Maybe that's a new standard by which we could frame indifference to race by, i.e.: "Content of a person's character notwithstanding, we all look the same beneath fifteen pounds of Fluff.”

But, back to point, the larger interest for me not regarding wash rags, race or the full body lather so much as the underlying reality that there is a world of different practices for everyday, 'simple' actions, but that we aren't open to realizing exist because we are so blindly predispositioned in the utilization our own.

For instance, a shower is seemingly a pretty straight forward idea in anyone's mind, to me, in broad strokes, you soap up and rinse off. But there are a hell of a lot of various ways of accomplishing that. Just think if I were to come up to you and ask how you take a shower in an attempt to find out if there was some more efficient way of accomplishing a wash than I am currently employing. Creep factor aside, you'd probably be surprised to learn I even take a shower differently than you do. Or- maybe you wouldn't; men and women doing things differently, but I think you get my point.

Now think about all the small things we do. Like trimming nails. Some folks cut strait across, use the file, manipulate cuticles, others... Well, I don't know how others do it, but they obviously do if how my nails look next to theirs is any indication. With women specifically I often see them utilizing emery

boards so often they wear the glued on sand off of them, where as I don't touch emery boards (They get too dusty.) When I brought this topic up with my father he even told me there's a sportscaster that mentioned he doesn't trim his toenails at all. Apparently when they get long they start to break and at that point he's able to just 'peel' away the dead part, if you can believe that (Gives me the chills just thinking about it.) But then again, how did troglodytes do it if they cared? They certainly didn't have clippers other than their teeth. Hell, if anything they probably ate them for the protein content- or wore the glued on sand off of their cave walls with them, the way women today do with emory boards and men's back skin..

Point is, trimming nails seems pretty straight forward when you think about it, but really, if all that was needed was a pair of 2$ clippers I don't imagine manicurists would have a purpose for existing.
It's just crazy to me this isn't stuff people discuss.

Here’s another one: I just discovered there is small stool specifically designed for the purpose of raising a person's legs while their sitting at the toilet because your bowels can apparently be more effectively evacuated from a squatting position.
(It remains to be known if it’s as effective for a piss.)

Now, I don't know what is 'supposed' to be taught in western toilet training classes, but I sure never learned that raising your heels helped with dumping out. Albeit, I bet the troglodytes knew, so many eons ago. I know first hand Asians make ‘squat-squat’ over a glorified porcelain hole you have to fill a bucket with water to flush. I don't know, there's just something about basically feeling like I have to remove my pants and underwear over my shoes in order to ensure I don't leave with something that was supposed to be left, that... 'leaves' me only emptying my bladder and holding the rest until I find a more westernized establishment. Though it makes sense why men wear smocks in a lot of those countries to me now.

(I think that's what those neck to ankle length men’s dresses are called.)

All that written, that doesn't necessarily mean I'm closed minded to the benefits of a full body lather with a wash rag versus the quick 'bar to skin' sheen. But the larger issue is I don't like to get cold stepping away from the warm water to get soaped up.

Boo hoo, right?

But who; that isn't in prison, doesn't like standing in a hot shower for as long as possible? And as I'm sure you know, a wash cloth doesn't exactly hold onto the soap when the water hits it. So for me, being on the rag method doesn't feel or work as effective.

Although from a water conservation standpoint, the full body lather certainly gets the point.

Anyway, having been long enough, I found it interesting the African American guys gravitated to the one specific method; while they were probably subtly wondering themselves why everyone else wasn't getting a good clean in with our various choices of suds and soap application.

[Rotisserie seals in all the juicy talent.]

Funny, now I'm reminded of a sketch Dave Chappelle had on his show relating to this, or at least as to how a family of white folks all shared the same bar of soap. To which, I admittedly have to credit Mr. Chappelle for having brought the reality of the single soap paradigm to light and changed my view on said practice.

(The image of the stray, mangey looking 'armpit' hair on the bar being disgustingly accurate.)

You ever give the bar a good once over to remove any surface detritus; even if it appears to be clean, if it touches something you think might be dirty?

I do. I imagine that has to be a thing for other people too.

Hey, would you look at that, it would seem I found something to write about after all. Who would have thought it'd have been mostly concerning male members and genital piercings? Boy, you find a guy writing about this much phallic subject matter you're really liable to start questioning his card carrying heterosexual status, yeah?

[The Kingsnake in his natural habitat]

Anyways, here's hoping this finds you well, and here's to staying on an even

mental keel; I know I'm looking forward to it, myself, but... with the image of a Prince Albert pierced dong burned into the back of my eyes almost fifteen years after having seen it, can you really blame me if I'm not? Maybe that's why I'm depressed: subconsciously I empathize for that guy's secondary thinking apparatus.

(I think they call that 'Mutilated Dick empathy' in the unofficial psychological world)

Well, here's hoping this letter isn't quantified as contraband.
-Brian

Post Script: Do they provide you with dump out stools in your cell? Probably not. Don't want you having something you can potentially brain someone with, right?

Can you imagine, though?

It'd probably be the first ‘Confirmed Kill’ with a ‘Stool Stool.’

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CHANNILLO

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Maybe that's a new standard by which we could frame indifference to race by, i.e.: "Content of a person's character notwithstanding, we all look the same beneath fifteen pounds of Fluff.”

But, back to point, the larger interest for me not regarding wash rags, race or the full body lather so much as the underlying reality that there is a world of different practices for everyday, 'simple' actions, but that we aren't open to realizing exist because we are so blindly predispositioned in the utilization our own.

For instance, a shower is seemingly a pretty straight forward idea in anyone's mind, to me, in broad strokes, you soap up and r...

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