R is for Ride

I’ve gotten a little behind in my Behind Bars themed A-Z Blog Challenge, so I’m trying to catch up a bit (pardon the pun).

Ride is a popular word.  Some people call their cars ‘Rides’.  And this has definitely become very popular in recent years.  You can hear phrases like “How do you like my ride?” or “Stay away from my ride!” or “Where’d you get that ride?” referring to cars.  Some people have used the word in a more sexually oriented manner and I don’t think I have to explain that one to anyone.  But when you are stuck Behind Bars, you don’t have a ‘Ride’ any more, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ‘Catch a ride’ or ‘Ride with someone’ in their invisible cars.

If you hear someone say, for instance, “Hey, you wanna ride with us?” Behind Bars, it really means “Hey, you wanna go along with us?”  This could be construed as meaning anything from going down to the gym to planning an escape.  Very versatile word.  It’s normally used to friends or work buddies to ‘ride’ out a shift with them or a long line at commissary or something a little out of the ordinary.

In my particular case, whenever we had emergencies or lockdowns, the essential departments were allowed only as few offender workers as necessary to get through the day.  That meant a certain group of ‘good’ workers would be called to work in the laundry, the kitchen, the trash crew, etc. until operations returned to normal.  It also meant that these workers would work extra long, extra hard shifts just for the simple pleasure of getting out of their cells instead of staying cooped up all day long.  If we knew something might be happening soon, some of the offenders who worked for me would ask if they could ‘ride with me’ during the storm or whatever.

But sometimes the word might be the harbinger of something else about to happen.  If you heard someone say “WTF you doing riding in my car?!”, it usually meant someone was getting into someone else’s business and then ‘it’ would be ‘on’.  Whatever ‘it’ was and wherever ‘on’ might be.

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