Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Fathers Day

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Fathers Day Morning, recalling the two men who have earned that role in my lifetime. First and Foremost was my Grandfather Ellis Hall. It is he who both raised me and played the biggest role as in determining my upbringing and determining who I became. The other was my Dad George Hall (In uniform) who took his place in that role after my Grandparents had passed away. Two very special men who are no longer with us.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every Father, Daddy, Step Father, Guardian or anyone else who inspires the generation that follows them by example.

My Grandfather has been gone for 42 years, but I still think of him every day as I have some of his pictures hanging in my home.

For my Dad, we are about a month away from it being 20 years since his passing. I know he has been gone for a while, I'm actually older than he was when he passed away, but it seems like that 20 years was only yesterday.

Both men are greatly missed.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

YES, A Weekend

Here I sit in a quiet household, I'm up a little early watching Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter Dead and collecting my semi-awake thoughts for the day. I'm happy as heck that I don't have to rush out of the house this morning and can actually relax.

Do you believe it, I am going to have my first Saturday off since March 30 and I'm going to have the whole weekend off. RTI took my entire caseload, both the Morgantown area and the Harrison County area that I was working and have submitted them for clean up. What does this mean for me? Simple, I don't have any more work to do until the next Quarter kicks off July 1st.

Not too sure if Michelle or I are getting into much today, I know she has been under the weather the past couple of days and hasn't been feeling all too well. Might just be a good time to relax for both of us.It's not like we both haven't earned it.

Some odds and ends, Ice is still in the shop and may be there another week or two. Michelle got side swiped a couple of weeks ago going into the roundabout on the mileground, so Ice is back at Center Service to be repaired for the second time this year. They have to basically replace the entire passengers side including the front.

Michelle will be traveling for Work this Thursday, she goes to Charleston once a month to head up some community service for her company. Speaking of her company, she just had her one year anniversary last week, the owner of the company took the office out to Rambling Root in Fairmont for lunch.

I'm losing my Doctor at the POC, he has finished his three year Residency and is moving on to San Antonio. I was one of his last three patients yesterday and he was driving for San Antonio after he finished his shift. Probably one of the most thorough Residents that I have ever had and maybe the second most thorough Physician I have ever had, second only to Dr Ghosal.

We have played a grand total of 1 softball game so far this year. We do however have a total of four (4) rainouts to make up already. We do have two games scheduled this week though, our traditional Monday and one of our rainouts will be made up on Tuesday.

Have yourselves a great day.

Friday, June 14, 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.

Do you want to know why I am so looking forward to this weekend? This will be my first Saturday and Sunday (traditional Weekend) off since the end of March. I have worked for RTI each and every weekend since then, took a day off for Easter, took a couple days off for Memorial Day, but that has been the extent of my time off since April Fools Day.

No idea what I am going to get into this weekend, I'm just tickled pink to not have to work and actually have a little bit of time off and to myself. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the weekend presents us before we make any plans.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, June 13, 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. Sometimes my posts even feel a little Deja Vu if you know what I'm saying.

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 was the first and only time that I actually got a chance to see Gallagher in concert, although he had been here numerous times before.

The Picture 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, June 12, 2019

Midweek Ramblings

Here we are again, I'm at a point in the middle of the week where I need to come up with something worth writing about, and not just fumbling through like I seem to be doing a lot of lately.

It is the middle of the week, this blog is in between two theme blogs and is not a weekend nor a beginning or ending of the week type blog. There are things I would love to talk about, but am legally obligated to not say a word.

Sometimes you come across situations that you will remember the rest of your life, whether it be a good situation, a bad situation or one that just makes you think. The worst thing about it all, is that due to CIPSEA and the repercussions that I could suffer. Not much different than say HIPAA,  it's just that we cover statistical information and protect respondents information by law.

What else can I talk about that doesn't get me into trouble. Hmmm, loving my Geo 7X Sub Centimeter GNSS. I got all the bells and whistles on this one and it set us back a little over $15,000, but I have to say that this thing is truley amazing.

Have yourselves a great day

HI ho hi ho

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us and we are staring straight down the barrel of a Tuesday. Can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,281 since I first showed up on this rock, using my new math that makes me still 21 years old.

* It has been 5,504 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography and a couple minors. Time goes by fast as it seems like it was only yesterday I was at WVU.

* 4,105 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she is still with me despite the bad movie that I picked.

* 3,329 days ago I proposed to a very special lady in our backyard at 4:00 in the morning.

* It was 2,860 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married and partied and feasted. That's the important thing.

* I have now lived 492 days longer than my Dad did, makes you realize how short his life was.

* I have 4,571 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 1,178 days away. I miss playing Pitt, I honestly do.

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

* 220 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 194 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 173 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 63 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* 26 Days until Michelle and I jump on an Airplane and head to San Diego for a week. I guess one of our featured speakers will be Jane Goodall which is going to be an interesting listen. This is the 50th year for ESRI and they are planning on making it a special one, so glad this will be my first one.

* There are 11 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,665 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No drone flights this weekend.

* I still need a new impossible project, I'm a person who likes to be working towards something that takes an effort. I found my Grandfathers Music Catalog (by chance), I found my Brother, through some work, now I just need a new challenge.

* Can you tell I am just going through the motions once again this week as a blogger. I just need a little more time on my hands to let the creative juices flow and I just don't have that right now.

* I went into the repair shop once again yesterday, $6,000 worth of damage from a hit and run driver and we'll need a rental for two weeks. Got to love my insurance agent John Christie, IMHO best in town.

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

* Jim and Chris have bought a new property that they are going to use to open up a store and hold their auctions. It's in Osage and it is now theirs.

* 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, June 10, 2019

Monday

Monday is once again upon is, 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.

Work wise I'm busy establishing spatial integrity of some marker balls that we have buried around the site for utilities. These are the same marker balls and technology that I went to Las Vegas for last year do do a presentation at the Nuclear Lab out there. They will help me establish the spatial integrity of where things like gas lines are, son that when we did, we'll know where they are located.

For RTI, I'm pretty sure that I am done for the quarter. Now it's time to relax a little and start gearing up for the 3rd quarter of work. Something tells me there will be some travel for me this coming quarter as well, but that remains to be seen. Last year they gave me one segment then when the person who was supposed to work it didn't touch it for a month, they transferred it back to me. I listed it a couple of years ago, so I know the segment pretty well and enjoy traveling there.

Softball team hits the field tonight to try to run our record to 2-0 on the season. The team we are playing tonight is the other undefeated team, so only one of us will hold that title after this evening.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, I'm up gathering my thoughts for the day and still trying to wake up fully. The TV behind me is silent as I just streamed a movie and didn't switch the TV back over to cable just yet.

I am back out in the field today doing field work for RTI, that seems to be a recurring theme here during the past couple of months. This should and I do say should, be my last time out this quarter doing field work as my Morgantown segments and the one I travel to every weekend are both being submitted to a traveling for cleanup. I could almost get away with not going today, but no stress and easy money today so I'll make my last run of the quarter...hopefully.

This has been a very busy quarter for me to say the least, we lost a field interviewer in another part of the state and me and another FI have been filling in for that person who left the company. No fears, I have found the replacement and they should be heading to Raleigh within the next week or so for formal training and certification.

Michelle puts Ice in the garage tomorrow morning to be repaired from the hit and run she suffered last week. Tore up the whole side of our car and it's going to take a couple weeks to be repaired, fortunately it is covered under uninsured motorists as they never caught the guy. That just means my out of pocket expense is much lower (I have a $500 Collision Deductible) and this will only cost us $300 instead of the $500 because they were not caught. No passenger side doors can be opened because of this and that whole side of the car just simply needs replaced. $6,000 in damage believe it or not.

Have yourselves a great day/

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Well here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up a little early but will be laying back down very soon. I'm sitting here watching the Son In  Law and collecting my thoughts for the day.

My consecutive days streak will continue this weekend as I once again head out of town to work. I'll be down at the segment I have been at for the last month this weekend, but then after that they are taking all my segments away for clean up. What's that mean for me? Weekends off and a little bit of a break for a few weeks, or at least until next month when the next quarter starts.

One month from now Michelle and I will both be in San Diego. I will be out there for the ESRI Users Conference and she will be, what is the best way to put it, on vacation. She already has a San Diego travel guide in her possession.

Peaking of traveling, in the last 9 months I traveled to the Caribbean for Vacation, Michelle obviously went with me. I went to Las Vegas for work to give a Presentation for NETL. I went to St Louis for re-certification for my job with RTI, Michelle flew out with me here as well. . I went to Washington DC for the ESRI Federal Users Conference. Now I'm going to San Diego (with Michelle) for the ESRI Users Conference. It's been a busy year of traveling for me to say the least.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, June 07, 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.

The end of one work week and the continuance of another one, it just seems to be what my life consists of the last few months. I'm probably working through yet another weekend as we are trying to finish up this quarter for RTI. I do feel like it is about time to shut it down for the quarter and send someone in for cleanup, I need to start getting ready for a new set of challenges that is less than a month away.

No other plans this weekend, sometimes I feel like my life is just one big continuous workday. Even when I have downtime I have things that need to be done.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Hayley Dawn Collins

I would like to take this opportunity to wish this lovely young lady a very Happy Birthday today.

I am proud to call this young lady my Daughter, she is a hard worker who is not afraid to work, tackle any task and just take on the world.

It was just a couple summer's ago that she wanted to clean her car seats, so she decided she was going to take them completely out of the car and steam clean them. As I was talking to Michael as to the best plan of action to remove them, she was already pulling one out of the car.

Not sure what her plans are for the Day, she does work a lot and has to make for Tyler and Luke, but if you happen to see or talk to her today, make sure you wish her the happiest of Birthdays today.

Happy Birthday Hayley.

Thursday, June 06, 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 over ten years, when Michelle and I took today's Birthday Girl to Ohiopyle and we did a little bit of Geocaching out in the middle of the woods. We went and tried to find the Cascade Cache, but neither Michelle or I had much luck in finding it. Hayley on the other hand managed to find it hidden under a rock near the Cascade Falls.

As you can tell it was raining that day, we hiked down some big hill to find this cache and got a little bit soaked.

A very memorable day for me with two very special ladies.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Happy Birthday Gary Hall

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the best brother any man could ever hope for a very Happy Birthday today.

It's Gary Allen Hall's birthday today, I've lost count as to how many years he is old, but I'm 21 so that should make him about....

Gary is currently living in the Moundsville area and getting his business back up and running. He's really got the right mindset this time and he is more than capable of making it all happen and cornering the construction market in the area. He is an amazing Carpenter and all around carpenter.

Not sure what he has planned for today, I wouldn't be afraid to wager that he is probably working today, but that is just my guess.

If you happen to see or talk to Gary today, make sure that you take a minute or two to wish him a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Gary.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, it's Tuesday and you know what that means.

* It has been 20,274 since I first showed up on this rock, using my new math that makes me still 21 years old.

* It has been 5,497 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography and a couple minors. Time goes by fast as it seems like it was only yesterday I was at WVU.

* 4,098 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she is still with me despite the bad movie that I picked.

* 3,322 days ago I proposed to a very special lady in our backyard at 4:00 in the morning.

* It was 2,853 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married and partied and feasted. That's the important thing.

* I have now lived 485 days longer than my Dad did, I guess once you reach that milestone it brings it all into perspective.

* I have 4,578 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 1,185 days away. I miss playing Pitt, I honestly do.

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

* 227 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 201 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 180 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 70 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* 33 Days until Michelle and I jump on an Airplane and head to San Diego for a week. I guess one of our featured speakers will be Jane Goodall which is going to be an interesting listen. This is the 50th year for ESRI and they are planning on making it a special one, so glad this will be my first one.

* There are 18 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,658 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No drone flights this weekend.

* I still need a new impossible project, I'm a person who likes to be working towards something that takes an effort. I found my Grandfathers Music Catalog (by chance), I found my Brother, through some work, now I just need a new challenge.

* Can you tell I am just going through the motions this week as a blogger. Sometimes it just gets a little tedious.

* In case I haven't mentioned it yet, Michelle got into another wreck with Ice this past weekend. We have to wait on the adjuster before we schedule it to be repaired. I'll be pocketing the cost of a rental car this time as I dropped rental insurance from my policy years ago.

* I wonder if they ever found the 15' python that escaped from a gas station is Sabraton Friday yet?

* Do you ever feel like your days run together?

* 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, June 03, 2019

Monday

Well my short non-existent weekend is now over with, now it is time to once again put our collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

We are scheduled to finally get a start to the Senior League Softball season this evening, weather permitting. We were originally scheduled to hit the field over a month ago, but two rain outs, an off week and a schedule change and we have yet to hit the field for the 2019 season, but hopefully that all changes tonight.

Looking at my week ahead doesn't look too busy other than Softball and working for RTI. I have to once again do my yearly certification for my Fire Marshall position at work. I've held that position as well as being in the Emergency Operations Center, kind of pulling a dual role, which means all kinds of training's and such.

Not too much to say other than that, just going through the motions.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit once again early on a Sunday Morning, I'm up a little later than normal and getting ready to once again start a busy day. I'm streaming Bohemian Rhapsody as the Comcast box failed once again to reset.

Ice is having a tough time, she was once again in a fender bender yesterday. Michelle was driving to enter the Mileground at the Roundabout when someone came on her right side to head towards downtown before the road turned to three lanes and clipped the length of the passenger side. The person was driving a white car and took off, Michelle filed a police report and they are looking for the driver in the hit and run incident. She was pretty shook up from the incident.

WVU lost their first game of the NCAA Tournament last night to Duke 4-0, this moves us into the losers bracket to face Texas A&M today and the winner of that game will face Duke later today. If Duke wins that game they win the regional and move on, if they lose they go to the rubber game that will be played on Monday.

Me, I'm traveling once again this morning to work for RTI. I would have taken the day off, but another field interviewer came up a couple weeks ago to work the segment and scheduled an interview for this afternoon. This should all slow down next quarter as we are hiring a few new field agents including one for the area I am covering.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday Morning, my TV once again did not reset on a weekend so nothing is on the boob tube. I'm sitting here smiling from last nights baseball game and enjoying my morning.

I'm working all weekend again for RTI which means I'm traveling once again to the segment I have been going to the last 4 or 5 weekends. I managed to take a couple of days off last weekend during the Holiday break, now we are hitting it hard again trying to wrap this up before the next quarter starts. This is usually my down time, but that is non-existent at this time.

The WVU Mountaineer Baseball team won their first round NCAA Baseball game last night against Fordham. A record crowd of 4,355 people jammed into Monongalia County Ballpark to watch the Mountaineers, a record that could very well fall tonight with our second round game against Duke. WVU will be pitching 1st Team All-American Alek Manoah against the Blue Devils. A win tonight could put us in the divers seat to Advance the the Super Regional for the first time in school history.

Now if you are not going to the game today, my Brother in Law Jim is going to have his Summer Auction this evening at the Woodland United Methodist Church. The Auction will get underway at 6:00 PM and my lovely wife Michelle will be on hand to assist Jim and Chris with this auction. So if you are not at the Ballpark or have your eyes peeled to the TV watching the Mountaineers this evening, swing on buy and find yourself a deal.

Have a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, May 31, 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 not just another weekend, but a three day holiday weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

We made it to the end of a short work week, it's still a big accomplishment for me. Anytime you finish a work week up it's a good thing.

My Friday afternoons lag for me, we always get together as a group and order Pizza Al's for lunch. It's kind of the unofficial ceremonial start to a weekend. Carb out at lunch and struggle to stay awake and alert the whole afternoon...lol

I'm guessing that since this is not a Holiday Weekend that I will once again be traveling to work for RTI. We're trying to get this segment worked down, and it was a big one, and we have chipped away at it and chipped away at it until it is now pretty manageable and we're trying to find people home at places we (or should I say I) have previously visited. I can say in my three years, this has been my busiest quarter. I've traveled to other segments, but that involved overnight stays and not commuting back and forth to the extent that I have this quarter. I'm at the outer bounds of where you would actually not commute and get a local room.

Have yourselves a great day and a great weekend.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, May 30, 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 less than a year, actually to just last October. I traveled to do a presentation on 3M Marker Balls and how they are used it utility locating and how I have implemented them into an ArcGIS environment. I flew out to Las Vegas for a few days to the Nuclear test facility out there to be the featured speaker, and this is a picture of me in my hotel room just before I was getting ready to head to the site.

