There is no doubt that jail sucks. During the eight and a half months I spent last year in Emmet County Jail (ECJ), however, I endeavored to use my time wisely. I filled notebooks with scribbling's, wrote letters, and searched the Gutenberg library on the fake iPads you could rent. I think the newest book I found in the Gutenberg archive was published around Prohibition, pre-Depression era. There were some gems, however, one of which was a book of quotes published in the 1890's. It was filled with the brilliance of anyone from Marcus Aurelius to Ralph Waldo Emerson. A large span of history and mankind, which taught me one important ideal: it's all been said before. This ain't nothing new. I'm not a special snowflake. That condition I found myself in was the result of my complacency and my inability to just grow up. There is nothing inertly romantic about a late 40's meth-head who doesn't have the social maturity to just give up the ghost. Lay down the pipe, pick up the pen, so to speak. So, in the blogs to come, from time to time, I'd like to share my scribblings and some of the enlightening quotes I copied, just to prove it's all been said before. Kinda.
"Excess always carries its own retribution." - Ouida