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.

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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.

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.

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