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Old 08-29-2020, 08:01 AM   #276
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Re: I'm going to change the world

I don't regard it as turning my life around. I was in the middle of doing a philosophy degree at the time, and they kindly allowed me to return to finish it. Life continued much as it had before. The stigma of it always remains, however. There are several times, even quite recently, it has been used it to make prejudicial judgements about my character, regardless of how long ago it was.
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Old 08-29-2020, 09:36 AM   #277
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*Postjudicial judgments
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Old 09-04-2020, 12:57 PM   #278
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I get it. Too bad there's no such word.

Starting late is difficult, is the point I'm trying to make.

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Old 09-04-2020, 09:27 PM   #279
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Your point is correct enough to be almost self-evident.
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Old 09-16-2020, 06:08 PM   #280
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Brian doesn't appear to like whingers.

By coincidence, genetics, or that they had already survived years inside, most of the lifers I encountered were physically hard people. True hardness is a charisma; it is unmistakable, cannot be faked, and will reciprocate being left alone. Among those with this quality on my wing were Welsh Dave, Richie the mercenary, and Don, a thick-set, surly, silent character, whom one left alone. Don had a lifer friend from another wing, whose name I forget, but who was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He looked like some Hells Angels version of Freddie Mercury. The guards liked and respected him, you could tell, and even Don liked him. Not somebody you would want to get the wrong side of, which I wasn't about to. I was obviously some nerd, college kid. I say obviously, but at least two guards thought they recognised me from some previous, young offenders institute.

I knew Dave and Richie a bit. The worst and most defining aspect of prison was the sheer 24/7-ness of it, and I think they tolerated me because I had some representation of the outside world. So one morning, Don walks up and starts a conversation with me, informing me courteously that he killed someone from his estate in Birmingham with a sword twelve years ago, in a drug deal gone wrong, and what did I think about that? I donít know. Murder is a crime we are all capable of, right?
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Old 09-17-2020, 11:03 PM   #281
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Brian doesn't appear to like whingers.
True, but you aren't much of one.
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