Thursday, August 16, 2007

Yuma Prison

I'm trying to remember all the Yuma facts I picked up. Yuma is one of the oldest towns in Arizona because it sits on the Colorado River which makes the land quite fertile. Yumans (haha I love that's what they are called) grow such crops as citrus, cotton and hybrids like caulicolli.

Yuma has a casino that sits on the California border. In fact, one building is in Arizona while the other is in California. Each state has its own gambling laws so in one half of the casino dice are used, but in the other half not allowed.

Near the casino, is the Yuma Prison which was a federal prison. Actually, the prisoners built the prison themselves. As much as I loathed walking around in 104 degree weather, I really got an appreciation for how miserable this clink was. And then to have to do hard labor in it. OI!
Yuma prison
Yuma prison cell
This cell slept 6. 3 tier bunk beds that are so closed together, I couldn't get a picture, but they could reach across and touch each other because in the joint that's what you need, a little tenderness.

I was interested in the prisoners. They had everyone from murderers to adulterers. I wonder if they divided them up; I doubt it. Could you imagine meeting your murderous cellmate and having to tell him you're in for loving too much?
Yuma prison prisoner 2

Yuma prisoner prison pooch
I am not sure if the prison wasn't as bad as I thought because they allowed pets, or this is one really REALLY naughty chihuahua.

They also cracked down on polygamy and there were Mormon prisoners.

They also had female prisoners. And though in every level of society women were treat unequally, in prison there was equality.
Yuma prison female prisoner 2
The fact that she ran off with jugglers seemed sexier to me... though I would imagine living with jugglers would get very old, very fast.

Yuma prison female prisoner 1
I don't know if you can read her blurb, but it said that she asked for fabric and made her own prison uniform in the style of the time!

They also had crafts!
Yuma prison crafts 3

Yuma prison crafts

Yuma prison crafts 2

Entrance to prison yard:
Yuma prison yard entrance

Cell blocks:
Yuma prison
Yuma prison

I like this picture because it reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode
Yuma prison twilight zone shot.

Watch tower. The cement structure below is the water tank. I was miserable going up the stairs, I can just imagine building them, and schlepping wood up and down them.
Yuma Prison tower

So there you have it. Where really bad and not so bad in the scheme of things went. Next time another place I went Mexico. OLE! Yes I am stretching this trip out. For everyone but one particular person who knows who she is the post is over. Unless ofcourse you are dying to get me a present, but have no idea what-- then feel free to keep reading.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
A. I'm pretty easy. I'm not really into fun fur unless it's really soft posh fun fur and then maybe not that either.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
A. I mostly use my Denise's which have a case. I also have a great straight needle case made by SP9 and a circ needle case made by SP10.

3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
A. I have been knitting for 10 years. I am intermediate/advanced.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
A. No.

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
A. My favorite perfume is Fresh Index Apricot Fig (to give a concept); I love lavender, plumeria, I love this hand lotion I put on because it smells like cleaning fluid, so obviously my scent pallatte is not that refined. Go into the fall I will like warm curl up by the fire scents. I love the smell of coffee, but hate the taste.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
A. chocolate (but not together). As a vegetarian, I don't eat marshmellow or my beloved gummi bears. I also don't like tea.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
A. Yes I have a spinning wheel. I am a beginning level spinner, but I love spinning and fiber.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD).
A. I like alternative, jazz (not smooth jazz or the the kind I have to think about), big band, 80s. My favorite song this year is Read My Mind (Killers) My favorite song that irritates people is Hey There Delilah (Plain White Ts)

9. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
A. It's fall so I am going into a green, claret, olive phase. These are actually the colors that look best on me. But I also like retro color combos.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
A. I've got all sorts of pets. It's like a petting zoo but without the cash intake.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
A. I wear scarfs to dress up outfits going out on The Strip. I feel like I am 30 years too old to wear mittens, but I do need to wear them and gloves. I have tiny little hands (the size of a 6th grader) that get cold very fast. Not really a poncho girl... but HATS... I LOVE HATS! I would wear a hat constantly if I could. I love hats.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
A. Anything that I can finish.

13. What are you knitting right now?
A. I'm not knitting, I am ripping right now. I did the Brea bag, but decided I wanted that yarn for something else.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
A. I love handmade stuff.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
A. I use my Denises the most then Addi Turbos. I like speed baby. I dont knit for leisure, I knit for some nuerotic speed torture

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
A. Yes I have both.

17. How did you learn to knit?

18. How old is your oldest UFO?
A. See #17. Also I have granny squares I made when I was 8 or so (look at previous questionaires for that ugly little story) I am determined to finish the blanket next year..I just have to figure out how to make these 70s squares look posh and sophesticated yet honor the little 7 yr old, who, now that I think about it was posh and sophesticated then too. Unfortunately her grandmother wasn't and there is some ugly 70s yarn.

19. What is your favorite holiday?
A. Halloween! The air smells like fire and the wind is just crisp.. and daylight savings is ending. Oh and Christmas because I get gifts and my bday because I get gifts. I would love Arbor Day and Presidents Day if it involved a gift for me.

20. Is there anything that you collect?
A. Bulldog and ferret stuff, and tiki/ polenesian stuff, mermaids (evidently I have the taste of a 50 year old man)

21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
A. I once saw this book 99 crochet flower motifs. You put them all together and voila you have a flower afghan. I meant to buy the booklet, but I was distracted and didnt.

22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
A. Armenian knitting

23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
A. I love to knit socks but it takes me forever to start a pair. I love it more when people knit them for me. I wear a US 8.

24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
A. 3/15. Same day as Fabio, Judd Hirsch, Eva Longoria, and the character Michael from The Office. Also it was when Caesar was off'd.

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Blogger Jejune said...

Thanks for the fascinating tour of the jail! Hope your SP11 goes wonderfully well :D

12:58 AM  
Blogger Genevieve said...

wow, the jail looks fascinating! I toured the Eastern State Pen in Philadelphia once which was also quite cool. (I've also toured a working jail, with prisoners and stuff still in it. Not quite as fun)

3:41 AM  
Blogger Jinann said...

Who knew prisoners could make such fabulous lace! I loved the "tour" was fascinating!

4:38 AM  
Blogger Knit said...

Thanks for the info! You are going to be too easy to did I get to be so lucky?

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... is it really true, you do without gummi bears??? wow


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