Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday has once again passed us by, it's time to start concentrating on a Tuesday and you know what that means if you have ever read my blog, it's a tidbits.

* It has been 20,051 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 calendar's.

* It has been 5,266 days since I graduated from WVU, true story all these years later I still dream that I'm going to miss a final and not graduate. It's not like I barely got by, I was both Gamma Theta Upsilon and Gamma Beta Phi and just missed Cum Laude.

* 3,881 days ago Michelle and I went out on a date years ago, Pizza and a movie and my life was forever changed.

* 3,098 days ago I asked Michelle to be my wife and gave her an engagement ring letting her know this was real.

* It was 2,628 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife.

* I have now lived 261 days longer than my Dad did, and I'm appreciating every minute of it.

* I have 4,788 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'm sure I'll pick up a meaningful hobby by then, and I'm sure it will have a geospatial element to it. I was actually talking to a couple guys I used to work with at Helmick years ago and they have both retired within the last couple weeks. Time goes by too quickly.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,425 days away. I'm ready to whoop some Panther butt.

* There are 287 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together. We've been together about 10 1/2 at this point.

* There are 162 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019. I like Summer as well, it's just that springtime is something special to me. Has anyone noticed that the leaves haven't changed colors yet? Don't think I have ever seen them wait this long into a season.

* 109 more days until Groundhog Day, when the prognosticator of prognosticators will tell us Spring is right around the corner.

* 69 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, the blog that is my last blog of the year and recaps the previous year. Maybe I should start formatting it.

* There are 62 more shopping days left until Christmas. I was actually looking at Lowes for our 2019 village piece we are going to add this year.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 39 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* I have written 5,419 blogs in my 14 full years now of writing this little piece of my life on the internet.

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm slacking on that aspect of my flight time. I'm running out of season to fly. I'm such a slacker.

* I hate to mention this, but I do hate snow. sorry snowy weather is not my kind of weather. I did however see a lot of snow last week as I flew over the Colorado Rockies.

* I will say that I left Las Vegas with more money than I went there with. It was a great time out there, hopefully I can make it back some day.

* My next big trip will be this January as I travel to St Louis to transition to and get re-certified for RTI to work 2019. It's nice traveling on someone else's dime. 

* Have you got your Mega Millions Jackpot ticket for tonight's drawing. It's your ticket to dream before reality sets back in tomorrow.

* 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

Monday, October 22, 2018

Back At It

Well that fun filled thing called Las Vegas is over with and the weekend is over with although I worked it, now it's time to stick our collective noses back to the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what we do for a living.

My week ahead should be a busy one, I have a trainer scheduled to come in this week to train us on the new GPS that we just purchased. We bought a Geo 7x and it is a little more complex than you would expect for a GPS. It's also a smart phone and has a number of other features to use, but we're more concerned with the primary function of it and that is collecting features. I have a trainer coming in tomorrow and Wednesday to teach us how to use it, I already have my unit and have for a while.

Michelle is adding a new recruiter at her office this week, they managed to get a good one and well established from another local company and this is probably going to start getting really busy.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday

Well here I sit yet once again on a quiet Sunday Morning, I'm up early catching my thoughts for the day and trying to wake up.

Well yesterday was the big announcement and Bob Huggins got his man, 5 Star Center Oscar Tshiebwe has decided that he is going to play College Basketball here in Morgantown. It's the recruit everyone has been crossing their fingers and hoping to land, and yesterday he landed. Welcome Oscar, soon to be a fan favorite.

Yesterday didn't start out all that great for me, left front drivers side tire was going flat and when you have a 4WD or an All Wheel Drive you don't replace one or two tires, you replace all 4 and that is what I did yesterday morning. This set comes with an 80,000 Warranty and free rotation and balancing for the life of the tire, so it wasn't that bad of a deal.

I'm going back out to where I was yesterday to work, didn't get any interviews yesterday (which makes for a long day) but did knock off a few lines and am getting the segment worked down. Hopefully today I can complete my first cycle of the segment and everything will just be return visits after that.

Michelle kicked butt yesterday and did an amazing cleaning job here at home, hopefully we will be the single ticket winners for the $1.6 Billion Lottery this week and we can go live on cruise ships for most of the time. I think if we won we would tour the world and see all kinds of ports around the world, but that is if we have the right combination of numbers.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, me and Peanut are up early watching Castaway on the boob tube. We also happen to be cat sitting Hayley's cat Figaro as she and Tyler are in Baltimore this weekend visiting some of his family.

Las Vegas (first post trip blog) was an absolute blast. My presentation went well and I really enjoyed the sights. However when you are only there a couple days and are working, there is only so much you can see and I tried to see as much as I could. Went to a number of Casinos, gambled at Caesars and Mandalay Bay and came home with more money than I went out with. I call that a good trip.

Today could be a big day for WVU basketball, Oscar Tshiebwe a 5 Star recruit we have been recruiting for a few years will make his college decision this weekend. This would be the highest ranked recruit of the Bob Huggins WVU era, as only Devin Ebanks was his sole 5 Star recruit that Bob has landed in Morgantown. He's landed many 5 Star recruits and franchise players, but at other schools. If Oscar chooses WVU, then the already bright future for WVU Basketball just got a little brighter. Comer Home Oscar.

I'm out working in the field today, I'll be traveling to another county to work both today and tomorrow as I try to get back into the swing of things for RTI. Had to take a hiatus as I concentrated on my career job this past week, but I'm rested and ready to go for this weekend.

Have yourselves a great day today

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 19, 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.

Looking for a little bit of High School Football? Well we have High School Football for you. The Morgantown High Mohigans are at home hosting John Marshall. The Mohigans have fallen to 3-5 on the season and have struggle to be who they once used to be. University High is at home and hosting Preston and the Fighting Cee Bees are at home in Blacksville taking on Conotton Valley, OH.

One of the things I do need to do today is go out and get my drivers license renewed. I have a little over a month and a half to do it, but I always get the Federal ID because of my job and that is a little more expensive and a few more hoops that I have to jump through. I do go to Federal Facilities and I do get on Airplanes, so I need the Federal ID as opposed to just a state issued ID. It's something I advise everyone to have as they state ID's will be completely phased out in a little less than two years from now due to the ReadID Act.

Have yourselves a great day, not sure what my day will exist of. I may need to go into the office today briefly.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 18, 2018

I'm Coming Home

Well all the site seeing and presenting is now over with, now it is time to say goodbye to Las Vegas and remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Hopefully I will come back here again some day and hopefully I've shared a picture of two for everyone to see.

I'll be heading out to McCarran International this morning on at a little after 6:00AM Las Vegas time (9:00 EST) on Southwest 2347 and unlike my direct flight out, I will have one layover on my trip back. We're stopping in the Windy City and Midway International for a brief layover before I board a plane to the Burg on Southwest Flight 2175.

I should be back home with my baby by early evening. We land in Pittsburgh at 4:10, so unboarding, grabbing my luggage and calling Charlie Browns to come and pick me up and get my car and heading home, it should be sometime around supper time when I get home. 

Have yourselves a great day as I deal with Jet Lag tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Presentation Day

Good morning everyone, I hope everyone had a great day yesterday and an even better one today. I'm at the Courtyard Marriott here in Las Vegas, I'm on what they refer to as Dean Martin Drive and am just a little bit off the strip.

I will be heading about 14 miles north in a little while as I am preparing to make my presentation later this morning. This is the whole reason I'm out here and I want to knock this out of the ballpark. I want to introduce them to a new way of doing things both with the 3M product and how we capture and represent it. Someone I work with said he could see me presenting my different way of doing things to a large audience, well I guess that all comes true today.

Shouldn't be a long day for me, but that all depends on whether they want me to stick around all day or not. I'm sure I'm going to have a few questions presented my way. My presentation is good, I wrote it over the past few weeks and it has went well on critical review. Now comes the tough part, the presentation to a bunch of people I don't know.

Have yourselves a great day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Traveling to Las Vages

No Tuesday's tidbits this week, I'm taking my butt up to Pittsburgh this morning and getting ready to get on an airplane to take my butt to Las Vegas.

For anyone wanting to track my progress, I will be on Southwest 1585 and will be crossing three tine zones as I head to Nevada. This will be the furthest west that I have ever traveled, and the only other time I crossed multiple time zones was when Greg Helbig and I drive to the Black Hills in South Dakota back in 2000.

I have a KMZ (google earth) file that I am taking with me and firing up so I can find a few key places once I get there. Today is going to be a long day, but an exciting one. So much to do and so little time to do it, there are a number of things I would like to do, one is the Pinball Hall of Fame but I would also kind of like to visit the Hoover Dam. I don't really gamble, so I may just briefly visit the casinos and get as many pictures as I can along the strip.

Tonight however I am preparing to present tomorrow.

Have yourselves a great day, I will.

Happy Birthday Brittany Dae Cummings

I would love to take this time out to wish my beautiful niece Brittany a very Happy Birthday today.

It seems like it was only yesterday that she was born, it's amazing how 28 years can go by in the very blink of an eye.

She is an amazing young women, graduating from West Virginia University a couple of years ago, she currently works for WVU Medicine and has been moving on up the chain.

If you get a chance to see or talk to Brittany today, make sure that you take a little bit of time out and wish her the Happiest of Birthdays today.

Happy Birthday Brittany.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday

It's time to stop all the fun that we have been having and stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of work.

This may be my only day in the office this week or a day I am going through the motions to get to tomorrow. I'm only working one job this typical work week and it's going to one for the ages for me.

A little tidbit, it was 10 years ago yesterday that I started at NETL. I've been with three companies during my tenure there, I started out with SAIC and worked for them until they lost the rebid.  I then worked for Sextant  for almost almost 8 years until we lost our GIS Research funding and I have been with AECOM since last August and that is who I currently work on the site engineering side and implementing GIS over there. It has been a great 10 years, here is to the next 10 years. I just got my HSPD-12 Badge renewed until 2024.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, I'm up early watching absolutely nothing on the Boob Tube and trying to wake up for the day.

Boy was last nights WVU game a big disappointment. I said that Iowa State was going to be fired up and ready, and as much as they were ready we took the polar opposite position and were the worst prepared I have seen in some time. The Mountaineers got manhandled 30-14 by Iowa State. I saw it coming and even told someone at work to watch for the upset, it was so bad and we were so uninspired that I turned it off in the first quarter knowing what to expect and saving Michelle's blood pressure from me cussing and screaming at the TV. It was U G L Y to say the least.

Today we have some grocery shopping to do and then I am heading out to work for the day. I think I am going to spend the day trying to clear up some of my pending interviews rather than screening new residences, I did manage to get one cleaned up yesterday. Doing the interviews can break up what is potentially a long day and breaks up the monotony of trying to screen people.

I've also got to write this weeks blogs as I'm leaving for Las Vegas this week and I really don't want to be in front of a computer screen.

Michelle is talking about running over to the Women's Expo at Mylan Park today.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday morning, I'm up a little early watching the Chappelle Show and gathering my thoughts for the day.

The WVU Mountaineers Football team travels to Iowa this evening for a tilt with Iowa State at 7:00. I like the fact that it is an evening game, that way my work day and chores will have been completed and I'll be able to watch the game this evening uninterrupted.I do have to say though that this game does have me concerned, Iowa State is a pretty decent team and they are going to be playing inspired football this evening so we better be ready for their best shot.

I am working today, I'll be heading out later this morning to work my segment that is not local. It's not too far away, but it's not exactly within walking distance for me either. I will be heading out on the road pretty early this morning, but not too early as to people won't be awake. Of course these people are the ones who wake up with the Roosters, so I do enjoy interacting with these people as opposed to the sleep till noon crowd.

I did have a little bit of a scare last night, looked in my wallet and my check card was not there. I had not used it since lunch on Tuesday, so I had not noticed it was gone. Fortunately I got on my banks site and noticed there were no strange transactions which was good. I almost cancelled the card from my ap, but came home and noticed it had fallen out and was under my trash can by my desk. Anxiety avoided...lol

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 12, 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 and the start of another fun filled weekend.

Are you ready for some High School Football? The Morgantown Mohigans travel to Parkersburg to take on Parkerburg South. University High is at home taking on Buckhannon-Upshur this evening. Both Morgantown and University High are 3-4 on the season and both will be trying to even their records up this evening. 4-2 Clay Battelle is at home hosting Cameron out in Blacksville.

I'm off this evening from RTI, but I will be working both days again this weekend as I'm leaving for Las Vegas next week for work.

Thinking what could I do in Las Vegas during my down time? Go to a Casino? Do you know what I may do as one of the first things I do other than sight see? They have a Pinball Hall of Fame I just may go to. They have a number of pinball machines I used to play when I was a kid, Top Card, King Pin, Fireball and Jack's Open to name just a few that I used to play at Suburban Lanes or Towers during my youth. I love the old electromagnetic pinball games that scored by a rotating wheel rather than a digital scoreboard. I think more than any other game, I want to play Top Card. It was my favorite Pinball game from my youth and the one I have the fondest memories of. But that is next week...lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 11, 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 8 years and one day, yesterday was Moke and Ang's 8th Wedding Anniversary and this weeks picture is from their wedding day eight years ago.

The picture that I grabbed (or this one) is the one of their first kiss as Husband and Wife after the preacher told him you may kiss the bride. Moke was never shy about showing his affection for the lovely Ang, and this is their first kiss as Mr and Mrs McClain.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho


How about a bonus pic


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hump Day

Well that is one day down, that and one holiday, 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.

Do you know what they should call this day? How about the day that I have the least amount of material to really write about (yes we do live a boring life at times) and the day that I struggle the most to come up with something to day.

I will be in Las Vegas this time next week making a presentation, so I am probably going to pre-write a few blogs for when I'm out there. I'm taking a Government laptop with me, but something tells me I'm going to be like a kid in a candy store and won't want to be sitting in front of a computer in that city. Too much going on to lose yourself in a monitor and a keyboard.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Three day weekend is over with, now it's back to my normal job and that grindstone after a weekend of working and traveling.

* It has been 20,037 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 calendar's.

* It has been 5,252 days since I graduated from WVU, true story all these years later I still dream that I'm going to miss a final and not graduate. It's not like I barely got by, I was both Gamma Theta Upsilon and Gamma Beta Phi and just missed Cum Laude.

* 3,867 days ago Michelle and I went out on a date. You know every day is the first day of the rest of your life, never so much for me as that day when she came into my life.

* 3,084 days ago I proposed to Michelle.

* It was 2,614 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife.

* I have now lived 247 days longer than my Dad did, and I'm appreciating every minute of it.

* I have 4,802 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'm sure I'll pick up a meaningful hobby by then, and I'm sure it will have a geospatial element to it.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,439 days away. I'm ready to whoop some Panther butt.

* There are 301 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together. We've been together about 10 1/2 at this point.

* There are 176 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019. I like Summer as well, it's just that springtime is something special to me.

* 123 more days until Groundhog Day, I did see Phil last week when I was cutting grass. I think he's mad that all the apples from the apple tree have magically disappeared (or he ate them all).

* 83 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, the blog that is my last blog of the year and recaps the previous year.

* There are 76 more shopping days left until Christmas. It's time to start planning and start preparing, I was actually joking with a WalMart employee and wondered if they had their St Patricks days stuff out yet.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 53 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* I have written 5,403 blogs in my 14 full years now of writing this little piece of my life on the internet.

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm slacking on that aspect of my flight time. I'm running out of season to fly. I'm such a slacker.

* I hate to mention this, but I do hate snow. sorry snowy weather is not my kind of weather.

* My presentation for next week is mostly done, now I just need to finalize it and prepare giving it. Any bets whether I see Elvis in Las Vegas?

* Michelle's old partner in crime at BFS, as she refers to her, is currently on her very first cruise. She is on the Carnival Prided and Michelle and I could not be more happier for her.

* WVU Football is ranked #6 in both the Coaches and the AP Poll this week for Football. Our best ranking since October 2, 2012 when we were #5.

* 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

Monday, October 08, 2018

Columbus Day

On a Monday that I would normally be heading to the office, we get a chance to sit back and relax a little bit and extend our weekend one more day as we celebrate Columbus Day.

I'm not sure if the schools are out today, but it is a Federal Holiday and I know that our contract calls for us to be paid anytime the Feds take off, so I get the day off from the office.

Working for RTI today may be a different story, if I were going into the office today, I would not be going out and working this evening, but I may take advantage of some daylight hours today and try to get some lines opened up and hopefully get a few interviews. I usually work the local section two days during the work week and then work other sections on weekends, but that may change this week and next week is almost a pass as I'll be in Las Vegas. I have to finalize my presentation this week. I'm not real good at public speaking, so going a few thousand miles away to do it might take some of the pressure off...lol

Have yourselves a great day today

hi ho?

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Sunday

Here I sit yet once again in the early AM, I'm up early once again and just had the Proposal on the TV and now it is silent (I streamed it). I'm sitting here collecting my thoughts for the day and trying to wake up.

I'm out once again today doing field work, I had a pretty decent day yesterday considering that there was a home Football game for WVU. Being so many people attend the games or work the games, it's kind of hard to find people at home while the Mountaineers are playing. Heading out of town once again and working the same section that I worked yesterday. It's a nice rural setting and so far everyone I have met have been really super friendly.

Speaking of the Mountaineers, they ran their record to 5-0 on the season and three teams that were ranked ahead of us lost. The Mountaineers beat the Kansas Jayhawks 38-22. We were a little off yesterday, turned the ball over a lot and got to the Red Zone and couldn't capitalize numerous times. Hopefully they will be ready this coming Saturday when they travel to Iowa State to play. It was a win though, despite being a 28 point favorite.

The Steelers play the early time slot today, I might put them on in the car as I'm working. This has already started out as a lackluster year. Hopefully they can get it all turned around today.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm waking up and collecting my thoughts for the day as there is nothing on on the TV behind me. I'm just waking up and starting to plan my day out.

Looking for some football today, well the West Virginia Mountaineers will be hosting Kansas today for their homecoming football game. Kickoff this will be at noon today and hopefully Coach Dana has the boys ready to go and they have not been looking at the polls giving themselves big heads. I think we should be fine though, but you never know.

Me, I'll be heading out this morning and working all day for RTI. I will be working away from Morgantown, so there will be some travel involved with me getting to my other segment. This is going to be the busiest quarter that I have had in 2018 as my first quarter was cut short due to illness, my second quarter had a segment that I completed in almost no time and last quarter I had one segment assigned to me before they re-assigned my second segment to me after the FI it had originally gone to could not work it. Hopefully I get some interviews today and can start generating some numbers.

Have yourselves a great day today and Let's Go Mountaineers

Hi ho hi o

Friday, October 05, 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 and the start of a three day Federal Holiday Weekend.

Are you ready for some High School Football? The Morgantown Mohigans travel to Wheeling to take on the Wheeling Park Minutemen. The University High Hawks are also on the road traveling to Mountain Ridge, MD and Clay Battelle hosts Paden City out in Blacksville this evening. Good luck to all the Monongalia County teams this evening, hopefully they will run the slate.

Monday is Columbus Day, so it's a three day weekend away from my normal job, I'm still preparing a presentation that I have to give in two weeks in Las Vegas. I'll be traveling to St Louis once again this year for certification with RTI in January, so still have a couple more trips planned for this year. This time however it's going to be on your dime as opposed to mine. Vagas and St Louis will both be Government travel.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 04, 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 at least 21 years (Since I am 21 years old) to a time when  I was just a young one. Yes that little cutie was in fact the author of this blog and I was sitting up on my Grandpa Hall's knee.

This had to have been the old house down in Van Voorhis that we had, so I would put this picture sometime around the mid 1960's and pretty much prior to any of my known memories. I have no idea what I have in my hand, it almost looks as if it was a belt or something that I was playing with.

Just a random picture from yesteryear, one that has always been very dear to my heart.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The Oops I forgot blog

As I was just jumping out of the shower this morning and trying to run down through my mind what day it is and my agenda for the day, I had realized that I had not pre-written a blog to post for today. Oopsie on my part is all I can say.

Today Michelle is going to be at the energy expo here in Morgantown pretty much all day. She was running around yesterday trying to set up for it, now today is the expo and representing Xtreme Labor Solutions on the day. To look at the jobs they have available, check here.

I was going to go out and work for RTI this evening, but my Morgantown section is primarily students and they are all in the middle of mid term examinations. I have a number of pending interviews, but no one has any availability so I'm waiting till next week to restart this section. I will be traveling this weekend to work my other section.

I managed to get the grass cut yesterday after work, it has rained a great deal plus we went on vacation, so it was a little high to say the least. I used Jim's Zero turn mower as opposed to my push mower and knocked it out in no time at all.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

*  The marathon of days working is off to a great start, can't think of any better reason than that other than it is Tuesday to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,030 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 calendar's.

* It has been 5,245 days since I graduated from WVU, one of the two smartest decisions I have made in my life. Seems like only yesterday.

* 3,860 days ago Michelle and I went out on a date, a date that changed both of our lives from that point on.

* 3,077 days ago I kind of asked Michelle if she wanted to get herself officially hitched up with me. She said yes and we started planning a wedding.

* It was 2,607 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife. Jean prepared a feast and we all ate like kings.

* I have now lived 240 days longer than my Dad did, and I'm appreciating every minute of it.

* I have 4,809 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. A long time co-worker hung it all up this past Friday and retired.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,446 days away. I'm ready to whoop some Panther butt.

* There are 308 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together. We've been together about 10 1/2 at this point.

* There are 183 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019. It has just always been my favorite season, it's like the earth is blossoming and awakening from a too long winters nap.

* 130 more days until Groundhog Day, I haven't seen my buddy Phil as of late. Maybe it's because he's eaten all of the apples.

* 90 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, the blog that is my last blog of the year and recaps the previous year.

* There are 83 more shopping days left until Christmas. It's time to start planning and start preparing, I'm seeing Merchants are getting ready.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 60 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* I have written 5,396 blogs in my 14 full years now of writing this little piece of my life on the internet.

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm slacking on that aspect of my flight time. I'm running out of season to fly. I'm such a slacker.

* I hate to mention this, but I do hate snow. sorry snowy weather is not my kind of weather.

* Next trip I need to start preparing for my trip to Las Vegas in a few weeks. Gotta do a presentation on 3M Marker Balls that you place into the ground to track where utilities are located.

* Gary and Tonya both attended and worked the Trump rally in Wheeling this past weekend. Not sure if they got close to him, but I know she was working the VIP section.

* Michelle's Aunt has turned over the keys to GiGi's house to the new buyer, they spent this past weekend clearing the house out of all of its possessions and will auction off the remaining items in the very near future. She is 97 years old and still in good physical shape, she just needs a little daily assistance.

* 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

Monday, October 01, 2018

Ready Set Go

Well so much for the relaxation and fun, now starts a 30+ day period for me where I will be working every day at either one job or the other. It's time to stick our noses onto the grindstone and head out and start the 4th quarter with RTI and start another week of work at NETL.

I will be heading to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks to do a presentation on 3M Marker Balls and how we use them and more importantly how we have brought them into a Spatially enabled database. I get to get up in front of a bunch of people I don't know on the other side of this continent and do it in sin city. I've started my presentation, but I need to add content and prepare it as the presentation date draws closer.

I still have vacation pictures and videos that I need to take off my cameras and upload to Facebook. I'll try to get to that one day this week, hopefully a day where I am only working one job. I didn't take a lot of pictures or videos on the actual camera this year, took most of my pictures on the iPhone and uploaded them to Facebook as I was taking them.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, not sure what is playing on the boob tube behind me as I'm still kind of waking up. I'm collecting my thoughts on the day and trying to plan out the week ahead. Michelle made it home safe last night and is in the bedroom snoozing away.

WVU managed to hang on to beat Texas Tech yesterday 42-34. We were unstoppable in the first quarter and kind of stuck it on cruise control at that point and especially in the second half. We did manage to hang on for the win running our record to 4-0 on the season. The Mountaineers are at home next week hosting the University of Kansas.

Our plans for the day are to do our grocery shopping this morning and then head over to Amanda and Joey's for a cookout this afternoon. As summer has left us and as we enter fall, this is probably one of the last cookouts that we will be going to this summer, but you never know.

This is also my last day off until probably November (no joke). A new quarter kicks off tomorrow with RTI meaning new doors to know on and new people to meet.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet  household, Michelle is back in East Liverpool for a yard sale of her Grandmother (Gigi's) home as they are trying to clear the house out since it has been sold. It's just me and the legendary Peanut who appear to be awake.

Would you believe that this is my first live blog in a few weeks. I pre-write my blogs to post during the work week and do live ones on weekends, however the past couple of weekends have been set aside for vacation travel. It feels pretty good to wake up and write one of these as it is being published. It has been a while.

Well my first whole week of work after returning from vacation is over with. It was a pretty busy week to say the least,  I did get my new GPS, this thing is absolutely amazing and has so many options. This is a computer that does it all with sub-centimeter accuracy, it is pretty amazing now I just have to learn how to use it. We have a trainer coming in the week after I get back from Las Vegas.

OK on to todays plans, the Mountaineers play Texas tech at Noon. This is probably my last Saturday off for a while, so I am going to enjoy this game as we're getting ready for our final quarter of the year doing field work with RTI. I plan on enjoying the game today as I get a few chores done around the house. No major excitement on this end.

Have yourselves a great day.

Friday, September 28, 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.

Looking for a little High School Football? Well the Morgantown Mohigans are home and play host to undefeated Musselman. University High is at home and will be taking on St. Albans at their home field. The Cee Bees of Clay Battelle are taking their show on the road when they travel to Calhoun County to play them. It is Homecoming for the Mohigans and Morgantown. Michelle is heading up north this evening, so I might just pop on over later on to see the Alma Mater play a game.

They are closing on Michelle's Grandmother's (GiGi) house very soon, so they are getting together tomorrow to clean the place out to prepare it for the new buyer. I know Michelle is going up for that, she talked about leaving this afternoon to head up, hence why I might make a trip to Pony Lewis this evening weather permitting.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho


Thursday, September 27, 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 all the way back to a time in the not so distant future, actually it was just last Friday and we were going to our second formal night on the Carnival Pride. We had taken a series of formal pictures, but I seemed to like this on the most out of all the ones that we had taken.

It was a great trip and a great vacation, this lovely lady and I had a great time. This picture was the first formal night that I did not wear a suite jacket and only the shirt and tie.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Hump Day

Two days down, two more ahead of us, now I guess we just have to get up and over this noon time hump as we are working towards another fun filled weekend.

OK I have to confess, this is the first real blog that I have written in a few weeks. I had pre-written all of my blogs from last week and the week before as we prepared to go on vacation as well as a few for this week. I knew that life would be a little hectic both at work and at home once we got back and I just prepared for it. I've got a new quarter starting for RTI on Monday so life is about to get very busy to say the least.

I have to say that we had a wonderful vacation, didn't have any weather issues at all until we hit a little bit of colder weather and rain when we returned to Baltimore. It was clear skies and smooth sailing the whole week for us and the rest of the crew on the Carnival Pride.

The highlight of our vacation was visiting Mark and being treated to an absolute feast of steamed Maryland Crabs the night before we left Baltimore on our cruise. I think we are all going to try to plan a group cruise sometime in the near future. Some of the best people we have ever met in my lifetime, it was an honor to have dinner with everyone.

OK, ranting about the cruise in the middle of the week. I'm allowed.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

*  Vacation is behind us, we've already spent a swamped day at work responding to the 50,000 emails that we got when we were away, good reason to do the first tidbits in three weeks.

* It has been 20,023 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 calendar's. Woo Hoo I topped the 20,000 plateau

* It has been 5,238 days since I graduated from WVU, one of the two smartest decisions I have made in my life.

* 3,853 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, the night my changed for the better forever.

* 3,070 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning right in the back yard.

* It was 2,600 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife.

* I have now lived 233 days longer than my Dad did, and I'm appreciating every minute of it.

* I have 4,816 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 1,453 days away. The Mountaineers beat Tennessee's butt this past weekend.

* There are 315 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together. We've been together about 10 1/2.

* There are 190 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019. Although I am happy that Football season is getting here.

* 137 more days until Groundhog Day, Phil has still been hanging around eating our Apples. I'm even tossing him some of my red delicious for him to eat.

* 97 more days to go until my Goodbye 2018 Blog is posted, the blog that is my last blog of the year and recaps the previous year. I'm down to double digit numbers.

* There are 90 more shopping days left until Christmas. It's time to start planning and start preparing.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 67 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* I have written 5,389 blogs in what is now my 14 years of being a Blogger. Amazing I have stayed with it that long.

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm slacking on that aspect of my flight time. I'm running out of season to fly. I'm such a slacker.

* I hate to mention this, but I do hate snow. sorry snowy weather is not my kind of weather.

* Would you believe that since my tidbits blog is the most time consuming of the week, I am actually writing this blog on September 10th? I've got every blog written up to and including this one by that date.

* Next trip I need to start preparing for my trip to Las Vegas in a few weeks. Gotta do a presentation on 3M Marker Balls that you place into the ground to track where utilities are located.

* I'll be off this coming weekend, but starting Monday I start another quarter for RTI and my time will be consumed for a while.

* Stay tuned for tomorrows blog, it will be the first one written around the time of publication since the weekend before my cruise...LOL

* 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

Monday, September 24, 2018

Back to Work

All good things must come to an end, and that statement sucks just that much more when you are coming back from a week of being pampered and traveling to exotic places in the Caribbean. Now it's time for life to get busy once again as I prepare my post vacation work week.

I don't want to imagine how many emails I am going to have to go through today, I know probably a few hundred that are work related and probably a thousand of better in my personal e-mail account.

I have a kickoff meeting tomorrow with RTI for the next quarter and we've been running around since we got back yesterday getting everything done that needed to get done. I'm still in vacation mode for the time being. Let me enjoy it.

Have a great day.

Oh No Oh No

Happy Birthday Kaiden Dalton

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Great-Nephew Kaiden Dalton a very Happy Birthday today. He is a growing boy and is definitely starting to catch up to me in age, give it another 11+ more years and he'll pass me up in age.

Kaiden is a very good and well behaved young man and it is actually an honor to be around him. Amy and Ralph had a little birthday party at one of the local hotels yesterday, but Michelle and I were busy coming back into the country and doing everything around the house that wasn't done for the week.

Not sure what Kaiden is up to today, other than working towards his Doctorate in Theoretical Physics or something like that (yeah I know it's early), but if you happen to see Kaiden today, make sure you wish him the Happiest of Birthdays.

Happy Birthday Kaiden.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Debarkation Day

As Michelle and I are off for a weeks vacation cruising in the Atlantic Ocean I'm going to write a series of absentee blog posts relevant to what we are doing that day. There are two deck cams on the Pride, the Bridge and the Aft where you can watch to see if you see us. Watch the Forward Cam as that is where the ice cream machines are that I tend to find.

We will be debarking today, I might even have cell phone service by the time this posts. We should be pulling back into the port of Baltimore between 7:00 and 8:00 this morning and then debarking and going through customs before we jump back in the car and head towards Morgantown.

This is the culmination of our sixth cruise, we now have 42 days at sea each and well on our way to Platinum Status with all the real perks. We should be back in Morgantown this evening, and back in the office first thing tomorrow morning.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Return Day at Sea

As Michelle and I are off for a weeks vacation cruising in the Atlantic Ocean I'm going to write a series of absentee blog posts relevant to what we are doing that day. There are two deck cams on the Pride, the Bridge and the Aft where you can watch to see if you see us. Watch the Forward Cam as that is where the ice cream machines are that I tend to find.

This is our third and final day at sea on the ship. We are moving up the Atlantic Coast and should be pulling into Baltimore tomorrow morning. Today is the day of big sales, when they dump all their excess cheap merchandise and people fight over the trinkets that you could easily buy on Ebay.

Sadly tonight will also be our send off dinner in the main dining room, this is the night I tip all of our waitstaff a $20 and thank them for the great service. It's also the night when you get back to your room and start packing your bags and preparing your own food. It's the saddest evening of any cruise, the last one.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Freeport Bahamas

As Michelle and I are off for a weeks vacation cruising in the Atlantic Ocean I'm going to write a series of absentee blog posts relevant to what we are doing that day. There are two deck cams on the Pride, the Bridge and the Aft where you can watch to see if you see us. Watch the Forward Cam as that is where the ice cream machines are that I tend to find.

Today we hit our third and final Port of Call as we visit Freeport in the Bahamas. This is the port of call when we usually get off the boat and do our shopping. Right at the Port is where all of the locals set up to sell their wares. One thing we always buy from this port is a Christmas Ornament made out of Sea Shells made by the same lady. Her name is Queenie and she does some fabulous work.

After we pull out of this port, we'll be starting our journey up the coastline and returning to Baltimore. Tonight also is the second formal night of the cruise in the main dining room. We will once again get dressed up and eat dinner, no lobster on the menu this evening though.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Half Moon Cay

As Michelle and I are off for a weeks vacation cruising in the Atlantic Ocean I'm going to write a series of absentee blog posts relevant to what we are doing that day. There are two deck cams on the Pride, the Bridge and the Aft where you can watch to see if you see us. Watch the Forward Cam as that is where the ice cream machines are that I tend to find.

Today we will visit our Second Port of Call, but this is my favorite port of call that we visit. Probably my most favorite place I have ever been to in the world. Today is Half Moon Cay, Carnival's Private Island that they own.

We'll tender onto the island this morning and spend the day on the Island. They will have a nice big feast for us on the island. We'll be snorkeling once again in the morning and chasing wild chickens in the afternoon.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Grand Turk

As Michelle and I are off for a weeks vacation cruising in the Atlantic Ocean I'm going to write a series of absentee blog posts relevant to what we are doing that day. There are two deck cams on the Pride, the Bridge and the Aft where you can watch to see if you see us. Watch the Forward Cam as that is where the ice cream machines are that I tend to find.

Today we will enter our first Port of Call which is Grand Turk. We should be pulling into port about 7:30 or so, and it's always a whole lot of fun seeing all the natives our there waiting for us to arrive. It is my second favorite port of call.

Our agenda for the day will include snorkeling and going to Jacks Shack to eat some Conch and play with Topher, the worlds coolest dog. A trip to Margarittaville's giftshop might also be on the agenda, we've eaten there a couple of times but Jacks is this awesome little hole in the wall that everyone tends to go to.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Second Day at Sea

As Michelle and I are off for a weeks vacation cruising in the Atlantic Ocean I'm going to write a series of absentee blog posts relevant to what we are doing that day. There are two deck cams on the Pride, the Bridge and the Aft where you can watch to see if you see us. Watch the Forward Cam as that is where the ice cream machines are that I tend to find.

Well tonight will be the first formal night, this will be the night that we dress up and get our formal pictures taken like this one. It's also the night when you can order as much lobster and prime rib as your hear desires in the main dining room. It is a formal night, meaning you need to dress up. It is one of the funnest nights on the cruise as everyone is dressed up like we're someone important...lol

Once again there is significant entertainment, comedians, gambling and just about anything you want to get into on days at sea. We will start hitting our three ports of call starting tomorrow, so we'll be relaxing today and getting a good nights sleep. Maybe even go get a late night pizza later (and ice cream).

Monday, September 17, 2018

First Day at Sea

As Michelle and I are off for a weeks vacation cruising in the Atlantic Ocean I'm going to write a series of absentee blog posts relevant to what we are doing that day. There are two deck cams on the Pride, the Bridge and the Aft where you can watch to see if you see us. Watch the Forward Cam as that is where the ice cream machines are that I tend to find.

Well we are in the Atlantic Ocean now and will be heading towards Grand Turk, sometime this morning or afternoon we will clear the shelf and be in about 20,000+' of Ocean. When we get past Cape Hatteras the Ocean will turn such a pretty and innocent shade of blue.

Days like this are when there are a lot of activities scheduled on the ship. Entertainment, gambling, eating or just laying by the pool and relaxing could very well be on the days agenda. It's our first full day at sea and we will have another one tomorrow, it could be a getting to know people day. We're already quite familiar with the ship.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Embarkation Day

As Michelle and I are off for a weeks vacation cruising in the Atlantic Ocean I'm going to write a series of absentee blog posts relevant to what we are doing that day. There are two deck cams on the Pride, the Bridge and the Aft where you can watch to see if you see us. Watch the Forward Cam as that is where the ice cream machines are that I tend to find.

This is the one of the longest days of the cruise, the other being when we get off. We're scheduled to arrive at the Port of Baltimore at around 1:30 for our Embarkation. We do not have Faster to the Fun this year so we will have to wait with everyone else, but I'm hearing it's a smooth process or so we hope.

At about 4:00 we will do our mandatory Muster Drill where everyone goes to their muster station for instructions in case we have problems at sea and hit an iceberg. They walk through everything like the safety flotation device and how to use it, and about everything you will need to know if there are problems.

We'll hopefully meet a new set of dinner guests this evening, we have remained friends with each and every couple we have dined with on every cruise. Looking forward to making new friends.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Off to Baltimore

As Michelle and I are off for a weeks vacation cruising in the Atlantic Ocean I'm going to write a series of absentee blog posts relevant to what we are doing that day. There are two deck cams on the Pride, the Bridge and the Aft where you can watch to see if you see us. Watch the Forward Cam as that is where the ice cream machines are that I tend to find.

Well today starts our vacation, Michelle and I will be traveling to Baltimore this evening and having dinner with some good friends, people who we have previously cruised with and have maintained friendships beyond the Carnival Pride. Gone is our friend Cheryl. but she will never be forgotten.

We'll be staying at the Holiday Inn at the Inner Harbor, we have stayed here for three of our five cruises to date (make this 4 out of 6) and we really like this hotel. It's just a walk to the inner harbor and just right across the street from the convention center.

We'll be leaving Morgantown this morning and tonight, tonight my pee will be going to the Atlantic Ocean rather than the Mississippi River.

Friday, September 14, 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.

Looking for a little High School Football action? Morgantown High is once again on the road this week (three weeks in a row) when they travel to Brooke. University High is home and plays host to Wheeling Park and Clay Battelle is on the road and will take on Valley (Wetzel). You can check and see the scores from this evening on the WV Metronews High School Scoreboard. 

Well the big news is this is my last day of work before I start my vacation. Starting tomorrow and up until the 23rd, all of my blogs have been pre-written to cover our cruise and where we are at and what we are going to be doing that day. I will have Facebook available to me at Sea and will be posting most of my pictures on that platform.

Have yourselves a great day and let's get this day started.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, September 13, 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.

You don't think I'm trying to say anything with this weeks pic you aren't paying attention. This weeks pic is from I think the last formal night from our last cruise, but it could have been the second formal night I would have to look and see if this was the tie I wore in our pictures to determine which night it was.

It's a picture of me in our cabin (check out that view) just getting ready to go down and have dinner. We grabbed a few pictures in the room with the ocean in the background. I have a similar picture that I use for my profile at work. There is just something to be said about the peace and serenity of being out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Have yourselves a great day today, I know I am.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hump Day

Well that is two days down, two more ahead of us and that just means that we need to get up and over this noon time hump before it's all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend and in our case the start of our VACATION!!!!!

I have to say my niece Amy and her Husband Ralphie have got to be two of the luckiest people I have ever met in my life. She always seems to win half the prizes at all the the lantern launches and it got to the point I told her I was taking her down this year. I think she won 6 prizes to my big ole goose egg other than the one I won online probably because I was the only one who participated.

I guess last weekend Amy won a couple tickets to the WVU Football game and she went. Pretty remarkable right? Why the picture in my post and what is its significance? Ralphie was entered in a high stakes gun bash and I'll be damned if he didn't win the Grand Prize, a 2018 Dodge Ram. I swear I should take her to Las Vegas with me next month, we would both come home rich...lol. Me, I'll probably lose $20 or so when I'm out there, her on the other hand. Have you ever seen the Vegas Vacation movie with Chevy Chase? I think she would give the Rusty character a real run for his money. Everyone would have a new car...lol

I told her she needs to write a book on winning, it would probably be a million seller as there are a bunch of desperate and gullible people out there who would part with a few bucks to buy it if they thought it gave them any chance of winning at all.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

14 years ago

It was 14 years ago today, at the very moment that this is posting, that something happened in my life that forever changed and shaped it. It was just just something that someone had said the night before and a project I was wanting to do that everything just kind of unknowingly came together. I posted my very first blog and I'm still on the same site and 5,375 blog  posts later I'm still sitting here doing it and doing it on a daily basis and I've probably been doing it daily since 2006.

I have covered a lot since my blog started. I was working at the NRAC just after graduation when I started to write it. Someone had made a statement of "I'm a Grogger not a Blogger" and I know what a grogger was (beer drinker) but I didn't know what a blogger was. Turned out it's a web log or an online journal (hence the name) that one could capture and share their thoughts with others on the internet.

My blog has reported births, marriages, graduations, deaths, career changes, TV shows, parties, trips and vacations, softball, wvu athletics, finding lost siblings and the search associated with it as well as a number of other topics too numerous to mention.

It just goes to show you that any little thing that you do in your life could be a tiny seed. A seed that grows into something much bigger than you ever anticipated. Did I think I would still be writing this on a daily basis 14 years later? Well the obvious answer to that is a resounding no. But what I did do is create a pretty thorough document that has covered the events of my life. It has been a pain in the butt at times, and it has turned out to be a very valuable piece of documentation of my life with the time stamps to go along with it.

Here is to the next 14 years of blogging, I'll keep writing if you keep reading. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Ok Lets get this work week over

It's the hardest work week of the year and it starts today for both Michelle and I. It's the week you work right before your big planned vacation. Considering we had to cancel our cruise last year, this week has been two years in the making.

To say that I'm already in vacation mode is an understatement, I do have a couple of important meetings this week and have finalized everything for my new GPS system at work as that purchase is ready to be made. Funny thing how Government contracts work, I got three quotes from three regional authorized dealers for what we are wanting and then it had to be put out for bid since it will be Government Property. Would you believe there was only one bid and it came in significantly higher than any of the resellers. Now of course the bidder is the actual manufacturer and the difference was the cost of a two day on site training session. I'm just happy to be getting this ultra precise piece of equipment.

I do have a couple of meetings this week, I am now on the Morale Subcommittee for the site and we are having our initial meeting today. We're going to see if we can make work life just a little better for the site. We already have a state of the art fitness facility (that I never seem to use anymore) and a fitness trail, but you can always make things a little better and that is going to be our focus.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Sunday

Here I sit on a semi quiet Sunday Morning, I'm up a little later than usual and I've got the movie avatar on in the background. I'm waking up and collecting my thoughts for the day.

The Mountaineers ran their season record to 2-0 with a 52-17 win against Youngstown State last night here in Morgantown. It was a rain filled game where the Mountaineers seemed like they were more set out to work on certain aspects of their game (running game specifically) than they had the previous week. The passing game has a first team pre-season All American QB and WR so we already know what they can do. Freshman Leddie Brown led the rushing effort with his first 100+ yard game but we had used a platoon of 4 backs on the day.

The NFL starts today when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Cleveland Browns at 1:00. Then Steelers will be without the services of star running back Le'veon Bell who is holding out in a contract dispute, that little move is costing him a mere $853,000 just for missing today's game. I don't know where he is getting his advice from, but it's not a wise move.

Mine and Michelles plans for the day include us doing our shopping for the week and I think Michelle is going to go to the vet to work. I'll be doing finances and paying bills and starting to pack for next week.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm up early watching the movie Jobs and collecting my thoughts for the day. Michelle is back up home as her Grandmother is in the Hospital and she stayed up there last night. I'm here holding down the fort and partying with the cats.

Anything happening here today in Morgantown, well the West Virginia University Mountaineers open their home football slate today with a game against the Youngstown State Penguins. Coming off last weeks opening week win against Tennessee the Mountaineers look to go to 2-0 this evening. The game is at 6:30 this evening, so this town is going to be a little crazy around town today.

I did get a little news, we are cruising next week and this is the week we traditionally take, but they were going to go to Bermuda but they changed their itinerary and will be heading to the Eastern Caribbean instead of going to Bermuda. We have some friends that will be on the ship this week and will be affected by this change.

I'll be holding down the household today, might go out briefly to do a little field work later this morning, but I doubt it will be that successful all things considered. It's more of a formality that productivity.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Friday, September 07, 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.

Looking for some High School Football action? Well the Morgantown Mohigans are once again on the road as they travel to Fort Hill, Md. to take on Fort Hill. University High plays host to Brooke  and Clay Battelle is off this week and travels to Valley (Wetzel) next week. You can keep track of all the scores on the WVMetroNews High School Scoreboard.

I did get a little news yesterday about me working for RTI, I have been working for a company called MyHeadway who is contracted through RTI, but I work as RTI. As of January 1st, I am officially an RTI  employee as well as my primary career job working for AECOM. My tenure with Headway will carry over to RTI, it's just a simple matter of the prime wanting a bigger piece of the pie as they are the Prime on the NSDUH Contract.

One week from today I will be a very happy camper, next week is the week before my vacation and next Friday I will be packing to go on my cruise with Michelle. Yeah Us.

Have yourselves a great day.

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Thursday, September 06, 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 is kind of a prequel as to what we are going to be doing in less than two weeks. This was taken from our 2016 vacation pics when we were at Grand Turk. The fun loving puppy you see in the picture is none other than the world famous Topher, arguably the dog with the best life in the the entire world.

Topher will have a new fiend this year named Calypso that we have not met yet, but this dog here dives into the ocean, digs into the beaches and pretty much has dreadlocks as he is the original Party Animal.

Have yourselves a great day today.

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