Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 2010

They say "absence makes the heart fonder"? Hmmm. If that cheesy cliche is true? That means all my friends missed me like crazy!! I'm sorry for the hiatus but a brotha has been way too busy. But to have my wife tell me several of you asked about me? Talk about making a cowboy happy! The last couple of weeks have been a "challenge", to say the least, but I'm still standing! God is awesome. I'm in such a zone tonight. I betcha you're probably wondering why? I thought you'd never ask. I am less than 3 weeks from getting my minimum custody back. That means I get to hug, kiss and feel alllll on my sexy wifey! Been way too long since I got lost in her arms and the officer had to remind me that I'm not only in a public place but I can't rent a room. Ugh. For y'all in a loving, hot, spicy marriage/relationship? You know what I'm talking about. If you're single and you aren't hatin' on me, at least I got you pumped to look for that "Mr./Mrs. Right".

Remember the "Brother's Keeper Disciple" class I mentioned? Well, the seven week class was completed. We ended with a bang. We bought popcorn, made two cakes and had fun. All the men enjoyed it and we have other men who are ready to start the next one. Oh, now you wanna be up in my business. Huh? You wanna know how a Texas Prisoner makes a cake? Well, you make a crust out of powdered milk, vanilla wafers and then put it in a bowl. Then for the flavor of the cake you use cookies. You make a rich icing and put a chico stick, scatter nuts on top and there it is! Hey! Don't make me feel like Martha Stewart! Maybe I'll give you the whole recipe but only if calories do not matter because this will bless you with "love handles" your spouse will be able to hold on to for decades!

Football season is here. IF you are a Dallas Cowboy fan? You are NOT smarter than a 5th grader. But don't those Houston Texans look good? Even if you don't like football season? All convicts do...for two reasons. One, because we get to watch games as "arm chair quarterbacks" and exchange "The Biggest Lies" of how IF we hadn't have....we'd be in your television screen! And two? Time just seems to fly by in football season. The weekdays run into each and before you know it? We're cold, sleeping in thermals, with our jackets on and an extra blanket (if we can barter for one) because Texas prisons don't have heaters. And worse? On the most decrepit, old units like the one I'm on? It's soooo hot in the summer? Inmates bust out window panes to get air. As punishment? The administration "coincidentally" can't get the windows fixed until after winters over. So, next time your darn "heat" gets too warm? Or your fire place kindles into a raging inferno? Thank God you don't have to go to sleep dressed in ski clothes and still wake up with icebergs from the titanic stuck in your hair. But that's not a complaint. I love turning into a snowman every winter. :-)


And how did you all do with the "summer diet plans" this year? Did you meet your goals? I THOUGHT I'd had the best summer of consistent workouts. Eating decent. A brotha went to the infirmary, got on the scale and just that quick, I was almost subjected to "psyche" meds. Why? Well, see what happens when you get caught in a clinic, where security is "deep", TALKING TO a runaway scale that won't stop! And here I was, each weekend, flashing my wife my "boobies" feeling ENTITLED to my Mardi Gras beads. The whole time she's smiling---probably should have asked her "What ya smiling at?" Huh? She’s probably jealous cause mines are.....Ooops! Anyways, I'm twenty pounds past my goal so pray for me. You think it's that cake recipe? But it's sooooo good!!

As you all know, I'm not only married to a HOT woman whom I love, like and who keeps my mouth salivating....(Too much information?) Anyways, I have a best friend here, my neighbor. His name is Terry Decker, TDCJ# 673087, who is 47 years old, white male with blue eyes, dirty blonde hair and he would love to meet a single lady. Yeah, I know. This isn't a "prison hookup center" but I not only love him and KNOW he's a good man but I feel AWFUL always talking his ear off about my wife, lover and best friend. Okay...so I don't feel bad! I can’t lie. Anyway, it would be cool if one of you women could write my brother in Christ. He's funny, kind and does not need your money. He just desires a friendship and yeah, my brother not only likes the cakes but he's the "Sara Lee" of TDC and nobody makes ‘em better. Anyway, what a gift this would be from me to him. All I can tell you is, you'll be glad you wrote.

Well, I've bored you to death. Is that a crime, too? What's the sentencing guideline on that one? As much as I bore my wifey? I'll never make parole! God bless yall. I'll close this one with a quote by John Wooden - the late, great coach of the UCLA Bruins basketball team....

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation....Because your character is WHAT & WHO you really are. Your reputation is only what people THINK you are.

What is your character saying about YOU today?

God bless you. Take care and if you enjoyed this entry? Let me know. Look forward to hearing from me again soon.

Love,

Your Brother in White

Sunday, August 8, 2010

August 3, 2010

Hello friends! How are you? Don’t you miss me? I know you’re just dying to hear from me. I thought I’d start off by telling you we are woken up daily at 2:30 a.m. for breakfast. Okay? At 6’3”, 240 pounds? I’m a growing boy and I can eat at anytime. Besides, this morning the menu said “beef with country gravy, sweet oatmeal, cherries and biscuits.” Sounds delicious, huh? Well, to say that was an exaggeration was the understatement of the millennium. What? Well, I’ve been in prison 20 years and I know times change but there wasn’t NOTHING “country” about that gravy. When I visited family in the country as a young boy? I have fond memories of thick, tasty gravy. Walking from the chow line to my table, that WATERY gravy “shook” and swished around so much, I had to see if it was me – my hand twitching or something and where the heck was the beef? And the biscuits? Listen, one day in a blog or a newspaper, you'll hear that someone was “seriously injured”, possibly critically, by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s biscuits! These two “things” were as hard as rocks on the railroad tracks. And before you talk about our wonderful “health plan”, I had an abscess (on my front tooth) years back. So I thought, why not use my co-payment of $3 and get my tooth fixed. The dentist, with this serious look says, “you’ll have to get your tooth pulled….” Okay. I’m confident but I also already had a gap in my teeth so it would have looked like TWO TEETH were missing “or” he said, “I can do a filling to save it.” Yep – hook, line and sinker. I went for the filling. I have to admit, I have never had an abscess again BUT, my tooth turned COFFEE BROWN from that “filling”! So, the next time someone turns green with envy about our co-payments? Or you get pissed about your rising deductibles? Thank God you pay MORE than $3. A wise man once said, “you may not always get what you pay for but you always pay for what you get.” Looking from his eyes?? I got my money’s worth. Back to breakfast. All wasn’t bad though. A new guy who sat at my table? Obviously he LOVES cherries so, I patiently watched him get a spoonful and attempt to devour it. Huh? Well, they are always “cooked” (as if to go in a pie) and obviously TDCJ has NO CLUE what a thermometer is. (Shhhh.) Anyway, I fight to hold my laugh—he puts the WHOLE spoon in his mouth, then SCREAMS! Yeah, I laughed. Am I demented or what? Lol.

So showers are run around 5:30 a.m. Because I’m on an old unit? We have big showers where 50 to 75 men shower "en masse”. While I can get used to that? I’m STILL, after 20 years, trying to figure out why men wanna hold FULL conversations BUTT NAKED! Come on, dude! Let me towel off and get dressed, will you? You just never know, right? Because I love to workout and exercise? Men often come to me for workout tips and while I don’t have a complex, having to shower with a planet of men, it’s just NOT the proper place to go up to a NAKED MAN and say “Man! You’re getting BIG!" We hear of "don’t drop the soap” and all that but COME ON!! Can we talk about this WITH OUR CLOTHES ON?! Other don’ts? In the shower…I love to sing in the shower. Exudes confidence, right? But, I’d never sing Brittany Spears, Madonna or Cyndi Lauper (asking for trouble), Rick James, Prince or Michael Jackson (you’ll be labeled a “predator”), the Backstreet Boys, George Michael or Ricky Martin.

Speaking of Ricky Martin, at the end of a fun visit last week? My wife tells me “let me see your butt”. I mean, how often do you get to “moon” someone, right? Okay, clothes were still on! Anyway, I turn and for my baby? I jiggle it a little bit. I mean, I love her, right? Unfortunately, her friend, Storey, was visiting her man and yep! She saw me go from the “Big, black incredible hulk” to Ricky Martin shaking his “bun-buns” in a matter of seconds. So you think I embarrassed her? LMBO. Good news though? A week has gone by and there have not been any “letters” slid under my cell door asking me to “shake my bun-buns” so MAYBE I’m safe! :-)

And we – each day have a prayer circle where we have “open call” and men who chose to come, can. We start each day in prayer. We usually have 4-6 men but today? We had a whopping 10 men. Before you laugh? That’s progress. And yes, I’m a Christian man who loves and lives for God RIGHT WHERE I AM. Anyway, God used my wife and I to start the prayer circle, do bible studies (here) once a week and we’ve started a disciple group called “Brother’s Keeper Disciple Group”. Too bad your inmate is NOT on MY wing/unit! Yes, it’s hard being a Christian in prison. Especially with the need for us to “appear” tough. Well, I’m already ugly and weigh a ton, so? I got the look patented – even when I smile (brown tooth gap!). :-) I’ll keep you updated on the bible study (Wednesday) and the disciple class (Sunday). So stay tuned to learn more about what goes on “Inside the Walls” from your big brother in white. God’s awesome! And DO KNOW, my wife and I know it couldn’t happen it if not for God and people like you who pray for us and support us. Stay tuned until next time! Hope to hear from all our new friends.

Peace,

Your Brother in White

Monday, July 26, 2010

Who am I?

Hello "Blog Nation"! I know you're tickled pink to have ME in your world! Only in America can a man be in a prison cell and have his own "place" on blogspot. My name is Reginald Hicks. I'm 38 years young and I am from Houston, Texas. Born and raised. I am the 3rd of four boys and while THEY got all the good looks and the brains? I got "stuck" with ALL the personality... charisma... charm...sense of humor...huge heart...and? How unfair! :-) I am a graduate of Forest Brook High School - Class of '89 (stop counting! I told you my age!) I've been incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (currently at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville) for 19 plus years but I look forward to coming home soon. I have a 21 year old son - who is the proud father of a 3 year old daughter. Aren't I the "coolest" grandpa in the world? :-) I am happily married to a latina hottie whom I love, adore and can't ever get enough of but her beauty is not what made me fall head over heels for her. Well, not the ONLY thing. She's smart, loving, kind, understanding, sex-e, totally goofy/funny and she excites me, inspires me and fills my heart with love TO NO END! We are blessed with an 11 year old daughter who's drop dead gorgeous! Our "Princess". She takes after her mommy, thank God, because IF her head were as big as mine?! Oh MY! I'm an aquarius - born Valentine's Day. I also got married on Valentine's day. Am I smart or what? A brotha won't forget the anniversary this way - duh! You know how ya'll women want to put us men on "restriction" for forgetting dates!

Anyways, I'm excited about being a part of "Blog Nation" and look to share my life as a convict inside a TDCJ prison. I promise not to bore you and will try to send in at least one post a week sharing my exciting world with you all. So, stay tuned. Until next time? God bless you and yours.

Your Brother in White....