Friday, April 17, 2009

The RAID

Well, today started off like any other. Got up to get my workout on, feeling good and thankful I am still alive. Another chance to make something happen. I had been finished with my workout for about 30 mintues and was about to shoot some ball to get a little cardio, when I heard them call my name to report back to the unit. First thing came to my mind, were they calling me to sign my papers for the halfway house? Couldn't get back to the unit cause the gates were locked, so it would be at least another 30 minutes. Five minutes later they called me again. This time I recognized the voice, it was my unit officer Ms. Childs. So then I thought they weren't calling me to sign my halfway house papers. I thought, did I do something wrong in my room like not make my rack or leave my shoes on the floor? Yea, they want us to put our shoes on the bed, hard for me to believe they would force you to put dirty shoes on the bed. I think it's another tactic to break you down. But I was sure I had done all that, so I keep on shooting. Finally they called the move. I rushed to the unit to see what was going on. Man, was I suprised. When I got to the officer's station, she had a look on her face of total disgust. She explained to me about all the things that were wrong with my room. Our room is the size of a project closet. Normally it's a two man cell, but right now I stay by myself. She explained to me that the Warden, Asst. Warden, Capt, and Lt. had raided my room. I added up all those people salaries and couldn't believe it. The Warden makes close to 150k a year. Asst. 125k. Capt. 100k. And the Lt about 50k. First thing that came to my mind was what a waste of taxpayers money. They were worried about me using a second locker. My old celly had still used the locker to keep milk and that drove them up the wall. I was like man, if they spent this much energy to do my halfway house papers I would have been on the streets. But here they are worried about how we hang our clothes behind the locker, and not wanting us to hang our towels out to dry. Next thing came to my mind was retaliation about me complaining about my halfway house. Congresswoman Waters called down and they lied to her. I figured this was a pay back. Already frustrated, I should be on the streets right now but I'm still incarcerated. Had my blood steaming, but I was able to gain my composure and look at the bright side. It will all be over in a minute.

$FWE$

14 comments:

Annette Colbert-Beavers said...

That is a shame, but they do in retaliation and if you have the self-control you win. In prison it is either endurance or overcoming, you make the choice. And the more you overcome the better you can handle things on the streets. If you endure it builds your character, which is always another type of victory. When you get home, you will laugh at this, but at the same time, maybe you can change it in more ways things like that. It is a shame for those that can't speak for themselves.

Count your blessings, stay focused and get home.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Cousin no weapon formed against you shall prosper the gates shall open for you and soon. Stay movated and encouraged. Your cousin much love and counting the minutes for your arrivial.

Anonymous said...

Hello, My Brother Ricky it's W J M my sister LGM stress to me the oppunity that I would have to e-mail you. It's been along time coming but I know your change has come. Waiting for you. Just a few more Rising and setting of the Sun. LOVE Hurry Home.

John Ballantine said...

Dear Ricky,

You are no different than any other entreprenuer. You really aren't. The only difference is that your trade is illegal so you gained a lot more initially and as you made more money the risk increased.

You have to accept this.

You like to take risks and thats why you are where you are. You could have went to college. You could have done anything.

You will be in shock for the rest of your life if you are not smart enough to accept the fact that you profited off the barrel of the bottom....which is not very difficult but you MIGHT have been capable to profit off the top.

So get out of this mess and lets see if you can actually do something BIG.

BALLANTINE

ralphellisonwh1 said...

Mr. Ross

First let me say that your story changed my life more than once.
I remember hearing stories about you here in Chicago when I was younger.

I did and still learn from you and the wisdom you have garnered over the years.

I currently teach in the inner city of Chicago. Your story has changed many lives here and I hope that we can continue to use your life story as a tool for correcting the ills in our communities across the world. Please let it be known that your life story is an important one in fixing the social injustices that exist.

Stay Peace!

Cherokee Fred Hussein Jesus said...

Ricky you have paid far more than was owed. You can bet we have your back now. Anything you need let me know.

Cherokee Fred Jesus

J.Young said...

Ain't nothing but a thang boss. You right, it'll be over in a minute.

Ricky Ross said...

What's up Cherokee? I think I have paid my debt. Thanks for having my back. Hey, have you joined my website yet? www.freewayenterprise.com. Tell a few friends. $FWE$

Ricky Ross said...

Hey Ralph, glad I was able to help. I hope the stories were good. Smile. I hope I can share my wisdom with more and stay in touch; check out the website at www.freewayenterprise.com and join. $FWE$

Ricky Ross said...

I agree. I just hated I picked the illegal substance. Got to try it out there now in this legal world. I have already accepted and paid my dues. Did you link our blogs up? Yea, you are right, I have no problem taking risks. It will be more calculated now, while I used to know I couldn't do anything. Don't worry, I am going to be smart. This time I want mine off the top. $FWE$

Ricky Ross said...

Appreciate that. I feel the same way and I will keep the faith. Definitely stay motivated and keep the faith. Which cousin is this? $FWE$

Ricky Ross said...

Annette: Yea, I got the self control. I will definitely endure. It is over for me. I will be home in 9 days. Yes, I have learned to handle alot of things. I hope I will build a strong character. Jail, I know; streets, I don't. Got to take my time. Yea it is tough when you don't have a voice. I am lucky. Thanks and stay in touch. $FWE$

Ricky Ross said...

WJM: It's all good. How have you been? Glad your sister had you email me. I hope you stay in touch. Yes, it happened a long time ago. Yea, 9 more to be exact. $FWE$

Money! C.E.O of Mo money ent. said...

ROSS! Im still young but I was also making bad choices myself sellin drugs and wut not,It costed me a few years. When I was locked up I had a teacher talk with me about your story thats why im here now. Now after all those years of people telling me fast money is a fast life I finally understand what everybody has been trying to tell me. Now out of the lock up im doin me now. I got a music thang goin on and just trying to keep out of trouble.