My bed is about three feet in width by seven feet in length. It's a platform design made of concrete. My mattress is a pad about three inches thick. I've slept on this pad for several weeks, wearing soft spots that allow parts of my body to feel the firmness of the platform.
I was issued two sheets and a synthetic "wool" blanket and one non-absorbent bath towel, approximately 20" x 32". Both the sheets and the bath towel are replaced with ostensibly clean ones about once every week to ten days. I'm still with the original blanket after 7-8 weeks so I don't know when I might get a clean one. I was told it's probably every 90 days.
I've described our "uniforms" in a prior blog so there's no reason to go over that again. We get clean ones on Thursday....well, sometimes it's Thursday! Now and again the uniforms arrive on Monday. At the same time, we are issued five pair of underwear and five pair of socks...for a week! I try not to think of the other men who have worn said undies and socks! :( It seems time and schedules and "ownership" are not important in this "underworld".
What do I wear to bed you might ask? My uniform of course. It's multipurpose! Yup, that's right...well, really it is wrong...yet I wear this "outfit" 24/7. I've seen only one triabe member strip to his briefs to sleep. He had a Greek god-like body and was clearly proud of it. For the rest of us, it's just too cold to go au naturale.
I am looking forward to a "REAL" bed, clean sheets and a comforter tucked inside a duvet...fluffy pillows (no, they do NOT issue pillows, of which I always slept with TWO!) and a quiet night's sleep...ahhhhh...the thought of it!! FREEDOM TO SLEEP IN PEACE...with clean pj's!
As you go to bed tonight, be aware of...be mindful of your bed, your bedding and sleeping attire...whatever they are...and perhaps be grateful?!?
I was isolating back then but took the risk to ask my bunk mate where the day-room was located. He was a nice man, did not laugh at me or show my naïveté to the tribe members in "the tank". Instead, he smiled and pointed to the two game tables about six feet from my bunk. The "day-room" is embedded within "the tank"! :( Except for "visitations", my new world is "the tank"...24/7. AND, with thanks to our favorite architect, Leon, here's a visual for those of you who wanna' SEE my world!
Fathers and teacher, I ponder "What is Hell?" I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love. -Dostoevsky
Tis the Season of Love...enjoy in joy!