Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday

Well I wouldn't say Love...lol
Well all good things must come to an end, and that includes those fun filled things we refer to as weekends. It was nice being off all weekend and having a little bit of time to relax and spend with Michelle, now it's time to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone and get back to doing what it is we do for a living.

New week and new challenges ahead, I'm ready for them however. I do have a big safety meeting this afternoon, it's just one of the monthly things that the prime on our contract does once a month, my company also does one once a month as well. We both like to make sure that when people safely come to work, that we can safely return them to their families at the end of the day. We really do have a remarkable safety record when you consider everything that we do under this contract.

Not sure what my schedule will be with RTI this week, we were waiting until today to assess how everything has went with cleaning up pending interviews has went. I have no pendings, so I got to stay home for the weekend. If the rest of the team did well this weekend, then I'll be back out in the field this week to try to wrap up my section.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, Labamba is playing in the background on HBO and of course I hear Peanut running around and conspiring to getting into some trouble. I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day and wiping the sleep out of my eyes.

Well we have decided that since we already started the BBQ season and I'm off today, this would be a great day to do some smoking. We have a pork butt seasoned and ready to go into the smoker later this morning. I bought a big one last year at Harry's that we sectioned off and prepared, this is just another section of that large one. First smoking of the season.

We are also going to try something a little different, I have to give full credit to Whitetail Crossing for this one as it was the first place I ever tried it and loved it, a Meat Loaf (A Small one) is going into the smoker this morning as well. I had it last Summer and absolutely loved it. We will already be firing up the smoker for the pork butt, might as well use it for a multiple purpose.

Peanut was out playing yesterday, and surprisingly she was back taking a nap early ion the afternoon. I guess she has to work up to full days of running around Meoutside and playing. I think he endless energy kitten days are behind her and is transitioning into a Cat. that doesn't have to go 100 MPH all the time.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday

Here I sit in a quiet household, the only thing I hear is a fan radiating behind me and my cat Peanut's name tags jiggling together as she plays with my feet. The TV was last set to stream something that is now over and I just haven't started something new or set it back to cable. I'm up collecting my thoughts and surfing the interwebs.

We had a little bit of a scare last night, Chad passed out from dehydration in the hallway and Michelle ran him to the Emergency Room last night. They pumped him with some fluids and ran a few tests and sent him back home a few hours ago.

There was a bit of bad news yesterday locally, Mylan Pharmaceuticals is laying off another 500 employees or 15% of their entire workforce. I'm not going to speculate as to what is the causation, I'm hearing a few different things but it's all third hand and I can't validate any of it. They laid off around 300 workers just a few months ago.

I'm not out working for RTI this weekend, our team has too many pending interviews and they do not want to do any new screening until they get some of the pendings cleaned up. I have a total of 0 pending interviews which means I've got the weekend off and wont be out in the field.

I did get the ultimate compliment at work and it's a pretty big one. Let me say a couple of projects I was the geospatial analyst on have won a couple of pretty prestigious awards in the past. Both the 2010 Atlas and the 2012 Atlas won awards plus I was the was the geospatial lead on an International Effort that involved many countries. I left that contract last year due to a loss of funding. Cue this week, our Federal Site Manager was meeting with a few significant people from Headquarters and was talking about GIS (What I do) to them. I've heard from multiple sources that I was referred to an "Internationally Acclaimed GIS Guru" (hence why I spoke about the Atlas work). They all wanted to meet me, this week and see a demonstration, but they got behind schedule a little and had to head back to DC. Yesterday I heard through the Grapevine that I may travel to Headquarters in the near future to give a demonstration. It's nice to have some pretty high up people refer to you in such a manner, even though I heard it from other sources.

Have yourselves a great day. I'm going to enjoy a day off.

Friday, April 20, 2018

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.

I have to say this has been a fast week, but then again it's really not over with so I shouldn't speak too soon. I am planning on going out to work tomorrow for RTI if they permit us, but what I have to do has dwindled down and I'm not going full steam ahead like I do at the start of a quarter. Now it's just basically go and find the people I couldn't previously find at home and wrap it all up.

No big plans for this evening or this weekend, weather isn't going to be nice like it was last weekend, so my drone time might also be limited. I am getting excited for better weather and more opportunities to fly, now I just have to start finding interesting placed where it would be fun to fly and so I can also learn to pilot the drone a little better. Orientation is something I'm struggling with a little.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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.

My how time flies, this picture was taken in 2009 on Christmas Day. Nearly 5 years and one day later Jean would no longer be with us.

This picture was taken in our home in 2009, Jean and Gary had missed the previous evenings festivities and had stopped by on Christmas Day for a visit. This was a time before Jean lost all of her weight through weight watchers and my back wall was empty without a bunch of shelves and cookware that now occupy it..lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hump Day

Well there are two days that are done, now it's just a matter of getting up and over this dreaded noon time hump and it will be all downhill towards that as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

I would first like to take this opportunity to wish my Brother In Law Jim a very Happy Birthday today. Jim is also a local auctioneer and I have discussed his auctions on multiple occasions on my blog.

I'm working both jobs again today, start the day at NETL and I'll finish my day out once again doing field work and trying to get interviews as the quarter keeps rolling along. Another week or so and I'll be able to wind down a little and relax and do a little clean up. I have opened all my line in all my sections, so now it's just a mater of finalizing them and wrapping them up.

Have yourselves a super day

Hi ho hi ho




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again in the rear view mirrors and we are looking at a long Tuesday, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,862 days since my reported birth, by my calculation and using my patented 938 day calendar, that should make me 21 years old by my calculations or 54 by these old antiquated calender's.

* It has been 5,084 days since I graduated from WVU fulfilling a lifelong dream that I had had, we are about to have another group start their counts in less than a month.

* 3,685 days ago Michelle and I went out for our very first date, we're still together despite a horrible movie choice.

* 2,909 days ago I proposed to the most wonderful woman, I was a lucky guy as she said yes.

* It was 2,446 days ago in front of our closest friends and family that Michelle and I poured sand into a vial and said "I Do" and we were.

* I am now 71 days older than my Dad was when he left us.

* I have 4,976 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, or at least start doing something else with my life other than working.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,614 days away. I'm ready, I have always hated Pitt.

* 291 more days until Phil tells me that we are going to have an early Spring in 2019, heck I am just happy we are starting to get a spring now even though it might snow today.

* 258 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, when I recall my year based on what was written right here.

* There are 251 more shopping days left until Christmas, it's a little early to start on a wish list.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 228 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary?

* There are 118 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary. It's amazing how fast time flies when you get older.

* There are 100 days to go until MountainFest Starts, we already have our tickets and this will be our second year of attending. Alabama, Brett Michaels and Montgomery Gentry will be the featured acts throughout the weekend. Ticket's are now $50 each for the weekend, we bought ours just before Christmas for $40 each for the entire weekend and before all acts were named.

* There are 81 more days until we go and see Jimmy in Pittsburgh again after him bypassing Pittsburgh last year.

* There are 65 more days to go until it's going to be Summertime officially, I'm ready for it.

* I have written 5,218 blogs in what is now my 13 plus full years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,782 more to go until I reach that Milestone.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search, but what else is new. It's been kind of dormant for a couple of years now after the brick wall was reached.

* One nice drone flight this weekend, went out to Mason Dixon Park and flew about 15- 20 minutes. Took it up to about 393' which is within 7' of my altitude limit I am allowed to go. See end of blog for video.

* Michelle had a great time at Maddy's birthday party this past weekend, she posted a lot of pictures.

* Only working one job today after a long day yesterday, it's just a recharge to hit it again tomorrow.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? I mean I really don't like it and when they are calling for it in mid April, I REALLY dont like it.

* This weeks Riddle: It can be cracked, it can be made, it can be told, it can be played. what is it?

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

* OK, answer to riddle....A Joke.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Back at it

Well after a nice relaxing day off  yesterday (minus all the chores) it is time for me to put my day off in my rear view mirror and address the start of another week of doing what it is that we all enjoy doing so much. It's time to stick our collective noses back on the grindstone again and get back to it.

If you have not done your taxes for the year yet, you might want to start to address them. Tomorrow is Tax Day meaning you better have filed your return by midnight tomorrow night. It usually the people who owe money who wait till the last minute, but we paid what we owed about six weeks ago just to get it over with and done.

I am out pulling double duty today after taking yesterday off. I'm working my regular job during the day and then will head out into the field this evening after work to work for RTI once again. Another week or so and I should have these segments worked down, I was going to work it hard this past Saturday, but certain things took precedent and it was a short day so to speak.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, Michelle is still up in Ellwood City but will be returning home this evening after spending the weekend for Maddy's Birthday Party. I'm still holding down the fort until she returns.

Michelle and I did work in unison yesterday as we managed to get Hayley a car to replace the one with the smashed front end that is sitting in the driveway. We're not sure what condition that car is in or if it can be fixed, but that is now a Chad project and we'll see if he can work any kind of magic. For right now, Hayley has reliable transportation to get her back and forth from work. It needs some minor routine maintenance, like an oil change and replace the plugs and wires, but her boyfriend Tyler is taking care of that for her.

Peanut had a nice long Meoutside Day yesterday and is already telling me "Dad, open the door I want to Play" already. I do tend to speak Cat fluently and her and I have a good communication although she usually refers to me as Human rather than Dad...lol

I'm off today, and will be doing the shopping and laundry for the week so I'm the domestic goddess today I guess.

Have yourselves a great day and enjoy the weather.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, Michelle is up in Ellwood City for a Birthday party today, Chad is back in his room doing something and I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day.

Well I think Hayley totaled her car yesterday, she got into an accident on Beechurst Avenue and took out the front of her car. Luckily no one was hurt, the other car didn't have much damage and everyone walked away safely which is the most important thing. Her car on the other hand, might be in some serious need of some repairs or just simply junk it as we have no idea what the extent of the damage is. The most important this is everyone is OK and no one got hurt.

I'm out working in the field today and have switched up my schedule once again. My class that we were going to take next week got moved and I'm off tomorrow instead of next Saturday. So today will be the end of my consecutive days worked streak and I finally get a free day tomorrow. It's been a good quarter, but I have significantly worked down the workload.

Michelle is attending Maddy's Birthday party today, the theme is Trolls so I can't wait to see everyone's pictures from today's festivities. Jon and Laura do a great job of putting on Themed Birthday Parties for their kids, this one should be no different.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, April 13, 2018

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 the 13th.

Well Michelle and Chad will be traveling to Ellwood City for Maddy's second birthday party. Laura has picked the Troll's Theme and Michelle got her costume Wednesday night that she is going to wear. I told her to take the camera and get lots of pictures, as I will be here at home holding down the fort for the weekend. She's planning on coming back Sunday Afternoon. I'll be holding down the fort, doing all the shopping and doing the laundry for the week again this weekend. Maybe I should have a pizza party and invite myself =)

I will be working all weekend again, I was going to take this Sunday off, but we are both going to be taking a Concealed Carry class next Saturday and I'll have to be off for that day breaking my streak of consecutive days working and ending it at consecutive days where I worked one job or the other.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho


Thursday, April 12, 2018

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 is from the second formal night of our last cruise. A couple nights on each cruise had formal nights for dinner, that was usually when they served the Lobster and everyone got dressed up. It was the one time we went and had our pictures professionally taken during the cruise.

This years pic we have actually sent to The Sign Shop to have a Lithopane made of this image. We saw the Lithopanes and decided we wanted one, then it was a matter of looking through the formal pictures and determining which one we wanted to have made and this was our selection.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hump Day

Let's just get up and over this noon time hump, and it will be all downhill as we are working towards another fun filled weekend as they call them. It's just over the horizon on the other end of a Photo Flashback and a big ole hairy one. 

 Me I'm on day 10 in a row and that streak will continue into the weekend but, but I'm not sure if I am working both days, it all depends on how this week and Saturday goes. I think I've got a pretty good start as far as the screening, so maybe I may take Sunday off if I don't have any interviews scheduled. 

The Dominion Post is changing their website once again, and while they are doing it everything is free on their site. You can access the print edition and download a copy of today's paper, this is a short time thing as they will have their commercial product up and running pretty soon I'm sure, but enjoy it for the time being until they get everything up and running how they plan on making it. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again in the rear view mirrors and we are looking at a long Tuesday, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,855 days since my reported birth, by my calculation and using my patented 938 day calendar, that should make me 21 years old by my calculations or 54 by these old antiquated calender's. This same calendar calculated my sister Terri's age to be 19.

* It has been 5,077 days since I graduated from WVU fulfilling a lifelong dream that I had had.

* 3,678 days ago Michelle and I went out for our very first date, we're still together despite a horrible movie choice.

* 2,902 days ago I proposed to Michelle. I made her wait until 4:00 in the Morning (and 777 days), but it was well worth it.

* It was 2,439 days ago in front of our closest friends and family that Michelle and I poured sand into a vial and said "I Do" and we were.

* I am now 64 days older than my Dad when he passed, it brings a lot of things into perspective.

* I have 4,983 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, or at least start doing something else with my life other than working. Maybe I'll fly some drones.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,621 days away. I'm ready, I have always hated Pitt.

* 298 more days until Phil tells me that we are going to have an early Spring in 2019, he's lied this year as well, he can lie to me then as well.

* 265 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, nice round number to go until the end of the year.

* There are 259 more shopping days left until Christmas, I would rather not continue winter until then. Come on warm weather.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 235 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary?

* There are 125 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary. It's amazing how fast time flies when you get older.

* There are 107 days to go until MountainFest Starts, we already have our tickets and this will be our second year of attending. Alabama, Brett Michaels and Montgomery Gentry will be the featured acts throughout the weekend. Ticket's are now $50 each for the weekend, we bought ours just before Christmas for $40 each for the entire weekend and before all acts were named.

* There are 88 more days until we go and see Jimmy in Pittsburgh again after him bypassing Pittsburgh last year. Still not hearing anything on Party buses.

* There are 72 more days to go until it's going to be Summertime officially, although you would never know it when we had snow this past weekend.

* I have written 5,211 blogs in what is now my 13 plus full years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,789 more t go until I reach that Milestone.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search, but what else is new. It's been kind of dormant for a couple of years now after the brick wall was reached.

* No Drone flights this weekend, the weather and that geriatric wench Mother Nature were  a little less than cooperative with the weather.

* I think Michelle will be going to Jon and Laura's this weekend for Maddy's Birthday Party.

* RTI just launched a new NSDUH Website in case anyone is curious as to what I do when I talk about RTI.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow?

* This weeks Riddle: I have many teeth and sometimes they’re fine, First I’m by your head, then I’m down your spine. What am I? What am I?

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

* OK, answer to riddle....A Comb

Monday, April 09, 2018

Monday

The weekend as we all know it, or should I say most people know it, is over with. 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 that we do for a living.

After a weekend of working for RTI, I am only working one job today and will be back at it with both jobs both tomorrow and Thursday. With a set schedule at NETL I try not to over extend myself during the week and especially try not to do back to back days since my schedule is a little less flexible.

Looking at the week ahead, both Michelle and I have Doctor's appointments later this week, ironically individually scheduled and around the same time somehow. I think Michelle is going to head up to Jon and Laura's Friday evening for Maddy's Birthday Party and of course I will be here holding down the fort once again and doing field work for RTI all weekend again.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, recovering from the over carb of Pizza Al's pizza last night and collecting my thoughts for the day. I'm up watching Cheaper by the dozen and trying to determine what all I have to do today and collecting my thoughts.

It's going to be a busy one for me, I write a number of blogs on Sunday for the week so that is what I will be doing for a little while. Then there is grocery shopping and our Phoenix Bakery run, followed by taking all the trash out and sorting my pills for the week, going over all the finances and playing the bills and then trying to be out in the field working by 11:00 as this is going to be a challenging one today and a new experience for me as I will attempt to tackle a new segment of special housing that I have never done before. My day is going to be busy to say the least and that is not even mentioning trying to make it to Bowling this evening before it's over to at least make an appearance.

Also from 3-5 today is the Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund Bowl-A-Thon at Suburban Lanes. Bowling is only $2 a game and shoe rental is free, and proceeds go to WVU Children's Medicine. It's a very good cause, come on out and have some fun, bowl a few and raise money for a good cause.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, I was the first person to get knocked out by the dreaded Sandman last night and I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day and thinking about laying back down for a while.

Well we are due a big snow storm today, so much so that the WVU Spring Football Game has been canceled for today because of all of the anticipated snow that is supposed to be coming. As of this current Blog time, there is no snow on the ground and I'm hoping Mother Nature's Alzheimer's takes over and she forgets to drop the white stuff today.

My plans for today and this weekend, it's a weekend and we just started another quarter fro RTI, so I will be doing a lot of field work this weekend trying to work my sections down, it's the first non-holiday weekend of the quarter so my free time is going to be rare this weekend. It does feel nice to get back out and going to new places and meeting new people, it's the funnest part of any quarter. After you have been through the roster once or twice then it's just the tedious task of trying to catch people at home.

I don't know about anyone else, but this is supposed to be shorts kind of season, not the long pants and jacket to keep warm. It should be windows down, music playing and smelling fresh air kind of season. I'm ready for Spring.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Terri Beth Rehmani

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Sister Terri Rehmani a very Happy Birthday today. If memory serves me correct and using my math is correct she is 18,628 days old  today and using my patented 938 Day Calendar, that puts her at 19 years old and still a teenager.

Terri is a very lovable person, I can't say that I have ever met anyone who has ever had the first derogatory thing to say about her, and in today's day and age that is one heck of an accomplishment. She makes everyone feel welcomed and at home any time anyone is around her. She is a truly amazing young 19 year old (according to my patented calendar) who is loved by all.

If you happen to see this wonderful person today, make sure that you take a little time out and wish her a very happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Terri.

Friday, April 06, 2018

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.

If you are not doing anything Sunday, there is the Johnny Koon Bowl-A-Thon between 3-5 at Suburban Lanes. $2 a game and all proceeds go to a very good cause, the Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund at WVU Children's Hospital.  Come out and have a good time and help raise money for a good cause. I'm going to try to make it, but I'll be working for the most part of it.

What is on my agenda for the weekend other than that? Well I will be working for RTI all weekend. It's going to be a common statement for the next few weeks as this quarter kicks off.

Not working this evening though and after work Michelle and I will do our traditional Sam's Club shopping followed by going out to dinner somewhere like we tend to do every Friday, or most of them if something is not planned.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, April 05, 2018

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 to the year 1986. Back to a time when I was living at Barrington North up above the hill from where I now live and had a few visitors one day. Mon and Don were in visiting from Georgia and Terri had just had my niece Amy and they all stopped by for a visit. Unless I am mistaken, this was the first time that I had actually got to see Amy (and the first niece I didn't hold like a hamburger).

There is actually another picture that I have posted a number of times previously from the same day, one that I'm sure many have seen before. It once again proves the simple fact that there was a time in my life when I was actually thin, in good shape and had hair....and a bad attempt at a mullet no less.

My how the years (and hair) seem to fly by, seems like it was only yesterday.

Have yourselves a great day today and make a difference in this world.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Hump Day

Well that is two days down, two more ahead of us (some of you), now we just have to collectively get up and over this noon time hump and it will be all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

It is going to be another long day for me after only working one job yesterday. I'm out in the field once again working for RTI doing field work (yeah new quarter) and trying to help out the SAMHSA study. It's going to be another long day like Monday, but I'm only working one job tomorrow and Friday and then my RTI job on Saturday and Sunday, so this is my second double job day of the week. I try to limit it to two days during the work week and not on consecutive days as my schedule is not as flexible at NETL at it used to be.

Nothing much to say today, too busy working to come up with my own original thoughts for the day, so I'm going to have to take a Mulligan on my brilliant Wednesday creativity this week, as if I ever really had any brilliant creativity.

Have yourselves a great day and it a good one, make a difference in this world.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is behind us and it was a long one, Tuesday is up next and that means it's time for another tidbits.

* It has been 19,848 days since my reported birth, by my calculation and using my patented 938 day calendar (like I pointed out yesterday for Amy), that should make me 21 years old by my calculations or 54 by these old antiquated calender's.

* It has been 5,070 days since I graduated from WVU fulfilling a lifelong dream that I had had.

* 3,671 days ago Michelle and I went out for our very first date, 10,000 BC and a Pizza. I always seemed to be a pizza and a movie kind of guy going all the way back to High School.

* 2,895 days ago I asked Michelle to be my wife.

* It was 2,432 days ago in front of our closest friends and family that Michelle and I poured sand into a vial and said "I Do" and we were.

* I am now 57 days older than my Dad when he passed, Hopefully we can make this a big number.

* I have 4,990 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, or at least start doing something else with my life other than working. I am under 5,000 now, so there is that milestone that is accomplished.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,628 days away. I'm ready, I have always hated Pitt.

* 305 more days until Phil tells me that we are going to have an early Spring in 2019, doesn't matter what he says though, that Geriatric wench Mother Nature obviously doesn't listen to him.

* 272 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, nice round number to go until the end of the year.

* There are 266 more shopping days left until Christmas, not ready to start shopping just yet but I know kids have their lists started.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 242 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary?

* There are 132 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our magical Seventh Magical Wedding Anniversary. Woo Hoo

* There are 114 days to go until MountainFest Starts, we already have our tickets and this will be our second year of attending. Alabama, Brett Michaels and Montgomery Gentry will be the featured acts throughout the weekend. Ticket's are now $50 each for the weekend, we bought ours just before Christmas for $40 each for the entire weekend and before all acts were named.

* There are 95 more days until we go and see Jimmy in Pittsburgh again after him bypassing Pittsburgh last year.

* There are 79 more days to go until it's going to be Summertime officially. I'm ready for shorts and sandals weather and I was actually wearing shorts Saturday when I flew my drone.

* I have written 5,203 blogs in what is now my 13 plus full years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,797 more t go until I reach that Milestone.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search, but what else is new. It's been kind of dormant for a couple of years now after the brick wall was reached.

* I did get a chance to fly my Drone Saturday. Yea Me. As I get more and more opportunities and get more and more comfortable with the controls, I think I'm going to make a few nice movies.

* Anyone notice how polarized our Country is becoming right now? Too much misinformation and propaganda going around, I fear for what my Grandfathers fought for.

* Peanut is noticing the nicer weather and is wanting Meowtide a little more, she knows winter is over. I had her out all day Saturday.

* Anyone figure out the Binary code from my April Fools Blog? It translated into "April Fools" if you actually went through the trouble of converting it.

* Looking for good places to fly a drone, just remember it can't be within 5 miles of an Airport.

* This coming Sunday the Johnny Koon Bowl a Thon  will be held at Suburban Lanes here in Morgantown. It's going to run from 3:00 - 5:00, I'm hoping to be able to make some of it as I'll be out doing field work. 

* This weeks Riddle: I pass before the sun, yet make no shadow. What am I?

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a superfantabulous day

* Hi ho hi ho

* OK, answer to riddle....The Wind

Monday, April 02, 2018

And So It Begins

Well all good things must come to an end, and that does in fact include those fun filled things referred to as weekends. Now it's time to stick our collective noses back on the grindstone for another week of doing what it is we do for a living.

In my case however I am starting a long stretch of consecutive days working, and that will include weekends for the next few weeks as we started a new quarter for RTI yesterday. I'm literally taking my stuff from my second job to work with me and going out into the field right after I finish up my regular job. So to say this is going to be a very long day for me is a bit of an understatement. I'll only work the one job tomorrow as I can't do two consecutive big days like that and then head out and do the long day again on Wednesday.

For you basketball fans, the NCAA Championship is this evening. Former WVU Coach John Beilein will lead his Michigan squad into the finals tonight against the team that beat us in the NCAA Tournament in Villanova. No predictions for tonight as my bracket is now officially completed as Kansas lost in the Semi-finals and I had Kentucky as the other team in the Championship and beating Michigan. It should be a good game this evening.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Sunday's Real Blog

OK I wrote my April Fools Day blog about three weeks ago, tot sure how effective that is was going to be.

First off I would like to tell everyone Happy Easter. The Holiest Day of the year for Christians. I hope everyone's day is filled with family, good times and creating lots of memories with special people.

I did finally get a chance yesterday to make a drone flight without my control panel being in training mode. I took it up to about 370' and even had it going about 45 MPH in doing so.

I was looking for places to fly yesterday, I first stopped at Mylan Park, but it was a little windy down where I was going to fly so I decided to try Mason Dixon Park. If anyone wants to know where there is a big Easter Egg Hunt next year, Mason Dixon Park is your answer. Cars were parked everywhere, places were roped off and I wasn't flying there so I returned to Mylan Park.

The video of yesterday's flight is attached and this blog.

Happy Easter and Have a great day.





Facebook making Changes

As of today, Facebook has taken on a "No Swearing" Policy. Zuckerberg says it is due to advertising and that they are trying a "Cleaner", more family friendly social media site.

This is part of a three prong attack to clean up the trash that is on the site. The next Phase will be to cut down and eliminate the amount of political posts that absolutely floods the site and trashes it to a point that it is sometimes unreadable. It's just saddening the number of people that don't know the difference between polyvinyl acetate resin emulsion glue and DiHydrogen Monoxide are now experts on everything political and invading social media.

The third and final phase will be that everything will be converted from text to Binary for output for example Binary Text for today's blog would be 01000001 01110000 01110010 01101001 01101100 00100000 01000110 01101111 01101111 01101100 01110011 0001010  For those who are not mathematically gifted, there is a site that will convert binary back to an Ascii Text for you quickly and easily.

Facebook is trying to be more family friendly for advertisers. The no cussing, the no more politics and the conversion from Ascii text to Binary are three things Facebook hopes will make it a much better place.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, I'm the only one awake I think and Michelle is up north for the Easter weekend. I'm here watching nothing at all on the TV as I was streaming a movie earlier.

Sometimes when we post to Facebook, we have to know that sometimes we have a bigger audience than what we may perceive. Case in point, my sister Kim wrote a post about Heather being killed in a car wreck earlier this week. There was a news source out of Ohio that picked it up and ran with it, and another one out of China that ran a similar story. I brought these to Kim's attention that she was being quoted, and her obvious response was can they do that. Well yes they can, it's on Social Media and it's set to public, meaning it is fair game to whoever wants to use it whether they are making money on it (as the case with these two incidents) or not. Just a word to the wise and a heads up.

I get to hold down the fort today,  hopefully the weather will warm up a little and I might get a chance to go somewhere and fly my drone this afternoon. Not sure where I am going to go, but I would like to extend the range a little and get away from the no fly zones like where we live. You can't fly a drone within so much of a range of an airport and withe Hart Field and the Heliport at the Hospital, we are within both of those ranges. I've kept it on trainer mode, as the height has been limited to 100' (as opposed to 400') and the range has been about that too (as opposed a couple mile range).

Have yourselves a great day today.

Friday, March 30, 2018

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.

No big plans for me this weekend, I think Michelle is going to Jon and Laura's after work this evening, so I will be here holding down the fort for the most part this weekend. Chad came home last night and not sure if he is going back up this weekend or not.

The new quarter for RTI officially starts on Sunday, but Sunday is Easter and
I'm not going to invade people's family time during the most religious holiday of the year for the Christian Religion and will start my quarter the following day on Monday. IOW my life is about to get very busy again for a while after a nice break this quarter due to illness.

It will be warm enough to fly the drone this weekend, but of course it looks like it is going to rain this weekend. It's coming to that time when the weather will be nice and sunny and I can take flight.

Have yourselves a great day today and the start of a great Easter Weekend.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Photo Flashback Thursday Part II


Twice this particular  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.

Once again it is with another heavy heart that I have to do this, with Uncle Junior's passing I thought that was enough tragedy for the week, I found out yesterday morning that my Cousin Heather (center) died in a car wreck a couple of days ago in Ohio. She had just became a Grandmother and was traveling to see her Granddaughter and the car she was in (not sure if she was driving) wrecked pretty badly and she lost her life.

I had only met her a couple of times, each time she had traveled to Morgantown for our family picnic, she was full of personality and someone who came off as very kind. I'm thankful that I did get to meet her, she will be missed.

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 however comes with a bit of a heavy heart. It is a picture of the Koon Family Reunion from a number of years ago. I knew I had to do one to honor the fact that Uncle Junior and Aunt Lottie are once again eternally united.

I do have to confess that I stole this weeks picture from my cousin Marianne and her Facebook wall, but I needed one of Junior and Lottie and found one of my favorite childhood Gospel group, the Gospel Singing Koon Family.

I will not be able to make it over for the funeral today, and I think they want to do a private graveside service, but Michelle and I did go over last night and pay our final respects to Junior and all of those celebrating his reunion with his lovely wife in the afterlife.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hump Day

I learned Monday evening that Uncle Junior had passed away on Sunday. He was a very good man and has left behind one heck of a legacy leaving behind 7 children and 17 Grand Children and 23 Great Grand Children.

He was an amazing man, who lead a Gospel group years ago who still sing together to this day, but years ago the Gospel Singing Koon Family put out albums and toured the country singing their gospel tunes. You could always seem to find them on TV early Sunday mornings singing gospel songs as long as I can remember.

This evening Michelle and I will make a trip over to pay our respects to Uncle Junior and grieve with my cousins and their family at the Westover United Methodist Church where he first met Aunt Lottie.

Uncle Junior was a huge sports fan, I saw him at numerous WVU Fall Madness's for Basketball and a number of West Virginia Blackbear games.

He will be missed, but his legacy lives on. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* It's Tuesday, can't think of any better reason to do a tidbits. Short but sweet intro..lol

* It has been 19,841 days since my reported birth, by my calculation and using my patented 938 day calendar (like I pointed out yesterday for Amy), that should make me 21 years old by my calculations or 54 by these old antiquated calender's.

* It has been 5,063 days since I graduated with my Degree in Geography, been working in the field ever since.

* 3,664 days ago Michelle and I went out for our very first date, we're still working on our second decade and going strong. I'm a lucky guy.

* 2,888 days ago I proposed to my wife Michelle, I'm a lucky man.

* It was 2,425 days ago in front of our closest friends and family that Michelle and I poured sand into a vial and said "I Do" and we were.

* I am now 50 days older than my father was when he passed away, life is too short.

* I have 4,997 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, or at least start doing something else with my life other than working. I am under 5,000 now, so there is that milestone that is accomplished.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,635 days away. Here Kitty Kitty Kitty.

* 312 more days until Phil tells me that we are going to have an early Spring in 2019, doesn't matter what he says though, that Geriatric wench Mother Nature obviously doesn't listen to him.

* 279 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, nice round number to go until the end of the year.

* There are 273 more shopping days left until Christmas, not ready to start shopping just yet but I know kids have their lists started.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 249 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary?

* There are 139 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our magical Seventh Magical Wedding Anniversary. She is in fact one amazing woman.

* There are 121 days to go until MountainFest Starts, we already have our tickets and this will be our second year of attending. Alabama, Brett Michaels and Montgomery Gentry will be the featured acts throughout the weekend. Ticket's are now $50 each for the weekend, we bought ours just before Christmas for $40 each for the entire weekend and before all acts were named.

* There are 102 more days until we go and see Jimmy in Pittsburgh again. We were listening to Radio Margaritaville this past weekend.

* There are 86 more days to go until it's going to be Summertime officially. I'm ready for shorts and sandals weather.

* I have written 5,194 blogs in what is now my 13 plus full years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,806 more t go until I reach that Milestone.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search, but what else is new. Hopefully one of these DNA searches will turn up a niece or a nephew that I don't know about to be able to tie it all together.

* No drone flights this past weekend, Mother Nature isn't being too cooperative. I did open my new Cox Airplane and started putting it together to fly.

* Just a little tidbit, since this is usually the longest blog of the week to write, I have been writing it on Sunday afternoon lately. I don't feel rushed and can spend a little time thinking about it.

* Have I ever said how much I love Orange Soda? Or at least the diet Orange Soda. This stuff was also my Grandmother's elixir when I was young. get sick, get Orange Soda. Seems that is the only time I can recall drinking it in my youth though.

* I'm hearing that some of the people who used to attend and drive at the Morgantown Speedway are talking about having a get together. That might actually be interesting to go to. I spent many a Saturday Night at the Speedway in my youth.

* I ordered some hot sauce in the middle of the night over the weekend. It's supposed to be the hottest sauce in the world short of Pure Capacian. 3.5 Million SHU and I have tried it before in a very small quantity. Anyone up to try it? Dave's Insanity Sauce was 200,000 SHU for a point of reference. This is what we used to put on people's food years ago to prank them.

* Michelle has been binge watching Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix on a recommendation from Chad. It must be funny because she occasionally breaks out in laughter. I think Chad binged watched the entire second season when it came out and Michelle is following suite.

* I did find out Monday evening that my Great Uncle, George "Junior" Koon had passed away on Sunday. His obituary is posted on the McCulla Funeral Home website.

* This weeks Riddle: Until I am Measured I am not known. Yet how you miss me when I have flown. What am I?

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a superfantabulous day

* Hi ho hi ho

* OK, answer to riddle....Time.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday

Well all that fun stuff of a weekend is now over with and we once again faced with a Monday Morning. It's time to make this a better work so let's get up and get this next work week started.

Well the cookout went great yesterday, but Chad ended up going to Jon and Laura's for a few days up north and wasn't there when we finally fired the grill up. It was already marinated and we have no idea how long Chad will be gone (I would guess until next weekend as it is Easter and he needs a ride back) so we ended up cooking it on the grill. Maybe we'll split it up and take it for our lunches, today...lol

The household is kind of quiet now that Ace has gone with Chad too, Peanut and Sophie are once again ruling the roost and on the prowl. Something tells me that they are going to be partying, and carrying on today as we are at work. Frolicking Felines will be running wild today in the Hall Household, or at least one of them will be frolicking, Sophie is getting old and will probably just take a nap.

Have yourselves a great day today, make a difference.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Sunday

Here I am up just past midnight (woke up to pee) and I decided to sit down and write my blog. Grease is playing on the boob tube behind me and I'm up collecting my thoughts.

We did do a lot of running around yesterday, we ended up going to Harry's and we bought three really nice Delmonico Steaks that we have marinating in the refrigerator as we speak. Chad has the best marinade that he uses, some personal concoction that is freaking awesome. We'll be firing up the grill for the first time in 2018 later this afternoon to fix them.

We also went to Defense in Depth yesterday to upgrade one of our firearms. We had one we bought from my niece a few years ago that was alright, it was more of a concealed carry firearm than a range gun so we decided to upgrade it to something a little more suitable for what we needed it for so we did upgrade it to something more suitable.

Typical Sunday for us, shopping and Phoenix bakery. This is going to be my last relaxing nothing to don Sunday for a while. Next weekend is Easter and the start of a new quarter for RTI, so my relaxing evenings and weekends are about to come to an end for a month or so. Hence why I am going to enjoy today.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household yet once again, the TV is on behind me and I have no idea what noise is being played, but something is on. I'm up early checking my NCAA brackets and reading on the WVU loss to Villanova and wiping my tears and collecting my thoughts for the day.

Well the Mountaineers Basketball season ended last night with a 90-78 loss to #1 seed Villanova in the Sweet 16. It was the final game for two great Seniors in Javon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr and we thank them for four very exciting years that they were our boys on the court. They will be missed and congratulations to Villanova on a hard fought win. I try not to jinx the Mountaineers before they play by posting anything here of any significance, it always seems to come back and bite me in the long run. Thank You to both of these great warriors.

Mine and Michelle's plan for the day are to take a trip north of the border and go to Harry's to stock up on some fresh meat. I swear since I found this butcher we have not bought any meat from anyplace else. He has an amazing product and service and it's more than worth the to up across Rich's Farms.

I did win my Cox Airplane this past week and it arrived a couple of days ago. It was still wrapped in the manufacturers plastic so I did debate as to whether to open it up or not for that reason. It was at that point I said myself I bought it to fly, not for any other reason and opened it up last night. It needs to be assembled and put together but I have everything I need to make it fly. I was determined to win the auction, but still got it at about half of what I thought it would go for.

Have yourselves a great day today, get out and try to enjoy yourselves. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

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 Mother Nature hasn't been too cooperative with us this week, it's Spring time and the Geriatric Wench has dropped a bit of snow on us and made the temperatures kind of frigid this week and it doesn't look like the weekend is going to get any better. Geriatric Wench STOP IT!!!!

WVU plays Villanova at 7:30 this evening in Boston, the winner of this game goes to the Elite 8 and the loser goes home. Many experts believe Villanova is the best team remaining in the tournament, we'll have our shot at them tonight.

I had my presentation this past week at Work. I'm not one who is too strong on Public Speakinating, but I think I knocked this one out of the ballpark and am going to change the Geospatial Culture at NETL on this current support contract. They like what they have seen and this was the money people. Life is pretty good.

Have yourselves a great day today, make a prank phone call to Mother Nature and hang up on her. That'll teach the mean Geriatric Wench.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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 goes back to August of 2005, I'm pretty sure Pam and George were hosting a Birthday Party for my Nephew Moke, but that is not what caught my eye on this gem. On the right you see a young (and much shorter than his 6'9" frame) Calvin with a pretty fashionable hairdo. I can't say I remembered him with a shaved head, that is until I came across this magic picture.

I guess you can see something a hundred times and never notice something, this is one of those times where I always overlooked Calvin's hairstyle.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hump Day

Well that is once again two days down, including the long one yesterday as I went out for RTI, now it's just a matter of getting up and over this noon time hump so we can start the downhill portion of our week.

Big presentation at work for me today, I'm feeling pretty good about it and I think I'm more than prepared. Hopefully this will make me very busy in the near future with requests. I have a feeling this is going to catch on and I'm leading it. Makes you feel pretty good about yourself. 

I have found an ap that gives me some entertainment while I am at work, I downloaded this thing called Zello that I like. It's a walkie talkie ap that has a number of different rooms for discussion. I'm at work, so I never key in, but it's interesting to listen to some of the conversations that are taking place. Some of the channels are just kids acting like big shots, but I do have to say it can make an afternoon go fast just listening to all these people pretending to be something they are obviously not. It's a nice way to pass the afternoon, just put on the head phones and just listen to the drama.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday completed and we are off to the start of another week of changing the world, now we are once again looking at a Tuesday and I still can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,834 days since my reported birth, by my calculation and using my patented 938 day calendar (like I pointed out yesterday for Amy), that should make me 21 years old by my calculations or 54 by these old antiquated calender's.

* It has been 5,056 days since I graduated from WVU, a school that I always wanted to go to and call myself a graduate of.

* 3,657 days ago Michelle and I went out for our very first date, we're working on our second decade and going strong.

* 2,881 days ago I  got down on one knee at 4:00 in the morning and proposed to Michelle.

* It was 2,418 days ago in front of our closest friends and family that Michelle and I exchanged our wedding vows.

* I am now 43 days older than my father was when he passed away, my Cox airplane should arrive this weekend and I'll be thinking of him the first time I fly it.

* I have 5,004 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, or at least start doing something else with my life other than working.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,642 days away. That whole school is in Athletic Department turmoil, doesn't bother me. =)

* 319 more days until Phil tells me that we are going to have an early Spring in 2019, I just wish he could eliminate winter after January 1st.

* 286 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, nice round number to go until the end of the year.

* There are 280 more shopping days left until Christmas, still plenty of time to do your planning.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 256 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary?

* There are 146 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our magical Seventh Magical Wedding Anniversary. She is in fact one amazing woman.

* There are 128 days to go until MountainFest Starts, we already have our tickets and this will be our second year of attending. Alabama, Brett Michaels and Montgomery Gentry will be the featured acts throughout the weekend. Ticket's are now $50 each for the weekend, we bought ours just before Christmas for $40 each for the entire weekend and before all acts were named.

* There are 109 more days until we go and see Jimmy in Pittsburgh again. I haven't heard anything about any busses, but I haven't started looking really hard yet. A Saturday night concert will be the first for Jimmy and Me.

* We have 0 more days to go until Spring, wait did I just say 0 days? TODAY IS THE START OF MY FAVORITE SEASON!!!!!!!!!

* I have written 5,186 blogs in what is now my 13 plus full years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,814 more t go until I reach that Milestone.

* Nothing new on the Brother Search, but what else is new. Hopefully one of these DNA searches will turn up a niece or a nephew that I don't know about to be able to tie it all together.

* No drone flights this past weekend, maybe in the near future I can fly the drone and the Cox Airplane. Use the drone to take pictures from above.

* Michelle has not visited Starbucks since I bought her that Espresso Machine. She's got it down pat and has developed some pretty good barista skills especially when it comes to her White Chocolate Mocha. I guess that is the difference between a professional grade and an off the shelf espresso machine.

* With Spring time coming up, my patio swing, my smoker and my grill are all calling my name. Come on warm weather, it's time for some outdoor festivities.

* Jim and Chris, my two favorite auctioneers, don't appear to have any auctions planned in the near future.

* We did buy Peanut and Sophie a new Cat tree this past weekend. Sophie must be a creature of habit as she still uses her old one whole it appears Peanut has adopted the new luxury penthouse.

* Ace got a new heavy duty ball rope this weekend, he literally tore the other one up (and it is the Kong Brand) in a matter of minutes. He's an absolute muscle bound moose.

* I'm going out this evening for RTI, so this will be a long one for me. Arguably the longest day of the workweek for me.

* This weeks Riddle: What Rock Group has Four Men who don't sing?

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator. Jackie has a few more she wants me to convert as well. Slacker I am.

* Have yourselves a great day

* Hi ho hi ho

* OK, answer to riddle....Mount Rushmore.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that does include those semi-fun filled things that we refer to as weekends. Now it it time for us to take our collective butts back into the offices and do what it is we do for a living.

I have to say that it was somewhat of a relaxing weekend, I did get out yesterday for RTI, so it was kind of a one day weekend. We're just closing out the quarter and closing lines and making sure people are not home. It'll be calmed down a few weeks and we'll go at it full steam starting the day after Easter. The quarter starts on Easter Sunday, but I think me visiting on a religious holiday will agitate people more than anything else. Plus we are talking about traveling north for Easter as well.

I have a big presentation coming up this week at work. I'm usually one who is nervous giving presentations especially if I am not 100% confident on the material I am presenting. In this case, I am the expert and just giving a broad overview of our capabilities and showing a number of examples of products that I have produced and what we could do for the clients. I'm trying to expand what we can offer, and I think the world is mine to conquer in this one. It's just me on this contract and my work is specifically targeted for the Morgantown Facility. I'm not competing with summer interns for research projects anymore, so that makes it nice. The customer knows and wants GIS capabilities, and I'm going to knock their socks off Wednesday.

WVU advanced to the Sweet 16 once again last night with a 94-71 win against in State Marshall in San Diego. The Mountaineers now advance to Friday Night's game against Villanova in Boston for a chance to advance to the Elite 8.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Amy Dalton

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my niece Amy Dalton a very Happy birthday today. I think she is now officially 11 years older than I tell everyone that I am, but if she used my patented 938 day calendar she is pretty accomplished for someone who is 12 1/2 years old, but that is using my patented calendar.

Amy is an amazing young lady and she is goal driven and comes up with a game plan no matter what it is she wants to accomplish and that is something that makes me very proud of her. Whether it be career oriented or just something she wants to do for someone, she is a focused and an amazing young lady. She is an inspiration to all. She is also a very accomplished Photographer with that eye that you either have or not, she definately has it.

I'm not sure if Ralph, Kaiden and Kynlea have anything planned for Amy today, but something tells me that they will all make it memorable for her no matter what it is.

If you happen to see Amy today, make sure that you wish her a Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Amy.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, the TV is even silent behind me and the only sounds I hear are the sounds of the fans running in the bedroom and the echo of my keyboard with each keystroke as I still my thoughts on the net.

Well earlier this week I said I was participating in an Ebay Auction of a toy from my youth (I didn't have this particular one). I saw a Cox Airplane that was still new in the box and I just had a feeling this would go for a couple of hundred dollars so I played around to see if I could get it cheaper. I did have a couple of challengers, but I increased the bid significant each time they challenged me and did so that I outbid them within a dollar each time. Lucky guesses of people who put higher bids in in anticipation of someone bidding against them. I ended up winning the auction yesterday and I was really happy about it.

When I was a kid, Cox planes were the big thing. I always got to watch people fly them at the Church, but never got the chance to fly one myself and I always wanted one. One Christmas my Dad actually bought me one, imagine my excitement of a toy that I had watched so many others play with was now mine. I got it at Christmas time one year, and was one of my all time favorite gifts. Of course I had to wait for my dad to fly it with me as it has an internal combustion engine that powers it. They made tether cars as well that some of them reached speeds of 200 MPH before they started on airplanes.

Well long story short spring finally arrived and I was excited that I was going to finally be handed the handles of this toy that actually flies. This was toward the end of when they were flown with a line and before they went to the radio controlled, if I want radio controlled I have a kickass drone my wonderful wife bought me for Christmas time, but this was the type of plane that first attracted me to them. My Dad lived in a trailer court at the time (mid 1970's when a lot of people lived in mobile homes) and he was going to fly the first flight with it. He did, he flew it for a couple of minutes and it would be my turn once it ran out of gas, only problem was he ended up ended up smashing it into the trailer next door. Smash kaboom, put it in the trash type of crash. I never had the opportunity to fly one. Now I own another one and I'm so excited.

Didn't end up making it out for RTI yesterday, there was a technical snafu where the cases are in the system and set to transfer to me, but have never been transferred. It was a little frustrating trying to get the cases and I never did manage to download them yesterday. I did finally get my cases this morning, so I may try it this afternoon.

NCAA Basketball you say, oh yeah tonight at 9:40 WVU and Marshall will play in San Diego for a chance to move on to the Sweet 16 and play Villanova.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St Patricks Day

Here I sit in the early AM, I'm up early looking for Leprechauns so I can take their pots of gold. I think it is the best strategy to get rich, however I am having zero luck finding the little bastards, they are too elusive for me.

If you have an NCAA Basketball bracket, I'll bet once you find out last nights scores you'll be cussing. The #1 seed for the whole tournament and a region #1 seed Virginia, a team WVU has beaten this year, lost their first round game to UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County). First time in Tournament history a #1 seed lost their opening game against a 16 seed. The thing is, the game was not even close, UMBC blew them out by 20 points.

Both the Mountaineers and Marshall won their first round games. Marshall won their first NCAA Tournament game in school history (they were 0-5 prior to yesterday) and the two teams who are from West Virginia and competing in the East Region, will play each other this Sunday in San Diego California for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16 and the next round of games in Boston. I rooted for Marshall to win their first game yesterday, but that is where my Marshall fanhood stops.

My weekend, I am scheduled to work for RTI this weekend and maybe a day next week to close out the quarter. My next quarters materials should be here this week as we attempt to finish this quarter up and put it to bed. I was only useful for about 2-3 weeks this year before I came down with influenza and they sidelined me for a period of time. It'll feel good to shake the rust off and get out.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Ho hi hi ho

Friday, March 16, 2018

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 my streak of weekends off is coming to an end, I had a great run but we need to closer out some lines for RTI and I'll be going out tomorrow to work during the day and possibly Sunday as well. We need to finish everything up for the first quarter this weekend, as the second quarters materials will be released next week. Meaning I will have new places to go and new people to meet soon. Both sections are in town, so it's not like I have to travel too far which is a good thing. I hope I'm not too rusty, I haven't been out in the field in almost two months.

Other than that the Mountaineers play in the NCAA Tournament today, it will be our first round game. We will play Murray State at 4:00 for our first round game, if we win today we will play Sunday for a chance to go to the Sweet 16. It's the NCAA Tournament and anything can happen and it all goes to the last man (or team) out of 68 standing. It's one of the most exciting sports times of the year.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi......Wait a Minute, Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ten Years Ago

I thought I would change it up a little bit this week, it's still a Photo Flashback but it goes back to a very special time and a very special Picture from my past.

It was ten years ago today that my life changed forever. It was ten short years ago that I took Michelle out on a date and grabbed some Pizza. She has been a very special part of my life since that very first date.

This picture while not the first picture ever taken of us together, was one of the the first ones ever taken of us together (I think the 3rd). We had taken Hayley to Ohiopyle to do a little bit of Geocaching, and deep into the woods we went to find that cache. This picture however I think is down by Cucumber Falls. We had spent the day together down at the PA State Park and had a great day together. Funny thing is, where did I take them for dinner? Pizza Hut, but not the one here in Morgantown, the one up right outside of Ohiopyle.

It was a time when my attitude about Solitude was being changed and influenced, and I am a very lucky man that this wonderful woman not only came into my life, but has shared it with me.

I Love You Michelle with all my heart.