April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018

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

Well the business meeting went well last night. Hopefully the Meet and Greet goes well tonight. The Pima County Libertarian Party has not been active for a long time and I am trying to get it active again. And that involves a Catch-22. Because we have not been active, no one is interested in doing anything; and because no one is interested in doing anything, it is hard for the PCLP to be active doing anything. But, I believe in the principles of the Libertarian Party, and I am now the County Chair, so I keep trying.

I spent most of today, so far, paying bills and getting a small amount of shopping done. I get paid twice a month, once from the USAF and once from Social Security and today was the turn of Social Security. I took Social Security early because I was not expecting to live as long as I have. So, instead of the Social Security payment being larger than the USAF one, it is about half.

One reason that I was not expecting to live as long as I have, is what the USAF did to me while I was on active duty, especially in Thailand. Yes, I was in the Air Force; but, I still got shot at and I still got sprayed. If the VA was just, my disability would be at a much higher rating. But, I believe that the Federal Government wants those of us who were in Thailand during the Vietnam War to die off as fast as possible. See, the bases in Thailand, while they supported the fighting in Vietnam, also supported the illegal war in Laos and the illegal war in Cambodia. I think that the bureaucrats think that, if we die off, it is less likely that the illegal wars will be paid attention to. Historians will probably prove them wrong, but that will be too late to affect the bureaucrats or the politicians.

 

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February 23, 2018

February 22, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 12:39 am by gruundehn

I sat around all day in my sweats and got some work done for the Pima County Election Integrity Commission and a little for the Pima County Libertarian Party. It is amazing how fast time goes when one is busy. I never got around to editing ELDER’S DILEMMA but I feel good about what I have written. I need to learn how to combine document files, I think I remember that you list the file names with a + sign between each, but it has been so long that I do not trust that memory.

There is a defunct middle school just south of my apartment complex that is getting torn down. Since I like to walk, this is limiting how I walk by limiting where I walk. Lucky for me, the noise of the destruction of the school does not reach me since I live on the north side of the complex, but it is annoying that I have a slightly more limited choice in where I walk. I do not know how long the destruction of the school and the construction of the medical center that is taking its place will last, but I hope it does not take several months, I like walking in that direction.

I will have to step up my work with the PCLP starting next week. I may end up not being able to do much work with my writing; but, for the short term, that is fine. I do not want to spend the rest of my life, or even a major portion of it, not writing. I have too many stories I want to get out. But, now working to build the party is a duty. Writing is not.

December 5, 2017

December 5, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 6:57 pm by gruundehn

Not much left of this year. So much I wanted to do and never got done. But, it is better that I have goals that I never reach than goals that are so low that I make them without effort.

I watched the Bengals-Steelers game last night. I think that I can safely say that more player safety rule changes have come from the Bengals-Steelers series than any other in the history of the NFL. Or, if not the entire existence of the NFL, at least since 1970 when the two teams started playing each other. Last night was another hard game. Even though he plays for the Steelers, I hope that Shazier gets completely healed. He did a tackle early in the game that resulted in a back injury where he had to be taken off the field on a back-board. The Cincinnati linebacker Burfict was targeted, as usual, and was injured three times where he had to be taken off the field to be checked out. The last of the three required him to be taken off on a back-board also. Thankfully, he did not have to go to the hospital as Shazier did. NFL games get rough, but this rivalry is on a different plane. When I see a Steelers fan here in Tucson, I often tell them “I think I am required by law to hate you; I’m a Bengals fan.” That usually starts a nice football conversation but it does reflect the animosity between the two teams.

And, regarding the game last night, the Bengals played well for the first half and then failed the second half, thus losing the game by a single field goal. I hope that the Bengals are not returning a repeat of the Bungles era. I enjoy watching football for the strategy and the tactics involved. I accept the violence as a part of the game, but I do not revel in it. I want the Bengals to win (and the Steelers to lose) in a way that reflect favorably on the team and the game.

I am doing some political work, which is sidelining my work on ELDER’S DILIMA. As an officer in the Pima County Libertarian Party, I am working to get inactive Libertarians more active in the Party’s work and I am working on outreach programs to non-Libertarians. This coming Sunday I am meeting with a student government organization here in Arizona along with two others in the County Party. It should be interesting, it was two years ago when the event was last held here in Tucson.

August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017

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

Another lazy day, although I did get some writing done on ELDER’S DILEMMA. Not a lot, but some. I have reached a point where I am not sure of the exact details of the story. The opening I have down pat, and I know the ending. The part where I am, several thousand words in, is the problem. I have a vague idea of what I want to put in the story, but I am not sure of the details. Plus, I am not sure that the part I am getting ready to write is going to be enough words to fill the story out without padding. I am shooting for around 40-45,000 words and it looks like I will have trouble making 30,000.

The weather is nice. No rain again, but Tucson is ahead of average so far. And that is good. I wish it would rain more but the drainage here in Tucson is not designed for heavy rain. Anything over a moderate rain and the streets flood because the sewer system cannot handle heavy rainfall, nor rainfall that continues for over a couple of hours. The people who designed the drains seemed to think that it was not worth the effort and cost to design for rainfall that is heavy. Driving a car during, or after, a rainstorm can be dangerous not only to the driver and passengers but to pedestrians as well. I know, I am a pedestrian most of the time and I no longer count how often I almost get run over or splashed by some driver running through standing water at high speed.

The monthly meeting of the Pima County Libertarian Party is tonight. The County Chair is determined to get the County Party back to being a real political party and away from being a debating society. I am all for that. I need to get active again in posting political videos on YouTube. I have been too lax in my efforts there.

June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:26 pm by gruundehn

Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon were taken up with TTRPG. Normally, we meet on specific days and those do not change much but these last two sessions were unusual. Well, the Monday session wasn’t but the Sunday one was. One member of the group had trouble with gaming on Saturday while school was in session and so we gamed on Sunday for most of this year. That ended when the term ended and we went back to Saturdays. However, another member of the group had his wedding anniversary on this last Saturday so we moved to Sunday for that time only. Mondays have been our usual during the week play dates but those vary as group members have family commitments or other commitments that come up. I don’t really like that aspect, I prefer having the game on a regular schedule as much as is possible, but life happens so I live with it.

Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Pima County Libertarian Party and the Chair is recovering from heart surgery so I am going to have to run the meeting. Not that there is a lot to do, except get some projects going. For too long we have been a debating group, not an action group. So, we grow into an action group and help make the world a better place.

I just checked the outside weather. The temperature is extremely hot, 115 degrees F. Humidity is low, so the temperature can be borne for short periods of time. This is just the first of the summer hot spells. It isn’t as hot as it has been in the past, but it is still hot.

I overslept this morning, probably because I had a lot of trouble getting to sleep, and so missed chewing out the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Not that they pay a lot of attention to me, or anyone else for that matter, but it needs to be done anyway.

I did get some writing done today. I am liking where HIGH TREASON is going. I do not plan out my plots in any great detail but I just let the plot flow as it happens. ENTERANCE EXAMINATION was one of the few stories I plotted in any detail before writing it and that was because I was taking the general idea from a Japanese anime video I like, THEY WERE ELEVEN. I changed a lot of the details and THEY WERE ELEVEN is a love story which ENTERANCE EXAMINATION is not, not even close.

April 18, 2017

April 17, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 12:48 am by gruundehn

I decided that I need to go back through all the books I have written on Elder and make sure I have everyone detailed enough so that readers can picture the people; I know I never described Elder’s wife Constance. I am not looking forward to this but I know it needs to be done out of respect to the readers. I will probably wait to do this until all five books are done, but I need to do it.

I am ready, almost, to start painting some of my miniatures for TTRPG. I have a place to do it and I just need a couple of small items and I am off and running. I like miniatures for TTRPG and I even like miniature terrain to help with the imagery when playing. Some of the players in my group do not like terrain, saying that there is too much chance of knocking it over or it interfering with play. I intend to have terrain for the next campaign I run regardless. I am already planning the campaign, I have thought about starting campaigns in the past year but decided to not start the campaigns I was thinking about. However, I am torn between two different campaigns and two different systems right now. I can start preparing for each one and decide which to run as I get more involved with them. One of the two is going to interest me more and that is what I am going to finish and run.

Tomorrow I chew out, once again, the Pima County Board of Supervisors. I know that they hardly listen to me anymore but I won’t stop. Maybe I can make a difference eventually.

Tomorrow is also the monthly meeting of the Pima County Libertarian Party. Since I have not gotten an agenda for the meeting, I presume that the County Chair has been so busy with work that we are going to have to wing it again. I prefer an agenda that I can read ahead of time and use to plan. However, I am not the Chair so my wishes on this matter defer to his necessities.

I have diabetes and my blood sugar readings have been bouncing around like crazy. Part of the reason is I forget to take my medicine on occasion, usually in the evening. But there have been times when I take my medicines and my blood sugar readings are crazy. For example, for the last for days the evening reading has swung (positive or negative) almost 200 points relative to the previous day. Morning reading have been more stable but the evening readings are what have been the craziest.

March 15, 2017

March 14, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 2:06 am by gruundehn

I feel a bit of an idiot. I was expecting all day, indeed for several days now, to attend the monthly PCLP meeting tonight. But, today is the second Tuesday and not the third. The meeting is next week.

I did a lot of cleaning up and putting stuff away today. I now have a lot of clear space in the living room. I still have just the one chair so I sit in it when I work on my computer in the den and move it to watch TV or movies in the living room. Once I have enough cleaned up in the living room, I am getting some furniture for the living room. I am thinking getting just a few items and I do not want to spend a lot of money buying furniture I don’t need.

I hurt a lot, my knees are sore all the time and more so when I sit down or get up. My left ankle is always sore, especially when I walk. I do not like the aches and pains of getting old. If I had a wish, I would wish for good health before wealth.

I get my Social Security monthly payment tomorrow so I will be running all over town getting stuff purchased such as groceries. Plus, tomorrow evening I am meeting with my friends for some TTRPG, Star Wars. I enjoy gaming with them but the D&D system is getting to me. I have complained about this before, but here it is again: I do not want to ever play D&D (any version) ever again. I have played D&D, various versions, since 1977 and I want no more. For a couple of years I stayed away from D&D while my friends gamed but other than that, it has been constant and I have had enough.

 

March 11, 2017

March 10, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 12:14 am by gruundehn

Today was the first time in a long time that I was not scared to take a shower. The bathtub in my apartment is very slick and when taking a shower I have been afraid of slipping and breaking something. Even when I applied those little stickers I feared because those slipped. I got a rubber mat with suction cups on the bottom and it stayed in place and I got my shower without fear.

I spent about an hour and a half talking with a new Libertarian this morning. For those who do not know, or have forgotten since I don’t talk about it much, I am an officer in the County Libertarian Party. I routinely talk to the Pima County Board of Supervisors about what they are doing Running around wrong and I have my own YouTube channel where I talk about Libertarian issues. I just don’t mention it here much.

Running around after that meeting too a lot of time because of the bus system. Plus, part of the time spent was having lunch away from home because I could feel hypoglycemia coming on. I did not want to eat out, that gets expensive, but I like the idea of passing out on the street even less. The bus system in Tucson is not all that good, although the Transit Authority says that they are adding buses in order to improve service. I still wish I had never sold my car. Not the junker I had but the VW Rabbit I had long ago. It was a very thrifty car, 58 MPG of Diesel fuel but it had three very bad aspects. First, the roof was too low for me and my head pressed into the roof of the cockpit and second, while it got great mileage it had a weak engine. The least uphill meant it lost power, a lot of power. The third was it would not start in winter, which is why I got rid of it. I was stationed in upstate New York and it took a push start to get me going when the temperature was in the least bit cold.Here in Tucson that wasn’t bad, the weather is usually warm enough and there aren’t that many hills. But I would have had to keep it for another year while fighting the cold weather in upstate New York. Still, a totally paid off car that did not cost a lot to keep would be nice.

October 20, 2016

October18, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , at 3:03 am by gruundehn

I am not watching the Presidential “debate” tonight. It isn’t a debate and no good will come of it. Now, if Gary Johnson had been allowed to join in that would be different. Clinton and Trump have done little but sling mud and Johnson has tried to speak exclusively to the issues. If he had been in the debate, he could have actually done some good for the country.

The monthly Pima County Libertarian meeting was last night and the County Chair is going to go to a new man, actually a former Chair who is getting active again after holding elective office. Already he is working to get the party active and growing, and he doesn’t take office until January. It looks like I will be more active as well, which means I may not have as much time for writing. But, as it stands now, other things keep pulling me away from my writing anyway so it probably won’t make too much of a difference.

I did pamper myself today and I got a massage, an hour-long one. I felt great afterwards. I need to become a millionaire so I can get a good massage daily. The only problem with that is that when I go out for a massage, I eat out and given the portion sizes in restaurants, I overeat.

I got my first toy for the TOYS 4 TOTS campaign and I spent some time today searching for number 2. I bought nothing but I did search. I donated four toys last year and I intend to donate more this year, even if just one extra. I enjoy doing this as I believe that private charity is better than government welfare. I am donating what I want to donate, not paying some bureaucrat to do something I disapprove of.

Some years ago I was hoping to join a monastic order, an order of canons, but it fell through. When I was first talking with them, they said that they would help me on my spiritual path. I had a suggestion of a possible problem (note how tentative this is) and they told me don’t bother, try again in two years. Needless to say, it has been over two years and I haven’t spoken with them again. I mention them, and I am not going to name the order, as I have come to the conclusion that I may need to form my own order. I am writing the Rule now, taking a lot from the Benedictines, when I can. How I am going to set this up, I don’t know but it is a goal worth striving for. Maybe I’ll use my nonexistent metal detector and discover a pirate treasure on the nonexistent beach here in Tucson.

Let’s see, I am writing novels, I am posting them chapter by chapter on a blog, I am working on a Rule for an order of canons, I am writing a web comic (I won’t be doing the art, someone I know will) and I am involved in politics (soon to be much more involved). When I retired I didn’t expect to be more busy than when I was on active duty.

 

August 15, 2016

13th Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 1:21 am by gruundehn

It seems that most of the time, when I post on this blog, I am complaining about something. Well, I’m old and that is the cliché. I don’t normally complain about much but it seems that my sleeping problems and the other health issues are taking over my life. And I hate that. I would rather just get on with life.

Turning out these posts every day is hard. It isn’t that I don’t do stuff but for the most part, it is the same stuff every day. There are various things that I do that are different such as tomorrow I chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors and Tuesday I attend the monthly Pima County Libertarian Party meeting but those are the exceptions. I am not one who does exciting adventures every day. I just get on with it and that makes a slice of life blog boring the way I thought. Which is why I started posting just once a week because I didn’t see where my life was greatly exciting. Maybe interesting to some people who wanted to see how others live but not exciting.

I did put another video up on YouTube today. The title is Leave me alone! So far I don’t have a lot of views on those videos and only one subscriber but I expect that as I post more videos, there will be more views, something like an avalanche. I doubt I will ever be as popular as some of the big names, but the idea is to get the ideas out there and start people thinking. And I hope that I do exactly that.

When I started this blog I posted on Wednesdays as well as Sundays. The Wednesday post was a political rant. Since I started the YouTube videos I deleted those posts. So, with this blog getting an update every day, at least so far this month, and my goal of a short video every day, I haven’t kept up with that but it is the goal, and my writing, I can be busy every day doing stuff from start to finish. I do take some time in the evening to relax and unwind, usually by watching a video or playing solitaire or reading. I have a lot of books, if you watch any of my videos you can see a small fraction of my books in the background. I hate to throw books away but I am going to have to start getting rid of a lot of the books I no longer read. Once my apartment is less cluttered, I can start in on some other projects I want to do but which I do not have the space to do now.