Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up early and I think BlacKKKlansman is playing on HBO on the Boob Tube Behind me. I'm not coherent enough to be paying attention.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter today. It is the most honored time of the year for Christians (yes even moreso than Christmas) and is a celebration of Jesus raising from the tomb.

What it also means is then end to a 20 day streak of consecutive days worked for yours truly. I'm not going out today and Michelle and I rushed and made sure all of our shopping and chores were done yesterday so that we could enjoy the day today pretty much stress free. We're doing a small dinner here for us, but just basically going to take it easy and recharge today. A new streak starts tomorrow, but today I rest and relax.

I bought Michelle an Amazon Echo for Easter, we got it all hooked up last night and I think after seeing Jon and Laura's she wanted one, so I picked one up yesterday. We're still getting acclimated to it.

Have yourselves a great Easter. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, nothing is on the Boob Tube as my Xfinity Box is starting to have trouble doing its daily reset again, but I have all my streaming stuff I could watch. Peanut is up and around as she always is, I sometimes wonder if she ever sleeps.

I'm working once again for RTI today, but this will be the end of my streak as tomorrow is Easter and I'm not knocking on anyone's door on Easter Day, it's a time of family and togetherness, not studies. I'm not going to make it 30+ days this quarter, but a 20 day run was a nice run. I am taking over a new segment where some travel is required, but that will be done on weekends and not during the week. This should give me a few more weeks worth of solid work to do this quarter, my segments are pretty much worked down to a point where it's just a bunch of busy work creating records of call to units that no one is ever home at.

Being tomorrow is Easter, Michelle and I are going to be busy with a number of other things like our weekly shopping. I would assume most grocery stores as well as WalMart are closed tomorrow, so we're planning on getting everything done today so we can just stay home and relax tomorrow. Michelle was a real trooper by mowing the grass Wednesday night before she left for Charleston, so I don't have to worry about that this weekend.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, April 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.

First and foremost of all, today is Good Friday which means Sunday is Easter Sunday. This is the Holiest time of the year for those of the Christian faith. With that being said, I'm taking Sunday off and relaxing rather than bothering anyone showing up at their home.

Michelle is in Charleston right now. She went down yesterday for the Art Walk that she is coordinating and stayed there last night. She's just going to work out of the Charleston office today and will return home this afternoon. She will be coordinating this for her company once a month for the next few months. I know was excited about going down and staying, she is staying right across from the amphitheater on the river, so there will be some sights for her to briefly see.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, April 18, 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 a picture of me and my old Boss, Dale owns Sextant Technical Services, whom I worked for for almost 9 years at NETL. Greatest Boss anyone could ever ask for and this picture was taken last year at the Jimmy Buffet Concert in Pittsburgh, we had both attended and he stopped over by our tailgate and we grabbed this picture together.

Speaking of Jimmy, I don't think he is coming to Pittsburgh again this year, he didn't show up 2 years ago, returned last year and this year seems to have scheduled everywhere but Pittsburgh.

Oh well, have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Deep Thoughts.

OK we have two days down this week, and two more ahead of us. Now it is time for me to put a little bit of thought into a midweek blog and see what I comes up. I usually pre-write my blogs on the weekend with such a busy schedule, but this one I do in non-sequential order and do it last so I can bear it out a little.

I often wonder to myself, what would my Grandparents think if they were alive today. Yeah I know they would have been proud of me, I take it one day at a time and look ahead on my career concentrating on the now and future, rather than reflect on what I have done.

What I am talking about is what would they think if they were given one day to come back to life, what would they think of the town that we live in is what I wonder.

Morgantown has changed an awful lot through the years, when they were both alive the Football Stadium was downtown, or in Grandma's case they were building the current stadium and it was not too far from opening up.

Can you imagine how dumbfounded they would be with the iPhone and what it does? Back in the 70's our phone was a rotary phone that hung on the wall. The music we played was on records or  8 track tapes. When we took pictures, it was with a camera and you had to take the film in to get developed. It may be a week before you ever saw your picture. And if you wanted information, Encyclopedia Britannica at the Library or school was my resource. That and all the Almanacs I used to collect. There was no face time and our phones had cords on them. Mail? It came in paper form in a mailbox and they was our primary way of getting information. We had I think a dozen or so TV Channels and we did get HBO and or Showtime late in their lives. Uncut movies where I could see naked boobies in my own home, unlike broadcast TV...lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday has been completed, my streak is starting the home stretch and today is a Tuesday (I think), time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,225 since my birth, it was just a mere 21 years ago if you know how to do proper math.

* It has been 5,448 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, I love my field of work and I really do enjoy doing what I do.

* 4,049 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, 10,000 BC and Pizza Hut, but something tells me I may have mentioned that previously.

* 3,273 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife.

* It was 2,803 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center

* I have now lived 436 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short time and life really is.

* I have 4,612 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 1,236 days away. Neal Brown should have the boys ready by then.

* 292 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, I'm hating on him a lot less as out warmer weather is getting here.

* 276 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. Would you believe over 1/4 of the year is over with already?

* There are 253 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 229 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 112 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are 67 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,608 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No Drone flights this weekend, but soon. I really should have flown this past weekend, but my health decided to step in and interfere.

* I still need a new impossible project, maybe my next impossible project will be to find another impossible project.

* My Nephew Calvin he is 8,611 days old, just had to update last weeks number so it is accurate.

* My Niece Amy is  still trying to raise money for the MS walk later this month. If you have a few spare coins, donate them to the good cause.

* This is my 16th straight day of working one job or the other, or both. My streak is going to come to an end Sunday with Easter.

* Misty had a Gastric Bypass Surgery recently, she seems to have been a trooper and was actually able to make it home pretty quick. She's a trooper.

* Kiwi (our bird) loves to sing, she seems like she is enjoying her new home and Michelle loves that little peckerhead.

* 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, April 15, 2019

Monday

Well that fun filled thing that we refer to as a weekend is now over with, time to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living.

Also if you have not filed your 2018 taxes, or owe a bunch of money like we did (I already paid mine), this is your last day to file or you will need to file an extension. This was a year that caught Michelle and I to a pretty large sum of money that the Government wanted even after we paid all our taxes this past year and both claim the single rate and 0 on our W-4 Forms. We got hit rather hard this tax season and it put a bit of a pinch on us. It's all behind us now as I wrote the checks last week and mailed them out.

Looking at our week ahead, Michelle is traveling for work on Thursday and will be staying in Charleston Thursday night. She's organizing some big charity thing that her company does in Charleston and she will be going down once a month for the next few months.

We do need to take Ice to the adjuster this week, Michelle was coming home from work last week and a car lost its tire and managed to hit three other Vehicles, our car being one of them. We got the police report and will be taking it to the adjuster Wednesday. Driver side passenger door took a bit of a dent, nothing too difficult for some professionals.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit a little later than usual, I did manage to sleep in a little bit but I'm still up nice and early. The household is quiet still, as I am the first to awaken this morning. No idea what is playing on the boob tube, but it is on.

I had a pretty productive day working yesterday and holding down the fort as Michelle was up in Elwood City for a Birthday Party. Got another big day planned ahead of me today with some shopping and entering  a new segment that I could manage to knock out in one day hopefully.

I did manage to pre-write all my blogs for this coming week already, in an attempt to post one every day and having a busy schedule, that task sometimes gets tedious. I don't have the spare time now like I do when a quarter is winding down, so I have to make do and sit down and write the weekday blogs when the opportunity presents itself.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, Michelle is up in Ellwood City today for Maddy's Birthday and I'm here holding down the fort. Peanut is lurking around somewhere, Sophie is sleeping somewhere and Kiwi is sitting in her cage being good.

My day is obviously going to consist of me going out and doing some field work for RTI. I've got a good start to the quarter, I just need to keep it going and grab a few more interviews. I'll be working both today and tomorrow and am planning on taking next Sunday off, as it will be Easter Sunday and I think visiting people on this day would be detrimental to the effort at hand. 

The WVU Spring game is this afternoon, it's being streamed locally and will be on WBOY, only problem is that Comcast took away WBOY here in Monongalia County a couple of years ago so I won't be able to record it. I am a little curious as to what this season holds and how the team is progressing under new coach Neal Brown.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, April 12, 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 is going to go back home this weekend to help Maddy Celebrate her birthday. I think she is as old as 2 now, 19 more years and she'll catch up to me.

Me? I'll be here in town doing more field work this weekend. My days are starting to run together, so one day is really no different than any other one, I just do different things on different days. Easter is coming up next weekend and that will break my streak of consecutive days worked.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, April 11, 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 goes back to this past October, I had to travel to Las Vegas for work (so I did it on your dime, not mine).

I had walked down the strip to get a few pictures, this one was me standing in front of the Luxor as I walked up and down the strip. Actually there is an overhead tram that runs between the Luxor and Mandalay Bay and I started out at Mandalay Bay on this day. The previous day I went around the northern end of the strip and Ceasars Palace. It was a fun trip, I would love to go back again someday. Something tells me that there is something I'm developing at work that may just have me back out there some day.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hump Day

This is usually the hardest blog of the week to write about, but the past couple of weeks has been pretty easy to be honest with you.

I have changed it up a little the past couple of weeks. I usually write my blogs ahead of time in sequential order, this way I can concentrate on the things going on during the week rather than trying to put something down in the journal and taking away from more important issues.

The last couple of weeks however I've kind of bent my own rules and changed my own patterns a little. My Wednesday blog is the last blog I pre-write for the week and I've been giving my opinion a little more than just trying to fill space up on the page.

I have relaxed my rules a little bit and be myself a little more, but I still have my own standards. I just pick a topic and write about it, and it's usually my blog post that is the most in depth during the week.

I will say this past weekend I ran into a guy named Delmas Bowser at WalMart. Delmas was someone that I used to work with years ago at Sterling Faucet. Now there is a place that it seems like everyone in Morgantown used to work at, but it is now just a faded memory. Delmas and I worked together for about 7 years (I was there 8) before he left to seek employment at the University.

That got me to thinking, I wonder how many of my former Sterling Co-workers are still around Morgantown and alive and kicking. There is a few of us around, it's nice to run into people who used to be a part of your daily life 30 years ago.

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho


Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, Tuesday is ahead of us and you know what that means. Time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,218 since my birth, it was just a mere 21 years ago if you know how to do proper math.

* It has been 5,441 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography.

* 4,042 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, dinner and a movie and as bad as my choices were she stuck by me.

* 3,266 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife.

* It was 2,803 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center

* I have now lived 429 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short time and life really is.

* I have 4,619 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 1,243 days away. I'm ready for it.

* 299 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, I'm hating on him a lot less as out warmer weather is getting here.

* 283 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 260 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, you have plenty of time to prepare.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 236 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 119 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are 73 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,601 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No Drone flights this weekend, but soon. I really should have flown this past weekend, but my health decided to step in and interfere.

* I still need a new impossible project, maybe my next impossible project will be to find another impossible project.

* My Nephew Calvin he is 8,604 days old, just had to update last weeks number so it is accurate.

* I found out this weekend that my brother in law Robert just recently bowled his 4th, 300 game of his career. Pretty amazing accomplishment.

* My Niece Amy is trying to raise money for the MS walk later this month. If you have a few spare coins, donate them to the good cause.

* Fill in the blank, not sure if anyone is reading this but if you are, you have been granted one bullet for your own choosing. =)

* 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, April 08, 2019

...Continued

When I say continued, I wish I were talking about my long extended weekend and time away from work, but alas I am talking about starting day 8 in a row and continuing my streak. It is however time to stick our noses back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

Looking at my week ahead, it will once again be busy. Michelle is going to be traveling for both work and pleasure over the next couple of weeks. This weekend she is traveling back home for Maddy's Birthday party and next week she is traveling to Charleston for work on Thursday and Friday.

Me, I'll be here working two jobs and holding down the fort for a few days as Michelle is away. That's OK, we can handle it, we are definitely a trooper and will take care of everything on the home front.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, I guess you can call it the quiet before the storm. Peanut and I are up frolicking around, or should I say she is frolicking and I'm just sitting here, and we are both catching our thoughts for the day. 

It's going to be a busy day for me today, grocery shopping, home chores, sorting my meds, do finances and pay my taxes for 2018 (such sadness) and finally after all of that, I have to go out and work for RTI after I get all of that done. It's going to be a busy day to say the very least.

The NCAA Basketball Tournament now knows who the final two teams are, Texas Tech who we knocked out of the Big XII Tournament this year and Virginia who we beat here last season are the final two teams standing. Texas Tech is a Big XII team, so I am cheering for Texas Tech to win it all at this point.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Terri Rehmani

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my sister Terri a very Happy Birthday today.

We all managed to have a get together with her on Friday evening for her Birthday at Whitetail Crossing. Everyone had dinner and then they went in the back and enjoyed some local music as this older crowd went home and went to bed.

Terri is an amazing person, it was her that picked me up at the lowest point in my life and dusted me off and put me on the right path despite me having the fears that I had at that time.

Not sure if Nick has anything planned this today, as we all went out to dinner on Friday, but if you happen to see this amazing young lady today, make sure that you take a little time out and wish her a Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Terri.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household yet once again, the sandman knocked me out first last night and I'm the first to recover from that knockout blow. I'm up watching something on HBO with Bruce Willis in it, playing with Peanut and collecting my thoughts for the day.

Michelle and I went out to Whitetail Crossing last night for dinner and to help my Sister Terri celebrate her birthday. We all got together and had dinner and spent a little time together, then almost everyone went in back to listen to Barefoot Colby play and Michelle and I being headed back home as we are both working today.

As I said, I'm out in the field today working for RTI. New quarter and new challenges, I went out a couple nights this week, but I'm most effective on weekends as I'm not worn out from working all day at my regular job, plus I can actually dress more comfortably on the weekends rather than being in business casual attire. Life is very busy for the next month or so for me, and that is an understatement.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, April 05, 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 has been a very busy week for me, but that doesn't mean that this week does not continue. It's just the end of the NETL work week for me, I will be working all weekend with my first available weekend for RTI of the quarter. In other words, it's the weekend, but only at one of my jobs, the other it's go time and there is no better time to find people home than the weekends.

I know they are having a birthday get together tonight at Whitetail Crossing (best Softball Sponsor in the Universe and they have great food) for my sister Terri. We may try to make it this evening, we have our Friday shopping to do and then it will depend on how we feel this evening. I'm usually beat by Friday afternoon/evening, and ready for bed, but we'll see how we feel this evening and may try to make an appearance.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho


Thursday, April 04, 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 goes back about a decade, back to a time when Michelle and I had taken the day and decided to visit and tour the Friendship Hill, or as many of us know it as the Albert Gallatin House just across the state line in Pennsylvania.

This is a picture of me and a statue of Albert Gallatin, Michelle and I were out Geocaching on this day and I had my surveyors compass that I used to use when were were geocaching and we saw the statue of him using a larger version of the surveyors compass so we had to grab the shot.

We ended up doing the tour that day and will advise anyone who has never visited it to take a trip up and visit, it's not that far from here and the whole landscape of the property is breath taking.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Hump Day

Here we go once again with what is traditionally my hardest blog of the week to write. One that is not a weekend blog, not a beginning or the end of a work week type blog and one that really doesn't have a theme. It's right smack in the middle of a work week and the one I have the least to talk about.

Today however due to what is going to happen at work is a little bit different for me. We are doing our emergency disaster simulation at the site, I'll be in the Command Center and have a front row seat for all of the days events and will be one of a handful of people that will be getting the big picture as to what is happening at the site today. It should be a memorable day for me.

With that being said, right now is a very good time for all of us to make sure that we are prepared in our own homes if Disaster Strikes. What would we need to do if a major disaster hit us right here in out homes. Here is a list of some things you may need to have ready or should have ready in case of this emergency.


  1. Water. You will need at least one gallon per person per day. It's good to have a three day supply for cooking and sanitation. 
  2. Food. Have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  4. Flashlight and batteries. 
  5. First aid kit
  6. Extra batteries, you can never have enough and only having the batteries.
  7. Whistle to signal for help
  8. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  9. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  10. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  11. Manual can opener for food
  12. Local maps
  13. Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery 

Go to ready.gov to see what other steps you may need to take to be prepared in case of disaster, you may thank yourself later. 

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well April Fools Day is now over with and it is time to get back to my normal blogging and not playing any more jokes, can't think of a better way to do that other than a tidbits.

* It has been 20,211 since my birth, it was just a mere 21 years ago if you know how to do proper math.

* It has been 5,434 days since I graduated from WVU. Get this next class over and done with so traffic can lighten up for a few months.

* 4,035 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, dinner and a movie.

* 3,259 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife.

* It was 2,796 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center

* I have now lived 422 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short time and life really is.

* I have 4,626 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 1,250 days away. I think I have knocked a thousand or so days off of this number since I started the countdown.

* 306 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, I'm hating on him a lot less as out warmer weather is getting here.

* 290 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 267 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, but it is waaaaay to early to start talking about anything in the Winter.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 243 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 126 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are 80 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,593 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No Drone flights this weekend, but soon. I really should have flown this past weekend, but my health decided to step in and interfere.

* I still need a new impossible project, maybe my next impossible project will be to find another impossible project.

* My Nephew Calvin he is 8,597 days old, just had to update last weeks number so it is accurate.

* I'm only working one job today and tomorrow, today will be a lot of prep work and discussing tomorrows simulation at NETL.

* The Mountaineers are in week 3 of Spring Drills for Football. I think he is going to be a special coach, but it's not going to happen overnight. He's implementing a whole different mentality and a whole different culture, that's not something you do overnight.

* I hate being sick.

* 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, April 01, 2019

What an Honor

I just received some amazing news last night, something that is the cherry on top of my Softball career, I am going to be inducted to the 2020 Class of the Softball Hall of Fame.

I am actually dumbfounded by this honor, and I had absolutely no idea that I was even nominated for such an honor. It is truly humbling and my enshrinement will happen one year from today at the National Softball Hall of Fame in Quahog, Rhode Island.

I will be inducted by legendary Softball announcer Glenn Quagmire and it will be held at the Drunken Clam, home of the waterless urinals.

My career spanned from 1984 until 2008, then took a hiatus until 2015 when I came back to play in the old farts league.

During my career, I have had the honor of playing on TV once and the radio twice. The TV game was from 1986 or 1987, and I can't seem to remember if it was on ESPN or tape delayed channel 3 of the old Westover Cable. If memory serves me right, Andy Kaufman was the announcer for the game, he did so post mortem and hats off to him for doing that.

I hope your date is as fun as mine both this year and next year on this date.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, I'm the first one up this morning but I was also the first one to bed last night. I'm sitting here watching who knows what and collecting my thoughts for the day and still trying to recover from this head cold.

First off a big thank you to my wonderful wife as she stepped up and took care of everything yesterday as my body is still trying to recover from this gunk I have in my head. I don't have time to be sick, but if I do have to be sick I guess this was the ideal time.

Today is my last day off for a stretch, probably for at least three weeks until Easter Sunday. The new quarter for RTI begins tomorrow and my life will be extremely busy this week at both jobs with the yearly event exercise this week  at NETL. I do not know any specifics yet, but indication are it will be a large scale natural disaster that hits the facility. We do these simulations every year, but this is the first one I will be directly involved with and it will be the largest scale one we have ever done. We bring in actors and other local agencies to participate, to make the simulation as real as possible.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, Michelle just went to bed after a long night. I've been sick and sleeping and she had to run Chad to the hospital last night and he is still there as of press time. I'm just waking up and burning up with a fever, so I'm going back to bed right after I write this.

I have got to get better and healthy, Monday my life gets extremely busy with a new quarter starting plus we are doing our yearly full scale exercise at NETL and I'll have a dual role this year and I will be extremely busy for a couple of days. So much so that I have scheduled my RTI work around this exercise.

I was planning on trying to fly the drone this weekend, but me being under the weather has put a bit of a damper on that. I would rather be healthy come Monday than have a little fun today, and that is if I felt any better.

Anyone playing an NCAA Tournament Bracket? I'm still in second place in my bracket challenge with the group I'm playing with, 3 of my 4 final 4 teams are still alive and I have a good chance on winning this bracket, I actually feel pretty confident that I can win it. I just have to avoid the upsets and Duke needs to beat Kentucky in the Finals.

Have yourselves a great day.

Friday, March 29, 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.

This needs to be a relaxing weekend, as it is my last weekend off for probably a couple of months. My new quarter with RTI begins on Monday and my life will once again get pretty busy for a period of time. The good thing is, both of my sections are right here in Morgantown, but I'll just say I'll have some traffic sitting on my transit to the sections, especially during the week day. However I am quite familiar with the areas that I will be working so there is always that positive.

No plans yet for the weekend, it's supposed to be nice tomorrow, so I might just try to get my first real drone flight of the season in. I need to do something to enjoy the weekend, it'll be my last free weekend until probably Memorial Day weekend to be honest.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 28, 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 goes back a few years, all the way back to 2008. Michelle and I were at the infancy of our relationship and we had taken Hayley and her boyfriend at the time Wyatt out to dinner at Cheddars, then she wanted to go and see Kung Fu Panda at the Theater. It's a movie and a series that I still love to this day...lol

The next day we all headed to Deep Creek Lake to do a little bit of Geocaching and some swimming at the lake, but that is another story.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wednesdays Thoughts

Well here we are again, at the one blog that occurs during the week that has traditionally been the toughest blog for me to write. It's the blog that is not a live weekend blog, not a theme blog or a beginning of the week blog. It's just stuck in the middle of a workweek and I have other things on my mind.

One of my rules for my blog is I try to never let emotion be placed onto my blog and I really try hard to keep politics and religion (two subjects I used to love to debate in online forums) off my blog. Reason being something I may be mad about today, may not be the way I feel two years from now and vice versa.

Same holds true with my Social Media, Facebook as we all know it as. I try not to post anything controversial or anything that may take the path of Social Conditioning the populace, much of the time with false or misleading information and passing it off as truth. This is an ugly trend that I am seeing more and more on Social Media. I've seen lifelong friendships brought into question and a mob like mentality attacking friends who may not just see things the way you do. I'm not going to endorse or condemn anyone's political ideology, but there comes a time when everything some people post are misleading (meaning if you research it the facts don't support it) information in an attempt to garner support for a political stance.

One that stood out to me this past week was a picture of the Bible and a Gun and said something along the lines of the two things our country was funded upon and those guys hate. Uh, not even close to being correct. The two main reasons we broke away from England was that England wanted to tax the colonies for their war debt, specifically the French and Indian War. We opposed being taxed and taxed without representation. You might have heard of the Boston Tea Party.

The other thing was that England did not want the colonies to expand beyond the Appalachian Mountains, where Colonists wanted to keep growing the borders and eventually expand coast to coast (Manifest Destiny).

The author of the Declaration was a Theist, not a Christian. He considered the teachings of Jesus "the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man". 

However inaccurate Memes spread on Facebook based on nothing factual are running rampant. They are brainwashing a faction of the populace with false information and has divided our country like I have never seen it in my lifetime. The people pointing the fingers about the other guys, are the biggest perpetrators to honor and integrity. Just sit back and watch, it is scary what has happened to our country.

Nikita Khrushchev one proclaimed that "We will take America without firing a shot". He made that statement in 1956, today I wonder what he saw as I'm seeing it happen right before our eyes.

We used to be Americans, friends, neighbors, a nation with a common purpose and a common enemy (Boogey man). Today we are split by partisanship extreme and I have a sad feeling this generation has passed the point of no return and this makes me sad.

I would like to see people just simply sharing funny stories, recipees, family pictures and cute little antidotes on Social Media rather than what I am seeing today.

Just my thoughts for the day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, Tuesday is dawning upon us, time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,204 since my birth, it was just a mere 21 years ago if you know how to do proper math. I asked Calvin this past weekend how many days he was old, he couldn't even begin to calculate it.

* It has been 5,427 days since I graduated from WVU. The countdown is on for thousands of others who will realize their dreams and begin to clear out of town.

* 4,028 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, dinner and a movie.

* 3,252 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife. It was 4:00 in the morning in the back yard, but she was up and ready as she knew it was coming.

* It was 2,789 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married at the Marilla Center

* I have now lived 415 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short time and life really is.

* I have 4,633 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 1,257 days away. With Spring Practice underway, I'm starting to get that football feeling.

* 313 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, I'm hating on him a lot less as out warmer weather is getting here.

* 297 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 273 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 250 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 133 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are 87 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,586 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No Drone flights this weekend, but soon. I should have flown this past weekend, the time is definitely coming.

* I still need a new impossible project. No ideas yet, but I'm sure I'll come up with something.

* To answer Calvin's Question that I asked him, he is 8,590 days old. Everyone should know how old they are.

* Why do some people have to make every post on social media about Politics? I've just seen over the past few weeks that to some, it's more about spreading misinformation and propaganda than about politics. In case you haven't noticed, if someone is pointing the finger at the opposing side, they are just masking their own habits. There are things in life other than  Politics at the National level.

* The Mountaineers are in week 2 of Spring Drills for Football. Neal Brown is making players stand the entire practice, no kneeling. It's a new era of Mountaineer Football.

* Anyone seen the new Parcel Viewer WVU is hosting? It's a real nice upgrade from the previous viewer. I know a couple of people who ask me to pull up the information are loving this new site.

* 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, March 25, 2019

Monday

Weekend is over with, now it is time to stop all the relaxing and get to doing what it is that we do for a living. Time to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of earning our keep.

Looking at my week ahead I meeting Wednesday with my group in Engineering, just a regular keep up to date meeting where we all assemble in one place to talk about what is going on. We used to have them weekly, but once we absorbed the other contract that kind of stopped.

I do have a scheduled Morale Committee meeting scheduled for today, although the Fed that facilitated that meeting was reassigned to headquarters so it's hard to say until this afternoon of that group will even still exist or is it simply on hiatus.

Next week should be a busy week for me, we have yearly disaster simulation exercises, this year I am part of the Emergency Operations Center as a Technical Specialist for Geo-spatial information and access. I'll be pulling double duty as I am also a Fire Warden for my floor so I'm doing to be busy doing accountability drills in my building and being in the Command Center. It's an all day event where we bring in actors and outside help. It's a full scale exercise of a scenario disaster and no one knows any specifics of the disaster, but that is next weeks fun.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit in a quiet household once again, the TV behind me is silent as I was streaming a movie that is now completed. I'm sitting here collecting my thoughts for the day and contemplating laying back down for a couple of hours.

I did watch a little of the NCAA Tournament yesterday, in my group my bracket is still alive and within striking distance to win, but many others in our group also picking Duke to win the tournament.

I did have a nice conversation with Jonathan yesterday, I found a subject that he likes and enjoys talking about. He used to buy and sell artwork and from my understanding did it pretty well. Said he used to love going to antique stores and buying up paintings, said he would always refer to them as a picture instead of a paining in an attempt to not over value the piece of art. Said he had no problem at all and finding buyers and had a bit of success with it. He had all kinds of art books and sold all over the world, he had his specific niche and mastered it. It was a nice conversation, it was nice to have him leading the conversation educating me about his life rather than explaining to him his origins,

Our plans for the day are simple, grocery shop this morning, come home and do my Sunday Chores and the rest of the day is ours to do with as we please.

Have yourselves a great day and enjoy it.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm the first one to awaken from getting knocked out by the dreaded Sandman last night. I'm up early watching Up on some channel and collecting my thoughts for the day.

Michelle and I went out to dinner last night at Golden Coral and ran into my Sister Pam and that whole clan. George, Moke, Ang, Ryleigh, Calvin, Jeanetta, Misty and Robert were all eating there so we decided to join them. It was a good time and it was nice to catch up with them, I hadn't seen any of them in a while, so it was a pleasant surprise.

Not too many plans for the day other than laundry and Michelle going to the Vets to do payroll. If the weather was a little more cooperative I would take the drone out and fly it, but today is going to be less than optimal to fly.

I did manage to watch a couple really good movies this past week. I watched the Mule  and watched the Dirt last night. The Mule is Clint Eastwood's latest movie and the Dirt is about the career of Motley Crue.

Have yourselves a great day, I'm going back to bed.

zzzz zzzz zzzz zzzz

Friday, March 22, 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.

Ah yes, another two day weekend for yours truly, I'm just hoping the weather holds out so that I can go out and do a good drone flight this weekend. I'm really itching to fly and with a new quarter stating soon for RTI, I'm not going to have that prime time to fly that I wanted.

No big plans for the day or the weekend. I do have an NCAA Tournament Bracket that I am playing for fun. Same group of guys I have played with the past few years. I have lost 2 of the last 3 years to the mighty Titus, but I did manage to defeat him last year for the fist time ever. I must beat Titus again this year, it is my mission.

Have yourselves a great day

HI ho hi ho

Thursday, March 21, 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 goes back almost 11 years, Michelle and I were early in our relationship and we all decided to go to a WVU Baseball game together. Hayley was just a young kid at that time and used to be a bibliophile (someone who reads a lot of books) when Michelle and I first started dating.

I can't remember if WVU won or lost that day, but I walked away the big winner on that day.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

SPRING!!!!!!!!!

We have officially made it, Winter (my least favorite season) is now over with and we are changing to my favorite season which is Spring.

I know some are more partial to other seasons, but Springtime has always been my favorite. It's when we say goodbye to the doldrums of winter and embrace longer days, warmer weather and well natures beauty that she bestows upon us.

Whether it be the fresh smells of newly born foliage that emanates a smell tickling our taste of smell, to the beauty and color that trees and flowers start to present, natures own eye candy or whether it be the sounds of newborn birds calling out to their mothers to comer and feed them, this is and will always be my favorite season of the year.

Have yourselves a great spring day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, I've already wished Amy a Happy Birthday, time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,197 since my birth, it was just a mere 21 years ago if you know how to do proper math. =)

* It has been 5,420 days since I graduated from WVU. A number of others will realize their dreams here in a couple months as this school year is winding down.

* 4,021 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, dinner and a movie.

* 3,245 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife. It was 4:00 in the morning in the back yard, but she was up and ready as she knew it was coming.

* It was 2,782 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married, we poured sand into a vase and that vase is still on top of our TV. AS well as the Flag that flew over the United States Capital that day as well.

* I have now lived 408 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short time and life really is.

* I have 4,640 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 1,264 days away. This countdown is really starting to dwindle down.

* 320 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, I'm hating on him a lot less as out warmer weather is getting here.

* 304 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 280 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 257 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 140 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are 1 days until the next start of my favorite season, SPRING. Wait, 1 day? SPRING STARTS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!

* I have written 5,579 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No Drone flights this weekend, but soon. I should have flown this past weekend, the time is definitely coming.

* I still need a new impossible project. The only problem is how do you top finding a sibling?

* BOPARC finally has their season softball packets out. We're starting to put the ink on the paper now to get organized. I'm ready to hit the field.

* Peanut keeps telling me it's Meoutside time, I keep telling her soon.

* Anyone know of a good place they would like to see a drone flown? I'm open to suggestions provided they are legal.

* Anyone ready for Spring? It starts tomorrow I read.

* 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 Birthday Amy Dalton

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my wonderful niece Amy a very Happy Birthday today.

Amy is an amazing goal oriented inspiring young lady, she is a teachers aid as this is a profession that I think she absolutely loves. She set a goal, came up with a gameplan to achieve it and now has that job I think that she has always wanted to have.

Amy is also a very creative photographer. She has that Photographers eye on how to create a great shot that I wish I had but do not.

She's an amazing mother with two kids with all the tools and guidance to accomplish anything they choose and that starts in the home that Amy and Ralph have created.

I'm not sure what Ralph, Kaiden and Kynlea have planned for Amy today, but you can bet it is going to be memorable. If you see this wonderful young lady today, make sure you wish her a Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Amy.

Monday, March 18, 2019

New Week

Here we all are, relaxed and ready to go for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living. April had her Baby, St Patrick's Day is now behind us, so it's time to concentrate on the new beginning of a new work week.

Looking at my week ahead, I just have one mandatory meeting this week, but other than that it looks like I will be doing a lot of editing and creating datasets of our facility. This is my strength in my profession, it's when you put the headphones on and put some good music on and go to town editing. Of course there are always possibilities that something else can and will come up, but we'll deal with those as they come.

I'm done this quarter for RTI obviously, but my next quarters segment materials are due to arrive this week so I can start gearing up for the next quarter later this week. I do however get to enjoy the next two weekends however as the next quarter doesn't start until April Fools Day.

Have yourselves a super-fantastic day.

Hi ho hi ho


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday Morning Sleep In

Here I sit in a semi-quiet household, Michelle just got up and made herself a cup of coffee and I'm up much later than my normal wake up time writing this masterpiece and trying to wake up.

Well April the Giraffe had her Baby yesterday morning around noonish. 300,000 people were tuned in on Youtube to watch her give birth to new baby, which has yet to have been named. When her last baby Tajiri was born, about 230,000 people were tuned in to watch. I guess more and more people are starting to get addicted to watching pregnant giraffe Hoo Haas.

Nothing special planned for the day other than our normal routine, I have my drone charged, but it was a little cold yesterday so I didn't take it out to fly it. It might be a little warmer this afternoon so I might try to take it up here at home for a brief flight just to re-acclimate myself to the controls since it has been so long since I have flown it.

Have yourselves a great day and enjoy the second half of your weekend.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambing

Here I sit in a quiet household, Michelle has the the bedroom and living room TV's tuned into the Giraffe Cam waiting for April to give birth. Her sleep patterns are sleep a couple of hours and then get back to watching April. Me, I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day and trying to decide what I am going to do with my first full weekend off in 2019.

Yes, I have my first weekend off since after Christmas and just before New Years, I had zero billable hours this week fro RTI and my caseload has been transferred away for clean up. I'm off this weekend =).

It was so nice the past couple of days that I actually have my drone battery and the drones transmitter charging in hopes that we will have some decent weather this weekend. Although Michelle came in from outside a few hours ago to tell me that it is raining ice, so that is not good. Weather may not want to cooperate with me for a drone flight this weekend, but I am going to be ready for it if it does decide to warm up a little.

Michelle's Nephew Donald has just graduated Basic Training and has arrived in Kentucky to begin his official training with the 101st Airborne. He has been in Missouri since around Thanksgiving for basic and just Graduated from Basic. Danielle and Roy both were there to watch him Graduate. I know that everyone in the family is very proud of this young man, and being in Airborne is a distinction that he is going to carry with him the rest of his life proudly.

Have yourselves a great day, I'll try to find something to do to occupy my time. I'm really hoping the weather will hold out, but if not I can always fly a local and short drone flight, it has been too long since I have flown.


Friday, March 15, 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.

No plans for me this weekend, it's actually going to be my first full weekend off of 2019 believe it or not. The last full weekend I had was right before New Years, after that it was off to St Louis and then out in the field working every day for a month and then one weekend day the past few weeks.

So what am I going to do with my weekend of freedom one would ask? One where he days are actually getting longer, the answer is I don't know. I know I would like to start getting a few drone flights in in the near future before my life gets chaotic again.

One big thing of special note today since it is mine and Michelle's Friday night date night (consisting of Sam's Club and dinner), it was 11 years ago today that I took Michelle out to see the movie 10,000 BC and it was the beginning of our relationship that is still going strong today.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 14, 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 goes back three years, a time when Peanut was just a little kitten and we had just adopted her and gave her a furever home. She was part of a wild litter that a girl had found out of state and I searched on Petfinder to find a new cat as Phin, who Michelle was very close to had just passed away. I wanted to find a cat that looked like Phin and could make her Happy, we both found this bundle of joy on the internet and both picked this one out of the litter.

This pic was right after we brought her home, and Peanut is still living here and happy as heck just waiting for some warm weather to go out and frolic around all day.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hump Day

Two days down, two more ahead of us after today, I guess that just means we need to get up and over this noon time hump and everything will be downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

As I was looking for am image for this weeks Wednesday Blog I came across this little ditty of am image to post and it got me thinking. "What If" is a question that we could ask ourselves and spend a whole day pondering.

What if one event or another did or did not happen throughout our lives and how could or would it have changed our destiny or our lives to where it is now. I'm fortunate, my what ifs have all landed me in a better place and put me on a different path than what may have happened. What if Sterling Faucet had never closed down and left Morgantown. What if Helmick had never closed? Would I still be at one of these industrial facilities? Would I be a whole lot poorer than I am today as Sterling didn't pay well and Helmick was basically killing me. What if I chickened out on my first day of college and didn't make it? I threw up on my way to campus the first day because of nerves, what if my destiny had been changed that day. What if my Dad was still around, would things be different or would paths have been straighter for others? What if Michelle's first husband would not have passed away, would I still be single today?

What if I may have found a new theme for a blog simply by accident?

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday completed, now it's time to tackle a big Tuesday, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,190 since I first blessed this earth with my blogging presence, a time that it should have said in the blogasphere that the worlds greatest blogger has entered this dimension.

* It has been 5,413 days since I graduated from WVU> Just think in a couple more months this city will be like it is traffic wise this week all summer.

* 4,014 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, it still seems like yesterday sometimes.

* 3,238 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife. It was 4:00 in the morning in the back yard, but she was up and ready as she knew it was coming.

* It was 2,775 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married by a co-worker of hers at the time.

* I have now lived 401 days longer than my Dad did, I think he would have liked to have seen what I have done since then, meaning career wise and my specific profession.

* I have 4,647 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 1,271 days away. I wonder of there good recipes for Panther Rolls, you know like a Pepperoni Roll only with fresh dead panther.

* 327 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, we love Phil with his prediction this year, but it looks like he might have fibbed. That's OK, I'll forgive him.

* 311 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 287 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019, Walmart is just starting to put their spring stuff out.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 264 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 147 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* There are 7 days until the next start of my favorite season, SPRING. Have I ever mentioned I hate snow and cold weather? .

* I have written 5,571 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I wrote my first blog.

* No Drone flights this weekend, but soon. I should have flown this past weekend, the time is definitely coming.

* I still need a new impossible project. I hate not really having any objectives.I guess finding a long lost brother is the top of the food chain, everything else is less than impossible.

* BOPARC finally has their season softball packets out. We're starting to put the ink on the paper now to get organized. Smitty is no longer running the team and has once again retired, but the team continues.

* April the Giraffe cam.

* I see the Nature Cam is back up, Bears looking to catch and eat salmon.

* One has to wonder, why are there no streaming cameras in the Morgantown area? There used to be one of the county courthouse, but other than the 511 road condition cams I know of none.

* 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, March 11, 2019

Longer Days

It's time to head back into those offices and do what it is that we do for a living, Monday is once again upon us and it's time for us to make the world go round.

By longer days I am referring to the amount of daylight that we will have available to us. The Sun will officially go down today at 7:21 meaning there will be more time to do things. With warmer weather on the way and the birds a singing, it means we are getting my my favorite time of the year. SPRINGTIME!!!!!!

I'm off this evening, my quarter is over with and I'll start preparing for the next quarter here in a few weeks. I don't think it is going to be a busy quarter for me, one is a section I worked last year and completed and there will be one new one to go with it. I know both have a minimal number of lines, so it's not going to be as challenging as this past quarter.

Michelle is still watching April the Giraffe and waiting on the new baby. She watched April a few years ago and it's back to putting the TV in the bedroom on Youtube so she can stream it and keep an eye on her friend...lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit trying to adjust my body to it being one hour ahead of what time I am used to it being for it is the start of Daylight Savings time. If you are reading this and did not set your clocks ahead an hour, you're probably going to be late to where it is you are going today.

The WVU Rifle team could not manage to win the National Championship this weekend, they finished second overall to TCU and are the national runner ups. I had high hopes of them winning it here, but I guess it was just not to be. This is the first time a National Championship event has been here in Morgantown and at WVU. Hopefully they got a large enough crowd that that they event can return in the future.

The Antonio Brown era is over for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has been traded overnight to the Los Angeles Raiders for a 3rd and 5th round pick in the upcoming draft. It was rumored that he was going to be traded to Buffalo a couple of days ago, but he kind of threw a monkey wrench in that trade. He had a great career in Pittsburgh, but the past few months the drama has been detrimental to the success of the team, I think it is a good deal. Two draft picks for a 31 year old receiver with an attitude.

Keeping on the theme of sports, BOPARC finally released their softball packets this year, so we will once again be gathering the boys of summer up and hitting the field again as Whitetail Crossing. This will be the 4th year that we have assembled under this sponsor.

Have a great day today.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a semi-quiet household, Michelle is sleeping but has the Giraffe Cam on in the bedroom waiting for April to pop again. I'm out in the living room with something or another on the TV and collecting my thoughts.

Day 2 of the NCAA Rifle Championship is being held today in the WVU Coliseum. WVU lost the tiebreaker to TCU on the first day of shooting and will do their best to win today and hopefully win their 20th Title right in our own back yard.

I'm out working once again for RTI. This is most likely my last day out this quarter, the cases are going to be transferred for clean up after the weekend and we'll have a few weeks off as I start to gear up for the next quarters work. Not sure where I will be working, but both of my segments are both in Morgantown once again so there shouldn't be too much travel associated with it.

I did manage to help a co-worker (and Jean's cousin) out with a prescription yesterday. He gets a three month supply of a diabetic prescription that his portion that he has to pay is $100 for a 3 month supply. I actually showed him how to get his three month supply for $0.00 at a local Pharmacy.  I don't think he believed me until he went and talked to the Pharmacy, now he's quite happy. Usually any higher priced diabetes medications have manufacturers coupons that are good for a year (then they just need renewed) that help you obtain the prescription for next to nothing.

I think I'm laying back down, have yourselves a great day when you wake up.

Hi ho hi ho


Friday, March 08, 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.

OK here is your chance. The best sports team in WVU history has been the heralded rifle team. a 19 Time NCAA Champion. There have been Olympic Gold Medals won by members of this storied program and even some of the top coaches fro other schools are WVU Grads. We are the school for rifling.

Why is this significant, never have we won the tournament at home. We have never hosted the NCAA Finals, until this year.

Today and tomorrow the WVU rifle team will attempt to win it's 20th NCAA Championship right here in Morgantown. If you are not doing anything, the WVU Coliseum is the place to be.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 07, 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 a picture of my and my sister Pam with one of my all time favorite Comedians, the man who hates Watermelons more than anyone, Gallagher

This weeks pic goes all the way back to the year 2007, a time before Michelle and I even started dating. Gallagher had played Morgantown numerous times previously, but I never had the opportunity to see him live for one reason or another. I did get to not only see him but to meet him on this fateful night.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Hump Day

Two days down, two more ahead of us after today, that must mean that today is the day when the work week goers from going up hill, to topping the crest and we start our downhill portion of the work week after we pass this noon time hump.

Michelle is still going to be in her second jobs office later tonight, I'm probably going to go out and do a little bit of field work for RTI and do my best to stay work and recover from this recent arctic blast that kind of messed us up this past week.

Other than that nothing really to report other than we are both chugging along, you know it's the lather, rinse, repeat unending cycle. Maybe it's just that days are starting to get longer and we'll move the clocks ahead this coming weekend, I'm starting to really anticipate warmer weather, longer days, birds a singing and the smell of spring tickling my nostril hairs. I'm so done with winter.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho