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scheduled blogSure the word PUNISHMENT is printed right there over the door. So so so many people would take that to mean jail. Me? Well, sure. Probably, but come along with me for a tour of the Fort Atkinson, Nebraska detention center and free your narrow little minds, people.
There is that long forgotten gem of punishment known as public humiliation which sure, it”s got a downside. Think of all that damage to the delicate self-esteem of the criminals in our midsts. But on the other hand, these signs are crazy cheap compared to a penitentiary.
They”d hang the appropriate sign around your neck. Drunkard. Whatever, and make you stand on this stump. I wonder why the stump? Is there a trick to keeping your balance that makes this harder (I mean beyond the obvious if you really are a drunkard). I”d like to insert the comment here that this fort in 1820, was the only civilization west of St. Louis and it”s in far east central Nebraska. Where”s the booze coming from? Who”s in charge? Don”t they take inventory? Don”t they have a lock on the store room door? Is there a bar on the post? I”d think being a drunkard would just be really tricky. Anyway, who knows? Next picture.
All I could think when I saw this was, Who named this thing? Who looks at this and thinks, “I”m looking at a kitty with nine tails?” Good grief, go back to the comment above. If someone came up with this thing and said, “I want to name this after my pet, Fluffy.” I”d have that guy on a stump with that Drunkard sign around his neck asap.
We have your usual, run of the mill, stocks. Those were the good old days, right? Some stocks. A scarlet letter. An occasional burning at the stake. Ah, our Puritan forefathers. How we all pine for simpler times.
Lower stocks. I didn”t get a real feel for what one had to do to earn the various punishments. Punch someone. You get the low stocks. Steal their horse, you get the high stocks. Insult a fellow officer. Cat-o-Nine Tails. Drunkard. Sure, stump/sign combo-that one is at least clear.
I get the sense that a lot of modern day sports have evolved from punishment and possibly torture. Football comes to mind.
They call it a horse. It”s like they didn”t even take it seriously. Why don”t they call their punishment devices something scary. Cat. Horse. C”mon. Call it the Parallel Bar of Doom or the Vicious 9 Bladed Whipper. Think Deterrent by Name! And they used this for drunkeness, too? Doesn”t this make the judge sound a little…capricious. Like, if he”s in a BAD MOOD he gives you a worse punishment? Or maybe this is third offense? The 1820s equivilent of losing your license for a year?
This one is just annoying because for heaven”s sake, you pump some steam into this baby and you can charge upwards of $100 an hour and rich people will line up to spend the afternoon in one of these. And if they”ve got an attendent named Jean Claude standing by to mop their brow, the price can go to $250. Throw in a sea weed wrap and the skies the limit. Which doesn”t mean it isn”t pretty miserable, but still…you”ll sweat off some pounds and your skin will be all satin-y.
Although he affectionately adds, “The Old….” to the beginning.
And then the prison went kinda Fifty Shades on me. Not that I would know of course, but a woman HEARS THINGS. It”s all very alarming. I just kept wondering what a guy had to do to get himself hooked up with this stuff. And did they realize the full potential of it as NAUGHTY TOYS? And that”s when I have to ask, is this really a prison? Or is this a romance novel in the making? HUH???
And as we wind down our visit to the PUNISHMENT center of the fort, we pass through the solitary confinement center. I stared at it and tried to remember. Something I read in the newspaper. I believe there was a lawsuit because the state penitentiary was cutting costs by taking Premium Cable out and only giving them basic. And maybe they were making Jean Claude withhold the sea weed wraps, too. I can”t recall the details.
Oh how times have changed.
And here, the last picture for your viewing pleasure. It”s a jail cell. It”s bars. A little room with metal bars. So simple it”s kinda sweet. It”s actually a pretty nice little area and the bed it in looked slightly more comfortable than the one I”d just seen in the HOSPITAL.
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