Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Well we survived the yearly trip to see Jimmy Buffett yesterday, as always a great show and we will see you again next year Jimmy. It's always a whole lot of fun gathering with all the other Parrot Heads to see Jimmy.

I found out yesterday that I will be in St. Louis the first part of next year. I have to go for re-certification from RTI (annual thing on their dine) from January 3-5. I'm not sure whether I am driving or flying out, it all depends on whether Michelle wants to go with me or not to St. Louis. I've never been there, but I have been across the Mississippi a couple of times driving, so it'll be new uncharted territory in my travels.

Today Michelle and I are both off and recovering from yesterday, it was just me and her this year as opposed to years past when we took a number of people with us to tailgate. Today is a day of unpacking and getting ready for the next couple of days in the office.

Tomorrow night we are holding the Softball playoffs and it's all going to be done in one night, as a double elimination tournament. Only the top 4 teams make the playoffs and finishing the year at .500 put us in that top 4 (yeah there are only 4 teams in the league). Come on out at 6:00 and support a bunch of old guys.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fins Up!!!!!

It's Buffett Day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle and I will be heading north here in a little while to sing with Jimmy.

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well Monday is done and we are now looking towards a better Tuesday, I still can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits other than if my long lost brother would show up in my DNA results.

* It has been 19,259 days since I first set foot on this planet, now using my math and my new and improved 905 days calendar, which I should trademark™, that makes me just 21 years old.

* 4,482 day ago I fulfilled a lifetime dream and graduated from West Virginia University, my hometown University and Alma Mater. I think the students are finally learning where to go and how to get around town.

* 3,082 days ago I was fortunate enough to take a very special lady out for a night on the town, we did Pizza and a movie that was horrible and that was the start of the rest of my life.

* 2,306 days ago I proposed marriage to Michelle, I had made her wait until a certain number of days, but she knew it was coming and said yes.

* 1,844 days ago in front of our closest friends and family at the Marilla Center, Michelle and I exchanged our marital vows and became husband and wife. It was the most special day of my life and the one that I hold dearest to my heart.

* I have around 5,578 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred here or there depending on how I feel.

* We are 2,216 days away from the Backyard Brawl being renewed when WVU and Pitt will once again take the field and the Mountaineers will once again whip that pathetic ACC rear end into the ground. Panther meat for sale the next day.

* There are 348 days to go until Michelle and my sixth Wedding Anniversary.

* My nephew Calvin and his GF Jeanetta will be getting married in 305 days from now. They have their wedding website up and running and are doing all kinds of planning.

* My favorite season of the year is Spring, which were are just a mere 209 days away from =)

* Phil the Groundhog takes center stage in 163 more days where he will predict our next 6 weeks worth of weather. Phil is my buddy and once again will not disappoint me, I have faith.,

* My Goodbye 2016 blog where I relive everything that was posted in my blog over the last year will appear here in just 130 more days.

* I still haven't seen WalMart put up Christmas stuff just yet, but it's getting closer as there are only 124 more days to go until Christmas. I say give it until next weekend and we'll start seeing it.

* The next anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in just another 100 more days.

* We tried to make it to the Springs Festival last year but the weather was not cooperative, we'll try it again in 46 more days. It's a great place to go and see if you have never been there.

* Our fifth Sea Cruise will take place in 19 more days when we set sail out of Baltimore once again. Everything is already booked, paid for including out hotel room and we're just counting the days down until we head east. Here is the AFT Deck cam of what is going on right now. I need to start writing my absentee blogs.

* The WVU Football team will take the field and open their 2016 campaign in 11 more days when they take on Missouri. I'm anticipating a good season this year, my expectations are actually a little higher than in years past.

* We are 0 days away from all of us Parrot Heads uniting once again in Pittsburgh, yeppers, that it TODAY!!!!!!! Fins Up!!!!!!!!!

* This is my 4,573rd blog that I have written for George's Journal. I'm going on 12 years as a blogger here in about another month. Amazing me trying something out has turned into 12 years of my life.

* The Hall Family Tree is still up and running with 370 members in the database and that will continue to grow this fall. I've added the DNA .GED file, so we'll see if that generates any information.

* The results are back for the brother search, here are my ethnicity results from the test. The closest relative that I have is a second cousin by the last name of Greer. I've sent a correspondence to the administrator of that site in hopes that it leads to something.

* I still think down the road I would like to assemble a few people for a team to take on the Morgantown Escape Room. The cost is $25 per person and to have an intuitive mind that can help with the solution. I'm starting to ask around and getting a pretty good response for that. I'm thinking sometime after our cruise.

* I still have to write all my blogs for the cruise. I pre-write them for when we are gone so as to post as we are on vacation. I'm slacking this year and have not started yet.

* Don't forget that the Butterfly and lantern release for Johnny Koon is this Saturday evening.

* Brittany has put together a August/September family get together still. A kickball game at one of the little league fields at Marilla. I think this would be a lot of fun and everyone would have a great time.

* Fins Up!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday George "Moke" McClain

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my nephew Moke a very Happy Birthday today.

It seems like it was only yesterday that Pam and George were having their first baby, a small and precious package of a young child that has grown into the Mountain of a man that he is today.

He is a pretty remarkable man, he's an Iraqi War Veteran, a great Husband and one of the best father in the world candidate's for Ryleigh's Daddy.

Not sure what Ang has planned for Moke today, but whatever it is it is going to be a special day for him.

If you happen to see him today, take a little bit of time out and wish him a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Moke.

Monday, August 22, 2016

One Day On and Two Off

Well as summer winds down and I have watched everyone else enjoy theirs, now starts to come to the time that we have been waiting for. Today both Michelle and I will be working, me both jobs and Michelle a long day. All in preparation for being off the next two days.

Tomorrow Michelle and I will travel to see Jimmy Buffett in Burgettstown once again as we meet with the rest of the Parrot Heads in the area to hear Jimmy sing once again. We sold all six of our extra tickets and recovered everything that we had invested in them.

My Sister in Law Chris and Jim, and their daughter Amanda are all on their cruise right now on the Carnival Victory. You can watch for them on the Foreward Cam or the Aft Cam the next few days. This is their first cruise so I hope that they have a lot of fun, I think they will. Michelle surprised them and had their rooms decorated to surprise them. What a way to start a cruise! You can track where they are here.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I am once again in a quiet household, I'm up early watching who knows what is playing in the background, not that I am paying attention anyway. I'm here waking up and collecting my thoughts for the day and enjoying the peace and quiet.

Yesterday afternoon we made a couple of stops around town. First we stopped and visited my Mother and to check up on her. She's been hospitalized five times in the past month and she doesn't tell anyone until she basically gets out. Stubborn woman to say the least.

Afterwards we went to my Sister Kim's to pick up a few items for Michelle from Thirty One and Mary Kay that she had purchased. We stayed a little while and visited, Michelle buddied up with Bella, the younger of Kim's two Miniature Yorkies that like our neighbor dog Rocky is a fireball of energy. Bella and Michelle posed for a picture that she put on on Facebook.

Plans for today are our typical Sunday. We'll be grocery shopping later this morning, a trip to Phoenix Bakery and a few chores around the house such as finishing up Laundry for the next week. We'll be off a couple of days this week for the Buffett Concert which seems to be getting later and later in the tour.

Have yourselves a great day today, make the most of it and live it to its fullest.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, I'm up early with some kind of noise on in the background playing on the television, not really paying attention to it. I'm here just waking up and collecting my thoughts for the day.

I have to take a minute out and wish my step mother Jean a very Happy Birthday today. She left us all a couple of years ago after long battle with Pancreatic Cancer, but she is still missed by everyone and today would have been her birthday.

My plans for the day are to once again head to Fairmont and do some field work for RTI. I'm just trying to finalize this section for this quarter so that we can move on and start to prepare for the third quarter.

I did find out yesterday that a Sportsman's Warehouse will be coming to Morgantown with plans on opening up sometime next year. I would imagine that it will be going in somewhere around the next exit that is due to open up September 1st. It will be like Christmas in the coming months as we find out new businesses that will be opening in the area.

I did find out this morning that the Lantern and Butterfly release for Light Up Night will be held next Saturday evening. I plan on being in attendance, but Michelle has plans next weekend on going home and helping her family celebrate her Grandmother's Birthday. It was a lot of fun last year and it raises money for a very good cause, the Johnny Koon Brain Tumor Research Fund at WVU Children's Hospital. Come on out, bring some extra cash and release some butterflies and lanterns.

Have yourselves a great day today and make the very most of it.

Friday, August 19, 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.

Well once again I will be going out tomorrow to do some work for RTI, we're trying to finish up this quarter, so I'll be out and about tomorrow trying to get some interviews in.

I know Michelle is talking about going to the Women's Expo at Mylan Park this weekend. Maybe that will work out for us as I am out doing field work, we'll be off a couple of days this coming work week for the Buffett Concert so that will be OK.

Well I guess by all the pictures I saw all over Facebook that yesterday was the first day of school for school aged kids here in Monongalia County. I hope all the students have a great year, knowledge is power so gain as much as you can.

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look through my 30,000+ lost moments in time that I have either captured with a lens, scanned or just stolen from some place on the internet. I like to post up one picture and relive it briefly for everyone. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task like todays and sometimes it is a struggle to find that special picture, one this it always is is a whole lot of fun for this writer.

This weeks picture is of my and my lovely wife a few years ago, this was right after the ship had taken off from Baltimore on our very first cruise that we had ever been on. It seems like only yesterday, but we are getting ready to go out on our fifth cruise here in less than a man. We are already Gold members in Carnival's VIFP Club and after this cruise we should be just short of half way to the next level where you get all the perks and goodies.

Speaking of the picture though, this was taken right after the ship had left the port, we were probably still turning around in the Bay to start to head towards the ocean. It was a very memorable moment for us, because we were both on our way out of the country for the first time in either of our lives.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho