August 27, 2016
This is harder than usual since I am wearing a brace on my right hand with support for my thumb. When I was at the doctor’s yesterday I mentioned that my right thumb is sore. So I had x-rays taken of the hand and a hand brace ordered. I was expecting something that would just go on the thumb since such a device was given me for a finger on my left hand to use while I sleep. Instead, I got a hand brace with wrapping for my thumb. This will take some getting used to. I got this brace this morning.
I barely got this week’s chapter transcribed after I got home from the doctor’s. Luckily, this chapter is a short one. I did get one video uploaded to my Facebook page and the PCLP Facebook page this morning. So far I haven’t gotten comments where I want them but I did get one here showing concern for my health. One reason for my videos is to start conversations and another is to inspire thought. I may be inspiring thought but no conversations.
It looks like it might rain here in Tucson, and for a desert that is always welcome. I looked at the annual rain totals in the paper this morning and saw an unusual sight. For the year we are about one inch (3 cm) ahead of the 30-year average but for the month we are about one inch behind. We have just under one month left in the summer rainy season and then it will be dry until late November or early December when the winter rainy season starts. It actually is a rainy season here for about half the year but the total rainfall is only about 12-inches (30 cm) spread out between the two seasons and some scattered in at other times.
I am originally from Indiana where the rain and snow totals are much greater but Tucson is my home now. I sometimes wonder what my life would be like if my family had not had to move to San Diego for my youngest brother’s health. (He got better, he is now a retired Warrant Officers in the USMC) I might have been an Episcopal priest, or perhaps a lawyer. But that is just daydreaming and the sort of daydreaming that does not produce stories. Except for ENTRANCE EXAMINATION all of my stories are from daydreaming and daydreaming is usually how I work on the plot. I just sir back or lay back and let my mind go while keeping it as much on the subject as possible.
August 25, 2016
I got a video I made for YouTube posted on my Facebook page and the Facebook page of the Pima County Libertarian Party. I haven’t heard back from the State Party on posting on their page yet but I have my hopes. I haven’t had any comments on YouTube yet and I want to have discussions on the issues. I haven’t had much in the way of comments here but that I can understand since this is just a slice-of-life blog with little in the way of deep thoughts. I haven’t had comments on my writing either and I started christophercolesite.wordpress.com for comments that might help me improve my writing.
Speaking of my writing, I did get some done today and my ideas on the next book are coming more often. I think I am getting back into form but I don’t want to get prematurely optimistic on that. A lot of what I have been doing is rewriting various sections of the book, not increasing the total word count but making it better I hope. I read some time ago, a long time ago, that poetry is never finished it is only abandoned. I make changes every time I read what I have written so I guess that idea applies to my prose as well.
I see the doctor tomorrow afternoon. I like the VA medical system but there are times that I get frustrated. The doctor I had quit and I saw a stranger last December. My routine follow-ups are supposed to be every 6 months because of my diabetes but I must have slipped into a crack since I had to go down and personally make the appointment once it became obvious that a follow-up was not scheduled. I went down because I could not get through on the phone. Anyway, I see the doctor tomorrow. Which is a good thing because I have run out of two of my medications and I am worried that I may have thyroid problems. WebMD is a good site for information but it does not provide a valid diagnosis.
I am sticking with the no cola pledge. And I have a problem since if I am going to drink a sugar-free drink, it has to be a cola if I get it at the Circle K next door. I could get something at the grocery but that is a long walk away. Yes, I should do long walks for the exercise but doing a long walk carrying groceries, including sodas, is tiring. I grocery shop during the day when the busses run.
I hardly ever watch TV anymore. I’ll watch the Cincinnati Bengals games and once the tournament season is over I will go back to watching a couple of game shows I like but the only new show I liked got cancelled and I have no schedule of older shows like HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL or MAVERICK that I liked many years ago when they were first broadcast and which I liked in reruns. I have even got out of the habit of watching the late news before going to bed.
I guess that the lethargy I feel is strong enough to put a dent in a lot of things I do.
August 23, 2016
Since I seem to harp on my sleeping so much, an update. I slept well and long last night. If I can just keep this up but getting older increases sleeping problems.
Got some YouTube work done, posting on YouTube and both my own Facebook page and the page of the Pima County Libertarian Party. I encourage you to have a look at my videos on YouTube, I put them up to encourage discussion after all.
I got a letter from the Chair of the National Libertarian Committee today. Mr. Sarwark wrote about the death of Philando Castile at the hands of the police. I intend to do some research on the issue and do a video on Mr. Castile’s death. What I do know is that the police killed Mr. Castile even though he never touched the firearm he was legally carrying. I am disappointed with the NRA since they have not taken up Mr. Castile’s cause. Prior to WW II the NRA trained black Americans with firearms and helped them get personal firearms in order to help them defend themselves from the KKK and other such. It seems that the NRA believes that the police should not ever be criticized. Mr. Castile’s case is totally different than most of the other cases recently where the police have killed someone, Mr. Castile was obeying the law from start to finish.
It didn’t rain here in Tucson today but the humidity was awful. I was out and about around noon and I was sweating profusely. Even if I had been carrying an umbrella the humidity would have made it useless for preventing my sweating. When I got home I drank a couple of liters of water just to replenish what I lost through sweat.
Once I finish this post, I am back to writing. I have to get GENERATION UPON GENERATIONS finished soon or else I can’t post it on my other blog. And then I need to start in writing HIGH TREASON.
OK, allow me to start off with (as if you had any choice) the court case against Pima County on the Worldview issue. I did attend the hearing and the County lost three of the four requests they made to throw the case out. The last issue was taken under advisement by the judge as she had intended to throw that one out as well but something the County said made her question that decision. I could never sit on a jury in this case as I believe too strongly that the County broke the law and betrayed taxpayer trust on this.
As I was heading downtown on the bus I met an old lady who needed to cast her early ballot and I helped her get to where she needed to go and I answered a question she had about the blank lines on the ballot for write-in candidates. It always makes me a bit happier to help someone.
I’ve been talking about sleep a lot lately and how I haven’t been getting a good night’s sleep. Well, last night I got a good night’s sleep. Probably too much sleep as I got nothing done this morning done in the way of writing. But it was nice to sleep for three or four hours before I had to get up to go to the bathroom.
Once I am done with this post I have to work on my next YouTube video. Plus, I should get some of the older ones onto the Facebook pages of myself and the Pima County Libertarian Party. I also need to talk to the State Chair and start putting them on the State Facebook page if they have one.
In seven weeks I turn 67 (October 14th) and I never feel that old until I think about it. I don’t think I feel any different than I did, say, when I was 37. And looking at that last sentence I just realized how long it has been that I have been on inactive duty (retired). I joined the USAF in 1967 and went on inactive in 1987. Twenty-nine years. Nine years longer than I was on active duty. I have had, over the years, faced a lot of discrimination. First because of my military service and then my age. I have had only a couple of jobs during that time, four in total now that I think of it and I quit two of those since I was not making any money (those were sales jobs). One the company went under and the other was a limited time hire for the Census Bureau – not the decennial census but a couple of other projects.
Talking about the Census job reminds me of an incident that happened there. For those of you from Indiana or who follow college basketball a bit of background. If this is meaningless to you, sorry. My Father went to Purdue and my Mother to Indiana. If you know the rivalry there, and how serious college basketball is in Indiana, you can understand what it was like for me growing up in the 1950’s. The job I had at the Census Bureau was two projects and there was a short break between them. During that break I was given the task of verifying information at businesses across the country. One of the businesses I called was the Purdue-Indiana Combined Campus. I got the information and told the clerk I was speaking with that I had a personal question. I explained that my Father went to Purdue and my Mother went to Indiana and then asked: “During basketball season how do you keep the students from killing each other?” I never got an answer as the clerk was laughing so hard I think she fell to the floor.
When I tell that story I usually follow with the comment that when I was visiting my grandmother one day, she had six different basketball games on, both TV and radio and both NBA and college. She knew what was going on in each game. She knew more about the Indiana basketball team than they did. Today she would be a stalker but back then she was just a fan.
August 22, 2016
It is getting ready to rain. I was just outside and felt a few drops, and there are loads of black clouds off to the south. Maybe to you rain is no big deal but Tucson is in a desert, the Upper Sonoran Desert and we get about 12 inches a year, or about 30cm. We are ahead for the 30-year average by about an inch and a half but we are recovering from a twenty year+ drought. Plus, people keep moving here and depleting the water supply. And, yes, I am one of them; I was first stationed here in 1971 and until 1977 I was in and out at DMAFB. I returned in 1988 and have stayed ever since. If I ever leave Tucson it will probably be involuntarily.
I have been trying to keep up with the daily posts but have missed a few. I can report that I am sticking with my no cola resolution. According to the various sources I have read on the subject it is the caramel coloring that is bad. So now I look at the ingredients and get surprised at how often that is an ingredient in any soda not just colas. And the sodas I can get without the caramel coloring all have sugar which I have to be careful of. If I drink some sugared soda too late in the afternoon my blood sugar reading gets skewed. So, I end up drinking sugar soda after the evening test which I take somewhere around 5:30 PM MST.
Speaking of Mountain Standard Time, Arizona does not use Daylight Saving Time except for the Navaho Nation in the North-East corner. One of the many projects I want to do, other than writing, is to do research on the amount of injuries, deaths and property damage done when the changeover between standard and daylight saving time happens. Especially in the Spring when the clocks are moved forward, there must be considerable problems.
Tomorrow a court case that I am interested in has its first session. I plan to go downtown and watch. The case, which I have mentioned, concerns Pima County apparently breaking the law in awarding a contract to Worldview for their headquarters and launching pad here in Pima County. This is cronyism from start to finish. The husband of Gabrielle Giffords, the member of Congress shot by a left-wing lunatic a few ears back, is a partner and that is the only reason Worldview got the contract since they refuse to release any financial data. I hope the County loses this case. If I had the money I would sue the County for every action that they take that I believe to be either against the law or without legal authorization. We, the people, have to obey the law, why not the government? I’ll try to remember to post about the case tomorrow.
August 21, 2016
I just got home less than an hour ago after spending the day with friends. I have mentioned before that I play TTRPGs and that my gaming group was starting a campaign of D&D 5e. Well, that is what we played today. I like it much better than D&D 4e, there are few things I do not like more than D&D 4e. The system seems quick and easy, with very fast pacing. We play Shadowrun next Saturday and then I am helping audit the Primary election coming on Tuesday so there will be no game that Saturday.
Pima County pledged $15 million to help a balloon ride company so that the company would build their headquarters here in the County. Nobody outside of the company knows their business plan and so any estimate of their ability to repay is a joke. The Goldwater Institute has sued the County claiming that the contract is a violation of the State Constitution. I happen to agree with the Institute. I mention this because the first court date is this upcoming Monday and I intend to be in the courtroom watching.
I did not get a good nights sleep but while awake I did get some writing done. Not a lot but at least I feel that I accomplished something. I know why the events in GENERATIONS UPON GENERATIONS happen and I have an idea of how the book is going to end. I am at about 27,000 words now and I want to get up to about 48,000. If I can stop being so lethargic I can have it done before I start to post it on christophercolesite.wordpress.com. Then I start in on HIGH TREASON. Once that and the last book (title not selected yet) are done I will probably resume on MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY because that is a single, stand-alone, book. I think about that one on occasion and it needs a major re-write.
I remember writing a blog post yesterday, talking about what I did, but I cannot find it. I cannot remember what I said, these posts tend to be “stream-of-consciousness” so there is no script or anything like that, so re-writing it is useless. I must have accidently trashed it.
August 20, 2016
I was busy today, I got up and went out for breakfast at a nice little café named the Ajo Café. From there I walked the short distance and attended the monthly Pima County Election Integrity meeting. That lasted until almost noon when I came home, dropped off my EIC material and went shopping. I didn’t get much but enough to last a couple of days. I will go to the Commissary on Monday and stock up for the remainder of the month.
I did get Chapter 4 of DREADNOUGHT posted yesterday and that took a long time. As I mentioned, I did laundry as a way to take a break from transcribing. That transcribing took me until the early evening. I watched some anime until I went to bed around midnight. I slept well, that is three days in a row so I must be doing something right. I just hope that the streak continues. At 66 years old and with sleep apnea I shouldn’t expect miracles but I can dream of them.
I have around 4,000 books of various ages. Most of these I no longer read but I have never liked the idea of throwing books away but I have to start doing it now. I am buying various videos and I need the space. I still buy books but not as many as I used to. Since I have unusual taste in my reading, I am not going to recommend anything to you, nor am I going to rescue any of these books by sending them to a reading program. Even those in the best condition are in lousy condition; except for the new books of course. What books will I keep? probably more than I should if I am doing a major housecleaning. Aircraft books, science fiction and fantasy books, books on TTRPGs and books on writing are what I intend to keep. Which means I will be getting rid of a lot of history, but probably not all, and general fiction books. I don’t have a lot of general fiction books as general fiction never interested me.
I haven’t put a video up on YouTube for a while and I need to get caught up. I intend to post my videos on my own Facebook page and the page of the Pima County Libertarian Party and perhaps the State Party as well if I can get authorization. Just as I want comments on my writing to help me improve, I want comments on my videos to help sharpen my thoughts and find mistakes. I really need to overcome the lethargy that has held me for quite a while now. Once I have some energy I can clean out the books I no longer want, get the videos up and get my writing going well. I have dreams and goals but not the energy to accomplish them. I see the doctor next Thursday and with some luck, I will find out what is wrong with me.
August 18, 2016
Just checked and I was right. I missed two days both Monday and Tuesday. Monday I have no excuse for, it was just another day for me with nothing really going on other than my writing. Tuesday, however, I can make an excuse for – for what it is worth. The Pima County Libertarian Party monthly meeting happened that day and the Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate was there to give a presentation. I hurried to get there as I wanted to meet her. And I posted a YouTube video instead of this blog; and when I got home from the meeting, I forgot that I was short a post. Oh well. With luck I won’t miss any more.
Today was payday for me, I get two a month. Today was Social Security and it is about half my military retirement pay but I don’t have as many bills due at this time of the month. But I was running around getting various things done and wasting time on the bus. I paid off my VA bill and got a nice back rub and got enough quarters so that I can do laundry tomorrow. Tomorrow I post the next chapter in DREADNOUGHT so laundry will take the place of YouTube for breaks in transcribing. I still do not like transcribing but I see no alternative.
At the Party meeting last night we had some new people and they wanted to help, in addition to the US Senate candidate. She is not on the ballot for the general election yet. She must get 7,000 write-in votes in the primary on the 30th in order to make it to the general election. She spoke on one issue that, once I get the information from her, I will be doing my own videos on. The issue is that the Federal Government pays each State to take your children away from you. This is in Title 4 of the US Code. I couldn’t look it up today and I haven’t gotten the information from her but I will look into this and read the Title and her information once I get it.
There was one elected Libertarian in Pima County, and I say was even though he is still in office. His term ends at the end of this year and he is not running for re-election. He will run for County Party Chair and he intends to grow the Party and get us more active. I support him. The present Chair just has too much to do at his civilian workplace to get much done. I do what I can, I will go just about anywhere to speak with any group and I regularly chew out the Board of Supervisors. So there is that.
I am not going to say my sleeping problems are fixed but I have had two good nights in a row. Maybe the way to go is to stay up late instead of going to bed early in the evening. Monday night and Tuesday night I stayed up late and slept for hours longer than I have anytime recently.
I try to keep my YouTube videos at five minutes or less but the one I just posted – Why Government Programs do not work – is well over six minutes. I get a few views on each one but no one has started a comment thread yet and I am sad about that. I welcome debate on these issues.
