Wednesday, April 30, 2008

WV Gladiators Schedule

For any of you who may be suffering from Football withdrawal syndrome, have no fear the WV Gladiators will start their season May 31. The schedule features six home games with the first game against the Defending National Champions Lima Warriors.


Visit the Gladiators Website for any further information.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A good start to softball season

The 2008 MVP Softball season has started and it has started off with a nice little bang. After jumping to a 14-0 second inning lead, we won 18-3 tonight in four innings due to the mercy rule.

It was muddy and mucky and the field was horrible, but it didn't seem to bother us as we actually played quite well.

I have posted our 2008 schedule below:


2008 MVP Paintball Schedule


Mon Apr 28 vs Bucket Heads Pub 1 Liberatore 7 pm
Mon May 5 vs REM Ogden 6 pm
Mon May 12 at Morgantown Surgical Whiston 9 pm
Sun May 18 at Finish Line / R & E Electric Liberatore 1 pm
Tues May 27 at Secure USA Ogden 6 pm
Mon June 2 vs Koval Supply / Transmissions Plus Ogden 6 pm
Mon June 9 at Keglers Whiston 6 pm
Tues June 10 vs Sports Page Liberatore 6 pm
Mon June 23 vs Bent Willeys Doub Header 6 pm
Mon June 23 at Advantage Health & Wellness Whiston 7 pm
Mon June 30 at Classic’s 3 Liberatore 9 pm
Tues July 1 vs Mountaineer Scuba Liberatore 6 pm
Tues July 8 at Morgantown Honda Ogden 7 pm
Mon July 14 vs John Howard Motors Liberatore 10 pm
Mon July 21 at Classic’s Liberatore 6 pm
Tues July 22 vs Hewitt’s Detailed Painting Whiston 6 pm
Mon Aug 4 vs Bucket Heads Pub 2 Ogden 6 pm
Tues Aug 5 at Augusta Apartments Ogden 6 pm
Tues Aug 12 vs Panrell Construction Liberatore 6 pm

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tidbits

* It's been a while since I have written a tidbits, so I think I am long overdue.

* I had a great weekend, Michelle and I attended the WVU v Ustin..I mean UCONN baseball game yesterday. WVU won a close game 17-3, well at least I thought it was close. We had commented that we hadn't seen WVU hit any long balls in all the games we have attended, WVU responded with three long ball shots.

* The recent class of WVU Sports Hall of Fame has been announced. A little special interest, Marty Pushkin (Kathy's dad) will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this fall.

* In the WVU front, one of WVU's best Professors has called for the resignation of President Garrison and Provost Gerald Lang because of their involvement in the bogus Heather Bresche MBA degree that was retroactively issued this past fall. Dr. Edward's who teaches Physics and has been named Multiple times as WVU's top professor wrote letter to the Editor in Sunday's Dominion Post. It's a great read by a man I have a lot of respect for.

* Today is Sherri's first day to work at BFS. I told Michelle on Friday to enjoy her last day without my spy in place. Bwahahahahahaha

* Softball season is now officially upon us, the games start to count tonight as the regular season is scheduled to start for us at 7:00 on Liberatore Field (across from the ice rink) against Bucketheads. I'm ready for the season to start, hopefully it will start off on a good note. We had an 8:00 game scheduled also, but it has been moved to Sunday, May 18th at 1:00.

* How did you like the local Morgantown weather this past weekend? I loved it even though they called for rain all weekend, I think they got it a little bit wrong.

* Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work I go.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Great Day

Yesterday Michelle, her daughter Hayley and I decided to take advantage of some nice weather and get out and about. I wanted to get out and enjoy nature a little and Michelle was reading my mind with the idea of going geo-caching. It was something I started doing last year running around a little, but it was something I wanted to start doing more for other reasons, such as getting out and having fun and of course health reasons.

Neither Michelle or Hayley had ever done any geocaching, not that I am any expert or anything, so I started them out with one I had found called the Johnny Cash Cache. This is one I had found before with Kelly and knew exactly where it was. I turned on the GPS and told Michelle to navigate us to it. She put us right on the spot and I showed them where it was based on the clues. Everything then made sense, so it was then off to find our next geocache.

Like I said I wanted to get out and have a little fun, so we headed to Ohiopyle State Park. Neither had ever been there so I showed them around to some of my places I like to go. We saw the big falls, Cucumber Falls, the Overlook at Kentuck and the natural waterslide. I had to take my camera with me to make a few Kodak moments, I have uploaded the picture for the day to HERE picture site.

After I had showed them Ohiopyle, it was off to search for the Cascade Cache. As we started down into the forest to seek the cache, we were hit in the middle with some thunderstorms, but we were already down the hill far enough that we couldn't turn back.

We got to Cascade Falls and started looking for the cache. We were in the area for probably an hour trying to find the cache. We were looking everywhere and couldn't seem to find it. When we got to within 13' of it for the umpteenth time, I handed my wlaking staff to Hayley and she walked a few feet and I heard those magical words.."I Think I Found Something". Sure enough, she had found the cache that we sought out to find. After Hayley's find we all logged into the log book and placed the cache back where we found it and started our journey back to the car.

Needless to say we were about a mile and a half in walking (about a half mile as the crow flies) and there was an extreme amount of relief (elevation change)from where we parked to where the cache was. Unfortunately, the downhill part was going in, not coming out. I did manage to get out of the hilly humid area and get the car.

Once we left there and started our tract back to Morgantown I treated the girls to Pizza Hut by Nemocolin and then we headed back to Morgantown. Last night I introduced Michelle to Kim, Robert and Roki. Brittany had already met her.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Game yesterday

Last night Michelle, her daughter Hayley and I went to the WVU v Ustink er I mean UConn baseball game at Hawley Field.

WVU jumped ahead very early as the first seven batters got a hit and scored to give WVU a 7-0 lead in the first inning that they never released. They added three more runs in the bottom of the 8th to win the game 10-1 on Josh Whitlock's two hitter into the eighth inning where he walked the first two batters. It was a great night to be a Mountaineer as the Mountaineers won their 30th game of the season.

It was a great evening as Michelle's daughter Hayley decided to accept my invitation and join us. Prior to the game we went out to dinner at the Chinese Restaurant at the University Town Center in Granville, then it was into the Rodeo and off to Hawley Field for the game.

Not sure what's on the agenda as of yet for the day. I'm sure I'll be keeping an eye on the NFL Draft throughout the day.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes Readers it is once again that time of the week when we cease our labors for the week and take time out to enjoy the fruits of our labors, it is one again the start of the weekend.

I came across something last night that may be of some interest to a few sisters, a meatloaf AT&T Commercial. I thought it was kid of cute, so here it is.



For anyone wanting something to do this weekend, Friday night at Hawley Field (beside the Coliseum) WVU Baseball will be taking of Ustink..I mean UCONN at 7:00. Here is the kicker, tonight the price of admission is $1.00 to get in and certain concessions are only $1.00 also. Come out and cheer on the Mountaineers and have a little fun at the ballpark heckling Ustink I mean UCONN and have a little fun. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Fir you football fans, this is the funnest weekend of the year outside of when teams actually play. It is when you see how your team is going to look in the future and dreams are fulfilled. It is the NFL Draft both Saturday (Rounds one and two) and Sunday (rest of the draft. A few players from WVU will be hoping to hear their names called.

Next week Trish is going to need a favor from everyone, she has entered Layla in the WVAQ Baby Idol contest. We're going to try to win it for her if we can manage to get her into the top 10 for voting. I'll post details as they become available. If anyone else has their child entered, let me know and we'll try to rally support around all of the wee ones.

The Master copy of our softball schedule has been released. Once I get MVP Paintball's schedule seperated from the master list, I'll post it.

I'll leave you all with a humorous website I found. PassiveAggressivenotes.com go and check them out, makes for some interesting reading.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Running behind

I'm telling you, you wake up a half hour later than normal and it seems like you spend the rest of the day trying to catch up. I was thrown a little out of my routine this morning, that's why I have waited until now to actually take time to do a Blog post.


A Thank you to my sweetie Michelle and a congrats to Sherri. She has been offered a job at BFS working with Michelle and will be starting this coming Monday at 8:00 AM. She has been looking for a job to get her out of the Valley and this is her opportunity. Thank You to Michelle and congrats Sherri.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

First Scrimmage

Last night was our first scrimmage of the year. I ended up playing for the other team because they didn't have enough guys, so me and a couple other guys laced them up for them and playing.

I hit the ball well a few times, but my timing is still way off and I am definitely not in Softball shape. I need to shed a few pounds and start getting in game shape. I think I am finally starting to feel my age. ouch.

We're losing one of our better players for most of the season. Dan Barnes is having surgery this morning on both of his elbows and will be out for some time. Let's hope for a quick and speedy recovery.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Let's lace em up and play two

Tonight, after just two practices on the year, our softball team will take to the field in a double header scrimmage against March Westin from 6-8:00 at Ogden Field. Hopefully for the first time this year we should be at full strength at sometime during the scrimmage. We have a couple guys coming a little late because of other commitments.

We have had a few changes since last season, hopefully Chris can find the right group to give us the best chemistry before the start of the season next week.

This is the time of the year that I most look forward to, however I am a little behind in my training this season. I'm still looking for my timing on the year, but it will come.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bacl to work kind of Monday

It's Monday morning again. The weekend has passed us by and it's time to put our noses back to the grindstone and return to the offices or places we work.

Those cheating bastards from Notre Dame won two out of three this weekend from the Mountaineers in baseball. Have I mentioned that they cheat?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are also off to a regular start. They are horrible once again this year. They just dropped a three game series with the Cubs. I had faith in them last week when they reached .500, but have managed to lose the last four games. The glory years are decades behind us.

Hi Ho....

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spring Game Yesterday

Yesterday I went to the WVU Spring game in the afternoon. I do have to say that I have been attending Mountaineer Football Spring games for some years, and yesterdays game was probably the biggest crowd I have ever seen for a spring game at WVU. I would guesstimate the crowd to have been roughly 25,000 fans. The lower deck was full, the upper deck appeared to be full and they started letting people go to the other side of the field.

I thought the defense looked very good, they were swarm tackling and appeared to be very quick. I think this years defense should be an improvement on last years defense, and that is saying a lot. Great job by the defense, they carried us at times last season and will be much improved this season despite losing so many players to graduation.

The Offense didn't impress me too much beyond the first team and with Pat White and Noel Devine. With these two players on the field we will always be dangerous. Jarrett Brown is solid as a backup QB, but depth at other skill positions at this time are a concern a little. However we have a couple running backs coming in this fall who I would guess will be #2 and 3 on the RB depth chart behind Devine.

Terrence Kerns



And Mark (Snoop Dogg's Cousin)



Both appear like they will be quality fits to the program and will add depth ton the running back position after Steve Slaton's departure to the NFL.

Yesterday afternoon, I took Michelle to meet Mom and Gerald and then we went down to Nick N Terri's to see the Weed Hawks. They are everything as advertised. If you get a chance to see them, take advantage of it. I give them an A+++ for ability to entertain.

On a side note and I did not go to the game, WVU baseball beat the Cheating bastards of Notre Dame 11-6 in baseball yesterday afternoon.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Hillbilly Hotdogs on food network.

A West Virginia restaurant down near Huntington (yeah they are Marshall fans) called Hillbilly Hotdogs has made the food network.

I'm going to have to try one of those burgers someday.


No good cheating bastards

Last night, me and Michelle went to the WVU vs (No good cheating SOB's) Notre Dame for a baseball game. It started off as a great night, but those cheaters paid off the umpire who's grandmother must have slept with Knute Rockne on a daily basis and we got royally screwed by a cheating, no good, rookie, satanist, Notre Dame fan that was behind the plate. Notre Dame cheated their way to an 8-4 stolen and cheating home plate umpire helped victory.

In other news the WVU Football game is this afternoon. Michelle promised to help her Nephew's wife with her baby shower, sucks to be her. I'm going to the Gold-Blue game to watch a little Mountaineer Football and listen to Rich Fraud stories in the parking lot. Rumor has it he is going to lose in his $4 Million case against WVU meaning he will have to pay, so I hear Rita will be in the parking lot selling "Pay Up Rich" T-shirts to the true Mountaineer fans trying to earn a few extra dollars to help pay WVU their $4 Million plus interest.

I'll be going to the game with future WVU great Arron Hill-Rosiak, I will be trying to influence him to sign with the Mountaineers at his earliest convenience. Being he is coach Stewarts sons friend, my job should be easy.

O)h well, I think I am going to swing by the softball fields for a few before I go pick up Arron. Enjoy the sun and a nice day, I know I will. (I don't have to go to any baby showers!!)

Friday, April 18, 2008

Last Minute Booking

Terri just called me and said she could not get it into the paper on time, but there was a late booking for Nick N Terri's this Saturday Night at the Bar on State Route 73. (call her at 304-290-3407 if you need directions to the bar)

The Weedhawks came into the bar last night and played for about an hour. They ended up booking a show for tomorrow night, and get this, PBS is going to be there to film the occasion. Needless to say she is quite excited and wants to get the word out about this this booking.

A few samples of their music:







Come out and enjoy some great music and the best wings in Morgantown.

It's a Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes readers it is once again where the work for the week ceases and we take out time to enjoy the fruits of our labors, it is once again the start of the weekend. It's time to sit back and relax a little and enjoy this nice weather we are having.

There were a few things that broke in the past couple days in the Rich Rodriguez case. There was an allegation this past fall by former WVU assistant coach Calvin Magee about racism at WVU and why he was not offered the job at WVU. He stated that a WVU administrator made the statement that he would not get the job because the color of his skin, although I would imagine getting on the plane with Rich to go to Michigan at the initial Press conference had more to do with it than that. However WVU asked that Calvin name names on who made such a statement. I guess the guys name was Larry Aschebrook who they named as the source. I have obtained a copy of Aschebrook's Sworn statement that pretty much lays it on the line and identifies what was happening behind the scenes during the entire fiasco. It will make very interesting reading.

The WVU Spring Game will be held this Saturday at 12:30 at Milan Puskar Stadium at Mountaineer Field. It's a chance to watch the last football scrimmage of the year and donate to a great cause. Admission is just $5.00 a person and 100% of the proceeds goes to WVU Children's Hospital. Come out on a nice sunny day, help a good cause and watch a little football. Trish called me last and I'll take taking Arron to the game.

If baseball is your thing, WVU will be playing a three game baseball series against Notre Dame (Boo) this weekend at Hawley Field. Admission is only $5.00 and it will be a good time for all. Games are at 7:05 tonight, 3:00 tomorrow and 1:00 Sunday.

Michelle and I will be getting into something this evening, not sure as to what yet, but it will probably be something memorable.

Have a great weekend, get out and enjoy the weather.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

An interesting Human Interest story

Yesterday Kim sent me an e-mail a man who had pancreatic cancer who was getting a lot of attention on the internet. His name is Randy Pausch and he is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University .

This is the video Kim sent me yesterday. This is the 11 minute short version.




Here is the full 76 minute lecture that is on Youtube.



It all makes you think a little. HERE is his daily update page. Kim heard he passed away a couple days ago, but I can't seem to confirm this.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A trip this morning

I wil be leaving the office this morning and heading to our corporate headquarters to get my security badge taken care of and made.

We had softball practice last night, it was a good night of practice and I think we have added a few good players this year that should fit in quite nice with the team chemistry.

Hi Ho Hi Ho.....

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Picture from Saturday Night

Saturday Night, Michelle and I went to her nieces birthday party. There were many flashbulbs flashing and we ended up having our first pictures taken together.


This is one of if not the first picture taken together of the both of us.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Congrats Robert

Last night my Sister Kim called and was very happy and somewhat ecstatic. She even Blogged about it. The state bowling tournament was this past weekend and Robert, as he does every year, was bowling in it. This is probably the states biggest bowling event, and on a big stage.

Earlier this year Robert had gotten 11 strikes in a row and just missed a 300 game. Well, I guess he can finally lay that memory to rest now with his perfection that he threw yesterday.

Every sport has a moment of perfection, where it is the dream that everyone wants to accomplish. In Baseball it is the walk off home run, in Football it is that game winning Touchdown. Every sport has its moment of supreme accomplishment, some are more easily obtainable than others. In Bowling, it is to complete the ever elusive perfection of throwing twelve consecutive strikes in one game and rolling a 300. It is a rare feat that is a lifetime accomplishment. Robert now can claim that achievement with his first career 300 yesterday.

Congrats to Robert and Thanks to Kim for catching it on Camera. She has the whole game captures, and she is planning on putting all ten frames into one movie file. The Final ball.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Meeting a lot of Michelle's Family

Last night I went to Rt 18 Bar to help celebrate Michelle's niece Samantha's birthday. It was the first time I got to meet the majority of her family and they all seemed to be a fun loving bunch of Steeler fans. A great group of people to meet and be around even though my head is still thumping from the sounds of the DJ from last night.

I met quite a few of her nephews and nieces, her sister Chris and her husband and they all were all having a great time. I've already been invited to watch Steeler games this fall, it will be nice actually watching the game around a lot of enthusiastic Steeler fans.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Today

I haven't gotten into too much today, other than just doing a little paperwork for my bills and paying them. Yes I know, fun fun.

This evening Michelle and I are going to go to her nieces Birthday party. I really haven't met any of her family yet other than her son and daughter and her mother briefly. So, tonight should be interesting and meet a few members of Michelle's family.

How about this weather? No snow, it's warming up, trees are starting to bud and bloom and I think we can officially call winter over and done with.

Friday, April 11, 2008

It's a Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes readers, it is one again that time of the week where the labors for the week cease and we once again start to enjoy the fruits of our labors. It is once again that most anticipated time of the week, the start of the weekend.

The only thing I have planned is Michelle's cousin is having a birthday party Saturday Night and that's about it so far. It's going to be Saturday evening at some at some bar past the mall, I think it was the old Gambino's /Ladie Godiva's/Players building.

I just checked the4 WVU baseball schedule and they are away all weekend at Seton Hall. They managed to come back from 9 runs down again on Wed for the second time in a week. There is a lot of young talent on this team that is having a great deal of success. If you get a chance, going and checking them out may be worth the $5.00 price of admission.

I got a call yesterday from BlueMountainEngineering, I of course had to tell them that I had accepted employment elsewhere. This was my #2 choice, my #1 is where I was offered for the record.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend.


You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.--Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, April 10, 2008

An evening Blog

Most of the time I Blog, it's usually in the morning. I think my creative juices are running more after I wake up rather than at the end of a day. Although writing at the end of the day can give you something to reflect upon as you are looking for the words to scribe.

Today however, this is an evening blog. Running a little behind this morning for what I wanted to do to get out of the apartment and get to work, so I didn't blog at all before my drive to work.

Work has been great, learning a new piece of software that I really didn't have a whole lot of experience in prior to this job. I had used it before, but not that much. It's nice to be able to expand my skill set.

The people I work with are great and I think I will really enjoy working for this company. I can see big things happening within the company and our department if we're on top of it, Chad really seems to have a handle on things and is trying to explore more options.

I actually reached in my closet this morning and realized that since it's been a couple years since I worked in an office, it was time to go do a little shopping. After work I made a track up to JC Penney's to see what kind of sales they were having. For some reason I can't seem to find some of my casual business attire. I had it when I went to Sterling, but I couldn't seem to find it. No problem, time to shop!

Have a great evening.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

WVU Men's Basketball finished season #17

The WVU Men's basketball team, with the help of a Sweet 16 finish this season, ended up ranked #17 in the final ESPN/USAToday Poll released yesterday. This is the third time in the last four years that WVU has been ranked in the final poll, the only year we were not ranked was last year when we won the NIT tournament.

Congrats to Coach Huggins and every member of this years team, they were fun to watch and I eagerly anticipate the next season. It seems like only yesterday that we attended Mountaineer Madness this past fall.

The final Women's Poll should be released today.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I warned Terri

I warned Terri years ago that she was going to turn Nick and Terri's into a Music bar, now she has gone and done it. It is honestly amazing the amount of untapped musical talent that just comes to that bar just to hang out if not play.

From the Hillbilly Gypsies, to Floyd Cowger to Lindsey and the Clear Mountain Boys to Mahlon Kisner who is getting ready to do an album with Luke Short that I will have to buy. I heard these two playing together a couple weekends ago at Nick and Terri's and was amazed how well they play together.

Now it seems like Mahlon who plays every other Wed at the bar is going to be opening up for Kansas in a couple months at the 2008 Mountain Fest here in Morgantown.

I warned her she was going to end up with the reputation of a Music Bar.

A Day of Firsts

Today can be considered a day of firsts in many ways. I will start my new job with my new company today, I start work for Information Manufacturing Corporation this morning at 8:00. I'm actually quite excited to get work for a company in Morgantown and be able to get back into an office environment and actually get a chance to interact with people some of the time.

I see a great opportunity with this company, the sky is the limit, this time however as a company experiences exponential growth, I'll be in the office. Here is to hopefully a long career with a company getting ready to really grow.

Also in this day of firsts as you can tell by my picture, is the first softball practice of the 2008 season. It's that time of the year that I most look forward to, the time when Mountaineer Football and Basketball are done with their seasons and are preparing for the next school year. A time when the squirrels come by for a daily visit and the sun is shining. When longer and warmer days are prevalent and summer festival seasons start. It is once again time to gather the guys, talk a little trash, remember the old days and play some softball.

We will once again be sponsored this season by the best sponsor/pitcher you could ever ask for. Mountain Valley Paintball Park. You got to love a team that gets together a few times a year and shoot each other. Can't you just feel the love of the brotherhood?

Have a great day, mine is going to be interesting.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Michael and Ashley's wedding

Jean called me this morning and said that Michael had went to Las Vegas to get married.


The wedding is available online HERE, if you have trouble viewing it you can watch it on my BLOG as I have uploaded it to Youtube for everyone's convenience.


Happy Birthday Terri

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Sister Terri a Very Happy Birthday. She is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her 21st birthday today.

Michelle and I stopped in to see her on Friday evening and she had a band playing at the bar Saturday night with Slow Club.

Happy Birthday Terri.

Last Day with Infotech


Today is my official last day with Infotech. I have been wrapping any work up that I may have been in the middle of and sending a few personal e-mail's out to a few co-workers and bosses thanking them for the honor and opportunities that were presented to me.

I'm leaving on a good note like I always try to do. It's been three years I started working for VARGIS/Infotech, the picture was from our official public grand opening in Frostburg, Maryland. Only Myself and Srinu (Back row on left) still remain with IEA and only Srinu after today.

Sadness for today, Happiness for the opportunity to work for my new company tomorrow.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Yesterday

Yesterday Michelle and I went to the WVU baseball game that was at Hawley Field. WVU came back from trailing 13-4 in the bottom of the 8th inning to pull out a 15-14 victory in 10 innings. Local native and Freshman Jedd Gyrko with the winning RBI in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Mountaineers ran their record to 24-6 on the season. They won the uncompleted game from Friday night earlier in the afternoon. The final game of the three game series is this afternoon.

After the game we planned on going out to dinner, but a big l;ate rally and pushing the game to extra innings delayed our dinner plans a little bit so that we could make it to the move we planned on seeing, Leatherheads. Great movie, I highly recommend it to anyone who may be interested in seeing it.

Michelle joked she wanted to see Horton Hears a Who, OK, here you can watch it.



After seeing leatherheads, we went out to dinner to Eat N Park , but we once again had a spy following us as we once again saw Brittany at the same place we were at. I thought it was kind of funny.

It was a good day.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The Big Announcement

On March 24th, I received an e-mail from the COO of Infotech Enterprises of America, my current employer asking me to call him. Over the past few months since a couple big projects wrapped up that I was the final editor on, work has been slow and it was basically me waiting on work and almost begging for things to do. I called Jim and the news was delivered, I was going to be laid off. We were moving in a new direction and no longer working on planamteric data and were going to concentrate on ortho generation. In other words, we're going after the pictures rather that the geometrical shapes around the data. I received my official notice this past week and Monday, April 7th is my last day at Infotech.

Now, go back a few weeks to a BLOG I WROTE about the play that mom was in and Kim, Terri, Brittany and I attended. The guy playing Jesus, Chad Rowan, was a GIS guy and couldn't be all that bad. I had known Chad though college and I did a google search on his name and noted where he was now at.

Right after I got off the phone with Jim from Infotech, I immediately sent Chad an e-mail informing him of my circumstances. He informed me he had a Technician leaving that Friday. The ball was set in motion.

I had placed numerous resumes out there and had received a few responses, I had interviews with Enterprise Rent a Car (no Offer), LSI yesterday, I had a response from Blue Mountain, but haven't heard back from them, there was the Holy Smokes, which I thought was AT&T, but it would have been for a Company called Fusion Solutions in Virginia, even though I have come to find out they have an office in Morgantown (this could have potentially been six figures and all expenses paid) and a few other head hunters.

I had a phone interview with Chad's Company last Friday and went in for an in person interview on Wed. I thought the interview went well, but there were two candidates and we were both qualified and he knew both of us. He said I would know something by early next week, but Thursday the HR department called and wanted to do a background search on me.

My goal was to find and start a new job by or at the time of my lay off with Infotech. Mission accomplished.

Yesterday afternoon, I received and accepted an official offer to start working for Information Manufacturing Corporation right here in Morgantown. I will start to work for them on Tuesday, the day after my last day with Infotech. Paperwork still needs signed, but it is in transit to my home through the mail as we speak. My job search is now officially over. Ironically, this is a company that I have known about a few years and wanted to work for them prior to me accepting a job at Vargis/Infotech a few years ago. They were in Clarksburg then, they are in Morgantown on Maple Avenue now.

Also, I was inquiring to my former employer the NRAC about some part time or contract work, Kelly called me yesterday afternoon and said she would get the paperwork started on Monday.

Main Job secured and secondary income secured.

Mission Accomplished.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes readers, this is the time of the week where the work ceases and we sit back and actually take time to reflect back and enjoy the fruits of our labors, it's the Weekend!!

Originally this was supposed to be my last day of employment with Infotech, I was supposed to be getting laid off after today, but I guess my official notice is for Monday the 7th rather than Friday the 4th. So it looks like I will have this job a few more hours than originally anticipated. I think they wanted to make sure I had a full two weeks from the time of my notice for my last day.

On the job search front, things are going pretty good. I actually had a telephone interview this morning and another company has sent me some paper work to fill out, this is my first contact with them however.

I should expect to hear something from my top choice by early next week though one way or the other.

I'll keep everyone updated and be a little more specific next week.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The Job search

My new job search continues. I had an interview yesterday with a GIS Company in Morgantown and I walked out of the interview thinking I was not going to get a job offer. Needless to say I was a little depressed last night.

I have two companies that I will be speaking with tomorrow, One in Morgantown and one in Sterling Virginia. Hopefully all goes well with both of these and I will have a few more options to pick and choose from.

Things have changed today on a couple fronts, one on the one I interviewed with yesterday that is positive and I got a "HOLY SMOKES" contact that got in touch with me today also.

Things are looking a lot brighter today than they did yesterday, I'm still sitting here stunned by the "HOLY SMOKES" (better than what I would say) contact.

I am going to have to sit back and think what is most important to me right now. Home, or a BIG pot of gold that was presented today. There will be some serious thought process going on in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Some WVU News

I guess there is a movement going on around town that may need a little support. There is a petition ongoing to name the Press Box at WVU after Jack Fleming and they are asking everyone for support. There is an article written about it by on WVMETRONEWS.com for anyone who may like to have a little more information.

There is news on both the Football and basketball recruiting fronts. Bill Stewart signed three more prospects to the 2008 recruiting class when he received official letter of intents from Devon Lyons (former starter at Ohio State and older brother of WVU receiver Wes Lyons), Benji Kemoeatu who is listed as the State of Hawaii's best prospect and has two older brothers playing in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers and Mark Rodgers, a very fast running back out of California who also happens to be rap mega star Snoop Dogg's cousin. So two guys battling for the top running back next year will be someone Deion Sanders wanted to adopt (Devine) and Snoop's cousin (Rodgers). We might be seeing a few famous faces around town the next few years.

On the basketball recuiting front, Bob Huggins is recruiting High School All-American and former Indiana top recruit Devin Ebanks now that he has been released from his LOI at Indiana. Us and Memphis are believed to be the top two for his services. I have said for years, Bob Huggins is the best recruiter in the game. His top recruit last season at Kansas State is going to be the top pick in the NBA draft this year. If he signs Ebanks, this will give him two All-Americans in this, his first real class at WVU.

I think I did a decent job

It seems like I got one heck of a response yesterday from my April Fools Blog Post. I had one up earlier about accepting a job in California, but since I am in the middle of a new job search and am in contact with a few companies, something told me that may not have been the smartest move for a blog post. It was up merely 5 minutes and Michelle actually read it.

I then deleted it and changed direction to see if I could reel a few people in. Myspace is a feature that many members of my family use and use regularly. So, I come up with some hair brained scheme that they were going to start charging. I even threw in a little oxymoron when I said they were going to charge you for free downloads. I'm just glad everyone read the last line of the blog before anyone deleted their myspace accounts. I did get contacted by Val, Kim, Pam and Mom (women are so vulnerable) about the myspace charges.

I have pulled a few good pranks in my day, I even laugh at one I did about ten years ago when I used Kim's website to throw the possibility that Jeff Gordon was our cousin. I've pulled a few good ones, the one yesterday even though it was not very well thought out or written (on purpose) was still very effective.

Last night on ESPN's Pardon the Interuption they did a real nice one that was actually believable for a brief period of time.




However the best one I think I have ever seen pulled by the media was by George Plimpton and Sports Illustrated years ago when they published an article on Sid Finch, and his 153 MPH fastball (about 50 MPH faster than the fastest ever recorded pitches.


It was a good day.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Myspace is becoming a pay per use site

Myspace, one of the internet's largest social network, is becoming a pay per use site. Beginning soon, MySpace will be charging $9.99 a month to use their social networking site for all new users. Existing users can buy a subscription for the remainder of 2008 for $49.95, but this only will go until the end of the current calender year.

Here is the kicker, there is a termination fee if you close your account after today, but it is free to close it today. Anything after today will inquire a one time $25.00 termination charge to close your account and prevent any further charges to your account.

New features to myspace will be added once the non-optional subscription only services begin later this evening. One of the new features will be "Share your iPod" music. Where you plug your iPod in and log into myspace and will be able to share and download anything off of any iPod that is plugged into the network for free. A $0.99 charge for each free song will be charged.

Make sure you check the date before you cancel your account.