January 13, 2018

January 12, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 12:15 am by gruundehn

Sat and listened, and watched, as my friends played TTRPG last evening. The reason I sat the session out was that my character was in one place, where I had expected combat (my character is a warrior type in a Star Wars campaign setting) and the session revolved around a space battle for the most part. The number of spaceships involved was large enough that it took all evening to do the fight scene. I did nothing but sit on the sidelines. Tomorrow is a different TTRPG campaign and my character in that campaign is more involved.

I posted a short story on my other blog yesterday, christophercolesite.wordpress.com but received no notices of anyone commenting yet. I rarely get comments here but I want especially to get comments about my writing and so far, after two years – nothing.

Spent a lot of time hunting for short stories I have written in order to post them, but I must have deleted most of them as I found too few based on what I remember writing. Most of the time I wrote longer stories but I have written short stories in the past and will possibly write some in the near future. I am particularly wanting to write a series of superhero stories. Plus, I need to finish ELDER’S DILEMA and start in on some of the other books I have started and not finished yet.

I got moved up to the Chair office of the Pima County Libertarian Party and it looks like I am going to have to reorganize my life quite a bit. I am going to have to attend a lot of conferences and other similar meetings in order to represent the Party and build alliances with other organizations to fight for Libertarian principles. I sold my car almost 25 years ago because I was never using it. Now, I need a car more than ever. I accepted the responsibility and I have to follow through.

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December 30, 2017

December 29, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:28 am by gruundehn

Busy day today. It was my payday, my military inactive duty pay, and so I tried to get a lot done. I did get some shopping done, mostly on-line, but most of the day was taken up with getting some paperwork done. The Chair of the Pima County Libertarian Party resigned for health reasons, so I moved up to the position. Which meant I had paperwork to fill out for the City of Tucson and Pima County. It was the same form, but two different levels of government, so duplicated paperwork.

I am collecting paperback book versions of a web comic I enjoy. So far I have ordered the first eight volumes. I ordered 7 & 8 today. I haven’t gotten Volume 1 yet due to a mix-up at the company I bought it from and Volume 5 is delayed. So, I have 2, 3, 4, &6 now with 1, 5, 7, &8 missing. It is very hard to enjoy a series with missing volumes messing with the continuity. I can go online and read the comic, but I am buying the books so I can read them away from my computer.

I am also collecting all the material I can on a specific TTRPG setting. It is a great setting, well thought out and consistent. I intend to run a campaign in the setting, not a large campaign but maybe six months to a years real time. And even though the campaign I intend to run will take place in one specific area, I am collecting the entire setting. Maybe someday I will run another campaign or let one other member of the group borrow my material so he can run a campaign himself. I kind of hope for that as I want to run a character in the setting, my character not just “one of the people of the world” or Non-Player Characters (NPCs). The group I am with is running three campaigns now, on two days a week (alternating between two of them on the weekday we play and the third campaign on the weekend we play). I am losing interest in them, so I hope the next campaign holds my interest for longer.

August 23, 2017

August 23, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 10:26 pm by gruundehn

It is hard to post on a daily basis when there is so little in my life that changes. What I post today could be copied from yesterday or the day before, etc. My life is dull and I like it that way. I spent 20 years on active duty in the USAF and that was enough excitement for me. I visited foreign lands, got shot at and had other adventures. I want a quiet, dull life now.

It is getting towards the end of the Summer rainy season and Tucson is still ahead of the 30-year average as far as rainfall goes. That is nice. There is a chance that we will get some more rain tonight and that would be fine.

My printer is out of back ink and it will be a week and a half before I can get new ink. So, while I am editing HIGH TREASON, I cannot print out a new, edited, copy so I can post it on my other blog. I’ll have to post a note there explaining why I haven’t posted in a long time.

Tonighgt I meet with friends and play TTRPG. This campaign is a D&D version of STAR WARS set after the movies. I have been playing D&D in various forms for 40 years, roughly. I am sick and tired of it. I play only because I enjoy my friends. I will be glad when this campaign is over and we do something, anything, else.

August 19, 2017

August 18, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:17 am by gruundehn

The Pima County Election Integrity Commission met today and got some work done. Meeting once a month is good in that we have a full agenda, meeting more often wouldn’t get more work done. But it is also bad in that it is easy to forget things that were discussed. The Elections Department provides a coordinator but the person who was selected to replace the last coordinator, who retired, has trouble hearing so we get no written minutes just a video recording. That is legal but since the coordinator has hearing problems, he cannot index the video, which means to review the video, one must sit through the entire video as there is no other way to view it. The coordinator cannot edit it to insert bookmarks because of his hearing problem. As a temporary measure, volunteers are taking notes to help the commission members remember what happened. These are not minutes, but a summary. I was Adjutant for my VFW Post for several years and a summary is what minutes are. However, I am not going to push the applecart over since that might get me “volunteered” to take the minutes and I have had my fill of that.

Just a brief note about the weather. Tucson is almost 50% above the 30-year average for annual rainfall and when you live in the desert, that is a lot and very welcome. I looked at the paper this morning. A rare occurrence for me.

The RPG campaign that would normally be played tomorrow had to be moved to Sunday to accommodate one person, but two others (a married couple) had to skip Sunday. SO, no game this weekend. At least it will be for just one week.

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.

June 11, 2017

June 11, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 9:13 pm by gruundehn

Summer is here and I hesitate to go out into my backyard because of the bees. I had a hive but the apartment management took care of that problem. Now, there are still bees in the backyard but the exterminator says that those are drone bees, without stingers. I still hesitate to go into the backyard. I was out there a couple of evening ago, reading after sunset when the bees were gone but during the day, I hesitate.

I think I finally have my next video worked out. I haven’t posted on my YouTube channel in a long time. But I have a video worked out and I haven’t gotten sidetracked by other issues. I plan to record and post it today. And, one of the videos I had been working on before getting caught up in this one, I can do tomorrow and maybe one Tuesday as well.

Tomorrow I play TTRPG with friends, a Star Wars campaign. I liked the movies, even the prequels, the original six. I am not so sure that I would like the continuation movies. I have not gone to see any, and unless I decide that there is merit in continuing past the story of Darth Vader’s fall and redemption, I won’t go see them.

I am buying and studying the Harn campaign setting and system. I like Harn. The campaign system is a bit complex, in that the number of defining attributes for the characters seems high. The setting is great though. However, one of the players in my gaming group has stated that he is tired of high fantasy – saving the world. So, if I do run something in Harn, it will be low fantast. Low fantasy being, not saving the word, but advancing you life and maybe saving the local area. But, instead of grand plots and schemes, it is local and petty plots and schemes.

June 3, 2017

June 2, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 3:39 am by gruundehn

Spent most of today shopping. I have one of those laundry carts that I use to carry groceries in, especially if I intend to get a lot of groceries, and it broke. It actually broke when I fell on it during a bout of hypoglycemia a few months ago, but today it got so much worse that I am going to finally replace it before shopping again. I did do some shopping without it this afternoon but the grocery bags the store provided were weak and broke under the weight of my canned goods. Thankfully, a young woman (young to me, she mentioned being 35 and I am 67) stopped and helped carry the bags to my apartment. Without her help I would have had to drop a couple of bags of groceries off (and hope that they did not get stolen) while taking one bag home and getting a cloth bag I have and doing a second trip.

I haven’t gotten any writing done today because shopping took so long. And relaxing after getting home took longer than I expected. Trying to get my arm to stop hurting is not something done in a minute. Back about four years ago I tripped and broke my arm, I now have a rod helping hold the broken section together and that rod was put in through my shoulder. My shoulder has never healed right. Neither has the right arm. So, since I use my cane with my left hand, anything I carry is carried by the arm that isn’t quite healed from four years ago. A heavy weight, groceries for example, makes it hurt. And I have to use the cane to keep from tripping and falling again. Being old and having joint and bone and muscle problems is a pain (pun intended).

Tomorrow I play TTRPG with my friends. As much as I am growing to hate D&D, I enjoy being with my friends. I am gathering material for a campaign I want to run, using another TTRPG system. I like the campaign setting and I do not mind the play rules very much. I had wanted to just use the setting with a set of rules I like but I don’t think that is going to work. So, I am gathering all the material I need, setting and system both.

My feet are long and narrow and I think that they are getting longer as I age. I used to be American size 13 and now the shoes I am wearing are size 15, and I think that my feet are getting too big for them already since I feel like my toes are rubbing against the end of the shoes. If it isn’t one thing, it is another as far as my body goes.

It is almost bedtime for me. I used to go to bed after the late news but now I go after the earlier late news. Confused? I used to watch the entire 10 PM newscast and perhaps a bit of one of the talk shows, but now I watch part of the 9 PM newscast and go to bed after the weather report. I get my news from so many sources anymore that watching the newscast isn’t that big a deal. So, I watch to see what the weather is going to be like when I get up. I don’t pay attention to the forecast for more than the next day as the weather service cannot be accurate for more than 3 days anyway and usually less. So, I see what the weather is going to be like when I get up. For the rest of the day I use the weather applications on my computer.

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.

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