It was a great trip, me visiting a place that I never thought I would ever visit, I'm kind of hoping they are going to ask me to go again and speak about how we are using ArcGIS in FIMS validation, something I eyed up doing as soon as I came to AECOM. I'm not the pioneer in this, but I am a self described pioneer in Geospatial PDF's not using third party software specifically designed for it which I also presented when I was in Vegas.

I had a great trip, it was fun going that far west, it was the furthest west I have ever been until.....

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Midweek Thoughts

As I am still playing around with my new DSLR camera and trying to learn all the functionality to it, I thought I would post a picture that I took Sunday of Michelle in I think the painting mode. I still have a lot to learn or should I say re-learn as I re-introduce myself not only to Photography,  and all the tricks and trades I once learned when I was preparing for a DSLR camera a few years ago.

I'm not saying this will be my last Camera, but as far as a Camera Body this may very well be. Now it is a matter of purchasing specific lenses and doing what it is you want to do with them. That is when it gets rather expensive and when you have to determine when it's just a fun hobby and where the cut off point is.

My niece Amy shoots with a DSLR, but she has the knack of what it takes to be a photographer. She knows how to set up a scene and has some settings that are pretty much unique to her and her objective. Amy just has that eye and sense for setting up a shot, not only where, but the subjects, themes and props. Me, I just take pictures. I wouldn't even begin to call myself a photographer, Amy on the other hand does a phenomenal job of it. I wish I had her eye, I do not however.

Have yourselves a great day, we are not that far from another weekend.

Hi ho hi ho




Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* The three day holiday weekend is over (two days in my case), now it is time to start a new shorter work week. It is Tuesday and I still can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,267 since I first showed up on this rock, using my new math that makes me still 21 years old.

* It has been 5,490 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography and a couple minors. Time goes by fast as it seems like it was only yesterday I was at WVU.

* 4,091 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she is still with me despite the bad movie that I picked.

* 3,315 days ago I proposed to a very special lady in our backyard at 4:00 in the morning.

* It was 2,846 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married and partied and feasted. That's the important thing.

* I have now lived 478 days longer than my Dad did, I guess once you reach that milestone it brings it all into perspective.

* I have 4,585 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 1,192 days away. I miss playing Pitt, I honestly do.

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

* 234 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 208 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 187 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 70 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* 40 Days until Michelle and I jump on an Airplane and head to San Diego for a week. I guess one of our featured speakers will be Jane Goodall which is going to be an interesting listen. This is the 50th year for ESRI and they are planning on making it a special one, so glad this will be my first one.

* There are 25 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,651 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No drone flights this weekend.

* I still need a new impossible project, I'm a person who likes to be working towards something that takes an effort. I found my Grandfathers Music Catalog (by chance), I found my Brother, through some work, now I just need a new challenge.

* Hayley and Tyler made it back from Alabama after vacationing there for a week. They went to the Hangout Festival again, this was their second trip to there.

* Speaking of Hayley and Tyler, they are both talking about moving to Washington PA to be closer to Tyler's son Luke, who he shares joint custody with.

* I do have to say that it was nice to have a couple of days off this weekend. Not having to run around frantically all weekend and also getting everything else we do done.

* You know Softball season started a month ago and we have yet to make it onto the field this year. Been rained out twice and they moved yesterdays game because so many people play Memorial Day Tournaments and travel that they rescheduled it.

* 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, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day

Here I sit in a quiet household, doing a very rare weekday live blog and collecting my thoughts for the day. I'm up a little early watching the Blue Lagoon and collecting my thoughts for the day.

It is Memorial Day, a day we take to remember those who served and fell protecting or establishing our freedoms. I made my annual trip to three graveyards yesterday to put flags on the graves of family members that once served our country. Started out at Arnettsville, went to East Oak Grove and ended up and Mount Union was our final stop of the day. We had brought some Gorilla Glue to fix Jean's vase, but when we got there we discovered Pam and George had already picked up the broken monument and had it at their home to clean up and repair. I make this trip annually to all three grave yards.

ON the local front, the WVU Baseball team lost the Big XII Championship yesterday, but found out last night that we are one of the 16 host locations for the NCAA regional. They will announce the other three teams that will be in Morgantown today for the four team competition for an invitation to the Super Regional and an invitation to the College World Series. This is the first time WVU has hosted a regional game since 1955, so congratulations to Coach Randy Mazey and this years squad on a very special season.

We got one hell of a hail storm last night, it was a torrential downpour with quarter sized hail falling from the sky. Not sure if it caused any damage around town, I didn't see too many Facebook posts addressing it last night.

No idea what we are going to do today, it may just be a day to relax.

Have yourselves a great day and a very Happy Memorial Day

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, Michelle is sleeping sitting here collecting my thoughts for the day and contemplating relaxation today.

I am kind of excited about a couple things, one I'm off from both jobs today ending my 13 day streak and 53 out of the last 55 days. I'm going to enjoy the day and I'm actually going to do it again tomorrow to give myself two consecutive days off for the first time since late March. We are hiring a new Field Interviewer for the area I have to travel to to work, but they can't start until July 1st when after they travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for 7 intense days of training and a new quarter starts.

Most important thing I'm excited about today, Michelle went to Harry's yesterday and got all kinds of meat for the Freezer and she also got a big Pork Butt so the 2019 Smoking Season is about to begin today. I'll pull the smoker out in a few hours and get it started load it up for the first time this season. If you don't have a smoker, I highly recommend getting one as it is the best way to cook anything. A long slow cook and infused with a wood flavor into the meat, it's amazing.

I see where my sister Kim was in Pittsburgh yesterday, after her dog Brandi passed away a few weeks ago, she found a breeder and purchased another Yorkie. The new pet was flown in yesterday from the midwest and Kim and Robert were at the airport to meet the new arrival.

Michelle and I also went over to Trish's yesterday afternoon for a cookout. We got to meet Arron and Makayla's new addition Adalynn for the first time. She is such a cutie and you can tell is very loved by everyone as she has a big personality.

Have yourselves a great day today, I plan on it.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling.

Here I sit in a semi-quiet household, waking up in the middle of the night for a restroom visit and collecting my thoughts for the day. I'm not going to try to fool anyone, I'm going back to bed very soon as this could potentially be a long day.

Starting off, yes I am traveling once again today to go and work for RTI. We sent someone down during this past week, but I don't know what they really accomplished this past week other than screening one residence. With this being a Holiday weekend, I'm going to have trouble finding people home, but I was a little disappointed when the cases were transferred back to me and I got to see the entries. We'll keep chugging along but today is the last day. I'm taking the rest of the weekend off and enjoying myself.

One thing I used to love to do was take pictures. I have a lot of pictures stored, but over the last couple of years my picture taking has been at a minimum for one reason or another. I have a Nikon Coolpix Camera with a very long telephoto lens, but sometimes it seems a little too moody to work and it was just time for a new Camera. So I bought my first DSLR Camera last night with a Nikon D3500. I've wanted a DSLR for years but never bought one, now I have one to play with.

Michelle is going to make a trip to Harry's today, she's going to go up and stock up on some meat and get a pork butt to smoke tomorrow afternoon. We are firing up our smoker for the first time in 2019 tomorrow morning, so there is that little bit of excitement.

I know Trish is having a big cookout today and Michelle may stop over. I could as well if I get back to town at a decent time.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, May 24, 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 not just another weekend, but a three day holiday weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

No specific plans this weekend, other than my yearly trip to visit all of the graveyards where family members are buried. It's just something that I do every weekend and place flags on graves of family members who have served our country and are no longer with us.

It's just something that I have done every Memorial Day weekend for a few years now, and it's pretty much become a tradition. I need to get some flowers and some of those styrofoam inserts for graves to hold the flowers. The ones I had stuck in previously are getting aged and they just need to be changed.

Have yourselves a great weekend

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, May 23, 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.

With Memorial Day coming up, I thought I would share a pic from memorial Day a few years ago. Michelle and I had taken a number of road trips that weekend including one to the Temple of Gold outside of Wheeling.

This weeks picture is a pic of me standing in front of that world famous temple that resides just South of Wheeling.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi hi

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, staring at a Tuesday.

* It has been 20,260 since my birth, it was just a mere 21 years ago if you know how to do proper math.

* It has been 5,483 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I am Mr Geospatial.

* 4,084 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she is still with me despite the bad movie that I picked.

* 3,308 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife.

* It was 2,839 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married and partied and feasted. That's the important thing.

* I have now lived 471 days longer than my Dad did, his 74th birthday was yesterday and I hope everyone enjoyed my little video of him I shared.

* I have 4,592 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 1,199 days away. Sounds like the two schools are negotiating as well.

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

* 241 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 218 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 194 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 77 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* 47 Days until Michelle and I jump on an Airplane and head to San Diego for a week. I'll be at the GIS Wonderland and Michelle will be exploring beautiful San Diego.

* There are 32 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,644 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No drone flights this weekend.

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

* I tried calling Gary this past weekend, but no answer. I haven't spoken to him in a while and was wondering how he was doing.

* Something tells me that I am going to be taking some time off this coming weekend, Holiday weekend and all.

* Hayley and Tyler are still down in Alabama, they will start heading back probably tomorrow night.

* With the University gone, and locals Seniors having graduated this past weekend, it's the final week of school for the kiddies pretty much. The last day is next Tuesday, but lets see how many show up..lol

* I'm STILL converting some old VHS tapes to Digital Format for Trish. I really need to get back on this as I am such a procrastinator.

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Pam and George

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Sister Pam and an early Birthday to my Brother in Law George and wish them both a very Happy Birthday today.

Pam is a sister than any brother would be very proud to have. She is the most genuine of the genuine and it is an honor to call her my Baby Sister. She would do anything for anyone and is one of the most innocent souls anyone would ever want to meet.

George is the Brother in Law who was always there to help when I needed help, especially when it came to the piece of junk cars I used to drive...lol

I'm not sure what Pam and  George have planned for their Birthday's today and Thursday, but rest assured they will be making it special.

If you happen to see or talk to Pam today or George Thursday, take a little bit of time out of your busy day and wish this special lady or this fine young gentleman a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Pam and George a little early.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Monday

Here we go again, buckle up and prepare for another fun filled week of doing what we do for a living. It's time to stick those noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of earning a living.

My week ahead doesn't appear to be too hectic, or at least not according to my calendar, but that can always change at the drop of a hat.

I was thinking I had a Softball game this evening, but I don't, we're off until next Monday for some reason.

Short blog, so Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit in a quiet household, amazing with four cats here this morning, I'm sitting here watching some TV and collecting my thoughts for the day. My butt will be going back to bed very soon. I'm not sure if my day is quite ready to start yet. I did prevent my cable box from resetting this morning, so my TV is still on, I guess that's a good thing and an accomplishment for the day.LOL

Working once again today, I did have a bit of an incident yesterday when I dog took a chunk out of my leg yesterday afternoon. Got me pretty good on the right upper thigh, fortunately I was wearing Jean Shorts and I think that absorbed the majority of it all. Worst part was it was like six dogs that most were pretty docile, but one bulldog for some reason didn't like me being there. The property owner quickly secured them and put them all inside, I didn't know the extent of the bite until I left. I then had to drive like 10 miles out of the way to some place that actually had a cell phone signal to call my supervisor to let her know of the incident.

I would like to wish our friend Trish a very Happy Birthday today. We haven't seen her in a while and have been invited over next Saturday for a cookout. I'll be working but may try to stop over later in the day as I have yet to see Arron and Makayla's baby Adalynn.

I have pre-written the week day blogs for the week, don't expect too much. Busy schedule and you just have the time you would like to spend doing them, so you tend to rush them.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again on a quiet Saturday Morning, I kind of slept in today but I'm going to have a busy day today to say the least.

We have been invaded with Cats, not only do we have Sophie and Peanut, but we are cat sitting Hayley's Cats Figaro and Tilly as her and Tyler as they are in Alabama for the Hangout Music Festival again this year. They went last year and had such a great time they have been planning this trip for a whole year and are down there enjoying themselves. They are going to spend a few extra days and should be back in Morgantown probably Thursday. Until then, we are Cat sitting.

I'm going to head South here in a very short while to once again do some work for RTI. We lost one of our Field Interviewers this quarter and me and the girl from Elkins have been hustling to fill in and do her segments. I got the one that was untouched and was bigger than both of my local segments combined, and considering I have an hours worth of travel both ways, I'm only able to work this segment during the weekends. The good news is, I sent my boss a couple of Candidates for the area, one of which she hired and will be heading to Raleigh NC for a week of intense training next month for her certification and to begin work for us in July. What does that mean for me, lighter case load next quarter where I don't have to assist in someone else's segment and the big news? I get a $500 bonus if they last until the end of the year as an incentive for finding the candidate. Yeah Me. That should just about cover Michelle's plane ticket if we go back to St Louis for for re-certification this January. I'm hoping for a warmer location like Dallas though.

Michelle got back from Charleston last night and went to dinner with her Sister Chris at some church function, she seemed to have had a great time.

Have yourselves a great day today. Hi ho hi ho

Friday, May 17, 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 in Charleston this Morning, she stayed there last night for the Art Walk and will be returning home today after she finishes working in the Charleston Office.

For me, it's Pizza Day at work (we order Pizza Al's every Friday) and the start of the end of another NETL work week. What does that mean in my world? Nothing, just means I'm heading South tomorrow to work for RTI after taking last Sunday off.

You know years ago I used to do my Big Ole Hairy Friday blogs when I worked at home, that was the origin of them. I kind of stole it from the Eric and Kevin Show on WVAQ and when they both left radio I just kept it going. My work days have went from listening to WVAQ to listening to WAJR with Dave and Sarah in the morning followed by Hoppy Kerchival and his 11:30 Steam Release segment.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, May 16, 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 exactly 15 years ago today. It's hard to believe that it has been 15 years since I graduated from WVU, but Father time isn't slowing anything down for anyone and that was a very quick 15 years.

The Cord around my neck was my Gamma Theta Upsilon Geography Honors Cord, I was also a member of Gamma Beta Phi but I never picked up my cord for that one. Both of them academic honor societies which in my book were something I never dreamed of doing until I did it.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday



It is once again the toughest day of the week to write a blog. It's not a live weekend blog, it's not a starting or ending of the work week kind of blog and it's not a themed kind of blog that bookends this middle of the week rants about what ever comes across my mind.

Did you ever wonder how certain days of the week got their names? You know like today is Wednesday, did you ever wonder the origin of how it became to be known as Wednesday? Well no need to google that insignificant fact, I've done it for you right HERE and yes there is significance to my picture this week. Who would have thought that I would be trying to fill some words on the blog with some insignificant fluff facts.

Have yourselves a great day, I'll spare you any more insignificant rumblings today.

Hi ho hi ho


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, we were scheduled to have our first Softball game last night, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,253 since my birth, it was just a mere 21 years ago if you know how to do proper math.

* It has been 5,476 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, WVU just graduated a number of other people this past weekend.

* 4,077 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she is still with me despite the bad movie that I picked.

* 3,301 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife.

* It was 2,832 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married and partied and feasted. That's the important thing.

* I have now lived 464 days longer than my Dad did, his 74th birthday was yesterday and I hope everyone enjoyed my little video of him I shared.

* I have 4,599 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 1,206 days away. Sounds like the two schools are negotiating as well.

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

* 248 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 225 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 201 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 84 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* 54 Days until Michelle and I jump on an Airplane and head to San Diego for a week. I'll be at the GIS Wonderland and Michelle will be exploring beautiful San Diego. 

* There are 39 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,636 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* I did put my drone up in the back yard late last week, nothing major just a little flight time around the house to re-acclimate myself with the controls.

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

* Michelle's Company is kicking butt, they have pretty much nailed the big nation wide contract that they have been trying to get. Who is the client? Not Coca Cola would be the answer.

* Ice and Pearl were both put in the shop last week to fix a couple of non-related issues. Ice from a wreck and Pearl needed her windshield replaced.

* Yes I am still pre-writng my weeks blogs on the weekend. I took off this past Sunday from working either job, but I'm still pre-writing them. Less stress during the week.

* Michelle will be traveling for work this week. Once again she will be heading down to Charleston as she heads up the Charleston Art Walk for her company.

* 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, May 13, 2019

Happy Birthday Dad

On this day 74 years ago my Father was born right here in Morgantown, West Virginia.

There are years when his birthday comes and goes and I forget about it, but for some reason this is not one of those years.

He left us nearly 20 years ago, but thanks to the simple fact that he had a video camera, all of those lost moments of time were not only captured as an image, but in video with sound so that we can see and hear him.

One of my favorite videos of my Dad other than the ones at the picnics was the one year he and Jean went to Florida in the Winter. There is a simple video of him simply being himself and getting some ducks drunk in Florida by dipping some bread into his beer and feeding it to them.

You don't have to read about it, witness it yourself.


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit yet once again on a quiet Sunday Morning, I'm up streaming Billy Madison and collecting my thoughts for the day.

Well I talked with Michelle yesterday and have decided that since today is Mother's Day and I haven't been having too much success where I have been working to take today off and break my second 20 consecutive day streak this quarter with a well deserved day off.

We had a busy day yesterday, I worked, Michelle worked and managed to do our Spring Cleaning as well as laundry and we got the grass mowed yesterday as well. We still have our normal Sunday Chores of shopping and the weekly things we do around the house to prepare for another work week, but other than that we both deserve a little bit of rest and relaxation this afternoon.

Have yourselves a great day today, I'm intending on relaxing.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Saturday morning, I'm up watching the movie zookeeper and collecting my thoughts for the day. The cable box didn't reset again (always does it on weekends), this morning, so I'm streaming one of my movies I have as I write this and wake up.

My day, once again I will be traveling down south to work again, today will be my second 20 day streak of working one job or the other since this quarter began. That is 40 out of 41 days that I have worked one job or the other or both, the only day off I have taken was Easter Day. My section is pretty much worked down and I'm traveling to help fill in for a segment where we had one of our employees quit this quarter. Hopefully they have the position filled next quarter or at least bring in a traveler to work it.

How has my week been? Well we got Ice back from the shop on Tuesday after getting it repaired from the errant tire that banged into her side when Michelle was coming home a few weeks ago. Center Service did a pretty good job on it and we're happy to have it back. Pearl, the car I drive had her windshield replaced on Thursday. I formed a crack a couple of weeks ago then last Saturday that crack extended into my line of site so it needed replaced. Went to Safelite on Thursday and it was done in about an hour. They would have come to my place of business, but when I was setting up the appointment their master phone system went down and I just made it easy and scheduled it on the internet. I took half a day off and renewed Ice's plates for two more years.

Have yourselves a great day today

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, May 10, 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.

As of Press time, we are thinking Michelle is going to travel up north tomorrow and stay there Saturday Night so that she can attend church service with her Grandmother, Mother and Aunt on Mother's Day. Her Sister Chris may also be going up, but right now plans are pretty incomplete.

Me? I'm working once again this weekend and traveling South once again. Hopefully by this weekend I could have made my first complete pass through my segment and start a second pass through. I'm not really familiar with the area, so this first time through identifying and locating places is a little challenging. Once you have been through them all you have a mental map of the segment and then you start to approach it a little more strategically. I'll probably be working down there a few more weeks, unless she wants to reassign it to a traveler to knock it out.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, May 09, 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 that I actually found on Facebook and have no real date associated with it. Obviously if you are from Morgantown, you should be able to identify the original University Hospital in the background. The area that is being cleared is what will eventually become Patteson Drive here in Morgantown.

I'm guessing that the time for this picture probably pre-dates me significantly. I think Patteson opened up around 1959 if that give you any kind of indication when this lost piece of time was captured.

Have yoursleves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Hump Day

Here we go again, the middle of the work week and I'm trying to come up with content for a that is not a beginning or ending to a week, not a theme and not a live weekend post. It's the day I struggle with the most....usually.

Has anyone noticed that traffic is much more bearable around town? The Majority of the undergrads have left, and with Commencement coming up this Sunday, it's all going to come to a head very soon. The dorms are already cleared out, now we're just waiting to hand out degrees and telling everyone to proceed to the next stage of your life.

What does this mean for those of us who live close to campus, less traffic, congestion and driving headaches.

You know I used to hate to see them go and loved to see them come back. I think I have now officially flip flopped as I hate to see them come and love to see them leave =). Maybe that just means I'm getting older and am more like Jeff Dunhams puppet Walter.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, May 07, 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 20,246 since my birth, it was just a mere 21 years ago if you know how to do proper math.

* It has been 5,469 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, I am ecstatic that I get to go to the biggest event for my discipline this year.

* 4,070 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she is still with me despite the bad movie that I picked.

* 3,294 days ago I got down on one knee and asked Michelle to be my wife. Michelle reminded me that it was 9 years ago LAST Tuesday.

* It was 2,825 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I were married and partied and feasted. That's the important thing.

* I have now lived 457 days longer than my Dad did, boy was his life way too short.

* I have 4,605 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 1,213 days away. Kick some Panther butt.....HARD

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

* 255 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 232 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 208 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it.

* There are 91 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eighth Wedding Anniversary together, seems like only yesterday.

* 61 Days until I jump on an Airplane and head to the left coast. San Diego here we come. I think Michelle is planning her festivities including swimming in the Pacific.

* There are 46 days until the start of my Second favorite season. SUMMERTIME!!!!!

* I have written 5,629 blogs in the 14 1/2 years since I first tested this thing called blogging out.

* No Drone flights this weekend as of press time, been a little bit too busy with the new segments.

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

* Michelle's Company is kicking butt. They are really growing and nailing some big contracts. They should know soon about the big one, and it is a big one.

* Ice is still in the shop getting repaired, Pearl is going to have to have her windshield replaced soon.

* Yes I am still pre-writng my weeks blogs on the weekend. I have such a busy schedule anymore, you have to set aside time where I can write and give it the most thought.

* Michelle is thinking about traveling back home this weekend for Mother's Day. I'll be here holding down the fort and working.

* 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, May 06, 2019

Another work week or a continuance

That fun filled thing that we all refer to as the weekend is now behind us, now it is time to stick our collective noses back on the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living. It's time for me to come out of the field from working and head into the office to work.

One nice thing that happens today, weather permitting, is that it is the start of the 2019 Senior Men's Softball League. The boys of summer will assemble once again this evening at 6:00 as we take on Honest Abe's used cars, one of the funnest group of guys to compete against. It's been all the judges and lawyers in town as well as a few prominent business men that we will be taking on. I'm just happy to be hitting the field again for another summer, which will be my 35th year minus a few that I did not play, of playing softball at BOPARC.

As of press time, we have not heard anything about Ice and it is still in the shop being repaired. Michelle is driving a Chevy Equinox for the time being until the Subaru is all repaired.

Speaking of cars, I need to get my windshield replaced in Pearl. It started with a little crack on the upper drivers side and now has spread into my line of sight. I have full coverage, so my deductible on that is only $100. I'll try scheduling it today.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit late for my on a Sunday Morning, I'm up late with a billion and one things to do before I leave and head south this morning. This has completely thrown my schedule off for the day and put me behind, I'm usually up way before this.

I was up a few hours ago, but fell back asleep about 3:30 knowing I was going to have a busy day and that was just way too early for me to get up, I've overslept and this really has me screwed up royally, I'm feeling rather stressed right now to stay on schedule so this is going to be a short one.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, all is quiet as the Comcast box doesn't like to reset on weekends and I'm not streaming anything yet. I think even the cats are both still asleep, Peanut snuggled up with Michelle and Sophie on her cat tree.

It's going to be a busy day for both Michelle and Me, I'm traveling down south once again to work for RTI and Michelle is going into her office in Fairmont to help a class they are holding finish up and then she's going to the Vet's to work. It's going to be a busy day for both of us.

A few updates since I write my weekday blogs on the weekends:

* Softball Season starts Monday at 6:00 for our Senior League. Looks like we have the first game of the season and we will once again be sponsored by Whitetail Crossing. The team has transformed since its initial inception, but the core is still together and the boys of summer are back. Note to self, dig our Softball gear this weekend.

* Ice is still in the shop being repaired. A wheel flew up and took out the drivers side back door a few weeks ago, Center Service Auto Body is on the job, hopefully it shouldn't bee too much longer.

* All the approvals are in, I am now officially going to the 2019 ESRI Users Conference in San Diego. This is the big Conference that is held every year. It's the Mecca of GIS where we all converge on to San Diego for a week. This will be my first of hopefully many trips out there as this is where all the innovation is in the world of GIS. I have bought my plane ticket, was able to find Michelle tickets on the exact same flights both out and back, have my hotel booked and my car reserved for the week. It's now official.

* Heart felt condolences go out to my sister Kim, she lost her Yorkie yesterday morning as Brandi was preparing to have surgery. Kim was very close to Brandi and I called her last night to offer condolences. Losing a pet, a companion is very difficult especially when you are as attached as these two were.

* I had someone call me yesterday about a Full Time job in Tampa. It would have been a little bit of  a pay raise, but I'm happy right where I am at the moment. I like the people I work with, the familiarity with the data and the need for my services. Plus with what I make for RTI it would have been a complete Push, then you have to consider Michelle's career as well. It's nice to feel wanted though.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, May 03, 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.

Friday is finally upon us, hopefully we should be getting our car back from the shop either today or tomorrow. I know Michelle misses her car, the rental was nice but it's not her car.

I'll be out working once again this weekend at the same location that I worked last week. I had a good start last weekend, I'm just going to try to keep it going and see what I can get knocked off this weekend and then we'll reassess where everything is. We may need to reassign it to a traveler, but we'll have to wait and see as I am only available on weekends. It's an hour each way travel time to get to the segment, and I don't get off work at NETL until 4:30, son that limits what I can do during the week as far as traveling to other segments outside of the Morgantown area.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, May 02, 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 was a special one, my Niece Val had a dual birthday party for her kids at Marilla Park. Probably the last event this family did at Marilla Park together, but I grabbed this pic of my Brother Gary.

If you notice the icing on his hands, he snuck up behind Josh when he was getting ready to blow his candles out and grabbed a handful of icing and rubbing it on Josh's face. It's just something Gary has always done to all the kids on their birthdays. Great times, feels like yesterday.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

It's May!!!!

Here we go again, the middle of the work week and I'm trying to come up with content for a that is not a beginning or ending to a week, not a theme and not a live weekend post. It's the day I struggle with the most....usually.

Wow did April just fly by, it's already the first day of May and the middle of Finals week for the students at WVU. That means that this town is about to get empty within the next couple of days as the students our winding up their year. Less cars on the roads, less traffic and a semi-peaceful time for the full time Morgantown residents. It's still a couple weeks to go before Commencement, but most of the undergrads will be going back home for the Summer. Yippee!!

The NFL draft allowed a few Mountaineers to find new homes at the next level. As of Press time Will Grier (3rd Round to the Panthers), Yodney Cajuste (3rd round to the Patriots), Gary Jennings (4th round to the Seahawks), Trevon Wesco (4th round to the Jets) and David Long (6th round to the Titans have all been selected in the NFL Draft. I'm sure in the coming days others will be signing as Free Agents.

Congratulations to all the Mountaineers who were selected in the NFL Draft and to those who signed NFL Contracts, it was an honor to watch each and every one of you play.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho