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Grapevine : January 2011
OUT OF BOUNDS IT was a crime of violence; a ter- rible act against a woman. An act I could not remember. I was in prison for it. Itwastheactofadrunkin a blackout. Like so many times before, I woke up physically sick and emotionally devastated, know- ing something had gone wrong. Like so many times before, I had no idea what that something was. This was my life: waking up, day after day, sick, wondering what I did last night. How did I get home? Where am I and who is this passed out next to me? This time, however, I knew it was bad. I laid low for a couple nights, venturing out on Saturday night for a few carefully consumed beers, to test the waters. The police found me in a bar and "had a few questions." I was certain I had committed the crime in question, but I simply had no memory of it. Of course, I told them I didn't do it. The details of the inci- dent are for another time. Inevitably, Imprisoned for a violent crime, a tirade on a handball court changes his life POWERLESS 22 January 2011