Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* My three day (lol) weekend is now over with and it's time to get back to my normal job, good reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,404 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,630 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a couple of minors in Communications and History.

* 4,231 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like yesterday.

* 3,455 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 2,986 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied poured some sand in a bottle and agreed to a few choice words read by her co-worker and poof, her last name  changed.

* I have now lived 618 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,445 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 1,052 days away.

* There are 295 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are only 157 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season of the year.

* 110 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 94 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 70 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. It amazes me that I seen a lot of stores setting out Christmas stuff already.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 48 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,796 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. Hard to believe something I started in 2004 as pretty much me trying something is still alive and well after all of these years.

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

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

* It's a short week of work at the Office, which is always a good thing.

* We got what we ordered from Val's Pampered Chef Party this weekend. Got three microwave cookers and some cookie molds for Hayley. She picked them up Saturday Night and loves them.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

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

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, October 14, 2019

Columbus Day

It's day three of my three day holiday but working weekend. All of those who celebrate Federal Holiday's, this is one where I have worked all weekend and that will include me going out and working today as well. Other than that it is Monday.

After a weekend of running around Preston County, now I'm going to run around Mon County today and try to get a few interviews for the SAMHSA Study. I'm just that kind of a guy to sacrifice my days off doing this.

Today is kind of a celebration for me, it was 11 years ago today that I started working at NETL. I initially went in with a company called SAIC, switched to Sextant for the next 11 years and am now with AECOM. Everyone else gets a Holiday today, me I'm out in the field...lol

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in the early AM, Peanutless as my co-author is still in bed with Mommy. I'm up a little early catching my thoughts for the day and trying to wake up. Larry Crowne is playing in the background and I'm still wiping the sleep from my eyes.

The Mountaineers are at home once again today and will be hosting Iowa State. The Cyclones were our worst game last year and beat us pretty handily, so Neal Brown and crew will have to have the perfect gameplan and execution will have to be perfect if the Mountaineers want to walk away at the end of the day with a win. We are an 11 point underdog at home but it is not an impossible task.

I'll be heading east this morning as I'm once again out working for RTI today. I do have a three day weekend from my regular job and will be working today and tomorrow in Preston County and will be working here in Morgantown on Monday, so that will pretty much be the extent of my extended Holiday weekend. I don't see any days off for me in the month of October and possibly not until Thanksgiving will I have time off to be honest.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 11, 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 and an extended weekend for me (not really).

Looking for a littler bit of High School Football action? Well the Mohigans played again last night, if that is what you call this disappointing season. The University High Hawks are home and will be taking on Mountain Ridge (MD). Clay Battelle travels to Paden City. Trinity is idle this week and next, and is off until the 25th.

The Mountaineers are at home once again this weekend as they will play host to Iowa State at 4:00. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and we are hoping for a good game and hopefully be able to get some revenge for last years loss.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Photo Flashback Thursday




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

This weeks picture takes us back to 2011, it was Mine and Michelle's Honeymoon and we went to Ocean City, Maryland for a few days. Every morning I would make Michelle get up and go down to the beach with me so that we could watch the sun rise over the ocean. An almost majestic view a it is something that I love to do. There is just something magical about watching a sunrise or sunset over the ocean, although I'm a sunrise kind of guy.

This picture was taken there our last day, right before we started to head back home. We wanted to see the sun rise one final time and that is when this picture was taken. It was an eventful week of run, run and more run for us, but it was a memorable honeymoon. Would you believe we spend less money on cruises than we did for those few days of running around.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Hump Day

Two days are behind us, two more ahead of us (or should I say most of you), now all we have to do is get up and over this noon time hump and it will be all downhill as we work towards another fun filled weekend.

Just some mid week odds and ends and a reminder to everyone that tomorrow is Moke and Ang's 9th Wedding Anniversary. Seems like only yesterday but it has been nine short years, time moves too fast I  swear.

Nothing much going on for me, Michelle and I are just chugging along and working towards the next day. This will be another day that I am out in the field doing fieldwork.

One thing I am wondering is how my end of the year blog will look, more than any other year I think I have pretty much mailed in my blogs every week. I went from writing it daily, to writing all the weekly blogs during the week to make sure that one is published. It's almost becoming a redundant task that I keep doing just for the sake of doing it. I don't think I have missed a day of blogging since 2006, anymore it just feels like a fight to write it and come up with any meaningful content.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us I'm tired but it is still time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,397 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,623 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a couple of minors in Communications and History.

* 4,224 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like yesterday.

* 3,448 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 2,979 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied poured some sand in a bottle and agreed to a few choice words read by her co-worker and poof, her last name  changed.

* I have now lived 611 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,452 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 1,059 days away.

* There are 302 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, Moke and Ang will celebrate their 9th in two days.

* There are only 164 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season of the year.

* 117 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 101 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 77 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. It amazes me that I seen a lot of stores setting out Christmas stuff already.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 55 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,789 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. Hard to believe something I started in 2004 as pretty much me trying something is still alive and well after all of these years.

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

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

* It's go time for RTI, but I'm sitting tonight out and relaxing this evening.

* I have a feeling we are going to have a very special basketball season here in Morgantown this fall and Winter. I think Huggs has a pretty special team assembled.

* Val's Pampered Chef Party is over with, I think she did pretty well.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

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

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, October 07, 2019

Ready Set...I'm already going

All good things must come to an end, and that does in fact include those fun filled things that many of you refer to as weekends, I refer to them as days I'm working out in the field. So it's time to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what we do for a living.

Looking at my week ahead, I'll be doing field work for RTI tonight and Wednesday Night. I like to do a couple of days during the week, takes a little pressure off of the weekends.

Michelle will also be working this evening after work, believe it or not we do see each other occasionally..lol

One good thing about this week, next weekend is a three day weekend for me with Columbus Day being celebrated next Monday. Not sure if I'll head out into the field or just relax, but it will mark my 11th Anniversary at NETL. It's nice they give everyone a day off on my Anniversary...lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Sunday

Here I sit with my meowing co-author peanut once again, she's up and has been all over my keyboard, I think she works for treats. We're sitting here planning out our day and reflecting upon our yesterday.

Well the Mountaineers gave Texas everything they had yesterday, but came up a little short in a 42-31 loss to the Longhorns. Turnovers killed the Mountaineers and were pretty much what prevented us from winning yesterday. It was still a good effort and we are still a building team, Trust the climb.

The Steelers play the Ravens today at 1:00, but I'll have to take a rain check on that one as I will be out doing field work this afternoon. I'm back out on the field today and starting a new work week altogether for both jobs.

Michelle said Jim and Chris had a good auction yesterday, said they registered a number of new people into the system, I know Michelle came home with a bunch of Halloween decorations last night. She also came home with a brownie with butter cream icing on it, oh my glucose levels are not going to like that...lol

Have yourselves a great day,  Peanut said to tell everyone Meow.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up a little early starting to wake up and plan out my day and trying to brush the sleep from my eyes. Last weeks co-author Peanut is taking this Saturday off and sleeping somewhere.

It's arguably the biggest football Saturday of the year here in Morgantown. The University of Texas is in town and it is also homecoming. The 1969 Peach Bowl team will be honored today and Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Bowden is in town as well. There are probably a few celebs here and the game will be broadcast at 3:30 on ABC.

Me and my day, I'm out working today for RTI. I have two segments, one is a smaller one here in town that I  work during the week and one that is much larger that is in another county that I will be traveling to. I listed this segment and also worked it last year, so I am quite familiar with it. I'll be spending a number of weekends up there for the next month and a half most likely.

Jim and Chris will be having their Fall Fest Fun Auction this evening at Woodland United Methodist Church on the Mileground. The Auction starts at 6:00 this evening. I think Michelle will be working the Auction, I'll be home cussing at the TV screen....lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, October 04, 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.

Looking for a littler bit of High School Football action? 2-3 University High travels just across the border to take on Albert Gallatin High School. Funny thing is that other than cross town rival Morgantown, this is the closest school to University High and I'm surprised I can't really recall them playing too many times if ever. 1-4 Morgantown travels to Musselman. Clay Battelle at 2-2  is hosting Calhoun County out in Blacksville and 2-1 Trinity is playing host to Madonna.

