Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, Peanut is running around somewhere, I think she has kitty ADHD sometimes. I'm waking up and have Deadpool 2 streaming in the background. A thousand + TV channels and there is nothing on so I stream my own content.

Todays agenda will be to meet up with Hayley and Tyler as well as Tyler's parents Mark and Alyce and meet up at the 4H Camp, Camp Muffley to look at it as a possible venue for their upcoming wedding next year.They have looked at a few other venues, but this will be the first one locally that they will be looking at.

Afterwards Mark and Alyce have invited us to their home for dinner this evening. We've been there at Christmas time and were invited for the Superbowl Party, but we stayed home for that one as we are both early risers and were asleep before the game ended.

Other than that it's just going to be our typical repetitive Sunday, minus me going out to do fieldwork for RTI.

Have yourselves a great day

I plan on it. 

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, the TV is on but nothing is on it. My co-author Peanut has already checked in for the blog and given me her thoughts on the days events. Now it's just up to me to contemplate the day and put it all together on my keyboard to share with the world.

My day is going to once again consist of me heading out into the field to do some field work. I'm just getting my final records of call and something tells me that when my Supervisor gets back from the Caribbean that she is going to transfer them to a traveler for cleanup. I should be getting my new segment materials here in a few weeks.

Michelle and Hayley are going back up home today for her Sister in Law Tyra's Baby shower. They are going to spend a Mom - Daughter Day together visiting GiGi, going to the Hot Dog Shoppe and some girl fun with the shower.

Tomorrow we are all going to the 4H Camp to check out wedding venues for Hayley and Tyler's wedding next year. Mark and Alyce, Tyler's parents will be joining us to check the venue out.

Other than working today not much going on for me. Probably watch the WVU Basketball Game this afternoon and that's probably going to be about it for my agenda. I do tend to lead a pretty boring life although I have taken trips to St Louis and Washington DC so far this year and have another cruise to the Caribbean booked and paid for and I'm hoping for San Diego once again this year. I wonder if I can convince them to send me to Vegas again..lol.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, February 21, 2020

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week that we all look foreword to, when we can take time to cease the labors for the week and take a little bit of needed time out to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is once again the dawn of another weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday.

Michelle is going to have a busy weekend. Tomorrow she will be heading back home for her Sister in Law Tyra's Baby Shower. Her and Hayley will be traveling up for the day. Then Sunday they are going to the 4-H Camp to look at it as a possible wedding venue for when Hayley and Tyler get married next year.

My weekend, what else could happen in it other than me heading out into the field and working. It's the story of my life the last few years, but I believe in what I am doing so that makes it a lot easier to keep on continuing to work the second job.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ images that I have either captured with a Camera, Scanned or just simply stolen off the internet. Little lost moments in time that I post up and relive tight here for everyone while I try to recall the moments around that image. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that image and sometimes it's a challenge, although one thing it always is is a whole lot of fun for me.

This weeks pic is a picture of what I knew to be my siblings at the time, we did not know anything about Jonathan at this time other than an older sibling existed.

There is a little bit of sadness behind this picture as it was taken in 1999 right before we all were getting ready to go to the funeral home to lay our father to rest for the last time. We grabbed this shot before we headed out on what is a very sad day in my life.

Have yourselves a great day today

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* My kind of extended weekend from the office is now passed, time for a tidbits to start this work week off right.

* It has been 20,530 days since my birth, so count your blessings that I am here and especially if you know me. Each and every one of us make this a special place.

* It has been 5,756 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, with an emphasis in Geographical Informational Science (GIS), a field that I do love.

* 4,357 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,581 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. She knew it was coming, I just made her wait.

* It was 4,023 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Seems like just yesterday.

* I have now lived 744 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. It brings how short life is into perspective, especially with all that has been happening around us lately, that brings it all into perspective.

* I have 4,319 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 926 days away, we are under running that number down since this tidbit debuted.

* 350 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Come on Phil, I'm counting on you.

* 317 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year. I swear I just did one of these lol

* There are 310 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. Walmart hasn't even brought their Christmas stuff back out yet...lol

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 287  more days.

* There are  208 days to go until Michelle and I set sail once again to the Caribbean.

* There are 161 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 44 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 32 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much although to date we have not really had much of a winter.

* I have written 5,929 blogs in the now 15 1/4 years since I started blogging.

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

* Michelle has been under the weather all weekend.

*  Cruise is all booked and paid for, now we have to see what else we want to purchase pre-trip.

* Met some nice GIS contacts in DC last week, it was an amazing conference.

* If anyone is going to DC in the near future, I have a metro pass with about $25 worth of credits on it that I will loan to someone if they ask.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? It's been a mild winter, but I just wanted to point that out.

* 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, February 17, 2020

Presidents Day

Would you believe that I get to stretch my weekend one more day, or should I be more factually accurate and say kind of. Yes today is President's Day and it is a Federal Holiday, so we will be observing it at the office.

On the other job however that is not as accurate, I'm using this day to do some day time work to see of I can find some illusive people at home or get them to answer the door. I took yesterday off, so I'll try to make today a good day of it and see if I can manage to whittle down my case load a little bit more. So I will be working, but it will be a relaxing kind of working day and not too stressful.

I have to get back to doing my regular routine this week after being away on travel last week. It's always fun to travel, but I'm also a little comfortable with routines which is what I'm trying to get back into this week.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho


Sunday, February 16, 2020

A Day Off

Here I sit in a quiet household, co-authorless as Peanut is still sleeping somewhere. Lazy Cat I'm going to have to start docking her her pay for absenteeism. I'm here watching who knows what on HBO and collecting my thoughts for the day.

I've decided that I'm taking the day off today since tomorrow is a Federal Holiday and trying to do some field work tomorrow rather than today. I just have not had much if any success this quarter on Sunday's for some reason, could be the segment and it could be the time of the year. First quarter is always the toughest one of the year.

Michelle and I will do our typical Sunday stuff this morning and then just take it easy for the rest of the day. She's still not feeling great and this flu bug has her down a little bit. I've managed to avoid it this year, knock on wood, we both had our flu shots this year. Hopefully she is feeling better tomorrow as another work week begins.

We decided to make a home made beef stew today in the crock pot for dinner, we don't use the crock pot as much as we used to, but every now and then it's just something worth doing. Especially on a lazy stay at home day. =)

Have yourselves a great day

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, my co-author is once again no where to be found this early AM. Michelle is a bit under the weather and came home from work early Thursday and stayed home  yesterday feeling the same way.

Our big news of the past week, we booked and paid for our 2020 Cruise. Same ship, same ports and even cruising with some of the same people that we have cruised and dined with previously. We'll be leaving for the Caribbean mid-September. We like the deals that are offered at that time, the proximity of the port and we love the ports of call. This will be our seventh cruise.

Well after returning from a week in DC, I'm back home from the Conference obviously. I think the next time I go down I'm just going to stay in Gaithersburg like Michelle and I used to rather than fight the beltway and stay in Arlington. I had a nice view from the 16th floor of my hotel balcony into Georgetown, but the extra headache to navigate past Gaitherburg with roads only going one way during certain hours of the day make it a little tedious to navigate. I took an Uber to the conference a day and I am so glad I do not have to deal with DC traffic, it would drive me nuts.

It's a back to work kind of day for me as I return to the field with RTI. My segments are pretty much worked down, I'm just having trouble finding a few of the last residences home or verifying that they are empty. This is the least exciting time as redundancy is really starting to wear on you, especially when you have already been to a location a half a dozen times or better.

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

Hi ho hi ho 

Friday, February 14, 2020

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 the start of a three day Holiday Weekend.

Yes I am actually back to the grindstone today, back in my office and doing what I usually do on a daily basis. The Convention was awesome as they all were and I'll be looking to see what I learned there that I can implement at work.

Monday is President's Day, so I'm about to venture onto a three day Holiday weekend as well so that makes it a great weekend coming up.

It's also Valentines Day today, meaning me and my sweetie will be going out to dinner and trying to make the day special.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, February 13, 2020

I'm Coming Home

I am going to be away this week attending the ESRI Federal Users Conference in Washington DC this week. These blogs this week will reflect my time away from home and my experience there. Enjoy

I'm leaving Arlington this morning, but I'm not going to do it in the very wee hours of the morning like I have the last two times I was here. A few years ago I had to get home in time to take Michelle to have her surgery and last year I just wanted to beat the traffic. I'm going to take a little different approach and leave later in the morning like a normal person would do.

I have trouble seeing at night and I think it is better that I travel during the daylight hours with cars on the road rather than the middle of the night when I'm the only one on the beltway. I may make an appearance in the office, but that all depends on what time I get back into town, return my rental and drop my stuff off at home.

Have yourselves a great day and hopefully I have a good trip home.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Day Two

I am going to be away this week attending the ESRI Federal Users Conference in Washington DC this week. These blogs this week will reflect my time away from home and my experience there. Enjoy

I am in day two of the Federal Users Conference and this may be a longer day than yesterday.

There is a short keynote session this morning, but then it's going to be a day full of me sitting in classrooms and learning a few new tricks and seeing what is new and what is going to be introduced in the near future. I have already went through and made a number of sessions favorites and put them on my calendar.

This evening there will be a meet and greet at the Smithsonian History Museum. Usually at the end of every big conference there is a big meet and greet session and I've always missed them. I intend on making an appearance this year and see if I can run into an old friend or co-worker or two.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Day One

I am going to be away this week attending the ESRI Federal Users Conference in Washington DC this week. These blogs this week will reflect my time away from home and my experience there. Enjoy

I go in this morning and get my conference credentials and free gifts that they give us (usually a map book, an awesome pen, a notebook and a nice carrying bag) for attending. It;s day one of the conference and it's going to be a long one.

Jack Dangermond, the founder of ESRI will once again be the keynote speaker at the Plenary session as well as Vice Admiral Robert D. Sharp, Dr. Healy Hamilton.

This will consume our morning until lunch, then after lunch it will be either me speaking with vendors or setting in on a few classes until this evening when the Department of Energy User Group will have their semi-annual meeting with the other being in San Diego.

It's going to be a full day for me, that's for sure. Watch Facebook as I'm taking my 360° camera with me this trip.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Monday, February 10, 2020

Away I Go

I am going to be away this week attending the ESRI Federal Users Conference in Washington DC this week. These blogs this week will reflect my time away from home and my experience there. Enjoy.

Today I start my journey to Washington DC and more specifically Arlington, Virginia where my hotel  The Holiday Inn Rosslyn is located.

This is the hotel that I usually stay at when I go to DC on business, on personal travel I usually stay in Gaithersburg, but this is just a couple quick metro rides and I'm inside the building of where I need to be. I can literally walk out of my hotel, across the street and a couple blocks up and I don't have to step outside again.

Weather permitting, I'm going to try to make it to the Arlington Cemetery this trip. The last two times I was there it was bitter cold, hopefully I can get in and settled early enough that I can take a trip over there.

Have a great day, I will

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Sunday

Here I sit in the early AM, my coauthor is no where to be found and I'm here all by myself trying to entertain everyone. The TV is on in the background but I have absolutely no idea what is on.

I did manage to write this weeks upcoming blogs yesterday afternoon since I'm leaving for DC tomorrow morning. That way I can concentrate on being there rather than tying my sometimes incoherent thoughts into a computer, and they can be incoherent mumbling at times.

Our plans for the day? Grocery shopping what else. We'll be heading to Krogers and possibly the bakery sometime today. I'll also have to do my banking and pay bills before I head out to work for RTI this afternoon. I almost considered not working today, but I'll be off from that job all week and would like a day or two to earn a couple extra bucks.

I live such a routine life, I just follow the routine from one day to the next and one week to the next. It'll be nice to get away for a few days and break that routine.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, my co-author is no where to be found and I'm here collecting my thoughts for the day and having no idea what is playing on the TV behind me. I'm just clearing the sleep from my eyes and trying to gather some degree of consciousness.

What's on my agenda for this day? I'll be heading out into the field once again for RTI to work today and probably tomorrow. I'll be away this coming week and the only time I'll have to work are the weekends this and next weekend. My segments are pretty much worked down and I'm just trying to garner a few more interviews before we shut it down for the quarter.

Speaking of this upcoming week, I'll be in DC for the ESRI Federal Users Conference. This will be my third time attending the Federal Conference and this will be my 4th major conference with going to San Diego last year. I've put in for that once again this year, and I feel pretty good about it. We are in a transitional period between the old contract and that I have been working under and the new prime partnership isn't officially in place until April 1 so no decisions can be made at this time.

Michelle worked from home yesterday due to the inclement weather around the area. I got a notification at 5:30 that our facility was not opening until 10:00 AM as well so it was a short day for me.

Have yourselves a great day today

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, February 07, 2020

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.

Not too much planned for this weekend other than working a couple of days. Next week however I will not be in the office until later in the week as I travel to Washington DC for the ESRI Federal Users Conference. This will be my third time attending this particular conference, it's the second biggest one they have second only to the world wide users conference in San Diego they have every July. I'm trying to attend that one as well as they are very informative and allows me to meet vendors and see new and exciting technologies and innovations.

This weekends plans? Nothing out of the ordinary other than preparing to go to DC next week. I'm renting a car (company credit card) and driving rather than flying, where that would probably take more time. Other than that just going to go out and do a little bit of field work. Fun fun fun. The good part about Friday's? We always order Pizza Al's every Friday.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ images that I have either captured with a Camera, Scanned or just simply stolen off the internet. Little lost moments in time that I post up and relive tight here for everyone while I try to recall the moments around that image. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that image and sometimes it's a challenge, although one thing it always is is a whole lot of fun for me.

I can actually put an exact date on this picture, January 7, 1973. It was when we still lived by Drummond Chapel Church (that house is now gone) and it was my Grandfather's 80th Birthday Party.

He retired around this time (yes at 80 years old) and we moved to where United National Bank is now on Van Voorhis Road. This day however was a day of celebration of him and his life and he was still in very good health at this point and was for a couple of more years until his first stroke.

Good times were had by all that day, I can remember the Sunday family get togethers that was always seemed to have, they were things we routinely did as a family.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Amentum

I'm sure people are a little curious to see who I work for. I mentioned that last Friday was my last day working for AECOM. I am part of Management Services and we basically have all of the Government Contracts, were AECOM is was ans is a primarily Engineering Firm.

Who is it that I now officially am employed by? The company's new name is Amentum which is the strap that one would use to throw a javelin a further distance. We are not a start up company although it just went from a publicly traded to a privately owned company on Saturday officially. I work for the same people, have the same customers, have the same job responsibilities, it's just that our group is changing ownership.

Since I have been at NETL, this same group was EG&G, changed to URS who was then sold to AECOM. Now we are becoming Amentum and we are the only group of contractors that has been at NETL since it's formation when we were the only contractor on site. Read the Corporate Lineage Page for more detailed information.

Now as far as NETL, our contract was awarded and we are the prime subcontractor to the company that won the Site Operations Support Contract. So we are just about to close out one chapter and enter into another one at NETL.

No breaks in service, no restarting of vacation time or any resetting and buyout of any earned hours for accrued hours of PTO, just a rollover and a new company.

It's an honor to be working with the great group of workers that I work along side with. Up and down the entire chain, all first class people.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, a new company for me to start my workweek, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,516 days since my birth, so count your blessings that I am here and especially if you know me. Each and every one of us make this a special place.

* It has been 5,742 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, with an emphasis in Geographical Informational Science (GIS), a field that I do love. I'll be heading to DC next week to spend a little time with the founder of the entire discipline.

* 4,343 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,567 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. She knew it was coming, I just made her wait.

* It was 4,009 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Seems like just yesterday.

* I have now lived 730 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. It brings how short life is into perspective, especially with all that has been happening around us lately, that brings it all into perspective.

* I have 4,333 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 940 days away, we are under 1,000 days until we kick some Panther butt.

* 364 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Come on Phil, I'm counting on you.

* 331 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year. I swear I just did one of these lol

* There are 324 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. Walmart hasn't even brought their Christmas stuff back out yet...lol

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 301  more days.

* There are 175 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 58 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 46 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much although to date we have not really had much of a winter.

* I have written 5,915 blogs in the now 15 1/4 years since I started blogging.

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

*  I have a number of birthdays coming up in the next week of friends and family, January is a busy month for Birthdays.

*  I've put in to go to the ESRI Users Conference again this July in San Diego. I'm feeling pretty good about this.

* I know Kim and Terri are going to DC in March, but someone will be there next week. I win.

* I did talk to Terri this weekend and she was a little overwhelmed about going to DC, I told her to tell Kim to just stay at the National Mall, they could spend a week there and not see everything.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? It's been a mild winter, but I just wanted to point that out.

* 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, February 03, 2020

Monday

Super Bowl Parties are over with, now it's time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what we do for a living.

Today is the first day of me going into the office under my company's new name. Everything is the same for us with the exception of the name of the company we are employed by. I'll go into detail later this week after they make their Official Announcement tomorrow. Everything today is for internal use only, tomorrow the announcement is to be made.

I'll be out this evening working for RTI as well. I have a couple of scheduled interviews for this evening, so hopefully that all goes well.

Michelle's company had a big announcement over the weekend, one that they built the anticipation upon, They are expanding and opening up another branch office in Canonsburg. Michelle will be splitting her time between the three and soon to be fourth (Morgantown) office as the Skilled Labor Office Manager. There are a few more announcements coming up, they are growing and expanding rapidly. It's amazing some of the large contracts that they have managed to garner and they keep coming in.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, February 02, 2020

King Phil

Yes Phil has spoken, all my bribes must have paid off as Phil has predicted an early spring!!!!!!!

Woo Hoo no Ground Hog Stew Recipees this year old buddy. I'm pretty sure that the abundance of apples in the back yard that he ate over the summer and fall was more than enough payment to give me an early Spring!!!!!!

Now how do I reward myself with an early spring? I'm going to be taking the Day off and watching the Superbowl this evening. Thank You Phil, I love Spring.

Have a great day and All Hail Phil!!!!!!!!!

Ground Hog Day

Today is a special day, it is the day that King of all Groundhogs takes center stage today, yes even over that thing they call the Superbowl, and tells us whether Spring is right around the corner or that we can expect six more weeks of winter. Phil, who has been eating my apples all summer will let us know on this day.

You can follow all of the action on the Punxsutawney Website that shows all of the mornings proceedings including the gathering on Gobblers Knob this morning.

Come on Phil, my old buddy and King of the Groundhogs, allow me to have a favorable prediction this year as you did last year.

All Hail Phil

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up well before my co-author and I'm going back to bed very shortly. I got something playing on the TV, have no idea what it is it's just on for a little noise. I think I spoke a little too soon, my co-author Peanut is here and purring me some ideas.

I have to announce that I am no longer employed by AECOM whom I have worked for the last 2 1/2 years. Don't worry though, I'm still employed at my same job but the official announcement is not coming until Tuesday morning from Corporate so I can't say anything publicly until then. It's official but only internally until a formal announcement is made. If you want a hint, try to figure out my picture and you will have an answer. Or just wait till Tuesday as I already got dinged once for saying something publicly. Don't worry my new company has a corporate lineage that is 116 years old and we are still a multi-billion dollar a year company that is located in 48 states and 28 countries. Not too shabby for a company that is technically as of press time less than 3 hours old...lol

Jim and Chris will be having an auction today, Michelle will be in her normal capacity working for it today. It's going to be at their store location in Osage rather than another site. They didn't create an auction zip site for this auction, probably because space will be limited. I'm sure there will be signs in the area indicating the location of the event today.

I'll be out in the field working for RTI once again today, this quarter despite being down a number of Field Interviewers in West Virginia that we need to hire. We have 10 in WV and I think we are down 4 including the 2 closest to me (Elkins and Bridgeport). No fear though, we have a great team of people who do this full time and have traveled to work these areas.

I think we have all of our needed documents that we need to do our taxes. Unlike last year where we ended up owing about $4,000 at the end of the year, we're more prepared this year and prepared for it by having extra payroll deductions taken out. So much to the point that for the first time since I can't remember when, we're not writing a check to the state and are actually getting money back this year. Not a whole lot, but I'm not writing any checks for more taxes this year.

Work, work, work, work work, money, money, money, money, money. How about other issues, Michelle and I are doing great. We're both busy but we do manage to get some quality time to spend together believe it or not. I bought her Hunt a Killer for Christmas and she and Stacy from work are tracking down and in the process of finding the killer. She loves the true crime shows, so it just fit her perfectly. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho and stop down and visit Michelle at the auction.

Friday, January 31, 2020

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.

Here we go again, FRIDAY!!! It's going to be a big weekend, first and foremost Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday. The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the San Francisco 49ers and compete for possession of a Lombardi Trophy. My prediction you might ask? I'm going with the Chiefs from the AFC to win it all and bring home the hardware. Kansas City is a 1.5 point favorite and I have to put faith in Patrick Mahomes to bring home the hardware and be the games MVP. These are my predictions in case anyone was interested.

Jim and Chris are having an Auction tomorrow at their store down in Cassville. At Press time the auction zip site does not have their auction on there, so everyone will have to wait until tomorrow mornings blog to find anything out about it.

This is my last day working for AECOM, the Management Services Division has been sold to the affiliates of American Securities LLC and Lindsay Goldberg. Yours truly is being credited for naming our inter-services website. They asked for names and my selection was chosen as the site where 30,000 of us will collaborate. The company asked for permission to use my name and and said there will be a small token of appreciation what ever that is supposed to mean.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ images that I have either captured with a Camera, Scanned or just simply stolen off the internet. Little lost moments in time that I post up and relive tight here for everyone while I try to recall the moments around that image. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that image and sometimes it's a challenge, although one thing it always is is a whole lot of fun for me.

This pic dates back almost ten years, back to 2010 and when Sadie was the family pet. She used to get super excited when we were going to take a walk on the trails, because she knew she got to go with us. It was something that she really enjoyed and loved to do.

