'll carve a chess set out of soap.  Of course, I'd have to be careful not to dull my shank too much.  My mom actually suggested that I take a crossword puzzle book in with me.  Nice. 

    Me: "Hey, Bubba, what's a 10-letter word for vengeful activity?"

    Bubba: "Ass-kicking"


  • 7 years ago

    RetGuvvie98

    Maybe you can get some of them signed up for CHESS.COM - If you do, don't forget to give them your 'handle' so you can get some free chess mentor time if you get enough to sign up.

     

    oh yes, don't forget to take your chess set and board along. (if they let you)  likely in 5 days, you won't have enough time to get into a workout routine, or get a law degree, or some other longer-term activity....

     

     

    Ret.


  • 7 years ago

    PrettyGoPale

    Thanks, Jay.  I'm sure I'll emerge from my "down time" an improved member of society.  Cute kids, btw -- have a couple daughters myself.  The oldest -- a teenager -- offered me the standard "Don't drop the soap" advice.  Ah yes, raise 'em right, and it pays dividends throughout life.
  • 7 years ago

    oginschile

    LOL...

    Happy rehabilitating. Nothing like a solid 5 days of hardcore social rehab.


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