April 12, 2017
Been busy with Facebook talking with my niece and one of my brothers. I also signed up on a family website, the family being Cleghorne, the maiden name of my Grandmother, my Mother’s Mother. It seems I have some ancestral information that is not on the website so I am going to have to upload what I have and they don’t. The big problem is reading the handwriting of the individuals who compiled the data into the book I have a copy of. An argument against cursive writing, which I don’t use except to sign my name.
I do wish I could connect with my dead brother Dan’s first wife and kids. It was a bitter divorce and when one of the kids reached out to him years later, Dan acted like crap. Now that he is dead, my promise to not speak with the kids is gone but I have no idea how to find them. Maybe they are on Facebook and I can find them there. I don’t think Facebook all the time so it slips my mind.
A lot of the websites I visit have these video advertisements and often there are so many that it slows down everything else. I hate that. I hate it especially when I am trying to read an article and I cannot move past the first screen, or the screen keeps resetting, due to these videos. Video advertisements are a nice idea and for certain types of products or services they might be more useful than a traditional static one. But so many, and so often unneeded, gets to me.
The computer I am using now is getting old. The hard drive makes noises when I start up the computer, the computer disc drive is shot and the keyboard has certain keys that stick or otherwise need special care in order to use. I have a second laptop but I need to get Microsoft Office so I can continue to write. I have tried to translate an Office document into an Open Office document and most of the time the document gets corrupted. So, for the foreseeable future, it is Office I use. I am not putting Open Office down, when used from the start on a document it is great, in some ways better than Office.
Speaking of word processing programs, all the programs I know about are so complex and over done with features that they are a burden. Even those for “Home and Student” use have too many features for me. I wish there was something as simple as Electric Pencil was available today. But, I can’t find one as simple as I want.
August 25, 2016
I got a video I made for YouTube posted on my Facebook page and the Facebook page of the Pima County Libertarian Party. I haven’t heard back from the State Party on posting on their page yet but I have my hopes. I haven’t had any comments on YouTube yet and I want to have discussions on the issues. I haven’t had much in the way of comments here but that I can understand since this is just a slice-of-life blog with little in the way of deep thoughts. I haven’t had comments on my writing either and I started christophercolesite.wordpress.com for comments that might help me improve my writing.
Speaking of my writing, I did get some done today and my ideas on the next book are coming more often. I think I am getting back into form but I don’t want to get prematurely optimistic on that. A lot of what I have been doing is rewriting various sections of the book, not increasing the total word count but making it better I hope. I read some time ago, a long time ago, that poetry is never finished it is only abandoned. I make changes every time I read what I have written so I guess that idea applies to my prose as well.
I see the doctor tomorrow afternoon. I like the VA medical system but there are times that I get frustrated. The doctor I had quit and I saw a stranger last December. My routine follow-ups are supposed to be every 6 months because of my diabetes but I must have slipped into a crack since I had to go down and personally make the appointment once it became obvious that a follow-up was not scheduled. I went down because I could not get through on the phone. Anyway, I see the doctor tomorrow. Which is a good thing because I have run out of two of my medications and I am worried that I may have thyroid problems. WebMD is a good site for information but it does not provide a valid diagnosis.
I am sticking with the no cola pledge. And I have a problem since if I am going to drink a sugar-free drink, it has to be a cola if I get it at the Circle K next door. I could get something at the grocery but that is a long walk away. Yes, I should do long walks for the exercise but doing a long walk carrying groceries, including sodas, is tiring. I grocery shop during the day when the busses run.
I hardly ever watch TV anymore. I’ll watch the Cincinnati Bengals games and once the tournament season is over I will go back to watching a couple of game shows I like but the only new show I liked got cancelled and I have no schedule of older shows like HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL or MAVERICK that I liked many years ago when they were first broadcast and which I liked in reruns. I have even got out of the habit of watching the late news before going to bed.
I guess that the lethargy I feel is strong enough to put a dent in a lot of things I do.