I miss my walks with Sadie, we would just hit the trail and play the music and forget anything and everything that could be troubling us for a while as we just enjoyed being in nature and having a lot of fun.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, and I still hate snow. Time for a tidbits.

* It has been 20,509 days since my birth, so count your blessings that I am here and especially if you know me. Each and every one of us make this a special place.

* It has been 5,735 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, with an emphasis in Geographical Informational Science (GIS), a field that I do love.

* 4,336 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,560 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. She knew it was coming, I just made her wait.

* It was 4,002 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Seems like just yesterday.

* I have now lived 723 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. It brings how short life is into perspective, especially with all that has been happening around us lately, that brings it all into perspective.

* I have 4,340 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 947 days away, we are under 1,000 days until we kick some Panther butt.

* 338 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year. I swear I just did one of these lol

* There are 331 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020.  Relax you have plenty of time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 308  more days. I've lost count as to how many anniversaries this is.

* There are 182 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 65 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 53 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much although to date we have not really had much of a winter.

* 5 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Come on Phil, I'm counting on you.

* I have written 5,908 blogs in the now 15 1/4 years since I started blogging.

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

*  I have a number of birthdays coming up in the next week of friends and family, January is a busy month for Birthdays.

*  I'm putting in to go to the ESRI Users Conference again this July in San Diego. Both Michelle and I had a great time there last year.

* I know Kim and Terri are going to DC in March, looks like I'm going to beat them by a month when I go down in a few weeks.

* I think Hayley has picked the colors for her wedding, Blush Pink, Ivory and Gold.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? It's been a mild winter, but I just wanted to point that out.

* 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, January 27, 2020

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that does in fact include those fun filled things that we refer to as weekends even though I worked through the weekend. Now it's time to strap em up, and stick our collective noses back onto that grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

My weekend of working will extend for me into this evening as I will be heading out into the field after work today to conduct at least 1 and as many as 3 interviews today. It's been a pretty productive quarter so far for the West Virginia team even though we are  down 40% of our work force. We have brought in some travelers and they have done a fantastic job filling in.

Michelle's company has a big announcement coming up this weekend. It might be worth paying attention if you have any interest in what they do (put people to work in good paying jobs). More to come on that later in the week.

I have three transitional meetings this week, we are transitioning from my current employer into a break off company this time next week. More to follow on that when it happens.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, my co-author is somewhere sniffing around and I'm sitting here collecting my ingenious thoughts for the day. The Steve Martin movie the Lonely Guy is playing on the boob tube behind me. 

What's on my agenda for the day. Let's see Grocery Shopping, run to the bakery, weekly chores around the house, pay a few bills and then it's out into the field to do a little more field work for RTI. I had a decent day yesterday, didn't conduct any interviews but have some set up for tomorrow evening.

It rained most of the day yesterday and my windshield wipers were in serious need of replacement, so I went to Advance Auto and got a really good set. It has probably been a year since I replaced them and one was just starting to tear away from the blade, so that was a good time to get them replaced. They needed it, I just had put it off for a while. Heavy rains Friday night convinced me that they needed to be changed so I did it yesterday morning.

I did plan my itinerary for the ESRI Federal Users Conference in a couple of weeks. There are so many things to see and do, so many training and tip sessions that it can be a little bit overwhelming. This will be my third Federal Users Conference and fourth overall where Jack Dangermond is there and the Keynote speaker at the Plenary Session. I've put in for San Diego once again this year, keeping my fingers crossed on that one.

Have yourselves a great day, stay warm and dry.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, my co-author is fast asleep in the bedroom and I'm out here watching who knows what on the TV. I'm trying to wake up from the butt kicking I took last night from that dreaded Sandman and starting to plan out my day.

What are my plans for the day? You guessed it, I'm out in the field once again today working for RTI. I'm still working my way through my second segment and trying to open up all of my lines. I went out Thursday evening for a couple of scheduled interviews and managed to find two cooperative households and managed to get my interviews. Hopefully today I can either make it the rest of the way through my roster to have all lines open, or I can get some interviews taking up my time doing that. Weather is kind of bad today, interviews would be my preference.

That's going to be pretty much my agenda for the whole weekend, I'm planning on going out again tomorrow afternoon and working followed up by a couple of evenings of field work this week. It's next weekend, aka Super Bowl Sunday, that I may want to take one day off.

If you are looking for something to do today as well as stay in, a co-worker likes to build models and is pretty good doing it. He's has been on multiple magazine covers with some of his builds and goes into a remarkable level of detail. Starting at noon today until noon tomorrow, they are doing a 24 hour build on Facebook. This is the 14th year for them doing it and it all started in his basement, this year I think they are up to 150 builders around the world that are participating in this years build. I tuned in last year and found a few models that I really enjoyed. It's not streamed or anything, but there will be periodic pictures from everyone. It kept me interested last year, might be worth a watch.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, January 24, 2020

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.

What is on my agenda for the weekend, what else I'm going out and working this weekend. Probably both days, but we'll have to see that is always subjective. I took off last Sunday, so you just never know. I guess it all comes down to how heavy of a caseload I have and how desperate we are in need for my services since we still haven't filled a number of positions in the state.

Michelle doesn't have any plans this weekend, but she'll be busy next weekend as Jim and Chris will be having their monthly auction at that time. Specific details will be provided when they become available.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ images that I have either captured with a Camera, Scanned or just simply stolen off the internet. Little lost moments in time that I post up and relive tight here for everyone while I try to recall the moments around that image. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that image and sometimes it's a challenge, although one thing it always is is a whole lot of fun for me.