A word to the wise, it is Homecoming Weekend here in Morgantown and we are playing the University of Texas tomorrow. Barstool Sports is doing their version of Gameday from here and this will be the biggest Football Weekend in town this year. Traffic will most likely be greatly increased with many visitors that we will be welcoming this weekend. If you are planning on doing any travel around town, allow yourself a little bit of extra time.

Have yourselves a great weekend for those of you who get to enjoy it.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, October 03, 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 from Michelle's Phone earlier this year when we went to San Diego. Of course this is the famous St Louis Arch that she took a picture of as she was on the bridge straddling Illinois and Missouri over the Mighty Mississippi River.

I was in class all day and Michelle took to the city to do some more exploring, this was her second trip to St Louis and my third. I will be going back a fourth time this January, whether or not Michelle makes the return trip with me is still up in the air. It all depends on her office and how things are going there. If it's slow I'm sure she'll be in St Louis with me, if not I'll fly out alone again.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

On this Day

It was on this day in 1973, or 46 years ago, that I suffered the worst injury of my life and one that literally took months for me to recover from.

I was a young child playing pickup football across the street from where I lived on a muddy Intramural Field where Mountainview Regional Rehabilitaion Hospital now sits. It was rainy, but no matter, I was full of energy and found some guys to play football with.

I wasn't hit or anything like that, my left leg slipped out from under me and I ended up doing a perfect split. Although I was young and flexible, it wasn't a good type of split. I ended up with a green stick fracture on my left Femur. The bone broke up and smashed in together somehow and it was a much worse than it sounds.

The recovery process included me having surgery and a pin drilled through my leg so they could but me in Traction. That was a month long stay in the hospital with a leg looking like Frankenstein. After a month of that I was put into a body cast which was the left leg all the way up to my chest and the right leg all the way down to my knee. To say I spent the next six weeks immobile was an understatement. I come out of the body cast and for the next two weeks my leg locks up with 0 mobility and bent at a 45° angle. Then it was back into traction (although no pin needed drilled this time) to straighten my leg out and that took two weeks. After that I went back into a straight leg cast for two weeks and was told to work it for a couple of weeks which was pretty much the end of the recovery.

I was out of school, with a private tutor, for a total of about 18 consecutive weeks. I left school in early October and didn't return until some time after the Holidays and new year and well into February.

Grandma Hall was with me every day and was the best caretaker anyone could ever ask for. Except for when she put milk of magnesia into my milk and told me the old milk company went out of business and this was how milk tasted now. She lied to me to get me to poop. She did love me.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us and it's time for me to start a new quarter fro RTI, good reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,390 days since my birth, maybe if we reported our age in days, it wouldn't see, so bad.

* It has been 5,616 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a couple of minors in Communications and History.

* 4,217 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, horrible horrible movie I chose.

* 3,441 days ago I proposed to Michelle, best decision that I have ever made in my life.

* It was 2,972 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied poured some sand in a bottle and agreed to a few choice words read by her co-worker and poof, her last name  changed.

* I have now lived 604 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.He definitely passed away at too young of an age.

* I have 4,459 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 1,066 days away.

* There are 309 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together, I'm a very lucky man.

* There are only 171 days until the start Spring 2020, my favorite season. I do have to say Fall has moved up to my number 2, I still hate winter.

* 124 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I have treated Phil well this summer, hopefully he returns the favor on this day.

* 108 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 84 more shopping days left until Christmas 2019. It amazes me that I seen a lot of stores setting out Christmas stuff already.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 62 more days, this should be about my 35th Anniversary of it, or would it be the 14th Anniversary of the 21st Anniversary of my 21st Birthday?

* I have written 5,782 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging. Hard to believe something I started in 2004 as pretty much me trying something is still alive and well after all of these years.

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

* I'm still looking for a cheap riding lawn mower, something tells me prices are going to be dropping soon.

* It's go time for RTI, I'm out in the field this evening.

* Michelle is going to be setting up for the Job Fair that is being held at Mylan Park tomorrow, she'll be spending today preparing for it and tomorrow trying to hire a number of people. They have gotten two more large contracts this past week, they building this business very fast now. Bonus time!!

* My Niece Val is still having an Online Pampered Chef Party. I know she met one of her goals, Michelle and I ordered some neat stuff.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? Even with all the heat, I still hate snow.

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

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

* Have yourselves a great day.

* Hi ho hi ho