Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is now complete, Mountaineers won the 3rd game of their 3 game home stand and stand at 3-1, good reason for a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,817 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new,  new, and improved 1,000-day Calender. I do have to say I am starting to feel my age or older than 21.  

* It has been 7,077 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography (there are my triple 7's)

* 5,665 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, the pizza hut is gone, the movie was 10,000 BC and it sucked to high heaven. 

* 4,868 days ago I proposed to Michelle in the backyard at 4:00 in the morning. Second best decision I ever made. 

* It was 4,413 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, for the most part, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, we poured sand into a vase and said our I do's and we were hitched. 

* I have now lived 2,049 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. 

* Michelle has been living a clean and productive life and beat that alcohol demon 707 days ago today. I am very proud of her, despite everything she has gone through she has come through this like the Champion that she is. One foot in front of the other. 

* My older Brother Jonathan lived 21,266 days, I've now outlived him by 574 days making me Senior Supreme Sibling once again! To my younger siblings, bow down to my age seniority. =)

* I have 3,023 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, but I love doing what I do. Who knows though, doing what I do I may never retire.

* There are 354 more days until we go to Pittsburgh and beat the Panther's butts in their stadium. 

* There are 341 more days to go until the Mountaineers will try to get some revenge here in Morgantown for last weekend when Penn State comes to Morgantown. 

* There are 314 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Thirteenth Wedding Anniversary together. 

* There are only 176 days to go until the next start of my favorite Season. Spring 2024. 

* 137 more days until Phil steps to center stage once again for Groundhogs Day. 

* 102 more days to go until my Goodbye 2023 Blog is posted, I'm just now getting started on content for that one. 

* There are 90 more shopping days left until Christmas 2023. You still have plenty of time to prepare and get ready.

* There are 67 days until I hit the age of 60. Yeah I know, I'm really older than 21. 

* It has been ∞ (infinity symbol) a number of days that I have hated both Pitt and Penn State. 

* I have written 7,316 blogs in the now 18 1/2 years plus a couple of days of being a blogger. 

* Older Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. My little drone is awesome and I really like it....when I take time out to fly it.  

* I think I know where I want to do my next drone flight, out by the old county graveyard whenever I get to it. 

* It's been about 8 weeks since the last time I had a soda. It's been water or brewed unsweetened Iced Tea for me pretty much exclusively the past couple of months. 

* My Wednesday Blog top 12 has run it's course. I'm either going to have to come up with another list off something, posting more boring videos or start posting content. 

* I guess I am another family member who started playing Monopoly Go on my phone. Bub, Kim, Amy, Val, Terri, Kynlea, Ralph, Hayley, Tyler and Luke and a few others are all playing against each other. More and more family members are playing and it's getting pretty cutthroat and competitive. 

* Mountaineers play on the road at TCU this weekend. TCU played for the National Championship last year, so we will have our hands full. 

* How about I start doing my favorite Tic Tok of the week? This is this week's Tic Tok, what's funny is I follow both of these tictokers and didn't know they had any association with each other. 

* Have a great day

* Hi ho hi ho?

Monday, September 25, 2023


All good things must come to an end, and that includes those fun-filled things that we refer to as weekends. Now it is time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. 

Not sure if I am working today, we are still on hold as of press time and that could change at the drop of a hat. We'll have to wait and see what transpires today, just because I'm not starting the day working does not mean I won't be ending the day working. 

Michelle will be heading into the office this morning, after spending the weekend clearing out the back bedroom. I don't want to count how many big contractor trash bags of old stuff that I took over to the dumpster, 10 or 12 would be a conservative guess. She is going to start to photograph Hayley's wedding stuff and we are taking it to Jim and Chris's auction that they are going to have in November. 

I did get a chance to spend some time BSing with my old roommate Gregg this weekend, he called me as he was driving home from the golf course after playing a round of golf. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho??

Sunday, September 24, 2023


Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, Kiwi is bragging that he was the Defensive Coordinator yesterday, but just during the first half. He wasn't flying around in the rain all day and decided to come home and prop his feet up and relax. 

West Virginia managed to stop Texas Tech's win streak against us as we beat them 20-13 here in Morgantown on a rain-soaked afternoon. It wasn't the prettiest of games, but they managed to get it done and get the win. The Mountaineers are on the road next week as they take on TCU, who played for the National Championship just last season. 

Football is still to be played today but of the NFL persuasion. The Pittsburgh Steelers play this evening on Sunday Night Football and will be traveling to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders. The Steelers had a great pre-season but the season has been less than exciting. I'm not really a fan of these late-night games, but if they were;t a popular team no one would want to see them.

Grocery shopping and normal chores are on today's agenda. Michelle did a great job cleaning out the back bedroom yesterday. She told me to stay out of the way so I obliged. She went through everything and we put some stuff up in the garage that needed to be there and tossed a great deal of stuff that we no longer needed. She's trying to get some stuff ready to sell at Jim's auction in November. It's mostly stuff we bought for Hayley's wedding before the plans changed. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Happy Birthday Kaiden Dalton

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my great-nephew a very Happy Birthday today. If my math is correct, he should be 15 years old today, despite his Facebook telling me he is

I heard he was going to his first WVU Football game yesterday, but I can't confirm this. 

Kaiden is an exceptional young man, I'm trying to convince him to play football next year, as he has grown into someone who has the size and strength to play the game right now, I think he would have a lot of fun knocking a few heads around. 

Not sure what Amy or Ralph have planned for this young man today, but you can almost guarantee that there is something planned. 

If you happen to see or talk to Kaiden today, make sure that you wish him a very happy birthday.

Happy Birthday Kaiden. 

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet Household, Sophie is sleeping as is Peanut so me and Kiwi are up conversing about life in general. It's just a dude's BS session about life in general. 

Well my work week got a little shortened this this week, I got called back to work the project I was working all summer, then after 2 12-hour shifts on Monday and Tuesday I was told the project is on hold as there needed to be some paperwork completed first. We we hoping to restart it Monday, but as of last night it doesn't appear that that will be the case. I'm ready when they are. It's only a short surge so this is temporary. Once my contract with LanceSoft expires, Parsons plans on retaining me on a casual basis which gets my foot in the door with them. 

I had a couple situations this past week as far as interviews. One that I did not tell anyone about, but I thought Michelle and I would be relocating to Tallahassee Florida in a few weeks. I was kind of quiet about this as it was a much larger offer than what I was going to move to Fredericksburg for, plus the places down there are much nicer, more available and cheaper. This process has been going on since March, I was supposed to have heard something by Tuesday and didn't, so that may not come to fruition. 

I had another interview this week for another job that is another contract with Matrix. They interviewed 5 of us, were supposed to hire 4 of us and I was the only one who was offered. That job starts in the middle of October, and is a remote role so I will be working from home. I had to purchase my own equipment, so I bought a cheap laptop to finish my home system (dual monitors, docking station etc) that I can move from laptop to laptop depending on who I am working for and never change anything other than which laptop is running. I've already accepted my offer, done my background check and drug screen for that job. 

That has been my week so far. The Mountaineers play at home once again this afternoon for the third consecutive week when we host Texas Tech. Tech has beaten us the last four seasons, and is a pretty good team. The game will be on ESPN+, so it's a different subscription. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Let's Go Let's Go

Friday, September 22, 2023

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 again the dawn of another weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday!

Are you ready for a little bit of High School Football? Well my still undefeated  Morgantown High Mohigans travel to Buckhannon to take on Buckhannon-Upshur this evening. 2-2 University High is at home hosting Fairmont Senior. Good luck to all the area teams this evening as they all chase a victory for their respective schools. 

WVU is at home once again this weekend as they prepare to take on Texas Tech in the first Big XII League action of the year. The Red Raiders have gotten the better of us the past few years, that really needs to change. I'm not making any predictions, but Kiwi said for the right amount of extra seeds that he'll be our Defensive Coordinator Saturday. 

Have yourselves a great day and the start of a great weekend. 

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 21, 2023

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.

I stole this one from Amy, I just love the big inflatable TV screen and the Pitt game that was projected onto it this past Saturday Night. I'm not sure how tall that screen is, but I would guess about 8'-10' tall when fully inflated. This picture really doesn't even do it justice as to how nice of a set up that Amy and Ralph have.

It was just one of those memories that we create and carry with us forever. 

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

My Musical Top 12, #1

 Looking for something different to do on Wednesdays, so I thought I would come up with a series of My personal Top 10 (it's going to be 12 in this case) of my favorite music growing up through the years. I decided I did not want to repeat any artists to allow for a variety, so I had to come up with 12 unique songs by 12 unique artists that I personally have enjoyed the most through the years. I'll do one song/artist every Wednesday from my own personal preference. How well do you know me? Do you think you know my top 12 and in order? 

#12 If you Don't Know me by Now - Simply Red

#11 I Believe in You - Don Williams

#10 Still They Ride - Journey

#9 Rough Boy - ZZ Top

#8 Immigrant Song -  Led Zepplin

#7 Paper in Fire - John Mellencamp

#6 Fins -  Jimmy Buffett

#5  Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard

#4  Turn the Page - Bob Seger 

#3 Listen to What the Man Said - Paul McCartney and Wings 

#2 5150 - Van Halen

#1 A Man I'll Never Be - Boston

I doubt if any of you could have guessed this, but this has been my favorite song since I was a kid. Boston was the headliner of the first band I saw in Concert (Sammy Hagar Opened for them) in 1979. 

This is a song of the Dpn't Look Back Album and it really didn't hit the charts other than briefly, but it has always been a song that I have loved. If you ask me what song I have listened to more than any other, this would be it. 

Brad Delp's amazing vocals just captivate you and the lyrics are ones that I have found myself singing in 6 different decades. It;s a song that you put the headphones on, crank up the volume and let Brad's melodic voice just capture you and take you away to another place and time. 

Did anyone guess my #1? How about any of my top 12?