Monday, August 29, 2016

Long Day kind of Monday

Well here we go, it's time to stick our collective noses back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. It's time to start another work week.

This will be a bittersweet Monday for me, I'll be traveling this evening after I get off work to do some more field work for RTI, this is going to make it a long day of working that is for sure. On the flip side of the coin, next Monday is Labor Day and I'll be off, in two weeks I'll be in the Ocean on my way to Grand Turk and I'll even be off on the 19th after Vacation to get some things done before returning to work on the 20th of September. IOW, this is my last Monday for a while.

I didn't mention how the Softball playoffs went last week. We actually made it to the Championship, but fell a little short of winning the title. Personally I was on fire for the Tournament and if you go by the last 6 games, or since the sole fell off my cleat and I had to play in tennis shoes rather than going out and buying a new set of cleats. This team is talking about staying together and playing together again next season, so this winter I'll be anticipating the Spring for Softball for the first time in a number of years.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again on a quiet Sunday morning, I'm up early collecting my thoughts for the day and watching Roadhouse on the Television. I've slept in a little this morning, but I'm still the first one to recover the effects of battling the Sandman last night.

Light up the Night was a success yesterday, I grabbed a few pictures and some videos of last nights festivities at Wesmon Park in Westover. They have a prize raffle of things that were donated to them and my niece Amy absolutely cleaned up at the Raffle. Her and Ralph took many of the best prize packages and Brittany took a couple herself. Michelle and I for the second year didn't win a thing, but Amy won what she really wanted with the American Doll for Kynlea.

My plans for the day are to head back to Fairmont this afternoon to see if I can get any of those illusive remaining interviews that I have for RTI. I'm hoping to find everyone home today and have a great day, it would finish me up for this quarter.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again on a quiet Saturday morning, I am once again the first one to recover from a losing battle with that dreaded Sandman last night and I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day. Noise is playing on the TV behind me and that is the best I can describe it as I have no idea what is playing.

I'll be heading to Fairmont this morning to do a little bit of work for RTI, we're just trying to close out this quarter. I have spoken with Michelle and I think that she is going to go with me this January to St. Louis. We will be staying at the Hyatt Regency as I get re-certified for 2017. This will be the first trip for either of us to Missouri.

If you have a few extra coins in your pocket and would like to make a quality donation to something very worthwhile or just looking for something majestic to look at, come to Wesmon Park in Westover this evening at 6:30 for the Johnny Koon Brain Tumor Research Fund at WVU Children's Hospital's Light Up The Night Lantern and Butterfly Release. Lanterns and Butterflys are just $5.00 each and all the proceeds go to a very worth while charity. Last year was the first year that I went and I'm going once again this year. Come one Come all and make a difference in Brain Tumor Research.

This coming week will be mine and Michelle's last full week of work for a while, we'll be heading to Baltimore in two weeks for vacation, I finally have all of my vacation blogs written and ready to go. This blogger is ready for a vacation.

Have yourselves a great day today, come donate to a worthy cause.

Friday, August 26, 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 High School Football Sports fans, High School Football season is once again upon us as tonight is the start of High School Football for all three area High Schools. My Alma Mater Morgantown High will be at home taking on Anacostia, DC at Pony Lewis Field. University High travels to Moundsville to take on John Marshall and Clay Battelle travels to Valley Fayette. Good luck to all three area teams on this upcoming season.

Not sure of mine and Michelle's plans at this time, she was going to go back home for the weekend but I think that the event that was taking her back home are on hold. There is always the lantern release tomorrow night.

Have a great day and a great weekend.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look through my 30,000+ lost moments in time that I have either captured with a lens, scanned or just stolen from some place on the internet. I like to post up one picture and relive it briefly for everyone. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task like todays and sometimes it is a struggle to find that special picture, one this it always is is a whole lot of fun for this writer.

This weeks picture flashes way way back, back to Tuesday night at the Jimmy Buffett Concert. This is a picture that I took of Michelle and I in the lawn right after they started letting people in the gates, Jimmy was probably an hour from coming on stage and Michelle and I grabbed a selfie before the show started.

Have yourselves a great day today, It's back to work for me and Michelle after a couple day break. Remember we're playing Softball this evening.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Well we survived the yearly trip to see Jimmy Buffett yesterday, as always a great show and we will see you again next year Jimmy. It's always a whole lot of fun gathering with all the other Parrot Heads to see Jimmy.

I found out yesterday that I will be in St. Louis the first part of next year. I have to go for re-certification from RTI (annual thing on their dine) from January 3-5. I'm not sure whether I am driving or flying out, it all depends on whether Michelle wants to go with me or not to St. Louis. I've never been there, but I have been across the Mississippi a couple of times driving, so it'll be new uncharted territory in my travels.

Today Michelle and I are both off and recovering from yesterday, it was just me and her this year as opposed to years past when we took a number of people with us to tailgate. Today is a day of unpacking and getting ready for the next couple of days in the office.

Tomorrow night we are holding the Softball playoffs and it's all going to be done in one night, as a double elimination tournament. Only the top 4 teams make the playoffs and finishing the year at .500 put us in that top 4 (yeah there are only 4 teams in the league). Come on out at 6:00 and support a bunch of old guys.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fins Up!!!!!

It's Buffett Day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle and I will be heading north here in a little while to sing with Jimmy.

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well Monday is done and we are now looking towards a better Tuesday, I still can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits other than if my long lost brother would show up in my DNA results.

* It has been 19,259 days since I first set foot on this planet, now using my math and my new and improved 905 days calendar, which I should trademark™, that makes me just 21 years old.

* 4,482 day ago I fulfilled a lifetime dream and graduated from West Virginia University, my hometown University and Alma Mater. I think the students are finally learning where to go and how to get around town.

* 3,082 days ago I was fortunate enough to take a very special lady out for a night on the town, we did Pizza and a movie that was horrible and that was the start of the rest of my life.

* 2,306 days ago I proposed marriage to Michelle, I had made her wait until a certain number of days, but she knew it was coming and said yes.

* 1,844 days ago in front of our closest friends and family at the Marilla Center, Michelle and I exchanged our marital vows and became husband and wife. It was the most special day of my life and the one that I hold dearest to my heart.

* I have around 5,578 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred here or there depending on how I feel.

* We are 2,216 days away from the Backyard Brawl being renewed when WVU and Pitt will once again take the field and the Mountaineers will once again whip that pathetic ACC rear end into the ground. Panther meat for sale the next day.

* There are 348 days to go until Michelle and my sixth Wedding Anniversary.

* My nephew Calvin and his GF Jeanetta will be getting married in 305 days from now. They have their wedding website up and running and are doing all kinds of planning.

* My favorite season of the year is Spring, which were are just a mere 209 days away from =)

* Phil the Groundhog takes center stage in 163 more days where he will predict our next 6 weeks worth of weather. Phil is my buddy and once again will not disappoint me, I have faith.,

* My Goodbye 2016 blog where I relive everything that was posted in my blog over the last year will appear here in just 130 more days.

* I still haven't seen WalMart put up Christmas stuff just yet, but it's getting closer as there are only 124 more days to go until Christmas. I say give it until next weekend and we'll start seeing it.

* The next anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in just another 100 more days.

* We tried to make it to the Springs Festival last year but the weather was not cooperative, we'll try it again in 46 more days. It's a great place to go and see if you have never been there.

* Our fifth Sea Cruise will take place in 19 more days when we set sail out of Baltimore once again. Everything is already booked, paid for including out hotel room and we're just counting the days down until we head east. Here is the AFT Deck cam of what is going on right now. I need to start writing my absentee blogs.

* The WVU Football team will take the field and open their 2016 campaign in 11 more days when they take on Missouri. I'm anticipating a good season this year, my expectations are actually a little higher than in years past.

* We are 0 days away from all of us Parrot Heads uniting once again in Pittsburgh, yeppers, that it TODAY!!!!!!! Fins Up!!!!!!!!!

* This is my 4,573rd blog that I have written for George's Journal. I'm going on 12 years as a blogger here in about another month. Amazing me trying something out has turned into 12 years of my life.

* The Hall Family Tree is still up and running with 370 members in the database and that will continue to grow this fall. I've added the DNA .GED file, so we'll see if that generates any information.

* The results are back for the brother search, here are my ethnicity results from the test. The closest relative that I have is a second cousin by the last name of Greer. I've sent a correspondence to the administrator of that site in hopes that it leads to something.

* I still think down the road I would like to assemble a few people for a team to take on the Morgantown Escape Room. The cost is $25 per person and to have an intuitive mind that can help with the solution. I'm starting to ask around and getting a pretty good response for that. I'm thinking sometime after our cruise.

* I still have to write all my blogs for the cruise. I pre-write them for when we are gone so as to post as we are on vacation. I'm slacking this year and have not started yet.

* Don't forget that the Butterfly and lantern release for Johnny Koon is this Saturday evening.

* Brittany has put together a August/September family get together still. A kickball game at one of the little league fields at Marilla. I think this would be a lot of fun and everyone would have a great time.

* Fins Up!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday George "Moke" McClain

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my nephew Moke a very Happy Birthday today.

It seems like it was only yesterday that Pam and George were having their first baby, a small and precious package of a young child that has grown into the Mountain of a man that he is today.

He is a pretty remarkable man, he's an Iraqi War Veteran, a great Husband and one of the best father in the world candidate's for Ryleigh's Daddy.

Not sure what Ang has planned for Moke today, but whatever it is it is going to be a special day for him.

If you happen to see him today, take a little bit of time out and wish him a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Moke.