This weeks pic goes all the way back to 2009, almost 11 years ago. We were having a little get together that day to celebrate Hayley's 16th Birthday and we had the families over to help her celebrate.

This weeks pic is my sister Pam giving me that has been referred to as the Hall Salute. I don't know why, but everyone always seems to want to flip me off and as you can tell by the video it is something that has been happening to me for years.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,502 days since my birth, so count your blessings that I am here and especially if you know me. Each and every one of us make this a special place.

* It has been 5,728 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, with an emphasis in Geographical Informational Science (GIS), a field that I do love.

* 4,329 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,553 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. She knew it was coming, I just made her wait.

* It was 3,095 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Seems like just yesterday.

* I have now lived 716 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. It brings how short life is into perspective, especially with all that has been happening around us lately, that brings it all into perspective.

* I have 4,347 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 954 days away, we are under 1,000 days until we kick some Panther butt.

* 345 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year. I swear I just did one of these lol

* There are 338 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020.  Relax you have plenty of time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 315  more days. I've lost count as to how many anniversaries this is.

* There are 189 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 72 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 60 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much although to date we have not really had much of a winter.

* 12 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Come on Phil, I'm counting on you.

* I have written 5,901 blogs in the now 15 1/4 years since I started blogging.

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

*  I have a number of birthdays coming up in the next week of friends and family, January is a busy month for Birthdays.

*  I'm putting in to go to the ESRI Users Conference again this July in San Diego. Both Michelle and I had a great time there last year.

* I know Kim and Terri are going to DC in March, looks like I'm going to beat them by a month when I go down in a few weeks. 

* I think Hayley has picked the colors for her wedding, Blush Pink, Ivory and Gold.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? It's been a mild winter, but I just wanted to point that out.

* 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, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr Birthday (not really)

Well my weekend extends one more day as today is the day we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday (although he shares a birthday with my wife in reality), which makes it a Federal Holiday meaning my office is closed today. The rest of you who don;t get to enjoy the holiday, time to stick those collective noses back onto the grindstone.

I am going out and working today, I'm just going to go out and do field work for RTI. Since taking yesterday off, I thought it was the least that I could do was go out today. I can work some daylight hours, hopefully that prevents me from going out after dark too many times this week. It's just a difficult time of the year to get people to come to the door and participate, much less when it's dark out. I figure since it is MLK Day, I would go out and try to make my community better.

Michelle is in the office today while I get to sleep in a little bit (like I sleep in the wee hours), they are getting ready to move their office to Clarksburg next month and she has a lot to do to get that office up and running.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi hp hi ho

Sunday, January 19, 2020

A Day Off

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning, Peanut and I are up and discussing the quality of programming in television today compared to the 1970's. She contends TV is better now, of course she is only a few years old and I tell her all the good shows were done in the 70's. She just doesn't get it.

I'm actually going to take the day off today from working. I have cases to work, but sometimes you just need to step back and refresh yourself a little bit. I usually have long stretches of consecutive days worked, but it's a Holiday weekend and it rained all day yesterday and I would just like to enjoy one of my three days to myself.

Apple products must be engineered to have a limited lifespan. Coming back from St Louis my Apple Watch had the face come off of it, popped out of the seating and I could have bought a newer model for what it would have cost to have it reseated, so I bought a 3 series (we had the 2). Michelle and I bought our watches a couple weeks apart a few years ago, now hers did the same thing mine did but on a different angle. So being the good husband I am, I sent her to Best Buy to buy herself a new one. She too got the Apple 3, so it's an upgrade for her as well. She's happy now, it's amazing how much these devices become an extension of you and everything you do on a daily basis.

So what are my plans for the day? I may see if I can find a Copy of HR Block Tax Cut. It's the software we use every year to do our taxes and I'm going to need a 2019 version of it to this years taxes.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Well here I sit once again in a quiet household, my co-author Peanut is slacking and is no where to be found on this fine morning. I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day and thinking about what movie I might put on.

Today's festivities include me going out to work today for RTI. I'm starting a new section, so fresh faces and new people to meet. I've pretty much knocked out the larger section and didn't have a whole lot of luck on that one.

I did get some good news at work yesterday, I put in to go to the ESRI Federal Users Conference last December and even registered for the event just in case I got the approval to go. We have a 60 day contract extension at work and it fell within that time period and it was going to be hard to get approved for that due to that. Surprise, got my approvals yesterday and will be going to Washington DC to be there the 10th to the 13th. Got my hotel booked and my car rented, I'm all ready to go just waiting on the date. We were also told if there was any training we wanted to go to, target some mid summer dates after the transition. Can anyone guess where I'm putting in for? I'll give you a HINT. =)

I think Michelle has scheduled herself a message this morning. I'll be out doing field work and she will be being pampered. I wonder of I can convince her to change places...lol

Have yourselves a great day.

 Hi ho hi ho

Friday, January 17, 2020

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 a Holiday Weekend.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday (he was actually born on the 15th and shares a birthday with my lovely wife), although we actually celebrate it Federally as the third Monday in January. It is a Federal Holiday Monday, so that means I in fact get a three day (although I will work off of them) weekend.

What does Friday mean for me? Well at work we order Pizza Al's it seems like every Friday. It's been a tradition pretty much from the guys I work with. It's a little slice of heaven before the final afternoon of work for the week.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ images that I have either captured with a Camera, Scanned or just simply stolen off the internet. Little lost moments in time that I post up and relive tight here for everyone while I try to recall the moments around that image. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that image and sometimes it's a challenge, although one thing it always is is a whole lot of fun for me.

This weeks pic was kind of easy for me, I just chose one from this past Summer when Michelle and I flew out to the West Coast and I went to the ESRI Conference in sunny Southern California. This picture was taken at the Pacific Ocean in the Northern Part of San Diego. She had found this pier close to Sea World and wanted me to see it.

So one morning before we left, we hopped in the car and headed out to this pier. It was actually my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean and it was a bit of a thrill for me.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Happy Birthday Michelle Dawn Hall

I would like to take this opportunity to wish someone very special to me a very Happy Birthday today. My heart and soul, my wife is celebrating her birthday on this day along with her Sister Chris who shares the same Birthday.

Michelle is the spice of my life, my best friend and soul mate is enjoying the start of another trip around this rock we call home.

Not sure what we're going to do yet, but I'll figure something out before the day is over.

Michelle is an amazing woman, someone who has endured the loss of a husband and had to raise two kids on her own. Someone that has seen a career have ups and downs and she always seems to land in a better situation that before. Someone who does not quit and has remarkable determination and drive to get done what ever it takes to get done. She is my hero and my inspiration.

If you happen to see this lovely lady today, make sure you wish her a very Happy Birthday today.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,495 days since my birth, so count your blessings that I am here and especially if you know me. Each and every one of us make this a special place.

* It has been 5,721 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, with an emphasis in Geographical Informational Science (GIS), a field that I do love.

* 4,322 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,546 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. She knew it was coming, I just made her wait.

* It was 3,088 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Seems like just yesterday.

* I have now lived 709 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. It brings how short life is into perspective, especially with all that has been happening around us lately, that brings it all into perspective.

* I have 4,354 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 961 days away, we are under 1,000 days until we kick some Panther butt.

* 352 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year. I swear I just did one of these lol

* There are 345 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020.  Relax you have plenty of time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 322  more days. I've lost count as to how many anniversaries this is.

* There are 196 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 79 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 67 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much although to date we have not really had much of a winter.

* 19 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Come on Phil, I'm counting on you.

* I have written 5,894 blogs in the now 15 1/4 years since I started blogging.

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

*  I have a number of birthdays coming up in the next week of friends and family.

*  I kind of got dinged by Corporate about a couple of blogs that I wrote last month, I was revealing information that has yet to be made public and they requested I remove it so I did. Don't try to figure it out, it's all gone. It's nice to know

* I was talking to Kim and Terri this weekend, they are going to make a trip to Washington DC in March. I don't think Terri has seen our nations capital yet, so she should have a good time.

* Would you believe Jimmy Buffett announced another Pittsburgh Concert this year after abandoning us 2 of the last 3 years. Would you believe I did not buy tickets and Michelle and I are not going this year.

* Have I ever mentioned I hate snow? It's been a mild winter, but I just wanted to point that out.

* 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, January 13, 2020

Monday

Now it is time to stop with all of the fun we were having and stick our collective noses back onto the Grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. For me, that just means I go from doing field work to doing office work for the day.

I hope everyone had a good weekend, I can't complain and I think Michelle and I had a pretty good one.

I did enjoy some unseasonably warm weather this past weekend, I know when I was out working Saturday I noticed Pearl Indicated that it was 71° when I pulled back into the driveway, hopefully we will get some nice weather this afternoon as I am firing up the GPS at work for the first time in 2020 and going and locating stuff to put into GIS.

Looking ahead I do have a couple meetings this week, we are switching our entire phone system over to a VOIP Phone that has some pretty neat features associated with them including video calls on the internal network (see phone). I already have mine in place and it is working, they just haven't retired the 30+ year old phones (work horses) just yet, I have to go for training on these new phones so that they can tell me what I have already played around with and figured out on my own...lol

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a semi-quiet household, I'm up and ready to start my day after I write my morning blog. Peanut is no where to be found (slacker) and once again I have no idea what is on the TV (can you tell I never watch it).

Michelle will be heading out this morning with Alice (Tyler's Mom) and heading up to Pennsylvania to visit a wedding venue for Hayley and Tyler's wedding next year. They are starting to look for venues and Hayley found this one, one where Amanda and Joey got married a few years ago.

A bit of sad news to report, I saw on Facebook yesterday that an old Texas Hold Em Poker buddy and father of one of my co-workers had passed away yesterday. Condolences go out to the entire Barry family, Charlie was a very good man and I always enjoyed the brief moments in time that we were all together.

Me, I'm out doing field work again this afternoon. I did finally get my first interview of 2020 yesterday which is always a good thing to get. I was kind of surprised that the software wasn't yielding any interviews and was kind of shocked a few times, but yesterday it yielded it's first person to be interviewed and fortunately they obliged.

I did stop over for about an hour yesterday and helped celebrate Mom's 77th Birthday. Kim and Terri organized something at Golden Coral and we all met up there to wish her a Happy Birthday.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Happy Birthday Sandra Irene Bell

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my Mother Sandra Irene Bell a very Happy 56th Anniversary of her 21st  Birthday today, that would make her 29 Years old or 77 if you use the old fashioned method of counting.

I know Kim and Terri are to have a Birthday Breakfast for her at Golden Coral this morning, I'm going to try to make an appearance today before I go out to work. Seems that that has been the common place to meet up for Birthdays over the last decade or so, so it was the most likely place to go. Tradition as they say.

Not sure what the  rest of her day involves, but I would imagine it will be her spending some time with Gerald as he is still recovering from surgery this summer.

If you happen to see Sandra Irene today, make sure that you take a little bit of time out and wish her a very Happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Mom.

Saturday

Here I sit in a quiet household, no co-authors anywhere to be found and I'm here waking up and collecting my thoughts for the day. No idea what is playing on the noise box (TV) behind me, it's just on for noise anymore as I never seem to watch anything other than a few sporting events.

What is on my agenda for today? I'm out in the field trying to screen people and get a few interviews for RTI. I've been out a couple of times already, but today and tomorrow will my first shot at at trying to find people home on weekends.

Michelle got some news this week, they are shutting down their Fairmont office within the next couple of months and opening three new offices. One will be a satellite office here in Morgantown that she already has access to. They are opening a new office in South Point near Canonsburg and they just purchased the 9 story Goff Building in Clarksburg and that will serve as the main office that she will work out of but she will be at all three (actually 4 if you include Charleston) sites on a weekly basis. They are a rapidly growing company in an ever changing market.

Have yourselves a Great Day

Hi ho Hi ho 

Friday, January 10, 2020

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.

We finally made it to Friday, which means Pizza for Lunch in the Office. Woo Hoo I love Pizza.

My weekend plans should be pretty predictable, I'm going out and working for RTI both days and hitting it pretty hard as this will be my first chance at a couple weekend days. I'm working here locally on both of my segments, so there won't be a whole lot of travel time this quarter which is good especially during the months of Inclement Weather for our region.

When we came back from St Louis this past weekend, as we were coming into the house my Apple Watch had popped the screen up and I couldn't get it re-seated. The Apple Watch 5 is out now and the 2's that we had are no longer even supported by Apple, so I upgraded and bought an Apple Watch 3 for about half of what I bought my Apple Watch 2 for. It's an extension of me and I have to have one, I'm addicted.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Photo Flashback Thursday



Once a week I like to take a little bit of time out, time to look at some of the 30,000+ images that I have either captured with a Camera, Scanned or just simply stolen off the internet. Little lost moments in time that I post up and relive tight here for everyone while I try to recall the moments around that image. Sometimes it's pretty easy to find that image and sometimes it's a challenge, although one thing it always is is a whole lot of fun for me.

This weeks pic keeps popping up on my timeline on Facebook. It it my lovely wife Michelle when she used to work at BFS Corporate years ago. They had a contract with Chapman Printing for their office supplies and they guy who owns Chapman Printing was pretty good friends with former Marshall Football Coach Bob Pruett.

They were pretty good friends and I think Michelle even still has his personal cell phone number that he gave her. He really liked Michelle above and beyond all of the customers they dealt with.

This picture was not his first trip to visit Michelle, he always stopped in to see her when he was in the area and even invited her to a game to watch a "Real Football Team", I would imagine that he meant WVU because he couldn't have been talking about that team down south.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* It's been three weeks since my last tidbits, it's time.

* It has been 20,488 days since my birth, each and everyone of them is very precious.

* It has been 5,714 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography, minors in History and Communications.

* 4,315 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,539 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. She knew it was coming, I just made her wait.

* It was 3,081 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Seems like just yesterday.

* I have now lived 702 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. It brings how short life is into perspective, especially with all that has been happening around us lately, that brings it all into perspective.

* I have 4,361 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 968 days away, we are under 1,000 days until we kick some Panther butt.

* 359 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year that just began.

* There are 352 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020.  Relax you have time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 329  more days. I've lost count as to how many anniversaries this is.

* There are 203 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 79 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 73 days until the start Spring 2020, the time of the year that I love so much.

* 26 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Come on Phil, I'm counting on you.

* I have written 5,886 blogs in the now 15 years since I started blogging.

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

* Michelle and I had a great time in St Louis.

*  We used Uber quite a lot, and even Ubered some White Castle Hamburgers to the hotel one evening.

* Michelle really like a Coffee BBQ Sauce that Sugarfire has, so she bought a bottle.

* It's back to the office for me today, it's been a nice break, but back to that work now.

* 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, January 06, 2020

We are Home

We finally made it home last night at about 8:30 ish PM. I have to say that we had a great trip, I am once again recertified to work 2020 for RTI and we are all good for the year including receiving my new equipment.

I have to say, this was our best trip to St. Louis out of 4 so far. The first year the Arch was closed down for construction, the second year I went alone and it was sub zero both days so I didn't make it to the Arch. Last year there was a Government Shut Down at the start of the year and the Arch was closed due to that. This year however the weather was perfect, above freezing and pretty much in the comfortable range the entire time we were there.

Saturday Night we finally got our chance after Michelle purchased our tickets online to go up into the Arch and take the tram to the top. I posted a number of pictures on Facebook of our adventure and even live streamed it for a little while. Our timing was absolutely perfect as the sun was just starting to sit on the St Louis side and was a breath taking view as it dropped below the horizon.

Today I am off work from the office and will return tomorrow, but this afternoon I am going out into the field to start my 2020 First Quarter Field work all refreshed with all new gear. We have a number of Sunday Morning chores for the morning however that we will have to get done. Michelle is my rock and will get a few of those done on her own as I'm out in the field.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, January 05, 2020

We're coming home.

We will be leaving St Louis today and heading back home. All the training and re-certification has been completed and we're ready to come home.

We'll be flying out of St Louis on Southwest Airlines 1548 and should be arriving back in Pittsburgh sometime this evening around 5:30 before getting in our car and returning home.

As always St Louis was fun (for Michelle) as I was in class for a couple of days. I'm sure she has grabbed a few memorable pictures that we either have or will share with everyone.

We will be home this evening, and we will both be on Vacation tomorrow from our normal jobs, I will be going out tomorrow afternoon to start my quarter off for RTI.

Have a great day.