May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:29 pm by gruundehn

I have been expecting two packages and they both arrived today. As I have said before, I play TTRPG and one of the packages was material on a campaign setting that I like. The other package was a stereo set, a small one but with features I want. I have a collection of old vinyl albums, some I inherited from my father (including Soviet Army World War 2 songs) that I want to listen to again. So, I bought a stereo set that includes a record player.

I haven’t gotten back to putting the table and chair set together yet, hopefully tomorrow or Saturday. Since there is going to be no TTRPG Saturday, I can do it then; but, I need to get it done quickly. The biggest problem is the weight of the table. Since I live alone, and the table is heavy, and I have a bad shoulder from when I broke my arm back in 2013, it is going to hurt to flip the table from upside down, which is has to be in order to assemble it, to right side up. The chairs are going to be no problem, them I just need to do.

I did get some writing done today, not a lot but some. Even if I don’t do a lot at any one time, I need to get into the habit when I can of writing every day.

I am thinking of taking my laptop out into the back yard for my writing this summer. If I start in the morning, when I usually do start, I can enjoy the outdoors and get some writing done with fewer distractions. At least, I hope fewer distractions. And I can return inside as the day heats up and get other things done.


May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 8:37 pm by gruundehn

Yesterday was a total bust as far as what I wanted to do. I did get to speak to the Pima County Board of Supervisors about Memorial Day, but there were so many other things I wanted to chew them out for, telling them off for not saying, or doing, anything for Memorial Day was almost nothing. I got some good zingers in, but still. Then in the afternoon, Microsoft updated my operating system and that took three hours. Plus, I had to enter a new PIN as the update eliminated my old one and that took time also.

I did get some done on MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY this morning, although interrupted three times for Libertarian Party business. I spent part of my lunch time also on Libertarian Party business. Being the County Chair takes a lot of time sometimes. But until I can grow the County Party enough so that there is someone else to take over, it has to be me. Such is life when politically active. And, since I believe in the Libertarian principles, this is what I will do.

May 22, 2018

May 21, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 3:01 am by gruundehn

I always intended to make these posts daily, but obviously I failed at that. I rarely do a lot that is notable but I tend to get busy, or distracted, a lot. Today was a sample. I got some writing done on MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY and then realized that I had to create and sign my nominating petition for precinct committee member or else lose that position and my position as an officer in the Pima County Libertarian Party. So, I spent three hours going to the Election Department and returning home. If I owned a car, it would have taken less than an hour probably. The local bus system can be a pain.

Another task I did was laundry. I mention this, and I usually don’t, because I met a strange woman. One of the residents of my apartment complex came in to the laundry room and told me that she had not been able to put money on her laundry card and therefore she had to go to the bank. Why tell me this? Later she came in, did some on her load of laundry and left saying she would be right back. Why tell me that? I can only guess that she was hungry for human companionship and thus talked with anyone she is in contact with. I live alone but I don’t talk to random strangers out of the blue, as the saying goes.

Over the weekend I had trouble sleeping. Friday I bought some sleeping pills and I took one to see how powerful they are. I slept fine. Saturday I could not get to sleep until almost 6AM. I kept going over an incident that happened about 45 years ago and trying to decide what I should have done. I knew that the exercise was stupid but I could not let it go. So I missed church and napped a lot Sunday. I took another pill last night to make sure I got some sleep and slept well. I even woke up at a good time. The pills seem to work, but I do not want to get in the habit of taking a sleeping pill every night. Come what may, I am not going to get hooked on them.

May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:56 pm by gruundehn

I spent all morning shopping and haven’t done a lot this afternoon yet. I did start in on getting the table and chair set put together but only just barely. Because of the shopping, that took three hours or so, a lot of what I normally do in the morning when I first get up didn’t get done until this afternoon. Thus, how little I got done on the furniture.

There has been a series of water main breaks at my apartment complex and the city water company has been trying to fix the problem. It is going on two days of active work and five days of water stoppages so far. There is another water stoppage tonight so that more work can get done. The timing is bad for me. I would be taking my shower during the time the water is going to be shut off, so my morning routine will get a bit busier since I have to leave before 7AM to have breakfast and be at the Election Integrity Commission at 9AM. So, tomorrow also, a lot of morning routine will get done in the afternoon.

I have not paid much attention to the weather lately. It is getting warmer as expected and it will soon be the summer rainy season. But, I do not subscribe to the daily newspaper any more, so I stopped looking at things like the annual rainfall and the temperatures. And, I find I am more relaxed and calm. Not that I ever was worried that there was going to be a weather catastrophe around the corner, but living in the desert, I worried about the rainfall. I know that Tucson has been in a drought for over twenty years and I know that the population of Tucson is growing and has grown steadily for decades. Just on the rainfall, Tucson cannot support its population and the population is still growing.

May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:22 pm by gruundehn

Did I go chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors for their latest cronyism? No, I didn’t, although I intended to do so. Last night I had such a severe bout of hypoglycemia that I got very little sleep. I could not make it to the meeting because of a lack of sleep. I think, but cannot prove, that I used the wrong dose of insulin – the morning amount instead of the evening amount. For a while I was sweating what seemed a gallon a minute and shaking like a paint stirrer. Needles to say, I got little sleep.

When I did wake this morning, I got some writing done. Nothing done on setting the table and chairs up, but I did get some writing done. MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY is shaping up much differently from the previous version, before I stripped out about two-thirds of what I had written. Today, I have also been working with another Libertarian on the scripts for some comics we are posting on the Pima County Libertarian Party Facebook page. Go have a look at them and let us know what you think. Libertarians are open to opposing views, we won’t threaten you or try to kill you.

May 14, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:15 am by gruundehn

I did get started on putting the table and chair set together but the weight of it, and its unwieldiness, hurt my bad shoulder so I stopped for now. Which, given past history, means it will probably be weeks, if not months, before I finish.

I did get some writing done, actually quite a bit. I did this before hurting my shoulder, so that helped. If I can get the table set finished, a lot of my writing, specifically my editing, will go smoother. But, I wrote. MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY is getting well along.

In the mail today I got a promotional flier from a car dealership. I won something. I expected a keychain or something similar, but the top prize was $25,000 which would be nice even though I did not expect it. And it was a good thing that I didn’t expect it – I didn’t win it. Instead a got a smart watch from some off brand. It is charging up now and I will try to get it all set up tonight. I like wearing a watch. I also like a pocket watch but my clothes are not suitable for carrying one. Mostly because I do not wear any pants that have a pocket watch pocket like many brands of jeans do. I wear business casual trousers and those have no pocket watch pocket. Maybe I should go to 3-piece suits with a pocket in the vest for pocket watches. A bit of a hassle though.

I still get email notices from Windows 10 that block a part of my screen. I do not know how to shut that feature off and it annoys me. I mention this now because the last two minutes were full of those notices. There had to be close to a dozen, spread out over a period of time, not all at once.

May 14, 2018

May 13, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:17 am by gruundehn

After church today I wanted to get the table and chair set assembled but didn’t. It is amazing just how easy it is to waste time. Well, not everything I did wasted time, but you understand the idea. I guess I am going to have to get it done tomorrow. The rest of the week is going to be busy enough so that I doubt I will get it done. So, Monday it will have to be, or else wait until I get the energy up to do it sometime in the future. And I do not want to do that, I want to use the table, and soon. I doubt I will every buy any more furniture, I don’t really need much, except as replacements for what I presently have, but I can use this table and chair set for too many things.

Summer is here, not astronomical summer, but the hot part of the year. Tucson has already hit 100 degrees once or twice. I have had to use the air conditioner a lot, not constant, but off and on a lot. I even had to use it late at night, as I was preparing for bed. Not that I go to bed extremely late, what late is for me would probably be early for you or anyone else. It would have been early for me several years ago, but I get up early in the morning now – I used to be a night person – and so I go to bed earlier than before. Still, using the air conditioner at night is unusual for me, if I remember right. After all, Tucson is not Phoenix.

