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Manuel Chavez/ Personal Journal Entry

September 10, 2012 in Personal Journal Entries by Manuel Chavez

September 10, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Well the cat is out of the bag. Royal Dutch Shell is now drilling in the Arctic Ocean. They are as to my knowledge just drilling into the formation above the pay zone and then capping the wells they are drilling until later when they will have a platform rig do the final drilling and completions.

With my knowledge of drilling and completing wells the results are the same in the long run. You drill, you complete the well, you get oil and/or gas. The way that it sounds to me is that they are being very cautious. This is with good reason, the Arctic Ocean provides over half of all the seafood that we eat. A blowout is the worst thing that could happen up there. The Ocean floor is much shallower than that of the Gulf and the drilling off the  coast of Brazil. But the danger remains the same.

I figure that the way to complete these wells is to drill out the plugs and run a casing liner into the pay zone. Either way we need to put in a safety valve such as a retro fit device such as our Retrievable Blowout Preventer.

Did anyone write their public comments to the Bureau of Land Management concerning, Fracking techniques and chemical disclosure, WELL BORE INTEGRITY, and flow back waste water management?? I sure would like to know who did so that we can discuss what we have commented about. I’m sure the environmental activists have been writing their comments to the BLM. There is going to be a frenzy of drilling all over the world in the next 20 yrs. It has only just begun. There will be more oil spills such as the Gulf oil spill if we let it happen. It is up to us to preserve the oceans and the fragile environment that we are living in. People please write to your congressmen and the officials in Washington. Let them know that you are concerned about another oil well blowout happening and what are they doing to insure that this doesn’t happen again.

Today was the last of the 60 day extension that the BLM has for public comment on this important issue. I hope that you wrote a comment to them. I did, believe me.  TTFN.  Me :-)

Manuel Chavez/ Personal Journal Entry

August 27, 2012 in Personal Journal Entries by Manuel Chavez

August 27, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Well it happened again!! I heard thru the grapevine (actually my son) that they had a terrible gas well blowout in North Dakota. It was so bad that it was totally out of control and in the aftermath of everyone escaping the catastrophe the company man got run over and killed!!! These accidents do not need to be happening like this!!! What do we need to do?? I keep writing these updates whenever I get enough to write about. Does anyone hear me out there?? So sad…. Does anyone even care???  I haven’t got a response to any of my blogs as of this date it has been more than two months since I started this blog. Just for your information. Otherwise who would know anything except from the newspapers, and if you don’t live in the area that these disasters happen how are you supposed to know anything??? I sometimes wonder who is out there anymore. Some feedback would sure be nice and a e-mail address or two would keep the lines open. Me :-)

Manuel Chavez/ Personal Journal Entry

August 3, 2012 in Personal Journal Entries by Manuel Chavez

August 3, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Well I’m sure that most of us has missed the ad in the Tennessean Newspaper that has a deadline of 8-4-12 to get in your comments and suggestions for ‘fracking, drilling and flow back procedures in Tennessee. You see, there is this boom going on on oil and gas drilling across the country and it is going faster that the States and Feds can keep up. There are no current regulations on these procedures, that is why the States are asking for public comments on this important matter.

Well don’t worry to much, we were on it!! We sent in a good letter warning them of the hidden dangers of having NO Safety Valves in these new wells being drilled. I hope to get a serious inquiry from the State of Tennessee. I am looking forward to getting the point across to the Feds and The Oil and Gas Division/Commission(s) of the major Oil and Gas producing states, that would be: California, Alaska, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and North Dakota. There are a couple of more that have oil and gas, but these are the majors at this time.

There are 2 states that have banned fracking. Did you know this fact? Yeppers, New York and New Jersey have banned fracking and I think that North Carolina has joined them. I encourage you to help get the message across to these states mentioned to install a safety valve. We have the cure. It is called, a “Retrievable Oil and/or Natural Gas Blowout Preventer”.

US Patent # 7,431,079 B1.  This device is waiting to be discovered for it’s unique abilities to help save environmental disasters from happening. We are asking for you to get involved write to these states and their Oil and Gas Divisions/Commissioner(s) and voice your opinions. It is only common sense to have an apparatus that will prevent a catastrophe from happening  installed in these high pressure/high volume wells. Please your comments and voices will be heard. Contact us and we will make sure that your letters and comments get added to the list of concerned citizens.

Manuel Chavez

Manuel Chavez/ Personal Journal Entry

July 9, 2012 in Personal Journal Entries by Manuel Chavez

Dear Justin:

As you know, I glean the magazines and newspapers daily for any news about the oil/gas industry, or any other news that may help me promote my invention.

USA TODAY has a full page ad by Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks Coffee Co. In it he encourages the public to become united in this time of crisis. The deficits we face are more than financial. Our elected leaders in our nation’s capital are continuing to put ideology over real solutions. We all know that something is wrong with America. We are better than this!!

Our history as Americans have showed that we have accomplished extraordinary things when we act collectively, with courage, creativity and generosity of spirit-especially during hard times.

Mr. Schultz says, “Let’s come together and amplify our voices.” He encourages all Americans to join the National Conversation with   #INDIVISIBLE. He says, no matter what we post or blog about if we use that tag #INDIVISIBLE Starbucks will do it’s part to collect and amplify our voices. He also says that it is time  now to join together as Americans. It is time, what ever out differences, for us to strive and succeed as one nation,indivisible.

Thank you,


7-7-12 Blog

Two years ago and three months ago BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 people, destroying the brand new multimillion dollar rig, and dumping/spilling an estimated 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Federal officials vowed it wouldn’t happen again, but has anything changed? (I would like to know where I can get a copy of the new rules for well construction on Federal lands)

The offshore oil well blowout was the latest in U.S. history. Do you remember the Persian Gulf War?(1991) Iraq intentionally destroyed/blew up over 150 oil wells that was estimated to have spilled 130 million gallons of crude oil, which translates to 30.9 million barrels of crude oil. COME ON!!! Someone has lied to us AGAIN!! Here’s my point:

Why don’t we make it mandatory that all oil/and or gas wells that are potential environmental hazards have safety valves installed within the well bore to confine the fluid/gas in the well when the well experiences or exerts a pressure surge?

Did you know that in order to work on these newly fracked wells, there is so much pressure that the oil/gas producers have no way to shut them off? During completion or after the gas/oil producers run in production tubing the production companies have to “snub in” the production tubing, and that process requires the well blowing during this whole operation. This practice wastes millions of cu.ft of natural gas, by burning or just letting it blow into the atmosphere. A safety valve would automatically seal the gas within the well at the source, (perforations that let the gas into the well), and save all the gas that is being wasted on each well being produced today, and for the years to come that the well will be in service.

Here’s the second point that I would like to make: “It only makes good common sense” to protect the millions of dollars of investment money the oil/gas producers spend on each well. Look at what it has cost BP so far in the Gulf blowout, and there is still the court date coming up on environmental issues. The cost so far, is some where around 34 BILLION DOLLARS!!! Who’s going to pay for this? You guessed it, the consumers! This environmental disaster and future disasters can be prevented.

My third point: Insurance companies that pay the adjustments to an oil/gas producer that claims a loss on an oil related spill accident or gas well fire, need to take heed that there is a new innovation called a “Retrievable oil/gas well blowout preventer”,(U.S. Patent # 7,431,079) and it is designed to work in any subterranean oil/gas well or injection well of any type.

My fourth point: There are thousands of new wells scheduled for production in  the next 10-20 years. The drillers are producing 35 new wells a day across this great country and that number will increase as China and European countries use the new concept of fracking to get to oil/gas that was unreachable by the old way of drilling wells. I believe that the producers are not looking at all the potential hazards and if they are, they are not doing enough to insure the integrity of these new high pressure, high volume wells. Are these wells safe from any type of well head malfunction/destruction caused by terrorism, war, natural or manmade disasters, intentional or accidental?? NO THEY ARE NOT!!!!

This innovation is going to be very useful to the oil/gas industry, as soon as the oil/gas companies and insurance companies along with the conservationalists and the environmentalists can come to an agreement that will make all parties satisfied with the outcome. We would like for this apparatus to become a reality to insure our nation’s natural resources are being used wisely and that this device is use coefficiently with our natural environment. Clean water, clean air and wildlife are among our main concerns. We encourage all who have read this to get involved now. We will answer all replies and inquiries on this serious matter.

Thank you and best regards to all,

Manuel Chavez

My agent is Mrs. Carmelia Byers and can be reached by phone. (303 501 3482) or by e-mail  or (970 739 8340) or get back to me here on this website.

Manuel Chavez/ Personal Journal Entry

June 11, 2012 in Personal Journal Entries by Manuel Chavez

June 11, 2012

“The natural gas industry tries to ease Fracking Worry”

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 8.8 million tons of methane gas escaped from producing unconventional natural gas is 2010.

The American Petroleum Institute and America’s Natural Gas Alliance estimates are half of that figure 4.4 million tons of methane escaped. PEOPLE, PEOPLE, that was TWO YEARS AGO~!!!!!  There are thousands more wells being drilled now a days. These people keep us in the dark. We need safety valves that automatically shut off the methane at the source deep within these high pressure high volume wells. These wells are being drilled while you sleep.

WAKE UP AMERICA!! No one except our own innovation has even taken into consideration that these thousands of wells being drilled and completed have NO SAFETY VALVE what so-ever within the well bore. These wells are dangerous, and are potential disasters waiting for an accident to happen. Everyone is not looking at the “what if factor”.

I would like to get a copy of the new environmental-safety rules standards for well construction. I’ll bet they haven’t yet figured out that a standard for safety valves be inserted into the well bore of each new high pressure high volume well.These safety valves are called a retrievable blowout preventers. These are designed to not to impede what so-ever in the delivery of natural gas to the surface. And are described in the following:

A well blowout prevention apparatus that can be inserted into the well bore of a subterranean well to confine fluid and or natural gas in the well when the fluid/gas experiences or exerts a pressure surge, is described in our patent. Methods of using the well blowout prevention apparatus are also described in the patent.

Please contact us for more information on the many uses of our apparatus. Thank you.

Manuel Chavez

Manuel Chavez/ Personal Journal Entry

May 25, 2012 in Personal Journal Entries by Manuel Chavez

Ladies and Gentlemen:

On May 09 of this year BP has made a 500 ton system, which takes 7 planes to deploy, is in vanguard of world-wide disaster response efforts. This series of saws, mechanical pincers that can cut through broken well equipment and remover any debris resulting from a blowout. It takes 5 huge cargo planes as well as 2 B747-400 aircraft to haul the entire kit to a broken well they say it can reach to the destination in 10 days!! I say that is 10 days to long!! And the price tag is a staggering 50 million dollars for just 1 of them. (Wallstreetjournal May 09)

OK. what happens if the well head is completely damaged, such as to where there is no flange to bolt to or worse yet completely damaged beyond repair?? The solution to this problem as in any oil gas well blowout is to fight this at its source. Remember they had to directional drill to intercept the runaway well in the Gulf. I have had a solution to this problem since 2004. Yes, that long. The big oil tool companies that we have contacted are too busy to even write me back.  Not to worry, we are reaching out to the people with this idea.

With the thousands of well being drilled across the United States alone there is nothing that is protecting the environment from a huge disaster from happening again in our neighborhoods and precious forests and fresh water streams.

What would happen if something happens to one of these new high pressure, high volume gas wells gets away from us in a metro area such as West Texas, or anywhere else?? This can be a more safer day in age, if only we all put our heads and efforts together. These high pressure, high volume oil and gas wells being drilled today and tomorrow need to have a retrievable blowout preventer that fits INSIDE the well casing above the perforations of an oil/gas well.

This can be easily done during the completion stage of a new well, and whenever they have to blow down a well in order to work on it safely, the oil/gas company just blows the well down,(releasing the gas into the atmosphere) this sometimes may take 2 or more days!! That is too much gas being released into the air we breathe!! Even if it is burned off which is sometimes the practice it still isn’t doing it safely enough. This device would automatically shut the well off at the source and then the work over rig crew can then work on the well, to be even more safe the hole should be loaded with water in case  of any possibility of failure of the oil tool,(highly unlikely). We would like to mention that these devices work also in injection wells of all sorts. There are many more advantages to this device that are trade secrets. We look forward to all questions and inquiries or critics points of view.

Manuel Chavez

Manuel Chavez/ Personal Journal Entry

May 11, 2012 in Personal Journal Entries by Manuel Chavez


Ladies and Gentlemen:

Do you know that as we speak today there are oil spills happening all over the world and in our oceans? It’s true. There is one now off the coast of Brazil, an oil well is leaking and it will leak until the resource runs out!! There’s more. There are leaks in the Nigerian coastal waters also. How big? We don’t always get the full story and this is a sad fact.

The national news is very encouraging, saying that the new directional drilling and fracking that is going on will push the United States to become the world leader in oil and gas. More than Saudi Arabia!!

Manuel Chavez

Manuel Chavez/ Class 10: Leadership Training

April 19, 2012 in Leadership, Straight-A Guide Curriculum by Manuel Chavez

251. What does leadership mean to you?

Strong, strength, the desire to become the best.

252. In what ways have your past decisions prepared you for leadership?

I decided in ’05, that I wasn’t strong enough to do all this time on my own. I finally got down on bended knees and God and Jesus for help. After that, my life changed considerably. My mind cleared and I came up with my inventions. If it comes to fruition the glory will be Lord’s. He has given me the hope and desire to become a leader in the community.

253. Where does leadership begin?

Leadership begins from the heart of a person. I think that most leaders are born with it.

254. In what ways can an individual measure his capacity to lead?

On his accomplishments and how he based his decisions. If the leader has good values and an open mind he will be able to reach out to many. When he communicates with many he shows his true values. Most people can spot a fraud.

255. In what ways can an individual measure his effectiveness at leadership?

At being successful at his goals. First, a leader has to have a team or a following. Once he is able to get his team to follow his outlook on his endeavors he will put his plan in to action for the betterment of the team. A good leader will be able to pick out the best of his team individuals and use them where they are needed most. He will get the job done and everyone will see it and be glad they were a part of the team’s success.

256. What does it mean to have a vision?

To have hope and goals that are reachable and to make plans to get them done.

257. How does a leader gauge the effectiveness of a plan?

He sets a course or plan of action. If he runs into problems he is able to adjust the course of his plans to be on track. He makes daily assessments towards the tasks at hand.

258. Why would leadership require accountability tools?

You have to see that your course is not going in circles and getting nothing accomplished.  And being accountable makes you sure to stay on track.

259. How would a leader make the most effective use of accountability tools?

To oversee all of he people on the team are doing their party ant to “OK” it. A leader is responsible for all of the team and their goals.

260. How would you describe leadership by example?

A good leader has risen up from the bottom. You take and individual who has made every step to where he’s been to where he’s in the leadership position, and you can see by his choices that he made, and the values he has, that, he got there by his integrity and hard work. The team will be naturally lead by his example.

261. What does leading with integrity mean to you?

that you wouldn’t put someone up to the task that you wouldn’t do yourself. And to be able to be humble when your wrong. And to show compassion and your true self to others.

262. In what ways does personal leadership require an individual to put the concerns of others ahead of his own?

As a father in prison. I’ve had all the worst of things happen to me. I keep my family’s needs before mine. I believe that with a family based life , based on love, you can conquer anything. Of course, now, I know that only “True Love” comes from God. You have to get God into your life and then, and only then, will you trust him to give you the commitment to put others ahead of your own selfish needs.

263. How can our behavior in prison influence the lives of those we ask to support or sponsor us?

They can see by your actins and achievements and accountability your progress of being “corrected”. There is no “corrections in the Bureau of Corrections. It’s all up to the individual. By behaving and self improvement it shows others that you’re on the right track.

264. When living within the restrictions of prison boundaries, where can we turn for leadership training?

By reading success stories and listening to others that have skills in business or have had leadership roles before they were incarcerated.

265. Describe an individual who has leadership skills that you admire?

He has he ability to make tough decisions and he gets the job done. I admire the President, Barak Obama in his leadership role of the United States, and the way he convenes his message to all of us to do our part that makes this the greatest country the world has ever known. I’m glad to be a part of it.

266. To what extent would emulating such leadership traits influence your prospects for success?

I will be able to get the job done. I’ll be able to reach millions of people and to convey my message. We are all in the same boat. Let’s all row in the same direction, be it the right direction and make this planet as good or better than when we had it.

267. In what ways do our day-to-day actions show our commitment to personal leadership development?

When you’re committed to getting things done, it shows on your output. Whenever you can lead by example it means you put in the work and people cans see this and think, “If he can do that, well, so can I”. I have recently made a commitment to getting into top physical shape before I’m released. Already, people are seeing a big change in my appearance and I get compliments on my exercise routine and the hard work I’m doing.

268. How can a commitment to personal leadership development while in prison influence your relationship with people you haven’t yet met?

When most people find out you were in prison they are put in a position that they are uncomfortable with. A convict knows this and he does a world of good in understanding that he or she has to become a better person through his own actions. I hope the people that I will meet in the future judge me on my achievements hat I’ve done while I’ve been incarcerated. I have many useful skills for the right company.

269. In what way can the Straight-A Guide influence your prison adjustment?

I can say that, like Michael, I made a choice a long time ago to get God into my life. To learn all that I can, and, to keep learning. I found out yesterday (4-15-12) that Odessa Tx has a petroleum college and they have certain courses that would help me substantially in my pursuit of being successful in the petroleum industry. I would like to get some sort of sponsorship so I can get the literature from them sent to me  sp that Ican get enrolled in a class to get a certificate in Casing and Cementing and Fracking etc.

270.  It has made me realize again on how short life really is.

270. In what ways can the Straight-A Guide influence your prospects for a law-abiding, contributing life upon release?

It has made me realize again on how short life really is. And through suffrage, it built my hope, with hope it built perseverance and with perseverance, Faith. Experiencing all these thing shave helped to build my character. I will become a law-abiding citizen upon release.

271. In what ways will you use the Straight-A Guide going forward?

I will keep an account of the classes I take and the books I read. I would like to acquire a journal. I will probably have to make one. When I do get the journal I will keep track of daily activities and use it as guide to help me improve myself, in order to get the job that I so desperately want.


Manuel Chavez/ Class 9: Financial Literacy

April 19, 2012 in Financial Literacy, Straight-A Guide Curriculum by Manuel Chavez

223. How would you gauge your level of financial literacy today?

I would rate it as poor at best. I do know that  I will have to rely on my family for initial support, unless I get a big break on my patent. I sank all of my money I made working for UNICOR into my patent application and I now have a patent. I took a big chance and it could pay off in the long run. As this is being written the maintenance fees on the patent are almost due. It is another $875.00 that I’m hoping will be paid in time by my family. I would be sad if someone came along and paid the fees and then would own my patent. I pray that will not happen.

224. To what extent would you suppose that financial literacy relates to your probability for success upon release?

I’m certain also that my ability to be able to sell or get some funding, even if I have to do it myself, to market or manufacture on of these oil tools, I’ll be in a real good bargaining position. The problem I face is that most people don’t have the enthusiasm that I do about this device and it’s potential.

225. What opportunities exist for prisoners to improve their financial literacy?

There are classes available and people willing to tutor you about the stock markets. If I had the money I would invest in the stock market especially when it collapsed in 08.

226. How would you summarize the total costs of your imprisonment?

I added it up in lost wages alone the total was over the 29 yrs that I have to do is a staggering 7 million dollars! That is not what the ordinary man can make. I don’t even know what I don’t even know what the taxpayers have spent towards my incarceration thus far.

227. Describe ways in which in an understanding of the stock market may help you value investment opportunities.

I understand the basics of the stock market. I enrolled in a stock market class and I did quite well with mock trading.

228. How would improving skills to analyze the fundamentals of a particular stock lead to becoming a better small businessman?

I know that it takes money to make money. After analyzing a company’s profile you will be able to understand how important it is to keep a good record of expenditures and profits. You as a small business man should hire a bookkeeper, and a CPA firm to make sure you pay all of your taxes and invoices on time.

229. Describe the level of thought you are giving to your financial future.

On a scale from I to 10 I am always thinking towards the day I’m able to get back on my feet. I say around a 7 to an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10.

230. Describe the level of preparations you are making to prepare for retirement.

Unfortunately I will have to work until I’m 70 or longer if I’m able to. I want to work even at that age. I have many things to teach my son and grandchildren about pipe wilding and the oilfield business.

231. In what ways would an understanding of the U.S. tax code contribute to your preparations for release?

We all pay taxes and without understanding the Tax Code you are very liable to end up back in prison for cheating on your taxes. That’s where a good CPA is indispensable. I will find one who can handle all of my taxes and payroll and invoices because it will be a large amount to do it myself.

232. What is your understanding of entrepreneurship?

This is what I’m trying so hard to become, an entrepreneur. I am desperately trying to carve out a niche in the billion dollar petroleum industry business. All I have to do is get my foot in the door and I can do this even from in prison, I just have to keep trying and trying until I

233. What would you attribute as a primary reason for business failures in the United States, and why?

Financial woes and poor planning. You have to access all of the ups and downs.

234. If you were going to run your life as a business, how would you describe your preparation to succeed?

You have to have a winning attitude. You have to work hard and make certain goals and make commitments.

235. What resources do you have available to you now?

I have a valuable patent that is just waiting for the right person or company to inquire about a business venture or partnership.

236. What potential markets exist for you?

I have a world wide potential with my invention. I would like to see that people care about the environment as much as I do.

237. What level of resources do you anticipate having on the day of your release?

I don’t know, I would like to be able to afford all the necessities on my own merit.

238. What level of earnings do you project during your first three years after your release?

With my vast knowledge of the oilfield I’m looking at the minimum of 500,000. But in reality a good livelihood is all one could ever ask for.

239. What level of earnings do you project during your first decade after your release?

Well into the millions of dollars worth of assets and contracts for me and my son. Again, in reality a good livelihood and good health is all on could ask for.

240. What action steps can you begin taking to increase your financial literacy?

I can read more on the skills that I have. I will study the basic oilfield manual on casing and cementing and the producing of oil wells. It has to do with cubic inches, cubic ft and gallons and barrels of fluid conversions. I do these calculations with the guidance of the Halliburton Red Book. And my handheld calculator (a pencil).

241. What relationship do academic credentials have to enhancing financial literacy?

You have to have your mathematics down pat if you want to be financial literate. It is a must. I pride myself in knowing these skills.

242. In what ways would fluency with mathematical concepts and equations enhance your potential earning power or opportunities upon release?

The oilfield is based on mathematics and doing equations, conversions etc. I’m good at this and I can use a computer to draw all of this and the components and I know how to use the program to be exact in all my measurements and calculations.

243. In what ways would developing your skill with regard to reading, writing, and speaking enhance your potential earning power or opportunities upon release?

I may need to sales pitch my skills and business. I’m thinking I can do this.

244. Describe the types of books that might broaden your financial literacy and thus help you prepare for success upon release?

How to books will help and running a small business is financial literacy in a jam session. You had better be ready for a long commitment.

245. What resources will you rely upon to make financial decisions in your future?

I have to make sure my family is aware of all the plans I have to make. From a shop to the field.

246. To what extent do you anticipate investment decisions having a role in your future?

I will be so busy investing in real things such as equipment. If I do invest in a company it will be one in the oilfield business.

247. Describe the resources you anticipate relying upon as you advance in age.

I will rely on the wise investments of tools and equipment and having steady inc omen from on of my inventions.

248. What role will these resources play in sustaining your life?

They will be paid monthly and I will adjust my living accordingly.

249. How will you adjust your tolerance for risk as you age?

I won’t risk all of anything all at once. I ‘all make sure to research and and all investments.

250. What influence would another problem with the criminal justice system have upon your financial stability?

That world be a “lights out ” for me. I can’t and will not ever come back to prison. I will live a value-based life from now on.

Manuel Chavez/ Class 8: Relationship Training

April 13, 2012 in Relationships, Straight-A Guide Curriculum by Manuel Chavez

200. What relationship do you have to others in the world?

I’m a born again Christian  and I got baptized lately. I , like millions of others, believe in Jesus Christ. I also found the  Lord Jesus while in Prison. He and his blessings have seen me through many tribulations. I truly believe that he led the way and is still leading me in he right direction. I believe with my invention he gave me a way to reach out to the whole world. I can help save and improve the environment. There are oil leaks all over the world that need to be stopped. In Rio de Janero, Brazil, Chevron has a well that has beeb leaking since November 2012!!! And this” well will continue to leak until it is gone”.

201. To what extent do the decisions we make have an influence on the lives of others?

All of our decisions have consequences on others. One decision is connected to the next. We should choose wisely on all of our decisions.

202. In what ways does a relationship with God influence the choices we make or behaviors we pursue?

With a decision that is very important I pray for it. And when it gets answered they are the result of careful decisions and deliberate actions.

203. In what ways does our relationship to anyone else influence the choices we make or behaviors we pursue?

With good communication and a deliberate  personal commitment to make wise choices, we live a purposeful life. I look around me and see so many prisoners totally lost. I single out the ones who are different and offer them this program. This program will help me build my integrity and dignity by, helping me get people aware of my invention to save the environment of the world.

204. If everyone in society made decisions from the same code of personal values that we embrace, how would the world advance or decline for future generations, including our children?

First, I have good thoughts about people in general. We are mostly hard working, God fearing and family oriented. I believe that my invention will help future generations. This will help secure a safe way to extract oil and gas from the earth without the collateral damage that has happened thus far. Let’s end the oil and gas leaks that  are destroying the ecosystems of the oceans of the world and the lives of the oil workers. My invention inxures these values.

205. To what extent do your choices and behaviors match the choices and behaviors you would want your children or people you love to see and emulate?

I want the whole world to see that I overcame the “prison life” and did my invention and patent application while in   prison. And my family and peers will see this fact. And it will give them the means of thinking to do something good for EVERYONE!

206. What does it mean to you to live with integrity?

To have strong values and a strong sense of being here on earth with a purpose. A values based life is a good life. To believe in and to love yourself is the first step to  a real life.

207. What does it mean to you to serve a prison sentence or to confront adversity with dignity?

That no matter what people or the system thinks of you, you can be centered around your goals of bettering yourself and the world in which we live.

208. In what ways do your relationships with other prisoners influence your possibility for success upon release?

I’m very cautious about whom I associate with in prison.  Most of these inmates have no idea of  how to control themselves. I believe that you have to trust most people that you associate with in prison. Let’s face it. Most of these low security inmates are rats. They are not trustworthy. I got to become low security by working my way down. Most of these guys got a time reduction from a long sentence by cooperating (ratting) with the government. I’m very cautious of what I say and what I do here. This is a good lesson for me. I will just be polite and answer yes or no to them. It was very hard for me to say “no” until lately.

209. How do your relationships with other prisoners influence the way that prison staff members assess you?

If your high-profile the staff treats you as a threat. I’ve seen it over and over again. I’m low key. I don’t drink or do drugs. I take pride in staying sober and clean.

210. In what ways will your relationships with other prisoners influence the probation officer who supervises your release?

I’ve made up my mind that in order to to be successful upon release, I will be on my own. I’m on my own now with just my family for support. When I’m released, I will support my family. It’s just that easy for me. He will see that I won’t have any contact with the felons that I was once locked up with.

211. What efforts are you making today to influence the relationships you will have in the months and years to come?

I want good professional relationships with people in the free world. I am always looking for ways to contact certain people. I use the newspapers for certain individuals and send them a letter. Sadly though, most never write back once they see Federal Corrections and a prison number.

212. In what ways can you influence relationships with people beyond prison boundaries while you’re incarcerated?

I guess you can advertise now days on the internet. I just found out what a “blog” means, and, I’m going to use this tool to help me gain good relationships with people.

213. How would maintaining relationships with people who embrace criminal values influence your potential for success upon release?

I have taken this thought very seriously. I won’t maintain any relationships with anyone I’ve met in prison. This would only set me backwards to what I anticipate for my success upon release.

214. In what ways do grooming and personal appearance influence your relationship with others?

I’ve noticed that a clean and “pressed down” appearance is respected in prison just as it is on the streets. You always dress for success. You never know who you will meet. That person you may meet, may see you for the first time in prison. It could happen! If you kaka the time to keep “tight:, it will become a habit and that is only a good habit.

215. How do writing skills influence the potential for opening new relationships that may lead to success upon release?

Writing is the only way for most of us prisoners to communicate and contact others. These skills are necessary either with postal mail or e-mails.

216. In what ways are you working now to nurture relationships that may help you succeed upon release?

I’m still trying and always looking to make contact with people who are in the petroleum industry.  These people can help me with getting my invention noticed.

217. What influence will your relationships with others have on your possibility for success upon release?

If everything goes into place and mind you, it could somehow all backfire. The contacts that I want to nurture will e able to help me get a reference with each of them. The more good references I have the better my chances of getting a good job

And with a good job, a good life. With a good quality of life, I will be able to show that prison didn’t keep me from being the good valued person that I have become.

218. How would prospective mentors respond if they were to hear you attribute your predicament to the choices or actions of another?

Of course the old adage claims, “I’m innocent”. I believe that acceptance of responsibility is the key to completely leaving the past behind you. I have to look forward not backwards at he time everything went so wrong so fast. I believe that I will overcome the prison time I’ve done and land right back on my feet. It will be hard but, it is a personal goal of mine.

219. In what ways does the blaming of outside forces strengthen or weaken your potential for success upon release?

Whenever you blame others or other predicaments you are not looking at the real reason of why you are here in prison. You, are why you are here. Remove the plank from your eye before you can remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. You don’t or won’t grow past the events that got you in prison if you dwell on them. Make yourself better. Get education, with education comes freedom. You can be “free” in prison if you put your mind and actions to do it.

220. How do your relationships with others influence the people closest to you?

I’ve made a conscious effort to not have others except my family close to me. Now that I’m ready to let people into my life, I’m choosing wisely. The people that I choose to be close to me are people that can help me in the challenges I face. I will always look t build relationships that will help me, my family, an the many friends that I’m sure to acquire.

221. To what extent does living with transparency, or as an open book, influence relationships?

Living a transparent life is the gateway to trusting people. People who see you as transparent will be able to trust you in return. Trust in a relationship is the key element. Be it personal, business or professional.

222. How would behaving one way with one group of people and another way with others strengthen or weaken your potential for success upon release?

I have always believed that strong personal values are the only way to live. I treat everyone that I meet with respect. I don’t cheat or steal or disrespect others. I have always had these values, they, and the presence of God in my life have helped me through many tribulations that 20 years behind bars have brought me.

Manuel Chavez/ Class 7: Support Networks

April 6, 2012 in Straight-A Guide Curriculum, Support Networks by Manuel Chavez

174. In what ways do you perceive relationships with people you knew prior to confinement to evolve over the course of your imprisonment?

People have move on with their lives. All I really have is my immediate family. I’ve also been locked up fro a generation. I will cherish my freedom, family and a job that I love.

175. In what ways have you nurtured support networks during the time you’ve served thus far?

I’ve made hobby crafts and have not missed many holidays without sending a homemade card or a handmade craft.

176. In what ways will the support network you have in place now contribute to your success upon release?

With my family I will have their undying love and support to help me. And with my son in the oilfield business I have a heads up on the job status. “Drill-baby-drill”.

177. In what ways would you build a strong support network while you climbed through years of imprisonment?.

I will have my niece build  me a website and a blog. And to make updates and reach out to people. I would like so perspective of what to expect, because I’m new to the internet and the blogosphere. It is almost scary to me. I need this to help establish the message of my invention and my intentions upon release.

178. In what ways do support networks or the lack of support networks influence prison adjustments?

My family is all that I have. With just them in mind makes this imprisonment more easy. I’m glad for this new opportunity to work towards being out and being a success at what I do.

179. To what extent are the values that those in your support network embrace harmonious with the values you profess to embrace?

They are all God-fearing people like me.  They hold down jobs like I want to do. And they all support one another like family should.

180. What steps are you taking now to build or nurture your support network?

With all of them that support me. I make hand-made goods for each of them and I always make sure to remember their birthdays. With this new support I’m receiving, I would like to promote my invention to the right people that have been hard to almost impossible to catch the attention that I need. I would like help to build my own website and blog. My family can keep it updated for me through e-mails.

181. In what ways can those in your support network facilitate your aspirations?

I aspire to build a career in the oilfield business, either working on a drilling rig as a driller or what I want most, a tool pusher position, or a pipe welder. I read the newspaper from Wy the other day and they are advertising for a rig welder with his own truck to weld on rigs in Wy and N. Dakota. I used to have my own truck and I’m skilled at welding on the rigs. The inventon that I have patented fits into any company’s contingency plan. It is to be easily affordable and is made to be highly adaptable to many situations, such as, unintentional or intentional accidents or disasters. This device is going to be in high demand. All it is going to take is to get the right promotion to the right people.

182. In what ways is your support network helping you now?

My niece is promoting this invention for me with little success. We are all new to this game and we may need the help of an investment team or network to get this promoted. I would rather deal with the oil companies on a personal level. And to make a partnership with a Licensing Agreement.

183. What level of allegiance do you pledge to your support network?

100% of my loyalty. And if this invention does indeed make any money, 80% of the proceeds is for my family to better themselves.

184. What incremental action steps can you to take to bring people you do not currently know into your life?

I would like to start with writing to professors, engineers, or teachers in the petroleum engineering departments of major colleges that have petroleum eng. classes, and people out of the newspapers that are experts in oil well blowouts. I would like to get in touch with such persons i schools in Houston and in Louisiana Tech. These people have a good network of friends and colleagues that are in the business, and could get me help in getting my invention to market, this will save lives and the environment.

185. What thoughts do you have about people who would be most influential to your possibilities for success upon release?

I have very high thoughts for them whoever they may be. And I would like to reward them if at all possible for believing in me and my invention’s potential in the world-wide oilfield market place.

186. Who are they?

My family mainly, and my patent attorneys. I know, I need to write e-mails from in here to certain individuals but when I do put in their e[mail addresses they mostly never get turned on. I need a middleman who could make the first initial call to these people for me and to tell them that the message is not SPAM mail and that CORLINKS is legit. This would help me considerably in breaking the ice with these people that I so desperately need to talk to. And when most people hear “This call is from a Federal Prison they just hang up or delete it and then it’s almost impossible to contact them. This has happened a lot to me.

187. What interests do they have?

My savings, and my family helped me financially with getting this patent and pain the maintenance fees. The others are in the business of intellectual property. I would like to contact Tom Anderson who works for Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) in Casper Wy. www.rmotc

Direct: 307 261 5000 ext. 5066

Toll Free: 888 599 2200 ext. 5066

Cell: 307 262 8449

Fax:  307 261 5817

And have a phone call conversation with him and to write him a few e-mails to let him know of all the work that I’ve put in to this idea and to let him know of all of the potential this tool has in the safety and integrity of the oil/gas wells.

188. How can you make them aware of your aspirations?

By phone calls letters and e-mails etc.

189. What impression would your adjustment through prison thus far make upon them?

I would hope that they envision an intelligent man with good intentions, ideas, and working values.

190. In what ways are you working to cultivate mentors?

I’m always trying to find a mentor or organization who will help me getting my invention to the right people of an organization that could find monetary support through grants or investments. I’m working through my niece (family) to contact the RMOTC in Casper, WY. The head engineer there is Tom Anderson. I’ wanting to e-mail him and have a phone call with him to have my idea expressed.  (I’VE TRIED MANY TIMES TO GET A HOLD OF A MR BOERNE WHO IS THE HEAD OF THE OCEAN MANAGEMENT OF OFFSHORE DRILLING AND HE WON’T ANSWER ANY PHONE CALLS OR E-MAILS THAT MY FAMILY HAS SENT HIM EVER.) I thought that with all this technology available to contact people and especially an appointed PUBLIC OFFICIAL, it would be easily done. But NO, this person won’t even answer the phone or e-mails until my family has given up in discouragement. It’s all I can do.

191. In what ways does your behavior or activities within prison boundaries influence your relationships?

I have a busy routine each day. I am an artist with painting as my main genre. I use this ability to make extra money.  I do each project to the best of my ability. People see this and then I get more work. The ASOR seen my work and has hired me at a grade one pay to paint murals in the rec. dept. areas. I also join many classes that teach skills and others they see this and then they also want to join.

192. How would you assess the preparations and commitment your closest acquaintances make to a law-abiding, successful life upon release?

Most of them are clueless.

193. If you were to receive a disciplinary infraction, in what way would that influence the support network you’re striving to cultivate?

Of course any disciplinary infraction in prison is bad. It is bad news, and bad news travels fast. It is always on your permanent record and could make you lose good time credits.

194. What relevance does the phrase “It’s not what you know but who you know” have to you?

I understand also, that I need to reach out to professionals in the oil/gas industry. These people here try to discourage me with threats such as; “you can’t run a business from prison”, “be careful, you could get a disciplinary report and lose good time”, etc. I use a third party with Power of Attorney. This is a slow and painful process from prison. That’s why I’m going to use this opportunity of the Michael G. Santos foundation to get noticed.  I know with your help I will be noticed out of the crowd.

195. To what extent would your actions show that you’re conscious of the influence others have on your prospects for success upon release?

With my first invention to protect the environment, precious resources (oil and gas),and people’s lives who work on these  wells from a catastrophic oil well blow out from happening. Getting this to be a reality would insure my true potential as a law abiding citizen and a guy who has really done good for the good of mankind and the environment in which we live.

196. How can a prisoner open more opportunities to broaden his network of support?

By trying to reach certain people i the community with influence. Editrs , friends and family. It would help to use the internet to create a website and a blog.

197. How would your transition to society change if you had a job offer in place before your release?

The “Job waiting for you after being in prison” is a God-send. A job, especially one that you’re after, is one of the hardest hurdles to overcome. With tohe job comes money and with money you have the means of support and freedom.

198. What steps will you begin taking now to broaden, nurture, and protect your support network each week that you remain in prison?

I’m still trying to contact certain people in the oil field industry and I’m getting nowhere as to where I want to be with them. I need to know these people on a personal or business level. Most people shy away from prisoners.

199. How will you hold yourself accountable?

I will keep trying to contact people until i get ” the one ” who can help me. I will continue to collect news about the oil and gas industry and the disasters as they happen.

Manuel Chavez/ Class 6: Communication Skills

April 6, 2012 in Communication Skills, Straight-A Guide Curriculum by Manuel Chavez

151. Describe situations you can recall when inadequate communication skills led to decreased opportunities in your life.

As a child of mixed cultures, Spanish speaking father, a Navajo speaking mother, I was confused at why my father didn’t teach or speak to me or my younger brother in Spanish. When we went to visit our relation on my father’s side of the family I felt and still do feel inadequate to communicate. Even though we all spoke English, I still yearn to learn Spanish and with the self study that I have, I can speak and get what I want, though not with the fluency that I would like to have. And as for my Navajo, it is very minor in the least. And this has led to opportunities that I had no way of seeing the consequences.

152. Describe situations where stronger communication skills may have enhanced your prospects for success.

In having my own business, I was baffled when a person that only spoke Spanish came to my shop. Back then, it was in fact difficult to communicate and had to revert to sign language and pointing and broken English. It is embarrassing.

153. What do communication skills mean to you?

These are the big doors for success. Once you learn another language you open up so many opportunities for yourself.

154. In what types of ways can improving communication skills assuage the burden of confinement?

It will open huge areas of our lives that have been taken away from us. A person who can communicate is a very powerful person.

155. What types of influence do communication skills have on an individual’s prospects for success upon release?

With learning Spanish for instance, I will be able to communicate on the job or on the phone with individuals that can make my job even easier and I am going to marry a Mexican woman from Mexico. That is the kind of food that I like and I like the way the women look and the way they are to treat a man.

156. How can developing communication skills open opportunities through imprisonment?

You can build a network of people that can help you get to the people who can help you through the rough times and to even get you a job when you get out.

157. In what ways can an individual take clearly-defined, measurable steps toward improving communication skills?

I have taken the steps for self study and I need to get back to classes and back to studying and practicing. I just learned a good tip from the workbook. I need to make flash cards and I have some so I will do that. And I just signed up for a Conversational Spanish class which will start in a week from now.

158. In what ways have you taken measurable, deliberate steps to improve your communication skills?

By first knowing that I lack the basic skills of everyday talking in Spanish. and to get the classes I need and to practice with flash cards.

159. What value do enhanced communication skills offer to a prospective employer?

That is a huge bonus to an employer. When I  had my business, I hired a good worker who could talk Navajo and this helped with flying colors. My business really took off after that. So it works both ways as an employer and as an employee.

160. How can a prisoner convey the extent of his communication skills and his personal investment to improve such skills?

By taking classes and participation with others.

161. How does the prison experience influence an individual’s development of communication skills?

With a lot of time available prisoners should exercise to become better speakers and to learn different languages.

162. In what ways do developing communicating skills resemble the development of physical fitness?

In order to get in shape takes dedication and communication  skills are not any different. you need to have a goal in mind and work towards it.

163. What does it mean to read with a purpose?

To read text books or learning books that will help me when I’m released into society.

164. Describe the pattern of books you have read throughout your term in prison. What kind are they and why do you read them?

I no longer read fiction novels. I read text books or trade books that relate to the prior training that I have acquired.

165. In what ways do books you read prepare you for success upon release?

The math and Algebra are necessary in my field of work. By using these and doing work ia am preparing my success in getting the job that I so dearly want.

166. When you consider the amount of free time available to you on a typical day, how do you determine the most effective ways to use it toward preparations for success?

I have to dedicate certain hours fro certain things. This includes study, e-mails, phone calls ,workouts, hobbycraffts ,and work. I manage these all the time. With good use of my time , I’m efficient in getting all these done.

167. In what ways do you work to improve your dexterity with language, using words, sentences, and paragraphs to communicate ideas?

I read the dictionary on occasion and I read and study text books.

168. How would you describe the argot of the imprisoned class?

Almost all gibberish. I don’t approve of it  A person is judged by what comes out of his mouth.

169. In what ways does the jargon of imprisonment compare of contrast with the language in the society you expect to encounter upon release?

I am looking forward to living a purpose based life. In which, I get my business back. And without using any slang or obscene woes is the only way to get it done.

170. What does an individual speaker’s enunciation convey to his listeners?

You have to be able to make precise speaking a priority in life and in business.  If you convey the wrong message you may not get the job.

171. In what ways do an individual’s grooming habits or manner of dress communicate his values?

A person who takes care of himself and wears proper fitting clothes and keeps his appearance neat is considered a clean person. It pays to be well groomed. People notice this and judge you by the way you look and dress.

172. To what extent does documenting a prison journey communicate an individual’s commitment to success upon release?

It could show to others that you participated in classes that pertain to your work, and that you used your time to better yourself. My work here proves I am preparing. You can see it!

One of the exercises Michael embraced to develop his communication strategy included writing book reports. In Earning Freedom, he wrote that books opened opportunities that contributed in meaningful, measurable ways to prepare him for triumph over the obstacles he expected to encounter. Each book had a purpose, and to stay on course, he used the following format to write his book reports:

  • How I came across the book (title of book):
  • Why I choose to read (title of book):
  • What I learned from (title of book):
  • Ways in which (title of book) will contribute to my success upon release:

173. In what ways would writing similar book reports contribute to the development of your communication skills and preparations for success upon release?

By having the hard copy of a book report removes all doubt that you got the message to the book, the way you understood it. I take notes as  I read as well. I want to be able refer back to them.

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