July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , at 10:37 pm by gruundehn

Busy all day with Libertarian stuff. Not that I intended this, but “just a few minutes” quickly turns into three or more hours. I have been going through the old files, just to see what is there, and while I have found some interesting material such as an old lawsuit from when the Arizona Libertarian Party was split in two groups depending on the position taken of the principle of how much authority the State had in dictating the organization and conduct of the political parties: nominating and selecting officers, or political candidates, determining the number of precinct committee members and so forth. Interesting lawsuit. Libertarians fall into basically two groups, purists and pragmatists. Purists would rather lose an election or would rather destroy the party in order to keep the party ideologically pure. Pragmatists will work to establish the principles but will take any victory they can get even if it isn’t total victory. I hope I am a pragmatist.

Tomorrow is the monthly meeting of the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. That should be interesting. Then getting ready for the trip to Chandler and the State Board meeting there and the trip home. Saturday will be a long day. Leaving here at 10AM, an hour and a half or so to Chandler, a two hour meeting, a hour or so trip to the bus terminal and an hour and a half trip to Tucson, then a half hour trip home. I expect to get home about 8 or 9PM.

I am originally from Indiana and have served at various places while on active duty. I know high humidity, Thailand had high humidity as did the coast of the Gulf of Mexico; so, high humidity is not as bad for me as it might be. But I have lived here in Tucson for the last thirty years and my resistance to high humidity is not as strong as it used to be. So, today with the humidity up around 80% or so for most of the day, has not been fun. Even staying indoors was not a perfect solution, as I had to leave the inside to do various things such as take out the trash, do laundry, and so forth. Every time I stepped out the door, I felt it and badly. According to the Arizona Daily Star weather page, we are ahead of the average rainfall for the year-to-date but with the high humidity, we need some more rain to wash the humidity out. Without rain, the humidity can get lower but it takes much longer and I suffer more.


July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018

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

Busy day today and not a bit of it was spent writing. I did a bit of shopping and bill paying and then I sat down with the Pima County Libertarian Party files that the past Chair gave me last night. I got through maybe 15% of the first of three boxes. I am not reading everything in detail, I just skim most things and read only what I think important in depth. Even so, it takes time. A lot of the material so far is of historical interest but bears little import to what is needed today. One exception was a written out list of what the officers of the party, by office, should do to advance the party. It seems to have been written in the mid-to-late-1990s and there is no indication of the author but the material is good. I asked for feedback on the letter I want to send out and I got some. One person wrote out her suggested changes and when looked at it I asked if there was anything I wrote left. It wasn’t that bad, but the suggestions were extensive, and it seems reasonable. I will be getting, soon I hope, suggestions from another person and when I do, I will combine what I think best of the suggestions and rewrite the letter. Hopefully to get it out through email and snail mail next month. I will start working on another letter, similar in intent, for September and then another for October and so forth.

In half an hour, I pack up and head off for my weekday TTRPG meeting. This is the Star Wars campaign and it really holds no interest for me. Neither does the D&D 5th Edition horror campaign on Saturdays but I do enjoy the comradeship of the group. The next campaign is scheduled to be In Nominie and I am looking forward to that. The system is not based upon D&D and that is a big plus. I have been playing D&D in various forms since 1977 and I am tired of it, sick of it even. There are so many other game systems out there, and I would be interested in a lot of them. At least, for a while.

July 16, 2018

July 16, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , at 10:00 pm by gruundehn

Another day of doing little or nothing. I got sidetracked with a web comic and started from the start because I do not remember what had happened before. The web comic is one I enjoyed for a long time but it went on hiatus for a while and I just picked it up again. It is amazing how fast time goes when you don’t pay attention. Or, rather, when you concentrate on something.

As much as I enjoy working in politics, I am getting tired of the condensed horse milk that is flowing so freely nowadays. The phrase “condensed horse milk” is something my mother used to say instead of various “dirty” words; much more civil times then. Nowadays, if you can’t scream louder than your opponent and bash them harder, you are a wuss. If I had absolute power, a prospect I dread because I do not want that responsibility, I would limit politicians to a very short period of office and require that they serve at least ten years in a private business before entering public life. Working in a private business would, hopefully, teach them just how badly government messes things up when it does something “for your own good” and keeps the politicians from imposing their morality on everyone else.

The weather is nice, if a bit humid. The rain keeps coming is small doses, enough to soak in but not enough to flood a lot. I just got a notice on my phone that another rain shower is expected shortly. Nothing huge, another soaking rain. Yea, recharge the aquifer.

June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , at 10:52 pm by gruundehn

Busy day today. I overslept, well, kind of. I woke early and check email and so forth, but took a half-hour nap after that and slept for over an hour. So I left home later than I wanted to. At the IHOP where I had my twice-monthly cheat breakfast, I had a conversation with another diner. It started with my Bengals hat and went from there to airplanes and then politics. He had to leave for a doctor’s appointment and I had to leave for other stuff I needed to get done. But, it was a nice conversation. I think I made some points that he had never considered before and now considered. Face-to-face conversations like that are always useful. Once that was done, I headed over to a specific store to add value to my bus pass and then elsewhere to draw cash from my bank account. A couple of other, and minor, stops and I got home early this afternoon.

I spent some time on TTRPG, making a character for a game that is not scheduled for my group, but a game I hope we eventually play. Tonight I have to look over the character I will play tomorrow and get references for some of the abilities he has so that I can play him better. Not that I am very interested, the campaign is in a genre and a game system that I do not like. I play only for the companionship of the people I play with.

The 4th of July is coming. This year is one of the years that Independence Day and the 4th are on the same day. So, if you are an American – celebrate! Be not ashamed, it is just as much your birthday as your date of girth. Celebrate and be glad for the goals we strive for, even if we can never reach them. Celebrate!

June 28, 2018

June 28, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , at 10:17 pm by gruundehn

I have been getting some followers to my blog, mostly blogs selling something. I have a look and ignore them for the most part. I follow a couple of blogs, and those seem to have died off. I will always visit someone who follows me but I do not always follow them. There are some that I do, but those are few in number and getting fewer due to what I presume is the other blogger stopping.

I have been paying attention to the story about the Red Hen café in Virginia. I have seen several threads on other sites and read the comments. Boy do people get things wrong. This is nothing like the case of the baker refusing to bake a cake for a wedding he didn’t approve of. The baker refused to participate in an event, he had served the gay couple prior to this. The management and staff of the Red Hen refused to serve (and according to some reports followed the family out of the restaurant to harass them further) a family based upon the job of one person.

I didn’t get any writing done today, just too much else I had to do and while each bit I had to do did not take long in and of itself, walking from one to another took a lot of time. I had to get this stuff done before it got hot, it s June in Tucson you know, and I took a short nap when I got home, I was worn out. Plus, the shoes I wore rubbed on my heel. I had thought that I no longer needed to put a bandage on the heel to cushion it and I was wrong. I now have a nice spot of blood on my sock and given how much I am going to walk tomorrow, I will need the cushion.

June 18, 2018

June 18, 2018

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

Monday again. Not that Monday is all that much of a bother for me, I work at home and one day is pretty much the same as any other. There are differences, of course, I do certain activities on certain days. Some of those activities are every week, such as TTRPG playing, and some once or twice a month, such as chewing out the Pima County Board of Supervisors. But, generally, it is the same every day – more or less.

All day today children have been playing outside my apartment, riding their bicycles around the complex. I have been working on the game system I am developing and so I have been in the living room working on my other laptop. Thus, I could see the children riding around as they passed my window. I like children, probably because I have none of my own. But, given the hysteria over child-molestation, I try to avoid interacting with them except in public where everyone can see me and know I am not doing anything wrong. Children do ask if I am Santa Claus, and I always respond that I am not Santa Claus, but that I am a good friend of his. Last Halloween I waited for trick-or-treaters to knock at my door and none did. This year, I am going to take the small table from my back yard and set it in front so I can sit out in the open and hand out candy. I hand out bags of M&Ms just in case I have left overs. My parents taught me that I do not like candy, and I still don’t, except for M&Ms – the plain ones; none of the others has ever interested me.

The Pima County Libertarian Party Facebook page has some interesting political cartoons. One reason that we started putting cartoons there was to draw people to the page. It hasn’t worked yet, but I am hopeful. The cartoons are good, I know the artist, and are on topics of interest. If you might be interested, (and how would you know unless you check them out?) stop by and examine them. Comments are welcome. We don’t censor out ideas.

June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , at 10:20 pm by gruundehn

I didn’t get a lot of writing done today, but I did get some done. Not on MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY but I went over a couple of older projects because my mind was cleared of any preconceptions of what I had written. I do that fairly often, probably not often enough for projects that should be finished but that I am not satisfied with and far too often when dealing with projects that I am working on, or should be working on.

One project that is going extremely slow is a series of cartoons for the Pima County Libertarian Party. The finished ones can be found on the Pima County Libertarian Facebook page. The artist is a friend of mine and I am working on the text and ideas with another officer of the party. That other officer and I disagree a lot which slows down the process. As an example, the cartoon we are trying to come up with now has a mix of the Democrat donkey and the Republican elephant on the television. What is being said is what is in dispute. The other officer keeps trying to use “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” I say that that reference would not be understood by most people under the age of 50, Ronald Reagan made his comment about the most terrifying sentence in the English language over thirty years ago. I want to use a sentence that reflects the arrogance of the Government but he keeps saying that we need the combined figure to say something about helping because the Government believes it is helping, even (or especially) when it isn’t. And I say that using that kind of language implies endorsing the belief that the Government is helping.

Anyway, you might head over to the Facebook page and look at what has been done. Comments would be appreciated, especially if you know who Chuck Huckleberry is. Ideas we could use for future cartoons would be totally welcome. Even if we do not agree with your politics, we welcome ideas. And, since we are Libertarians, we might just agree with you; unless, of course, you advocate initiating violence against someone, such as war. There is a saying: If you have ten Libertarians in a room, and them ask for a position on an issue, you will get thirty different answers.

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.

February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , , at 9:43 pm by gruundehn

Still feeling the effects of whatever it was that I had the last week or more. It isn’t so bad now, just a runny nose and some coughing. Nowhere near what it was.

One side effect of this “whatever it is” is that I ruined lunch today. Normally I just pop something into the microwave and have at it. Today, however, I set the timer and did not notice that I set it for 50 minutes instead of 5. About fifteen minutes later, I smell smoke. I will explain in a moment why that is significant. The meal is burned to a crisp and smoke is everywhere. I set the air conditioner to the lowest setting and turned the fan on. (For some reason, the thermostat for my apartment does not let me run the fan alone.) I left the apartment for a while and when I came back, I turned the air conditioner off and opened some windows to clear out the last of the smoke.

Why was it significant that I smelled smoke? My nose does not work right, it never has due to genetics, and so if I smell something, it is significant.

I watched the Super Bowl yesterday. I thought it was a good game. Some of the commercials were well worth watching as well. Since neither team was the Bengals, I had no real preference as to which team should win. I did enjoy the fact that both teams tried  the exact same trick play but only the Eagles did it successfully. And the fact of the last-second “Hail Mary” added some interest to the game. I did not like the poor sportsmanship of the losing quarterback though.

Tomorrow I chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors again. They set up a crony deal with World View and they have not supervised it properly. They didn’t even negotiate the deal properly. However, now World View exploded the balloon on their second test flight. They used hydrogen instead of helium. And, it seems that using hydrogen as they did violates the contract with Pima County as well as several State and Federal laws.

September 29, 2016

September 28, 2016

Posted in Personal, Politics tagged , , , , , at 4:34 am by gruundehn

I watched the Presidential Debates the other night and was disgusted. And the Old-School wants us to choose between them? Thankfully, there are other options. I cannot support Jill Stein but I can, and do, support Gary Johnson. But the Old-School media tries to deny that he exists much less that he is viable.

Someone finally commented on one of my YouTube videos and asked me to watch his counter to my video. I let two comments on his video pointing out where he is wrong. I am going to have to make a reply video discussing his errors. I am getting noticed finally.

I helped audit the Primary Election for Pima County a few weeks ago and was paid $75 on a prepaid debit card. I spent the morning checking out the balance. It is amazing how fast one can spend money without even thinking about it. I have just over four dollars left, enough for breakfast tomorrow. I don’t have to worry about past then as I get paid my military paycheck Friday. I will help audit the General Election in November and that will be another $75. So, with a Special Election that happened earlier this year I will have $225 to add to my taxable income for tax purposes when I file next year.

I live alone, I never married. So, for those of you who are married or have a live-in partner, think of you having to do all the things the other one does in order to get through life. That is me, I have to do the work of two people so to speak. Thus my writing suffers. And I’m not a social animal so I meet very few people and most of them are already taken or just do not interest me. I wish I were more socially active but then when would I get the time to write? I barely have the time now.

It rained again today for a short while. This is unusual not only because this is a desert but the summer rainy season is over and the winter rainy season won’t start for a couple of months yet. However unusual it is, I am glad for it.

The Cincinnati Bengals play again tomorrow night and I hope that they have their act together, as the old saying goes. The last two games were horrible. Not to the level of the old “Bungles”, and I hope that they do not return to that level of horridness, but it was still bad. The last five seasons gave me a chance to be proud of my being a fan and I do not want to lose that.

Oh well, to bed. I hope that I sleep as well as I did last night. A full nights sleep is so unusual for me anymore, even though a full nights sleep still means multiple trips to the bathroom.

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