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.

Hi ho hi ho

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.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Hump Day

Well we are already at Wednesday, so I guess that still means that when we approach the noon time hour it will be all downhill working towards another fun filled weekend. Something tells me next week will not be this smooth as we are awaiting vacation.

There is some good news to report, I do now finally and officially have all of my Vacation Blogs written. Everything from Saturday the 15th clear through Monday the 24th has been pre-written so that my blog does in fact post every day. They will post around 6:00 AM each day of the cruise. On the cruise we have a Social Media Internet Package so we will be posting many of our vacation pictures to Facebook and possibly doing a little live streaming from the ship.

My quarter for RTI has wound down, I may go out once or twice more before we leave, but that all depends at this point. I'm just ready to begin another quarter and get started again. I'm not sure where I will be working this coming quarter, but something tells me it will be closer than the last couple of years when I was going from Fairview to Terra Alta.

Have yourselves a great day today, change the world.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Tuesday's Tidbits

*  Holiday weekend is now in our rear view mirrors, time to start concentrating on starting the new work week, still sounds like a good reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,002 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 5,217 days since I graduated from WVU, a very proud moment in my life.

* 3,832 days ago Michelle and I went out for dinner and a movie, the night my changed for the better forever.

* 3,049 days ago I got down on one knee and proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning right in the back yard.

* It was 2,579 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife.

* I have now lived 212 days longer than my Dad did, makes you think about how his life was too short.

* I have 4,837 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 1,474 days away. The Mountaineers beat Tennessee's butt this past weekend.

* There are 336 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together. We've been together about 10 1/2.

* There are 211 days until the next start of my favorite season, Spring 2019. Although I am happy that Football season is getting here.

* 158 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.

* 118 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 111 more shopping days left until Christmas. It's time to start planning. Walmart has their Halloween stuff out already.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 88 more days. I think this will be the 34th anniversary of that birthday using the antiquated calendar that most people use.

* 12 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!

* I have written 5,368 blogs in what is now my almost 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.

* Went to JC Penney's in Clarksburg yesterday, bought myself some new duds to wear on our cruise.

* As vacation is getting closer and closer, I need to start writing my vacation blogs which I still have not done any of the yet. I'm such a slacker. I still have not even started them.

* We haven't officially started packing for our cruise yet, but we have. Everything we are taking except for clothes are in a tote ready to be packed.

* We fired up the smoker this past Sunday, we smoked a whole pork butt and it was awesome.

* 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 03, 2018

Labor Day

Let us all take a day off today and celebrate the fact that we all work for a living and that we have very busy lives by simply taking a day off and extending our weekend just one more day. It's Labor Day.

Truth be told though, I think I'm going to go out and work here today for a while for RTI to try to close out this quarter or whittle it down a little more. It shouldn't be a long day, but I will most likely be out an hour or so just to create additional records of call.

Michelle and I smoked a pork butt yesterday, Hayley and Tyler came over and ate dinner with us and we sat around a few hours bs'ing and having some fun. Hayley is also a very busy person so we never really get to see her that often anymore, so it was nice to just take a little time out and catch up.

I think we are going to throw a few brats on the grill this afternoon for dinner and that is probably going to be our excitement for the day.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, I'm up a little early watching some replays of a few football games from yesterday and collecting my thoughts on the day.

I traveled yesterday for work, but I am going to be off today and we are going to be firing up the smoker here in a few hours. Michelle went to Harry's yesterday and got a nice pork butt that she rubbed and has sitting in the fridge. Hayley and Tyler are coming over for dinner as is Trish and Layla are coming over as well. It's going to be a good day.

Well the Mountaineers started their season off yesterday with a 40-17 win against the Tennessee Volunteers yesterday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Will Grier threw for 429 yards and 5 Touchdowns in his own hometown against the Vols. There were a lot of questions that I had going into yesterdays matchup, mainly the defense but they more than seemed up to the task and have a few disruptors and playmakers playing on the Defensive side of the ball.

One thing I may need to do in the very near future is start writing a lot of blogs to cover the time that we are away on our cruise. Two weeks from today we will be getting on the Carnival Pride once again and heading to the Eastern Caribbean, can';t get here soon enough is all I can say. '

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on an early Saturday Morning, I'm up early watching Chapelle Show on Comedy Central and collecting my thoughts for the day. I think Peanut sleeping someone and I'm thinking about laying back down very soon.

It's going to be a long day for me, I'm heading East to Work today. Traveling about an hour and a half each way, so I intend on getting a good start so I can get back by 3:30 this afternoon.

The West Virginia Mountaineers travel to Charlotte NC today to take on the Volunteers of Tennessee at 3:30 this afternoon. Football season is upon us and this is the start of the college season. The Mountaineers come into the season with a lot of hope and some high expectations by some, and a little less optimism by others. I'm not making any predictions as I have a tendency to speak with my heart rather than my head and am usually wrong, so I'm just going to enjoy the day and the game.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho