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Interview with Victor

JM: What types of facilities were available to help pass the time?
Victor: Multi-purpose room. a library in a room bigger than the block. I used the extra space to practice breakdancing, doing hand-stands, flips and the like. that's why they called me avatar. I used it to run, because there was no space to move around at i high rate of speed. it was all pretty cramped.

JM: Did you have regular access to the entertainment or was competition fierce? Give details.
Victor: There was a multitude of board games, the offered for us, probably donated by some school or something. one could purchase different types of cards, like UNO or regular playing cards. A guy made a pair os dice out if wood for shooting craps, because the would not allow us to have the dice without monopoly running.

JM: Did you have a hard time staying in shape while in jail?
Victor: NO, i was one of the fittest guys in the Jail, everyone knew about me. I went to every group session they had from AA, church, Straight thinking, you name it I was there. I would have push-up comps, sit-up comps, and all the like. seeing who can jump the highest. I realize i brought a little more life to that small place.

JM: How often did you get to go outside? What did you do outside if you were allowed to? If you were not allowed to go outside what could you do for exercise?
Victor: NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER. We were not allowed to exercise but we would have entire block work out sessions. decline incline push-ups. Sit ups, even from the bars. (def not allowed) we would lift up our bins full of our belongings for curls, we would do pull-ups/chin-ups from the bars. I came up with an Idea, I laid on the floor the the threshold of my cell, and my work out partner would stand on my hands holding the door edge and i would bench press him, when push-ups wasn't enough. There's alot more but I can't divulge too much information.

JM: Did the jail offer church services? If so, what were they like and when were they held?
Victor: YEs, they were actually very very moving, Pastor Phil Alosio, a very very spiritual man. They were held twice a week but one different pastor each day.

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