Saturday, April 21, 2018


Here I sit in a quiet household, the only thing I hear is a fan radiating behind me and my cat Peanut's name tags jiggling together as she plays with my feet. The TV was last set to stream something that is now over and I just haven't started something new or set it back to cable. I'm up collecting my thoughts and surfing the interwebs.

We had a little bit of a scare last night, Chad passed out from dehydration in the hallway and Michelle ran him to the Emergency Room last night. They pumped him with some fluids and ran a few tests and sent him back home a few hours ago.

There was a bit of bad news yesterday locally, Mylan Pharmaceuticals is laying off another 500 employees or 15% of their entire workforce. I'm not going to speculate as to what is the causation, I'm hearing a few different things but it's all third hand and I can't validate any of it. They laid off around 300 workers just a few months ago.

I'm not out working for RTI this weekend, our team has too many pending interviews and they do not want to do any new screening until they get some of the pendings cleaned up. I have a total of 0 pending interviews which means I've got the weekend off and wont be out in the field.

I did get the ultimate compliment at work and it's a pretty big one. Let me say a couple of projects I was the geospatial analyst on have won a couple of pretty prestigious awards in the past. Both the 2010 Atlas and the 2012 Atlas won awards plus I was the was the geospatial lead on an International Effort that involved many countries. I left that contract last year due to a loss of funding. Cue this week, our Federal Site Manager was meeting with a few significant people from Headquarters and was talking about GIS (What I do) to them. I've heard from multiple sources that I was referred to an "Internationally Acclaimed GIS Guru" (hence why I spoke about the Atlas work). They all wanted to meet me, this week and see a demonstration, but they got behind schedule a little and had to head back to DC. Yesterday I heard through the Grapevine that I may travel to Headquarters in the near future to give a demonstration. It's nice to have some pretty high up people refer to you in such a manner, even though I heard it from other sources.

Have yourselves a great day. I'm going to enjoy a day off.

Friday, April 20, 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.

I have to say this has been a fast week, but then again it's really not over with so I shouldn't speak too soon. I am planning on going out to work tomorrow for RTI if they permit us, but what I have to do has dwindled down and I'm not going full steam ahead like I do at the start of a quarter. Now it's just basically go and find the people I couldn't previously find at home and wrap it all up.

No big plans for this evening or this weekend, weather isn't going to be nice like it was last weekend, so my drone time might also be limited. I am getting excited for better weather and more opportunities to fly, now I just have to start finding interesting placed where it would be fun to fly and so I can also learn to pilot the drone a little better. Orientation is something I'm struggling with a little.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Photo Flashback Thursday

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through some of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet through the years and find one special picture that stands out. Little lost moments in time from yesterday caught with a Cameras lens and relived right here in my blog. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that one special picture and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it consistently is however is a whole lot of fun.

My how time flies, this picture was taken in 2009 on Christmas Day. Nearly 5 years and one day later Jean would no longer be with us.

This picture was taken in our home in 2009, Jean and Gary had missed the previous evenings festivities and had stopped by on Christmas Day for a visit. This was a time before Jean lost all of her weight through weight watchers and my back wall was empty without a bunch of shelves and cookware that now occupy

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hump Day

Well there are two days that are done, now it's just a matter of getting up and over this dreaded noon time hump and it will be all downhill towards that as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

I would first like to take this opportunity to wish my Brother In Law Jim a very Happy Birthday today. Jim is also a local auctioneer and I have discussed his auctions on multiple occasions on my blog.

I'm working both jobs again today, start the day at NETL and I'll finish my day out once again doing field work and trying to get interviews as the quarter keeps rolling along. Another week or so and I'll be able to wind down a little and relax and do a little clean up. I have opened all my line in all my sections, so now it's just a mater of finalizing them and wrapping them up.

Have yourselves a super day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again in the rear view mirrors and we are looking at a long Tuesday, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,862 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 5,084 days since I graduated from WVU fulfilling a lifelong dream that I had had, we are about to have another group start their counts in less than a month.

* 3,685 days ago Michelle and I went out for our very first date, we're still together despite a horrible movie choice.

* 2,909 days ago I proposed to the most wonderful woman, I was a lucky guy as she said yes.

* It was 2,446 days ago in front of our closest friends and family that Michelle and I poured sand into a vial and said "I Do" and we were.

* I am now 71 days older than my Dad was when he left us.

* I have 4,976 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 1,614 days away. I'm ready, I have always hated Pitt.

* 291 more days until Phil tells me that we are going to have an early Spring in 2019, heck I am just happy we are starting to get a spring now even though it might snow today.

* 258 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, when I recall my year based on what was written right here.

* There are 251 more shopping days left until Christmas, it's a little early to start on a wish list.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 228 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary?

* There are 118 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary. It's amazing how fast time flies when you get older.

* There are 100 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 81 more days until we go and see Jimmy in Pittsburgh again after him bypassing Pittsburgh last year.

* There are 65 more days to go until it's going to be Summertime officially, I'm ready for it.

* I have written 5,218 blogs in what is now my 13 plus full years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,782 more to go until I reach that Milestone.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search, but what else is new. It's been kind of dormant for a couple of years now after the brick wall was reached.

* One nice drone flight this weekend, went out to Mason Dixon Park and flew about 15- 20 minutes. Took it up to about 393' which is within 7' of my altitude limit I am allowed to go. See end of blog for video.

* Michelle had a great time at Maddy's birthday party this past weekend, she posted a lot of pictures.

* Only working one job today after a long day yesterday, it's just a recharge to hit it again tomorrow.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? I mean I really don't like it and when they are calling for it in mid April, I REALLY dont like it.

* This weeks Riddle: It can be cracked, it can be made, it can be told, it can be played. what is it?

* 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

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Back at it

Well after a nice relaxing day off  yesterday (minus all the chores) it is time for me to put my day off in my rear view mirror and address the start of another week of doing what it is that we all enjoy doing so much. It's time to stick our collective noses back on the grindstone again and get back to it.

If you have not done your taxes for the year yet, you might want to start to address them. Tomorrow is Tax Day meaning you better have filed your return by midnight tomorrow night. It usually the people who owe money who wait till the last minute, but we paid what we owed about six weeks ago just to get it over with and done.

I am out pulling double duty today after taking yesterday off. I'm working my regular job during the day and then will head out into the field this evening after work to work for RTI once again. Another week or so and I should have these segments worked down, I was going to work it hard this past Saturday, but certain things took precedent and it was a short day so to speak.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Here I sit once again in a quiet household, Michelle is still up in Ellwood City but will be returning home this evening after spending the weekend for Maddy's Birthday Party. I'm still holding down the fort until she returns.

Michelle and I did work in unison yesterday as we managed to get Hayley a car to replace the one with the smashed front end that is sitting in the driveway. We're not sure what condition that car is in or if it can be fixed, but that is now a Chad project and we'll see if he can work any kind of magic. For right now, Hayley has reliable transportation to get her back and forth from work. It needs some minor routine maintenance, like an oil change and replace the plugs and wires, but her boyfriend Tyler is taking care of that for her.

Peanut had a nice long Meoutside Day yesterday and is already telling me "Dad, open the door I want to Play" already. I do tend to speak Cat fluently and her and I have a good communication although she usually refers to me as Human rather than

I'm off today, and will be doing the shopping and laundry for the week so I'm the domestic goddess today I guess.

Have yourselves a great day and enjoy the weather.