Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, and I still hate snow. Time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,509 days since my birth, so count your blessings that I am here and especially if you know me. Each and every one of us make this a special place.

* It has been 5,735 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, with an emphasis in Geographical Informational Science (GIS), a field that I do love.

* 4,336 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,560 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. She knew it was coming, I just made her wait.

* It was 4,002 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Seems like just yesterday.

* I have now lived 723 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. It brings how short life is into perspective, especially with all that has been happening around us lately, that brings it all into perspective.

* I have 4,340 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 947 days away, we are under 1,000 days until we kick some Panther butt.

* 338 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year. I swear I just did one of these lol

* There are 331 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020.  Relax you have plenty of time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 308  more days. I've lost count as to how many anniversaries this is.

* There are 182 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 65 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 53 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much although to date we have not really had much of a winter.

* 5 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Come on Phil, I'm counting on you.

* I have written 5,908 blogs in the now 15 1/4 years since I started blogging.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

*  I have a number of birthdays coming up in the next week of friends and family, January is a busy month for Birthdays.

*  I'm putting in to go to the ESRI Users Conference again this July in San Diego. Both Michelle and I had a great time there last year.

* I know Kim and Terri are going to DC in March, looks like I'm going to beat them by a month when I go down in a few weeks.

* I think Hayley has picked the colors for her wedding, Blush Pink, Ivory and Gold.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? It's been a mild winter, but I just wanted to point that out.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton this summer.. He even has his own twitter account.

* 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, January 27, 2020


All good things must come to an end, and that does in fact include those fun filled things that we refer to as weekends even though I worked through the weekend. Now it's time to strap em up, and stick our collective noses back onto that grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

My weekend of working will extend for me into this evening as I will be heading out into the field after work today to conduct at least 1 and as many as 3 interviews today. It's been a pretty productive quarter so far for the West Virginia team even though we are  down 40% of our work force. We have brought in some travelers and they have done a fantastic job filling in.

Michelle's company has a big announcement coming up this weekend. It might be worth paying attention if you have any interest in what they do (put people to work in good paying jobs). More to come on that later in the week.

I have three transitional meetings this week, we are transitioning from my current employer into a break off company this time next week. More to follow on that when it happens.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, January 26, 2020


Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, my co-author is somewhere sniffing around and I'm sitting here collecting my ingenious thoughts for the day. The Steve Martin movie the Lonely Guy is playing on the boob tube behind me. 

What's on my agenda for the day. Let's see Grocery Shopping, run to the bakery, weekly chores around the house, pay a few bills and then it's out into the field to do a little more field work for RTI. I had a decent day yesterday, didn't conduct any interviews but have some set up for tomorrow evening.

It rained most of the day yesterday and my windshield wipers were in serious need of replacement, so I went to Advance Auto and got a really good set. It has probably been a year since I replaced them and one was just starting to tear away from the blade, so that was a good time to get them replaced. They needed it, I just had put it off for a while. Heavy rains Friday night convinced me that they needed to be changed so I did it yesterday morning.

I did plan my itinerary for the ESRI Federal Users Conference in a couple of weeks. There are so many things to see and do, so many training and tip sessions that it can be a little bit overwhelming. This will be my third Federal Users Conference and fourth overall where Jack Dangermond is there and the Keynote speaker at the Plenary Session. I've put in for San Diego once again this year, keeping my fingers crossed on that one.

Have yourselves a great day, stay warm and dry.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, my co-author is fast asleep in the bedroom and I'm out here watching who knows what on the TV. I'm trying to wake up from the butt kicking I took last night from that dreaded Sandman and starting to plan out my day.

What are my plans for the day? You guessed it, I'm out in the field once again today working for RTI. I'm still working my way through my second segment and trying to open up all of my lines. I went out Thursday evening for a couple of scheduled interviews and managed to find two cooperative households and managed to get my interviews. Hopefully today I can either make it the rest of the way through my roster to have all lines open, or I can get some interviews taking up my time doing that. Weather is kind of bad today, interviews would be my preference.

That's going to be pretty much my agenda for the whole weekend, I'm planning on going out again tomorrow afternoon and working followed up by a couple of evenings of field work this week. It's next weekend, aka Super Bowl Sunday, that I may want to take one day off.

If you are looking for something to do today as well as stay in, a co-worker likes to build models and is pretty good doing it. He's has been on multiple magazine covers with some of his builds and goes into a remarkable level of detail. Starting at noon today until noon tomorrow, they are doing a 24 hour build on Facebook. This is the 14th year for them doing it and it all started in his basement, this year I think they are up to 150 builders around the world that are participating in this years build. I tuned in last year and found a few models that I really enjoyed. It's not streamed or anything, but there will be periodic pictures from everyone. It kept me interested last year, might be worth a watch.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, January 24, 2020

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.

What is on my agenda for the weekend, what else I'm going out and working this weekend. Probably both days, but we'll have to see that is always subjective. I took off last Sunday, so you just never know. I guess it all comes down to how heavy of a caseload I have and how desperate we are in need for my services since we still haven't filled a number of positions in the state.

Michelle doesn't have any plans this weekend, but she'll be busy next weekend as Jim and Chris will be having their monthly auction at that time. Specific details will be provided when they become available.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, January 23, 2020

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+ images that I have either captured with a Camera, Scanned or just simply stolen off the internet. Little lost moments in time that I post up and relive tight here for everyone while I try to recall the moments around that image. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that image and sometimes it's a challenge, although one thing it always is is a whole lot of fun for me.

This weeks pic goes all the way back to 2009, almost 11 years ago. We were having a little get together that day to celebrate Hayley's 16th Birthday and we had the families over to help her celebrate.

This weeks pic is my sister Pam giving me that has been referred to as the Hall Salute. I don't know why, but everyone always seems to want to flip me off and as you can tell by the video it is something that has been happening to me for years.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho