Days since my release from 26 years in prison: 1
Time I woke: 4:30 am
Journal of activities:
For the first time, Carole and I woke together in a hotel. I dressed in my running gear and headed out the door before 5:00 am. I ran on the clean sidewalks of San Ramon near Bishop Ranch. At 6:00 I ran back toward the hotel, so that Carole could join me for the final six miles of my run. At 7:30 we returned to the hotel and I dressed into a blue suit. We drove to SRV Studios so that I could film a commercial for the Straight-A Guide reentry program that I’m getting ready to begin selling. For the first time, Carole watched me perform in front of the camera.
After filming the commercial, Carole and I drove back to Petaluma. We stopped at our house to unpack, then we drove to Santa Rosa so that we could meet with Christine Butera-Ortiz, my federal probation officer. Since Carole would have to endure my time on supervised release, I wanted her with me so that she would understand all of the conditions of my release. We both listened as Christine told us about the process. She did not have any specific instructions concerning my release but recited some of the standard conditions. Then I responded to a series of standard questions that Christine would use as an assessment tool that would determine my supervision needs.
Following our meeting with Christine, Carole and I drove into Petaluma and stopped by a card shop. We purchased greeting cards for the Nobmann family to express our appreciation for the generous support they gave during my year on community confinement. We dined together at Cucina Paradiso, an Italian restaurant. Following dinner, we went for ice cream dessert at a local restaurant.
- Time: 5:00 am until 7:30 am
- Lenght of time: 2.5 hours
- Miles run today: 14
- Weather: I began before sun rise, but I finished the run in bright sunshine.
- Consecutive days: 2
- Cumulative miles since day off: 20
- Pushups today: 0
- Cumulative pushups for month: 0
- Annual marathon tally: 6
This morning I woke and I thanked God for liberty. I didn’t know how my life would change going forward, but I felt grateful to wake without the clunky bracelet that had been strapped to my ankle for the past six months. I asked God to strengthen my spirits and my confidence as I transitioned into the world, and I expressed gratitude for the many blessings in my life.
Today I met with the men at SRV studio, including Andrew Landini, Brooks Knudson, and Steve Chriest. Later, in the afternoon, Carole and I met with Christine Butera Ortiz, my federal probation officer. In the evening we met with the Nobmann family for dinner.
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