Friday, April 26, 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's Friday and that means one thing at work, Pizza Al's for lunch!!! We always order Pizza Al's on Friday and then carb out at lunch time as we try to stay awake until quitting time. It's a heck of a sacrifice, but we do

Plans for this weekend include me traveling South to work for RTI Saturday and Sunday, one of our FI's from the Bridgeport Clarksburg area has left her job and Me and another FI will be picking up her field work this quarter. Know anyone interested in a good paying part time job? It would take a seven day commitment going to Raleigh North Carolina (they fly you) and a few day commitment every year after New Years in currently St. Louis for re-certification. Hit me up if you know anyone looking for some part time work doing something that makes a difference.

Have yourselves a great day today

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, April 25, 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 pic is very special to me for a few of reasons, one she was healthy at this time, two I took the picture myself, three it was a family get together and four I was a teenager with very little to worry about other than my paper route and cutting grass.

This is Grandma Hall for anyone who does not know, she was very instrumental in my upbringing and possibly the most influential person in my life. There was my Dad, but he wasn't around much during my youth, there was my Grandfather, but he passed away when I was only 13 years old and had been in ill health for a few years prior to that. It was Grandma and me during my most important years, the ones that I think laid the groundwork for who I am and what I have become. She laid the seed although it laid dormant for a little longer than it should have.

We had our arguments and fights, but she had more of an influence on me than anyone.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Here I am once again, at the dreaded day of the week where I have the most trouble coming up with content to write about it. It's not a weekend, it's not a work week bookend and it's not a themed post, it's the one right in the middle of everything where I am usually the least inspired.

I need something to talk about, so let's talk about the NFL Draft. A sport we all love and have a local interest in as well as our favorite teams.

The first round of the NFL Draft is tomorrow evening and it starts at 8:00 PM. I had seen some previous mocks that had two Mountaineers going in the first round, but both players stock has seemed to have dropped and diminished since the end of the season. I don't see any Mountaineers going in the first round this season.

The Second and Third Rounds of the NFL Draft will take place Friday evening starting at 7:00 in the evening. The Mountaineers could see as many as four players drafted during these rounds. QB Will Grier, Lineman Yodny Cajuste, Linebacker David Long  and WR David Sills.

Saturday will be rounds 4-7, if any of the above players are still available they will be waiting along side Gary Jennings and Trevon Wesco.

I think all of these players will either be drafted or picked up as a free agent after the draft. I'm thinking the Patriots are looking at Will Grier and the Steelers are looking at David Sills, but when the draft is going on there are all kinds of curve balls that can be thrown.

It all starts tomorrow night.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday has been completed, my streak is starting the home stretch and today is a Tuesday (I think), time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,232 since my birth, it was just a mere 21 years ago if you know how to do proper math.

* It has been 5,455 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, a couple more weeks and WVU will be graduating its next class and traffic eases up for a few months in this town.

* 4,056 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, 10,000 BC and Pizza Hut, but something tells me I may have mentioned that previously.

* 3,280 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife.

* It was 2,811 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married and partied and feasted.

* I have now lived 443 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short time and life really is.

* I have 4,619 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 1,227 days away. Neal Brown should have the boys ready by then.

* 285 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, I'm hating on him a lot less as out warmer weather is getting here.

* 269 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. Would you believe over 1/4 of the year is over with already?

* There are 246 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare but lets enjoy the now and not worry about December.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 222 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 105 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are 60 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,615 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No Drone flights this weekend as of press time. If weather holds out, that could change.

* I still need a new impossible project, maybe my next impossible project will be to find another impossible project.

* My Niece Amy is  still trying to raise money for the MS walk later this month. If you have a few spare coins, donate them to the good cause.

* The Amazon Echo we bought this weekend is awesome, I'm loving this thing and think it is amazing. Still learning all the features.

* Michelle had a great time last week at the Art Walk, she's getting excited about next months. They are thinking about trying to recruit people to work a habitat for humanity day in Charleston.

* I like pre-writing all my blogs on the weekend for the work week. It prevents me from being rushed and allows me to actually put a little bit of thought into them.

* 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, April 22, 2019

A New Streak Begins

Well my one day off after 20 consecutive working is now over, now it is time for me to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living. It's Monday, we're recharged, time to take on the world!!

Looking at my schedule ahead, it shouldn't be too busy, I have a Morale Subcommittee meeting later this afternoon and other than that it will be me doing a lot of Geospatial editing and data creation to create value added products down the road. I've seen a draft of the new contract and I'm a big player in it, or should I say I made myself a big player with the Emergency Operations Center, so life at NETL is good for me.

I'm out in the field today and probably Wednesday working my section, then I'll hit the road for the area a couple of larger cities down that I will be working the next few weekends. Travel time and travel money, that is the easy money for

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up early and I think BlacKKKlansman is playing on HBO on the Boob Tube Behind me. I'm not coherent enough to be paying attention.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter today. It is the most honored time of the year for Christians (yes even moreso than Christmas) and is a celebration of Jesus raising from the tomb.

What it also means is then end to a 20 day streak of consecutive days worked for yours truly. I'm not going out today and Michelle and I rushed and made sure all of our shopping and chores were done yesterday so that we could enjoy the day today pretty much stress free. We're doing a small dinner here for us, but just basically going to take it easy and recharge today. A new streak starts tomorrow, but today I rest and relax.

I bought Michelle an Amazon Echo for Easter, we got it all hooked up last night and I think after seeing Jon and Laura's she wanted one, so I picked one up yesterday. We're still getting acclimated to it.

Have yourselves a great Easter. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, nothing is on the Boob Tube as my Xfinity Box is starting to have trouble doing its daily reset again, but I have all my streaming stuff I could watch. Peanut is up and around as she always is, I sometimes wonder if she ever sleeps.

I'm working once again for RTI today, but this will be the end of my streak as tomorrow is Easter and I'm not knocking on anyone's door on Easter Day, it's a time of family and togetherness, not studies. I'm not going to make it 30+ days this quarter, but a 20 day run was a nice run. I am taking over a new segment where some travel is required, but that will be done on weekends and not during the week. This should give me a few more weeks worth of solid work to do this quarter, my segments are pretty much worked down to a point where it's just a bunch of busy work creating records of call to units that no one is ever home at.

Being tomorrow is Easter, Michelle and I are going to be busy with a number of other things like our weekly shopping. I would assume most grocery stores as well as WalMart are closed tomorrow, so we're planning on getting everything done today so we can just stay home and relax tomorrow. Michelle was a real trooper by mowing the grass Wednesday night before she left for Charleston, so I don't have to worry about that this weekend.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho