Thursday, August 22, 2019

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through some of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet through the years and find one special picture that stands out. Little lost moments in time from yesterday caught with a Cameras lens and relived right here in my blog. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that one special picture and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it consistently is however is a whole lot of fun.

This weeks picture is actually a look back and laugh at technology. Notice the flip phone on my side? It's not a smart phone, years before the iPhone and other smart phones came out, we used this ancient technology called the flip phone. it pretty much had a single solitary purpose, it was a telephone. It wasn't a calendar, browser, camera, email client, picture viewer, video camera or outlet to Facebook. It was just simply a telephone that you wore on your hip or carried with you.

Funny thing is, this was a time that I traveled back and forth to Frostburg on a daily basis, each and every day I would get into the car and drive to my office on Frostburg State's campus and return that evening. This phone was my life saver and my communication device for when I had car trouble.

So long ago, but only yesterday.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hump Day

Here we are yet once again at the time of the week where I have the most trouble coming up with any content or a recurring theme for this days blog. It's not a weekend, it's not a themed blog or the start or end of the week, it's just a blog that sits in the middle of the week that I write 4 days earlier.

You know when I started writing my blog, it was never pre-written. It was always written that day and it was about my life. Through the years it evolved with themes as it became syndicated and was pushed out to numerous readers each and every single day.

It started to get to the point where it seemed like an unpaid job, rather than something I enjoyed. Something I was obligated to do rather than something I wanted to do. It was a lot of fun for a while. I was documenting my life and the events of those around me and using it for historical reference.

Somewhere it went from being fun, to being an obligation. I know it has been an every day blog for 12 years out of the nearly 15 years that I have been writing it. You've read ramblings, brainfarts and even blog posts such as this one that really don't say much, but take up space and give you something to read.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday done, we're hopefully still alive in Softball, good time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,348 days since my birth, that's a lot of days and brings into perspective how short life really is.

* It has been 5,574 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. Speaking of WVU, they start classes tomorrow.

* 4,175 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, 10,000 BC and Pizza Hut was the magical combination.

* 3,399 days ago I proposed to Michelle, in our back yard and yes she knew it was coming.

* It was 2,930 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center.

* I have now lived 562 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. Mom is still going strong and raising the bar every day for me to reach that milestone.

* I have 4,501 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,108 days away. I'll settle for James Madison in a couple of weeks.

* There are 351 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, it would have been 358 but next year is Leap Year.

* There are only 213 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season. It's the one I love the most. Summer with all the heat this year may have moved to third place behind fall. Winter, your ass is still in dead last place as I hate snow.

* 166 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Phil actually now has a girlfriend who has been hanging out with him in the back yard eating apples. She can climb trees.

* 150 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog.

* There are 126 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare but then again it's starting to creep up on us slowly.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 104 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,739 blogs in the nearly 15 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out. I should have my 15th Anniversary of being a blogger in less than a month.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* In case no one remembered, today is Jean's Birthday.

* The local school students should be starting their first day of school today, take a little extra caution and allow yourselves a little more time as the school buses will be out in full force.

* WVU starts tomorrow, I'm not sure what I look forward to the least, WVU students coming back to town or snow.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow. Can't stand that white trash that falls from the sky and makes our roads so untravelable.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton last week. He even has his own twitter account.

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, August 19, 2019


Well the thing that we refer to as the weekend is once again behind us, now it is time for me to switch gears and go from my field work job to my office job to start another fun filled week of doing what it is I do for a living.

Well first things first, our regular softball season has concluded and we will be starting the playoffs tonight and hopefully tomorrow. We have a game at 6:00 tonight and then at 7:00 irregardless of the first game. Win and we are in the winners bracket and lose and we are in the losers bracket, it's a double elimination tournament and we are hoping to be playing tomorrow night. The boys of Summer are seeing their final days as we close out the season and get ready to put the gear up for the year.

Looking at my office schedule, I have a Morale Meeting (I'm on that committee) this afternoon and then an engineering meeting tomorrow afternoon. Nothing too busy or complex, something tells me I'll be doing some field work with the GPS this week, but mostly working on creating a validation process for the project I traveled to Las Vegas last year to a presentation for.

Have yourselves a great day, and wish up luck.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, I'm up as usual watching something or another on the boob tube and collecting my thoughts for the day. Michelle has some ham bones on the stove simmering and has a big batch of green beans she is going to prepare today.

Speaking of Michelle she is back from Letart Falls where they laid her 101 year old grandmother to rest finally. She passed away earlier this year, but they were waiting until the family reunion back where she was originally from to finally take her home as Michelle said. Michelle was very close to this set of Grandparents, spent a lot of time with them growing up and has many fond memories of them. She was also able to connect with a few long lost family members. She was glad to be home last night though.

My day, shopping, bread store and chores and then back to work today traveling down south. I'm going to have a very busy week, hopefully after this week things will start to slow down a little bit for me. Softball should be over with, my weekday RTI days should be over with and I can start shutting down and relaxing a little bit until we get started again in October.

Picked Mom up from the hospital yesterday and ran her home, when I called to verify if she was there, she was already tired and worn down and ready to go home and just go to sleep for a few hours.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up watching who knows what and collecting my thoughts for the day. Michelle is in Charleston still and will be heading to Letart Falls later this morning to attend a family reunion.

Me, my dad includes me traveling South to work for RTI. I was in the same location last Sunday, and will be there all weekend and most likely next weekend as well, but we'll have to see how that all goes. I am doing cleanup, so that makes it a little easier as opposed to a first visit by a FI.

After that I have to head to the laundry mat to dry clothes and somewhere try to write next weeks blogs before I go to the hospital this afternoon to pick up Mom and take her home from visiting Gerald.

I have a full day ahead of me to say the least as I hold down the fort for the third of three weekends of Michelle traveling. She'll be home next weekend and then the following weekend will go back home for the day to visit GiGi as it will be her Birthday weekend.

In case you haven't noticed, the student are back and back in force. I think this is the first day that students can actually get into the dorms, so traveling around town could be a little chaotic today as we have a number of visitors who may not know where they are going. Allow a little extra time for travel, especially around campus.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 16, 2019

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.

It is my third of three weekends when Michelle is away on travel for work. Only tomorrow she is going to go to a family reunion in Latart Falls Ohio, just right across the river from Ravenswood. Some really good news for her company that I have hinted at previously. They now have a signed contract with Pepsi Cola to do the nation wide hiring of all Pepsi drivers. This was the big company I have hinted around and the big contract. It's Pepsi-Cola and they are setting up rooms at employment offices at states all around the country to interview drivers. I said it was big, I wasn't kidding. She also got a nice raise and a few other perks as the office manager. She is a big asset and they acknowledge what I already knew.

My plans, I'm working again. I'll probably head down to address the two segments in the Fairmont area as my local stuff is pretty much run down and not really worth a weekend day to work. Let me travel and make some money with some new places to visit rather than just spinning my wheels here locally and not getting anything done.

Be careful around town, our population is growing and there is about to be a bunch of idiots invade the town until next May. It's move in weekend.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho