Surviving Lockdown

By Christopher Zoukis

Lockdown!  We – the imprisoned – know what it is.  As I write this, we at FCI-Petersburg are locked down. 

Technically speaking, lockdown is an extended period of time over which the cell doors remain closed.  Food rations are reduced, showers are almost non-existent, and one’s resistance to claustrophobia is challenged.  During my time in prison, I have learned (the hard way) that lockdown is either hell on earth or a holiday vacation.  The difference is in how you approach the situation. 

Preparation for the situation can make all the difference in the world.  First, go to the commissary and purchase 20 Ramen Noodle soups, which will cost you $5.  And while you’re at it, don’t forget to buy 5 cans of tuna, saltine crackers (for flavor and substance in the soups), a bag of coffee, and a few bars of soap.  Everyone needs coffee, and you can use the soap for birdbaths in your cell’s sink.

This investment will definitely improve your lot-in-life during lockdown.

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