Looking forward to a day off

I have the day off from work today, though I normally work every weekend. Once a month I take a Saturday for my board game meet up which I host in Rochester, New Hampshire, at Jetpack Comics’ big game room. I’ll be there from 2 pm until they close at 10:30, or whenever I decide to leave if the other people have left.

I look forward to spending some time with my games, which I don’t normally feel like playing by myself. I have a few games that can be played solo, but it just isn’t the same experience.

In other news, I just learned that a new employee at my store, a transfer from another location, is related to one of my liberty friends. Next Thursday I’ll be at another Seacoast liberty meet up and ought to see him.

I’m also intending to see if anyone wants to run for state office there. I’ll be preparing, over the next week, a document listing off all the state reps in Strafford County, and their liberty scores. Anyone with an NHLA score below B could be facing a challenger from the pro-liberty crowd! I’ll also print out the details about filing requirements, and the ward maps for the 3 cities in the county (Rochester, Dover, and Somersworth).

Well, gotta get started on it. I’ll do that for a bit and then go back to bed for awhile. I didn’t sleep very well, I’m afraid.

 

Hodge-podge

Just a little more about my life and things I’ve been thinking about the last couple of days.

First of all, I don’t really like my job, although it gets me out of sitting alone in my apartment, which is good. Mostly I don’t like having to be on my feet for 8 hours a day. The work itself isn’t bad, except when the bathrooms are messy. And Wal-Mart associates are mostly very nice people. Some of them will even discuss history and politics with me, but I need to do more about economic ideas.

I haven’t had time to do much of anything, the last couple of days. But I did start a couple of things.

I’ve borrowed the book The Silmarillion, by JRR Tolkien (published posthumously with editing by his son Christopher), which contains several stories that are the back history of the elves, mostly, from his more famous works, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Its quite fascinating, especially his ideas about multiple Gods creating things. And also, as a genealogy lover, I like learning about the ancestors of the elf Elrond.

Second thing I’ve just started: a friend recently fixed up my laptop for me, which now works normally except for not having internet. Being a tech guy, he gave me a text editor program for computer programmers, also an interpreter and help guide for the computer language Python, a more advanced language related to C and C++. By more advanced, I mean that things you would have to write as programs in C++ are built into the Python language, some advanced data structures, for instance. I studied C++ in college so this should be quite interesting. I don’t know if I’ll get a career doing Python programming but I’ve started trying to learn the language.

I’ve also volunteered to help a pro-liberty PAC here in New Hampshire, called the Get Involved PAC. They basically recruit candidates to run for state office here, especially to fill seats where the incumbent had a score from the NH Liberty Alliance that was less than a B. I actually did that about a week ago but I don’t think I wrote anything about it at the time. The leaders are Free Staters and also part of NHLA, and one of them is also my landlord, the owner of the building where I live.

I’m about to embark on another chapter of my map creation, tackling the more complex state house maps.

Speaking of chapters, I may post some short stories on this site in the near future. I’ve been working on my own fictional world for quite some time but don’t have anything quite ready to publish yet.

I tried stargazing again yesterday morning and could only see the brightest stars. About all I could make out were the two Dippers and Leo.

Today, the sky is much clearer though there are some clouds.

There was a solar eclipse a few days ago, visible only in a small area in Asia or the Pacific Ocean. A solar eclipse is always followed, so I’ve heard, two weeks later by a lunar eclipse. They are seen over a much larger area of the earth. So, in about ten days, at our next full moon, be watching the skies. This one is a partial eclipse, though.

I’m going back out to look at stars, after I consult my sky map again. More later!


 

 

 

March 12 Election Update

I meant to post about this yesterday, but I had wireless data turned off for half the day and couldn’t figure out why I had no internet. Later on, after work, I was too tired to feel like writing anything.

Anyway, here are the results from Saturday’s voting. There weren’t a lot of delegates at stake, but it could be symvolically bad for trump anyway, the first times multiple places have voted in one day that he didn’t win anything. He only got one delegate, in Wyoming, as did Rubio there. Cruz got the rest of the Wyoming delegates assigned on Saturday, which was about 12, I believe. Rubio got more than half in DC, with Kasich right behind him in the nation’s capital. No surprise there, except the part about Trump and Cruz actually getting some votes, not enough to get delegates. Cruz also got the only one assigned in Guam, the rest being unbound. In all, less than 25 delegates awarded.

On the Democrat side, Clinton got most of the delegates in the Northern Mariana Islands, but Sanders also got some.

That’s it!

In other election news, there’s been some violence in clashes between Trump supporters and protesters at several Trump rallies. According to most of the media, Trump is 100% responsible for this. Never mind that conflict between people of different groups had been going on for, well, forever. Never mind that the Democrats have been catering to certain minorities and telling them all their problems were because of white racism for years. Never mind that certain progressive billionaires have been funding the anti-white protests for over a year. As long as the president says he’s not been divisive, it must be true. Don’t I know what a nice guy Obama is?

Literally, Trump has about twice said something that seemed to encourage violence against protestors who tried to interrupt his speeches. This is about him wanting free speech and those on the left, again, not caring about the rights of others. Don’t I know that if leftists simply assert someone is bigoted, hateful, homophobic, racist, misogynist, that’s all the argument they would say I need. No free speech for haters. And of course, they get to decide who is a hater. This is all about power for the Democrat Party, no conflict of interest there.

Anyway, I’ve found a few news websites that give more fair treatment of Trump, such as InfowarsBreitbart, the conservative Daily Caller, and some of the stories from those have been reposted on the libertarian website Lew Rockwell. There are probably more I haven’t checked yet. I’m particularly interested in what Ron Paul and Ben Swann have to say about this.

I’ve seen two great articles on Lew Rockwell making fun of those who compare Trump to Hitler. One was a repost from Daily Caller, by Ann Coulter. She said it very matter-of-factly as if she agreed, but quickly I could see that many of the things that would make them similar actually don’t apply to trump, in some cases the people accusing him have more in common with Hitler. It was great.

Well, more in a bit.

 

An unusual winter

It was another rainy day yesterday in New England. It started out really light sprinkles, in the morning as I was driving to work, and the beginning of my shift. I work mostly inside, but I do have to go outside 2 or 3 times each day, and I was lucky enough to get that done before the rain got really heavy. It never really got to downpour level, at least that I saw. But I got to thinking, Is this just the effects of the El Nino in the Pacific Ocean? I don’t know, but I think we’ve had more rain than snow this winter. It started very late, with the first snow on December 29th (but there was a light dusting of sleet about a week before Christmas). I wonder how the winter is going to end. A friend works at a school, and I believe they’ve only used one snow day so far. Very unusual, and now I’m not sure this is entirely natural. I’ll just leave it at that.

I don’t complain about it not getting really cold, it’s been great, but I do worry about the snow melting early and having a relatively dry spring instead.

 

An interesting day at work

It’s been an interesting day. I work at a Wal-Mart in the seacoast region of New Hampshire. Shortly after my post from September, I arranged to change shifts. I now work in the middle of the day and evening shift, instead of the overnights. I still do maintenance work but the focus of it has changed considerably. I clean the store’s four bathrooms multiple times per day, gather trash, sweep up debris, help with cleaning up spills, and other projects.

Today I postponed a project I was going to do, in order to help bring in shopping carts. I spent about an hour on that, and found I quite enjoyed it. This is funny and interesting, because cart-pusher was my first job, when I was in high school. And here I was again, more than 20 years later, doing the same thing.

Stay tuned for more about what an ordinary day is like for me.