Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tuesdays Tidbits

*  Monday is now completed and we are looking ahead to a bright and sunny Tuesday. Time for a tidbits.

* It has been 19,988 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 5,203 days since I graduated from WVU, my Alma Mater and I'm still working in my field of study. The Government is also giving me a nice chunk of money for some new toys too.

* 3,818 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, the night my changed for the better forever.

* 3,035 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning right in the back yard.

* It was 2,565 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I got ourselves hitched up and married.

* I have now lived 198 days longer than my Dad did, this is a streak I would really like to grow quite large.

* I have 4,851 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 1,488 days away.

* There are 350 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 225 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019.

* 172 more days until Groundhog Day, Phil has still been hanging around eating our Apples. Hopefully he gives me a favorable forecast or we'll throw his ass in the crockpot.

* 132 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 126 more shopping days left until Christmas. Walmart has their fall stuff up, and if you look hard enough you can find some Christmas stuff.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 102 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* 26 days away from our next cruise. We are once again on the Pride heading to the Caribbean. There are two cameras, the Foreward  and the Aft where you can see what is going on on the ship. You can watch all of our wacky adventures and see if they catch me streaking around the ship!

* We are 11 days away from the start of the 2018 WVU Football season when the Mountaineers will open up the year against Tennessee in Charlotte NC. It's getting closer...

* I have written 5,353 blogs in what is now my almost 14 years of being a Blogger, September 11th will be the 14th Anniversary of my Blogging for the first time.

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

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

* Been a week of surgeries and Hospitalizations around here. My Big Brother Jonathan had surgery in Florida and Mom and Gerald were in a  car wreck Friday afternoon and she returned to the Emergency room on Saturday.

* Got into an interesting conversation this weekend, someone asked my how much molten steel I have poured during my career. I did the math and came up with a very conservative figure that is probably even a little low. 23.5 Million Pounds. That is a lot of Molten steel to have poured in a career.

* Thursday Night Morgantown High School (my Alma Mater) will be taking on Parkersburg High School in High School Football action. FoxSportsNet Pittsburgh will broadcast the game and this will be the only home game until Late September as the next three games are all on the road.

* Speaking of Westover, the Johnny Koon Light Up The Night' Lantern and Butterfly Release will be on August 25th. Help raise some money for a much needed cause.

* 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, August 20, 2018

Monday

All good things must come to an end, now it's time to stick our noses back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. For me that is back into the office to start another week of doing what I went to school for.

We do have a softball double header this evening, I can't remember the last time I actually hit the field and it'll feel food to actually play again. A lot of long breaks in the Senior League and rain outs just make those long breaks that much longer. Two games on the agenda for this evening.

I have been put on the Morale Subcommittee at work, this is NETL wide and affects everyone. We'll be the group who does things like organize NETL softball teams, picnics and the morale building get togethers that we have. I kind of volunteered for it, and I guess they took my willingness seriously enough to add me to the subcommittee. We'll see how that goes.

And a Happy Birthday to Jean Hall, she would have been 69 years old today.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, nothing is on on the TV behind me and I don't even hear Peanut rustling around. I'm sitting here collecting my thoughts for the day and trying to wake up.

I'm contemplating taking today off, but one of my interview participants is available this afternoon so that kind of puts a little bit of a damper on me possibly breaking my streak of 28 straight days of working one job or the other or both, my last day off was July 21st. I'm wanting time off, but my window of opportunity is closing for the availability of many of these locations.

Michelle made it home last night, they said they got about half of the stuff done that they planned on doing. It was a large group effort and a lot of man hours were put in, but they did not complete everything that they wanted to get done.

I did get some good news this morning, as of about 2:00 this morning, our dining time for our cruise has changed. We were wait listed for the 6:00 Early Dining and had to choose the anytime dining, which dines upstairs and away from all the fun. We are no longer wait listed and have gotten our desired dining time. I think one of the funnest part of cruising is the dining and meeting new people that you dine with all week. We have met some of the best people due to this and thought we may have to miss out on it this year, but alas we are no longer wait listed. Woo Hoo

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho? 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, I don't even hear peanut rustling around (scratch that), and I'm sitting here once again contemplating my thoughts and trying to wake up for the day. Nothing is on on the TV behind me and the only noise I hear is the AC other than Peanut.

Michelle traveled back home last night, her and her family are getting together today to work on her Mom and Tom's place and getting it ready for winter. Big group effort up there, but she said it took her about three hours to get to the hotel because of some heavy rains that they were having. She did make it up there safe and sound however.

Mom and Gerald were in a collision yesterday afternoon, both of them were taken by ambulance to Ruby memorial Hospital. I got a call from my sister Kim indicating that they were both there and I should go over, Terri was on her way. Gerald got pretty banged up and required I think 7 staples to his head area. He had blood everywhere, but seemed to be doing OK and getting around. He was in good spirits as usual. Mom had her neck restrained and immobilized for a few hours as a precaution. Gerald was released by the time I left and they were just waiting for Mom's x-rays to come back before they released her. Kim graciously volunteered to take them home as their car is damaged and was towed. Both seemed to be in good spirits last night and appear to be OK.

Jonathan had his surgery yesterday, Barbara called me indicating they had moved him to ICU, but she had not yet spoken to the Doctor and doesn't know much details of the surgery. She is going to try to find out today.

Me, I'm still here and working once again today. The students are back and so is my window of opportunity to possibly finding someone home and being able to get an interview or two today and make it go quick. Depending on how today goes will indicate whether or not I work tomorrow. If I feel places are empty at this point, it would be a moot point to keep going and knocking on an empty door especially when we are past the halfway point of the quarter.

Have yourselves a good day and make it a good one.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 17, 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.

Anyone itching for some High School Football? I know I'm starting to get that feeling, but they start next week not this week. Football season is almost upon us.

Well my consecutive days working streak is going to be extended. I'm thinking today will be day 30 and tomorrow will be day 31 when I have worked one job or the other. It goes back to the weekend before Mountainfest when I had my last day off. I will definitely hit it hard tomorrow and will probably take Saturday off. I'm no longer traveling to my segment and don't have to travel much further than across the road. The students are back, so I'm probably going to find a few people at home, or I'm going to find vacancies as if they aren't living there by now, it's not going to be occupied.

Michelle is thinking about running back home tomorrow as they are going to get together and try to prepare her Mom and Tom's place for winter. They all pitch in the work as a group and help each other out, they are some pretty amazing people.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 16, 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 8 years (are you kidding me), Michelle and I had went to the Rosiak Family 4th of July Picnic and had a great time as usual. I think this was Michelle's third one, which kind of made her an old pro by this time.

In this pic is Trish, my lovely wife Michelle and to the right is Amanda. Amanda's lovely daughter Makayla and Trish's son Arron just became parents about a week or so ago.

It's amazing how time flies. It was 41 years ago today that Elvis died.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hump Day

Well that is two days in the books, a couple more ahead of us that just means we need to get up and over this dreaded noon time hump and it will be all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

I'm going to take my car in an get it inspected today, we got Ice inspected last week now it's my turn and we're all good. Both insurances paid up, got my two year license renewal (have to get Michelle's next year) and the taxes are all paid up. This will be the final thing I need to do for both of our cars to be legal for the next year.

I did get some dates for my trip out west in a couple of months. I'mm be in Las Vegas from October 16-18th. I'll fly out the 16th and return home on the 18th. I'm just waiting on my corporate card to officially book it. I will be giving my presentation on the 17th and I'm scheduled for a half an hour to demonstrate 3M Marker Balls and the Electronic Marker System (EMS) and how we used to to locate utilities and crossing utilities at our site. It's a pretty neat little system that uses RFIF to transmit back and forth and the Wand energizes the halls.

I look at it as Caribbean next month, Las Vegas in October and St Louis (for RTI) in January for re-certification for 2019.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

*  Monday down, Fallfest is this evening, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits unless the blue footed bobby and the sloth would show up and start dancing.

* It has been 19,981 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 5,196 days since I graduated from WVU, speaking of WVU all of those students are back and classes begin tomorrow.

* 3,811 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, I'm horrible in selecting movies.

* 3,028 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning right in the back yard.

* It was 2,558 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I got ourselves hitched up and married.

* I have now lived 191 days longer than my Dad did, this is a streak I would really like to grow quite large.

* I have 4,858 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 1,495 days away.

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

* There are 232 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019.

* 179 more days until Groundhog Day, Phil has been hanging around eating our Apples.

* 139 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 133 more shopping days left until Christmas. I'm surprised WalMart doesn't have their Christmas stuff up just yet.....

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 109 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* 33 days away from our next cruise. We are once again on the Pride heading to the Caribbean. There are two cameras, the Foreward  and the Aft where you can see what is going on on the ship. You can watch all of our wacky adventures and see if they catch me streaking around the ship!

* We are 18 days away from the start of the 2018 WVU Football season when the Mountaineers will open up the year against Tennessee in Charlotte NC. It's getting closer...

* I have written 5,345 blogs in what is now my 13+ years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,655 more to go until I reach that Milestone.

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

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

* My brother Jonathan is going in to have surgery later this week, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

* Michelle's Mom was sick and checked into the hospital this past weekend, hopefully she is feeling better.

* With WVU students classes starting tomorrow, locals Monongalia County Schools can't be that far behind. They start up this coming Tuesday. That's really going to give me a tight window on my commute to work.

* Speaking of Westover, the Johnny Koon Light Up The Night' Lantern and Butterfly Release will be on August 25th. Help raise some money for a much needed cause.

* Michelle made a trip to Harry's this past weekend to stock up on some meat. We stopped buying store bought meat last year and buy everything from Harry's, it's unbelievable the quality you get from a good butcher vs processed commercial stuff you get in grocery stores.

* 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, August 13, 2018

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that does include those fun filled things referred to by others as weekends. Me, my consecutive days working streak just keeps growing as it's ready to add another week and even one on Saturday this coming week. I may however, and that is may, take off this coming Sunday and break my streak.

I'm only working one job today, I'll be out re-joining my softball team after missing last weeks double header loss. We play this evening and then a regular season ending double header again next Monday weather permitting. Everyone makes the playoffs in the Senior League, so this is just a formality before we wipe the records clean and start the playoffs.

West Virginia University has announced FallFest and the artists that will be there tomorrow night. I must be old as I've never heard of any of the acts, but Michelle knows of Brothers Osborne, then again I am a member of AARP...lol

Have yourselves a great day today, plan for a little extra travel time around Morgantown.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday

Here I sit yet in a quiet household yet once again, I'm up a little later than usual trying to wake up and collect my thoughts for the day. The TV is playing behind me , but I have no idea what is on it.

I will once again be traveling to Rowlesburg to work today, this may be my last trip up to the area for a while as they are transferring it to another field interviewer tomorrow. That coupled with the students returning to my local segment means my time will be occupied in town. It has been a nice little community to work in and the people are generally very friendly.

Michelle and I will be doing our grocery shopping here this morning, we want to jump on it a little early before Walmart becomes an absolute madhouse. WVU starts this Wednesday and my guess most of the students are back or will be returning in the next couple of days. So much for our peace and quiet around town....lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, I'm up early collecting my thoughts for the day and trying to wake up for the day. Some infomercial on KDKA is on the boob tube behind me and I think Peanut is in sleeping with Michelle.

Working the Southern part of Preston County today and tomorrow and then they are going to transfer the section to someone else to try to hit during the week. I think this is my 21st Consecutive day either working one job or the other or a combination of both and that streak will continue into next weekend at a minimum.

Michelle is planning on  working at the Vets Office today and tomorrow and has her own little consecutive days worked streak going as well. She really does enjoy both of her jobs as do I, which makes streaks like this a little more bearable.

I might start writing some of my Vacation Blogs this weekend. We leave in five weeks from today and that time starts to tick off quickly.

Have yourselves a great day today, do something to make a difference in the world we live in.

 Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 10, 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 Morgantown, it was fun while it lasted. The days of being able to commute from one place to another pretty easily is about to end. The WVU Students are moving back this weekend, and traffic will probably be at a stand still around town as they new incoming Freshmen will be trying to move into their dorms for the start of their college careers.

Traffic is going to be bad, so if you can avoid Campus and if you shop at WalMart, I highly suggest doing it in the early morning hours as they are probably going to be swamped with new residents to town.

My plans for this weekend will be to once again to travel and work the same section that I have worked the past two weekends and I'll probably be working both days. We have plenty of work that needs to get done, and my schedule has been very limited.

Other than that, it's just going to be a normal friday for Michelle and I work, Sam's club and out to dinner.

Have yourselves a great day today, give yourselves a little extra time to get to where you are going.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 09, 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 was an absolute no brainer for me, especially after hearing from Mark on Tuesday and him wanting to get together with us in Baltimore on the Saturday before our cruise.

In this picture are Mark, Cheryl and Michelle on our last cruise together. We had dined with Cheryl and her best friend Donata the year before, but this year Cheryl and her Husband Mark were taking the cruise we once again dined with her.

Cheryl was a die hard Ravens fan, but she made Michelle a few gifts she has sewn out of Steelers material just because we were Steelers fan.

One night for dinner this year I'm going to order a Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar Salad and a Flat Iron Steak in honor of Cheryl. She always ordered the same meal, she was a creature of habit in our dining. A very special lady and she is missed.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Hump Day

Two days in the books, two more ahead of us, now all we have to do is get up and over this noon time hump as we work towards another fun filled weekend. Or should I say my streak will once again continue as I'll probably work for RTI both days this weekend.

Speaking of RTI, it's going to be a long day for me as my requested materials got here last night, meaning I have what I need to do field work. I'll probably just be working around here and not traveling tonight, as the segment is very close to me and starting to get populated.

I got a message yesterday morning from one of our cruising buddies Mark, Mark's wife and us hit it off and we dined with them back to back years on cruises. Cheryl was a very good friend who passed away last year from Cancer. They were from Baltimore, so Mark asked if we could meet up the night before the cruise and go out for some crabs. We weren't going to go down on Saturday this year, but that quickly changed our perspective and we are in fact going down and staying at the Inner Harbor again. We have stayed at this hotel for 3 of our 5 cruises and is our first choice of hotels to stay at. Reserved, booked and paid for.

My Las Vegas trip in October is a go, I'll be going out to Vegas and it turns out I will most likely be staying on the Strip. I've always wanted to go to Vegas, now I get to do it on someone elses dime.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Randy Hamrick

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

If my math is correct, Randy will be celebrating his 30th Birthday today. Wow where have all the years gone, seems like just yesterday Aunt Kim and I were racing to Ali Baba's in Westover to pick up your mom because she was in labor. We did arrive however and she was waiting tables. You weren't born that night by the way...lol

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

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

Happy Birthday Randy.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

*  Anniversary has come and gone, time to start a new countdown, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,974 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. Do you know many people who know how many days old they are? How about someone who is over 50?

* It has been 5,189 days since I graduated from WVU, speaking of WVU now that Mountainfest is over with the students are coming back very soon.

* 3,804 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, which eventually lead to us celebrating anniversaries.

* 3,021 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed to Michelle, I don't think I surprised her.

* It was 2,551 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I got ourselves hitched up and married.

* I have now lived 184 days longer than my Dad did, this is a streak I would really like to grow quite large.

* I have 4,865 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 1,502 days away.

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

* There are 239 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019.

* 186 more days until Groundhog Day,  Phil is living in the back yard under the old bridge still.

* 146 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 140 more shopping days left until Christmas. I'm surprised WalMart doesn't have their Christmas stuff up just yet.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 116 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* 40 days away from our next cruise. We are once again on the Pride heading to the Caribbean. There are two cameras, the Foreward  and the Aft where you can see what is going on on the ship. You can watch all of our wacky adventures and see if they catch me streaking around the ship!

* We are 25 days away from the start of the 2018 WVU Football season when the Mountaineers will open up the year against Tennessee in Charlotte NC.

* I have written 5,338 blogs in what is now my 13+ years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,662 more to go until I reach that Milestone.

* Today is my one year anniversary with AECOM. Future looks pretty bright too.

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm slacking on that aspect of my flight time. I should take it to Rowlesburg to fly, it would be a lot of fun anfd I think I could get some great shots.

* I hate to mention this, but I do hate snow. I'll take the heat waves any day.

* Hayley's old car is finally gone. Jim came and picked it up and is going to use it to throw scrap metal in and then sell it for scrap.

* Michelle had a great time this past weekend, she said she spent the hole day in the pool just relaxing.

* I reached out to Michelle and asked her if she had any tidbits. Her answer.....no.

* Speaking of Westover, the Johnny Koon Light Up The Night' Lantern and Butterfly Release will be on August 25th. Help raise some money for a much needed cause.

* 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, August 06, 2018

Happy Anniversary

It was Seven magical years ago today that Michelle and I celebrated the beginning of our Marriage. I day that took some time in planning, and turned out to be the happiest day of my life.

It's been seven wonderful years, we have traveled this globe together, so far making 5 trips to the Caribbean (sixth coming next month), we've went to Canada together, St Louis, Washington DC and a few other places. Places that I doubt either of us would have seen without the other.

She has been my rock, she is my heart and soul and I am so fortunate that she came back into my life and fulfilled it. I am the luckiest man on the face of this earth in my opinion.

What are we doing for our Anniversary, well we both have very busy schedules for work, but we are going to take a little time out this evening and probably going to Fusion this evening for Dinner.

To my wonderful wife Michelle, all I can simply say is thank you for saving me and making my life full. I love you with all my heart. Happy Anniversary. 

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, Michelle is still up in Ellwood City for Jonny's Birthday, I called last night before going to bed and the party was still going on. I'm just sitting here trying to plan out my day and waking up.

I am once again back out in the field, unfortunately I miscalculated some of my supplies and am running low on a few key things. This may end up being a short day, but we will see how it all works out. Maybe I can get an interview or two out of the way and eat up a bunch of time, otherwise it may be a shorter day than originally anticipated.

We are entering our last week without the students, school begins next Wednesday and most of them will be returning this week and this weekend. I have noticed traffic has started to pick up a little bit, and something tells me there is going to be chaos over the next few weeks. I know they took the whole PRT guidance system down and are replacing it, so that may not be up and running by the time the students get back which will just add to the whole situation.

I did learn late last week my trip in October for work (regular job) is a go and has been approved. I'll be heading to Las Vegas in mid October to do a presentation on ArcGIS and what we have been doing with it. That sounds great, but I'll be at the Nuclear Testing Site Northwest of Vegas, so I won't really be in Vegas. So it will be Caribbean next month, Nevada in October and either St Louis (for RTI) or Raleigh NC in  January and they tend to send my group to St Louis.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho


Saturday, August 04, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, Michelle is up and Jon and Laura's for little Jonny's Birthday party today. I'm sitting here with the TV on behind me but nothing on trying to plan out my day.

Well for me it will involved me heading out early this morning and traveling about an hour or so to work for RTI. Same segment I worked last weekend, I just want to give it a good go through before they re-assign it to someone else or give it to a traveler to work. Hopefully I can yield a few interviews today and have a productive day. We're actually doing pretty well this quarter.

One thing or change I have noticed is that Facebook no longer picks up any outside links to publish them, that makes it kind of difficult for me to get my blog out there and seen. I have faced these obstacles previously, but I'm not sure I'm going to be able to find any way around it now unless I go in and manually do it every day. It doesn't pay me any money, and it is just my personal recollections so something tells me my readership will significantly deteriorate from this point on. I'll still write it, but you'll have to come here to read it without any help from Facebook.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 03, 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.

It is Friday, but my consecutive days worked streak will continue, I am on day 12 and will be working both days this weekend and through next week, so it will get to at least 20 days, maybe even a little more of consecutive days I have worked without a day off. I'm not complaining, I enjoy what I do on both of my jobs.

Michelle will be heading back home this evening and staying this weekend. Little Jonny's birthday party is tomorrow and Aunt Chelle is going up for that as I hold down the fort and take care of things on the home front. Tomorrow is probably going to be a long day as will Sunday, considering I'll have to travel about an hour each way to get to my segments that I am working. The Federal rate is $0.545 a mile on top of what they pay me. It's an easy way to put some money away.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho


Thursday, August 02, 2018

Photo Flashback Thursday




Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through all of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet over the years. Little lost moments of time that are forever captured with a camera for all to see and share years later. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that one special picture and sometimes it's not so easy, it is however always my pleasure and a whole lot of fun. It's good to reflect upon your past.

This weeks picture is from our second cruise that we took. It was a Monday and a sea day (when you are traveling), and I figured that since I was on vacation out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, that I was going to take myself a little nap.

This was the year we traveled with our Steeler Gnome and took pictures with it everywhere we went. On this particular day, Michelle grabbed him and put it beside sleeping beauty and took this amazing picture for me to share with you years later.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Hump Day

Two days down, two more ahead of us, now we just need to get up and over this noon time hump. What is on the other side of that noon time hump, just off in the distance beyond the Photo Flashback you ask? Another fun filled weekend to celebrate.

Well kind of, I'll be out doing field work this evening as well as working both days this weekend for RTI. Tonight I will be working locally and this weekend I will be traveling to where I went last weekend and worked. Michelle will be going back home Friday evening to for a birthday party Saturday for her nephew Jonny.

The rain has been hitting us pretty good this week, I got rained out Monday night from Softball and last night I had to bring my office umbrella to my car to stay dry as I walked to the parking garage. It's definitely a wet week.

Do you know what starts today? High School Football teams can get together and officially begin fall drills for the season. I would like to make it to a game or two this year, I really used to love High School football and used to go all the time.

Have yourselves a superfantabulous day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

*  Monday is over with, the week is off to a good start, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,967 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 5,182 days since I graduated from WVU, speaking of WVU now that Mountainfest is over with the students are coming back very soon.

* 3,797 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, the rest has been a pleasant history.

* 3,0014 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed to Michelle, she knew it was coming, but she was still excited.

* It was 2,544 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I got ourselves hitched up and married.

* I have now lived 177 days longer than my Dad did, this is a streak I would really like to grow quite large.

* I have 4,872 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 1,509 days away.

* There are 239 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019.

* 193 more days until Groundhog Day,  Phil has been hanging out in my back yard eating apples. He must like me or he's running reconnaissance.

* 153 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 will be some big things discussed this year, that is for sure.

* There are 147 more shopping days left until Christmas. Tomorrow is the first day of August, so it is creeping up on us.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 123 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* 47 days away from our next cruise. We are once again on the Pride heading to the Caribbean. There are two cameras, the Foreward  and the Aft where you can see what is going on on the ship. You can watch all of our wacky adventures and see if they catch me streaking around the ship!

* We are 32 days away from the start of the 2018 WVU Football season when the Mountaineers will open up the year against Tennessee in Charlotte NC.

* There are 6 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary together.

* I have written 5,331 blogs in what is now my 13+ years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,669 more to go until I reach that Milestone.

* We paid off our cruise this past weekend (meaning we paid of the CC that paid for it)

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm slacking on that aspect of my flight time. I really need to get some flight time in the near future.

* I hate to mention this, but I do hate snow. I'll take the heat waves any day.

* Jim has let us borrow his riding mower for the rest of the summer, his new house lacks grass this year and it's on loan to us for the time being.

* Do you believe tomorrow is the first day of August, I got to get two cars inspected in August.

* The Mon County Fair is going on right now, we rarely if ever attend. I don't think I have been to one since it was in Westover.

* Speaking of Westover, the Johnny Koon Light Up The Night' Lantern and Butterfly Release will be on August 25th. Help raise some money for a much needed cause.

* 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, July 30, 2018

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that includes those fun filled things called weekends. Now it is time for us to get up and get back to doing what it is we do for a living.

Well tonight is also going to be a long one, I will be getting out of work and then rushing home to get changed and get to the ballpark by 6:00 this evening for our game. I don't know how we did it, but looking at the current BOPARC standings we are in first place in our league. Some of our better athletes have not even shown up this season yet, so that makes it even more amazing when you consider that. Hopefully we can keep it going, but we're playing a pretty competitive team this evening.

Looking at my week ahead, my schedule looks pretty open at work, I did my yearly Fire Warden Certification last week and don't have to attend this weeks training. I will be heading out into the field one day this week to work my local segment around here for RTI, but other than that my week appears to be open but that is always subject to change. 

It's Fair Season here in Monongalia County with the Mon County Fair opening up this evening with the Parade.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho and Go Whitetail Crossing Softball.!!!!

Happy Birthday Josh Nicholson

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

Josh is a growing young boy who has been to a few places like Gettysburg that I would like to go to but haven't made it yet.

Not sure what Bobby or Val have planned for this fine young man today or in the near future, but you know it will be interesting.

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

Happy Birthday Josh.


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up early with who knows what playing on the boob tube behind me as I collect my thoughts for the day.

Well we did make it to Mountainfest yesterday, we ended up going around noonish to get our grub on. Most of the stuff really wasn't opened up yet or happening. We went and got a couple slaw dogs and some butt fries and hopped on the shuttle to come back home. Planning on returning for the Alabama Concert later that evening. Well I ended up with the headache friday night, we didn't go Thursday Night and last night Michelle had the headache and wasn't feeling well so we did not make it back over to see Alabama.

On to today, I'm going to have a busy day of shopping, traveling and working for RTI. I traveled yesterday morning to pick up the segment materials, now today I'm heading into the field to start the segment. Something tells me that this is going to be a long day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Saturday

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, waking up and planning out my day. I'm up with nothing on the TV behind me and the only sounds I hear are that of the fan behind me and its soothing and relaxing humming.

I have to travel to Philippi this morning to pick up my segment materials this morning, but I should be back sometime before noon. Michelle is going into the Vet's office to work this morning and get a few things done she needs to get done, then it's off to Mountainfest.

We did not make it to Mountainfest yesterday evening, I wasn't feeling all that great after work, and we decided to hold off until today. For some reason I had a headache yesterday after work and I never get headaches. I don't think either of us were feeling 100% yesterday so we are waiting until today to go and see Alabama. I have seen them 5 or 6 times (lost count), but I haven't seen them in close to 30 years. They used to always play Morgantown during the 80's.

I hope everyone has a great day today, and once again allow yourselves a little extra time to get to where you need to be today. We have an influx of two wheeled traffic around town and I'm sure everyone would like their loved ones safe and back home at the end of this event.





Friday, July 27, 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.

West Virginia Mountain Fest is in full swing, it all opened up yesterday afternoon and last nights entertainment was Montgomery Gentry. Michelle and I have had our tickets since last December when they went on sale for the Early Bird Price. We did not make it over last night. Tonight might be a different story, Brett Michael the former lead singer of Poison is the featured act this evening. We plan on possibly making it this evening, but tomorrow night with Alabama is who we are really anticipating on seeing.

Both Michelle and I are working our part time jobs tomorrow, I have to run to get segment materials for a segment they want me to start working. I listed it last year, but she assigned it to someone else because they lived closer. She hasn't been able to get to the segment yet, so I am going to start to tackle it Sunday, but I need the segment materials first so I have to drive halfway to Elkins to pick them up.

Have yourselves a great day today and enjoy the start to a great weekend.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through all of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet over the years. Little lost moments of time that are forever captured with a camera for all to see and share years later. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that one special picture and sometimes it's not so easy, it is however always my pleasure and a whole lot of fun. It's good to reflect upon your past.

This weeks pic is from a few years ago, when I went to Washington DC to the ESRI Federal Users Conference. I registered late so I had to stay in Arlington Virginia (Just a quick Metro ride to the Convention Center downtown DC. This picture was taken of me the second day of the Conference, this was actually on the balcony of my hotel room. The road behind me leads to the Arlington National Cemetery and just on the other side of that the Pentagon.

I missed the Conference this year, but it should not be any problem for me to go in 2018 this Spring. It may also be a reality that I am going to go to the National User Conference next July in San Diego. They have already asked to travel to Nevada this October to do a Presentation on GIS at a facility out there.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hump Day

Two days down, two more ahead of us, now all we have to do is get up and over this noon time hump and we will all be doing the backside of the workweek and heading towards all the fun.

A couple of notes. Starting today and running through Sunday, Morgantown is going to have a large influx of two wheeled vehicles on the road. WVMountainfest starts tomorrow (We've had our tickets for months) and we will have a large number of visitors to the area. Please allow yourself a little extra time and pay a little more attention while you are driving around town this weekend. We don't need any accidents. 

Secondly a few thoughts for my brother Jonathan today. If you are a spiritual person, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers on this day. It would be much appreciated by both him and everyone else.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

*  Monday is over with and we are not playing softball tonight, I guess I should do a tidbits.

* It has been 19,960 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 5,175 days since I graduated from West Virginia University with a Degree in Geography, and all these years later I am still working in my field of study.

* 3,790 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, 10,000 BC and Pizza Hut.

* 3,007 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed to Michelle, right in our back yard.

* It was 2,544 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and exchanged our marital vows and poured sand into a flask.

* I have now lived 170 days longer than my Dad did, this is a streak I would really like to grow quite large.

* I have 4,879 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 1,516 days away.

* There are 246 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019.

* 193 more days until Groundhog Day, Phil did stop by the back door this past weekend.

* 160 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 will be some big things discussed this year, that is for sure.

* There are 154 more shopping days left until Christmas. Santa never got back to me about last weeks request.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 130 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* 54 days away from our next cruise. We are once again on the Pride heading to the Caribbean. There are two cameras, the Foreward  and the Aft where you can see what is going on on the ship.

* We are 39 days away from the start of the 2018 WVU Football season when the Mountaineers will open up the year against Tennessee in Charlotte NC.

* There are 13 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 2 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. One concert down this year, time to gear up for the next series.

* I have written 5,324 blogs in what is now my 13+ years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,676 more to go until I reach that Milestone.

* Have I mentioned how much I love my wife, I was able to pay my taxes and renew my license for two years all from the convenience of my computer thanks to her.

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm slacking on that.

* I hate to mention this, but I do hate snow. I'll take the heat waves any day.

* Venessa has a pretty good turnout Sunday for the fund raiser. Jim and Chris stopped over earlier, Amanda and Joey came when we did and Pam, George and Calvin all were there with us as well as we ate Spaghetti and raised a little money.

* Take a few weeks off from the riddles, they were easy at first but after a while you start to repeat yourself and it becomes a pain in the butt.

* I'm off the rest of the week for RTI, very transient area and they are not returning just yet. I'll hit it hard in a couple of weeks.

* 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, July 23, 2018

We're Doing it Again

After five years of cruising, we broke our streak last year and had to cancel last years cruise due to circumstances beyond mine or Michelle's control. It wasn't a financial issue, it was a employment issue and having enough time off.

Last year if we were going to miss a cruise was the best year to miss, as it didn't make it to the Caribbean and had to go to New York City for a couple of days and then out into the ocean because of all of the Hurricanes that were coming through. We would never had made our intended destination.

We contemplated on going this year and see sawed whether we would go next Spring or next fall. The answer is neither, we're going this September again (as in 55 days) once again on the Carnival Pride. Our regular stops of Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay (my favorite) and Freeport are on our agenda.

Booking so late we didn't get the options we wanted and almost had to go to the back of the ship again, as everything in the midship was sold out. Until I refreshed my browser and found 1 mid ship balcony on the 6th floor on the side of the ship we prefer came open. Needless to say we grabbed it and it is now ours. The final payment date is fast approaching for when the cruise needs to be paid in full (we paid in full last night) and this is when some cabins start to open up, so we managed to take advantage of it and grab a last minute canceler.

We are already gold members of the VIFP club, with 35 days at sea already. This will give us 42 and we are well on our way to Platinum.

Woot Woot.

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and yes that does in fact include the fun filled things that we refer to as weekends. Now it is in fact time to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone and get back to doing what it is wee do for a living.

Looking at my Calendar coming up, I have yearly Fire Warden training this morning. I am the Fire Warden for my floor of my building as we have to do our annual training as to what we are supposed to do. It's just a training course we have to go through once a year. I became the Fire Warden earlier this year when they needed a back up and I volunteered, then the Fire Warden for our floor moved to another building. See what I get for responding to business emails from St Louis...lol

Speaking of St Louis I did find out our yearly certification for RTI will be from January 2nd-6th, we're not sure if we will be first session or the second session. We also do not know the location yet, but St. Louis is a logical choice for our region, but I would kind of like to go somewhere else but that is beyond my control. Michelle has indicated that she wants to go once again this year since she didn't get the chance last year.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, much later than I am usually awake, collecting my thoughts and planning out my day. The Television is once again silent behind me and Peanut of course is frolicking around the house.

We went out to Breakfast with Jim, Chris and the rest of the clan yesterday morning. It was kind of an impromptu thing where everyone got together and we ended up going to Cracker Barrel for Breakfast. Chris had run up to get Jonny and Maddie for the day, so it was a good excuse for everyone to have a get together.

Today is going to be a long one, I'm going out to work later this afternoon and I think Michelle is as well, I have to go and make my rounds and get a few things done. Before that however, the clan is going to head to the Mt Morris Fire Department for a Spaghetti Dinner that will benefit Vanessa Poling. She is one of my sister Pam's longest closest friends and she has some health issues. So if you are not doing anything and you want to help someone out, come on out for a Spaghetti dinner. I think we're planning on going around 1:00 when it opens so the rest of the day is ours to do what we need to do.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on an early Saturday Morning, I'm up and watching absolutely nothing on the TV (I was streaming a movie earlier) and collecting my thoughts for the day and half heartedly attempting to wake up.

No plans this weekend, if the weather permits we are going to try to tackle the grass and get it cut, the recent heat wave has helped in controlling the cow chow for a couple of weeks, but I would like to tackle it before it gets too tall. Weather permitting like I said as it looks like it is going to rain this afternoon.

I got a chance yesterday to speak to both of my Brothers (although not at the same time). Jonathan returned my call from earlier in the week and we had a nice conversation and I also called Gary last night who was still working. He seems in really good spirits and upbeat. I know he's always really busy so it's rare I get a chance to talk to him.

Have yourselves a great day, it's going to be a day off from both jobs for both Michelle and Me.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Nineteen Years Ago

It was Nineteen years ago today, that this man in the picture with his six offspring passed away. He would be 73 years old if he were still with us and probably still preparing large family dinners for everyone.

So much has happened in the nineteen years since he has passed. Val, Kim, Amy, Moke, Myself and Calvin myself had all got married. We found our lost sibling just a few months ago, and we find out he not only has a Daughter (Granddaughter) Sarah but also a Granddaughter (Great Grand daughter).

We saw Erica, Kaiden, Josh, Kynlea and Ryleigh all enter into the family as the next generation all entered presented themselves as additions to the family.

This man touched and inspired a number of people, people who knew him or had the chance to experience one of his feasts he called a cookout always remember him for his food, the abundance and the great quality of it. He was a coal miner by trade, a great cook by choice and an inspiration to all.

We miss you Dad.


Thursday, July 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.

OK a little change of pace this week, this is a picture of the WalMart Supercenter up on 4H Camp Road  here in Morgantown. When this image was taken we only had one operational WalMart and that was at the old Mountaineer Mall, then a day after this picture was taken that WalMart closed down and Morgantown had two brand new stores opening up.

It's been hard to imagine that it has been going on 12 years since these two stores opened up, it just goes to show you how fast time just flies by when you get to a certain point in your life. I was working at Home, but my Office was either in Frostburg or Sterling Virginia (depending on when we shut down the Frostburg Office), I had drove over after work to grab a picture before all the chaos of everyone wanting to go to the newer stores started. Before these stores opened, I drove to Grafton every Sunday to Grocery Shop at their Super WalMart.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Happy Birthday Kynlea Dalton

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Great-Niece Kylea Rae Dalton a very Happy Birthday today.

This little photogenic girl is an absolute bundle of joy to be around, this scene stealer photobombed this photo last year when Ralphie and Amy took her to a WVU women's Basketball game I believe.

I know texting back and forth with Amy over the weekend that she is planning on taking the kids to Idlewild Park today. I guarantee you I know a couple of kids that are going to have an absolute ball today.

If you happen to see this little bundle of joy today, make sure that you take a little bit of time out and wish her the happiest of Birthdays today.

Happy Birthday Kynlea.


Edit, this posted about 14 hours after it was supposed to. Sorry Kynlea, I hope you had a great day at Idlewild.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

*  Monday is complete, I repeat Monday is complete. Now for your regularly scheduled Tuesday's Tidbits.

* It has been 19,953 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 5,168 days since I graduated from West Virginia University with a Degree in Geography.

* 3,783 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, 10,000 BC and Pizza Hut.

* 3,000 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed to Michelle, how is that for a round number.

* It was 2,537 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife.

* I have now lived 163 days longer than my Dad did, this is a streak I would really like to grow quite large.

* I have 4,886 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 1,523 days away.

* There are 253 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019.

* 200 more days until Groundhog Day, this is when Phil will tell us about an Early Spring in 2019.

* 167 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 will be some big things discussed this year, that is for sure.

* There are 161 more shopping days left until Christmas. Santa never got back to me about last weeks request.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 137 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* We are 46 days away from the start of the 2018 WVU Football season when the Mountaineers will open up the year against Tennessee in Charlotte NC.

* There are 27 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 10 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. One concert down this year, time to gear up for the next series.

* I have written 5,315 blogs in what is now my 13+ years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,685 more to go until I reach that Milestone.

* My sunburn from Saturday still stings, I should have worn sunscreen.

* No Drone flights this weekend, I should have flown once again but I didn't.

* I hate to mention this, but I do hate snow. I'll take the heat waves any day.

* Did get a chance to talk to Pam this weekend, she told me she now has 16 chickens and they are just about ready to start laying eggs.

* The Pittsburgh Pirates are heading into the All-Star break on a 6 game winning streak. Go Bucs.

* This weeks Riddle: Every night I am told what to do and I do it, yet everyone is still mad at me. 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

* Answer to this weeks riddle: An alarm clock

Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that includes both our fun filled ans work filled weekends. Now it's time to put the weekend behind us and concentrate on the week in front of us as we prepare for another work week.

Well today is going to once again be a long one for both Michelle and I, we're both working at least one job today with Michelle going in and doing her second job this afternoon after work, and me I'll be heading out to the softball fields this evening to take on IDK. We've ran our record to 3-1 and looking to make it a 4th win on the season this evening. We will have our hands full, but hopefully we will be up to the challenge weather permitting.

My work this quarter with RTI is slow for the time being, I'm only working one segment and they are all transient residents that are not living in their residences at this time. Meaning I'm going out about once a week for the time being and knocking on doors that no one is at just to establish a record of call. It's a challenging quarter to say the least...lol

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho




Saturday, July 14, 2018

Our Road Trip

Yesterday Morning I woke up and got Michelle up a little early as well. She had indicated that she would like to get out and do something, she just wanted to get out and away for the day.

We had discussed a few options, but I got the impression she was wanting to go to Idlewild Park for the day, since it was going to be in the 90's and sitting at home really wasn't an option on such a fine day. I found a great deal that they were offering, 4 tickets for $24.50 each, or pay the $41.99 per ticket that was their normal asking price. With such a good deal we bought 4 tickets and asked if Trish and Layla wanted to go. Trish is sick, but she said Layla would love to go so we went and picked her up and spoiled the little girl for the day.

Idlewild has changed since I was last there a few years ago. The Rafter's Run is still there, but it's dilapidated, unused and a little bit of an eyesore because it appears in such disrepair. One of the speed slides is gone, the framework is still there, but it's dilapidated and an eyesore. I'm really surprised it's still standing as well.

They did build a newer set of slides that are active and they installed a lazy river which was one of Michelle's favorites. The Wowabunga Wave Pool is always a treat, it kicked our butts all day long as there are no wave pools anywhere close to here that compete with this one. Then waves are big and powerful and will give you a fun workout.

It was a great day other than my sunburn...lol

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, I am once again up kind of early watching or should I say listening to the TV behind me as I have no idea what is playing on it. I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day and attempting to wake up.

Being most of my section that I am working for RTI are transient residents who are not here right now, I'm not going to be doing any field work today. It's kind of senseless to knock on doors when no one is there, I'm strategically located for this section, so I'll know when they are back.

Michelle is wanting to do something today but is not sure what she wants to do. We have tossed a few ideas around, but nothing concrete as of yet. It's supposed to be nice today, so getting out and doing something near or in water could be a lot of fun.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Friday, July 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.

OK, Big Question for everyone. I have written well over 5,000 blogs during my going on 14 wonderful years as a blogger. Yesterday's Blog in case no one noticed, was actually a blog I had posted like six years ago verbatim. I was going to bed Wednesday night and had realized I had forgotten to write my blog for the next morning, so I just randomly chose one from a few years ago and reposted it. Sometimes this blog is a tedious task rather than something I enjoy, but I do enjoy creating my history for all to share.

With that being said, I'm ready for the weekend. I actually have to go in a little early this morning as I have a Doctors appointment later this afternoon, so that I wont have to use any personal time, I'm going in an hour early so I can leave a little early.

No big plans for the weekend, we'll have to wait and see what presents itself.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Photo Flashback Thursday

7th Grade Picture

Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through all of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet over the years. Little lost moments of time that are forever captured with a camera for all to see and share years later. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that one special picture and sometimes it's not so easy, it is however always my pleasure and a whole lot of fun. It's good to reflect upon your past.

This weeks picture goes way back back to the days when I was in Junior High School and actually had hair. Yes my days of being a long haired hippy were winding down in the mid 70's, as seen here by my 7th Grade School picture for our yearbook. This puts this picture either in the fall of 1976 or the spring of 1977, or the "Elvis is Alive" era. I actually had someone ask me if I was alive when Elvis was during my Freshman year of College.

You have to absolutely love that Western motif shirt that I wore that day, I have no idea why I wore that shirt that day, but it was one of those pictures that were forever captured and you can not change. I was a very hot looking guy back then, even if I do have to say so myself.

Have a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hump Day

Two days down, two more ahead of us after today, that just means we just need to get up and over that dreaded Noon time hump and it will be all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

I think both Michelle and I are working both of our jobs today, she's going to the Vet's to do the books and I'm going out to do some field work for RTI and garner an interview or two. Not sure how long I am going to be out in the field this evening, I may just concentrate on getting done what needs to get done. 

Speaking of work, both of our regular jobs are just chugging along this week. I know at the DOE a lot of people are taking vacations at this time of the year and it's not a crowded facility in the slightest. It's not hard to find a parking spot, that's for sure...lol

Speaking of the DOE, have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

*  Monday is once again in our rear view mirrors and we are looking at a Tueday, great reason for a tidbits.

* It has been 19,946 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 5,161 days since I graduated from West Virginia University with a Degree in Geography.

* 3,776 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, 10,000 BC and Pizza Hut.

* 2,993 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed to Michelle.

* It was 2,530 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife.

* I have now lived 156 days longer than my Dad did, this is a streak I would really like to grow quite large.

* I have 4,893 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 1,530 days away.

* There are 260 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019.

* 207 more days until Groundhog Day, this is when Phil will tell us about an Early Spring in 2019.

* 174 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 will be some big things discussed this year, that is for sure.

* There are 168 more shopping days left until Christmas, I wonder if I ask Santa for a $Trillion if I could have it.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 144 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* We are 53 days away from the start of the 2018 WVU Football season when the Mountaineers will open up the year against Tennessee in Charlotte NC.

* There are 34 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Seventh Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 17 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. One concert down this year, time to gear up for the next series.

* I have written 5,308 blogs in what is now my 13+ years of being a Blogger and working towards 10,000. Only 4,692 more to go until I reach that Milestone.

* I got to introduce Jonathan to Kim this past Friday. I think she was going to work on getting Terri and him introduced. Waiting to hear anything from Pam or Gary as to when they would like to meet him.

* No Drone flights this weekend, I should have flown once again but I didn't.

* I guess the Koon and Newbraugh family reunion went pretty well this year, we were at Jimmy and couldn't make it.

* My knees are really starting to get bad, either old age is catching up with me or I have walked too many stairs as of late.

* Anyone looking for a good Movie Torrent Site?

* This weeks Riddle: You can touch me but probably wouldn't want to. I can see you but you can't see me. 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

* Answer to this weeks riddle? Your Eyeball.