August 15, 2016
It seems that most of the time, when I post on this blog, I am complaining about something. Well, I’m old and that is the cliché. I don’t normally complain about much but it seems that my sleeping problems and the other health issues are taking over my life. And I hate that. I would rather just get on with life.
Turning out these posts every day is hard. It isn’t that I don’t do stuff but for the most part, it is the same stuff every day. There are various things that I do that are different such as tomorrow I chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors and Tuesday I attend the monthly Pima County Libertarian Party meeting but those are the exceptions. I am not one who does exciting adventures every day. I just get on with it and that makes a slice of life blog boring the way I thought. Which is why I started posting just once a week because I didn’t see where my life was greatly exciting. Maybe interesting to some people who wanted to see how others live but not exciting.
I did put another video up on YouTube today. The title is Leave me alone! So far I don’t have a lot of views on those videos and only one subscriber but I expect that as I post more videos, there will be more views, something like an avalanche. I doubt I will ever be as popular as some of the big names, but the idea is to get the ideas out there and start people thinking. And I hope that I do exactly that.
When I started this blog I posted on Wednesdays as well as Sundays. The Wednesday post was a political rant. Since I started the YouTube videos I deleted those posts. So, with this blog getting an update every day, at least so far this month, and my goal of a short video every day, I haven’t kept up with that but it is the goal, and my writing, I can be busy every day doing stuff from start to finish. I do take some time in the evening to relax and unwind, usually by watching a video or playing solitaire or reading. I have a lot of books, if you watch any of my videos you can see a small fraction of my books in the background. I hate to throw books away but I am going to have to start getting rid of a lot of the books I no longer read. Once my apartment is less cluttered, I can start in on some other projects I want to do but which I do not have the space to do now.
August 14, 2016
Friday the 13th came on a Saturday this month; or, according to the early Garfield comic strips, Monday the 13th came on a Saturday this month. As much as I like Garfield, and I still have a lot of the early books but they are pretty worn out, I haven’t followed the strip for several years. Maybe I should buy all the books, get caught up, and follow Garfield again. I wonder what ever happened to the original owner of Odie. Within a year of showing up and moving in, he disappeared and, as far as I know, it is completely without a trace. But I have enough web comics I follow, keeping up with Garfield may be too much.
I got very little sleep last night. With the game group meeting today I never got the second sleep period and I have been up since a little after midnight and it is now, as I write this, 6:45 PM MST. I have to dig out the CPAC machine tomorrow and clean it up and start using it.
I watched the Cincinnati Bengals lose to the Minnesota Vikings by one point. They started good but failed to score on the first drive and then went through a period of play where they got nothing right. At the end the Bengals got the score 17 Vikings 16 Bengals. Instead of kicking the extra point and tying the game they went for two points and failed. And that was the final score. At least it was a preseason game so it doesn’t count for the standings.
The gaming session today was just exploring the game system and finishing off the characters. Well, for the most part finishing them off, I am planning to do some rework based upon what I learned today. We start play in earnest next week.
My YouTube videos are gathering a small number of views. Not very many but I am hoping that as I add videos the entire group of them will get more. I do ask, politely, that you go over to YouTube and have a look – and make comments on what I say as a “talking head” on the various subjects.
I got a comment on ENTERANCE EXAMINATION but not on the blog itself. I visited the blog of someone who liked the first chapter and commented on his writing. In reply to my comment is where he made his. The comments section is pristine and I don’t want that. I don’t want it here either. I read various other blogs and, although I do not like to make recommendations, I recommend a blogger named Roberta Pimental. She has various pages and she is a good blogger. She has caused me to think on several occasions. I hope I get people to think with my YouTube videos.
I am staying with the cola boycott. I drink more water than is perhaps recommended, roughly a four to five quarts (1.1 liters). Since I don’t have much in the way of a sense of taste, the lack of taste doesn’t bother me. My nose does not work right, a genetic defect, and so since the sense of taste relies on the sense f smell, I rarely smell or taste anything. I go by texture when I determine if I like something. I love beef stew.