Monday, March 19, 2018


All good things must come to an end, and that does include those semi-fun filled things that we refer to as weekends. Now it it time for us to take our collective butts back into the offices and do what it is we do for a living.

I have to say that it was somewhat of a relaxing weekend, I did get out yesterday for RTI, so it was kind of a one day weekend. We're just closing out the quarter and closing lines and making sure people are not home. It'll be calmed down a few weeks and we'll go at it full steam starting the day after Easter. The quarter starts on Easter Sunday, but I think me visiting on a religious holiday will agitate people more than anything else. Plus we are talking about traveling north for Easter as well.

I have a big presentation coming up this week at work. I'm usually one who is nervous giving presentations especially if I am not 100% confident on the material I am presenting. In this case, I am the expert and just giving a broad overview of our capabilities and showing a number of examples of products that I have produced and what we could do for the clients. I'm trying to expand what we can offer, and I think the world is mine to conquer in this one. It's just me on this contract and my work is specifically targeted for the Morgantown Facility. I'm not competing with summer interns for research projects anymore, so that makes it nice. The customer knows and wants GIS capabilities, and I'm going to knock their socks off Wednesday.

WVU advanced to the Sweet 16 once again last night with a 94-71 win against in State Marshall in San Diego. The Mountaineers now advance to Friday Night's game against Villanova in Boston for a chance to advance to the Elite 8.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Amy Dalton

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my niece Amy Dalton a very Happy birthday today. I think she is now officially 11 years older than I tell everyone that I am, but if she used my patented 938 day calendar she is pretty accomplished for someone who is 12 1/2 years old, but that is using my patented calendar.

Amy is an amazing young lady and she is goal driven and comes up with a game plan no matter what it is she wants to accomplish and that is something that makes me very proud of her. Whether it be career oriented or just something she wants to do for someone, she is a focused and an amazing young lady. She is an inspiration to all. She is also a very accomplished Photographer with that eye that you either have or not, she definately has it.

I'm not sure if Ralph, Kaiden and Kynlea have anything planned for Amy today, but something tells me that they will all make it memorable for her no matter what it is.

If you happen to see Amy today, make sure that you wish her a Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Amy.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, the TV is even silent behind me and the only sounds I hear are the sounds of the fans running in the bedroom and the echo of my keyboard with each keystroke as I still my thoughts on the net.

Well earlier this week I said I was participating in an Ebay Auction of a toy from my youth (I didn't have this particular one). I saw a Cox Airplane that was still new in the box and I just had a feeling this would go for a couple of hundred dollars so I played around to see if I could get it cheaper. I did have a couple of challengers, but I increased the bid significant each time they challenged me and did so that I outbid them within a dollar each time. Lucky guesses of people who put higher bids in in anticipation of someone bidding against them. I ended up winning the auction yesterday and I was really happy about it.

When I was a kid, Cox planes were the big thing. I always got to watch people fly them at the Church, but never got the chance to fly one myself and I always wanted one. One Christmas my Dad actually bought me one, imagine my excitement of a toy that I had watched so many others play with was now mine. I got it at Christmas time one year, and was one of my all time favorite gifts. Of course I had to wait for my dad to fly it with me as it has an internal combustion engine that powers it. They made tether cars as well that some of them reached speeds of 200 MPH before they started on airplanes.

Well long story short spring finally arrived and I was excited that I was going to finally be handed the handles of this toy that actually flies. This was toward the end of when they were flown with a line and before they went to the radio controlled, if I want radio controlled I have a kickass drone my wonderful wife bought me for Christmas time, but this was the type of plane that first attracted me to them. My Dad lived in a trailer court at the time (mid 1970's when a lot of people lived in mobile homes) and he was going to fly the first flight with it. He did, he flew it for a couple of minutes and it would be my turn once it ran out of gas, only problem was he ended up ended up smashing it into the trailer next door. Smash kaboom, put it in the trash type of crash. I never had the opportunity to fly one. Now I own another one and I'm so excited.

Didn't end up making it out for RTI yesterday, there was a technical snafu where the cases are in the system and set to transfer to me, but have never been transferred. It was a little frustrating trying to get the cases and I never did manage to download them yesterday. I did finally get my cases this morning, so I may try it this afternoon.

NCAA Basketball you say, oh yeah tonight at 9:40 WVU and Marshall will play in San Diego for a chance to move on to the Sweet 16 and play Villanova.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St Patricks Day

Here I sit in the early AM, I'm up early looking for Leprechauns so I can take their pots of gold. I think it is the best strategy to get rich, however I am having zero luck finding the little bastards, they are too elusive for me.

If you have an NCAA Basketball bracket, I'll bet once you find out last nights scores you'll be cussing. The #1 seed for the whole tournament and a region #1 seed Virginia, a team WVU has beaten this year, lost their first round game to UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County). First time in Tournament history a #1 seed lost their opening game against a 16 seed. The thing is, the game was not even close, UMBC blew them out by 20 points.

Both the Mountaineers and Marshall won their first round games. Marshall won their first NCAA Tournament game in school history (they were 0-5 prior to yesterday) and the two teams who are from West Virginia and competing in the East Region, will play each other this Sunday in San Diego California for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16 and the next round of games in Boston. I rooted for Marshall to win their first game yesterday, but that is where my Marshall fanhood stops.

My weekend, I am scheduled to work for RTI this weekend and maybe a day next week to close out the quarter. My next quarters materials should be here this week as we attempt to finish this quarter up and put it to bed. I was only useful for about 2-3 weeks this year before I came down with influenza and they sidelined me for a period of time. It'll feel good to shake the rust off and get out.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Ho hi hi ho

Friday, March 16, 2018

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 my streak of weekends off is coming to an end, I had a great run but we need to closer out some lines for RTI and I'll be going out tomorrow to work during the day and possibly Sunday as well. We need to finish everything up for the first quarter this weekend, as the second quarters materials will be released next week. Meaning I will have new places to go and new people to meet soon. Both sections are in town, so it's not like I have to travel too far which is a good thing. I hope I'm not too rusty, I haven't been out in the field in almost two months.

Other than that the Mountaineers play in the NCAA Tournament today, it will be our first round game. We will play Murray State at 4:00 for our first round game, if we win today we will play Sunday for a chance to go to the Sweet 16. It's the NCAA Tournament and anything can happen and it all goes to the last man (or team) out of 68 standing. It's one of the most exciting sports times of the year.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi......Wait a Minute, Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ten Years Ago

I thought I would change it up a little bit this week, it's still a Photo Flashback but it goes back to a very special time and a very special Picture from my past.

It was ten years ago today that my life changed forever. It was ten short years ago that I took Michelle out on a date and grabbed some Pizza. She has been a very special part of my life since that very first date.

This picture while not the first picture ever taken of us together, was one of the the first ones ever taken of us together (I think the 3rd). We had taken Hayley to Ohiopyle to do a little bit of Geocaching, and deep into the woods we went to find that cache. This picture however I think is down by Cucumber Falls. We had spent the day together down at the PA State Park and had a great day together. Funny thing is, where did I take them for dinner? Pizza Hut, but not the one here in Morgantown, the one up right outside of Ohiopyle.

It was a time when my attitude about Solitude was being changed and influenced, and I am a very lucky man that this wonderful woman not only came into my life, but has shared it with me.

I Love You Michelle with all my heart.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hump Day

Well that is two days down, two more ahead of us, now all we have to do is get our working rear ends up and over this noon time hump as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

Do you believe that this Saturday is actually St Patrick's Day? Is it me or is this year just flying by, seems like it was only yesterday that it was New Years and here we are a few days from when my Grandparents always planted their Potato Crop every year. They were  a little superstitious and always believed that potatoes had to be planted on St. Patrick's Day. The again my Grandmother didn't want you to walk under a ladder or ever rock a rocking chair when you are not sitting in it.

Well there are a couple things going on tomorrow, the most important this is the ten year anniversary of Michelle and my first date. A milestone that I half wondered if I were even capable of making before I met her. I'm blessed.

Oh and there is that Basketball Tournament that everyone is paying attention to. You know that thing that will be interrupting all your TV shows and will be about the only thing you hear about for the next four days as the first two rounds are played. The Ten year thing is bigger news

Have yourselves a great day today, we're most of the way there and it is all downhill after lunch.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday completed and we are off to the start of another work week, time to concentrate on the next day and that is a Tuesday. The Sloth and the Blue Footed Boobies are dancing, that means it's time for a Tidbits.

* It has been 19,827 days since my reported birth, by my calculation and using my patented 938 day calendar, that should make me 21 years old by my calculations or 54 by these old antiquated calender's.

* It has been 5,049 days since I graduated from West Virginia University, a lifetime dream that I fulfilled later in life.

* 3,650 days ago Michelle and I went out for our very first date, This Thursday will be the Ten Year Anniversary of that first date. Ten years Michelle and I have been together, she is an amazing woman for putting up with me for that long.

* 2,874 days ago I  got down on one knee at 4:00 in the morning and proposed marriage.

* It was 2,411 days ago in front of our closest friends and family that Michelle got upgraded from Girlfriend 1.0, to Wife 1.0. It was an awesome upgrade.

* I am now 36 days older than my father was when he passed away, I guess that is when the reality of how short his life was really hits you.

* I have 5,011 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, or at least start doing something else with my life other than working.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,649 days away.

* 326 more days until Phil tells me that we are going to have an early Spring in 2019, that is if Peanut doesn't whip his ass first.

* 293 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, nice round number to go until the end of the year.

* There are 287 more shopping days left until Christmas, I think I should have bought Michelle that Breville Espresso Machine then instead of a few weeks ago.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 263 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary?

* There are 153 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our magical Seventh Magical Wedding Anniversary. She is in fact one amazing woman.

* There are 135 days to go until MountainFest Starts, we already have our tickets and this will be our second year of attending. Alabama, Brett Michaels and Montgomery Gentry will be the featured acts throughout the weekend. Ticket's are now $50 each for the weekend, we bought ours just before Christmas for $40 each for the entire weekend and before all acts were named.

* There are 116 more days until we go and see Jimmy in Pittsburgh again. I'm starting to get excited to see him once again.

* We have 7 more days to go until Spring, Peanut already had her first time outside for the year just this past Sunday. Longer days, warmer weather and I have shorts that are calling my name to be worn.

* I have written 5,178 blogs in what is now my 13 plus full years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,822 more t go until I reach that Milestone.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search, but what else is new. Hopefully one of these DNA searches will turn up a niece or a nephew that I don't know about to be able to tie it all together.

* No drone flights this past weekend, cold weather kind of inhibited my desire to get out and fly (plus it's a little colder than the recommended temps), hopefully in the very near future. 

* Michelle has duplicated the Starbucks drink that she likes so much. The White Chocolate Mocha she now has down to perfection, the new Machine has 15 bars of pressure where her Mister Coffee had 2. It's some kind of a unit that they use the measure how the water is pushed through the coffee. I guess the higher number of bars, the darker the espresso. Me, I hate

* As I mentioned earlier, Thursday will make it 10 years since Michelle and I went out on our very first date. That is one hell of a milestone for me.

* Still thinking about smoking meats here in the very near future, my smoker is calling my name.

* April Fools Day is coming up in less than a month, I like to have something in store for the day.

* I'm bidding on and hoping to win a childhood toy. I doubt if I win it, but I'm trying to win Cox Airplane on Ebay, I had the opening bid of $40, but something tells me new in the box this thing may fetch upwards of $300-$400 by the time the auction is over. I'm just hoping no one sees it.

* This weeks Riddle: What has cities, but no houses; Forests, but no trees; and water, but no Fish?

* 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. Jackie has a few more she wants me to convert as well. Slacker I am.

* Have yourselves a great day

* Hi ho hi ho

* OK, answer to riddle....A Map