July 4, 2014

4th of July at FCI Petersburg

It goes without saying…I’d rather be at the beach that at FCI Petersburg.

I’m not, so I have to make the most out of what I have here. There was a three-point contest at 11 and a free throw contest at noon. I entered the free throw contest and did ok. I averaged around 65% and came in 6th out of 13 people. I haven’t shot in years, so I was pretty happy.

At 1PM there was a “peel off”. It is essentially a body-building contest. There were 9 contestants (Clearly I was not one of them). This was one of the strangest things I have ever seen. These guys oiled themselves down and did a presentation on the basketball court. They flexed and did about 10 different poses like you see on TV. There were judges that voted on it. So there were about 200 guys watching 9 guys get oiled and flex for them.  It was pretty weird.

At 4pm, I played in the annual 4th of July Bocce tournament and came in 2nd out of 12 teams. I won some Gatorade.

At 5:30, I played in the horseshoe tournament. We got eliminated in the first round.

We had a cookout after all this and ate bacon cheeseburgers, watermelon, corn, and had red velvet ice cream after.

Time to read some more of the book, “Flag of Our Fathers” till I fall asleep. Pretty good book about the conquering of Iwo Jima. A friend has been sending me history books, and I’ve been enjoying reading them. Coming in, I was not a heavy reader, but I have kind of turned into one here.

I’ve been slacking on my eating the last 10 days, so tomorrow I’m going to work out a little extra and get back on the proper eating routine again.

Days like today are uncommon in my routine, but it was a holiday, and I wanted to take a break from the rigidness of my daily routine. Tomorrow I get back to work.

One year from now I will be home rather than having to endure another 4th of July at FCI Petersburg. That thought helps comfort me.

Andy Rothenberg

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