January 9, 2018

January 8, 2018

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 2:04 am by gruundehn

I have to report for jury duty tomorrow. Normally, that would not bother me. The one time I was actually on a jury, I liked it. However, I have a doctor’s appointment Wednesday the 10th and if I cannot make that appointment, it will be months before I get another one. The perils of a government health-care system. So, in order to make it to the jury selection office on time, I will have to get up two hours before I need to be there. I have to be there at 7:30 AM and I normally get up between 6 and 7 AM – the benefits of being retired – and it will take close to an hour to get to the courthouse. I will probably be able to get excused, as I said it will take months to get my appointment rescheduled, so I should be home by noon.

I got a lot of re-writing done on ELDER’S DILEMA and after another day of this, I will be ready to add new material. I should have it done in a couple of weeks, after doing the chapters and another edit. I won’t be putting it on my other blog since I have taken the previous books down. I mentioned that in an earlier post here, and someone asked to read my writing. Now I have nothing to show. So, I think I will start posting short stories on christophercolesite.wordpress.com and see how that plays out. I don’t normally think in short stories, so this will be hard work for me. If I can do one or two a month, that would be great.

I just got reminded one of the reasons I do not like Windows 10. The email program notifies me every time an email shows up. Often this notice blocks what I am doing, just a minute ago the notice blocked the portion of this blog post where I was writing. I had to wait for the notice to go away and there are times the notice will not go away for minutes. The longest period a notice was on my screen was just under three minutes, but the normal time I get a notice blocking me is about half a minute. And that can be annoying when I am writing or I am trying to go to another web page. There used to be a “feedback” button but that went away about the time of the upgrade that started flashing the email message. I wonder why?

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July 16, 2017

July16, 2017

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 9:59 pm by gruundehn

It is a warm and humid day here in Tucson. Not as hot as it has been but the humidity makes it worse. I have lived here in Tucson since 1988 and I do not like the humid weather. If I ever moved somewhere else, not likely, it would be probably a lot more humid than Tucson is as a general rule and I would hate that. I don’t mind the heat but I do mind the humidity. It has been raining for several of the recent nights and that helps. Normally, when it rains here during the rainy season, the rain comes from the South but these last rainstorms have come from the North or the North-East. The small patio in my backyard is on the north side of the building, so I cannot sit and watch the rain storm without getting soaked. I am getting old, I no longer like getting soaked.

Church this morning was all right, the sermon made me think a bit. The Rector of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is hard to get out of the pulpit, he gives the sermon every Sunday he can. It is a rare event that he is present and doesn’t give the sermon. The Associate Rector conducts the service and occasionally gives a sermon. A deacon might give a sermon once in a while, or maybe a lay person with a special message. However, out of the 52 Sundays, the Rector will give a sermon on at least 40 of them. The problem with his sermons is that I usually cannot sleep through them. OK, bad joke.

As I am often online reading news or, as right now, posting a thought online either here or on a comment thread, Windows often sends me an unwelcome notice that I have an email. Why is it unwelcome? Well, the notice shows up on the right side of my screen – right where I would be placing the cursor to move the screen or select from my Favorites list. I have to wait for the notice to go away or I have to click on the little X to close the notice and if several emails arrive in a row, I am stuck until that queue goes away. And I cannot often ignore the notices and use my cursor as where I need to put the cursor for a selection is right in the notice – opening an email that I don’t want to deal with at that moment. I cannot find a way to shut off that email notice application. I haven’t selected it, it came installed with the update.

July 11, 2016

8th Sunday after Pentecost, 2016

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , at 2:56 am by gruundehn

Technology is wonderful, until it isn’t. I enjoy working with my computers, playing games, surfing the internet and so forth. My list of favorite sites was pretty long. Yes, I said “was” since the latest update to Windows 10 ruined my favorites list. I have two computers, both with Windows 10. One I recently bought and it came with Windows 10 and the other is older and originally came with Windows 8, which got upgraded to 8.1 and then 10. Both just downloaded and installed an upgrade to Windows 10 and my favorites list is missing a lot of entries and the entries remaining are scrambled. This happened yesterday and I have been working to organize the entries back to alphabetical order but files are mixed with folders and very little is in proper order. Plus, a huge number of entries are missing. I sent a feedback to Microsoft but I doubt that they will reply to me since the webpage specifically stated that I should not expect a reply. The computer I am using here is the old one and has Microsoft Explorer as well as Microsoft Edge and the favorites file in Explorer is not as badly damaged as the one in Edge, which helps a bit.

I am still not sleeping properly. I had one night where I got about eight hours but normally it is anywhere from three to five hours. Last night I went to bed about 9:30 PM, got to sleep about 10 PM and woke up about 2:30 AM. I got back to sleep about 5 AM and slept until 10 AM. My blood sugar measurements have been dancing around like crazy and my weight bounces around as well, just not as bad. With my sleeping problems I wonder if there is something seriously wrong. I had been thinking that maybe I am having thyroid problems as low thyroid seems to fit the symptoms but medical information on the internet, even WebMD, is not diagnostic, just suggestive. I see my doctor later this month and I hope that he, or she – it is a new doctor and I don’t know who it is, can figure out what is wrong.

I have a problem with the news media nowadays. No, I am not going to talk bias but coverage. With the ability to gather information from around the world almost instantly local news and events lose out. Thirty years ago events in Europe would not be covered here in Tucson unless those events were extremely notable such as Brexit. Most of the news coverage would be local news and events as those events would normally have a more direct impact on the lives of Tucsonans. Now, the one newspaper that gave more coverage to local news is no more and the TV stations put national and international news into the local broadcast depriving me of local news. Now, I realize that the news media need advertising money in order to survive but they do over cover the sensational. At least, that is my opinion. Which may be why the traditional news media are losing ground to the youngsters on the internet. Plus, I remember reading something a year or two ago that most young people were getting their news from THE DAILY SHOW and similar comedy shows. I want my local news and I want an informed electorate; unfortunately, that seems too much to ask for.

I am still posting ENTRANCE EXAMINATION on my other blog, christophercolesite.wordpress.com but I am almost finished with that novel. I would like some feedback on my writing style and ability but no one has commented so far. I get the occasional notice that someone likes a chapter and I think there are a few people following the story but no one has commented yet. People have stopped commenting on this blog as well  For all I am getting out of this effort, I might as well just shut down and destroy all the posts. I am not planning on doing that, at least not yet.

I still haven’t installed my new printer so if you wish to do so, please visit gsptucson.org and find the latest prayer list, part of the weekly bulletin.