My daily routine…
By Taurus Carroll
Dear Readers

Somebody told me that it would be a good idea to start a journal to let people in the free world know how I spend my day and all the things I do throughout the day.

Sunday, March 24th, 2002
5:30am
I woke up at 5:30 because I have to work the hall today. So I sit up on the end of my bunk, turn on the TV to watch a little news (sports). I then get up off my bed, brush my teeth, wash my face and brush my hair. Then I put on my pants, shirt and shoes.

6:00am
Breakfast time. The guard came to let me out of my cell, to feed breakfast. On my way down I take the garbage with me so the garbage man can take it outside.
Then I pass out juice which only a couple of guys drink. It's orange water with ice in it. Now it's time to pass out trays, they are hard plastic, easy to wash. I stack the trays on a rack 7 at a time, but since I only have 10 people to feed and three of them don't eat, so I only have to make one trip. We have powder eggs, grits, 2 biscuits, milk and peanut butter mixed with grape jelly. And burnt coffee.

6:45am
Now it's time for me to eat. I get 2 trays, 2 milk go to my cell, sit down and eat. When I'm done I pick up the trays and take them back downstairs.

7:00am
I have to come back to my tier. I wake up the guys that are going to church. Then the guard comes to let them out. Then he locks the big door so I can't leave off the tier.

7:30am
I get all my dirty clothes together, sheets, underwear, T-shirts, socks and pants. I put them in the big white barrel so I can wash them later. I don't send my clothes to the laundry because they come back as dirty as they were when I sent them.

8:00am
Walk time. So I wake-up the guys that's going to walk, when the guard comes up I let him know who's going to walk.

8:20am
Outside. We walk about 10 feet to the walk yard. It's about 180 guys here. They can't walk all of us at the same time. So we walk in 2 groups 25-30 at a time. We walk inside a double fence with razor wire at the top and bottom. There' a guard tower with a guard in it with a shotgun, and on the other side is a guard in a truck with a shotgun. And on the yard with us are 3-4 guards.

We have a full length basketball court, a vollyball court with sand. A track where guys can jog or walk. We have weights 495 pounds, bench and curl bar.

Today I played basketball – 4 or 5 games before the hour was up.

9:15am
The guard calls 5 minutes everybody starts making their way back to the door of the fence.

9:20am
The guard call going in, everybody goes back to their tiers where we are locked up and another group goes out.

9:30am
Back inside. I come back to my cell, take a wash-up, change clothes. Then I go wash the clothes I have on and the ones in the barrel. Once I'm done washing them I hang them up in the back of the tier on a clothesline made from pieces of sheet.

10:00am
I begin to read my book called “The Brethren” by John Grisham

11:00am-2:00pm
I turn on my TV time for sports, Basketball College and Pro. I watch a little of both Detroit and Boston, and racing on today too.

2:00pm
Shift change. The guard comes around to count and let another runner out. He locks my door and lets the next runner out. He passes out ice. I get me a cup and drink some water.

2:30pm
The guard comes to take me to the infirmary to get my yearly check up. The nurse takes my weight and gives me a skin test and takes my blood pressure.

3:00pm
Dinnertime. On Sundays we only get two meals. Every other day we get 3. Today we have a soybean patty with gravy and rice, doesn't taste very good. We also have green beans and apple pie, two rolls and a glass of brown water – it's supposed to be tea.

5:00pm
It's shower night. Tonight shower starts in the back, 2 people at a time. I'm next so I get my shower stuff ready. We only get 5 minutes each. The guard passes out soap and razors. Most people use the state soap to wash clothes.

6:00pm
I watch TV. Blind Date on the WB network. It comes on back to back.

7:00pm
I watch the Sunday night line up on the WB

9:00pm
Bedtime! I get up brush my teeth, turn off the TV and go to sleep.

Monday March 25th 2002
4:00am
Breakfast time. Today same as yesterday. We have powder eggs, 2 biscuits, grits, peanut butter and milk. No juice. I turn my TV on to try to catch some sports.

5:00am
Walktime. The hall runner wakes me up and lets me know we have 30 minutes until walk. I get up brush my teeth and wash my face, brush my hair. Then I put on my pants and shoes. I'm not wearing a shirt because it's hot out there.

8:00am
On the yard I play a couple of games of basketball before I had to help a guy get to the infirmary. He hurt his ankle. Back on the yard I watch the guys play.

9:00am
Back inside. I take off these dirty clothes. Take a wash up then wash those dirty clothes. Then hang them on the clothes line I have inside my cell.

10:00am
Lunch time. Today we have chicken and rice, 2 rolls, Red Jell-O and carrots. Brown water again.

11:00am
I watch the soaps. “The Young and the Restless”….

12:00am
Sleep!

1:00pm
I watch more soaps, “Passions”.

2:00pm
Shift change, a guard comes to count and let the next runner out. At this time I watch “Days of our Lives”

3:00pm
Dinner time. Today we have Sloppy Joe, mash potatoes, green beans, 2 cookies and 2 rolls. And Red water.

5:00pm.
I listen to the radio, the 5 o'clock free ride. They play Rap and R&B.;

5:50pm
I read some more of my book, “The Breatheren”.

6:00pm
I watch “The Steve Harvey Show” (rerun)

7:00pm
I watch “King of Queens”

7:30pm
I watch “Baby Bob”

8:00pm
I watch that new show “The Bachelor” on ABC

9:00pm
Bedtime! I brush my teeth and go to bed.

Tuesday March 26th, 2002
4:00am
Breakfast time. Today we had oatmeal, 2 Biscuits, powder eggs, peanut butter and milk.

4:30am
Sleeping!

5:30am
Shift change and count time and today I'm the hall runner. So when I come around he lets me out

6:30am
I clean my cell, moved up the TV to the front of my cell (spring cleaning)

7:00am
It's raining outside but the guard told me to get up a walk list. So I woke up the guys that walk every day.

8:00am
On the yard. Today I lifted weights (bench press). It started to rain a little bit but they let us stay out.

9:00am
Back inside. I take a wash up and wash the dirty clothes that I had on. Then I pass out ice.

10:00am
Lunch time. Today we had 2 hotdogs, potato, 2 rolls. And orange Jell-O. And Red Juice.

11:00am
I watch soap. “Young and Restless”.

12:00pm
I mop and sweep the floor, pass out ice and talk to a couple of guys on the tier.

12:30pm
I take a shower…

1:00pm
I watch “Passion”

2:00pm
Shift change. Time for the next runner to come out. A guard comes around to count and lock my cell. Back in my cell I watch “Days of our Lives”.

3:00pm
Dinner time. Meat patty, mashed potato, 2 rolls and green peas. And brown water (tea).

5:00pm
Shower time. Shower start in the front today. I already showered so they go to the next cell.

6:00pm
I watch the Steve Harvey Show.

6:30pm
I watch “Extra”. Mail call. No luck tonight either.

7:00pm
I watch Gilmore girls on the WB network

8:00pm
I watch Smallville on the WB network

9:00pm
Bedtime. I brush my teeth, cut off my TV and get in the bed.

Wednesday, March 27th 2002
4:00am
Breakfast time. I'm the hall runner but I only have to feed breakfast then another runner will come out. Today we have 3 pancakes, oatmeal and sausage. Milk no juice this morning.

4:45am
I eat breakfast, then I come back to my tier to take a shower.

5:30am
A guard comes through to let the next runner out and count

6:00am
Sleeping!

8:00am
Walk time, the hall runner woke me up to let me know we had 30 minutes to walk. Today I played Volleyball. 3 games 6 on 6.

9:00am
Back in off the walk. I take a wash up, wash my dirty clothes and get ready for lunch

10:00am
Lunch time. Today we had a liver patty, rice, English peas, Red Jell-O, 2 rolls and tea.

11:00am
I'm watching soaps, shift change and count. I'm the runner so the guard comes through and lets me out.

3:00pm
Dinnertime. I pass out dinnertime ice, then I go down to get the juice. Now it's time to pass out the trays. Today we have rice and ground beef and green beans mixed together, purple Jell-O and tea (brown water)

5:00pm
I listen to the radio, the 5 o'clock free rids. On 93BLX

6:00pm
I start a letter to my lawyer

6:30pm
I mop and sweep, pass out ice.

7:00pm
I watch “That 80's show”

8:00pm
The guard comes to lock my cell door. I watch the Bernie Mac show and then Titus.

9:00pm
Bedtime. I brush my teeth, switch my TV off and get in the bed.

Thursday, March 28th, 2002
3:30am
Awakened! By that loud mouth nurse doing pill call, so I got up, turned on my TV. Then I got up to brush my teeth and wash my face. I sat back on the bed and listened to the sounds of coughing coming from my neighbors cell. Now I'm waiting on breakfast.

4:30pm
Breafast time. Today we had same ole grits, powder eggs, 2 biscuits, peanut butter and milk.

4:45am
Sleeping

7:00am
The hall runner just came to let me know we have 30 minutes until walk time. So it's time for me to get up, brush my teeth, wash my face and put my clothes on. And get ready to go outside.

7:30am
On the yard. Today I'll weight bench press. When the guard calls 5 minutes I'll take a walk.

8:00am
Back inside. I take my daily wash up and wash my dirty clothes. When I'm done washing I hang them up and get ready for lunch.

9:00am
I read some more of “The Breatheren”

10:00am
Lunch time. Today we have a meat patty, mashed potatoes, spinach, corn bread and black-eyed peas. Grape water.

12:00pm
The store ran today. I didn't receive a store order because I don't have money in my account

1:00pm
I watch “Passion”

2:00pm
I watch “Days of our Lives”

3:50pm
Dinner time. We had spaghetti, 2 rolls, yellow Jell-O and tea. Once again brown water.

4:30pm
Shower time. The hall runner passed out soap and razors. I get my shower stuff ready.

4:45pm
I'm back from the shower, I put on deodorant and lotion.

5:00pm
I listen to the radio and write on some letters.

6:00pm
It's time to watch the Steve Harvey show

6:30pm
I watch extra.

7:00pm
I watch smack down (wrestling)

9:00pm
Bedtime. I brush my teeth, turn off the TV and get in the bed.

Friday, March 29th 2002
4:00am
Breakfast time. Today same “o” same “o” powder eggs, grits, 2 biscuits, peanut butter and milk.

4:30am
Sleeping

6:30am
Walk time. The runner just came to wake me up for the walk. I turned on my TV to watch the news. Then I got up , brushed my teeth and washed my face. Then I put on my clothes. It's a little cool this morning so I put on a sweat shirt, then I put on my pants. Now I'm ready to go.

8:00am
Back in from the walk. It was chilly out there. Today I worked out. I did some curls and back arms. After that I walked around the yard.
Now I wash the clothes that I worked out in and take a wash in the sink. I have ot wash a T-shirt, a pair of pants, socks and boxer shorts in the toilet.

10:00am
It's lunch time and today we have some kind of rice and meat mixed together, 2 rolls, 2 cookies, blackeyed beans and carrots. And brown water which I turned down.

11:00am
I watch the “Young and the Restless”

12:00am
Nap time

1:00am
I watch “Passion” and at 2 I watch “Days of our Lives”

3:00pm
Dinner time. We have fish patties, potatoes, 2 rolls and 1 brownie. And lime juice which I don't drink.

4:00pm
I write some letters

5:00pm
I listen to the radio, The 5 o'clock free ride, and finish up a letter.

6:00pm
Today is video day. We get two videos on the weekend, the videos for this week are “Bubble Boy” and “What's the worst that can happen?”

7:30pm
I made a 15 minute phone call

8:00pm
Mail call. I got one letter. I watched First Monday – a new show about the Supreme Court. Very interesting.

10:00pm
Usually it would be bed time for me, but I have to stay up night until 10 o'clock to play the video again

10:30pm
Bedtime. I brush my teeth and get in the bed.

Until next time. I hope you enjoyed my journal. If you would like to write to me, please visit my penpal page.

Taurus Carroll