Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a semi-quiet household, Michelle is up having a coughing fit and I just got up and am collecting my thoughts for the day. Some old Bill Murray movie is playing in the background and I'm still trying to wake up.

I'll be going out this morning to do some field work for RTI, hopefully I can wind this quarter down in the next week or so and and get ready for a little break which I am more than ready for. It's been a productive quarter despite everything that was working against me in regard to the places that I had to go and the timing of the transient residents.

Black Bear Game this afternoon for Michelle and I, if she feels up to it. We have tickets and food vouchers for Hit Dogs and Soft Drinks. Now hopefully Michelle feels better AND the weather holds out so that we can attend our first game this season. It's been over a year since the last time I was in Monongalia County Ballpark, that's a little too much time between visits for my taste.

Have yourselves a great day today and make the very most of it.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 18, 2017

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.

Well I have made it through two weeks at AECOM after today, now it's time to once again turn my attention towards RTI for this weekend as I will be out doing field work tomorrow and Sunday. This will be the 21st and 22nd consecutive day of working one job or the other or both. I've got at least 5 more to tack onto that running total and it may even go beyond that into next weekend and the week following. At the very least I plan on taking some time off around Memorial Day.

Michelle and I will be attending the West Virginia Black Bears vs Mahoning Valley tomorrow afternoon. This will actually be the first time that Michelle and I have made it out to see them this season and I have to say that I'm a little bit excited. They are in first place and are playing the second place team as they are trying to secure a playoff spot.

Have yourselves a great day today and live it to the fullest.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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.

In figure since I did one of my older softball teams last week, that I would do my current team this week. This picture was taken last year of the Whitetail Crossing team. It's pretty much the same group of guys this year, we added a few and lost one or two and lost on to the season due to injury, but it's still the same core of guys as we had last year.

Both years I have played for them we have put together a great group of guys, after Monday's game most of us stood around in the parking lot BSing as we talked about a number of subjects, mostly softball related.

Playoffs begin Monday and I think we have just found our Niche and could be a team to be reckoned with.

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hump Day

Two days down, a couple more ahead of us (most of you I'm working again this weekend), now all we have to do is get up and over this noon time hump and it will be all downhill working towards another fun filled weekend.

Michelle's niece Amanda and her husband Joey closed on their house yesterday, meaning that they are now homeowners and didn't waste much time moving in and getting settled. I haven't been there yet but Michelle went over Monday night as I was playing softball and said it is really nice.

WVU will start their classes today, so I think I can officially say that they are all back. Fall Fest was last night and I have to say that I am getting old because I never heard of any of those acts. It could be that the genre of music I listen to is classic rock and don't really stay up on new music. Good luck to all WVU students as they start a new school year and to all incoming Freshmen as they are just now starting their collegiate careers. My advice is simply show up, pay attention, sit up front and you'll do fine. Remember you're hear for an education first and a party second and you should do great.

Michelle got the Starlink setup on Ice, we paid for 3 years of the full package, so we have all the options available to us including being able to lock and unlock it from our iPhones and running complete diagnostic reports on it. It's kind of amazing what cars can do now days.

Oh, it was 40 years ago today, that Elvis Presley died. I think most people my age remember exactly what they were doing when they found out the news. I was in the back yard playing wiffleball and Grandma Hall came out to tell me that he had died. Seems like only yesterday.

And since I mentioned WVU Freshmen and Elvis, a funny little story form my Freshman year. I started WVU later in life, I was 35 when I first entered WVU. My Freshman year I had a Geology Lab and my partner was a true freshman. When I told my lab partner how old I was he had this stunned look, and asked me the strangest question. "You were alive when Elvis was alive weren't you". Then it dawned on me that Elvis was probably dead 5 years before my fellow classmates were even born.

Have yourselves a great day today and make the most of it and live it to its fullest.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well my second week with AECOM has started and our softball season has concluded, tidbits time.

* It has been 19,623 days since I first set foot on this planet, I'm thankful for each and every one of them. Using my unique and rotating 933 day Calendar, that makes me 21 years old.

* It has been 4,839 days since I graduated from WVU. I loved my time at WVU and now we are watching a whole new batch begin their careers.

* 3,440 days ago I asked this very special lady out on our very first date, we have been together ever since and still going strong.

* 2,664 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to this wonderful woman, she didn't kick me or run away screaming so I guess that was a good thing.

* It was 2,201 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, and fulfilling a chiropractors bucket list item of marrying someone, we were wed.

* I have 5,221 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred here or there.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass is only 1,860 days away.

* There are 357 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary.

* We have 217 more days to go until Spring 2018, Spring is my favorite season of the year. Summer is not even over with and I'm counting down to Spring.

* 171 more days until Phil takes center stage again and pretends that a Groundhog is the worlds most listened to Weatherman. Hopefully he has some good news or we have a very mild winter.

* 138 more days to go until my Goodbye 2017 Blog is posted where I recount 2017 based on what I have written in my blog. It has been a year of transition to say the least.

* There are 132 more shopping days left until Christmas. I'm waiting to start seeing Christmas stuff out at some of our local merchants.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 108 more days. If you use that antiquated 365 day calendar, this will be the 33rd Anniversary of it.

* We are 53 days away from Michelle and I going to the Springs Festival. There is a new Cheese factory that I want to check out up there.

* There are only 19 more days to go until the Mountaineers kick some VT cHokie ass as the start of the 2017 WVU Football season is close to starting. I'm ready to have the Black Diamond Trophy back in Morgantown.

* There are 6 more days to go until North American has a total Solar Eclipse. Be careful in attempting to view it, but for you first timers, it'll just get dark for a couple of minutes during the middle of the day. We here in Morgantown will not see 100%coverage, but we will get 87% or 83%  coverage which will be significant. You can buy a special set of glasses at Krogers here in Morgantown for about $2.00 that will allow you to safely look at it. I bought a couple of pairs and have one in my office and Michelle has the other one.

* I have written 4,954 blogs in what will soon be my 13 full years of being a Blogger. I'm coming up soon on that big 5,000 blogs written number.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search that has been going on for a couple of years, but we've hit brick walls everywhere.

* Nothing new on the Hall Family Tree, even though there are some updates and additions that do need to be made.

* The students are mostly back, if you are driving around town allow yourself a little extra time and have a little extra patience for all the new to town people who don't know how to navigate our beautiful city yet.

* Rocky and Lilly with us once again as Ashley is in San Francisco for work for a couple of days, she she return tonight making the puppies happy.

* In the last week I have bought new furniture and a new car. I'm still a few weeks away from the furniture being delivered.

* Working for RTI I did manage to have a decent weekend, I'm starting to dwindle the numbers down. This coming weekend is when I should be able to see if units are vacant or occupied for the majority of this quarter.

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday

Well all good things must come to an end and that includes those fun filled things that we all call weekends. Now it is time for us to take our collective noses and stick them back together and get back to doing what it is that we do for a living. Me on the other hand, this is my 16th day in a row from what I can recall, I have worked every day since taking off a Saturday for my High School Reunion. I'm not complaining though.

Ice looks pretty good beside Pearl. Michelle is still trying to figure out all the features and accessories, we've been looking through the owners manual to see if it can cook dinner for us as well. Found out we bought her one day shy of us buying Pearl 6 years earlier. Only Pearl was a 2011 that we bought in 2011, Ice is a 2018 that we have bought in 2017 so it is the new model that is just now coming out.

Softball game tonight, it's the last regular season game of the year before the playoffs start, so I have no idea what happens after this evening. We are a playoff team, and will probably have the #3 seed going into the playoffs. Not bad for a bunch of guys who only play Sr league, all the other teams also play the regular leagues, we just get together to play a few games a year. I know some guys are wanting to put a regular team in the regular league next year, but my competitive days are behind me and I can no longer keep up with them young kids full of energy.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Out with the Old and In with the New

Yesterday I had to say goodbye to an old friend, one that had been with me for a few years but she was starting to show her age, especially when a wheel well fell off of it and I had to go back and pick it up. LP, my little car has been a great little car for me, it was a Point A to point B car and it more than served its purpose for me. She was pretty reliable and worked great for the purposes that I needed to use it for. Cars however do get older and it comes to a time when they have to be retired.

Enter Ice Ice Baby as Michelle refers to it. It's a bluish gray depending on what angle you looking at it from. LP had served its purpose and it was time to move on from that little car. We bought a 2018 Subaru Forester from John Howards yesterday afternoon, I just realized that it was either time to throw some money into LP or just go and buy a new car. As Michelle was coming home from Beaver yesterday, I told her to meet me at John Howards so we could test drive a few cars.


We had stopped by a couple of weeks ago look at what Subaru had to offer, we know we wanted to stay with Subaru and this is what we decided on.

I'm going to take Pearl and let Michelle have Ice, since she decided on all the features that she wanted in a new car. Pearl was a basic car, Ice is a Premium package that has a moon roof, heated mirrors a few driving safety features like the car will basically drive itself, a backup camera, and number of other features that Pearl just didn't have such as Eyesite, which will save us on the insurance. This was actually the second one we test drove, we drove a red one but it did not have blind spot detection or fog lights bu this one did, so this is our new car.

It also has Starlink which is a nice added feature in case anything would ever go wrong.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a very quiet household, it's just me and two cats as Michelle is visiting a friend back home last night, she'll be back this afternoon. I'm up early collecting my thoughts and watching something or another on the TV.

Michelle got her chance to go underground yesterday in a coal mine. She said it took them about an hour to get there so you know that she was probably pretty deep in the mine. She sent me a couple of pictures yesterday of her dressed up in her gear in preparation to go underground. She was excited to say the least and talking to her when she got back was like talking to a kid after leaving a candy store. She seemed to really enjoy the experience

For me I have my first week in with AECOM, now it's time to go back out and do field work for my other job for RTI. Students are moving back so it will be an opportune time.

The road construction coming off of I-68 and heading to the mileground is complete and the road has reopened for use. It might be worth a trip over there today to see how we are going to navigate the area.

Michelle and I bought new living room furniture Thursday evening, we had been looking for a while and did our research when we finally realized you get what you pay for so we paid a little extra and bought what we wanted from Star Furniture, we got an oversized sofa that is very well constructed (we didn't want any sleepers, recliners or anything else on the sofa), a couple really nice recliners (as opposed to getting a love seat) and a couple of end tables. It'll be delivered in a few weeks, so that will give us time to prepare for the delivery. We looked into buying from Pac5, but that furniture is marketed towards college students to last 4 years and then be disposed of. You get what you pay for, so we did it right.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 11, 2017

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.

Today Michelle have an honor with her employer that I have never had the pleasure of doing. Growing up the son of a Coal Miner, I have never been underground in a coal mine, although Michelle and I talked about going to the Coal Mine Museum in Beckley to take their underground tour. Today she beats me as she will be going underground today with her employer Mepco LLC for a tour.Yes I am a little jealous, only because it was something my Dad had promised to do for me and we never had the opportunity.

After that Michelle is going back up North to visit a friend as my weekend will be very busy with all the students coming back and attempting to catch some of the new transient residents return to Morgantown for the start of a new school year.

I said last week that my life was about to get very busy, well that time is now upon us. Hopefully I can a day off from one job or the other by Labor Day.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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.

This weeks pic goes back about 19 or 20 years, I can't remember the specific year of the picture but it was of the Sports Page Softball team from the 1990's. I would say arguably this was one of my most productive years as a player personally.

I can't remember what our record was that year, but I think this is the year we won our first 13 or 14 games of the season and had a great big target on our backs as the team to beat and I think picture is from that year. We kind of folded in the playoffs, but this was a team that should have won it all. I'm pretty sure we finished in first place on the season, but lost in the second round of the post season for some reason.

It was a great group of guys, a very cohesive team whose friendships lasted long beyond a summer.

Have a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Hump Day

Two days down, two more ahead of us, now all we have to do is get up and over this noon time hump and it will be all downhill working towards another fun filled weekend.

Actually my last day off from any of my jobs was on July 29th, which was the Saturday of my 35th year High School Class Reunion, with the students coming back this weekend, my next day off may come the last weekend in August as I will be rushing around trying to finish up this quarter that had mostly transient residents that are just now getting ready to return. I'm not complaining though, I'm thankful to have not one but two jobs of this caliber.

Not too much to really say today other than I'm still getting situated are my new job. My computer and my Phone were not moved until yesterday, meaning Monday the phone in my office rang to someone elses number and my computer space was a big bare area. I will be going from running three computers, all running dual monitors through a nice 4 port dual monitor KVM Switch to a single computer that is pretty much locked down as it is our Administration LAN (one everyone has) that I will be working exclusively on.

Rocky and Lilly are still with us as Ashley and Christopher and the girls are enjoying a nice trip to Ocean City before school starts. Michelle's Sister Chris and some of her family are down there as well enjoying a nice little break.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* First day for AECOM is in the books, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,609 days since I first set foot on this planet, I'm thankful for each and every one of them. Using my unique and rotating 933 day Calendar, that makes me 21 years old.

* It has been 4,832 days since I graduated from WVU. You know all these years later I still have dreams of being late for or missing an examination that was going to curtail my Graduation........13 years later.

* 3,433 days ago I asked this very special lady out on our very first date, we have been together ever since and still going strong.

* 2,657 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to this wonderful woman, she didn't kick me or run away screaming so I guess that was a good thing.

* It was 2,194 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, and fulfilling a chiropractors bucket list item of marrying someone, we were wed.

* I have 5,228 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred here or there.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass is only 1,867 days away.

* There are 364 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary.

* We have 224 more days to go until Spring 2018, Spring is my favorite season of the year. It's a time for rebirth of the land and we say goodbye to the cold and drab Winter.

* 178 more days until Phil takes center stage again and pretends that a Groundhog is the worlds most listened to Weatherman.

* 145 more days to go until my Goodbye 2017 Blog is posted where I recount 2017 based on what I have written in my blog. It has been a year of transition to say the least.

* There are 139 more shopping days left until Christmas. I haven't seen WalMart start to put of Christmas Decorations yet, but they are a coming. I see Krogers already has some Halloween stuff out. Commercialism of Holidays, sometimes they take it a little too far.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 115 more days. If you use that antiquated 365 day calendar, this will be the 33rd Anniversary of it.

* We are 60 days away from Michelle and I going to the Springs Festival. There is a new Cheese factory that I want to check out up there.

* There are only 26 more days to go until the Mountaineers kick some VT cHokie ass as the start of the 2017 WVU Football season is close to starting.

* There are 13 more days to go until North American has a total Solar Eclipse. Be careful in attempting to view it, but for you first timers, it'll just get dark for a couple of minutes during the middle of the day. We here in Morgantown will not see 100%coverage, but we will get 87% or 83%  coverage which will be significant. Welders masks or welders goggles are sufficient for looking at it, don't try it with just sun glasses.

* I have written 4,947 blogs in what will soon be my 13 full years of being a Blogger. I'm a little over a month away from starting my 14th year as a blogger and that's kind of amazing to me. I'm about ready to work for my 8th Company (albeit two are part time jobs) since I started Blogging.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search that has been going on for a couple of years, but we've hit brick walls everywhere.

* Nothing new on the Hall Family Tree, even though there are some updates and additions that do need to be made.

* .Get ready, Morgantown is about ready to be invaded once again and our population is about to double for the next 8 or 9 months as the WVU Students are getting ready to return to Morgantown. Classes start next week, so they are a coming.

* Rocky and Lilly are still house guests this week, they will be here as their Mommy and brother enjoy themselves in Ocean City Maryland for the week.

* I am so happy to get back to working full time, it takes a lot of stress off of me and Michelle of what is going to happen next.

* Needless to say that for my first day of work yesterday, I was up much earlier than I usually get up in anticipation of the new job.

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, August 07, 2017

A New Beginning

We all experience change in our lives, change in where we live or how we do things. Change in careers and employers. For me the next chapter of my professional life starts today when I start working as an Engineer for AECOM.

AECOM has been named by Fortune Magazine as the most admired company for the third year in a row last year, so it is going to be an honor to work for them. SAIC was the largest company that I had previously worked for, and they had 45,000 employees around the world. That honor is now officially bestowed ton AECOM who employs 85,000 people around this globe.

My job title is going to be Engineer 2, but I will be doing all of the NETL site specific geospatial work. Everything for years had been in AutoCAD and they want to convert everything over to an ESRI ArcGIS environment and that is my specialty. I have some great ideas to implement and I feel like I am about to be challenged once again to break barriers and raise the bar for others to follow. I'm excited about this new opportunity to work for a great company.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho let's go!!!!!

Happy Birthday Randy Hamrick

 I would like to take this opportunity to wish my wonderful and camera avoiding nephew Randy "Bub" Hamrick very happy Birthday today. It's very hard to get a picture of him sometimes, but I do manage to get a few.

If my math is correct, Randy will be celebrating his 29th Birthday today.

Not sure what Randy will be getting into today, I don't get to see him that often but you know he is always pretty active and in to something or another.

If you happen to see Randy today, and hopefully most of us will, make sure that you take a little bit of time out and with this fine young man a very happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Randy.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Six Years Ago

It was six years ago that my life changed forever, I married the most wonderful woman in the world in front of our closest friends and family.

Michelle and I did this pretty much on a shoestring budget, but managed to make it a very special day where we had a very large feast. A special thank you has to go out to Jean and the women from the church who went above and beyond in preparing so much food, I still to this day hear about all the food that we had at our wedding/reception.

Michelle and I did a Caribbean / Jimmy Buffet Parothead type of them, no suites and no need to wear any uncomfortable clothes, just come and relax and feast away.

Another big thank you to our friend Jes who without her stepping up we would never have been able to pull this event off. She was an absolute Godsend in helping us organize everything else as Jean took care of all of the food.

It was a very special day for me, one where I took Michelle as my wife and the starting point of when my entered the most memorable times.

Happy Anniversary Michelle, I love you from the bottom of my heart and thank you for making my life both complete and full. You filled the emptiness that had so consumed my life.

Happy Sixth Anniversary.

BTW, How U Do?

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, I'm, up early watching who knows what on the TV behind me and collecting my thoughts for the day and surfing the internet. \

I officially changed my LinkedIn Page to officially reflect my change in employment to AECOM. I did get to meet one or two of the guys I will be working with yesterday, so it's not going to be like I will be going into a strange environment. A few of them I once worked with at Sterling Faucet and there is one who I am kind of sort of related to on Jean's side of the family and I used to work with his Dad at Sterling, so within my company there will be familiar faces. I am moving from a nice big office to a cubicle, but I'm OK with that as I actually get to interact with people again. The last few years the Geospatial group from Sextant whittled down to just me and not even full time.

It has been a while since I worked full time in an office environment, so I'm going to need to update my work wardrobe just a little bit. I might actually have to get a dress shirt and tie to leave at the office full time in case any VIP visitors come in, I can be prepared.

Today I am going to be out in the field working for RTI (what else is new) trying to catch some of the returning students who have been selected. The last month has been a challenge to say the least, we actually put my section on hold for a while as I traveled to the southern part of the state to work for an extended weekend. They are starting to dwindle back into town and I'm going to try to get them as I can so as to I'm not overwhelmed when they fully return.

Michelle is up in Elwood City with the rest of the family to celebrate little Jonny's fourth birthday party today. Hopefully my wonderful wife takes some pictures of today's festivities since I will be unable to attend.

Have yourselves a great day today, live it to the fullest and make the best of it and be thankful you have are still here.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 04, 2017

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.

Today is a bittersweet day for me. It is the last day that I will be working for Sextant Technical Services, a company that I have worked for for the last seven years and ten months. Dale Cunningham brought me on after SAIC had lost the NETL contract and had made me feel more than welcome the entire time I have worked for him. This is the kind of company that I wish everyone had the opportunity to work for, just to show you that there are exceptional employers out there and Sextant was by far the best company I have ever worked for. I'll still be at NETL and I will still see all of my former co-workers and friends, but my time with Sextant has come to an end. Thank you to Dale and the rest of the Sextant family both past and present for making this such a great place to work.

Other than that I will be flying solo this weekend as well as god sitting. I'll have Rocky and Lilly for a while as Ashley is going on a pre-back to school vacation. Michelle is heading back home for the weekend for Jonny's Birthday party, she'll be taking Chad with her and that pretty much leaves me here with the animals.

No fear though, I will be out working for RTI tomorrow as I'm trying to catch some transient residents who may be returning early.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 03, 2017

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.

This weeks picture is very recent, so recent that it was just last week at Morgantown High's Class of 1982 35th Year Reunion. We grabbed a couple of group pictures during the weekend, but this is the one that had the most people involved in it so I chose this one. There are also better and closer pictures that were taken by others, but I have chosen to use the one Michelle took with my iPhone.

I should have taken my regular Camera for the day, but I did not and instead depended on everyone elses's pictures to really grab the moments of the weekend.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Hump Day

Two days down, a couple more ahead of us, now all we have to do is get up and over this noon time hump and it will be all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

Michelle and Chad will be going home this weekend for Jonny Paugh's 4th Birthday Party, I will be here trying to catch up on some field work for RTI and trying to catch some of the returning transient residents that I have been assigned this quarter. That and I'll be trying to get my body re-adjusted to working a normal office job again, but absolutely no complaints from me in that department what so ever.

Well the Monongalia County Fair kicked off last night in what is going to be a five day run for them culminating Saturday Night. I honestly can't say when the last time was that I actually attended a Mon County Fair, probably back in the 1980's when it was still held at Westover Park. In all likelihood I will not be attending this years festivities either.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well my work situation went from boring to anticipating to overwhelming pretty much over night, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,602 days since I first set foot on this planet, I'm thankful for each and every one of them. Using my unique and rotating 933 day Calendar, that makes me 21 years old.

* It has been 4,825 days since I graduated from WVU. You know all these years later I still have dreams of being late for or missing an examination that was going to curtail my Graduation........13 years later.

* 3,426 days ago I asked this very special lady out on our very first date, we have been together ever since.

* 2,650 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to this wonderful woman, she didn't kick me or run away screaming so I guess that was a good thing.

* It was 2,187 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, and fulfilling a chiropractors bucket list item of marrying someone, we were wed.

* I have 5,235 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred here or there.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass is only 1,873 days away.

* We have 231 more days to go until Spring 2018, Spring is my favorite season of the year. It's a time for rebirth of the land and we say goodbye to the cold and drab Winter.

* 185 more days until Phil takes center stage again and pretends that a Groundhog is the worlds most listened to Weatherman.

* 152 more days to go until my Goodbye 2017 Blog is posted where I recount 2017 based on what I have written in my blog. It has been a year of transition to say the least.

* There are 146 more shopping days left until Christmas. I haven't seen WalMart start to put of Christmas Decorations yet, but they are a coming. I see Krogers already has some Halloween stuff out. Commercialism of Holidays, sometimes they take it a little too far.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 122 more days. If you use that antiquated 365 day calendar, this will be the 33rd Anniversary of it.

* We are 67 days away from Michelle and I going to the Springs Festival. There is a new Cheese factory that I want to check out up there.

* There are 5 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Sixth Wedding Anniversary.

* I have written 4,939 blogs in what will soon be my 13 full years of being a Blogger. I'm a little over a month away from starting my 14th year as a blogger and that's kind of amazing to me. I'm about ready to work for my 8th Company (albeit two are part time jobs) since I started Blogging.

* I'm about ready to make some official updates to my LinkedIn Page as there will be a company change at the end of this week as I say Goodbye to the best employer you could ever want want to work for and start working for a new company and a new project.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search that has been going on for a couple of years, but we've hit brick walls everywhere.

* Nothing new on the Hall Family Tree, even though there are some updates and additions that do need to be made.

* Starting today, I have enough billable hours for my current employer to carry me through the end of the week before I switch over on Monday. That and the students are about ready to come back and my five months of wondering about my future have ceased and I just got very busy again and neither Michelle nor I are complaining.

* We were supposed to play Softball next Monday night, but we found out at the last minute yesterday that they changed the schedule and we were scheduled to play last night. Good job BOPARC, this is not the first time this has happened to me in my time there.

* With the new employment, Michelle and I have evaluated some things that we are going to do in the next 6-7 months including buying new furniture and buying a new car early next year once LP is paid off as well.

* At the reunion this past weekend Michelle's Strawberry Pretzel Salad was a big hit. An old friend of mine who both he and his wife are now retired from the Military loved the recipe and he asked if I would post it in my Tuesday's Tidbits. Jim, thank you for both yours and your lovely wife's service, the recipe is at the end of this blog post just for you. It was good seeing you and I was excited when I found out that the man who started my wrestling career was coming in for the re-union. Good seeing you.

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho



















































Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday

Well this will be my last week of being able to be a lazy bum before I return to full time plus employment that I had come to know so well. I'm almost at a point where I'm ready to enjoy this week, as next week things will change.

Well as July comes to an end and we start to look at August, we are also about to get an influx of about 30,000 students here into Morgantown. Classes at WVU start on August 16th, and the local kids from grades 1-12 will start the next day. Summer vacation is coming to an end for many academics here in the very near future.

Michelle and I are not cruising this year due to both of us changing jobs in 2017, but that is OK that just gives us time to start planning our 2018 cruise. Do we want to return to the same port and the go with what we are familiar with, or do we want to look into possibly going out of another port and seeing new places, in other words being adventurous again.

I am out in the field today working, so let's all have a great and productive day and make a difference.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Reunion Weekend a Huge Success

The 35th Morgantown High School Class Reunion is now complete, it's thrown in to our memory bank and many of our classmates are now going to be returning home to where they live.

It was a very successful weekend, one that I will always remember and we have a few people to thank for organizing this and pulling it all together.

John and Stephanie Smith for organizing the picnic, doing all the cooking and shopping and making sure the whole event went off without a hitch.

Ron and Sarabeth Blosser for the great feast that we all enjoyed last night at Whitetail Crossing and for providing us a great venue to have a reunion.

And to all my classmates, both this in attendance and to the ones who were unable to attend, you are the reason for this gathering and making it a very special weekend.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Class Reuinion Day

Well the day has finally arrived, the big day for the where all of the planning and festivities are planned for Morgantown High's 35 class reunion.

Unofficial festivities kicked off last night at Whitetail Crossing with an informal get together, which seemed to have a very good turn out. Michelle and I didn't make it last night but plan on going  up earlier this morning to help Smitty set up for the picnic at Coopers Rock. We will be at Pavilion 1 from 11:30 until 2:00 this afternoon, then everything will move to Whitetail for this evening's festivities.

I'm excited to see everyone, a lot has changed since our 30th reunion, where we have lost too many of our classmates during these two events.

Looking to see everyone today, Michelle made a Strawberry Pretzel  Dessert for today.

Have yourselves a great day today and try to keep dry.

Happy Birthday Josh Nicholson

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my great nephew a very Happy Birthday today. Seems like it was only yesterday that he entered into this world.

I'm not sure what his plans are for today, but I know Val is having a duel birthday party for both Josh and his sister Erica next weekend at my Sister Terri's (Josh Grandmother) home.

If you happen to see Josh today, make sure that you take a little bit of time out and wish him a very Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Josh.


Friday, July 28, 2017

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.

Actually I am taking both today and tomorrow off from working for RTI, this will be my second consecutive weekend off, as so I can attend my 35th High School Class Reunion this weekend. Festivities kickoff tonight at Whitetail Crossing with a mixer. Nothing officially planned this evening, but it will be nice to see everyone who is coming in for the reunion.

We did have a partially attended 31st year reunion or a small get together than was pretty nice, but this will be a much bigger one with a number of people coming into town to enjoy the festivities. I know of at least one friend who is will be attending his first reunion and was actually the guy who talked me into starting my wrestling career. He's now a retired police officer living in Texas. I have another one who I have not seen in a number of years who wanted to kidnap me about a year and a half ago for an evening when I was in Raleigh training for RTI, but I was a busy trying to take everything in and study and it never transpired.

Smitty has done a great job organizing this reunion and getting he picnic ready to go, and Ron and Sarabeth will be hosting tonight and tomorrow nights festivities for everyone to enjoy.

On a side note, with much sadness I found out last night that one of our cruising buddies, the one who made Michelle a Steelers purse, Cheryl McCann had passed away after a long battle with cancer. Mark was able to take her on one final cruise this Spring. RIP Cheryl. we'll be eating flat iron steaks, Caesar Salads and Shrimp Cocktail in your memory.

Have a great day, I plan to.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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.

This weeks picture once again goes back a number of years. It was taken last century and we have seen 5 or 6 different decades since this picture was taken.

This is a picture of my Dad and my youngest sister Pam. I can't really say much about the picture as to the exact date, but as young as she is my guess is it was taken when they lived on Listravia Avenue in Sabraton, before US 48 which later became I-68 came through and the property was seized so that that road could be built.

I'm not even sure if my Dad had even started working in the coal mines yet when this picture was taken.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hump Day

That is two days behind us (three for me) and a couple more ahead of us, now it's just a matter of getting up and over this noon time hump and it'll be all downhill as we are working towards another fun filled weekend.

Big Weekend coming up for me, my 35th year (wow am I getting old) High School Reunion is Friday and Saturday. Friday is just a simple mixer at Whitetail Crossing and Saturday is the full fledged reunion in two parts. The first is a picnic at Coopers Rock followed by an evening get together once again at Whitetail Crossing. On my Senior League Softball Team, I think there are six of us on our team and one or two others from our class spread out among a few other teams.

Not sure if I am going out to work for RTI today, I'm either going out today or tomorrow, one of the two and I'll be off the other day as well as the weekend as I'm waiting for students to return to Morgantown so I can actually knock on doors and have someone answer...lol

Have yourselves a great day today and make the very most of it.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday

No tidbits again, I know I'm getting really bad about this but I was a little bit busy yesterday. I "Officially" signed my offer letter and accepted the position with AECOM.

I also had to submit paperwork for the background check, I submitted and took the drug screen and a few other pre-employment things that one needs to do to work for a company like this on a project like this. There are quite a few hoops to jump through, but being that I have been there for 9 years, it's just re-confirming what they already know. I am who I say I am and yes I did work for company that coincidentally was a sub contractor to one of the smaller companies under them. AECOM is the big parent company and that is who I will be working for.

Other than that I attempted to do a little bit of field work yesterday, but with little success as most of my day was filled with dotting the i's and crossing the t's.

I think Michelle is quite happy that we are staying here, I really did want to stay here for her more than anything as her career is really starting to take off as well. I did not want to inhibit her ability to grow professionally by moving away to a location where she would leave her current position. I'm very proud of what she has accomplished, more than she will ever know.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that includes those fun filled things that we call weekends. Now it's time to take our collective noses and stick them back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

I am going to have a busy week this week, going out and doing field work today then coming home this evening as we have our last scheduled double header for softball this evening. It's not the end of the season, but our last of the double headers that we have scheduled for this season, it'll be single games from here on out.

I've got a couple of weeks before I am back at NETL full time, so I guess I had better enjoy them and make the most of them. I will have some transitional things to do switching not only companies, but overall contracts. Different money streams and different objectives, so nothing should be the same. I'll probably have to switch offices (I love my office) and even equipment as all of the equipment that is in my name is from another contract. Confusing, I know....lol

Have yourselves a great day today, Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household on an early Sunday Morning, I'm up watching South Park on Comedy Central and collecting my thoughts for the day.

We did not make it out to see George Thorogood last night, storms in the area and made it a little wet for our taste so we passed on attending MountainFest yesterday. Smitty said George went on around 9:00, or about an hour and a half after his scheduled time due to the rain.

Now it is back to normal, going out and doing grocery shopping this morning and then back out this afternoon to do some field work for RTI after having the last couple of days off. For people wondering with my new job offer, yes I will continue to work for RTI as well. It's a really good paying job and an easy way to sock extra money away and a few other reasons. It really does make a difference in our community, I get to work my own schedule and you get out of the office environment and enjoy yourself by meeting new people.

Have yourselves a great day today, make the most of it.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Changing Jobs

Well I have the pleasure of making a nice announcement today, but first let me discuss what has happened the past few months.

Since November of 2009 I have worked for a Company called Sextant Technical Services, Sextant for short. We are a small company that today has a total of 7 people working for it. It's owned by one of the best bosses that anyone could ever ask for, I can't emphasize how well Dale treated each and every one of his employees. He was not only our employer, he was our friend and it has been an absolute honor working for the man.

Earlier this year due to budget cuts,my employment and coverage was put in real jeopardy. I have worked on the Research Contract, which was the largest of the ten NETL contracts but it expired a couple of years and they have still not awarded the new solicitation as of yet. All of my work was specifically working specifically on the Carbon Storage Task which we have won a few major awards including a Blue Pencil award for the 2012 effort. However since March I have had a grand total of 16 billable hours a month or two days a month worth of work due to significant cuts in funding.

Since March I have been in the job market, I have been contacted about employment or have had interviews with Rice Energy, Crown Castle and NiSource for jobs in Pennsylvania. In West Virginia there was EQT and there were other jobs outside of the state with assorted companies. The big one was going to be in Atlanta where they were going to fly me down for the interview. Also in the mix were jobs in Virginia, North Carolina, Columbus Ohio, Kentucky and Washington DC and those are just the jobs that I was contacted about and took interest in. There were numerous others around the country that I just didn't feel were in my interest. About a Month ago I turned down an opportunity to work in Washington DC, but at a significant reduction in Salary. There have been days that I have gotten as many as 17 phone calls from head hunters about about jobs that they were interested in representing me in. It got to the point where I was just getting frustrated every time the phone rang as nothing turned into an offer.

At NETL I was actually preparing to open up my own small business to address another project that was not Research related and more our specific site related. I had the needed skillset and the work was coming, so it was a potential opportunity. I have tons of paperwork filled out and ready to submit and was actually contemplating becoming an LLC and even put the infancy stages of the website up as I had purchased the domain HallGeospatialServices.com.

To say that I was getting frustrated, especially in the past few weeks was an understatement.

Well that is the back story as to what has been happening since March. Now for the big Announcement.

After a few weeks of interviewing and applying, I was formally offered a position with the company that is three years running voted as Fortune Magazines most admired Company and I have informally accepted the offer of employment with AECOM. My official start date will be August 7th as it takes time for the hiring process. Background checks, HSPD-12 badge and the general drug screen and everything that goes with new employment as well as closing things out and transferring equipment with my current employer. Of all of the companies that I interviewed with, this was the most idea situation as far as location, and the oh so important issue of terms of financial compensation (Money and Benefits).

I'm excited about not only this offer, but the work I will be doing on the Site Operations Services Contract. My job title I think is going to be Engineer (I have not seen the official offer letter yet) as I will be brought in to do all the Geospatial Work (my background) for the site. 

This was the most ideal situation for me, I get to stay here, I'm making the same type of money and compensation that I previously made and I get to work with some people on the other side that have always had my back. I light even be working with a number of people from my old Sterling Faucet Days, but more of an administrative role.

I'm very grateful for all who have helped make this ideal situation happen and to my current employer for being the best boss anyone would ever want to have worked for.

I have not said much or anything about it in my blog, I'm sure if I would have given my daily thoughts that everyone would have thought I was crazy. There were a lot of highs, lows and frustration, but it's now over.

I'll start updating all my professional information including my resume in the next few weeks to reflect everything.




Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, Michelle is still sleeping and Josh is away working, so I am the only one up at this hour. I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day and watching South Park and collecting my thoughts for the day and contemplating writing multiple blogs today because this is a big weekend.

Michelle and I went to West Virginia Mountain Fest yesterday, this is my first time attending this Festival and it was a good time. I ran into Smitty and his daughter Emily as well as a few other friends at the event. Hank Williams Jr was the headline act last night and he did not disappoint. He was actually sober this time...lol

Tonight, George Thorogood takes the stage and this is the reason I wanted to go to Mountainfest. I saw him back in the mid 80's in Fairmont and to this day I will say that was the loudest concert I have ever been to. My ears were ringing all the way back to Morgantown. I've always been a big George Thorogood fan and I'm ready to party down tonight.

Have a great day today, we plan on it.




Friday, July 21, 2017

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.

Well I will once again be in my NETL office this morning for a meeting and to complete a task. I should be there about half a day and then I will be off for he rest of today and probably tomorrow. Not doing any RTI work today nor do I have plans on going out tomorrow as so Michelle and I can go and enjoy WV MountainFest this evening and tomorrow. We bought the full three day passes this past February when all the musical acts were announced.

On tonight's schedule, Hank Williams Jr will take center stage this evening and we plan on being there. I saw him years ago at the WVU Coliseum and this will be Michelle's first time seeing him.

They are anticipating large crowds this weekend, so if you are traveling around town, give yourselves a little bit of extra time to get to where you are going (more than usual) and please pay special attention to all the two wheeled vehicles that will be visiting us the next few days.

Have a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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.

Sometimes you have pets that affect you, you have a bond with them and it's just magical. When Michelle and I moved in together she had two cats, Sophie who is still with us and Chloe who I just had that emotional attachment to. She was my friend, and was always there immediately if I just tapped the back of the couch to get her attention.

This picture are from happier days, long before she started having health problems and we had to do the humane thing and put her down. I still visit her grave from time to time which is in the back yard to think about her. She will always be my favorite no matter what other pets I get attached to.

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hump Day

Well I am back at it again today doing some field work for RTI as I did yesterday. I'll also be spending my morning at NETL to do a request that was submitted while I was out. So I will be working both places today and we'll see how that all turns out.

I'll be doing field work once again tomorrow as well and will be back in the NETL office on Friday for a meeting. You can't say that I have been bored the past week or so...lol

I did get home Monday night and our two house guests of the canine persuasion had went home from their visit. Hayley finally came and got May and Gracie, so we are back down to having a couple felines running around the house exclusively to terrorize everything. Well at least one of them, Peanut is full of spunk and Sophie is getting old.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy Birthday Kynlea Dalton

I would like to take this opportunity to with my great niece Kynlea Dalton a very Happy Birthday today.

Amy and Ralphie held a surprise birthday party this past weekend for Kynlea, looking at some of the pictures that were posted she seemed to get a pretty good turnout and all kinds of toys.

If you happen to see Kylea today, make sure that you take a little bit of time out to wish her a very Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Kynlea.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Still in Charleston

Here I am still in Charleston but there is light at the end of the tunnel. I'm down here working for my fourth and final day doing field work for RTI, I'm coming home this evening so I get to see my baby this evening.

It's been a nice trip, semi-productive but I would have liked to have seen better productivity. Most of the places I have visited have been back woods gravel roads type places and so far I have encountered some of the nicest people in the world.

Today there is a movie premiere that is of some interest to me. The movie Families Like Yours finally makes its Premiere after a little over a year of trying to get it financed and released. It's a movie about Gay Couples who have children and raise them. Am ex GF of mine and her wife are one of the featured couples and there is a segment on her, Chris and their triplets who are now entering their sophomore years at Cornell University. I'll update everyone when it's fully released and on the net.

Have yourselves a great day today, Michelle I'm coming home.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Still in Charleston

Here I sit last night pre-writing this blog so that I can sleep in a little bit this morning and not have to worry about writing anything.

I know that this picture does not reveal much, especially from this distance. However a year ago this entire shopping plaza (where everything is shit down) was under water due to all the drastic floods that they had in the area last year.

The hotel I'm staying at got lucky, they had water right up to the door but it never made it inside of the building.

My excitement however came last night when I went shopping at a Piggly Wiggly. I have known about them, heck I've seen Driving Miss Daisy a number of times, but this was my first time ever getting the chance to go into one. Now I can say been there and done that, nothing special.

Anyways I'll be in the area all day today and tonight, I'll head back to Morgantown tomorrow night.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday In Charleston

Day two here, yesterday went pretty well but I am anticipating a bigger day today than I had yesterday. 

Most of my billable time was travel time, which doesn't bother me, but I'm here to accomplish a few things. I'm working north of Charleston and I have to say that everyone that I have met have been extremely nice. 

Depending on when I get done today, I'm going to try to find Michelle a wine that she really likes but is only sold in the Southern Part of the state. We have actually traveled here for pretty much the intent and purpose of purchasing it. 

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, July 14, 2017

Big Ole Hairy Traveling 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.

Well for me it is the start of a stretch of out of town working. I'll be heading out early this morning and traveling South to Charleston WV to work for a few days. By a few days I mean I am planning on being back on Monday evening so I will be there the entire weekend working.

There was a possibility that I was going to have to travel this week, well with so much student housing that occupy my sections here in Morgantown, I'm being sent to where I can be more effective while things pretty much sit idle here in Morgantown waiting for either students to return or people to return from vacations.

I can't really go into any details about where I will be working, but I will be staying in Charleston, don't know if I will venture downtown, but you never know I just may venture down to the Capital one early morning to possibly grab a few pictures.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I go through all of my pictures that I have and try to find a picture to tell a little story about, this week's has a double purpose.

This weeks first picture is to a man who had a very positive influence on my life. I was was coming back from working on Mom's computer Tuesday Night and I got a few text messages from my mentor in ArcGIS JB Churchill. He asked me if I had heard about Dr Fletcher, the founder and the director of the WV Natural Resources Analysis Center where my career in GIS started and I gained such an advantage over any other undergrads in GIS at WVU. Dr Jerry Fletcher was NRAC, but I just found out while driving home that he had recently lost a battle with Cancer. I'm shocked to say the very least, Jerry took me in under his wing my last 4 years of College and even offered me an Assistantship (meaning they would have paid for my Masters Degree and gave me a salary as I completed it) once I graduated. He offered to support me in any program I chose to follow, even if it were one not in Natural Resources. Looking back I chose to go back into the work force, but maybe it was an option I should have chosen. He was a great man, a great friend and a man who has had a bigger impact on the lives of many West Virginian's more than they will ever know. Jerry will be missed.




I also learned this week and what was originally intended to be my Photo Flashback for today that a former softball team mate and brother of a current softball team mate, Terry Bell also known as Professional Wrestler Ricky Villain had also passed away earlier this week. Terry is standing beside me in the green shirt  and his brother Paul is two down from him in this picture. 







Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hump Day

Well that is two days under our belts, now if we just get up and over this noon time hump it'll be all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

The picture that you see is from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's visit to Morgantown last Thursday. I'm the bald guy in the white shirt on the front right of the picture, so I was pretty close to all the VIP's so to speak. It had rained that day pretty consistently but the weather held off long enough for us to get the picture taken. The cameraman was on a crane next to my office and we were all in front of the Federal Building.

I'm off work today from RTI, unless someone calls me and wants me to conduct an interview with them. You never know though, I may go out and try to wrap up an unsuspecting interview or two though.

Have yourselves a great day today and make the very most of it.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us and we are looking straight down the barrel of a Tuesday, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,580 days since I made my first appearance here on this earth, been going strong ever since.

* I graduated from WVU with a degree in Geography 4,814 days ago.

* Michelle and I went out on our first date 3,405 days ago, it was a horrible movie but my life was changed forever from that wonderful evening.

* 2,629 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed marriage to my wonderful wife Michelle, obviously she said yes. =)

* It was 2,166 days ago that we partied down in front of our closest family and friends as we exchanged our marital vows.

* I've still got around 5,256 days to go until I retire, it's still a long ways away, but that number keeps getting smaller and smaller.

* In 1,1894 days WVU and Pitt will once again do battle on the gridiron. We need to kick some Panther butt.

* There are 344 more days to go until Spring of 2018. Spring is by far my favorite season of the year.

* In a mere 206 more days, Phil will take center stage and pretend that his groundhogness will predict the next six weeks worth of weather.

* There are 173 days to go until my Goodbye 2017 Blog is written and published. It's going to be an interesting one this year.

* There are 167 days left to do your Christmas Shopping, Walmart can't be too far away from putting their Christmas stuff up.

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will take place in 143 more days. I'll be turning 21 again this year.

* 87 days to go until Michelle and I make a trip to the Springs Festival.

* We are 26 days away from our sixth wedding anniversary.

* There are but 9 more days to go until Mountainfest, we've had our tickets for a while now. I'm wanting to see George Thorogood again, I think Michelle wants to see Hank Williams Jr

* This is blog number 4,916 for me. Coming on 13 years and I'm getting very close to the milestone of 5,000 blog posts.

* Nothing new on the brother search, but what else is new?

* There are 383 names in the Hall Family Tree and that number needs to go up, I didn't do too much work on it this last winter.

* Calvin and Jeannetta are are going to have their WV Bridal shower this weekend at the Wadesville FD. I actually got it right this week.

* There are three days during the year that there are no professional sports played in the USA No MLB Baseball, no NFL Football, No NHL Hockey and no NBA Basketball. Tonight is the MLB All-Star game, so those three days were yesterday, today and tomorrow.

* Paul Koon has talked to me about combining the Friends and Family Picnic and the Koon/Newbraugh Reunion. It's something to think about.

* Having a great quarter so far doing field work, heading back out again today.

* Go National League.

* Have yourselves a great day today

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday

We have once again reached that time of the week when all the fun stops and we get back to doing what it is that we do for a living. It's time to top the relaxing and stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of working.

It was an uneventful Sunday, we got a few things done around the house and Michelle got a good afternoon nap in and we are both now ready to face the week again. I'll be heading out into the field once again and she'll be heading back to the office.

Nothing on this weeks agenda really, no Dr appointments or anything of that nature, just a typical work week. It's getting to the point where our lives are less and less eventful it seems like. We're starting to become boring...lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, I am surprisingly the first one to recover from that losing battle with the dreaded Sandman last night. I'm up early collecting my thoughts on the day and surfing around the net.

Michelle saw one of these bugs yesterday and being that it was all black is not a good sign. The superstition is the amount of black indicates what kind of a winter you are going to have. If it holds true we are in for a very bad winter, so my advice is smash this little buy and deny ever seeing it. I know we are in the middle of a hot streak with the weather, but I will still re-iterate that I Hate Snow and I hate it a lot.

Not planning on working today but am anticipating a big week coming up. I did manage to have a pretty good day yesterday, so I'll take today off and hit it hard tomorrow again.

Our Sunday is going to be back to normal, grocery shopping and laundry are on today's agenda. We're not planning on doing anything out of the ordinary today other than play with our k9 visitor house guests possibly.

Have yourselves a great day today.