Monday, October 18, 2021


OK all you weekend-loving people, now it is time to take all that fun you were having and put it on the back burner as we begin another fun-filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. It's time to take our collective noses and get back to making this a better world to live in by doing what we all do. 

My day will start with me doing a good day of editing GIS data, something that is very much in my comfort zone, and what we are doing will actually significantly expand my skillset mainly because I had zero experience with an extension called ArcFM which is something I will gladly put on my resume. as many utility companies including electrical and oil and gas companies use it pretty much exclusively. I'll be updating my resume here in a few weeks to reflect this to potentially open myself to other clients. 

After a day of sitting at home on one of my work computers, I'll grab the other work computer and head out to do some fieldwork for RTI. I've got two segments and I have all my lines open, which is either seen as pretty amazing or that no one has been home at the times I have gone. One thing it does indicate in the database, is we have opened the dwelling unit up to be worked. When I went to Charles Town and worked for two weeks, that is basically what I was doing, opening up a couple large segments that had not even been touched yet. 

Have yourselves a great Day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, October 17, 2021


Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, I guess you can call it the quiet before the storm. Peanut and I are having an intelligent conversation as to why she prefers licking her butt as opposed to wet cat food. Finicky little furball. Of course, Kiwi also wants a shout-out, so I can't forget my feathered friend. 

Well one busy week has been completed, but that doesn't mean anything as today is the 9th Consecutive Day of probably 80 that I will have worked either one job or the other. I'm out in the field for RTI and I have opened up all 118 of my lines in two segments so far this quarter, so I'm feeling pretty good about that. Can't sit back and reflect, because the next week starts today. 

This morning, however, Michelle and I will be heading out to do our weekly grocery shopping and chores before she heads back to work tomorrow. She gets to enjoy a day off, I get to go out and try to give people money. 

Have yourselves a great day, make the most of it. 

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, Kiwi and myself are up having a telepathic man-to-bird conversation about what seeds he prefers and what seeds he doesn't care for. 

It's Saturday, but I am still working today as well as tomorrow. This is going to pretty much be my life over the next few months. Got my first week in with Consult USA for Duquense Light, and everything is finally up and going. I spent Friday doing editing, which is really the part of GIS that I like to do. It's putting the nuts and bolts together to make sure everything is working properly. 

WVU plays Bye this week, that means they may only lose by a few points rather than playing someone and everyone getting all disappointed because we can't field a decent team. I know a lot of people are getting frustrated and it does not appear to be getting any better anytime soon. 

Michelle is also in her office today, she was off yesterday and works today. This is her weekend of the month to work. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Ho ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Brittany Dae Cummings

I would love to take this time out to wish my beautiful niece Brittany a very Happy Birthday today.

It seems like it was only yesterday that she was born, it's amazing how 30+ years can go by in the very blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was in the waiting room watching Who's the Boss and Kim and ED was in the delivery room waiting for this bundle of joy. The amazing thing about all of this is that this remarkable young lady is now nine years older than me. 

She is an amazing young woman, I know Michelle had a great trip with her last week on the girls trip to Canaan as they all sat around and laughed and had a great time. 

If you get a chance to see or talk to this marvelous young lady today, make sure that you take a little bit of time out and wish her the Happiest of Birthdays today.

Happy Birthday, Brittany.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes, it is once again that time of the week that we all look forward 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. 

However, let's get to the important things. How about a little bit of High School Football to start your weekend. University High is still undefeated at 6-0 and travel to Buchannon this evening. Morgantown plays host to Parkersburg South. Clay Battelle travels to #2 ranked and undefeated Cameron. Trinity travels to Hancock Maryland this evening to play. Good luck to all the local teams, maybe we can run the table this week. 

I'll be working both jobs today, so this is going to be a long day to say the least. I don't mind though, I'm working at home most of the day and then finishing it off out doing Field Work for RTI in a close segment at I listed. I'm going to have a long, but easily manageable day for me today as I work two jobs.  Fortunately, Michelle is going to be off today as this is her weekend to work at work, so she'll be at her office tomorrow. She's going to be a big help by doing the things I have been doing on Fridays when I got home from traveling. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Ho hi hi ho

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ photos that I have stored on my computer. Little lost moments in time that I either captured with a lens, scanned, or just stole from someplace on the internet. I like to find just one and post it up and recall or relive the picture to the best of my ability. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it has always been a whole lot of fun.

This weeks pic goes back to the year 2017. Michelle and I had taken a trip to Hovatters Zoo for the day, because my wife loves to go to the zoo. Even more than going to the zoo, Michelle loves Giraffes and we saw this one pretending to be one outside the entrance to the zoo. Couldn't leave without her getting her picture taken in front of it. 

She watches the Animal Adventure Park streams when she is home. If I look over at her computer there is probably a stream one right now as we speak. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is now behind us all, I'm on my way to Pittsburgh to pick up a couple Monitors, a docking station and my laptop for my new job. Good reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,137 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new and improved 991 day Calender. I prefer my calendar as it is the best calendar and it is variable. 

* It has been 6,368 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I'm so happy to be going back to work in my field. 

* 4,955 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and 10,000 BC, would you believe Michelle still talked to me after that movie choice. 

* 4,177 days ago I proposed to Michelle, she was expecting it as we had already bought the engagement ring and it was sitting in the safe. 

* It was 3,720 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, then we feasted like Kings and Queens. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,342 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. A few more months and I'll start tracking how much longer I lived than my oldest sibling. 

* I have 3,788 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 334 days away. It's not looking good for us right now. 

* There are 298 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 160 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 120 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 111 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, he has ended his winter vacation and can once again be seen in the back yard eating the Corn Michelle puts out. 

* 81 more days to go until my Goodbye 2021 Blog is posted, I'm hoping for a big year this year. 

* There are 72 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. It's under 100, start planning. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 50 more days. 

* I have written 6,560 blogs in the now 17 years since I started blogging. Seems like it was just yesterday that I started all of this. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* First day working for Consult USA, yes I am still working for RTI as well.  

* Girls are back from their Girls Trip, they have decided on a theme for Christmas this year as well. Girls will wear shirts that say "Chest" and guys will wear shirts that say "Nuts". Everyone liked the idea. 

* WVU is off this week after a horrible game this weekend, we are still the underdog to Bye. 

* The good news is WVU Basketball practice has started, Huggs should have another pretty good team this year. 

* Life is now Pretty Busy. If I miss a blog, my apologies as I'm going to be pretty thing for the next few months. 

* Order some Popcorn, help a kid out. I've already got mine and it's pretty good popcorn. You know when fall comes around, it's hard to beat a fresh-popped bowl of delicious popcorn.

* Order some Pampered Chef stuff to help Michelle's Party. If you have never used Pampered Chef products before, do yourself a favor and try some out. Best cookware out there. We have a lot of it and they are all lifetime products. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho