Friday, February 12, 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.

It is that time of the year again, Jimmy Buffett tickets go on sale today for his August 23rd Concert at First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettestown PA. Buying tickets is a yearly event for me, but they have pushed back the on sale times a couple of hours and that really kind of screws me up a little bit. 10:00 was fine, noon is really interfering with other things that I have to do today and is going to make it a late starting and long day for me. I may just gamble and wait until this evening as he has not been selling out the past few years like he has in the past.

It's also a Holiday weekend for me so to speak, Monday is President's Day which is a Federal Holiday, but I will have to go and do a little work for TNG Monday morning which is no big deal. I will be leaving this job in the next month or so as I have accepted a part time position with Headway/RTI doing some field work for a Government research project in this area. That job won't start until late March when I will fly down to Raleigh North Carolina for a week of training over Easter.

Not many plans on mine and Michelle's agenda for this weekend, but that can always change pretty quickly. We haven't spent much time together the past couple of weeks due to work schedules and conflicting objectives of things we had to get done for the day. So I think I may take a little time out and spend with my wonderful wife doing something tomorrow.

Have yourselves a great day and a better weekend.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take just a little bit of time out, time to look through my 30,000+ images that I have either taken with a Camera, Scanned or just simply stolen from some place on the internet. Little lost moments of time forever remembered and relived briefly here for all to share. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task, and sometimes it's actually pretty challenging. One thing that it always has been though is a whole lot of fun.

This weeks pic goes back to last year when Chad was living with us. Chad is an avid fan of reptiles and has owned some pretty exotic animals through the years. This particular little fellow wrapped around my lovely wife's neck is his Python that he is growing and trying to break the World Record for longest privately owned snake in captivity. He's a little over 2/3 of the way there to reach that 17' goal.

At last report it is a little over 11 1/2 feet and still growing. No worries though, Chad has raised this thing since it was an egg and is very tame and very child friendly as he has take it to numerous local schools and to work at Petco with him a number of times when they have the bring your pet day in. Everyone seems to love this snake and it really is a very fun snake to hold and play with.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hump Day

Well that is two days down, now all we have to do is get up and over this Noon time hump and it will be all downhill working towards another fun filled weekend.

Well I am now scheduled to go to Washington DC for a couple of days later this month. I will be attending the ESRI Federal Users Conference and will be staying in Rosslyn, Virginia which is just across the Potomac River and just a couple of blocks from the Pentagon and Arlington Cemetery, right across from Georgetown. The Metro is right across the street and it's like a 12 minute trip to the Convention Center where I will be attending the conference. Everything is a go, room is booked, car is reserved and I'm all registered to go now. I'm quite excited to say the least. I'll go down on Tuesday and stay until early morning Friday and head out real early to try to avoid rush hour traffic on the DC Beltway.

I did have a third follow up interview yesterday for a part time job working for RTI International. This would just be a part time job to make up for some lost coverage until it can be recovered at my regular job, it's a lot of travel and field work on a large Government Contract for the NSDUH and this study has been going on for about 20 years or so. This job wouldn't start until late March and I would have to go to Raleigh, NC for a week. They'll fly me down and pick up the tab for the week.

I love traveling on other peoples money, I think it is the best way to

Not sure if I have ever mentioned this before, but I kind of and really hate that white stuff that they refer to as snow that has been hitting the ground the last couple of days. Phil promised us an early Spring, hopefully this is the last of it.

Have yourselves a fabulous day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well the Superbowl weekend and the Monday that follows is now in the books, time for a tidbits.

* It has been 19,063 wonderful and eventful days since my birth, I'm thankful for each and every one of them and I feel fortunate each day that I get to add to that total.

* It has been 4,286 days since my Graduation from West Virginia University.

* It was just a mere 2,887 days ago that both mine and Michelle's lives changes forever as we went out on our very first date together.

* It was 2,111 days ago that I had made Michelle wait long enough and I proposed marriage.

* It was 1,648 days ago that I became a very luck man as Michelle and my lives were forever joined together with our wedding.

* I have around 5,774 days or so to go, give or take a few hundred here or there until I retire.

* The Backyard Brawl will be renewed in 2,412 days as WVU vs Pitt takes place once again.

* There are 359 more days to go until Ground Hogs Day, Phil is taking a nice vacation from his one busy day of work a year.

* There are 326 more days until my Goodbye 2016 blog will be posted, reliving the past year according to my blog.

* You still have 320 shopping days to go until Christmas, you still have plenty of time to plan and prepare.

* There are only 296 more days to go until another anniversary of my 21st birthday comes to pass.

* There are only about 242 more days to go until the Springs Festival. I had been guessing previously, this one is much more accurate as the dates are set.

* There are only 215 days to go until we set sail on our next Cruise providing everything falls into place.

* There are 196 days until the Parrot Heads unite in Pittsburgh to see Jimmy Buffett. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10:00

* There are only 179 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Fifth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 145 days until the  Third Annual Friends and Family Picnic at Krepps park. I'm trying to make this a yearly thing and this is our third year doing it. Hopefully it continues to grow.

* There are but a mere 40 days to go until Spring 2016.

* I have written 4,361 blogs in the 11 1/2 years that I have written George's Journal.

* Nothing new once again on the Brother search, I think I could probably copy and paste this status every week but I'm not giving up hope.

* The Hall Family Tree has 334 names in it and it is still growing every day. I'm also filling in a lot of missed details as the information comes available to me.

* The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl Sunday night 24-10 over the Carolina Panthers.

* The WVU Men's Basketball team travels to Kansas this evening to see if we can beat our third straight top 15 team this season. We beat Kansas earlier in the year when they were ranked #1, so we will have our hands full this evening.

* Did you vote for Bob Huggins last week, well keep doing it every day.

* I will be traveling on business in a couple of weeks. I'll be spending a couple of nights in Washington, DC for the ESRI Federal Users Conference. I just got approved a couple of days ago to go and I'm quite excited. I've never been to an ESRI Conference of this level and this will help in the needed portion of my GISP that I do not have completed. The two hardest parts are done, it's going to conferences like these that is the easy part of the certification and I'm doing it on the Governments dime.

* I tried working on Amy's laptop this weekend, I've never admitted defeat but this may be the first time I may have to. I can;t seem to figure this one out although I am sure there is a solution.

* Have I ever mentioned that I Hate Snow?

* Have yourselves a great day today.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, February 08, 2016

I Hate Mondays

Yes here we are yet once again, at the most hated day of the week. The day that we start to put our collective noses back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living. It's time to start another workweek.

Well today is my two job day, I have to make a quick stop for TNG to do a survey and then it's off to my office to start another fun filled week of work, although things are starting to look a little brighter there than it has over the past couple of months.

I would comment about the results of the Super Bowl or which were the most memorable commercials, but as everyone knows I pre-write my blogs the day before Monday- Friday and just do two live blogs during the week.

I think we are going to try to get a group bowling date set up for later in February. Maybe someone should contact Suburban Lanes and get some rates and see if they have any specials. It would be nice if we can get a large group including Michelle's family to have a fun night out. Keglers has the best wings in town and it's all a part of Suburban. If anyone else has any other ideas (other locations) just let me know.

Something else I was thinking about doing was having everyone have fun with one of my hobbies. As everyone knows I am a geocacher and think that maybe we can work as a group to solve a multi cache somewhere around town. It gets people out and looking and gets the brain to working. I think kids would have a whole lot of fun. Just throwing that out there as an activity to do later on for family activities in the future.

Other possible activities could be kite flying, a good kickball game at some field or even work as a group ton do a 5k run or walk around town or even a nice bike ride on the trails. Smaller picnics like we used to do is also a good possibility. Does anyone have any other ideas for group activities? I'm even thinking a family picture day at a location with everyone. We have a great photographer in the family.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Super Bowl Sunday

Here I sit in a quiet household on a very special Sunday Morning. I'm the first one to awaken from that battle with that dreaded Sandman last night and I'm up watching something on HBO and collecting my thoughts for the day.

Well Football fans today is the day, the day when the Vince Lombardi Trophy is handed out and we officially have and end to football season for the year. It's Super Bowl Sunday.

This years game features the Carolina Panthers taking on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in what could be the last game of Peyton's future Hall of Fame career. Carolina is a 5 point favorite as of the time of this post, but the Denver Broncos only seem to win Super Bowl when Hall of Fame QB's are about to retire and are past their prime like this year. If you are asking me, I think Carolina is just a little too good this year and will win Super Bowl 50.

Our yesterday didn't turn out as planned, Michelle ended up taking Chad to the Apple Store in Pittsburgh and I stayed home trying to work on my niece Amy's computer which I am having very little to no success with as it does not want to seem to want to boot properly. A live pen drive nor re-installing software is working, I've never seen anything like this. It should boot with the pen drive to linux even when I changed the boot sequence, but seems to look at it initially and go back into that infinite loop that prevents it from booting.

On the local Sports scene, WVU Men's beat Baylor last night here in Morgantown 80-69 giving the Mountaineers sole possession of first place in the Big XII heading into a big match up Tuesday night against Kansas at Kansas.

Have yourselves a great day and enjoy the game and the Commercials.

Saturday, February 06, 2016


Well here I sit in a quiet household, everyone is asleep including the infamous Fin who never seems to sleep. I'm up early watching something with Morgan Freeman on HBO and collecting my thoughts for the day.

Well it looks like there is going to be a little road trip on our agenda for today. Chad's touch sensor on his iPhone has went bad and thankfully it is still under warranty for another month. What's that mean? Road trip to the Apple store at South Hills village is on our agenda for the day.

Unfortunately we do not have an Apple store here in Morgantown, but there is one just South of Pittsburgh and is accessible. Our appointment is for 12:10 this afternoon.

WVU Women's Basketball is playing Kansas State at 1:00 this afternoon. If you would like to go, just print off a free ticket and your price of admission is covered, The WVU Men's Basketball team is hosting Baylor this evening in a battle of two Top 15 teams at 8:00. If you don't have a ticket for this game you are out of luck unless you can find one from a third party as this one is sold out for this evening.

Have yourselves a great day, get out and enjoy yourselves and cheer on the Mountaineers.