April 19, 2017
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
No game tomorrow. As much as I do not like D&D or horror, I do miss the chance to game with my friends. So, after church, I will have to fill my time with something, probably watching Season 1 of The Flash or maybe Arrow. I like both shows. I have always liked the FLASH comic books because DC did more with that “one-trick pony” than should be possible. I also liked the Green Arrow because, like Batman, he always had the right tool at his fingertips, and never ran out. Superman was never a character I liked, he was just too much. DC had to stretch in order to give him vulnerabilities and there was no fun in that for me.
I spent most of today just putting stuff away. I still have a lot to store away but less than before today. I am worried about so items that I seem to have lost when I moved out of my old apartment. I still have bags to search so I hope that I come across them. I did not plan ahead and I am now paying the price.
I can start posting chapters of GENERATION UPON GENERATION this coming Thursday. I have 14 chapters so that means in three and a half months I have to have HIGH TREASON ready to post. I do wish that someone would start reading and commenting on what I write. The commenting part being important since I want feedback so I can improve.
March 7, 2017
OK, I found out what the package was yesterday and it is the new printer that was supposed to be delivered this next Friday, not yesterday. I also got an email stating that the two other items scheduled for this next Friday are coming tomorrow. I understand why shippers give such off time estimates, to protect themselves if something goes wrong, but it does cause problems at times.
So, since this afternoon is going to be taken up with TTRPG, I am posting early today.
I finished my second run-through editing GENERATION UPON GENERATION, so if I do get the printer today and set it up tomorrow, I can start posting chapters of that properly on Thursday without skipping a week. HIGH TREASON should get finished on schedule, a revised schedule since the original schedule had it finished and into editing now.
I am still unpacking after my move into this apartment. Yes, I know I am slow. I find that I use very little of what I own on a regular basis and so I unpack when I am looking for something. I am finding some items that got broken during the move out of my old apartment or from the storage units. Things such as the printer I had, a nice piece of stained glass and a plaque from a congregation I used to be a part of.
As I mentioned yesterday, the TTRPG today is using the D&D system and I am tired of that system. But I seem to be the only person in my gaming group that is not in love with it. I don’t want to leave the group because I enjoy gaming with them but it is becoming less enjoyable with each new campaign. However, there is no central clearing house that I know of where I can find a group that plays something else; I am stuck for now.
I hope to get my bicycle fixed next week. The chain came off a long time ago and I bought a new chain but never got it installed. A friend of mine lent me the tool I need to install it, so I need to find the chain and get it installed. I also need to find a pump, preferable one that is foot-powered, because the tires are going flat. That shows how long it has been since the chain disappeared. For the moment, the bicycle is in my backyard waiting to get worked on. Some of the backyards in the complex have a gate but mine doesn’t. So, to use my bicycle, I will have to walk it through the apartment and then ride it. Once I have it working, I intend to ride it a lot as a way to get ride of some of the excess weight I have.
February 20, 2017
I forgot that today was a holiday and tried to go to the bank and order new checks. The bank was closed obviously.
Yesterday I met with my friends and played TTRPG, a Star Wars campaign. This took place at the apartment where I had been crashing while homeless and I needed to pick up something I had forgotten when I moved out – my insulin bottles. I should have picked them up yesterday when I left, but even though I remembered that I needed to do that when I got there and so did the friends who live there, we had all forgotten about it when I left. Luckily, I don’t need a new bottle yet so I can wait a bit more. It is annoying none the less.
I am fed up with trying to fix my internet connection on my own and am going to contact one of the computer repair services and have them come out and get my network up and running. It will cost some but it will be worth it. Especially since I need to finish posting my Elder Saga novels.
My apartment complex is nice and the people I have met so far are nice also. Getting used to the new place is taking some time but if my personal history is any indication, I am going to be here for decades.