Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, Phin and I are up early and I have no idea what is playing on the TV in the background, some kind of Billy Crystal movie and I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day.

We have no big plans for the day, we were going to do some smoking, but it is an electric smoker, I don't have the canopy set up and it's calling for rain all weekend those plans are put on hold this weekend.

Michelle had all of her rings cleaned a couple of weeks ago and there was a problem with one of them, since I always buy the lifetime insurance on our jewelry, the band has been replaced and it is in and ready for pickup today.

Michelle and I went to dinner last night at Apple Annies in Mount Morris, one of our favorite restaurants and learned last night that it was sold a couple of years ago and the new owners have opened up one other location in Grafton and are opening up one in Morgantown teamed with the Boston Beanery up on the Grafton Road here very soon. Same great quality and nothing to fear, still as awesome as ever.

The NFL Draft is this weekend and two local players have been selected thus far. Karl Joseph went to the Oakland Raiders at #14, making WVU the only team to have a top 15 pick in the NFL draft in 4 of out the last 5 years. Daryl Worley was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the third round. The final four rounds of the draft will take place today starting at noon if anyone is interested in watching it on TV.

Have yourselves a great day and make the very most of it.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week that we all look foreword to, when we can take time to cease the labors for the week and take a little bit of needed time out to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is once again the dawn of another weekend, and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

Well something tells me that Morgantown is going to be semi-quiet this weekend. Today is the last day of classes at West Virginia University and this upcoming week is finals week, meaning all the students are getting ready to head on home by this time next week at the very latest. Woo Hoo much less traffic around my city!!!!

Not too much planned this weekend, I kind of want to break in the new smoker this weekend weather permitting. We still haven't decided what we want to cook, but we are planning on doing some smoking for a trial run.

Not sure if I am working for RTI today unless there are some cases moved around when I go to other locations. My sections have been pretty much been worked out and for the most part has run its course.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take some time out and look through all of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off the internet. Little lost moments of time that I like to relive and share with everyone. Sometimes this is a pretty east task and sometimes it's not so easy. One thing that it always is however is a whole lot of fun.

This weeks picture goes clear back to 1977, this is my seventh grade class picture that I had taken at Suncrest Junior High School. Yes it is true and this once again confirms that I did in deed have hair at one time in my lifer and that I was not always folically impaired (bald). So there was in fact a time  that hair did reside on my

Times were much simpler when this picture was taken, Van Voorhis Road was a two lane road and the football stadium was still down town. The city was still constructing the Westover bridge and the old bridge was still in place. Burger Chef was still here in Morgantown and going strong and you could go to Chico Dairy and do a Chico Challenge. There were no WalMarts but we did have Hill's Department Store where everyone seemed to shop. The PRT had just opened it's initial portion from the Engineering Building to Walnut Street and the addition had not been built yet.

Simpler days to say the least.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Brain Fart Wednesday

Two days down, a couple ahead of us, now all I have to do is get up and over this noon time hump and it'll be all downhill working towards another weekend.

I've called this a brain fart blog even before I started to think of any content. I kind of liked the picture of the Dolphin and thought it to be very usable so I did. For some odd reason Wednesdays are the toughest days of the week to come up with new content or something to say that people may or may not have an interest in.

Michelle did catch a little of the stomach bug that is going around yesterday, she ended up coming home and getting some much needed rest. Hopefully she feels much better this morning and that was just a temporary thing as a few of her co-workers had also caught it.

I have been looking at some recipes and we are thinking about doing a little bit of trial smoking this weekend with the new smoker. We haven't decided what we are going to smoke yet, but we still have a few days to determine what we are going to be feasting on this weekend.

Have yourselves a great day today

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well that most hated day of the week is once again behind us and we are staring straight down the barrel of a Tuesday, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* There have been 19,140 days since my birth, using the 911 day calendar that makes me about 21 years old.

* There have been 4,363 days that have gone by since I Graduated from West Virginia University. That is about 12 years in normal years and about half a year on my 911 day calendar.

* It was 2,964 days ago that Michelle and I went out on our very first date, pizza and a horrible movie.

* It was 2,188 days ago that we finalized our engagement, I got down on one knee and proposed marriage in the wee hours of the morning.

* There have been 1,725 days that have gone by since we had our wedding with our closest friends and family there to help us celebrate with a feast.

* I have around 5,697 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred here or there obviously.

* WVU and Pitt will once again play in football in 2,335 as the Backyard Brawl is once again revived. I can't wait to kick some Panther butt.

* Phil's Day happens in 282 more days, you may know it better as Ground Hogs Day.

* My Goodbye 2016 blog will post in 249 more days, this is when I relive my previous year based on what has been written here.

* There are 243 more shopping days left to go until Christmas, you still have plenty of time.

* I have 219 days to go until the next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday.

* Michelle and I will be heading east in 165 more days to enjoy the 2016 Springs Festival, we missed it last year due to some bad weather,

* In just 138 more days Michelle and I will once again go on our 2016 Cruise, this will be our fifth trip aboard the Carnival Pride.

* The Parrot Heads will once again unite in 119 more days to see Jimmy Buffett live in concert in Pittsburgh.

* Michelle and I will celebrate our Fifth Wedding Anniversary in 102 more days.

* In 68 more days we will have the Third Annual Friends and Family Picnic at Krepps Park. Hopefully this one can have some special meaning or memory the same as the previous two have had.

* There are only 57 more days to go until Summer 2016. Woo Hoo!!!

* This is my 4,441st post that I have written for George's Journal in the 11 1/2 years since I started writing it.

* Mom has been in the hospital the past couple of days, nothing to be alarmed about, this is all just a precaution.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search once again.

* The Hall Family Tree still has 343 entries in the database, this is a great resource for the next generations.

* Don't forget, Michelle is having a ThirtyOne Party, so please go and order some stuff so she can get some free

* Have yourselves a great day, live life to the fullest and make the most of it. Live it like it is your last one.

* Anyone interested in starting a career as a police officer? Morgantown is hiring if you know of anyone who is interested.

* Next week I will be away on business to the wonderful city of Morgantown, West Virginia to the WVAGP 2016 Conference.

* You know, you shouldn't fire an airport worker while he is still on the equipment.

* A couple of years ago Michelle and I were at a Steelers game, sitting behind us was this young man who was being honored as the Scholastic Athlete of the week, this past weekend he shut down Oklahoma for the Mountaineers. Congratulations Michael Grove, clutch pitching performance.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, April 25, 2016


Well all good things must come to an end, and unfortunately that does include those fun filled things that we refer to as the relaxing weekends. Now it's time to stick our collective noses back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of work.

Going back to yesterday though, we did find a pretty good deal on something that we have wanted foe a while. I even stopped at Cabellas to look for a smoker that we found and liked last year and to see if it was still on sale. It wasn't, however I stopped at Lowes and found the smoker I wanted at a very good price so we bought one yesterday. I'm ready to do some smoking, we have done a lot with our kettle grill, but you have to stay and watch it. This one you can run with a remote and monitor everything with it and make it pretty much worry free.

Michelle has booked her own ThirtyOne Party based off my my niece Brittany's. She did very well with obtaining points through that party, so she has decided to set up own party and see how she does with that one. The direct link to the book party is right here if you want to browse around and would like to order something.

Have yourselves a great day and make the absolute most of it.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Here I sit with a purring cat in heat in the early morning, Phin has my attention and I'm up watching Shawshank Redemption on one of the boob tube channels and collecting my thoughts for the day,

Michelle and I went to Wheeling yesterday to see my brother Gary, he is doing much better than he was last week and seemed in pretty good spirits. We took him some Reese Cups and Chocolate Milk so he was pretty happy to get

We stopped at Coleman's Fish Market for lunch, Michelle suggested it and of course I'm one of those guys you really have to twist his arm to eat fish (sarcasm as I love fish). I ended up buying some Orange Roughy and bringing it home, I think we are going to have some of it for dinner one day this week. My dad always called it the poor mans lobster and he used to love it. The price for fresh unfrozen fish was just too good and I couldn't pass it up.

I did run across an awesome website last night for people looking for fairs and festivals in West Virginia. These guys have done a great job tracking and linking all the fairs and festivals in West Virginia for 2016 that it's a nice resource to bookmark. There are a number of events I never knew about on there like the Pro Lumber Jack Competition coming up in Morgantown next month.

My niece Brittany had a Thirty-One Party last night, I ordered a couple of things (tote for my car) and Michelle is setting up next to do a party. We have a couple of car totes for Pearl, so now I have bought one for the back of LP (my car) to assist in carrying things into the house when I go to Sam's Club without Michelle.

Have yourselves a great day today.