Thursday, August 22, 2019

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 actually a look back and laugh at technology. Notice the flip phone on my side? It's not a smart phone, years before the iPhone and other smart phones came out, we used this ancient technology called the flip phone. it pretty much had a single solitary purpose, it was a telephone. It wasn't a calendar, browser, camera, email client, picture viewer, video camera or outlet to Facebook. It was just simply a telephone that you wore on your hip or carried with you.

Funny thing is, this was a time that I traveled back and forth to Frostburg on a daily basis, each and every day I would get into the car and drive to my office on Frostburg State's campus and return that evening. This phone was my life saver and my communication device for when I had car trouble.

So long ago, but only yesterday.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hump Day

Here we are yet once again at the time of the week where I have the most trouble coming up with any content or a recurring theme for this days blog. It's not a weekend, it's not a themed blog or the start or end of the week, it's just a blog that sits in the middle of the week that I write 4 days earlier.

You know when I started writing my blog, it was never pre-written. It was always written that day and it was about my life. Through the years it evolved with themes as it became syndicated and was pushed out to numerous readers each and every single day.

It started to get to the point where it seemed like an unpaid job, rather than something I enjoyed. Something I was obligated to do rather than something I wanted to do. It was a lot of fun for a while. I was documenting my life and the events of those around me and using it for historical reference.

Somewhere it went from being fun, to being an obligation. I know it has been an every day blog for 12 years out of the nearly 15 years that I have been writing it. You've read ramblings, brainfarts and even blog posts such as this one that really don't say much, but take up space and give you something to read.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday done, we're hopefully still alive in Softball, good time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,348 days since my birth, that's a lot of days and brings into perspective how short life really is.

* It has been 5,574 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. Speaking of WVU, they start classes tomorrow.

* 4,175 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, 10,000 BC and Pizza Hut was the magical combination.

* 3,399 days ago I proposed to Michelle, in our back yard and yes she knew it was coming.

* It was 2,930 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center.

* I have now lived 562 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. Mom is still going strong and raising the bar every day for me to reach that milestone.

* I have 4,501 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,108 days away. I'll settle for James Madison in a couple of weeks.

* There are 351 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, it would have been 358 but next year is Leap Year.

* There are only 213 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season. It's the one I love the most. Summer with all the heat this year may have moved to third place behind fall. Winter, your ass is still in dead last place as I hate snow.

* 166 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Phil actually now has a girlfriend who has been hanging out with him in the back yard eating apples. She can climb trees.

* 150 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog.

* There are 126 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare but then again it's starting to creep up on us slowly.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 104 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,739 blogs in the nearly 15 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out. I should have my 15th Anniversary of being a blogger in less than a month.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* In case no one remembered, today is Jean's Birthday.

* The local school students should be starting their first day of school today, take a little extra caution and allow yourselves a little more time as the school buses will be out in full force.

* WVU starts tomorrow, I'm not sure what I look forward to the least, WVU students coming back to town or snow.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow. Can't stand that white trash that falls from the sky and makes our roads so untravelable.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton last week. He even has his own twitter account.

* 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 19, 2019

Monday

Well the thing that we refer to as the weekend is once again behind us, now it is time for me to switch gears and go from my field work job to my office job to start another fun filled week of doing what it is I do for a living.

Well first things first, our regular softball season has concluded and we will be starting the playoffs tonight and hopefully tomorrow. We have a game at 6:00 tonight and then at 7:00 irregardless of the first game. Win and we are in the winners bracket and lose and we are in the losers bracket, it's a double elimination tournament and we are hoping to be playing tomorrow night. The boys of Summer are seeing their final days as we close out the season and get ready to put the gear up for the year.

Looking at my office schedule, I have a Morale Meeting (I'm on that committee) this afternoon and then an engineering meeting tomorrow afternoon. Nothing too busy or complex, something tells me I'll be doing some field work with the GPS this week, but mostly working on creating a validation process for the project I traveled to Las Vegas last year to a presentation for.

Have yourselves a great day, and wish up luck.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, I'm up as usual watching something or another on the boob tube and collecting my thoughts for the day. Michelle has some ham bones on the stove simmering and has a big batch of green beans she is going to prepare today.

Speaking of Michelle she is back from Letart Falls where they laid her 101 year old grandmother to rest finally. She passed away earlier this year, but they were waiting until the family reunion back where she was originally from to finally take her home as Michelle said. Michelle was very close to this set of Grandparents, spent a lot of time with them growing up and has many fond memories of them. She was also able to connect with a few long lost family members. She was glad to be home last night though.

My day, shopping, bread store and chores and then back to work today traveling down south. I'm going to have a very busy week, hopefully after this week things will start to slow down a little bit for me. Softball should be over with, my weekday RTI days should be over with and I can start shutting down and relaxing a little bit until we get started again in October.

Picked Mom up from the hospital yesterday and ran her home, when I called to verify if she was there, she was already tired and worn down and ready to go home and just go to sleep for a few hours.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up watching who knows what and collecting my thoughts for the day. Michelle is in Charleston still and will be heading to Letart Falls later this morning to attend a family reunion.

Me, my dad includes me traveling South to work for RTI. I was in the same location last Sunday, and will be there all weekend and most likely next weekend as well, but we'll have to see how that all goes. I am doing cleanup, so that makes it a little easier as opposed to a first visit by a FI.

After that I have to head to the laundry mat to dry clothes and somewhere try to write next weeks blogs before I go to the hospital this afternoon to pick up Mom and take her home from visiting Gerald.

I have a full day ahead of me to say the least as I hold down the fort for the third of three weekends of Michelle traveling. She'll be home next weekend and then the following weekend will go back home for the day to visit GiGi as it will be her Birthday weekend.

In case you haven't noticed, the student are back and back in force. I think this is the first day that students can actually get into the dorms, so traveling around town could be a little chaotic today as we have a number of visitors who may not know where they are going. Allow a little extra time for travel, especially around campus.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 16, 2019

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 my third of three weekends when Michelle is away on travel for work. Only tomorrow she is going to go to a family reunion in Latart Falls Ohio, just right across the river from Ravenswood. Some really good news for her company that I have hinted at previously. They now have a signed contract with Pepsi Cola to do the nation wide hiring of all Pepsi drivers. This was the big company I have hinted around and the big contract. It's Pepsi-Cola and they are setting up rooms at employment offices at states all around the country to interview drivers. I said it was big, I wasn't kidding. She also got a nice raise and a few other perks as the office manager. She is a big asset and they acknowledge what I already knew.

My plans, I'm working again. I'll probably head down to address the two segments in the Fairmont area as my local stuff is pretty much run down and not really worth a weekend day to work. Let me travel and make some money with some new places to visit rather than just spinning my wheels here locally and not getting anything done.

Be careful around town, our population is growing and there is about to be a bunch of idiots invade the town until next May. It's move in weekend.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through some of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet through the years and find one special picture that stands out. Little lost moments in time from yesterday caught with a Cameras lens and relived right here in my blog. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that one special picture and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it consistently is however is a whole lot of fun.

This weeks pic is also a plug, it's from the light up night for the Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research. This was from three years ago and I grabbed a shot of a lantern going up in the air. Last year they raised $5,565.00 for the cause. He is getting a wing named after him at the new Children's Hospital.

So why this pic, why this topic? Because it is coming up in the near future. I'm hearing rumors of August 24th, but that can't be confirmed yet until an official announcement is made. So start saving your pennies and I have to figure out a way to beat my niece Amy who somehow manages to win every door prize every year (I have never won a single prize in any year) and beat her strategy to win something. I thought we were going to do it last year, but she still managed to basically win everything. My goal this year is to beat her in something, I don't care what it is, just something so I can trash talk to her. =)

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

RIP Coach DeAntonis

On August first, my old High School Wrestling Coach Robert "Big Wood" DeAntonis had reportedly passed away. His Funeral was last Wednesday and I briefly stopped in and paid my respects to my old mentor last Tuesday evening.

Coach DeAntonis was a big influence on my life, he taught me obviously how to grapple, as it was my first love in High School. I first went out for wrestling my Junior Year to prepare for my Senior year of playing football, but it turned out I spent my Senior Year of playing football preparing for my Senior Wrestling season. Coach DeAntonis, or Big Wood as referred to him since my team mate and his son Bobby was "Lil Wood".

I still saw him for years after graduation, I even went in to assist coach for a few times for the next couple of years as some of my old team mates were finishing up their careers. My career was over with, but I still had the desire to wrestle that he had instilled in me. The last time I saw him was at a WVU baseball game a few years ago, I had always asked about Bobby every time I saw him and this time he just smiled and pointed to his left and asked me if I knew who this young man was. It was Bobby home from his long Military career.

I had the honor of wrestling for this man. The man across the office from me at work also wrestled for Coach a decade earlier, so we were always talking about him, either wrestling stories or just in General. Coach is still in the national high school wrestling records as the coach of the Heavyweight with the fastest pin. An honor he still held up to his passing and it may live forever.

You are missed coach, you influenced me in a very positive way and I thank you for being my coach and my friend.

RIP Big Wood

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* My Monday is now accomplished and we are staring straight down the a barrel of a Tuesday, good time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,341 days since my birth, that fateful morning 21 years ago (by my calendar) when I first entered this world.

* It has been 5,567 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. A new group will begin their collegiate journey here next week.

* 4,168 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, 10,000 BC and Pizza Hut was the magical combination.

* 3,392 days ago I proposed to Michelle, she knew it was coming so it was no big surprise, but I had to make sure she was going to say yes.

* It was 2,923 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center.

* I have now lived 555 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. Mom is still going strong and raising the bar every day for me to reach that milestone.

* I have 4,508 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,115 days away. I'll settle for James Madison in a couple of weeks.

* There are 359 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, it would have been 358 but next year is Leap Year.

* There are only 221 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season. It's the one I love the most. Summer with all the heat this year may have moved to third place behind fall. Winter, your ass is still in dead last place as I hate snow.

* 173 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Phil actually now has a girlfriend who has been hanging out with him in the back yard eating apples. She can climb trees.

* 157 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog.

* There are 133 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare but lets enjoy the now and not worry about December. I think I have seen Walmart start setting Christmas things out. Let the students get back and the Gardening season is over with...Hell who am I fooling, I stopped shopping at Walmart two months ago when they didn't trust me to walk out the door and wanted to see my receipt after I checked out. We've been shopping at Gucci Krogers and love it.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 111 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,732 blogs in the nearly 15 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out. I should have my 15th Anniversary of being a blogger in less than a month.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* Michelle will be traveling to Charleston this weekend for work again on Thursday, then she will head to Letart Falls in Ohio the on Saturday for a family reunion for her Dad's side of the family.

* Hayley and Tyler are living Pennsylvania now, up in Canonsburg. Something tells me that there is going to be a wedding in the future. Shes wanting to get married and I think he has something planned. They make a great couple and she is an excellent mother to his son Luke, that's why they moved to Canonsburg.

* Speaking of Hayley and Josh, they already have their vacation to the Hang Out Festival in Louisiana booked, scheduled and paid for for next Spring.

* I am going to say this and I still mean this, I hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton last week. He even has his own twitter account.

* 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 12, 2019

Monday

Well that fun filled thing that kids refer to as the weekend is over with, for me it was just adding to the consecutive days worked streak. Now it is time to start it all over again and start another week of doing what it is we do for a living.

Looking at my week ahead, I have a couple safety meetings at work, other than that I should be out and about with the GPS unit collecting some data points to establish spatial integrity of features. I've already written a document at work to explain all of that in layman's terms with some pictures and what I want to do to establish a confidence factor of pipe features as to where they are actually located as opposed to where they are georeferenced from non spatial CAD drawings.

Our softball regular season has completed I think, we should know something today as the first place team who we were scheduled to play last Tuesday didn't show up and now want to reschedule. The regular season ends today one way or the other as playoffs are scheduled to start. I'm up in the air as to when that starts, who we play or what day even.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Here I sit in a quiet household, Michelle is down in Charleston still and will return sometime today. She went down for the Girls Night Out event at the Charleston Civic Center where her company is one of the big sponsors for the event. I'm still here waking up and trying to get my butt motivated and out the door.

My day, grocery shopping, weekly house chores and then out the door and back to work in the field for RTI. In other words I'm holding down the ship as Michelle gets ready to make that trip back to Morgantown today.

 I pretty much finished up the Morgantown area yesterday, and told my Boss it is ready for cleanup. I'm going to be traveling south doing some clean up myself for a segment that someone has already worked. Clean up should go a lot quicker that working the segment, cleanup is usually just one or two visits to a location that a previous FI has already visited. Some couldn't be found home, some refusals and a couple new ones. New people, new segment, new challenges.

In did run Mom home from the hospital yesterday, giving my sisters a break. Saturday afternoon is usually the only time during the week that I actually have free time and it has been like that since pretty much March. She is getting excited about moving to Unity Manor which is probably going to be in the very near future.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm up a little later than  normal, but still awake before everyone else. I'm watching Beerfest and collecting my thoughts for the day.

It's going to be another busy one for me today. Michelle is heading to Charleston this morning for an event her company is holding for the YWCA. Everyone from her office is heading south for the event this evening. She'll return sometime tomorrow morning/afternoon.

Jim and Chris are having their Coca Cola Memorabilia and Coins auction at the Woodland United Methodist Church this evening. A listing of some of the items up for auction are posted HERE. It begins at 6:00 PM this evening, don't miss it.

My day, I'm back out in the field trying to get some interviews this morning and this afternoon for RTI. I'm still working here but I have two segments a county down and I just found out yesterday she wants me to travel to the county to the east on the far end to do some cleanup work. I'm doing what I can do, and that is about all I can do. I've had other commitments this past week including a Softball game, attending my High School Wrestling Coaches Funeral and taking my wife out for our Anniversary. This evening I'm taking a turn of taking my Mother home from the hospital where Gerald has been for a few weeks after I finish working and laundry.

It's going to be a busy one to say the least, not to mention I have to write all of next weeks blogs (I always do it on Saturday) this afternoon. We'll get it all done, as this is the second of three traveling weekends for Michelle. She returns to Charleston Thursday night and then goes to Letart Falls for a Family reunion on Saturday to distribute her Grandmothers ashes.

Did I mention that next weekend is Move In weekend for the WVU students? Where did the Summer go?

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, August 09, 2019

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.

Fridays are always the most fun for me, at work my group always gets together and orders Pizza Al's on Fridays. It's a day I know I'm going to be tired after lunch from all the carbs I consume.

I do listen to the radio on Friday Mornings, if nothing else I manage to turn on WAJR and listen to Hoppy's Kerchival's Steam Release. It's something he does at the end of his broadcast week and it's a lot of fun to listen to.

Jim and Chris are scheduled to have an Auction tomorrow down in Osage. They have a store down there and that is where they run their auctions out of now. It's called the P&P Auctions Coca Cola Memorabilia Auction. If you like to collect Coca Cola Collectibles, this will be the place to be tomorrow night.

Michelle who usually works the auction, has to travel to Charleston for a work related event and most likely as of press time won't be making it.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through some of the pictures that I have either taken, scanned or stolen off of the internet through the years and find one special picture that stands out. Little lost moments in time from yesterday caught with a Cameras lens and relived right here in my blog. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that one special picture and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it consistently is however is a whole lot of fun.

This weeks pic is one of a couple of my sisters and all of our spouses together. It was taken this past Christmas at my sister Terri's, this may have been the first time that there was a picture taken of my Mom's kids and their spouses all together.

Always a good time when we all get together and Christmas Eve has always been a special occasion to me during my life. It's seen happiness and sorrow, food, get together and a number of other memorable events.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Hump Day

Well that is two days down and we have two more ahead of us after today. What does that mean? All we have to do is cross over this dreaded noon time hump and we will be able to see the dawn of another weekend just on the other side of a Photo Flashback.

Let's see, Wednesdays blogs are usually the ones I write last on weekends. With such a busy schedule I write Monday-Friday's blogs on Saturday afternoon and then close it out with my Wednesday blog as my last one.

The last couple of weeks have been a couple brain dead brain farts where I put little to no effort into them.

This week however I have sent and found myself a little puzzle and have posted it with my blog. One that could be considered very thought provoking and could either require a lot of in depth thought or it's just something that is obvious.

Do you want the answer? It's a simple one and not one that requires a whole of of deductive reasoning, it's the letter E.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* My Monday is over with, the Blue Footed Bobbies called me last night with a message from the Sloth. Do a tidbits today.

* It has been 20,337 days since my birth, that fateful morning 21 years ago (by my calendar) when I first entered this world.

* It has been 5,560 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. There will be a new group arriving to start their careers in a little over a week. People in the honors dorms should start arriving Saturday.

* 4,161 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, it was truly the start of the rest of my life that night.

* 3,385 days ago I proposed to Michelle, she knew it was coming so it was no big surprise, but I had to make sure she was going to say yes.

* It was 2,916 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center. We feasted and that was an understatement.

* I have now lived 548 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short his life was.

* I have 4,515 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,122 days away. I'm ready to hear the altered version of Sweet Caroline.

* There are 366 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are only 228 days until the start Spring 2020, or I could just move to San Diego where the weather is awesome 365 a year.

* 180 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. He's been hanging out around here as of late.

* 164 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog. I guess I should get back to writing some kind of meaningful content.

* There are 140 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare but lets enjoy the now and not worry about December.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 118 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,726 blogs in the almost 15  years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No drone flights this weekend, do you believe that? Even had nice weather and time off.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* Michelle will be traveling to Charleston this weekend for work. She will be going down on Saturday and will return Sunday Morning.

* I am going to say this and I still mean this, I hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton last week. He even has his own twitter account.

* 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

Happy Anniversary to Us

August 6, 2011
It was eight 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 6 trips to the Caribbean we've went to Canada together, St Louis, San Diego, Cleveland, Washington DC and a few other places. Places that I doubt either of us would have seen without the other. I've seen the world and had her right beside my side.

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 hopefully if Michelle can fit me into her schedule. Hopefully we can go out to 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 Eighth Anniversary.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Back To Work

It is once again that time of the week when we take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do to earn a living. My world however it's just another day and the start of another billing cycle on one job.

I've got a few busy weeks coming up, working at the office today and then playing Softball this evening weather permitting. Of all the years I have played Softball at BOPARC, I would have to say that this is the year that I am actually the least involved with a team. I've missed a few games this year, and we have a makeup double header tomorrow night but it is mine and Michelle's Wedding Anniversary. I would rather spend it with my wife that I rarely get to see anymore.

The weather looks to be more of the same that we have had, hot and humid for the foreseeable forecast. It wouldn't be so bad if it were not for the fact that I'm working outside lugging equipment around on both jobs. I could use a few lower 70° days. =)

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Sunday Morning

Here I sit once again on a quiet Sunday Morning, I'm up after Michelle and she has been outside reading for about an hour and a half and my lazy butt has been slowly waking up. I know it's going to be a nice day, both of our lovable cats Sophie and the immortal Peanut were both itching to sneak outside with Mommy.

There was an absolute tragedy in El Paso Texas yesterday with another mass shooting at a WalMart. 20 people are dead and 26 have been injured. The 21 year old suspect is in custody and they have released his Manifesto and it sounds like someone who spends too much time listening to entertainment political media. It is an absolute tragedy and it sad that events like this are becoming just a little too commonplace.

Michelle is back home, she had a great time at the Birthday Party. I can tell she spent a few hours by the pool the last couple of days as Jon and Laura have a large in ground pool at their home. She came home last night in a great mood and you could tell she was refreshed and ready for the next weekly challenge that we know as work.

Speaking of work, I'm out in the field once again today. I anticipated a big day yesterday and it never came to fruition. There was a Girls Softball Tournament, community yard sale and people either were just not home or they were busy doing something with guests. Kind of hard to maintain confidentiality which is something we are obligated to do with so many people around. I was going to take today off, but since yesterday was such a bust, I'm going to try again today.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Saturday

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, I'm up early as usual collecting my thoughts for the day and attempting to find something on the TV. I might start streaming a movie.

Michelle is up north for little Jonny's birthday party, she left yesterday and spent last night up there so she can give Jon and Laura a hand setting up for the party.

Me, I'm out working yet once again, no rest for the wicked. I thought I had this segment pretty much worked down and then BOOM, she sent me two more segments that I am going to have to travel to on weekends. Fortunately, it's only a bout half as far as the segment I traveled to and worked last quarter and a traveler has already worked it. I get to go through and do a little clean up work. That should take up the next few weekends.

I'm also home holding down the fort, I did the Sam's Club shopping yesterday and am going to finish up laundry today after I get done working. No rest for the wicked, but that is OK, I guess I'm kind of used to it.

Have yourselves a great day

You know you know

Friday, August 02, 2019

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 this will be the first of three weekends that I will be holding down the fort as Michelle is traveling. She's heading up north tomorrow for little Jonny Paugh's Birthday party. I would say where Jon and Laura live, but I always tend to get the city wrong so I'll just say up north...lol

My plans for this weekend will be shopping, working and doing the laundry as Michelle is away. No big plans made as of yet, or I could invite the Giraffes over and have a party while Michelle is gone. =)

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Photo Flashback Thursday




Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out and look through all the old pictures that I have stored on my computer or sticking around on the internet someplace. Little lost moments of time that were captured and stored so I could look at them at another time and relive them. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task, and sometimes it's not so easy, it is however always a whole lot of fun.

Since I am pre-writing many of my Vacation Blogs this week, I decided to relive one of those moments. This is a picture that I captured of my lovely wife Michelle at Margaritaville in Grand Turk last year. We had never been to one and there was one at our first port of call so we tried it.

This is a picture of my wife Michelle sucking down a very potent Margarita as we were waiting on our food. We had a couple Cheeseburgers in Paradise and the best calamari that I have ever had, of course we are in the Caribbean so it stands to reason.

We still have those glasses as they were souvenirs, they are sitting in our living room living it up with my mechanical parrot that talks and sings "Hot Hot Hot".

Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* My Monday is over with and it is still hot, time for a tidbits

* It has been 20,330 days since my birth, that fateful morning 21 years ago (by my calendar) when I first entered this world.

* It has been 5,553 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I'm still loving it all these years later.

* 4,154 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, it was truly the start of the rest of my life that night.

* 3,378 days ago I proposed to Michelle, she knew it was coming so it was no big surprise, but I had to make sure she was going to say yes.

* It was 2,909 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center. We feasted and that was an understatement.

* I have now lived 541 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short his life was.

* I have 4,522 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,129 days away. I'm ready to hear the altered version of Sweet Caroline.

* There are only 235 days until the start Spring 2020, or I could just move to San Diego where the weather is awesome 365 a year.

* 187 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. He's been hanging out around here as of late.

* 171 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog. I guess I should get back to writing some kind of meaningful content.

* There are 147 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare but lets enjoy the now and not worry about December.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 125 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* There are 7 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* I have written 5,716 blogs in the 14 almost 15  years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No drone flights this weekend, do you believe that? Even had nice weather and time off.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* Michelle will be traveling back home this weekend, Jonny Paugh's Birthday Party.

* I am going to say this and I still mean this, I hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton last week. He even has his own twitter account.

* 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 29, 2019

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.

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.

Monday

After a long and busy weekend it is time for me to head my butt back into the office to start another fun filled week of doing the office work. I'll still be out doing field work again this evening, so it's going to be a day of both jobs.

Looking at my week ahead, I'm going to have a pretty busy week in the office. I'm doing a lot of data collection with the GPS and out and about having fun with it.

No softball game tonight, it was supposed to be a Bye week for us and they have moved our schedule around and we play tomorrow evening, weather permitting. We'll use this week and next to finish out the regular season, and then start the playoffs in a couple of weeks. I guess that they are wanting to do a fall league this year, and they need us to finish up the summer league so that they can proceed.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, Michelle is also up which means Peanut is dragging her butt out here as well. Spoiled Cat.

My schedule for the day, shopping, chores and back out into the field to work and try to get a few elusive interviews working for RTI. It's going to be a busy one, and Michelle and I haven't come up with a weekly menu yet, as it is a busy week ahead.

I stopped over to see Gerald at the Hospital yesterday, they had him transferred from Mon General to Ruby, then to a different floor than he was originally scheduled to go to. It was a day of waiting and waiting some more, as he is recovering from his surgery a few weeks ago.

Have yourselves a great day today, and make sure you use a little extra caution while driving around Morgantown today. Mountainfest is still going on and concludes this afternoon so there are probably still a number of guests here.

Hi ho hi ho


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Saturday

Here I sit yet once again on a quiet Saturday Morning, I'm up collecting my thoughts on the day and have the movie Mighty Ducks D2 playing in the background. I'm being caffeinated by an ice cold glass of Diet Sunkist Orange Soda.

I first want to start off by saying if traveling  around Morgantown today, please use a little extra caution as we have a number of guests here for Mountainfest. So there are many two wheeled vehicles on the road doing some sight seeing, have a little patience driving around the area and especially town.

I'm out in the field working once again for RTI. I have a large segment this quarter and I'm just chugging along, fortunately it is one that is local and not too far, so I can get there in a matter of minutes. I've got a few more weeks of this every day working stuff, then it will slow down until October.

Nothing planned this weekend other than working and doing what we normally do on a weekend. Michelle is here this weekend, but will be traveling the next three weekends. Next weekend for a Birthday Party back home, then a girls event in Charleston with her Company and then she'll go back to Charleston and then to Letart Falls for a family reunion with her Dad's side of the family. So it'll be nice to have her home at least this weekend.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, July 26, 2019

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.

My boring plans for the upcoming weekend? Pretty simple as I will once again be out in the field doing field work for RTI. I had a week when I went to San Diego that made this quarter a little more of a challenge, but I don't mind. I'm just happy to be working around town and at places where people have regimented schedules and are home for the summer.

Michelle is going in to work at the Vets. She will be doing some traveling over the next three weeks for kids birthdays, work and for a family reunion at Letart Falls where her Grandfather is buried.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, July 25, 2019

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 is pretty self explanatory, it was a picnic that we had back in 1989. That was was captured on video as opposed to a last snapshot in time.

Enjoy

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Brain Fart Wednesday

Hump Day

Two days down, two more ahead of us, that just means we need to get our butts up and over this noon time hump and we will be able to see the dawn of another weekend off in the distance.

I honestly have nothing to say. Life is pretty busy and sometimes you just need a little bit of a break and a breather.

I do know that my old company Sextant is going to be closing up shop and disbanding the company at the end of the month. Contracts change and new partnerships are formed. I think we had as many as 13 of us working for Dale, but all of us have either had to move to other contracts, or we had to switch to the Prime Contractor. They are down to the final three and all three of their futures at NETL have been established. Greatest boss and company anyone could ever want to work for. I'm sad to see such a great company close up shop.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* My Monday is over with and it is still hot, time for a tidbits

* It has been 20,323 days since my birth, that fateful morning 21 years ago (by my calendar) when I first entered this world.

* It has been 5,546 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I'm still loving it all these years later.

* 4,147 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, it was truly the start of the rest of my life that night.

* 3,371 days ago I proposed to Michelle, she knew it was coming so it was no big surprise, but I had to make sure she was going to say yes.

* It was 2,902 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center. We feasted and that was an understatement.

* I have now lived 534 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short his life was.

* I have 4,529 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire. Hell I may even go until I'm 70, who knows.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,136 days away. I'm ready to hear the altered version of Sweet Caroline.

* There are only 242 days until the start Spring 2020, or I could just move to San Diego where the weather is awesome 365 a year.

* 194 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I'm loving our Spring weather that we have been having.

* 178 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog. I guess I should get back to writing some kind of meaningful content.

* There are 152 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare but lets enjoy the now and not worry about December.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 132 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* There are 14 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* I have written 5,708 blogs in the 14 almost 15  years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No drone flights this weekend, do you believe that? Even had nice weather and time off.

* I have a new appreciate for Mexican Food after last week. OMG and everything we had was amazing.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* Michelle left her computer charging cable in Charleston, I went out and bought her a temporary replacement, hopefully she gets it back today.

* I am going to say this and I still mean this, I hate snow.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton last week. He even has his own twitter account.

* 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 22, 2019

Back at it again

My so called weekend when I worked for RTI both days are now over with, now it's time to head back into the office for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living. Time to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone and start another work week.

Oh what a weekend it was. I worked both days in this sweltering heat, Michelle worked as well and attended not one but two Baby Showers over the weekend. Ang's was Saturday afternoon and then Bethanies was after hers back in Morgantown. 

The good news from the weekend? I retired that keyboard I bought last week, I hated it and I went and bought another one like I had and like the one I have at work. I love my Microsoft - Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and anything I did on the computer was just wrong. Different spacing, hated the other ergonomic keyboard, I gave it to Michelle for her to take into work. All is kosher in the world of blog-land once again.

Softball game tonight, we need this one and we will be off next Monday. Fortunately we play the 7:00 game instead of the 6:00 game, so the heat won't be as bad.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household this early AM, I'm up watching Three's Company reruns and collecting my thoughts for the day. Peanut is also up, but I think this is planning her escape for the day to run around and frolic.

It was a scorcher yesterday, and  by all signs today is not going to be any different. It's going to be another scorcher out there today and hopefully this week we will get a little bit of relief. I know I am ready for some nice weather, nice meaning lower or no humidity not this muggy stuff we have been experiencing.

Today's plans include us going grocery shopping at Krogers. We started going there about two months ago when WalMart wanted to scan my receipt when I walked out the store. We stopped shopping there and have taken our business to Gucci Krogers as it is so called and have actually saved money with a much wider selection.

There will be a trip to the bread store after that and then a return home to do a few things around the house before I head out to the field to work. Michelle is going to the vets to work so we'll both be busy this afternoon.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, July 20, 2019

It's been 20 years.

It was 20 years ago today that we lost someone who was so influential in so many peoples lives even to this day.

July 20, 1999 was the day that my Dad passed away and left a heck of a legacy behind, some of which he never had the opportunity to meet. 

Six Children, Eight Grandchildren were his legacy that he had left behind. There are also Six Great-Grandchildren and soon to me a Seventh. 

A lot has happened in the 20 years that have passed in the years since his passing at an age younger than half of his children. There have been Picnics, Graduations, Marriages, Births, Deaths and a range of emotions from Joy and Laughter to Sorrow and Mourning So much has happened since his passing, but his memories and influence has been there every step of the way. 

The next generations have heard statements like "Roads are Getting Bad" or asking if you liked the potato or macaroni salad and then after acknowledging it was good to say "I cut my fingers three times making it". "I've had a Belly Full" when he was angry or after a large dinner he would ask if you want some Cheesecake, and after acknowledging you did he would say "Good so Do I, but we don't have none". 

He was a Coal Miner by Trade, but he was a Master Chef by passion. When I hear people talk of my Father, the Food and the Cookouts are always one of the first things mentioned. If you had ever had the honor of attending one, it would be one that you carry memories of to this day. Food was in large quantities, and a lot of different things. If there were 10 people for a cookout, he would prepare enough food for 50 just in case someone else would show up and he didn't want anyone to go hungry. 

Twenty Years. Time goes by too quick.



Friday, July 19, 2019

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.

Michelle spent last night in Charleston once again to head up the art walk. It's something her company does or participates in to help find shoes for the local children of Charleston and the surrounding area. She'll be working from that location today and coming home this evening. I'm holding down the fort as she is away.

My weekend ahead in no where near as fun as last weekend or the weekend before, it's just going to involve me going out and doing field work for RTI and meeting some new people along the way. Nothing too exciting is planned other than just getting back to our normal schedules and getting back to my regimented lifestyle.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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, I stole this picture from my nice Amy, I believe that just like last year that she took the kids to Idlewild Park over this past weekend, spoiled kids...lol

Let's see, if my math is correct and she was born on this date in 2012, that would make her 2,557 days old (that is 7 to you who use that antiquated 365 day Calendar. I can remember the day this little bundle of joy was born like it was yesterday. I know Ralpjie was looking forward to the steak the hospital served him that night.

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.

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 taken exactly one week ago, we are standing on a pier just past Seaworld in San Diego, the significance of it is that this is the first time in my life that I had ever gotten a chance to see the Pacific Ocean.

I had been in Conference all week and took Thursday morning to do a little bit of sight seeing and Michelle wanted me to see the Pacific. I can honestly say I have stood on our great country's East and now West Coast.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hump Day

Two days down, to more ahead of us, that could only mean that if you peer up and over that dreaded noon time hump, you can see the dawn of another weekend off in the Distance. It's all downhill from here.

This is actually my slowest night of the week, I had Softball Monday Night, I worked last night and will work tomorrow night as Michelle will be in Charleston, so this is my one night this week when I can come home after my office job and actually relax a little bit.

You would think that after having a two week break (basically) from Blogging that that I would have a whole lot to talk about, truth be told that I really don't. Last week was filled with a bunch of information that a Geography Geek would like, someone who is into Digital Geospatial Data, but it would be boring to eveyone else. Need an example? Last week I got to meet Bill Moreland, he is the Senior Developer at ESRI and the guy responsible for ArcEdit and many of the Easter Eggs that were associated with the Software. Exciting to me, but pretty much boring to anyone who never used ArcEdit.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* My Monday is over with. Michelle got word from Bernie the Big Blue Whale she met in San Diego that it I should do a tidbits today. Seems my blog of insignificant facts is big in the Blue Whale community.

* It has been 20,316 days since my birth, that fateful morning 21 years ago (by my calendar) when I first entered this world.

* It has been 5,539 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I'm still loving it all these years later.

* 4,140 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, it was truly the start of the rest of my life that night.

* 3,364 days ago I proposed to Michelle, she knew it was coming so it was no big surprise, but I had to make sure she was going to say yes.

* It was 2,895 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center. We feasted and that was an understatement.

* I have now lived 527 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short his life was.

* I have 4,536 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, like I said I love what I do and who knows when I would retire. Hell I may even go until I'm 70, who knows.

* The next Backyard brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 1,143 days away. I'm ready to hear the altered version of Sweet Caroline.

* There are only 249 days until the start Spring 2020, or I could just move to San Diego where the weather is awesome 365 a year.

* 201 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I'm loving our Spring weather that we have been having.

* 185 more days to go until my Goodbye 2019 Blog is posted, where I relive the previous year through what was posted right here in my blog. I guess I should get back to writing some kind of meaningful content.

* There are 159 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare but lets enjoy the now and not worry about December.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 139 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* There are 21 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* I have written 5,700 blogs in the 14 almost 15  years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No drone flights this weekend, do you believe that? Even had nice weather and time off.

* I have a new appreciate for Mexican Food after last week. OMG and everything we had was amazing.

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, if anyone knows of any, let me know.

* I lost my Beats X at the Airport coming home, so I bought a pair of AirPods to work with my iPhone.

* I had to buy a new keyboard before I left for San Diego, I spilled soda on mine and it quit working. I like ergonomic keyboards but this Logitech one is taking some getting used to. I like my Microsoft one better.

* They STILL have not found Mountie Python, the 15' snake that escaped in Sabraton last week. He even has his own twitter account.

* 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 15, 2019

Monday

Well my week away from the office for the Conference is over with, now it's time to stick our collective noses back onto the Grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

Today I get to lug a bunch of materials I got at the ESRI Conference into my office and organize them. I'll probably be spending half the day filling out my expense report for the trip and getting all the receipts together so that I can pay off the corporate card.

I do get to hit the Softball Field this evening, we are 2-2 and I have managed to make it to one single game this season so far. I had to miss one regularly scheduled game and one makeup game while I was in San Diego last week.

This week is going to be a busy one for me, back to the office where I'm GPSing a number of features, plus I'm back at it for RTI. I went out yesterday afternoon, so my streak starts from yesterday. I am refreshed however and ready for the challenge.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, today will be the start of a new consecutive days working streak since I took a little time and re-adjusted to the east coast and got a number of chores done that needed to get done.

Todays agenda will be doing our grocery shopping and the things we normally do on a Sunday morning, then this afternoon I'm going back out into the field to start working for RTI once again. The break from doing the field work was nice, now it's time to get back to doing what I do for one of my two jobs.

I bought a pair of AirPods yesterday, I ended up losing my BeatsX on Friday between getting off the airplane, grabbing the luggage and getting back to the car, I somehow lost my wireless headphones. So yesterday I went and got a pair of AirPods to go along with my iPhone. I really liked those Beats, but I'm not too upset as I got them at a very discounted price on sale. I was looking into either getting the AirPods or a pair of Bose and I chose the Airpods because of all the customizing you can do as well as the functionality with my iPhone.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, July 13, 2019

What a Week

Hey everyone, we made it home late last night after a day of traveling from the West Coast. I'm up a little early trying to readjust my schedule to the East Coast and watching Fletch on the boob tube.

We had a great time in San Diego, the highlight of the trip for Michelle was seeing a giant blue whale (See pic) that was in excess of over 100' long. She took an 3 hour tour to whale watch and they it the absolute jackpot. She said her boat was a 97' boat and the whale was bigger than the boat. I asked her what the highlight of her trip was, and it was this.

For me, I had a great Conference, I was just a kid in a candy store. It was an experience to be around 17,086 other Geeks and discussing what it is we passionately do for a living. I was able to attend a number of useful workshops and learn a few things that will assist me in the future.

One of the strangest things to happen to Michelle was on Thursday Morning, we traveled to Coronado Island across the Bay to sight see, and on our way back and as we were trying to get to the Conference, we somehow got stuck in a Vice Presidential Motorcade as Mike Pence was going to the Island as we were leaving.

It was a great trip, but it is also just as enjoyable to return home.

Friday, July 12, 2019

We're Coming Home

This week Michelle and I will be traveling to the West Coast as I attend the ESRI Users Conference in San Diego. This weeks blogs are pre-written and just a bit of information as to where we are and what we are doing for the week.

Our week is over with here in San Diego, now it is time for Michelle and I to head back where we came from. We'll drop our car off at the Airport and then will be leaving San Diego at 7:00 PST (10:00 EST) and flying on United Airlines Flight UA913 to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport at about 1:20 (2:20 EST).  We'll be there for a few hours and then leave Chicago at 3:50 (4:50 EST) on United Airlines UA1476 and arrive back in Pittsburgh at about 6:30 PM our time.

This should get us back into Morgantown about 8:30-9:00 ish by the time we get off the plane, get our luggage, find our car and get back to Morgantown.

This is the last of my pre-written blogs for the week as life should pretty much return to normal tomorrow or the next day. Now I get to teach Michelle about Jet lag.

Have a great day.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

ESRI Users Conference Day 4

This week Michelle and I will be traveling to the West Coast as I attend the ESRI Users Conference in San Diego. This weeks blogs are pre-written and just a bit of information as to where we are and what we are doing for the week.

While this is not the last day of the Conference, it pretty much is as there are a couple sessions tomorrow morning and it winds up at Noon. This will be my last day here as Michelle and I will be heading back to West Virginia tomorrow.

I'll be attending one more day of specialized training, and maybe spending a little time with Michelle. With Sunday being a travel day and tomorrow being a travel day, my billable hours are going to be way up this week, so today may mostly be our day. There are a few things I would like to see however, so I'll probably be going to the convention center for part of the day.

There is a big social gathering tonight, Michelle and I are still debating if we want to attend or not. I guess we'll play it by ear.

Have yourselves a great day.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

ESRI Users Conference Day 3

This week Michelle and I will be traveling to the West Coast as I attend the ESRI Users Conference in San Diego. This weeks blogs are pre-written and just a bit of information as to where we are and what we are doing for the week.

Today is going to be another day like yesterday, a continuation of seeing new technologies and a chance to see in what ways others are using this technology in innovative ways. I think I am on the cusp of one myself with the development of a Federal asset validation tool that I have been working on for the last year or so. There is one other National Lab that has done something similar, but I'm wanting something robust, accurate and that can produce real time information and have the spatial database to support the numbers.

There are a number of sessions today that will help me address that and beyond. I'll be attending about any and all training I can fit into my schedule where there is no conflict. Printing out the full agenda, it's 187 pages in length, now it is up to me to determine what I want to see and where and hope it doesn't conflict with other things in the same time slots. I'm just a kid in a candy store here, but I have already planned what I would like to see.

This evening I'll be attending the Department of Energy's GIS Users group. We met in January and it's nice to be able to meet, put faces and names to some pretty important people including those at Headquarters.

I may even find a few RTI people here.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

ESRI Users Conference Day 2

This week Michelle and I will be traveling to the West Coast as I attend the ESRI Users Conference in San Diego. This weeks blogs are pre-written and just a bit of information as to where we are and what we are doing for the week.

With a day of Plenary under our belts, now it is time to bet into the nuts and bolts and meat of this visit. Now is when we can choose to visit a number of more specific topics that are being addressed and also get some hands on training.

This is also when we get to see first hand the new state of the art innovations that are being rolled out. I know Trimble who is one of the big sponsors should have SiteVision fully functional by now. When I spoke to them in DC in January, they were still in the development stage. It was something that really caught my attention earlier this year and I'm a little excited to see it in action.

Have yourselves a great day.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Day One of Users Conference

This week Michelle and I will be traveling to the West Coast as I attend the ESRI Users Conference in San Diego. This weeks blogs are pre-written and just a bit of information as to where we are and what we are doing for the week.

Today I will be at the San Diego Convention Center and on the agenda is a day of Plenary Sessions with some very special guersts. Jack Dangermond the founder of ESRI will speak and will have some very special guests to also speak to us today. Being that this is my third users conference, I've been to two Federal Users Conferences in Washington DC including the one earlier this year, I kind of know that this first day is a day of listening to people speak and this particular one is going to be the largest one ever. It's also the 50th Anniversary of ESRI and this is the Super Bowl of GIS.

Today will be filled with me sitting and listening to people speak, Michelle on the other hand is probably going to be enjoying herself at the San Diego Zoo. We're both going to have very memorable days.

We'll probably grab something to eat this evening somewhere local, as we can get a good nights sleep in anticipation of tomorrows festivities.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Flying to San Diego

This week Michelle and I will be traveling to the West Coast as I attend the ESRI Users Conference in San Diego. This weeks blogs are pre-written and just a bit of information as to where we are and what we are doing for the week.

We will be leaving Pittsburgh International Airport this morning on United Airlines Flight 519 at 8:05. We are making our first stop at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. We shall have a minor layover there and will depart Chicago at 10:15 (11:15 EST) on United Airlines Flight 1590 to sunny San Diego and the San Diego International Airport. We should arrive at 12:30 Pacific Time (or 3:30 EST).

We will be staying at the Four Points by Sheraton San Diego for the week. It's in Little Italy and about a mile from the San Diego Zoo. We will be there a few hours before checkin, so this may be my best time to actually get to see the city a little bit. Michelle will have the week to enjoy the sites.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Saturday

Here I sit in a quiet household, it is the final calm before the storm. I'm watching 50 First Dates and collecting my thoughts for the day. I'm up a little early planning out my day and it's going to be a busy one.

My day is going to start out with me and Michelle checking in for our flights tomorrow. You can check in 24 hours ahead of time and we'll do that in preparation of our traveling to the West Coast tomorrow.

I've got to go out this morning and make some rounds for RTI, since I'm going to be unavailable next week I'm going to go out this morning and make an attempt at getting some interviews before heading calling it a week on that job.

After that it is a matter of packing, or finishing packing for the week. We're heading to Pittsburgh this evening to rest and relax a little bit and so we don't have to make that big drive to the Pittsburgh Airport from Morgantown tomorrow morning. We'll just wake up, jump on the Parkway heading to the airport and check into the airport and get through TSA before our flight takes off. It is going to be a busy day to say the least.

I've pre-written blogs for the entire week to let everyone know where we are, what we are doing and the flights we are taking. We'll create an album on Facebook for all to see what it is we see on our trip.

Have yourselves a great day.