Tag Archives: drugs

Strike

Mr. Kitchen, not even twelve hours into the hunger strike, was the first to cave and accept the proffered brown bag. Almost immediately officers whisked him away, bologna sandwich in hand, to the SHU, where he’d be safe from retribution … Continue reading

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Tripping

A young man is in the bathroom tripping on K2, this man, this kid really, who was high not two days ago and observed wiping his ass with his dirty sock. He lies now on the bathroom floor, his body … Continue reading

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Piss Test

Steve taught me how to cheat a piss test by filling a latex glove with warm salt water and adding just a pinch of instant coffee “for Color.” The result is essentially a bladder that you then conceal inside your … Continue reading

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Measuring Pride

Company A buys 8,000 fasteners from Company B at 6.8 cents each. How much does Company A spend on fasteners? “How are you going to solve this problem?” I asked. “What’s your operation” I tutor Jones twice a week in … Continue reading

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A Couple of Farmers

Bo scored some heroin this afternoon–an early Christmas present. He only threw up once and managed not to splash behind the toilet this time. He and I are polar opposites: I’m passive; he’s aggressive. I’m tolerant; he’s racist. I respect … Continue reading

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Birthday Boy

Today was Bo’s 50th birthday. To celebrate, he bought heroin from a guy in the unit and snorted it while I laid in bed still half asleep. I heard sniffles, and when I rolled over, he turned away from the … Continue reading

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Voodoo

When a corrections officer came by to pack up my cellmate’s belongings this afternoon, my first reaction was joy at realizing I’d have the cell to myself for one night. This, of course, is a euphemistic way of saying I’d … Continue reading

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