Sunday, September 30, 2007

Here in Sterling

It was a busy day yesterday as we were setting up the methodologies for the pilot area. Fortunately I found out that other than me assembling the pilot area, I will only be doing Quality Assurance Quality Control on the rest of the project. Most of it will be done at the home office, I'm just here in a pinch.

Sterling is a beautiful town, it is pretty spread out and there are numerous things to do, places to shop and eat. However I have spent most of the time in the office working on this project as I am already here this Sunday morning awaiting on fresh data.

I have my camera with me so I'll be sure to get a few photographs.

My Hotel room is pretty nice, it has a full kitchen and a couple double beds. It is an extended stay hotel, so some amenities that you would find in a full service hotel are not there. However there is a Wal-Mart on the back side of the hotel, so I am good to go for anything I need.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Gallagher is coming to Morgantown

yes Morgantown, the madman of the watermelon is returning to Morgantown for the first time in 25 years when comedy legend Gallagher come to town for two shows at the Metropolitan theater on November 9th and November 10th. Tickets go on sale October 1st at Ticketweb. Gallagher is probably the one comic that personifies my generation in comedy, and is arguably my all time favorite comic from all the Showtime Specials he used to do.

Anyone else interested in going let me know and we can all go together. This is one show where I want to be front and center....with lots of plastic.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

Going out of Town

I will be out of town from tomorrow morning until probably Wed of next week. I was going to leave tonight but have decided to wait until tomorrow morning to leave.

I'm not going on vacation, I'm going into the Sterling Office to complete the Pilot area of a project before Tuesday so we can submit it and get approval from the client. I just found out earlier this morning, so it was a little bit of a surprise. I guess this means no weekend for me as I will be working at the Sterling Office both on Saturday and Sunday as well as Monday and Tuesday and Tomorrow. I should return Wed.

This is a project that was introduced last month and was one of the two projects I really wanted to work on and be associated with. One of the two was inside the Country and one was building a digital image of a world known city outside of the country. I will be doing the Quality Control work of the City inside of the US. I don't want to say where it is on a blog for professional reasons, but it's the same place Kim, Brittany, Mary and Danielle went last November Christmas shopping. So, I am a little psyched to start this project to say the least.

I'll be taking my camera with me and will be staying close to Dulles Internation Airport.

What a storm last night

When I walked out of class last night is smelled of moisture. I drove home and saw a lightning storm just lighting up the sky.

About a half an hour later, a ravaging storm came through with large hail that was knocking leaves off of trees and raining acorns on my roof. This reminds me of the storm 23 months ago, I'm just very glad that the temperature wasn't below 32 degrees.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Class tonight

Once again it is the middle of the week, hump day and the day the day of the week that my class meets. Last week I did manage to obtain Business Plan Pro Premier edition, this is a really nice software that basically writes your business plan for you, you just type in what you want to say and put your figures in, it builds your charts and graphs, formats it and installs any tables that may be needed. It does it in a format that banks prefer from what I understand.

It's enjoyable being back in the classroom, I really like this one because there are no grades or anything like that to worry about. It's not like it affects a collegiate transcript. Less stress makes it more enjoyable.

Monday, September 24, 2007

What a day

This is one of those days at work that you wish you could just forget about. The day went quick but it was one problem after another on a previous project that we are trying to wrap up.

Talk about headache city, too many people have managed the data and have left the company before we got to this point. Only problem is I had to go and find all the latest greatest versions of the data and try to assemble a composite dataset for the client.

I read the clients feedback and they were not to happy with the quality of the work, compared to the data that we had submitted before. I asked for the clients latest greatest version a couple of months ago, but they did not want to do that thinking it made us look bad. Ever tried to look at as many as 10 different databases of the same data and try to figure out which ones had the latest corrections. There is a time stamp, but that isn't accurate. Talk about headache city today.


Oh well off to some other things. I checked on the availability of Klaer Lodge at Chestnut Ridge park and it is still available for Christmas Eve if everyone is wanting to start planning for that night.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Good football weekend

Morgantown High and University High both won Friday Night.

WVU looked real good against ECU, while defending Champion Louisville lost to Syracuse.

The Steelers ran their record to 3-0 on the season. Maybe I do like Mike Tomlin.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Another Big Ole Hairy Friday

Woo Hoo, my workday is over with and it is time for my weekend.

Tonight is University High School's homecoming and there should be a parade downtown, nothing confirmed on this though. That means they will be playing tonight at Pony Lewis.

Morgantown travels to Preston to take on the Knights. The Mohigans have been quite sluggish this season so far and are 2-2 on the season officially. One of those wins coming because Martinsburg was stripped of their win and the other was a late 4th Quarter comeback.

I actually hit rails to trails for the first time yesterday. It was the first time in probably a couple of months. I need to work myself back into that routine now that softball is over and the weather is cooler.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Happy Anniversary Kim and Robert

Today is Robert and Kim's fourth wedding anniversary. I would like to wish them both a happy anniversary and a speedy recovery to Kim.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Two new restaurants for Morgantown

There will be two more additional new restaurants coming to Morgantown in the following months, both will be at the University Town Center in the coming months.

One is already in the process of being built, the frame is already completed and it sits back from the entrance road a little bit. It's the new construction that is on top of the hill when you look down from best buy and it will be the first to open up. The Cracker Barrel has always been one of my favorite places to eat. It's a place I consciously look for when traveling. There is one in Fairmont, now we'll have one in Morgantown.

The next one was an announcement in todays paper and will built in the lot beside the Olive Garden. It's is a restaurant that has rumored to been coming to Morgantown for fifteen years or better, but the demographics of the area prevented us from getting the franchise until now. Red Lobster will finally have a location in Morgantown.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Happy Birthday Calvin

I would like to take this chance to wish my Nephew Calvin a very happy 12th Birthday. Pam and George had his birthday party this past Sunday, being that his birthday is in the middle of the week.

He wanted video games and received quite a few PS2 games as presents.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sunday Morning

I have concluded my traditional Sunday Morning routine already and I am getting ready to head over to Krepps Park this afternoon for Calvin's Birthday Party. His birthday is Tuesday, but Pam is wanting to have the party today.

After that I am going to take a trip up to Mon general hospital to visit Kim. I stopped in to see her yesterday afternoon, but both she and Robert who have been through a lot were both resting peacefully and neither Terri nor I wanted to disturb them.

Hopefully she will have the chance to go home within the next few days, they are trying to reduce the fluid that she has in her right now.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday

Sorry I can't update anyone on what is going on this weekend. I've been doing a little running around and haven't been on the net as much as I usually am.

Anyone see the WVU game last night? WOW. We have the First Team All-American running back and Heisman finalist in our backfield, and his backup may arguably be one of the bets running backs I've ever seen. High School, College or NFL, past or present, Noel Devine has moves like I have never seen on anyone before with maybe the exception of Barry Sanders.

We're in good hands.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Update on Kim

They removed the tube in her nose today and have now given her the option of eating ice chips as opposed to before when she wasn't allowed anything orally.

When I went up yesterday morning she was still in pain and the doctors were wanting her to sit up in a chair for the first time. By yesterday afternoon she looked full of life and has started walking. She mentioned trying to walk a lap around the hospital corridor this morning. Slowly but surely she is recovering from the surgery.

I have stayed with Brittany the last couple of nights and will do so again tonight, then she is going to be with Ed for the weekend.

I left Kim my iPod buds yesterday and she has a little adapter where you can plug two sets of buds into one iPod, so yesterday her and Mom sat down together and listened to an audio book.

Don;t forget, WVU is kicking Maryland's butt tonight on TV.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Quick update on Kim

For those of you looking for an update on Kim, she had her surgery today. They had to make an incision and go in, so she is currently staying in the hospital and recovering.

For those of you concerned, Robert said he will send out a e-mail to everyone explaining everything.

Stay tuned

September 11, 2001

Monday, September 10, 2007

Off Tomorrow

I have decided to take the day off of work tomorrow so that I can help Kim out with anything that needs done during her surgery tomorrow. Mom, Terri, Robert and I plan on pretty much being there as long as needed until she returns from her surgery and we know something about her.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Steelers start today

Today at 1:00 the Pittsburgh Steelers officially enter the post Bill Cowher era when they make a visit to the arch rival Cleveland Browns to start the 2007-8 season.

I never get too excited about pre-season, but I have to say that I am a little concerned from what I have seen so far during the pre-season despite a 4-1 record during the time that games don't matter.

Today it starts for real for new coach Mike Tomlin and everything now counts.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Mountaineers win again


The Third Ranked WVU Mountaineer football team took a trip down south tho Huntington to take on the Thundering Herd from Marshall. It was a hard fought game for the first half, Marshall had held our high powered offense in check and went into halftime leading 13-6.

However depth and quality players are a trademark of this team and the Mountaineers put on a big second half effort and managed to walk away with a 48-23 win in front of what was the largest crowd to ever see a football game in Huntington.

Patrick White and Steve Slaton, West Virginia's two Heisman trophy contenders took complete control of the game in the second half. Our offense dominated the second half of the game, after a pretty dismal showing in the first half.


Freshman sensation Noel Devine entered the game in the second half to give Steve Slaton a rest and give the Marshall defense a lot of headaches. He rushed for 76 yards on 5 carries with two touchdowns. I Blogged about Noel this February when he initially gave the mountaineers a verbal commitment. WVU football is in good hands. I thought this last picture was funny, Noel is 5'8" and Wes Lyons is a 6'8" Wide receiver that we haven;t really unleashed on everyone yet.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Another Big Ole Hairy Friday

Once again my favorite day of the week, the time when the work ceases and the fun and entertainment starts to take over for the next few days.

No more free movies on Friday nights until next summer, as the summer under the stars movie series is over with.

Tomorrow WVU will play Moo Tech in Huntington. Kickoff for the game is scheduled at 11:02 A.M. WVAQ's Guru Bob has provided a little insight on what he thinks about the game.

On the High School sports scene, Morgantown travels to east West Stadium to play and University High plays at Pony Lewis.

If your looking for something different to do, tonight at 7:00 the WVU Womens soccer team plays at the WVU Soccer complex by the shell building.

Weather is supposed to be nice, so get out and enjoy the weather while you can because the days of great weather are starting to enter into their sunset for the year.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

New iPod introduced.

yesterday Apple introduced their new version of the iPod called the iPod Touch. It is very similar to the iPhone that was introduced earlier this year, it has all of the feature with the exception of the phone part of it. It does have a WiFi browser so that people will be able to start surfing the internet from their iPods.

Kim had told me about the announcement a couple of days ago so I was waiting to see what exactly it was going to be, because Steve Jobs keeps everything pretty much super secret until they actually have a press conference.

I was working on Terri's iPod yesterday (having trouble getting all the music back on it) when Kim called me with some news. She had me guess what she just bought, but it wasn't that hard to guess what she had just purchased.

The prices range from $299.00 for the 8 GB model and $399.00 for the 16 GB model.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Second night of classes tonight

Tonight we enter the second week of class, I have until the start of class to cancel the class if I want a refund, however there really enough said during the first week that could sway me one way or the other on that decision so I'll continue to stay with the class. It's one day a week and a little knowledge never hurt anyone.

For this week we had a simple assignment that went right up my ally. It was to find the demographics for Morgantown. Tough assignment for a geographer.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Back to work

It's back to work after a nice uneventful three day weekend for me. I honestly didn't get into much of anything this weekend, but it was nice to have three days to not get into anything.

I'm thinking now that the weather is starting to break a little bit, maybe it is time for me to take my lazy butt back to rails to trails as much as possible again. I have pretty much slacked off over the summer and need to get back to walking. Napping in the air conditioning during hot days is fun, but it doesn't help your health out too much.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Nice Sunday Morning

It's a nice Sunday morning, the weather is beautiful and I have everything that I normally do on Sundays done for the day. Although I did get a little bit of a late start this morning.

I did switch things around a little this morning and committed Wal-Mart Blasphemy. My Wal-Mart seemed to be out of about everything I buy so I went to the other Wal-Mart on the other side of town to do my shopping. Oh the humanity.

Yesterday the Mountaineers handed one to Western Michigan 62-14 in front of a sold out Milan Puskar Stadium. The Mountaineers are 1-0 on the season and face Moo Tech next Saturday in Huntington.

Nothing really planned for today, man I live a boring life.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Gameday

It's finally here, the start of the much anticipated 2007 Mountaineer Football season starts today at Milan Puskar Stadium at Mountaineer Field this afternoon as Western Michigan pays visit the the #3 rated WVU Mountaineers.

The game will be on TV, so if you don't have you won't miss it.