Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Fins to the left, Fins to the right...

WOW, what a time I had today. I went and saw Jimmy Buffett at PNC Park and had a great time. This was my first time to be among the Parrot Heads, and let me say I was not disappointed.



I went with Mark, his wife Denise and Jeff McClung and we sat out in the 90 degree heat for about 4-5 hours having a blast before we ventured into PNC Park.



They said you were not allowed to take your cameras inside of PNC, but if I was thinking properly I would have snuck it in. I did take a couple pictures with my phone, but I don't know how to extract those pictures to a file.



The crowd was awesome. I have never been to a concert this big and to be honest with you, I was a little awestruck by it. PNC Park probably had the biggest crowd they have ever had for this event.



It was also a very enjoyable crown to be around, everyone with a beach theme and you had no fear of any complete idiots anywhere, it was like one BIG Family party.

If you have never seen this man in concert, do yourself a favor and go and see him at least once in your lifetime, you will not regret it.

***UPDATE****

Thanks for the link Mark.

I was one of those gate crashers who tried to get in at 6:00

Buffett fans sunk by late-arrivals at ballpark gates


Concert Review: Buffett starts the summer with a steamy show

Poker Run for Make-a-Wish

Terri and Nick and the Country Inn were the last stop for the Poker Run for the Make-A-Wish Foundation yesterday. WOW, talk about a crowd, I think she probably had her best day ever as far as sales.



It was a total madhouse yesterday, but I think they handled it very well. Being the last stop, you are required to provide food for the pack. Terri, Tyler, Amy, Choo, Rob and Nick did an outstanding job of doing for providng for all of these visitors.

The bar was so busy that it ws almost impossible to get the food from the kitchen to the newly redesigned gameroom where she was serving all the food.

From what I gathered, it allowed a group of kids to enjoy a fun day at Valley Worlds of Fun . Terri had no idea how big the crowd was until I took her and Choo out the backdoor and walked around the building. I knew it was big when I looked out the front window and saw a row of people sitting on the guardrail across the street as far as I could see from my vantage point.

Hat's off to all the Country Inn people who did an outstanding job yesterrday.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Thursdays Tidbits

* Haven't posted much this week, so I guess I'm going to do a tidbits.

* Mom, is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on vacation with her friends Shirley. She should be coming back this weekend, I guess she has a one week time share down there.

* Kim and Robert are currently in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this week. Robert is down there bowling in the nationals with his dad.

* George bought a new 4-Wheeler this past weekend. I went up to his place for some of his world famous rib BBQ's and saw it. I have a couple pictures of it, but I haven't uploaded them yet.

* Rich just ended a weeks vacation on Monday, he works a lot of hours and was probably long overdue on having a vacation.

* Terri and the Country Inn will be the last stop at a Poker Run this Saturday. I'm, going to go down and give them a hand because you know they are going to be busy.

* I'm going to be the designated driver for Mark and a few other people for the Jimmy Buffet concert this Sunday.

* I'm taking this Monday as a vacation day to recover from a very busy weekend.

* Yesterday was a nice day at work, I helped make VARGIS $320,000 in about 15 minutes. I would like to have that chink of change. Actually it was just repairing something we did a few weeks ago that allowed us to bill for the services.

* The weather in Frostburg has been great this week.

* I talked with Kim briefly yesterday, she said Baton Rouge was awesome, but it was also very hot down there.

* I did stop in and pay her a visit Sunday evening after I left Pam and George's place. I met Roki the new puppy.

* When does Survivor start again? I think I'm suffering from Survival Withdrawal Syndrome.

* Have a nice week.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Happy Fathers Day

It's been nearly six years now since me and my family have lost my dad. To me he was someone I had always looked up to and someone who was always there for me. He left this world a few years ago and left one heck of a legacy. I'm fortunate because of him to have four of the best siblings that anyone could ever hope for.

He's left a legacy of stale old jokes of cutting his finger three times when he was making his world famous potato salad. Of course he always waited until you were eating and would always lead in with how do you like the potato salad before he would drop his infamous one liner.

When I look at my Nephews and nieces I can see my Dad through his eyes, they were all his grandchildren and each and every one of them carries a unique piece of him with them. I look at his great-grand daughter and I see his eyes in her.

He left a very positive influence on each and every one of us. I guess the true measure of a man is the legacy that he leaves behind. What happened to the seed that he sewed when he spent his brief time with us. Did it take root and prosper or did it whither and die. Was he going to be remembered or forgotten.

George Edward Hall Sr influenced and inspired many of us. I consider myself a very lucky man to have had the honor of calling this man Dad. He left a legacy that definitely took root and grew in fertile soil. Five loving Children, seven loving Grand-Children and so far one great-grandchild. I think he would have been very proud in each and every one of them.

We Love and Miss you Dad. Thank You and Happy Father's Day.



"Somebody will Pay, Somebody will pay..."

George Hall












Saturday, June 18, 2005

Happy First Birthday, Erica Jean Nicholson

Today, we celebrated Erica Jean's first birthday. We had a little cookout at Val and Bobby's place. Weather was beatiful and was perfect for a cookout.
















Very Proud of Randy

Yesterday, Randy finished his grueling 22 weeks of training at the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Acadamy and graduated. I have to say that I am very proud of him, he went in as a confused boy, but exited a man.

After the graduation, Terri and Nick had a nice little graduation Party for him. It was a great time enjoyed by everyone who was there.

I did manage to capture his platoons drills in a media file for everyone to see. Be warned though, this is a 40 MB file, so it may take some time to download.

Randy's Graduation











Friday, June 17, 2005

Graduation Day for Randy Hamrick



Today Randy graduates from the Mountaineer ChalleNGe academy at 1:00 at the Craig Civic Center in Kingwood. I will be leaving work a few hours early so I can see his graduation. He's worked very hard over the past six months and being there is the least that I can do.

I was talking to Jean yesterday and I guess he had taken his GED a few weeks ago, but they would not get the results until yesterday. Randy passed his GED and at 16 years old is now a High School graduate. I'm pretty sure that age wise he will be the youngest to graduate when compared to anyone else in the family. Congratulations Randy, I know I am very proud of you and will be there today with my camera in hand to capture the moment.



I have been told that the graduation will last three hours, but I will be sitting in the audience as one proud Uncle watching every moment of it.

After his commencement, Terri is going to be having a party at the Country Inn in Fairmont. I'm sure there will be one or two photo opportunites for me there today.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Finally got the picnic pics resized and uploaded

Ok, I finally got a few pictures from this past weekends picnic uploaded to my site.
Here is a little sample.






















Monday, June 13, 2005

Geneology updated

I received an e-mail from Mark Devault this morning telling me that he had updated his dad's geneology software.


SITE

Take a look around and see if you can fill in any of the blanks.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Weeks wrapup

I guess I can do a weeks wrapup/tidbits post.

* We played an undefeated team in softball last night, man was this team loaded with some really solid players. WE did kick the shit out of them 16-4 to run our record to 9-1 though.

* After the game a large group of us went once again to our sponsor Prime Thyme for dinner and a few beers. Of course I was drinking Diet Coke and water.

* Friday a group of us went out to lunch at work. One of the girls was having a birthday party yesterday after work. A girl I work with and I combined to make her a little Birthday file.

* Wed, a guy who I used to work with at the NRAC had his first of two interviews in Frostburg. He interviewed with us for a job in Sterling. I think they are going to make him an offer. Josh, his wife Jamie, JB Churchill (another former NRAC'er) and myself went out to lunch Thursday in Frostburg.

* Randy graduates this coming Friday from the mountaineer Challenge academy. His graduation will be in Kingwood. I think Terri is going to do something after the graduation. Don't really know the details yet.

* Jean and Mickey are having a cookout tomorrow at Krepps Park. It will be nice to see everyone. I think I'm going to my traditional Sunday Morning chores today rather than tomorrow so I can lend a hand if needed.

* The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this past week. We have been getting an occasional Thunderstorm in Frostburg, but it doesn't appear to have rained a drop by the time I get back to WV.

* Jean did give me an update on Valerie Reed. The girl who grew up across the street and was shot this past Christmas. I Blogged about it previously. I guess she is doesn't really know anyone and is still in pretty bad shape, but now here is the kicker. She was pregnant by the guy who shot her and then killed himself. I guess they are feeding her through a feeding tube and the baby is still on schedule.

* I'll try to grab and add a few new picks over the weekend. Have a good time enjoying this wonderful weather.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Not really a tidbits, but it is a Tuesday

Hey, we are 40% of the way to the weekend. Today was a nice day, the weather was absolutely perfect. I got home from work and went and took a little walk on Rails to Trails. I went for a nice little walk on the Caperton Trail where I usually go. I usually park at the Jeep dealership on Don Knotts Boulevard and walk towards downtown. Usually until I get to the Westover Bridge, then I turn around and go back.

It was a very scenic walk tonight for there were literally a few hunred people that I passed on the trails. Everything from bikers, to rollerbladers to joggers to walkers to strollers (me) to people just sitting there and enjoying a beautiful view.



I called Kim from the trail but no one was home. Then I turned around and called Jean and she told me that the Toths are going to have their yearly cookout this coming Sunday. We usually do it at Krepps Park on the backside of the swiiming pool. Usually plenty of food and a great time to be had by all.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Back to the grind

What a beautiful weekend we had weather-wise. Nice and sunny all weekend and weather was in the mid to upper 80's. I don't think I could have asked for better weather. I need to get out with my camera on days like these so I can get some great snapshots.

I'm still starting at 6:00 AM, so I'm still leaving at 4:30 in the morning to drive to Frostburg. It does tend to make the day go a lot quicker and I can get more done in the early morning hours at work, so that does make it nice.

I did get a chance to talk to Pam and George over the weekend. Pam caused George to crash a four wheeler and she's blaming him for it. She has this bad habit of causing people to wreck and them blaming them for it.

George said he did get three rooms drywalled including Calvin's Room, the Living Room and the new Kitchen. They are moving right along on it.

Talked to Jean a little yesterday, she said Rich is starting his vacation this week and that they may go down to the Country Inn this Friday to hear the band the Chicken Pickers.



I never did get a chance to talk to Gary and wish him a Happy Birthday. Maybe he and Renee got away for the weekend or something.

It was a nice enjoyable, peaceful weekend, but now it's back to the grindstone that we call work.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Happy Birthday Gary

I'm wanting to wish a very happy birthday to my brother Gary. He is 34 years old (I think) today. Just wanting to wish him a very happy birthday.









Saturday, June 04, 2005

A Softball Weekend

We have three games scheduled over a period of 15 hours. Last night we got off to a great start defeating a team full of the 2005 Morgantown High Football team and we played very well as a team. The game only went 4 innings as we kinda crushed them 21-1 running our seasons record to 6-1.

We have a double header scheduled this morning at 10:00 and 11:00. It will probably eb a long day because after our double header I'm thinking about going over and watching my old team when they play a double header this afternoon and my cousin mike has a double header later this afternoon that I would like to see.

I have a Team Schedule posted here. We are Prime Thyme andplay mostly on Fridays.

Friday, July 7th at 9:00 we take on team my cousin sponsers and plays for. We play Top Notch which I guess is a company Michael started. I also got a chance to see and talk to one of my oldest friends Tim Bowser last night, he's playing on Michael's team this year.


***Update***

We took 2 this morning to run our record to 8-1.



Have a good weekend.