February 25, 2017
OK, this is a bit early for a Saturday post but since I am having trouble getting the internet in my apartment, I am using a public hot spot and it closes down about the time I would normally post. I have been struggling with the internet provider for a while now and after using three different routers, and different brands, and changing the Ethernet cable from the cable modem to the router, I believe that the cable modem is the problem. So, I will have to get someone out from the cable company to check it out and replace it if need be.
Tucson is going through another cold snap, cold for Tucson that is. As I go around getting things done relating to my moving in, I am running out of clean warm clothes. I am going to have to do a huge number of laundry loads in the near future. At least I am not somewhere where it is really cold, freezing even. The morning temperature drops down to around freezing here, at least recently, and gets to a bit above freezing during the day but I can remember in upstate New York and in Indianapolis when the high temperature for the day was not above freezing. I do not want to go through that again. I didn’t mind it as a child in Indianapolis but I did in Plattsburgh New York when I was in my late 30s. That was 30 years ago and I doubt I have adapted to the cold having lived in Tucson for so long.
February 22, 2017
Slowly I am getting my life back together and getting my apartment all set up.
Tuesday morning I had a extreme hypoglycemia attack and when I collapsed onto the kitchen floor, I hurt my knees. This was the worst attack I can remember. I was shaking and sweating big time and my vision was blurred to the point that it was almost worthless. I didn’t pass out but I came close. Some years ago I passed out walking along the streets of Tucson, from the local library to my apartment and I just passed out without any other symptoms. I crossed a fairly busy street without incident and came to once I had finished crossing that street. Then I got the symptoms that should be leading up to passing out. I made it home and came out OK but yesterday although I did not pass out and I was safe in my apartment all the while, the incident seemed worse in all other respects.
I am sitting in the clubhouse of my apartment complex because there is Wi-Fi here and I cannot get the internet in my apartment. The connection is slow so I am having trouble getting stuff done and I need to subscribe to one of the computer repair services in order to get my home network up and running. But to subscribe, I need an internet connection and this one in the clubhouse isn’t getting it done right now.
The Pima County Government seems to want to get into bed with Monsanto regarding a greenhouse and some experimental field work Monsanto wants to do here. I am fighting it because Monsanto should not be getting a sweetheart deal that isn’t available to all other companies plus, Monsanto has a poor history concerning leaving a polluted local environment that the local governments have to clean up because Monsanto won’t.
February 20, 2017
I forgot that today was a holiday and tried to go to the bank and order new checks. The bank was closed obviously.
Yesterday I met with my friends and played TTRPG, a Star Wars campaign. This took place at the apartment where I had been crashing while homeless and I needed to pick up something I had forgotten when I moved out – my insulin bottles. I should have picked them up yesterday when I left, but even though I remembered that I needed to do that when I got there and so did the friends who live there, we had all forgotten about it when I left. Luckily, I don’t need a new bottle yet so I can wait a bit more. It is annoying none the less.
I am fed up with trying to fix my internet connection on my own and am going to contact one of the computer repair services and have them come out and get my network up and running. It will cost some but it will be worth it. Especially since I need to finish posting my Elder Saga novels.
My apartment complex is nice and the people I have met so far are nice also. Getting used to the new place is taking some time but if my personal history is any indication, I am going to be here for decades.
February 18, 2017
Things are not good. Oh, things are good that I have found an apartment and am thus no longer homeless; but, I cannot get my router to work in the apartment so I have no internet there. I have it at the clubhouse of the complex but only for one of the two laptops I have and the one that I cannot use now is the one I use for uploading videos to YouTube. Frustration after frustration abounds. However, I am meeting with friends tomorrow and one of them is a computer whiz. Therefore, I hope, I can get this fixed soon and be productive again.
I am slowly, too slowly perhaps, getting my gear organized and set up. I still haven’t found the remotes for the two Blu-Ray players and the two TVs so that is another frustration. I have a floor lamp on order and on its way so that will help with getting things going. I need another one and I intend to order it today. I need a cot to replace the one that broke and once that is her, I can stop sleeping on the floor. I do not like sleeping on the floor but for now I have no choice. I could go and order a mattress set but that would cost a lot more than I want to spend now, and I have found camp cots to be comfortable.
Getting stuff for my apartment is a pain. Yes, I am on two major bus lines but getting anywhere in Tucson by bus is still an annoyance. Years ago I had a little diesel car. It got great mileage, but was slow and underpowered as all get out. I was also too tall for it and my head pressed against the roof of the cab. Nevertheless, in a warm climate it ran good. In a cold climate or in a cool winter, it did not run. But here in Tucson, it is warm enough that I would have had no problems with that. It would also be paid off now and all I would have to pay is the insurance and operating costs. Much better than the bus system even though it would be more expensive in dollar costs. My time would be worth it.
February 17, 2017
Busy day today. Now that I am all moved in and am setting up, I can get back to normal. So today, I attended the Election Integrity Commission meeting. We discussed the Risk Limiting Audit proposal. I dislike it for various reasons primarily due to the extra work involved for little perceived benefit. I closed out my storage units and tried to get the Wi-Fi in my apartment to work. I couldn’t so I am using the complex’s Wi-Fi in the community room for now.
Once I am finished with this post, I am going to get some items from Amazon in order to make the apartment a bit better. There are no lights except for the kitchen, the bathroom and the den. So, in the living room and bedroom, it is dark all the time. I also need to get a new bed as the cot I was using broke. I like camp cots because I think that they are comfortable and a lot less expensive than regular beds. I am still getting unpacked and trying to find things I want to use. I hate moving.
The apartment complex I am in now is nice, even nicer than my old place I think. Not only the community room but the exercise room as well. There aren’t as many restaurants and grocery stores nearby as were available at the old place but the base is just a straight bus ride and since I am retired USAF, I can get on base to shop there. I just need to make the time to do it.
February 14, 2017
Happy Birthday Arizona. Arizona entered the Union 2/14/1912.
I move tomorrow so I will miss posting tomorrow and perhaps Thursday as well since I get my internet hooked up Thursday afternoon. If so, I will post the DREADNOUGHT chapter on Friday.
I was running around today getting the last little bits done before the move. The Tucson bus service is not all that great but luckily I didn’t have to transfer that much and I was extremely luck in that the transfer bus arrived right away.
I did have a look at another book I had been working on, MAGIC IN THE MONASTRY. I got a little done on it and a little done on HIGH TREASON. Friday I can start really working on my writing. I look forward to that. I am tired of crashing at my friends apartment. I can even start posting YouTube videos again.
February 13, 2017
Monday the 13th is a running gag in the Garfield comic strip and books. At least, I think it is still a running gag. Today, for me, it is not a bad day. I have just about everything done for moving in to the new apartment on Wednesday. I will have some privacy and I will no longer be crashing on a chair in my friends’ living room. I move on Wednesday and get some shopping done on Thursday and Friday and I will be set enough for a start.
So, I can get really going on editing GENERATION UPON GENERATION and having it ready for publishing on my other blog: christophercolesite.wordpress.com. By the time I have that posted, HIGH TREASON should be ready for posting. I will still be working on one other novel, for regular publishing, at the same time. Maybe I can become a famous writer and everyone reads my work.
The apartment is far enough away from church so that I will have to take my TTRPG gear to church and go directly to my friends’ apartment to play and then get to my apartment. Sine the new apartment has a small back yard, I can use that to pain some of my miniatures for later use. For some reason, I have not liked the idea of painting them where other people can watch me doing it. I have no clue why this is, I just accept it.
I find out tomorrow if I continue homeless or if I move in to a new apartment on Wednesday. I have my doubts because I always have doubts when I am waiting for something I want to happen. I presume this is human nature to some extant but regardless, I have it.
Real soon I am going to have to replace my cell phone. I have had this one for too long and it wasn’t very good when I bought it, I just didn’t realize it. However, if I do get the apartment, I am going to have to spend a lot of money getting stocked up. You know, food, soap, etc. Plus the costs for getting the electricity, gas, etc. turned on. Lucky for me, I reduced my bills by about $300 a month so I will have enough I believe.
It rained here in Tucson, it sounded loud and large but I didn’t go out and investigate. I just know it rained and we can use every drop we can get. Once I am in my new apartment, I will have a small backyard where I can just sit and watch the rain.
With the amount of money I save from cancelling the land line phone, the newspaper, the internet and the satellite TV, and the smaller expected costs of natural gas for a heater, the storage lockers I may still need and a cable contract instead of a satellite hock-up, I should be able to save quite a bit for going to the Libertarian Party National Convention next year. I attended a VFW Department Convention some years back and I liked it. I expect to like the Libertarian National Convention even more. I might even met someone I haven’t seen in about 30 years. A fellow named Craig Swarthout, who in some very interesting philosophical discussions after work, convinced me of the rightness of the Libertarian philosophy.
February 11, 2017
Now I wonder if I did get that apartment. There was a phone call earlier today from the manager of the complex but my phone would not let me hear/talk. And when I went out to try and get a good signal, I think I acted after the complex office closed for Saturday. So, until Monday I am in limbo and worried. I hope I was accepted and can move in next Wednesday.
I have been getting some writing done but I have spent a lot of time watching a friend of mine play FALLOUT: LAS VEGAS. IF you don’t know, that is a First Person Shooter game set after a nuclear war in an alternate time-line. He likes it but I find it boring. I watched in order to try to understand why it appeals to him but I don’t get it.
I like this time of year in Tucson, not as much as Fall, but I like it. The only reason I like Fall better is that now I know that the summer is coming soon and in the Fall it is the winter that is coming up next. You can add clothing to combat the cold but to combat the heat, after a short while you cannot take more clothes off and can only retreat inside. And if you have to be out and about, the heat can be brutal.
Apartment hunting today seems to have paid off. Baring an unexpected refusal, I move in next Wednesday to a nice little place. It is a one-bedroom with a den and on the ground floor. The complex is right next to three bus lines so I should be able to get things done, presuming the bus service does not let me down as it so often does.
With this, I will be able to continue posting the Jesip Elder saga. I am close to ending DREADNOUGHT and I need to be able to print out GENERATION UPON GENERATION after I finish editing it. Which printing I cannot do here, crashed with friends.
It is getting warm here in Tucson, I think the weather reports mention a cold snap here soon. Old joke: In the 1950s the Weather Service could predict the weather, with some accuracy, out for three days. With the improved techniques and equipment, the Weather Service can predict the weather, with some accuracy, out for 72 hours. (Hint: how many hours in three days?)
I am going to have to start looking for a new phone now that I have found an apartment. The one I have is old and the operating system is crap. I was one of the very few people who bought a Windows 8 phone and I hate it. The longer I have it, the less I like it.