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.

January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , at 11:30 pm by gruundehn

Been a busy day so far and not over yet. I spent the morning with the Pima County Board of Supervisors and chewed them out. This afternoon I worked to prepare for the Pima County Libertarian Party Convention, and in about an hour, I leave for that convention.

Once I get elected tonight as Chair of the PCLP (I am unopposed), I want to start going around to the various elected officials of the political units here in Pima County and discussing things with them. Perhaps I can even get information on organizations the PCLP can work with. If I can do that, I need to start meeting with them as well. The PCLP has been on hard times for years and I am going to have to work hard to get it going in the right direction. And, that means I will probably lose out on a lot of activities I enjoy doing now. I hope not, or at least not for very long.

I did a lot today, but mentioning it takes so few words. Is that a life well lived? Everything can be summed up in so few words?

January 3, 2018

January 2, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 2:22 am by gruundehn

Busy day today, I will be glad to get to bed. I spoke at the Pima County Board of Supervisors this morning. Yes “at” and not “to” as I doubt they really listened to me. I was one of several speakers who pointed out that the deal that Pima County has with a certain company – Worldview – is a horrible deal. Worldview claims that they can provide a passenger balloon flight to the edge of space for multimillionaires. The plan to charge about $75,000 per flight. Some of the problems are, the County built them a facility in the wrong place, the available “safe” launch time will be limited due to weather, and the company is going to use hydrogen instead of helium as a lifting gas. In other words, they didn’t learn anything from the Hindenburg disaster in 1937. I cannot see how Worldview can survive very long, in spite of the overly favorable deal they got from the County in terms of rent. The company paid nothing for the office building nor the launch pad and pay the County below market rent. The launch pad is too close to the Tucson Airport for safe use, there is just too much of a chance that a balloon will fly into the airport space and interfere with an aircraft taking off or landing. Airplane crash with hundreds of dead, anyone? Poor management by the County Government. Extremely poor management.

I do wonder about people sometimes. At the BOS meeting this morning, there was a request for a permit for fireworks. Now, I rarely agree with Richard Elias, but he raised a concern about shooting off fireworks with as little rain as we have gotten this Winter rainy season and I agree with him. Southern Arizona may be slipping back into drought conditions, not that we get a lot of rain anyway, and one good wildfire could do a lot of damage. Maybe not as much as happened in California, but bad enough for here.

Once home, I had to do work through emails, work about the Pima County Libertarian Party. And then I relaxed a bit. I got no writing done, but I did work on ELDER’S DILEMA in my mind, trying to work out a specific scene.


November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 8:53 pm by gruundehn

Happy Birthday USMC. On this day in 1775 the USMC was formed. I am Air Fore, but my youngest brother is a retired Warrant Officer in the USMC and when I was Commander of my VFW Post, my Adjutant was a former USMC Long-Range Reconnocense in Viet Nam. Plus there are a lot of USMC members in that Post. Tucson has an Air Force Base but there are a lot of Marines here. I am not surprised,

Last Tuesday the Pima County Board of Supervisors held their first meeting for November and refused to make any acknowledgement of Veterans’ Day, even after I made an explicit comment about it. I am not surprised, veterans are not cronies of the County Government. Except for the rare one married to a famous politician. I think I will castigate them for that bigotry at the second meeting for November and see what happens.

Tomorrow would normally be one of the TTRPG campaigns, but the guy who would be running it is sick, so it got cancelled. I guess I will head downtown and watch the Veterans’ Day parade. I do not think my VFW Post will have an entry so I will stand on the side and salute the flags going by.

Someone just “liked” my post of August 29, 2017. I have not checked it out but I suspect a spambot Over two months after posting and someone just now read it? That beggars belief. There are a few people who read, but never comment on, my posts when newly posted, but I doubt anything I wrote months ago would garner interest in anyone today.

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.

May 9, 2017

May 8, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 1:39 am by gruundehn

Oh I felt like killing someone today. It took two hours for me to get downtown in part because the Suntran bus system just seemed to conspire against me. I took two busses and the first was late and stopped at so many stops that I missed my connection by just a few minutes and that second bus route ran every half hour. So, I was half an hour late for a court hearing on a subject I am interested in and missed almost everything. I did get to tell the attorney from the Goldwater Institute about a video that I found funny on YouTube and which I expected he would find funny, and he did. If you are interested, it was the THIS WEEK IN STUPID for May 7th, 2017. Getting back home was almost as bad but I did stop and do some grocery shopping. Now, I am doing much needed laundry. Nowhere in this did you see anything about writing. I got none done today and probably won’t get any done tomorrow. I might though, tomorrow will tell.

Tomorrow I will be telling off the Pima County Board of Supervisors, which is why I doubt I will get any writing done. The BOS is conducting hearings on next year’s budget and I have several things to say about it. I think that the BOS has stopped listening to me for the most part but I keep on anyway.

As far as my writing is going, even though I have put nothing down for a few days, nor posted a chapter last week, I am still getting my thoughts straight on HIGH TREASON and ELDER’S DILEMMA. If I can avoid distractions, I should get both down quite quickly. I think I will go with THE GOD’S TALE next as that really interests me, more than MAGIC IN THE MONASTERY. I also want to go through all the Elder stories and fill them out some. I will be busy for a while.

So, not very much got done except fume at the public transit system. Even if I was carrying my battleax, I probably would not have used it. But, boy did I want to. I am just too moral a person I guess, I won’t commit a murder just out of anger.

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.

April 5, 2017

April 4, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 4:01 am by gruundehn

I spent a lot of time getting frustrated today. Not this morning, I attended the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting and it became hilarious. The chair of the Board is a woman but she did not attend today so the vice-chair, a man, presided. One Board member kept making his requests to “Madame Chair” out of habit. So the Board began making a joke of it. After the meeting I told the Vice-Chair that he should attend the next meeting in drag. The meeting took a long time and when I started to go to the bus company to try to straighten out my problem, I couldn’t right away as my monthly pass was void and I had to get change for the bus. Once I had the change, I went to where the headquarters was, and I had been told wrong because it was just a department of the bus company that was there. By the time I got home it was pretty much the end of the day. I sent an email to the company with my problem and I doubt I will easily get anything worthwhile back. So, I am frustrated at the government bureaucracy that runs the bus system.

Tomorrow, April 5th, is the birthday of my eldest surviving brother. Two days later, April 7th, it is the birthday of my youngest brother. They were born a year and two days apart. Thinking about them reminds me of the old Phyllis Diller joke: “The twins are nineteen and twenty-two. That is a birth I will never forget.”

The exterminator was by yesterday because of the bee problem. I looked at my backyard today when I got home and discovered a lot of dead bees and none flying around the hole in the shed wall where the cable company ran their cable into my apartment. I am going to have to sweep the dead bees up and safely dispose of them tomorrow. Dead bees can still sting if you are not careful handling them. There is a bit of a history of allergies to bees in the family so I am going to be careful.

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