July 9, 2018

July 9th, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:37 pm by gruundehn

I did get some writing done today, some work on the RPG I want to do, some on ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (Done for now, moving on to DREADNOUGHT next) and some on a murder mystery short story I work on occasionally. I have never been able to write a satisfactory murder mystery but I keep trying.

It rained a bit last night, that was nice but we need more – lots more. If I remember correctly, Tucson has been in a drought or near-drought ever since the late 1970s. I just checked the weather apps for my computers and smart phone and none show the recorded rainfall for this year, so I have to go by my impression unless I go buy a local newspaper for about $2. And, if I buy it, all I will read is the weather page and the legal notices. Waste of money for the most part.

Speaking of legal notices, all the legal notices from any government agency here in Pima County are posted only in the Arizona Daily Star so if I want to make a comment about bond propositions or other such information, I have to spend a lot of money for something I would not use very much. I stopped reading the ADS last year because I read so little of it, but now that has changed since, as the Pima County Libertarian Chair, I should respond to propositions that are going onto the various ballots.

There is going to be an important meeting of the Arizona State Libertarian Party on the 21st, in the Phoenix area. I have only one complaint that it is being held there because Phoenix is central to all of Arizona, geographically, and the largest number of Libertarians live in Maricopa County. That one complaint is that, unless I can find a ride there and back, a one-and-a-half hour trip will take me three and a half hours. I will catch a shuttle to the Phoenix airport (Sky Harbor) and that will take about an hour and a half. The trip to Chandler, a Phoenix suburb, will take two hours by public transit. I will leave home early Saturday morning and get back late Saturday evening. I will have to be there before noon, so I will have to leave Tucson by 7 AM, to give me time to eat lunch. The meeting should end at about 2 PM, so I get back to Tucson around 6 PM. Then I have to take public transit in Tucson in order to get home. I expect that this two-hour meeting will take me around twelve or thirteen hours what with travel time and all. If I got a ride, four hours of that travel time go away. And it costs me about $80 less.



July 8, 2018

July 8th, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 11:39 pm by gruundehn

On my way back from church there was a guy on the bus from my apartment complex who was helping care for an old veteran. We got to talking and later the two of them stopped by and we had a nice chat. They may stop by in the future, which is nice.

Yesterday was one of my TTRPG sessions and one member did not make it. He played twice a week for a long time and that caused problems with his wife. Their child is autistic and him being gone, especially on Saturdays, caused problems and his wife got tired of it. They went to counseling and I hope they can solve the problems.

I did get some writing done today, on my non-fiction book “A Common Man Looks as God” trying to get clear my ideas on a specific bit of theology. I state at the start that I am not a trained theologian and will probably repeat it at the end of the book. I write a chapter at a time, and they are short chapters, but only when I have a clear idea or something just will not get out of my mind, as today.

I am trying to get back into the habit, not that I was really in the habit, of doing YouTube videos from the Libertarian perspective. I have done, maybe, a dozen videos and I need to get back making them. There is so much to say. I just never got into the habit strongly and now I have to start over with trying to get into the habit. If you are interested, my channel is Christopher Cole and I am the old guy with the beard. If I remember, INITIATING VIOLENCE was the first title. As always, I welcome and look forward to comments.

July 6, 2018

July 6th, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 10:09 pm by gruundehn

As I sit here listening to Ed Ames I am glad I do not like modern music. To me modern music is just screeching and yelling. There are modern singers that I could like, but modern music – no. I am sure that in fifty years, those who are teenagers now will complain about how “modern” music is crap. I suppose all generations are like that; although, I do like music from the 20s and 30s. Maybe even the 40s. I have several LP records that I inherited from my Father, and included in those is a collection of Red Army songs from WW II. I cannot remember ever listening to those records; but if not, I intend to. I intend to listen to all the LP records I have. I bought a record player explicitly to do that. It is a combination device, LP, FM, CD. So, I have that.

I got some writing done, both editing ENTRANCE EXAMINATION and on the RPG I want to write. I also did some work on a RPG character I would like to play if the group I play with ever decides to use that campaign system and setting. Working on two different laptops, in two different locations although the same apartment, helps me focus on the different writing I do.

I wish it would start raining. Tucson has been in a drought for decades and I can remember from before the drought started how the rain was. The rain pattern in summer was predictable; now, not so mush. I think I harp on the rainfall quite a lot in these posts; maybe, too much. Regardless, we need rain here in Tucson.

July 4, 2018

July 4, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:55 pm by gruundehn

Just over half the year gone. Amazing just how fast the year has gone. It is the hottest time of the year here in Tucson also, but if the rains come as they are supposed to, the heat gets knocked down by a good twenty degrees or so every time it rains. It used to be that the rains would start about 1PM, 3 or 4 times a week when the afternoon temperature hit just over 100 and after the rain stopped after two hours, it would be anywhere from 70 to 85. However, the weather patterns are not what they were in the 1970s. Now, who knows when it will rain, or for how long.

This is the birthday of America. Happy birthday to us all. Last Sunday I was talking with another parishioner, and I mentioned that July 4th was every Americans birthday, Pentecost was every Christians birthday as was the anniversary of their baptism; so, with their conventional birthday, we all had four birthdays, I want more cake!

I have been just loafing around today. Watching videos and reading web comics. Tomorrow I will get back to work. I have so much to do. A friend of mine suggested a self-publishing service, or school – the name could go either way. I haven’t investigated yet, that is for tomorrow. If I can get published, even if not conventional, I will be happy.

I am going to sit out back and watch fireworks tonight. I haven’t watched fireworks in years. My old apartments were not situated right and I did not like standing for so long to watch. I can use the small table and chairs I have in the backyard and be comfortable. I would not want a steady diet of fireworks, after a while they get boring, but once in a while is fine. And, it has been so long, I will probably enjoy the whole show.

July 3, 2018

July 3, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 8:44 pm by gruundehn

I am only 68 years old. Even though my body is not as young as it used to be, I should not hurt as much as I do. All the time. When asked how I am doing, I often reply that I hurt too much to be dead. And that is the case now and has been the case for decades now. Why am I saying this? Because today is the worst it has been in years. My knees hurt, no change there – that has been the case, daily, for over forty years. My ankle hurts, and it hurt all last night keeping me from a good night’s sleep. My back hurts from when I injured it back in 1984. And my shoulder hurts; I broke my arm in 2013 and I had to have a pin installed through the shoulder, and it never healed right – I slept on it wrong last night, when I could get to sleep, and it has been sore all day. I used a sling to take some of the strain off the shoulder, and it has helped, but not enough. It seems that, for today at least, if it don’t hurt, it don’t exist.

My apartment complex is doing an inspection of the backyards and balconies of the apartments today. At least, they have warned the residents that the inspection is coming today. So far, nothing that I can tell. No one has visited my apartment yet. Not that I have a lot to do today that cannot wait, and an inspection of the backyard won’t get in the way of, but waiting around for them is not the sort of task I want to do.

Windows is still telling me that I have emails waiting for me when I am doing something else. Some notices just popped up while I was writing this post and the notices blocked me from seeing what I was writing. I hate that. Reminds me of the old AOL “You’ve got mail” bit from years ago. I did not like the idea then and I still don’t. And I never had AOL.

July 1, 2018

July 1, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 11:15 pm by gruundehn

Brand new month, never been used before.

Since Independence Day and July 4th fall on the same day this year, my church did a little celebrating. The Vestry held Sunday Sundae for the parishioners and I carried the flag for the service. Since it was also a Sunday that I was scheduled to be an usher, it got a bit busy for me.

For some reason, my shoes pinched the little toe of each foot so I took them off when I got home. My feet are still a bit sore, maybe my feet have grown again. When I was a teenager, my feet were size 13. I was in my forties when they expanded to 13 1/2 and now they are size 15. Being diabetic, I have to be careful of my feet, too much could go wrong and I could lose them. That would be one way to get rid of some wright but not one I want to take. I still wear a pad on the heel of my left foot where the shoe rubs and I do not want troubles with my toes. If I ever got a magical WISH, I would wish for good health. Other wishes, as available, would follow. I am tired of feeling bad and worrying about my health. However, such magical wishes do not exist. Which is a shame in some ways and a blessing in others. What would you wish for and what evil would result?

It is the hot season here in Tucson, and I have air conditioning for my apartment. But, I do not run it all the time. I set the temperature to a very low temperature on the thermostat and turn the air conditioner on when the inside temperature reaches a certain high number. I then run it until it reaches a very low number and turn it off. Air conditioners operate at only two speeds – on and off. But, every time the air conditioner turns on it has to overcome the inertia of the compressor to start up Doing it the way I do, the compressor starts up just once in an hour or so. If I kept it on, and set at a higher temperature, during the same hour the compressor would start up more than once and thus cost me more in electric costs. And the local electric company charges a much higher rate during the summer. I paid $100 for the last months bill, and I am in a small apartment. If I lived in a house, I would have a portable air conditioner and cool just one room, the one I would stay in for most of the time, and let the rest of the place heat up. Not to save energy, except as a by-product, but to avoid the expense of a high utility bill. I don’t have that much of an income, I cannot afford to spend a lot.

And, speaking of my income, I did a check on my income and outgo. As a military retiree and a Social Security recipient, I get a cost of living adjustment every year. Not a lot but something. My rent increase this year ate up my entire COLA and the cost of everything else is lowering my standard of living; and the Medicare premium increase wiped out the COLA increase that should have happened with my Social Security payment. I don’t have it as bas as those who get no COLA but it still is annoying. A bad side effect of living longer than I expected to live.


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 cafĂ© 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 27, 2018

June 27, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:20 pm by gruundehn

It has been a nice day for me. I got a lot of work done reviewing ENTRANCE EXAMIATION and made several corrections and improvements in the book.

Now, after my lunch, I am reviewing some material I recently bought and just received. As I have mention in previous posts, I play TTRPG. I have also mentioned that there is a campaign setting, Harn, that I like and would love to play a character in that setting. The material I am reviewing is several small articles on the setting. Once I finish that, I have to do some work on the character I am playing tonight, if I can. I should have done this work yesterday or this morning but I forgot to do it. Tomorrow I am going to have to do some work on the character I will be playing on Saturday, that work is more critical because there is a lot of information about the character and his abilities that I have accumulated but I need to sort the information and print out the information in a more useable format. A lot of the information is just the title of an ability without reference to what the ability actually does.

Friday is my military payday. As a result, I will take one of my two “cheat” days for my diet. A friend of mine many years ago, who was a dietician, gave me two pieces of advice on dieting. First: don’t lose the weight because whatever you lose, you want back; get rid of the weight. Second: schedule a few cheat days so that you do not stress yourself and blow it by cheating uncontrollably. I try to keep these two rules but don’t, especially the second one. I am doing better but in the past, I denied myself to the point that I screwed up and cheated too much. I reached a maximum of 281 pounds but I am now bouncing between 250 and 260. I have gotten below 250 but just barely and only for a single week at a time. I have to increase my exercising but I hesitate to exercise outside in this heat. Even in the evening, after sunset, it is too hot for me. I will think of something.

June 26, 2018

June 25, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:06 pm by gruundehn

When I first started this blog I posted about various issues as well as my life’s happenings. I posted on politics and religion. Those two blog post types had definite titles relating to the content of the post. Those are all gone now. The daily life posts were titled by the day but I used the religious calendar day such as Tuesday of the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Those are gone also. Part of the reason is that no one commented. No one, or almost no one, comments still but the titles are easier since I just use the secular calendar date for the title. Why mention this? I used this comment as an introduction to the statement that I still want comments. I post these comments, almost daily except when I forget or am busy elsewhere, for the purpose of obtaining comments. If people would comment on the posts, I would start posting on christophercolesite.wordpress.com again because I want feedback on my writing from people who are strangers to me and who won’t just say “How nice” or some such out of presumed kindness. I want real feedback.

I did finish going over DREADNOUGHT and I did insert a description of Elder’s wife so that people can visualize her. I intend to start back up on ELDER’S DILEMMA and get it ready so that I can send the five books off. I want to believe that I will finally get that done.

I used to have several dozen wargames, the sort where you push a punch of cardboard markers around a piece of paper representing a specific area. I lost all but one of them when I moved. The one I kept, and intend to play when I can is called GLOBAL WAR. The reason I kept it is that it is the one wargame that I wanted to keep. There were others that I liked but since there is no one around to play with, GLOBAL WAR was the one complex enough that I can play by myself, even though it is not designed for solo play, and not get bored. I mention this because I plan on setting the game up on my living room table and start playing for a while. I won’t play the game at one sitting, but play one side and later I will play the other side – the game simulates WW II from 1939 on and covers land war, sea war, air war, and production war. As you can tell, complex. And because it is so complex, it won’t get boring.

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