May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 9:44 pm by gruundehn

For those for which it applies: Happy Mothers’ Day. I am not a mother and mine died 25 years ago but I can still wish mothers everywhere to be happy.

I overslept today and missed church. My sleeping, even when I get a fairly decent night’s sleep, isn’t great. I am always tired and wanting to take a nap. My VA doctor prescribed iron pills for anemia but I don’t think they are working. At least, if they are, it is extremely slowly.

I have put a couple of hours into HIGH TREASON today. And once this is done, I will do a couple of more hours into it. At least I am not doing a lot of thinking about the UPSET series of short stories to the detriment of the Elder stories.

Gaming yesterday was interesting and it was, to a small degree, fun. I am reaching the point where the fun of being with the group will not overcome my dislike, even hatred, of the D&D system. I may go for another year, two at the most, before I either play another system or leave the group. I don’t even care for the characters I play enough to read the rules system unless I have to.

With my moving as I have had to do, my voter registration is messed up. I got a note yesterday concerning that. I will have to hunt down the city election department tomorrow and vote because Tucson has gone to the unsecure vote-by-mail system and I never got a ballot in time. Last city election I didn’t get my mail ballot until two days after the election. I spent a large part of election day hunting down where I could vote and then voting. Election day is Tuesday but I will be chewing out the Pima County Board of Supervisors and then attending the Libertarian Party meeting so I will have to vote early. I prefer voting early to voting by mail as there is more security in voting early but voting at a precinct is even better. If I send my ballot by mail, I will not find out until too late that my ballot was not received and thus my vote did not get counted.

April 30, 2017

Aprl 30, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 11:25 pm by gruundehn

It is already the end of April. Time flies.

Instead of last week, today was Low Sunday. In the Episcopal Church, there is so much that happens on both Christmas and Easter that the Sunday after those celebrations is a relaxing day for most of the staff. There is no choir and the Rector, the primary clergy of the parish, takes the Sunday off. Last week, as mentioned, the Bishop of Arizona came and thus no Low Sunday then, it was today. I finally did remember to take the three blankets I wanted to donate to the Pima Animal Control Center, the “dog pound” as it were, to church and donate them. Now that that is done, I can get onto my next project.

Last Friday I posted Thursday’s chapter of GENERATION UPON GENERATION and the same will happen this week as well. Thursday, unless I start real early and do not slack off, I cannot post a chapter because of the mid-week TTRPG campaign. I am going to have to get ready for that either Wednesday or Thursday. I would try and do it earlier in the week, but tomorrow I am shopping and Tuesday I will be attending the Pima County Board of Supervisors” meeting to chew them out for wasting taxpayer money. They are going to have the taxpayers pay for the furniture in a corporate office. A corporate office leased, if the deal holds up in court – unlikely given that the court has already ruled against them, from the County with special treatment that seems to violate the State Constitution. But cronies rule in Pima County, more so than probably anywhere else in America.

Maybe I will get some writing done on HIGH TREASON but probably not before Friday. I was expecting an inspection last Thursday, which is why I posted on Friday, and while waiting I was able to get a lot written because I had nothing else to do. I passed the inspection but the chapter I was to post is a long one, so I waited until Friday. Posting took all day because transcribing from the printed sheet to a blog post is BORING! I couldn’t do more than a little bit at any one time before taking a break. This week the chapter is another long one so it will be another all-day job with a whole lot of breaks.  I took from about 9AM to 11PM last week and it might be the same this week.

April 23, 2017

April 23, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , at 10:45 pm by gruundehn

I should have posted yesterday but after attending the “March for Science” (actually here in Tucson it was a rally not a march) I was just too tired. Myself and one other member of the local Libertarian Party set up at about 8 AM for the rally that was to start at 10 AM. Our location was originally in the sun but the organizers moved us to a shady place next to City Hall and between two other exhibits that were popular, one showing off and explaining reptiles and the other dealing with women in science specifically optics. The area was crowded and we were able to talk with many people but we also ran into many with closed minds. You know, the ones who believe that science means only what they want to believe and denigrate any who disagree. I know a lot more than they do about the climate change issue because I have not been afraid to honestly examine both sides of the issue. I will leave it at that. Trying to talk to people with all the background noise was hard and by the time the event was over, I was losing my voice. It was also hard to hear people talking to me but that may also have been due to all the years I was around jet engines. The event formally ran from 10 AM to 2 PM but people were milling around by 9:30 AM. I got to talk with a lot of people and I think I made my point, pure politics not science or pseudo-science, with many of them.

The bishop visited my church today. In the Episcopal church the diocesan bishop is to visit each parish in the diocese at least once a year. There are about 56 parishes in the Diocese of Arizona so he visits twice a year but one of them is during the week and one is on Sunday. Today was a Sunday visit. At each Sunday visit the Bishop talks with the children, using a ventriloquist’s dummy, named Dexter, but Bishop Smith is not a good ventriloquist as I can see his lips move. The kids pay no attention I think, they like Dexter. So do I, but I still notice Bishop Smith’s lips move.

There was no TTRPG game today, not yesterday. So I feel a little recovered from my growing hatred of D&D, but just a little. Once play resumes, I will find that my hatred will start growing again. I am buying a campaign setting, Harn from Columbia Games, and setting up to run a campaign using the GURPS system. I want to never play D&D, in any of its forms, ever again.

April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

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

It has been almost 3 months since Donald Trump was sworn in as President and the world is still here and functioning. the sore losers haven’t slowed down in their hate and violence yet, but there is still hope. If Gary Johnson had won, things would be much better now. Or, given that the Congress is such a pain, maybe not. I can dream however.

I spent all morning running around buying various small items that I need, mostly at the Army and Air Force Exchange – I am retired Air Force so I can shop there. Tomorrow I have to do grocery shopping, and get the next chapter of GENERATION UPON GENERATION posted on my other blog site: christophercolesite.wordpress.com. And Friday I have a morning meeting with the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. Last night I bullied the chair of the Pima County Libertarian Party a bit and he got the letter to reappoint me to the EIC done. Once the Board of Supervisors acts on it, I am good for another two years.

It looks like I can finally start saving for the Libertarian party convention in New Orleans next summer. And I should even be able to save while sill getting TTRPG material for the campaign I want to run. I have decided to not do a SHADOWRUN campaign even though I love the system but instead I am going to use the Harn setting and the GURPS rules.

I joined another veterans group, this one based upon a squadron I was assigned to back in 1971 for several months. It seems just a place to swap war stories but I am getting to the age where nostalgia has attractions.

I am leaving in about an hour or so in order to play a TTRPG with friends. I am increasingly dissatisfied with the game system, it is a version of D&D, and the campaign setting is not to my liking but I am with friends and that is enough for now. I make no secret of my increasing dislike for D&D in any version.

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 14, 2017

April 14, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 10:24 pm by gruundehn

Procrastination is no fun unless you have a lot to do. I do not remember who originated the idea but that is what I did today. Not exactly intentional but it happened. After checking email this morning and reading a bit of news from various sites, I got started on YouTube, for just one or two you know, and four hours later I realized how much time had passed.

I get up in the night to go to the bathroom and I also check my weight once a week on Friday mornings. Because of problems in the past, I now check when I am up ion the middle of the night so that I have something reasonable to put in my spreadsheet if I forget to weight myself when I get up. I did so this morning about 1AM and I remembered to weight myself at 7AM as normal on Fridays. Between the two times, while asleep and not eating or drinking anything, I gained about 5 pounds (2.25Kg). I would have thought that I would have lost a pound or two but I gained instead.

Once I have a couple more small items, I plan to start painting some of my miniatures for TTRPG. Once I am back into form I should be able to turn out 3 or 4 an hour perhaps more. I mention this because I am still playing TTRPG with friends but if they still prefer D&D in any of its forms for future campaigns, I will be spending more time painting and much less playing. After 40+ years, I hate D&D. Right now there are 3 campaigns going and all are one form of D&D or another. It is only my enjoyment of being with friends that keeps me playing right now and that enjoyment is fading fast.

HIGH TRREASON is coming along well, getting rid of the old version didn’t set me back as much as I thought it would. Having the old Emperor die before the start tightens the tension between the present Emperor and the heirs waiting for their chance. I think I can use that tension to good use to make ELDER’S DILEMMA better.

March 26, 2017

March 26, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 11:45 pm by gruundehn

Posting on a Sunday because there is no TTRPG today. The person who would be running it is attending a memorial service for his grandmother who died just a few days ago. I never met her so I cannot say anything else about her.

I cracked about feeling like Lilly Von Stupp in BLAZING SADDLES quite a few times this morning – you know, the line she says at the end of her song, “Everything below the waist is kaput.” I do feel that way a bit as everything, the joints at least, below the waist hurts. Sitting down or standing up hurts, walking hurts, even standing hurts after a short while. What doesn’t hurt is sitting, once I am down, or laying, again once I am down.

Just a few more things to buy to be comfortable in my apartment, I don’t need a lot. I have to start saving for travelling to the Libertarian Party National Convention next year. It will be held in New Orleans which should be easy to get to and the convention should be interesting.

I am ready to do another YouTube video, I have what I am going to say down and I just need to record and post it. So many things I need to do and I get so few of them done on time. I just procrastinate too much.

March 25, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 2:59 am by gruundehn

Skipped a couple of days, didn’t mean to but it happened. I may never get steady on posting daily but I do try.

Played TTRPG yesterday, Star Wars in the D&D system. As I have mentioned before, I am growing to hate D&D regardless of version. I have been playing D&D, in one form or another, since 1977 and I am tired of it. I do not like Star Wars as an RPG because I watched the first 6 films and I believe that the story is finished. For that reason I have not watched any movie after RETURN OF THE JEDI and won’t. However, I enjoy the people I game with and so far that outweighs the annoyance of D&D and Star Wars, but not for much longer.

Saw the doctor Thursday about my feet. I mentioned that my left foot gets sore and she prescribed a brace. I wore it home and at home but took it off after a while because it made things worse.

I splurged for breakfast yesterday. I treated myself to a breakfast at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) but could not finish it. Years ago I was told by a dietician friend of mine that if I splurge one or twice a month then the chance that I break my diet is lessened. Sounds good to me, it does make sense. But the breakfast I got was just too sweet. I had wanted a good breakfast with pancakes but the breakfast I wanted came with cinnamon French toast and that was just too much. My blood sugar was low when I got up and so I wanted something a bit more sugary than normal but this was just too much. They did do the eggs well though. Next month I am going to either go elsewhere or eat something else given how much I left on the plate of the French toast.

 

March 19, 2017

March 19, 2017

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

So it has been a few days since I posted last. Sorry, I’ve been sick with the crud. I could say more but I don’t want anyone reading this upchucking from the description of what I have been upchucking and expelling out the other end.

Summer is coming. Here in Arizona we have five seasons: 1) Winter 2) Spring 3) Fire 4) Rain 5) Autumn. Of those, Autumn is my favorite. Winter follows Autumn and I can wear more to combat the cold than I can take off to combat the heat. But Spring is a nice season also, in spite of what is coming.

I have had bees in my apartment, not a hive but just a couple of individual bees. They are dead now, and I never got stung. Which is good because I heard, and saw, them at night as I was trying to get to sleep.

I am still unpacking stuff even though I have been here a month or more. I am sorting out TTRPG miniatures now and getting them ready to paint. A nice thing about this apartment is that I have a backyard and do not have to bother people when I paint miniatures. I do have to get some outdoor furniture though, but that shouldn’t be a problem, just a table and a chair or two.

One nice thing about this complex, which I have mentioned before, is that packages can be left with the front office; but the bad thing relating to that, which I have mentioned before, is that I rarely get notified about packages nor do most of the delivery services try the apartment first before leaving a package at the office. I mention this because a delivery service actually did just that today, knocked at my door and delivered a package here. Since the office is closed on Sunday, they had to or else come back tomorrow. Tomorrow I have to go pick up a package at the office that I discovered was there only by accident and too late to get yesterday.

I have to start posting GENERATION UPON GENERATION this Thursday. I have missed two weeks and shouldn’t miss a third. I do wish people would read and comment on my novels, I want the feedback in order to improve my writing.

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.

 

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