May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:22 pm by gruundehn

Did I go chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors for their latest cronyism? No, I didn’t, although I intended to do so. Last night I had such a severe bout of hypoglycemia that I got very little sleep. I could not make it to the meeting because of a lack of sleep. I think, but cannot prove, that I used the wrong dose of insulin – the morning amount instead of the evening amount. For a while I was sweating what seemed a gallon a minute and shaking like a paint stirrer. Needles to say, I got little sleep.

When I did wake this morning, I got some writing done. Nothing done on setting the table and chairs up, but I did get some writing done. MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY is shaping up much differently from the previous version, before I stripped out about two-thirds of what I had written. Today, I have also been working with another Libertarian on the scripts for some comics we are posting on the Pima County Libertarian Party Facebook page. Go have a look at them and let us know what you think. Libertarians are open to opposing views, we won’t threaten you or try to kill you.

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May 9, 2018

May 8, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:31 am by gruundehn

I spent all day watching over the Pima County Board of Supervisors as they got briefings from several of the County Departments concerning the budget for the next fiscal year. If you can watch over your local government, do so; it will be instructive as to how badly managed your money is. One of the supervisors tried to get some better information about how the various departments are spending our money, something she does a lot, but even then the amount of information was pitiful. I do not have the time or expertise to research every line item in the budget and determine if it is lawful or not. Very few people outside of government has such free time. But, trying to get the BOS to put the information out for the public is like talking to a wall. No, worse because the wall might actually listen and do something. I am not part of the local 1%, so the BOS ignores me.

When I got home from the BOS, I found a package that was due tomorrow was delivered today. I like that but the package was 30-some odd kilos and it was hard for me to move it into my apartment because of the problem I have with my shoulder. I got it in, and now I will have to assemble it in the near future. The package is a table and four chairs and all five items have to be assembled. However, once I get it done, I will be able to get a lot done that is easier to do on a table instead of my lap. Painting TTRPG miniatures is on the schedule. As is a lot of other TTRPG projects.

I have a meeting tomorrow as the apartment complex management is going to explain a new policy relating to them going paperless. I can see no benefit to me, so far, and I expect an increased cost. But, that is a conclusion based upon absolutely no information, just a tendency to expect the worst. I have to attend one specific meeting as there are two other meetings scheduled and those two are scheduled for times I cannot attend.

May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:29 pm by gruundehn

I got a lot written today, MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. Now, after I watch a couple of game shows as relaxation, I prepare for tomorrow. Tomorrow the Pima County Board of Supervisors has two budget hearings. The BOS will listen, maybe, to the various agencies as they pretend to justify their budget requests and in the near future, the BOS will rubber-stamp the budget. Taxes will go up and the infrastructure will not get fixed. But, businesses will get destroyed, at least one by published reports. The buying of a business property and taking it off the tax rolls will not get approved tomorrow, tomorrow is strictly the budget, but it will happen. A business that is recovering from the recession and which could inspire other businesses in the area will get bought out, involuntarily, and turned into a government agency that could easily be located elsewhere. But, business has to be destroyed. Metropolitan Tucson (Pima County) is the fifth poorest county in America and the BOS has to make it worse.

A month late, but the heat as started to arrive. I stayed indoors today, except when I absolutely had to leave, such as checking the mail. This is why I prefer Autumn to Spring. In the Autumn I know Winter is coming. In the Spring, it is Summer (and the heat) that is soon to arrive. But in spite of the heat, I love Tucson.

May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

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

Tried to get some small matters cleaned up today and couldn’t get all of them done. I did some grocery shopping, just to fill in a couple of holes in my kitchen, the main grocery shopping is tomorrow. I tried to get my bicycle fixed, a friend came over to help, and got nothing done. The chain was too short for the bicycle. I couldn’t return it as I bought the chain years ago. I tried to replace ink cartridges in my printer and one of the replacement cartridges was leaking badly, so I had to spend a lot of time getting a replacement for the replacement. Since I am leaving shortly for TTRPG at a friend’s place, that is it for the day. Tomorrow is grocery shopping and taking my bicycle to a repair shop.

The weather is unusually cool for this time of year. I do not think that we have had a single day where the temperature has reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit yet. I am glad of that, the hot weather of Summer gets me trapped inside. I do a lot of my writing inside, but I do not want to be trapped inside. I do want to be able to write in my backyard now that the bee problem seems solved. But to do that, I need to get a new battery for this laptop. I forget to take the charger off the laptop and use the battery enough on its own. This leads to battery memory where the capacity of the battery gets reduced. Friday is the day for that. However, I have a table and chair set coming and I will need to be home to receive that, so if the tracking shows that it will arrive Friday, the computer battery get hunted down next week.

Next week is also two of the Pima County Board of Supervisors Budget Hearings. Yesterday’s hearing was boring with very little interchange between the Board and the presenters, except for the County Sheriff who was grilled about Operation Stonegarden as I mentioned yesterday. I doubt that future presenters will get grilled as hard as that. The hearings are, at least to me, a “dog-and-pony show” and practically useless. Each Supervisor gets a folder of material concerning each Department and their proposed budget, so the presentations could be eliminated and the Department representatives just questioned about their budget.

May 1, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , at 3:08 am by gruundehn

I spent all day, basically, with the Pima County Board of Supervisors. This morning was their normal business meeting and this afternoon was the first of the budget hearings. I spoke at both. It isn’t that I enjoy chewing out the BOS, although I do, but that someone needs to hold their feet to the fire in order to protect the residents of Pima County.

This afternoon’s budget hearing took forever; at least, it seemed that way. The hearing started at about 1:30 PM MST and lasted until well after 4:00 PM. It seemed longer because the speakers droned on about how good they are. One speaker, the County Sheriff, was questioned extensively about Operation Stonegarden. This is a Federal program that gives money to the County Sheriff in exchange for the Sheriff’s Office co-operating with the Federal Immigration in rounding up people suspected of being in this country in violation of the Federal immigration laws. The program is operated by the Sheriff’s Office without supervision or oversight. Supposedly, the Sheriff’s Office is writing up rules and procedures for the program.

When I got home, I did a few chores and ate dinner. After writing this post, I am going to bed. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Everything I wanted to get done today, I am going to try to get done tomorrow. Try and fail because there is just too much that needs to get done and some of it has to be done tomorrow, so a lot of what needed to get done today will get done Thursday; how much, I don’t know since I have no idea how much I will get done tomorrow.

April 30, 2018

April 30, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 8:56 pm by gruundehn

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I chew out the Pima County Board of Supervisors twice, once in the regular session and once as they start the budget process in the afternoon. Plus, I have to pay my rent and some other bills and do some grocery shopping. All because the first May meeting of the BOS is on my payday. But, someone has to stand up for the taxpayers of Pima County. The BOS doesn’t unless the taxpayer is a crony.

I skipped church yesterday because of illness. Nothing serious, but enough to keep me away. It seems that I am still suffering from whatever it was that laid me low all winter, just not quite as bad as earlier. I am sick of being sick.

I did get quite a bit of writing done this morning, unfortunately it was re-writing of MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. Every time I read something I wrote, I find changes I want to make. I read a long time ago where someone said that poetry is never finished, just abandoned. It seems that applies to my writing as well.

I am finally going to fix my bicycle and start riding on a regular basis. This should allow me to get rid of some of my excess weight and increase my energy levels. I have put it off for far too long. I can also stop being so dependent on the bus system. It takes forever sometimes, it seems, to get anywhere. With my bike fixed I can eliminate a lot of the waiting for transfers and just pedal some of the way, if not all of the way, to where I am going. Just in time for the heat of the summer. Oh well, I can exercise at night or the morning. A lot of where I go involves travelling in the evening or the morning, so that should not be too much of a problem.

April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 11:26 pm by gruundehn

Busy day today. All morning and the start of the afternoon was tied up with the Pima County Board of Supervisors. One Supervisor kept harping on a specific point and everyone else kept misunderstanding what she was saying, perhaps deliberately. She kept asking why a certain amount of money from the State was not listed on a memo as income and everyone else kept saying it was expenditure. I understood what she was asking, but I think the rest of the Board wanted to make her look like an idiot. She is an active watchdog on how the County spends its money.

So, between that and the bus ride home, it was mid-afternoon before I got home. I am expecting a package but I probably won’t be home to get it as I am leaving shortly for the monthly Pima County Libertarian Party business meeting. The package is a stereo system I ordered. Not expensive, but I do not want it just left on the doorstep and the management office for the complex closes about the time I will be leaving. And tomorrow will be the same; busy all day and gone from about the same time. I hope that the delivery company either gets here before I leave or has already delivered it to the management office while I was out with the Board of Supervisors.

Update: Right after I posted this, I walked up to the management office and the package had already been delivered. So, I got it without a problem. All that worry for nothing.

 

March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:34 pm by gruundehn

It has been a nice Tuesday so far. The weather is nice, it seemed that the Pima County Board of Supervisors actually listened to me when I chewed them out, and getting around on the bus has not been the hassle it normally is. The day is not over, but I am happy enough that I do not care.

I did get some work done for the Pima County Libertarian Party, setting up a monthly “Meet and Greet” in order to get our message before other people. I know that there are people who read these posts, where you live I do not know but, if you are in the Tucson area, come visit us and find out if we are as crazy as our enemies say we are. The first Meet and Greet will be April 18th at a local café, Fronimo’s Greek Café. The food is great and the conversations should be great also. I look forward to seeing you if you come.

I need to get back to making YouTube videos for the PCLP. I stopped for a short while considering what to make a video about and got out of the habit of making videos. I don’t post them as Gruundehn, I post them under my regular name Christopher Cole. If you decide to look at them, there are several channels with the name Christopher Cole, so I suggest you take care. The first one is titled “Initiating Violence” so you can find my channel by searching for that one. If you have suggestions for a video, I am open to ideas.

February 7, 2018

February 6, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:53 am by gruundehn

I am feeling almost normal. Just the cough and that not too bad. I go through cough drops quickly though.

I attended part of the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting this morning. It ran long because so many organizations were there with their hands out, begging for money. I spoke out on the World View corruption. One man spoke out about a lawsuit he filed against the County for violating the law with their continued action to install a freeway that almost no one wants, and the County Government says it does not want either. Of course, it is going through over everyone’s objections. The County Government say it does not want it but acts to have the freeway built.

One nice thing about this apartment complex, is that the maintenance crew responds quickly to problems. Another is that the management is friendly. I can out up with the noise of the sirens going to the nearby hospital and the helicopters as well. The complex is well worth the rent.

As should be obvious, I got no writing done today, but I have high hopes for tomorrow. I try to write a lot but often fail because of other things I need to do because I live alone. I should have married decades ago so that I would have someone to do all the other stuff and I could concentrate on my writing. Of course, if that was the reason I got married, the marriage would not have lasted long. So, maybe I am better off as the situation presently is.

January 26, 2018

January 25, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:18 am by gruundehn

I just got a notice that my taxes have been rejected. Tomorrow I am going to have to go through the hassle to get things straight. Damn it, it is my money, give it back!

Spent all day today hunting through the archives of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, hunting for a specific resolution that created the Election Integrity Commission. Since I do not know what year the resolution was passed, except that it was after a bond election in 2006 where the County Government got caught cheating, and probably before late 2008, I have a lot of hunting to do.

I enjoy the MYTHBUSTERS series, the old more than the new, but the new is good. That series is one of the few programs I watch. For the news I visit a lot of different websites, looking for different takes on each news item. My Father taught me, in 1964, that: Unless you honestly look at both sides of an issue; you don’t have an opinion, you are a parrot. That was during the 1964 Presidential Campaign. The San Diego Public School System acted like part of the LBJ election campaign and told me that I supported LBJ. I have since learned better. The only other programs I watch on a regular basis are JEOPARDY and WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONARE? Other game shows, I ignore. Dramas I ignore. Late night talk shows I ignore. Maybe, if I start watching a new series that looks interesting (and I find it interesting) I might start watching that series. The last series that I thought was interesting was HOUDINI AND DOYLE, and that died at the end of the first season.

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