Monday, December 11, 2006

What's that called when prisoners carve lines onto their cells walls to indicate how many days they've spent in prison? Y'know, the four vertical lines and then a fifth line across them? I can't remember what those scratches are called. They're not exclusive to prisoners. I mean, people use them all the time - like to keep track of points during a game of "Hangman" or something.

But it's been on the tip of my tongue for the past 5 days now and I've been avoiding writing this particular blog entry ever since because I can't remember the term.

Anyway. Trying to remember the term isn't the point of this blog. This is:

Ever since I was a kid, I thought about how if I was a prisoner, I'd be bad at scratching lines onto my cell wall. Physically, I could do it. But mentally? No. Like my first day in prison, I'd be like, "Alright, one scratch" and then I'd do it. But I bet it'd be kinda fun (carving walls is cool) and since prison is boring, I'd be like, "Okay, I'll carve one... for tomorrow. And then I just won't do one tomorrow." But then the next day would come and I'd be kicking myself for having done it the day before and not getting to have the fun for that day. So I'd be like, "Okay, one more. Then that's it... for real."

But then I'd do another one. And another.

Until I'd be like on my 17th scratch, but only on my third day in prison.

It's like eating Flinstone vitamins as a kid. You only get one a day, but you're like, "They taste like candy! I want another one!" In that case though, I'd control myself from taking another Flinstone vitamin. Because I thought it was like real medicine and if I had more than one a day, I'd get really sick and overdose or something.

Fortunately, I never overdosed or something.

4 comments:

Jesse Thorn said...

that's a tally mark, paul.

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harris said...

Paul,
Those lines are called krugers. Cause they look like when freddy scratches things. Any old idiot knows that! (and I mean like OLD idiot....like 75 - 90)

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