The game is to be sold, not told. That is a mantra a lot of prisoners follow. It is one I followed down the path of writing the books I have. But has it hurt me in the long run? And does it hurt prisoners in the long run? Let me give you an example. The other day a young guy asked me what was the best pick-up line I’d use on a female I saw?
I told him I don’t use phony pick-up lines. But if I did I would tell her, “When I get out I’m going to get your name tattooed on me.” Then when she says I don’t know her name, I’ll say yes I do, “motivation.” He loved it so much he tried it out on the nurse that night and got a laugh.
Another prisoner heard me and said I should write a book of game like that. But those thoughts make me cringe. That’s not what I’m about. That’s not what I stand for. And that’s not why I placed my profile on a site like this. I am instead looking for people who I can build a genuine friendship with. So does using phony pick-up lines or game in the penpal profiles hurt us? Or should we just be completely honest and open and say what we want? Let me know your thoughts about this. And please don’t forget to vote in the upcoming election. Your voice matters out there!
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