An awesome adventure and a theme park

It’s Monday morning and I’m up early for no reason pertaining to work…

I don’t have to be at my job til like 1 in the afternoon.

I don’t sleep much as it is. But on days like this where I have the chance to get some work done before I have to be at,well, “work.” I like to get an early jump on things.

Yesterday I went to a theme park with my girlfriend, brother, and nephew. And this was one of the few times I’ve had the chance to spend time with my family since being home from prison.

It was a great time too.

I had big plans to shoot an awesome video of the adventure that would be going to this theme park. And I did shoot a pretty awesome video.

But as usually what happens when a big video is planned…

Technical difficulties arose that made me have to abandon certain aspects of that awesome video idea.

I brought two cameras with me.

One for the car ride and one for in the park and on the rides.

Well, the second camera was my GoPro like camera that was too be used in the park.

It died very soon after getting inside the park. And what footage I did capture on it…

Sucked.

I realized yesterday just how crappy that camera really is.

Horrible picture and sound quality.

Now I have plans to either destroy the camera or sell it.

Not sure which of those options would be more satisfying at this point.

Anyways.

With my GoPro “knock off” out of commission, it was up to my cell phone to capture what action I could inside the park.

By the end of the day, I captured enough to put together a video I was very pleased with…

You can see that video here if you’d like.

It really was great seeing my brother and his son and having the chance to catch up with them.

We rode a lot of rides and just overall had fun!

We have plans to visit this theme park again soon and this time I’ll be a lot more prepared camera-wise.

If you don’t watch this latest video I just uploaded for any other reason, you have to watch it for the scene where my nephew is eating this chocolate and marshmallow pizza…

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Here is the video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joe gets recognition from an elected official and a lot more…

Yesterday I had to attend a luncheon for ex prisoners coming home after prison and who are trying to get their lives together…

The event was hosted by Angela Murphy…

The power house re entry woman I have spoke about in previous posts.

This chick is amazing and yesterday was an awesome event…!

I got to speak with her on camera and sh talked about some of the awesome things she is doing to help individuals who are transitioning back into society after prison…

Then she introduced me to Will Moffett an elected city council man in Hampton Virginia…

Just wait til you see what happened then when I spoke with him of the AWESOME things I’m trying to do with After Prison..!

I also met a woman named Lisa Temple who works at a local college and has her own marketing company…

This woman is a serious resource I would love to be able to utilize and she takes the time to meet with and work with ex prisoners who are trying to “brand” something…

What an amazing woman.

I mean, her services are not cheap I’m sure…

Yet she takes the time and patience to meet people who are returning to society  after prison and she helps them market their ventures….

The luncheon was an awesome event..!

We were able to film quite a bit of it…

We networked with some people who could really be instrumental in helping us to get After Prison off the ground…

And we got a chance to speak with Megan Mann who was also there…

She is another awesome chick I’ve mentioned previously here and she is just coming home after being incarcerated herself…

I’ll be doing an on camera interview with her on Wednesday ( I hope…) and you will get to hear this womans amazing story of what her transition has been like…

After all this with the luncheon yesterday…

I then had to race over to the banquet job where I was not only working another event…

I was also in charge of making sure those who were there from the temp service were actually… “there.”

Meaning I was the on site rep from the temp service…

You know that big fancy office job I now have…

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Yep, thats giving me a little more authority.

And I love it too..!

This temp service is really giving me a chance to prove myself and to prove that I can handle a job with quite a bit of responsibility.

So…

I raced over to another banquet after the luncheon yesterday…

Got everyone checked in…

Made sure we had the 30 people we needed there…

Conferred with the GM’s and the big bosses…

And then once I was done with that…

It was back to playing my temp worker server role.

The banquet was a success.

Nothing too exciting to mention with that…

And tomorrow its back to the office job grind…

Check out the videos from the luncheon yesterday… and my speech too…

Luncheon video and councilman Moffett.

Lisa Temple and banquet plus Megan Mann.

Joes speech.

Also, real quick…

I’m going to tell you why I really need some help from santa this year…

The picture here is of a fully decked out lavalier  and shotgun microphone set up for filming…

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This kit is 200 bucks and I’m hoping there are some After Prison believers out there who would be willing to donate to the gofundme.com/afterprison  campaign page to help us acquire this set up…

Unfortunately, the funds we have raised thus far have been exhausted…

Those funds went to my cameraman in terms of an hourly wage I pay him for his time and services…

As of late, I have been paying him out of my own pocket. Which I don’t mind…

Though can’t really afford.

But dreams are achieved through sacrifice…

And I don’t mind making the necessary sacrifices to turn my dreams into a reality.

This microphone setup is very important and will enhance our sound quality tremendously…

Hearing what is being said is imperative to the sort of video we are shooting…

Individuals coming home after prison have a story to tell and I want to make sure you hear that story clearly.

Again, please visit gofundme.com/afterprison, and consider a contribution to our endeavor.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe makes A LOT of progress today…

So today was a relatively productive day…

I got to talk with a chick named Meredith today who is pretty passionate about a cause near and dear to her…

Animal abuse at a local farm…

Check out this link for more on that…

She is a real “backer” in “the show…”

She was also near and dear to a guy I was incarcerated with and who had an entire world of opportunities afforded to him. Yet, he couldn’t beat addiction and ultimately, that killed him.

So Meredith really believes in the good the show could do…

After my talk with Meredith, I had to line up a “meet” with the woman I had mentioned in a previous post that I met at a class required by my probation…

This woman, “Angela…”

She is doing “TONS” of good to help individuals coming home after prison and it is my hope to meet with her and possibly do an on camera interview.

I really think she could contribute a ton of input into the show…

We decided that Monday would be best to try and line something up…

After that, I worked on pushing our content a little…

And that led me to a deep conversation with this chick who create an awesome new website “Viral Country”

Definitely check that out and “like” that page….

The chick I talked to who created it really had a lot of awesome knowledge that was super helpful for a guy like me…

Next, it was time to put in some work…

I’ve got a couple of art projects underway right now…

So I put in a good bit of work on two of those.

One of which led me to a conversation with a client who had a lot of resources available once he heard about the show…

This client works with a few different local magazines and he is going to try to do an article on the show…!

And not just in one of the magazines…

But in TWO of them..!!

HOLY COW today was turning out to REALLY be PRODUCTIVE..!

After that conversation wrapped up, I was able to acquire another donation for the campaign…

A BIG THANK YOU to Chris Bergman…!

Thank you for contributing to what I vow to make a success..!

So thats pretty much the gist of it…

Quite a bit of progress if you ask me..!

And this weekend…

Well I’m not too sure about this weekend actually…

I have to work a banquet tomorrow…

Then Sunday and Monday its back to the laundry gig…

So we’ll see how much I can get done balancing all that.

TO all of you, I just want to say thank you for being here with me along on this ride…

It’s really going to arrive at a beautiful destination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Getting out of prison after 7 years…”

Whats up, everyone…

Well I hope you enjoyed my last post about a guy here who is dating his sister….

YUCK…!

I’ve got a few different ideas for my next big post.

One is about my new best friend. This guy just moved in the bunk next to mine. His name is Larry. He’s a complete psychopath, too. I really like Larry. His story is probably one of the most interesting that I have ever told you here when it’s all said and done too. But that will come a little later.

There’s also this other thing I’m debating telling you about too. Its pretty interesting as well. But I’m a little hesitant at the moment…

We’ ll see I guess. This mystery post that I speak of is relative to some things going on at the moment… So its sort of based on how that plays out.

So what CAN I tell you about right now…

Well, for starters, how about the fact that I only have 30 something days left..!

Wow… This last little bit of time is really flying by. But i guess that’s to be expected when you really are more scared than excited to be getting out.

I sort feel like I might end up like Billy Bob Thorton in that movie ‘Slingblade’…

Remember how he got out of prison after years spent there and he didn’t even know what to do out there in the world..?

He ended up walking back to the prison the next day hoping they would let him come back in…

Ok.

Well, maybe my situation won’t be that severe. At least I hope not..!

Fact of the matter is though that time is flying for a guy about to be tossed back out into the world with not much more than himself and some hope…

Hell, I still don’ t even have a place to go yet. I’m telling ya…

That cardboard box behind 7-11 is looking more and more like my reality by the day now.

Homeless.

So…

How will all this work out for a guy who is about to be released from prison after 7 looong years and with nothing…?

Well, who knows actually.

But the good news is you’ll get to see every bit of it from the moment I’m released and walking out of these gates.

Yep, that’s right.

If nothing else is guaranteed for me, one thing is…

My homeboy Matt is going to be here to pick me up with a video camera to film every second of whats to come after my release.

So, even if I am homeless…

at least there will be a video blog about it. lol.

Its crazy too…

As I’m trying to get this typed up, I just came back from chow where I ran into a guy who remembered me from the prison I was at prior to being transferred here…

Well, I just figured he got transferred here from that other prison, too.

But turns out he had gotten released and came back to prison in that time…

He told me he didn’t last 90 days out there in the free world before he got locked back up again…

90 DAYS…!

THAT’S CRAZY..!

Damn, I gotta make it out there…

I mean I look at all this stuff like its a sign…

Something I’m supposed to see to further prove just how important me giving it my all is out there.

To wrap this up, I’ll tell you one other little tidbit kind of cool yet completely off topic….

I’m now able to type up emails and blogs from my little mp3 player-like device…

So, I’m sitting at my bunk with the closest thing I’ve ever had to any sort of touch screen device typing away on this thing calling this my smart phone training…

I’m not very good at typing on this thing…

My fingers are too big.

The buttons are too small.

But I guess this is the world I must prepare myself for…

A world where things aren’t as easy as I might have originally thought they were.

And a world, like what the guy who didn’t last 90 days just told me…

Is totally different than it was 7 years ago.

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”incarcerated incest… brother sister boyfriend girlfriend”

So I told you before how there’s this guy I’m locked up with who is dating his own flesh and blood sister…

well, folks… its time for you to meet ”wowder.”

Of course this isn’t his real name or even his real nickname for that matter.

But, its close.

Very close.

I felt I had to protect this guys real identity. And plus, ”wowder” is a way better nickname…

you know, like wow-der is actually a guy here in prison who is dating his own flesh and blood sister..!

There’s another funny little tidbit to add to all this as well…

actually a first for me in fact…

one day, I was sitting here drawing a cartoon about this guy when he walked right up on me as I was drawing it..!

Something like that has never happened before..!

When I go to draw a cartoon about someone, I like to make sure that person isn’t around. Especially if the cartoon could cause us to be fighting immediately.

This was one of those such occasions and cartoons.

Here’s how that went down…

before I started drawing, I looked around the housing unit to find out where this disgusting specimen of human life was at.

oh… there he was.

On the phone, as usual…

talking to his sister girlfriend.

“Great”, I thought.

I then began work on putting together my masterpiece.

But, as what usually happens when drawing, I quickly got lost in the moment.

I soon became focused solely on what I was creating…

That’s very bad, Joey.

Something someone would likely say to me.

And yep…

it most certainly was because out of nowhere came this incestuous bastard right over my shoulder..!

”What’s up, man..?” wowder said to me as he sat down in the chair right in front of mine.

”Oh, not much..!” I said in response as I balled up my little Picasso like creation. I was pained by the very fact I had to do so. Yet, I didn’t know what else to do at that moment.

I then tossed the rumpled, ruined cartoon aside and said ”what’s up with you..?”

Someone asked me why I balled up the cartoon in the first place and the reason is simply because there was no denying the fact of who or what this cartoon depicted.

It was bad.

Right to the point also…

and kind of funny too.

Oh, and right now, its en route to Matt soon to be posted here on ‘Joewriteshiswrongs’..!

A rumpled, ruined mess for your enjoyment.

But all of this is just a footnote of sorts to the main premise of what this post is all about.

I mean, ‘hello…’

there is a guy here who is DATING is very own flesh and blood SISTER..!

Maybe you wonder how this could be…

or how all this came about…

well, here’s the hypothesis me and my homeboy put together based on some known facts…

first) the sister just spent 7 years in prison.

When she got out about 14 months ago she contacted her long lost and estranged half brother who is and was also in prison.

Well, wowder is a pretty lonely guy i’m sure at the time… probably hasn’t had a lot in the form of female companionship throughout the course of his life… and most certainly not while in prison either… so because of that is it really that hard to imagine that a guy like this COULD fall in love with his sister..?

OF COURSE IT IS..!

THAT’S CRAZY RIGHT..?!

Then maybe because the sister is just as fucked up in the head or maybe even more than wowder is… she also thinks there is nothing wrong with being boyfriend and girlfriend while also at the same time being brother and sister…

viola…

a disgusting romance blossoms.

Wowder has even since TATTOOED sis’s name on his hand so now they are bonded for life in another way besides blood.

Pretty crazy right..?

Well, if you think so then allow me to add to that…

lets end on a high here shall we..?

Let me tell you something pretty disturbing I overheard wowder say one day while on the phone…

he was on the phone right next to me and he was obviously arguing with his sister girlfriend when he said the craziest damn thing…

he said ”you can’t leave me, we’re family..!”

wow, right..?

Oh and by the way if that isn’t enough by itself…

wowder is sort of like my life coach…

he gives me some pretty great relationship advice.

kind of ironic isn’t it.

what’s been going on with Joe

So as I attempt to adjust to this new blogging format of racing against the clock… typing all of my post up on this machine that I only have 20 minutes on at a time, I hope you’ll be understanding if my writing isn’t as ”clean” as I’d like it to be… there might be more mistakes due to my attempt to speed type these posts…

Oh and by the way… I haven’t touched a keyboard in almost 7 years.

So I’m a little rusty to say the least.

You know, there’s a whole lot I really wish I had the time to tell you about….

Like how I just recently got moved to the short timers housing unit and how crazy things are over here…

Especially with trying to get on the phones and how I’m now constantly battling because of them due to this new chick who just recently came into my life like a gift from God…

Oh yeah, and I should probably mention that this new chick just recently came into my life like a gift from God:)

thats sort of a big thing too.

I could also tell you just how jacked up my homeplan situation is… I did just put in an address the other day to get approved but its not a guarantee to say the least… I mean, I really still don’t have anything stable lined up at the moment and that’s a pretty scary thought…

I’ve reached out to a lot of people…

family.

friends.

pretty much everyone responded the same way… 

sorry about your luck buddy…

hope it works out.

Or, I could go back to the phone situation again and tell you about this one guy who is always on the phone making it harder for other guys to get on the phone because he always wants to talk to his girlfriend… 

and how his girlfriend is his blood sister..!

You just can’t make up this sort of shit and believe me…

There will be cartoons about this guy very soon.

Yeah, I guess the phones are sort of a big thing right now because there’s just so much I’m trying to get worked out for my very upcoming release. And a lot of these guys in this short timers housing unit like to stay on them constantly…

then again, so do I…

i.e… due to my new amazing girlfriend.

yeah, I’m definitely going to have to tell you all about her pretty soon.

But for now there is just so much I wish I could tell you all about…

unfortunately, I just don’t have the time too…

Because it took me 20 minutes to type this.

“Joe’s Coming Home in less than 2 Months…

Well, this certainly isn’t the post I had planned on going with here… I had a lot of other awesome content I was going to use. But unfortunately things happened that ended up making all of that not really what I want to be posting about right this second…

Sad really, because I put a lot into all that material. 

But I guess that’s sort of how it is when things are constantly changing day to day and you never know what the next 24 hours is going to bring you.

Things are always happening in my life it seems lately as I get closer and closer to the end of this crazy journey I’ve been on for so long now…

some good…

a lot bad…

but none the less things are always happening. and at the risk of sounding sort of cliche… there’s never a dull moment it seems…

I guess what is pretty relevant right now is the fact that today I just put an address in for my homeplan… 

That was sort of a big thing considering for so long I’ve been looking for an address and somewhere to stay once this is over and done with.

Well, today I just might have found at least part of that solution and now I just have to wait and see if the address I used gets approved.

I guess if all else fails I could end up staying in a cardboard box behind 7-11.

Kidding.

Also, thanks to my good friend matt I now have access to the much needed video camera that will help take ‘Joewriteshiswrongs’ to the next level.

There’s a good chance matt will be coming to pick me up on my release date, and with that video blogs will become a pretty regular occurrence here, so look forward to that.

Other than that, this is pretty much just a fly by night type of post. or something…

something to let you know im still here…

but not for too much longer.

‘Joewriteshiswrongs’ Almost Didnt Make It…

Hello everyone..! Its Joe..! Your favorite guy in prison attempting to create something better for himself from prison and even after it as well..!

Oh, and speaking of ”after it,” as in after prison… guess what..? 

I’m about to be released in like 9 weeks after nearly 7 years locked away..!

That’s a pretty scary thing, too. Especially when so many people think that I’ll just fuck up again and wind up right back in prison…

I guess I got a lot to prove in an an effort to redeem myself.

But the hell with all that right now..! Thats not even the issue at hand. What is – the fact that ‘joewriteshiswrongs’ is back of course..! Especially when you consider that it almost didn’t make it back.

I actually thought that all of the hard work I put into this was lost to me forever…that all of you were lost to me forever, too.

Why..?

Well, to start with… Jen and I split a couple of months ago. For those of you who don’t know, Jen was my girlfriend and it was her who helped me here on ‘joewriteshiswrongs’.

When the relationship ended, so did the blog. At least for awhile that is. And until I was able to figure out a way to get things back up and running again.

Well, guess what..? 

I did figure out a way to get things back up and running again and now I’m closer than ever to my release and also some really big things that are in the making as we speak.

Hey, if I never mentioned this before… now would really be a great time for you to get to know me. And for those of you who are taking the time to get to know me…

Thanks.

You won’t regret the time you invest in Joe P. Guerrero.

There’s a whole lot I want to tell you all about. But I’m limited at the moment because I’m actually blogging a different way now than how I used to before.

That means my post will be shorter for this time being. But the good news is that there could be MORE post more often.

Like I said there’s a whole lot I want to tell you all about and I will to.

But for the moment just know this…

Joey is back..!

Technical difficulties

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What’s up everyone? I’m back after like a week off due to some technical difficulties to say the least.

WOW a lot can happen in a week…

The company that ran the prison side left and a new one came in. So many rumors floated around the compound about how much better things were going to get. But as far as I can tell it seems like things are only going to get a hell of a lot worse for us here. But more on that to come later!

There is a new director here who runs this new program…

The old one left making way for the new one…And what sucks about that is the old program director was really my only real chance at starting the new class that I wanted to start here.

So that little venture seems to have died.

But I don’t let that sway my momentum at all. I still work towards what I can from here. And I realize just how quickly all of this is wrapping up and is soon to be over here for me.

I never thought I would be this close to my release date.

Also, in this last week my mother has started talking to me again thru the email that has came available through here.

What a great thing that has been!

Me and my mom haven’t had a relationship is almost 9 years.

With the good, there is always bad too…

Another guy who left here about a year ago overdosed and died. That makes 5 guys in the last year who have left here and lost a battle to overcome their addictions.

It’s sad really being surrounded by so much of this sort of thing. Not to mention a good friend of mine who I talk to regularly out there in the world has become addicted to heroin again and there is not a damn thing I can do to help her.

My words fall on deaf ears.

There is more still to all of this…

But that’s another thing for another time.

For right now, just know I am still working hard trying to keep it all together

Trying to keep it all in perspective …

Trying to make the most of where I am now and when all this is over and behind me.

Hopefully I will get back here in a big way on Joewriteshiswrongs.

But some circumstances are just beyond my control at the moment.

So if ever I’m not here it’s only because I can’t be.

A positive mindset in prison

Here is a little of what is going on for me in prison right now…

First, I’m adamant about this class I am trying to start here called “Work in progress” (for more on that check out my last post “actions speak louder than words”).

Today I got a chance to speak with the powers that be about this class. Now, I’m in the process of trying to schedule a meeting with the person in charge of things here to really pitch this idea to them. Hopefully, that will happen sooner than later. But in all likelihood it will probably be later when that meeting takes place.

Also, today I had to start a new mural in one of the housing units. It’s another gigantic piece above the bunk areas where I’m commonly known for working. (For more on me and mural painting here in prison click here).

The only difference with this new piece that I’ve started is that I have to deal with the attitudes of a bunch of guys who live around the area where I’m working.

They don’t really like me being in there and disturbing their routine.

By the way…

I had no idea what I was going to paint for this new piece until the absolute last minute. So “last minute” in fact, that I didn’t even know what I was going to paint until first thing this morning…

About 2 hours before I started working on this piece!

So what am I painting? You might wonder…

Well, it’s a cartoon piece I created actually. But instead of trying to explain it in detail here, I’ll just post a drawing of it in the very near future. So be on the lookout for that.

Also, something else that I’ve got going on…

Well, not really in prison but actually out there where you are…

My very first eBook is now available for purchase!

The eBook consist of one short story. But it’s a damn good short story at that! It’s called “Coffeeman almost dies during the coffee challenge”.

This short story eBook is about Coffeeman (for more on Coffeeman click here) and how he steps up to the challenge of trying to drink an entire bag of instant coffee in one hour.

By the way…

An entire bag of coffee is like 24 cups!

You think it can be done?!?

Can you imagine what would happen even just attempting something like this?!

Well, for $0.99 you can embark upon a caffeine crazed tale that is GAURENTEED to entertain you every step of the way.

To purchase “Coffeeman almost dies during the coffee challenge” click here.

So that’s just a little of what’s going on in prison for a guy who has his heart set on making the most of the time he must spend here.

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