November 1, 2017

October 31, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 2:20 am by gruundehn

Halloween and I have not had any kids knock on my door. I stepped out a couple of times to see if kids were out trick-or-treating in my apartment complex and saw a few kids dome distance away on the first outing. The second I saw a couple of adults, with a very small child, walking by so I asked them if they wanted some candy. I bought candy expecting several kids to stop at my door and these two adults were the only ones to stop by, and that was only after I asked them if they wanted some candy. The last three or so years at my old apartment complex had no kids out and now this year at this complex. It seems that the scare tactics of telling everyone to beware on Halloween has ruined the fun of trick-or-treating. And that is a shame. I survived trick-or-treating as a child and I know of no verified instances where the Halloween warnings were valid. I can remember hospitals offering to x-ray candy when the scare warnings were about needles in candy but I have never heard of any needles being found. And now, those warning have stopped, replaced by new warnings that are probably not valid either, but serve to kill fun.

Tomorrow I am going to get a knee support because my knee is healing too slow for me. Part of the problem, a large part, is that I have to walk around on the knee a lot. Even when I sit still at my computer, like now, I have to go to the bathroom and so forth. Having a wife, or other partner, would not eliminate going to the bathroom but it would reduce all the other reasons I walk around to the minimum.


October 30, 2017

October 29, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 12:18 am by gruundehn

Been home all day and getting nothing done. I twisted my left knee getting out of bed this morning. I put ice on it until my ice was gone and then I had the heating pad on it for most of the rest of the day. However, since I live alone, I had to get up and cook, eat, shower, and all the other functions one normally does, and every time I did something, it got my knee hurting worse. Over the course of the day my knee has been getting better, but it is still sore and I can feel it when I walk around my apartment.

Tomorrow I visit the Registrar’s Office to observe how ballots are verified. The City of Tucson has an election Tuesday, or rather that is Election Day but the City went to an all-mail system a couple of years ago. The only people voting Tuesday will be the ones who did not get a ballot in the mail, didn’t mail the ballot back in time or just refuse to vote by mail. I got my ballot three days after I was supposed to get it, and sent it in right away even though I believe that vote-by-mail increases the chance of fraud. Maybe when I see how the Registrar’s Office verifies the ballots, I might change my opinion but I doubt it. I mention this because I am hoping that my knee is good enough tomorrow that walking around as I will be doing, won’t make it feel worse like all the walking I had to do today did.

Because of my knee, I missed church today and I missed out on a TTRPG session that got moved from Friday to today. Like I said, today I moved around as little as I could, but I still had to move around too much for my comfort.

Don’t you just love it when an old man complains about his health?

October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 9:57 pm by gruundehn

I am finally ready to start posting HIGH TREASON. I am working on ELDER’S DILEMA and a couple of other projects but I think I am ready to be back on track. As I am going to post tomorrow on my other blog, HIGH TREASON and ELDER’S DILEMA are going to have each chapter on a separate page in hopes of getting comments about my writing style. This blog has stopped generating comments and the other, writing, blog has never generated comments. Someone clicking the “like” does not count in my eyes as a comment. It is nice to get, but it does not help me improve.

Halloween is coming and I hope that there will be children out in this complex trick-or-treating. I plan to sit out in front of my apartment with some candy, being a single man I have to avoid getting myself in a position where someone takes me to court. I enjoy children, and on Halloween I enjoy looking at the costumes they wear. One reason I enjoy children is that, not having any of my own, I can hand them back to their parents. In a few weeks I will probably start getting the “Look Mama, Santa Claus!” calls from children. When that happens, I always tell the child “No, I am not Santa Claus; but, I am a good friend of his.” Parents usually like that response, at least none have complained to me. I was once asked by an older (but still pre-teen)child if Santa Claus was real and I answered that Santa Claus was the spirit of giving. Which seemed to answer here question. I am not going to deny the existence of Santa Claus to any child, even one who is belligerent about his non-existence. There should always be room in someone’s heart for a spirit of giving.

October 24, 2017

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

I finally finished editing HIGH TREASON, at least for now. Every time I read something I have written I see something to change, either a typo or a better wording. However, I will start putting it up on my other blog this Thursday. I have eliminated the other books on that blog, I had them all on a single page and I think that inhibited comments. I am going to put HIGH TREASON and ELDER’S DILEMA up with each chapter being a separate page in hopes that I get comments about my writing so I can improve. And, unless there is a limit to the number of pages I can have active at any one time, I will do the same with my other books to come and any short stories I do.

There are a few places to eat that are within walking distance for me, and walking distance for me is not very far given my knee and ankle problems. I enjoy eating out, when I can afford it, but I am tired of fast food. Indeed, if I go to a fast food joint, it will be to just get a sandwich and drink. I am so tired of French Fries I do not like even the sight of them. However, to get to somewhere that offers something else, I have to go outside of my walking distance for the most part. There is a Thai restaurant and a pancake house within walking distance but for just about anything else, I have to take the bus or walk further than I like. I do not know how to cook, other than heat something up. I am 68 years old and I know less about cooking for myself than probably most people half my age. I have a new slow cooker and I can make beef stew, and I am looking for other slow cooker recipes, but cooking from scratch otherwise is beyond my training.

October 22, 2017

October 21, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 3:17 am by gruundehn

I am doing it again. I am about four-fifths done with the editing of HIGH TREASON, and about one-third done with the initial draft of ELDER’S DILEMA and what am I doing? Another series. I hit a wall on the Elder series and so I started up another series. I just finished reading the LORD DARCY series and so this new series is something similar. That is, it is set in an alternate world that diverges massively from our own. The LORD DARCY series diverges with Richard Lion-Heart and mine diverges with the Norman invasion of 1066. The first story is a short story, to establish the ideas behind the series, so I should get this one story done quickly and get back to Elder and his tales. The problem is that I have never been able to do a decent murder mystery. I have thrown away dozens of attempts, including one where Elder gets accused for the murder of one of his classmates at the Academy. Don’t look for it, I doubt it will ever get written.

The weather is finally turning cooler, pretty much on schedule. I now have a light blanket on my bed and I have used it two nights now. Tucson does not get very cold often, two or three times a winter it will get below freezing, but there is none of the bitter cold of back East. However, I have been here long enough that I doubt I could stand a winter typical of back East. I was stationed here basically from 1971 to 1977 and I have lived here ever since 1988. I am used to this climate, for better or worse.

October 13, 2017

October 12, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 12:59 am by gruundehn

Over a week since my last post. I am getting lazy or something.

Not that a whole lot has happened with me. I get up, PSSS, check my blood sugar, have breakfast and start writing. I rarely go out to do anything anymore. I do my grocery shopping and attend church and attend political events. But I no longer go to museums, or local sights or just wander around. I have become a homebody.

I have been editing HIGH TREASON and working on ELDER’S DILEMA. I hit a short period of writer’s block on those, so I started a murder mystery. I start murder mysteries and abandon them because I never feel like I write a good one. But, I keep trying. The second book in my series on Elder was to be a murder mystery but I threw it away, several times.  Since I have gotten back to editing HIGH TREASON, I expect that the murder mystery will sit around for a while until I hit another block. While editing HIGH TREASON, I discovered that I had two Chapter 4s and two Chapter 5s. A bad product of my writing style and editing process I guess. I have corrected it, so there.


October 4, 2017

October 3, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 3:11 am by gruundehn

Attended the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting this morning. I would like to say that the public’s business was conducted in a fair and reasonable manner but I cannot. A lot of money was spent, and some administrative policies were changed but underlying problems were not dealt with. The Districts are designed to ensure that three (3) Democrats and two (2) Republicans are elected and the Democrats almost always vote as a bloc on any issue. And some very questionable results come from that. I attend and chew them out on a regular basis but they have stopped listening to me. So, I speak to the audience either physically present or watching on their television or computer.

It was early afternoon when I got home and I got a little writing done, but not a lot. I need to finish editing HIGH TREASON, but I seem to have hit a lazy spell on that. I prefer to work on ELDER’S DILEMA. New writing is always preferable to me over editing, even though I know editing is vital. Especially given my writing style. I write an entire story, what I call my “zero-draft” and then go back and divide it into chapters and start the first of several edits. Actually, I edit every time I read something, I am never satisfied with what I have written. I don’t finish a book, I abandon it.

I have to get some grocery shopping done tomorrow. I should have done it Monday but I never got around to doing it. I had thought of doing it today, before I realized that the BOS meeting was today; so, if I am going to eat, it has to be tomorrow. I should be good then until next payday. I get two paychecks a month and neither gets a cost-of-living increase that matches the annual inflation. Or, if they do, it is one year behind the curve. So, I slide into poverty since neither paycheck can be increased by anyone except Congress. Which is why I am so desirous of getting the five Elder books done. Hopefully, I can get them published and royalties can help with my finances. I never expected to live this long, so I did not plan as well as I should have for my future.

October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 10:06 pm by gruundehn

The first of October 2017 and I am writing this, if not drunk at least on the way to being there. I bought a bottle of wine about two hours ago and drank it. I cannot really save wine once the bottle is open so, when I buy a bottle, I drink it down. I have that nice warm feeling that comes when I am, at least, tipsy. I need to let myself go at least occasionally. So, I write this and go back and edit this to correct mistakes more often than usual.

At church today the entire usher team scheduled for today did not show up, most were sick. So, I and the team I am on served twice in a row. Not big deal. it happens and I was glad to serve. I am glad that I was an usher today as I didn’t want to have to listen to everything that went on. I heard enough to realize that the service was nothing but left-wing statism. Surprisingly, I have no problem with a church having political views, I did spend my adult life defending the freedom of doing so, I do not have to agree with the politics espoused. I am coming to the conclusion that the Rector worships the Government more than God.

I am just about finished thinking about another YouTube video. I will probably post it later today. I have another video in mind, one concerning the overpaid NFL players and their insults to me. In case I haven’t mentioned this before, I am a retired NCO in the USAF. I put my life on the line so that those idiots can protest, I do not have to agree with them, not accept the insults to me that they give. I have not yet reached the point where I will burn my Cincinnati Bengals items, but I have stopped watching the NFL.

My father went to Purdue and my mother went to Indiana. If you know college basketball rivalries, you know what basketball season was like for me in the 1950’s. In 2000, I was working for the Census bureau, not on the decennial census, but two other projects. Between the projects I had to call various businesses and verify some information. One of the businesses I had to call was the Combined Campus of IU and PU. I got the information and then told the clerk that I had a personal question and told her that my father went to Purdue and my mother went to Indiana. I then asked, “During basketball season, how do you keep the students from killing each other?” She laughed so hard, I think she fell down. I never got an answer.

September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 10:43 pm by gruundehn

Busy day today. Not much accomplished, but I was busy all day. I had a doctor’s appointment and the Tucson Bus System took about an hour and a half to get me there and about an hour to get me back. The appointment went well. On the way back, as I was reading on my phone, there was a lurch of the bus and an old woman with a walker fell to the bus floor. She slammed her head pretty bad. The bus drive stopped and tried to see if she was hurt, and got abused for his efforts by an angry passenger who had no connection with the old woman. Once he was sure that the old woman was not in immediate danger, he called the paramedics and the bus company. I got off and caught the next bus so I have no idea how this ended. I do hope the old woman is OK. But I will never know.

I am having problems with my new smart phone. I have trouble turning the ring tone back on once I silence it for church or some other place where a silent phone is requested. I had a phone call expected and it came, but with he ringtone off, I didn’t know about it until it was missed. It took me about ten minutes to get through the VA menu to get to the clinic and then the pharmacist. My insulin dosage is going to have to change. I still have not been able to get the ringtone to work, I will have to visit the company tomorrow and see what they can do.

It is just the end of September and already I am getting Christmas catalogs. I often like looking at them but rarely order anything because of my finances. To be blunt about it, I am poor. If I can get HIGH TREASON and ELDER’S DILEMA done, I might be able to have an editor look at the five books and offer suggestions, and then get them published. Maybe I will have a bestseller in the five books. That would be nice, but regardless of how they turn out, I will be working on either one of the two stand-alone books or a fourteen book series I have in mind. I dream big.

September 24, 2017

September 24, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:24 pm by gruundehn

I was an usher at church this morning, so I didn’t take part in most of it. I kind of heard the sermon, and the singing but for the most part I was busy. One of the tasks of an usher is to guide the priest to those who want communion brought to them. I knew of five people and there were another six who I didn’t know about because they hadn’t asked ahead of time. Total of ten then. My math is correct, there was one who originally wanted it but decided to go to the altar rail anyway. Five plus six minus one. Otherwise everything went well.

The Sumer rainy season is over it seems, I do not know if we are ahead or behind the 30-year average but we are close if behind. I need to spray the hole in my apartment shed wall again, the drones are still hanging around and getting into my apartment. Otherwise, I need to clean up the dead bees on my small backyard and cut the plants that are growing. I don’t know what sort of plants they are and really do not care.

With the cooler weather, I am about to change my shirt collection. I have a bunch of shirts that I wear in the warmer weather and some, not as many, that I wear in the cooler weather. I need to get more winter shirts. Of course, this being Tucson, what are winter shirts here would be useless in cold weather in many other parts of the country. I like Tucson’s weather most of the time.

I am going to spend the rest of the day loafing, but maybe finish the editing of HIGH TREASON. I have stalled on that for way too long. It is amazing how easy it is to stall on writing, and editing is a major part of writing, once you hit a small roadblock. But, I get a lot of roadblocks because I have to do everything such as shopping, cleaning, cooking, and so forth. It all falls on me as I live alone and have no one to help with the mundane details of life.

I may have mentioned before that I have diabetes, Type 2. Recently the pharmacist at the VA clinic I am assigned to talked me into changing how I take my insulin. Now, with the new regime, my blood sugar readings are out of whack. I will talk with the pharmacist later this week and argue for going back to the old regime. I hate needles and that fear has caused me to miss, by accident, some of the shots I needed to take. I haven’t missed the shots under this new regime as often but my blood sugar readings are never what they should be.

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