Today is a sad day for me. It is Mothers’ Day and my mother died 26 years ago. I find that I miss both of my parents as I get older. My father died in 1977 and mother in 1992. Once I joined the USAF, I didn’t see them as much but as I get older, the fact that they are dead bothers me. It bothers me and increasingly as I get older I think. My eldest brother, who was six years younger than me, died thee years ago and it hurt a lot at that time, he was younger than me and should not have died first, but that death is no longer the wound it was. Maybe in the future, it will get worse.

May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:42 pm by gruundehn

Not a lot going on in my life, other than the usual junk. I got some writing done today but not a lot. I had to go do a small bit of grocery shopping and the bus system was bad. Even though I used only one bus line, I made no transfers, it took a long time to get done what little I needed to do. I need to get a new bicycle, actually I am thinking of getting an adult tricycle with a grocery basket in the back. I can’t put them on the bike rack on the bus, so I would be a bit more limited as far as where I go with it, but the convenience and stability are great advantages. I have a bicycle now but repairing it is going to cost too much and a new trike would be better. I could have gotten my shopping done today in about a third of the time.

I just bought a new table and chair set; and need to put it together. It has a table and four chairs, all of which are in pieces. I bought a table and pair of chairs for my backyard a while ago, but this set is for indoors. It is a dining room set but I am going to have it in the living room. I don’t have a dinning room in my apartment, so the living room is where it goes. Once I can get that set up, no more furniture buying for a long time. I don’t really think about furniture, and I rarely use it, other than my chair and desk. However, I have realized that, even though I live alone and rarely have company over, a table and chair set is good to have.

May 9, 2018

May 8, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:31 am by gruundehn

I spent all day watching over the Pima County Board of Supervisors as they got briefings from several of the County Departments concerning the budget for the next fiscal year. If you can watch over your local government, do so; it will be instructive as to how badly managed your money is. One of the supervisors tried to get some better information about how the various departments are spending our money, something she does a lot, but even then the amount of information was pitiful. I do not have the time or expertise to research every line item in the budget and determine if it is lawful or not. Very few people outside of government has such free time. But, trying to get the BOS to put the information out for the public is like talking to a wall. No, worse because the wall might actually listen and do something. I am not part of the local 1%, so the BOS ignores me.

When I got home from the BOS, I found a package that was due tomorrow was delivered today. I like that but the package was 30-some odd kilos and it was hard for me to move it into my apartment because of the problem I have with my shoulder. I got it in, and now I will have to assemble it in the near future. The package is a table and four chairs and all five items have to be assembled. However, once I get it done, I will be able to get a lot done that is easier to do on a table instead of my lap. Painting TTRPG miniatures is on the schedule. As is a lot of other TTRPG projects.

I have a meeting tomorrow as the apartment complex management is going to explain a new policy relating to them going paperless. I can see no benefit to me, so far, and I expect an increased cost. But, that is a conclusion based upon absolutely no information, just a tendency to expect the worst. I have to attend one specific meeting as there are two other meetings scheduled and those two are scheduled for times I cannot attend.

May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:29 pm by gruundehn

I got a lot written today, MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. Now, after I watch a couple of game shows as relaxation, I prepare for tomorrow. Tomorrow the Pima County Board of Supervisors has two budget hearings. The BOS will listen, maybe, to the various agencies as they pretend to justify their budget requests and in the near future, the BOS will rubber-stamp the budget. Taxes will go up and the infrastructure will not get fixed. But, businesses will get destroyed, at least one by published reports. The buying of a business property and taking it off the tax rolls will not get approved tomorrow, tomorrow is strictly the budget, but it will happen. A business that is recovering from the recession and which could inspire other businesses in the area will get bought out, involuntarily, and turned into a government agency that could easily be located elsewhere. But, business has to be destroyed. Metropolitan Tucson (Pima County) is the fifth poorest county in America and the BOS has to make it worse.

A month late, but the heat as started to arrive. I stayed indoors today, except when I absolutely had to leave, such as checking the mail. This is why I prefer Autumn to Spring. In the Autumn I know Winter is coming. In the Spring, it is Summer (and the heat) that is soon to arrive. But in spite of the heat, I love Tucson.

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