March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:45 pm by gruundehn

Spent all day today cleaning my apartment and not doing much more than denting the problem. Except for my writing, I am not one to work hour after hour constantly. I can write for long periods of time but cleaning or other such, no. Especially if the task is hard, I will work at it but I will take breaks and do something else, even if the something else is read a story or just lay on my bed and think about the story that I am working on.

I got my tax refund checks today but will not be able to deposit them until tomorrow. I had wanted direct deposit but it seems I screwed up my bank account number so I got checks mailed to me. I have to go downtown tomorrow anyway, so I can get that done as well.

There is no TTRPG this Saturday so I am going to the air show Saturday instead of Sunday. I will be on my feet pretty much from 9AM to after 5PM. Then home to relax and recover. I plan on enjoying myself at the show, not only watching the aircraft as they fly but watching the ground displays as well. I doubt that any of the planes I worked on will be there, at least if there are I won’t remember them since none of them would stand out in my memory. There may even be something I want to buy such as a model or artwork or whatever. The last time there was an air show here in Tucson I met the Wing Electronic Warfare Officer for the 8th TFW at Ubon AB Ubon Thailand and he and I were there at the same time. We discussed the APS-107 system which he said had saved his life once. I was happy for that but the APS-107 was not a very good system and was very inaccurate. Since he survived, telling him how bad the system was didn’t do any harm. There are aircraft I enjoyed working on and aircraft I didn’t. The F-4D, because of the APS-107 was one I did not like working on.

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March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , at 9:59 pm by gruundehn

I am going to be busy for the next several days and I hate it. Tomorrow I am going to clean the apartment and move furniture, Friday I have to drop off some paperwork at the Pima County Clerk of the Board and start working on the Pima County Libertarian Party website. Right now there is just a blank page because the person who was going to maintain the website didn’t and there was a copyright threat for some photos we used that were part of news stories we had on the site. So, I am going to have to hunt up a web host and start from scratch. Which means I am going to have to find news feeds from various sorts of places that we can use, set up connections with various local organizations we can agree with, at least to some degree, and probably start doing videos again and even perhaps opinion pieces on local issues. Which means that the amount of time I will have free to write or engage in my TTRPG hobby will be reduced. I do not like it but it seems that no one else is willing to step up, so I am going to have to.

Last night at the Pima County Libertarian Party meeting a University of Arizona student, pre-law, stopped by and seems willing to work. I am thinking that, if he wants, he can set up something on campus that can attract young people and help grow the party. I do not want to scare him off but I did start the idea last night. Student organizations are tricky as there is a guaranteed turnover with students graduating every year and so forth. It will be a lot of work but it will be worth it I hope.

Sunday I am going out to the air show. I will spend all day on the flight line looking at aircraft and watching flying shows. My feet are going to be sore but I will have a lot of fun I am sure.

March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:59 pm by gruundehn

I got quite a bit of small stuff done and I corrected the problem I had with the centaur story, where I had messed up the sequence of days early in the book. I think I eliminated about 10,000 words or so but I think nothing that I eliminated is crucial to the story. I will be doing various tasks away from home tomorrow so I can get working on the story again, seriously, the day after. Thursday I have scheduled for cleaning, I hate housework but it has to be done. I would much rather sit here at my laptop and write than do housework. And, once I finish with the housework, I have to do it all over again in six months.

The weather is seasonable finally and seems to want to stay that way. Good. I am tired of the cold weather. When Summer arrives it will not be long before I am tired of the heat but that will be then. Now is now. And now the weather is wonderful.

I have to deal with the VA and get a prescription problem fixed. At least it should be easy to fix. But, this is a Federal agency so who knows what will happen.

March 16, 2019

March 16, 2019

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 10:36 pm by gruundehn

A lazy Saturday since there was no TTRPG game today, due to a family emergency with one of the players. Oh well, I have too many projects to get done anyway, if I had been better at being productive, I would have gotten more than one done already. As it is, I spent most of today reading.

My health is not as good as I would like. Being diabetic I have medicines I take and one of them is now messing up my digestive tract. I spent a lot of time today constipated – which is better than what I had (diarrhea) a couple of weeks ago but still bad. If I had a magic ring that would grant wishes, good health would be number one. But I never expected to live as long as I have anyway given what the Federal Government did to me while I was on active duty.

It is nice to fantasize occasionally but I always know the difference between reality and fantasy. Sometimes I can work daydreams into a story that I want to write, and sometimes I just let the fantasy go when done with it. I feel sorry for people who cannot take time to fantasize, it opens the mind up I think and helps deal with reality.

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:23 pm by gruundehn

At the Election Integrity Commission meeting this morning, one commissioner just about drove everyone else crazy because of his speaking habit. He was like the Energizer Bunny with his words. I think he may have had a good idea or two but if so those ideas were covered up with so many other words that I am not sure that they exist.

Once that was finally over, I went to the VA and had blood work done. I hate needles and put having blood work done as much as I can. However, if I waited for the bus to go home, this same guy would offer to drive me home and I would have another half hour or so of his constant speech. The last two meetings ended that way. I need to find a way to avoid him from now on. I do not want to insult him, even though I doubt he would see the insult, but I need the break. Too much of him is way too much.

I await the weather getting warmer. It is still too cool for my liking and if this keeps up, Spring may not last long enough for me to get over Winter before the heat of Summer gets here.

As far a the centaur story goes, I realized that I do not need to do all the cut-and-paste work I was thinking of. If I examine the first of the two duplicate chapters and find nothing significant there, I will just delete that chapter. I do not think that even if there is material there that needs to stay, that there will be enough to make a lot of work.

March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019

Posted in Personal tagged , at 10:26 pm by gruundehn

Pi Day. Oh wow.

Worked on correcting the big mistake I did with the centaur story. I went through the extra, and duplicate titled, chapter and marked what I intend to cut as a section for pasting in other chapters. I will do the cutting and pasting once I review what I have marked so far. If the error had not been so early on, it would not have been so bad – but it was and is.

I want to start watching a couple of TV shows again, ARROW and FLASH. I like those two characters – the Arrow because, like Batman, he always has just the right arrow for the task at hand – the Flash because he is a one-trick-pony that the creators do so much with. Now that the writers no longer have the Flash messing with the time lines like an idiot, it should be enjoyable again.

I have other shows that I have liked over the decades and when possible I have bought copies of each series and watch those occasionally as well. HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL was a great western that was not just a series of cliché gunfights. It was thoughtful and entertaining. Maybe I will focus on that for a while.

 

March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 8:42 pm by gruundehn

As I was going through the centaur story, looking for where to add in a description of the house, I realized that I had done a day (chapter) twice. So, now I have printed out the work, all 250 pages of it, and I have to go through the second version of the specific day and mark the various paragraphs for moving to other chapters. Some I will move to the first edition of the chapter since those are specific to the day but others are going to have to be moved to various days in the next week. Some I might even just delete. Once marked, then I have to move them, which won’t be too hard using cut and paste. If I had to re-type each paragraph, that would be a real pain. Thank God for cut and paste, otherwise I would be screaming in mental agony.

Three days of rain and chill now. Just about my limit. I do not mind the rain, we need every drop we can get, but constant rain and chill get to me. I await the warm weather of Spring. I love the warm weather of Spring, almost as much as I love the warm weather of Autumn. Summer I can stand because I tend to stay indoors but Winter gets me down. This old Hoosier and cold weather do not get along anymore.

The management of my apartment complex has given notice that they are doing some sort of inspection the 21st. The notice says that cleanliness will not be an issue, but I am going to have to clean up at least some for my own peace of mind. I hate housework and will put it off as much as I can. I would rather sit here and write, although I seem to never get as much done as I would like, than clean. My hand is forced though, so between now and then, I will have to concentrate on cleaning. I wish I could afford to hire a maid service, that would be great.

March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 10:30 pm by gruundehn

It has been raining all day today and it is predicted to continue well into tomorrow. Hooray! We can use all the rain we can get here. If it goes much beyond that, however, it might get depressing. My apartment complex has one small design flaw relating to rain however. Since the complex is multi-story, one three-story and all the others two-story buildings, the roof run off is not well designed. The rain runs off the roofs and out through a drain pipe. But the drain pipe is not run down to the ground, there is no downspout. The runoff falls from the drain pipe at the roof level and spatters. There is a pipe near my bedroom window and it bothers me. It doe not keep me awake, but it does bother me.

I got chores done today, especially grocery shopping so I got no writing done today. Going to the air base for my grocery shopping takes about two hours round-trip minimum. It isn’t that the base is so far away, it is the bus service. The bus I take runs every fifteen minutes and takes about half an hour to get there due to traffic and stops and so forth. Same for the return trip. Walking from the bus stop to the commissary takes time as well. Then, there is the actual shopping. I need to get a car, that would cut some of the time out of the process. But, until one or more of my books takes off, I cannot afford a car.

 

March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:55 pm by gruundehn

The weather has turned chillier. Not as cold as it was just a few weeks ago, but below seasonal average I think. Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get. Since I spend most of my time indoors, writing, I guess my concern for the weather is irrational, maybe so, but I have it.

In the centaur story, I realized that I had not given a description of the main character’s house and I want to add that in. So, I started at the start of the story, looking for a place to add the description. I haven’t found it yet, but I have noticed a few spots that needed clearing up or correcting. I got those done. I think I will add the description when I get to the Labor Day party. Since the party takes place indoors as well as outdoors, that is going to be probably the best place to add the description.

I had another night of bad sleep last night. I normally go to bed early and read for a while before going to sleep. For the last few nights I have had trouble getting to sleep until three or four hours after going to bed. I get up basically at the same time, so the number of hours I sleep is cut short. I don’t seem any more tired during the day for the shortened hours of sleep, but I do not like it. It seems that lately my body is changing a lot and not all of the changes are for the better.

March 10, 2019

March 10, 2019

Posted in Personal tagged at 10:58 pm by gruundehn

I almost had a problem at church this morning with my diabetes. I have not had much of an appetite lately, which has helped me get rid of some of my excess weight. However, it seemed to catch up with me this morning. I was on the verge of an attack of hypoglycemia all morning. And, since I was working as an usher, that caused problems. Between my hard candy, and darting out for a quick bite in the parish hall, I made it through.

So, I made it through so far today. Tomorrow I have to do a bit more grocery shopping, even though my appetite is down, I am going to have to make sure I eat more than I have for a while, until my body adjusts to the new situation. I don’t want to eat a lot, just a bit more than I have for the past few days. I want to keep my intake level below what it was, getting rid of the excess weight is a laudable goal and one that might help with my diabetes. I might even have the energy to start back up with my exercising. Exercising – long walks and bicycle rides for the most art but right now, I don’t do it. The weather is good enough so that it won’t hinder me. Maybe the exercise will help with my knees – it should.

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