Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Bad Rep

I've gone on and on before about the bad rep we have with the general public. They don't see us as "Corrections Officers", they see us as "Prison Guards". And as a general rule we are:

1. Stupid

2. Cruel

3. Corrupt

I get that. It's the way the mainstream media has us branded.

If I were stupid and cruel and I wouldn't have all this stress and angst and I would be having alot more fun. I'd stomp about and bust heads and make things make crunchy noises and have the best fun. And if I was corrupt I'd be making a hell of a lot more money than I am, for sure.

I don't have a college degree in anything. But if you gave me two weeks with the books I could teach a class in anything except for some of the "hard" sciences like higher math or chemistry or engineering. I've taught classes in English Lit and Philosophy and Anthropology and Creative Writing. If I could afford it, I think I could spend the rest of my life in college and never get tired of it or finished.

I think I have a pretty good grasp of the english language and I can understand some german, french, yiddish, russian and smatterings of japanese and latin.

I've written screenplays and a couple of short stories and am slowly working on a novel. I've written reams of poetry and even a few songs, but I don't know how to write music.

I can build things with my hands and even though I tend to overengineer things, they usually work for what I built them for. I built all the beds my kids slept in and they survived the abuse that teenagers gave them.

I'm not just blowing my own horn here. There's a point to this.

I heard that one of own staff stated to another "I'm surprised. I thought people who worked here would be of a lower level of intelligence."

One of ours said that.

That just frosts the crap out of me.

I'm glad I never liked him from the start. Jerk.


  1. The only movie that ever showed a CO using intelligence and compassion was The Green Mile, but there too there were stupid jerks.

  2. We have some "rocks" that work here, but some really cool people like yourself too. It's the same mix everywhere you work.

    I like my CO's "crusty" as in bacon-like !

    (gluotsnu) <-- an activity in which kindergartners liberally pack paste in their nostrils during art time.

  3. BA- You make me proud. I knew I could count on you.

    Guy- That movie is one of the things I like Stephen King for. There need to be more of those.

    Auntie- Even the "rocks" can be cool sometimes. And I'm definitely crusty (and NOT offended by the desciption) and mostly made of pork products, as well.
    You are the Mistress of the Veri words.

  4. i can honestly say i've never worked with a better group of people than who i work with now.

    there's ten of us in the office and i can honestly call all of them friends.

    today my boss (the owner) cooked bento for all of us for lunch.

  5. All I ever get to eat is the occasional bug! And I usually have to wrestle my boss for it!