March 19, 2018

March 19, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 10:15 pm by gruundehn

I got some writing done today! I got some done on MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. Nothing on ELDER’S DILEMMA, but there is the rest of the week.

I spent a good chunk of today getting some done for the Pima County Libertarian Party. I have heard nothing back from either Cochise County or Arizona yet so, I am going to prod them again. I want the Libertarian Party locally to be a political party, not a debating society. However, it seems that I may have not understood what others want.

I also spent a good chunk of time trying to get my taxes fixed. No luck.

As I post this, I can hear another helicopter approach the hospital near me. There seems to be more of them lately, or perhaps, for some reason, I just am more attentive to them when they are around. It isn’t a loud sound, but it does seem loud at night when I am awake for some reason, but once I notice it, it is impossible to ignore.

Tucson is going through another cold snap. Nowhere near as bad as what the North-East is going through (I am glad I am no longer in Upstate New York) but it is chilly for here and this time of year. After all, the earliest Tucson has hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit is early April. I forget the year, but it was early April and April is just a couple of weeks away. So, for this time of year, it is chilly.


March 18, 2018

March 18, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged at 9:26 pm by gruundehn

It has been a quiet Sunday. It rained for a brief time this morning, not long enough for me, but every drop helps in the dessert.

I need to start working on a lot of projects, but I haven’t done anything today because I have been lazy. What do I need to do? Finish editing ELDER’S DILEMMA, work on one or more YouTube videos, get something ready for the Tuesday meeting of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, and then for the monthly Pima County Libertarian Party meeting, start hunting up internet advertisers, get the Cochise County Libertarian Party to work with me on a candidate for Arizona Congressional District 2 (and the same for the Arizona Libertarian Party), and probably two or three other projects that I didn’t think of just now.

I forget which philosopher it was who said something like: Procrastination is no fun unless you have a lot to get done. I have a lot to get done and I am not doing any of it. And, I am on a timer for some of that list. Oh well, procrastination is now fun.


March 17, 2018

March 16, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 12:20 am by gruundehn

It has been a nice enough day today. I spent the morning involved with the Election Integrity Commission and the afternoon working on Pima County Libertarian Party issues. I have not worked on ELDER’S DILEMMA for over a week. Granted, for a large chunk of that time my computer was in the shop, but I still am annoyed that I have so little time to write.

As far as the PCLP goes, I have been taking advice from a couple of people who have been active in the Libertarian Party for longer than I have been. I think, however, that I should stop, or at least minimize that, because I am seeing the suggestions increasingly as old-fashioned. So, I am doing work on my own and will present it in a way to, I hope, minimize objections and, I hope, reach out in a more modern manner. I mean, I am an old man (68) but I see the need to speak to younger people in a manner that they will react to.

As a result, I do plan on starting up my YouTube videos again and stay with them. If you are interested, they are in the channel “Christopher Cole” and since there are several channels named such, look for my beard and, for most of them, my suspenders holding my pants up. I haven’t been getting many views, but the more I post, and the more regular I am in posting them, that should change.

March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , at 10:27 pm by gruundehn

I finally got my computer back. No problems were solved by the repair shop, but they did tell me what to do. If they had done the work, it would have cost me a lot. As it is, it cost me $50 for them to diagnose any problems. Telling me what to do was free, I guess.

My refrigerator conked out, twice in three days. The management of this apartment complex has been nicer than my old one for maintenance and replacing broken appliances. It costs more to live here, but I prefer it to my old place. The only problem I have is the noise of the sirens and helicopters going to the hospital just a block away. Especially since the helicopters fly low, right over my building as they land and leave.

I have been running around these past few days, trying to get stuff done. I got most of what I wanted to do done but since I was travelling around town, anything I wanted to get done at home got set aside.

I think I mentioned that I am active in the Libertarian Party. I am, in fact, the Pima County Chair. There is a person who wants to run for Federal office but I am having a hard time getting co-operation to get him on the ballot. I doubt that it is intentional, just poor management skills.

March 11, 2018

March 11, 2018

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

It is a wonderful Sunday afternoon. Although the sky is overcast, the temperature is great and there is a wonderful breeze. Days like today are one of the main reasons I live in Tucson.

Played TTRPG with my friends yesterday and got home late. I do not have a car, so if I do not get a ride, then the buses are a problem. If I do not leave immediately, it can take an hour to an hour and a half to get home. It would almost be quicker to walk but walking that far would be murder on my joints, especially my knees. Most Saturdays I have a ride but that person was not able to make it yesterday as he had to babysit his son. His son is coming up on seven and is autistic. He doesn’t speak at all. How he handles school, I do not know. But, both his parents are intelligent so I am sure that he does handle it.

I like playing TTRPG as it helps with my writing. Playing a TTRPG helps my imagination stretch, which is good for my writing. I am just tired of one particular system, regardless of the version. This TTRPG system is, of course, D&D. I have been playing since the late 1970s when AD&D first came out and except for a period when I quit during 2nd Edition, I have played it continuously ever since. There is a campaign setting and TTRPG rules system that I like but am not playing because my group isn’t interested. SO, I am playing a D&D campaign and two Star Wars campaigns using the D&D engine as it were. I will be glad when the campaigns are done. I like only one character that I am playing and that campaign is, of course, the one least played. The next campaign is using a completely different game system, one originally developed in France as I understand. It looks interesting and I hope to enjoy myself a great deal.

March 10, 2018

March 9, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:23 am by gruundehn

I spent today printing out and reading some of the Arizona laws on elections. I am still sane, so I doubt I understand them. I am putting both sets of laws in separate 3-ring binders and that is not complete yet. The Federal laws are over 250 pages. And, I haven’t printed out all the Arizona laws, just the few I wanted to read right away.

Immediately after I posted yesterday’s post, I noticed that someone had liked it. They must be a fast reader, the notice happened within two minutes, or less, of my posting the blog post. Granted, it was s short post, but still. I am glad that people like what I write, comments would be nice. I try to make comments when I read another blog, I often fail, but knowing how much I like it when people comment on my posts, I do try.

There are several web comics I like and read on a regular basis, but one is stopping next month. I might hunt one new one up to replace it or I might just let it go and not replace it so that my morning reading is cut down a slight bit. The one stopping is just published on Sunday, so the time gained is minimal. It was a nice comic too. I will miss it.

March 9, 2018

March 8, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 12:33 am by gruundehn

I spent all day printing out and reading the Federal Election Law to prepare to help someone run for the Congressional District Two seat for Arizona. I think I am sane, so obviously I do not understand it. I will be keeping at it tonight and tomorrow. Maybe I will be insane by tomorrow evening.

And, speaking of printing, I am getting fed up with my printer. I accidently bought a workplace printer, not an all-in-one. So I have a large printer, that doesn’t really fit on my desk, suitable for a business office or some such instead of a smaller printer that allows me to scan and make copies. The ink for the one I have is more expensive than a home printer also. I might just buy a new printer and get what I want. Over the years, I have had several different brands and printers of different quality, some good, some bad and some atrocious. So, I will be doing research on the different brands and the quality of each brand. It seems that as time goes by, what used to be good brands become lousy and vice-versa. There is always something keeping me from my writing.

March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged at 9:16 pm by gruundehn

I spent the morning picking up a package I missed yesterday and which required I sign for. This afternoon I have been working on a letter to the Rector of my church explaining why his diatribe last Sunday was in error. I doubt it will do any good, but I cannot do nothing. Tomorrow I will probably do a lot more on the letter. I will probably deliver it tomorrow or Friday and wait in vain for a change in his attitude. I also did some work for the Pima County Libertarian Party, not a lot, but some.

I participate in various threads online and sometimes I am amazed at the threads that happen at various sites. While there are trolls, and some pretty vicious ones at that, often I find interesting ideas and thoughts on various subjects. Which is one thing I like about the blogs I follow here, some interesting ideas abound. But, there are blogs that I have stopped following and will stop probably very soon as the subject matter no longer interests me. I don’t do a lot of different subjects here, unlike when I started, so those who follow usually have a good idea of what I am about here –  a blog diary.

March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:34 pm by gruundehn

It has been a nice Tuesday so far. The weather is nice, it seemed that the Pima County Board of Supervisors actually listened to me when I chewed them out, and getting around on the bus has not been the hassle it normally is. The day is not over, but I am happy enough that I do not care.

I did get some work done for the Pima County Libertarian Party, setting up a monthly “Meet and Greet” in order to get our message before other people. I know that there are people who read these posts, where you live I do not know but, if you are in the Tucson area, come visit us and find out if we are as crazy as our enemies say we are. The first Meet and Greet will be April 18th at a local café, Fronimo’s Greek Café. The food is great and the conversations should be great also. I look forward to seeing you if you come.

I need to get back to making YouTube videos for the PCLP. I stopped for a short while considering what to make a video about and got out of the habit of making videos. I don’t post them as Gruundehn, I post them under my regular name Christopher Cole. If you decide to look at them, there are several channels with the name Christopher Cole, so I suggest you take care. The first one is titled “Initiating Violence” so you can find my channel by searching for that one. If you have suggestions for a video, I am open to ideas.

March 5, 2018

March 4, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 1:30 am by gruundehn

Today is the first day that I have not felt ill all day in quite a while. I ignore aches and so forth as those are, for me, always present. As an example, a couple of years ago I was wearing a pair of shoes with soft soles. I began feeling something but could only find a pebble in the sole of my shoe, nothing inside or in the sole other than that pebble. Finally, I pulled the pebble out and discovered that it was huge. The thickness of the soft sole hid the largest portion of the rock. To this day, even though the doctor can find nothing wrong with that foot, I will have aches and pains where that rock pressed into the sole of my foot as opposed to the sole of my shoe. My back still hurts from an injury dating back to 1984, my knees have been hurting for 40+ years, one ankle is freezing up causing me to trip a lot and that started a few years ago and finally, when I broke my arm in 1013 the doctors installed a pin in the arm where the break is; and the shoulder where they went through to install the pin and the broken area itself have never healed properly. Looking at that list, I sound like an old man, don’t I? And I didn’t even mention the various diseases I have been suffering through this last month or two.

I am in true to my heritage. I was watching a college basketball game today and it did not interest me. I turned it off before the first quarter ended. And it was Purdue playing, my Father’s university. I don’t know why, but the game just was not interesting.

I am still working on ELDER’S DILEMMA when I can. Tonight I will work on it some more; I will not watch the Oscars. Just a bunch of overpaid whinnies congratulating themselves for nothing. I watch movies, but almost never go out to a theater. I collect DVDs or Blu-Rays and watch at home. I don’t have to deal with people chattering in the theater nor pay a lot to watch a movie. I buy the video and watch whenever I want.


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