Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Tuesday's thoughts

I felt that I should do a BLOG entry this evening to keep it active. Not much has been happening other than that ugly white stuff that I keep seeing on the ground. I'm ready for summer and softball.

Tomorrow should be an interesting day at work, it's my bosses last day. He's moving back to Texas, I don't think his family ever really adjusted to Frostburg Maryland and his kids wanted to go home. When he told me that a couple of months ago I had a strange feeling he would be leaving in the near future. Our corporate number two man from the home office in India will be in the office tomorrow also, so needless to say it should be semi-interesting. I'll take my camera tomorrow and get a few pics.

How about the Mountaineers beating Pitt last night. It was the last game these seniors will ever play in the coliseum. They have captured our hearts like no other class before them. They came in on a low note and leave the program in the best shape in nearly 50 years.

That's my BLOG, have a nice day.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

RIP Don Knotts


Morgantown's most well know celebrity Don Knotts has reportedly passed away in Los Angeles.

OK, is spring now around the corner?

Right now it's 48 degrees! Add another 30-40 and I will be really happy. I went to work yesterday morning and I ended up driving through a blizzard to get there. Have I ever mentioned that I really don't like snow? LOL

I don't know what I'm going to get into today, but it started off with me catching up with Jean this morning and getting some updates on everyone.

I hear that Amy is now back to work, or should this be starting to work, at Nick and Terri's. I'm going to have to make a trip down there today to say hello to everyone. I hear they are doing pretty well so far, so we all need to keep our fingers crossd for them.

One thing I forgot to post recently is that Moke has been accepted to Fairmont State. I think he's really wanting to see what WVU says though. It is nice to know that he already has an acceptance letter from one of the schools he applied to though.

I guess I should be thinkful that it doesn't look like this outside. Have a good weekend.

Friday, February 24, 2006

It;'s Friday!!!! How about a tidbits

* It's been a long week, but Friday is finally here. Woo Hoo.

* Anyone notice I haven't done any survivor posts this season other than a cheap one on the first episode, that's because I honestly haven't watched it. I just haven't seen anything this season, so I really don't know what is going on with the show.

* Talked to Kim once this week, she seems to be feeling much better. Robert has been off work with her for a while and is planning on going back to work next week.

* Hopefully I can get out and do something this weekend, I'm hating this cold weather and I think I am starting to suffer from SAD. Have I ever mentioned that I hate snow? I'm ready for the spring and summer.

* The Morgantown Fantasy Baseball League is going to be back in action this summer after a one year hiatus. I plan on once again getting my butt handed to me, maybe I shoudl play with people who don't live, drink and breath sports.

* I did find a really nice site this week for job searches. Not only inmy field but for any company in any zip code or state. indeed.com is pretty simple, but it's a pretty poweerful search engine. Someone showed it to me and I was really impressed.

* The Mountaineer Basketball team is on a three game losing streak, but 2 of our 3 losses are to teams who have won a National Championship within the last three seasons. We'll rebound and be ready for the Big East Tournament.

* Have a great day

Sunday, February 19, 2006

My years goals to date.

First off, it was 1 degree this morning when I woke up. It was in the 60's on Friday. What's up with that? Did I ever mention I hate snow?

I don't make New Years resolutions, they are usually things that are done on a whim and never really realize their fruition. I take the approach a little differently, I try to set up what I would call obtainable goals that I would like to meet throughout the year following year. Resolutions we can easily let go in a day or two, but goals are something you work for year round. These are some of my goals for 2006 and where I am currently at.

Family Situation

Over the last few years we have some family feuds, sometimes resulting in people not talking and this being carried on for a while. In 2005 I ended my feud with my sister Kim and she also took the steps to repair another relationship in the family.

There are still a few hurdles to get over, but they are getting smaller and smaller and could be obtainable. Everyone makes mistakes, I think the question we must ask ourselves is how long those mistakes are being held against anyone else or being held against us. Anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person of real integrity and character to say enough is enough.

Unconditional love has no conditions, and we all need to remember this sometimes. I love everyone in my family and would bend over backwards to do what I could to help any of them. I have swallowed my pride, I have accepted accountability on things that I have done rather than make excuses and most importantly, I've tried to put others first. I could be wrong, but the true testament of that statement is that I really don;t see anyone contradicting it. I could be wrong, but that is the only true measure that we have.

This year I would like to see a complete family portrait at Christmas time. There is something incomplete about this picture, I don't want it to happen again.



Career

Wow, this is a big one. I said earlier this year I would re-market myself in 2006 and I have done this. I updated my resume and placed it on a few sites that it could be seen. I have been contacted by at least one head-hunter so far this year about at least one job. Anyone who knows me knows I was pretty excited when I found out the details of who was looking for me and where it is located. Don't know how it's all going to turn out, but the ball is rolling on this one and it looks like there could be prosperous times ahead of me.

Health

I've got my insurance information finally organized, but I still need to name a Primary Physician sometime in the near future. It is all organized for now on my part as far as everything else goes.

I did manage to step on a scale this morning and check my weight, my pants were starting to get a little loose and I just wanted to check, sure enough without trying I have dropped 10% of my body weight since early November. It must be getting close to softball season. I have been much more energetic over the past few months, I guess this confirms why.

Personal life

Steelers won the Super Bowl, WVU is the defending Sugar Bowl Champions and Morgantown High is the two time defending State Football Champions. The WVU basketball team lost to #1 UCONN yesterday, but we'll get them. So sports wise my goals are all my favorite teams to repeat.

Relationships

The one thing that comes and goes in my life. I've put any and all relationships on hold since I decided to go to college way back last century. I haven't allowed myself to get involved with anyone because I had goals that were more important to me at the time and I wanted to complete them.

In 2006 my goal is to find a soulmate. It's early, but I have signed up for at least one (like the specifics) dating site and posted my profile. I've sent a few messages in people that look to be able to keep my interest, we'll see how things turn out. It's been a long time since I was in a relationship. My last real relationship was a real educational experience for me. It taught me that if you don't have trust, you don't have anything. I also learned that trust is earned, and it's just not given. I have always tried to be honest, and I never really asked for anything other than that mutual respect in return.

Hopefully I can find someone like this in 2006.

This is just my update on the year so far. It's now a blistering 10 degrees outside, is it softball yet? I do have another goal this year, and that is bigger trophies.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Nice short day

I had a nice short day at work today, seems like Frostburg Maryland had a main waterline break today and they shut the entire college down. I had already been there when they made the announcement, but I left at about 9:30 this morning and went and visited mom for a littlw while. Tweaked her computer a little and helped her find what she was missing.

I guess I have to go to work again tomorrow, they got the water line fixed and the evening shift came in a few hours late and the facility is back up and running this evening.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

I can't let the BLOG go stale

Yep, it's me and I'm still alive. It's been six whole days since my last BLOG and I haven't BLOGGED since. My BLOG is getting very close to what I would consider a stale BLOG. That's when someone when the author writes something and doesn't touch it again for weeks if not months. That makes it really boring and people lose interest. I've always wanted to maintain the readers interest so that they would regularly return.

Readers need things to help keep the BLOG moving, they need pictures that help you tell a story, just like this one that I took from my phone last July at the Jimmy Buffet concert in Pittsburgh. They need something that gives the post a visual image to go along with your story so that they can see what you are talking about or get a sense of being where you were at. They need to be able to live the moments that you have lived through not only your words, but also through your eyes.

If you can manage to do that, I think you have managed to touch your readers heart. It's hard to get peoples attention sometimes, oh sure it's easy to get the attention of those we know and love, but for the reader that you have never met? I've met quite a few people over the last year whop claim to read my blog. Some do it to keep in touch with what's going on in life, some because they have met me or some because they have just viewed it once or twice and liked what they read or saw.

My sister Kim opened my eyes up a little more to the importance of BLOGGING just this past week. What she found is a place that takes your BLOG and turns it into a book. Yep, a hardback paper printed book. Pretty neat idea wouldn't you say? You think about it, I've spent a year and a half writing my ideas and thoughts down on the internet. I've done tidbits, I've been a news source, I've done multi media etc etc.

Kim said she is thinking of having her BLOG printed. It may not mean much to us right now, because we read them every day. However, think about down the road went he site or sites that host your blog dump their memory. Years after the authors have left this world and moved on. When the grandchildren and great grandchildren who have yet to be conceived walk this earth. Wouldn't it be nice if they could have something to help them better understand who they are, or where they came from.

We all depend on hearsay of family stories passed on down through the generations, and we know how hard that information is to confirm sometimes. This person says this, and that person says that. Wouldn't;t it be nice if something that I take five or ten minutes to do today, will be provide hours of education and entertainment for the next generations to come down the road?

Kim really hit on something and it is really making me think. What is it that I can do that can help the next generation understand who we were and what we were about. Who was doing what and when, and were there any pictures to go along with the story. My contribution has been this BLOG and my website. I try to take as many pictures as I can and add them to keep my site and BLOG up to date. Maybe someday when all of us who are reading this the day it was written are dead and gone, someone from the next generation will be able to see and read the same things and thoughts that we have experienced today.

Do A BLOG, Keep it active and give the next generations a very valuable gift.

Monday, February 06, 2006

A football fans tri-fecta


Wow, talk about a football fans tri-fecta. This year my High School Alma Mater completed it's second consecutive 14-0 State Championship Season. My College Alma Mater went 11-1, won it's third consecutive Big East Championship, won the Sugar Bowl and finished the regular season ranked #5. There have already been two AP voters who have indicated they are the Pre-season #1 next season.

Last night was the icing on my cake for the year. The Pittsburg Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. I am a lifelong Steelers fan and have patiently waited 26 years for my beloved steelers to return as Super Bowl Champions once again.

Now, if the WVU Basketball team can bring it home, and they very well could, this could be double icing on my sports world cake.


WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Let's start them up again

Well, Jeff Probst is at it again, my favorite television show is premiering the second part of the TV viewing season tonight when sixteen survivors are let loose in Panama.

This time the survivors are going to be broken down into four different tribes, I'm assuming that it will be four tribes of four, so this is going to be something new.

In Survivor All-Stars, they broke them down into three tribes, but this will be the first time for four tribes.

Not going to say much about what did or will happen tonight, I'm just going to pay attention to what is happening rather than attempting to BLOG about it.

Didn't work

6 more weeks of winter. Damn Rat.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Different approach


OK, last year's approach wasn't successful and we managed to have snow after Ground Hogs day. This year I am seriously thinking about sneaking up to Punxsutawney PA and poking the varmits eyes out so that there is no possible way that we are going to get any more sbow.

It started here in October, October!!!! We got nailed with over a foot of heavy snow that knocked out power lines all over North central West Virginia.

I work in Frostburg (that shoudl be a hint) and I've seen enough of the white stuff already this year. I'm ready for warm weather, no snow on the roads, longer days and girls running around in thong bikini's.


If I poke Phil's eyes out there will be no way he can see his shadow.