Thursday, November 26, 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 week's pic goes all of the ways back to a time when COVID was not dictating anything, it was Thanksgiving Day last year and we were doing our traditional Cassville Firehall Thanksgiving Dinner. Hayley, Tyler, and Luke all came down and I managed to grab this picture of my lovely wife Michelle with the couple to be married next July. 

Dinner was over with and I managed to grab this picture before we started cleaning up. It was one of those magical moments in time captured with a camera.

I hope everyone has a great, safe, fulfilling and blessed Thanksgiving. 

Happy Birthday Valarie Nicholson

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my lovely Niece Valarie Nicholson a very Happy Birthday. She is someone who is always there in times of need for whoever needs it and is an amazing young woman with a lot of fight in her.

Not sure what anyone has planned for the day, but if I know Val she will have something on the agenda if it didn't already happen yesterday evening and into this morning if the opportunity is available.

Val is a remarkable young lady who is an inspiration to those around her whether she realizes it or not, her actions are seen by all and she is influencing the next generation whether this is her intention or not. Val is fighting the fight with MS.

If you happen to see Val today, make sure that you wish her a very Happy Birthday today in addition to overdosing on tryptophan. 

Happy Birthday Val, you are an inspiration to all. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving Eve

It is the day before Thanksgiving, for the last 11 years that meant that Michelle and I would be heading to the Cassville Firehall to set up for the Big Thanksgiving dinner the next day, but with COVID dominating much of the story for 2020 that too has been sidelined this season. Hopefully it will return next year. 

Michelle and I have a small turkey and will be starting to prepare for tomorrow sometime this afternoon. The turkey needs to be brined is the biggest thing that we need to do for tomorrow. Unlike years past where I was helping peel 50 lb bags of potatoes and a number of other prep things such as setting up tables and chair for the next day will be absent this year. 

Tomorrow Hayley and Tyler will be coming in and enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with us, they don't have Luke this year so it will just be the two of them. 

Michelle and I ran around yesterday doing a lot of last-minute shopping to prepare for tomorrow. We did see my sister Terri at Sam's Club, she was looking for a Turkey but that's not really something Sam's sells. At least not raw ones as they did have whole smoked turkey's, but that's not what she was looking for. She was heading to Walmart when we ran into her. 

Tomorrow evening COVID permitting, we are going to try going bowling with my family. Gone are the days of Black Friday Shopping as I think it pretty much ran its course. People mostly shop online anymore, and stores were just pushing back their times to the point where families were not able to enjoy Thanksgiving together, and it just became a big burden on anyone who had anyone work in retail or the restaurant business. 

Have a great day today, and have a very special day tomorrow. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday completed and in our rearview, that means that it is Tuesday and time for tidbits. I hope all hunters made it home safe and bagged their trophies. 

* It has been 20,820 days since I was born, I'm thankful for each and every one of them. 

* It has been 6,036 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. A midlife choice that I would do again. 

* 4,637 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, the Pizza Hut we went to is not closed. 

* 3,861 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,398 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife and then feasted with all of our guests. 

* I have now lived 1,024 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. 

* I have 4,081 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 645 days away. Beat some Panther Butt. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 372 more days.No birthday this year due to COVID, so in college football terms I'm redshirting this year. 

* There are 255 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be mine and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 255 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 116 days until the start Spring 2021!!!!! Kiwi can't wait. 

* 70 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I haven't seen my friend for a couple of weeks, I wonder if he moved. 

* 37 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, this should be an interesting one. I should start formatting that soon. With the new backend, it may take me a little longer than usual. 

* There are 31 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. 

* I have written 6,224 blogs in the now 16+ 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 yet to fly this year. 

* Something tells me that there will be more drone flights in 2021 than there were in 2020 and it may even have a collaboration effort involved. 

* I have been updating a number of family graves on Find A Grave in the past couple of weeks. I feel it is my contribution to the next generation to answer questions about people they didn't know.  

* We're going to start to brine our Turkey tomorrow, we're doing Thanksgiving at home with just Michelle and myself this season. It is our redshirt year you know. 

* I think my family is still planning on bowling this year on Thanksgiving night if it is open. Masks are mandatory. So far everything is still a go. 

* The Pittsburgh Steelers at 10-0 are the only undefeated team left in the NFL. Ravens will be in Pittsburgh Thursday Night. 

* Corona Virus, you can still track it as it is now starting to pick up steam and the numbers are increasing. 

* We're now Yellow for COVID for Monongalia County, track the state stats HERE

* 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.  

Monday, November 23, 2020

First Day of Hunting Season

Well the fun-filled thing that we refer to as the weekend is now over with, so it's time for everyone to get back to doing what it is that we all do for a living. Noses back onto the grindstone so we can all change the world with our talents. 

Today in West Virginia could almost be called an unofficial holiday in this state, it is the first day of buck season, a two-week window when hunters can use their guns and seek their trophies in the woods of West Virginia. Please say an extra prayer for the safety of the hunters out in the woods today, let's all hope that they most importantly return home to their loved ones safe and secondly with that coveted trophy. There are a number of family members and friends that will all be out in the woods today. 

I know Michelle has about seven deer that she has been feeding all summer long, there are a couple of bucks in the group that come and pay us daily visits including a button buck who is getting braver and braver coming to the door. All of those deer should be safe as they reside in a non-hunted area that's just too close to houses to take a shot at. 

I hope everyone has a good and safe day out in the woods and some hunters even get a nice trophy. 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again on a quiet Sunday morning, my co-author I think is sleeping in Michelle's chair and I'm here collecting my thoughts for the day with the TV playing something on HBO behind me. Just waking up and still a little groggy, so let's see how this goes. 

Michelle went to JT's first birthday yesterday which looks like it was a big success. I stayed home as to not make it too crowded over there dues to COVID and half-heartedly watched some college football that I didn't pay attention to. 

Today we will be finishing planning out our meals for the week including Thanksgiving. We have a smaller turkey back in one of the freezers that we will need to start to let thaw in the next day or so. There is no big Thanksgiving get-together at the Firehall this year, someplace I have spent every Thanksgiving since 2008, and Michelle and I were just dating. COVID has put a real damper on 2020 and this is just another kink in the chain. 

Probably going to watch a  little NFL football this afternoon, the Steelers play at 1:00 today and then play again Thanksgiving night. That'll be 2 games over the next 5 days and another short and tough stretch. 

Have yourselves a great day, make it a special one. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit still half asleep and co-authorless on a quiet Saturday morning. I have no idea where Peanut is this morning, but I'm out here watching Mrs. Doubtfire on HBO and wiping the sleep from my eyes. 

The big event for the day is going to be JT's first birthday party over at Amanda and Joey's. Not sure how big of an event it is going to be, but we were invited and that is going to be the highlight of our day that we can foresee. 

The Mountaineers are off this weekend in preparation for next week's game against Oklahoma. There are going to be a number of games canceled today because of COVID (I think 13) and possibly even the West Virginia State Playoffs may see a forfeit or two today based on the states COVID map put out by The West Virginia Department of Education, some Red counties will have to be downgraded by 10:00 this morning for their games to be played or risk forfeits. It's getting worse.

Congratulation goes out to my Brother-in-Law Robert, earlier this week he had a lifetime achievement in the sport that he loves. Robert is a Bowler and loves to bowl, he's had at least 2 perfect games in his career, but Thursday night he rolled the elusive 800 series. He rolled a 268, a near-perfect 299, and a 233 to complete the 800 series. A very rare feat for any bowler and one that gets recognized nationally just like a perfect game. Just like a 300 game ring, he gets a ring for an 800 series. 

I hope everyone has a great day today, make the best of it and stay safe and wear your masks. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes, it is once again that time of the week that we all look forward 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. 

Are you looking for a little bit of High School Football? So am I but all four Monongalia County teams are done for the season as they enter the state quarterfinals. University made it and lost, Morgantown, Clay Battelle and Trinity all failed to qualify for the post season in this COVID infected season. Hopefully they can crown some state Champions before this pandemic takes over once again. 

Looking for some college football? Well WVU is off this week as we prepare for Oklahoma who will be coming into town next week for the regular season's home finale. The Mountaineers will head out the following weekend to play Iowa State in Iowa, but next weeks game is the final one at home where we (may) say goodbye to the Seniors who decide not to take advantage of the NCAA's COVID rules for this season and have the ability to return next year. 

I hope everyone has a great day and a great start to the weekend. 

Thursday, November 19, 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 from a couple of years ago, I was literally leaving Las Vegas, I was on my plane taking off in the early morning hours and I snapped this picture leaving the airport. Off to the left was the Las Vegas Strip, so you can see exactly how close it is in proximity to everything. 

It was about a 5 hour flight back home and the clock was working against me as I would be flying across 3 time zones. It was 6:00 AM Las Vegas Time by 9:00 AM Morgantown time. The trip was a lot of fun, even though I was there for work and to give a presentation on 3M Marker Balls and using them to locate utilities. 

Someday I would like to return. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday completed and in our rear view, that means that it is Tuesday and time for a tidbits. 

* It has been 20,813 days since I was born, I'm thankful for all of them. 

* It has been 6,029 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have two minors, one in Communications and one in History.

* 4,630 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like just yesterday. 

* 3,854 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,391 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife and then feasted with all of our guests. 

* I have now lived 1,017 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. 

* I have 4,088 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 652 days away. Beat some Panther Butt. 

* There are 262 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be mine and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 262 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 123 days until the start Spring 2021!!!!! Kiwi can't wait. 

* 77 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I haven't seen my friend for a couple of weeks, I wonder if he moved. 

* 44 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, this should be an interesting one.

* There are 40 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 14 more days.

* I have written 6,217 blogs in the now 16+ 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 yet to fly this year.

* I have been updating a number of family graves on Find A Grave in the past few days, Acquiring some graves ownership for some, and creating a few new ones for Michelle's side of the family. 

* Michelle made a trip to Ohio to clean out her Dad's shop yesterday. 

* Not sure what the Thanksgiving plans are this year yet, we traditionally do the Cassville Firehall, but with COVID that may put a damper on everything this year. 

* I think my family is still planning on bowling this year on Thanksgiving night if it is open. Masks are mandatory. 

* The Pittsburgh Steelers at 9-0 are the only undefeated team left in the NFL. Bring on the Jaguars, a team the Steelers have traditionally had trouble with. 

* Corona Virus, you can still track it but it's losing it's steam a little.

* We're now Green for COVID for Monongalia County, track the state stats HERE. That means High School Football this weekend. 

* 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.  

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday

Well, that fun-filled thing we call the weekend is now behind us, time to stick the collective noses back onto that grindstone so everyone can get back to doing what everyone does for a living. 

Michelle is heading back home to Ohio this morning, they are going out and cleaning out her Dad's Golf Shop. There are a bunch of her Dad's friends that are going to come over to assist, plus Jim and Chris are going up with their trailer, so I'll stay here and hold down the fort. I have a phone call this morning I have to take. 

Talk about a good football weekend, the Mountaineers won on Saturday against TCU and the Pittsburgh Steelers ran their record to 9-0 for the first time in the history of their storied franchise with a 36-10 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. 

I hope everyone has a great day today, keep your fingers crossed. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Sunday

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, no idea where my co-author is this morning and I'm up collecting my thoughts for the day. Peanut is nowhere to be found and I've got Cider House Rules playing on the TV behind me.

Our day is going to start off with our typical Sunday morning shopping for the week at Krogers (now I hear Peanut) and coming home and doing a few chores. Our typical Sunday so to speak.

Later this morning Michelle is going to take her office equipment up to Cannonsburg and drop it off and have lunch with one of her former co-workers Stacy. They haven't really had much of a chance to speak since what happened last week, so it'll be time for them to sit and relax a little and talk. 

I have to say the Mountaineers kind of surprised me yesterday, they had a pretty good game in defeating TCU 24-6 here in Morgantown. I have to say I was a little skeptical prior to the game about our chances, but this team was ready to play and they are getting a little more consistent. Leddie Brown himself has already rushed for more yards this year than we did as a team last year. 

I hope everyone has a very special day. 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

RIP Dave Carpenter

It is with much sadness today that I have to report some very bad news. Michelle's Dad Dave Carpenter has passed away Thursday evening. Dave had cancer and decided to live his life to the fullest rather than tell anyone about it or seek treatment. He even worked on Wednesday at his golf shop and was planning on shutting it down for good on Sunday. 

Michelle was by his side when he passed and her two sisters were there as well in his final moments. Michelle was holding his hand as he left this life for another. 

Dave was a golfer, I swear he played 365 days a year and even had an indoor driving range and a putting green in his office at one time believe it or not. When I say he was a golfer, I'm talking about someone who could consistently do the very rare feat of shooting his age over 18 holes. I remember last summer Michelle and I were at Hovatters Zoo and he called her to tell her that he had shot 2 below his age (a 4 below par 68 on a par 72 course) and was very proud of that fact. 

Michelle used to get daily updates from her Dad or his best friend Quinny about who beat who on their nightly battle on the golf course and would love to make fun of each other in brotherly bickering back and forth. It was Quinny who alerted Michelle as to the severity of Dave's condition causing her to go up on Wednesday morning. 

Anyone who ever met Dave liked him, he just had a very likable personality. 

Fave leaves behind his wife Karen and three very loving daughters that were with him until the very end. 

The plan is to have him cremated and give some of the ashes to all of the girls and have the rest spread over the golf course where he spent so much of his time. 

You are loved and will be missed. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes, it is once again that time of the week that we all look forward to when we can take time to cease the labors for the week and take a little bit of needed time out to enjoy the fruits of those labors. It is once again the dawn of another weekend and a Big Ole Hairy Friday the 13th. 

Are you looking for a little bit of High School Football this evening? So is everyone else. Morgantown High who I thought were going to get in, didn't. University High who I said needed to win last week to have a shot at getting in did and got in. They are the only Monongalia County team to make the postseason this year. They do not play tonight, they will travel to Musselman and play them there tomorrow afternoon. Clay Battelle and Trinity both had .500 or better seasons, as did all 4 Mononongalia County teams. Clay Battelle ended the year 3-2 and the other three schools were all 3-3 in this crazy COVID year. 

The Mountaineers are at home tomorrow and take on TCU at Noon. The Mountaineers are 3 point favorites in the game but don't discount TCU as they are a pretty good team and a very well-coached team. Both of us have beaten an opponent that has beaten the other team so far this season, so it's kind of hard to get a handle on what may happen.  

Have yourselves a great day. 

Thursday, November 12, 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 back around 20 years, I had went to the Black Hills in South Dakota to spot my boss at the time as he was going to run a 100 mile ultramarathon. Loved it out there, we stayed in Deadwood for a night, saw Mt Rushmore and went to Custer State Park where many western movies have been filmed through the years. 

This pic was taken as we had just left Custer State Park and were heading towards the Chief Sitting Bull Sculpture as we ran across these rams out in the wild. I've seen them in zoos and contained areas, but rams are just not something that we have running around in the wild in West Virginia, so I grabbed this little moment in time to capture it. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Well the election is over with, time to move on to the transition and there is no better reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 20,806 days since I was born, I'm thankful for all of them. 

* It has been 6,022 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have two minors, one in Communications and one in History.

* 4,623 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like just yesterday. 

* 3,847 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,384 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife and then feasted with all of our guests. 

* I have now lived 1,010 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. 

* I have 4,095 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 659 days away. Beat some Panther Butt. 

* There are 269 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be mine and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 269 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 130 days until the start Spring 2021!!!!! Kiwi can't wait. 

* 84 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I haven't seen my friend for a couple of weeks, I wonder if he moved. 

* 51 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, this should be an interesting one.

* There are 47 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. 

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

* I have written 6,210 blogs in the now 16+ 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 yet to fly this year.

* I talked to my sister Kim yesterday, she was asking me about a Roku, but I think I have her looking at a Chromecast for the functionality that she wants. 

* Michelle may either make a trip up to see her dad tomorrow or will be working in the Canonsburg office. 

* We bought a leaf blower yesterday. After cutting the grass Sunday there were still a number of leaves laying around so I just went to Lowes to get one. The open I got more that fits our need, might even use it this winter to blow snow off of cars. =)

* Kiwi may get a fifth consecutive day outside, he is very happy about this and has been singing about it. We're buds, so he tells me he likes to go outside sometimes. 

* The Pittsburgh Steelers at 8-0 are the only undefeated team left in the NFL. Bring on the Bengals at home after our toughest 3 game road stretch of the season. 

* Corona Virus, you can still track it but it's losing it's steam a little.

* We're now Green for COVID for Monongalia County, track the state stats HERE. That means High School Football this weekend. 

* 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.  

Monday, November 09, 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. It's time to take your collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what you do for a living. 

Nothing on my agenda for the upcoming week, my big excitement over the weekend (other than the Presidential race finally being called) was cutting the grass yesterday and taking the window air conditioner out for the season. We pulled that out yesterday and stuck it in the garage for the winter or however long. That'll eliminate any cool draft that may come onto Kiwi, who has had three days in a row outside enjoying the warm weather. 

A little bit of sad news yesterday, Alec Trebek the long time host of Jeopardy, passed away yesterday. It was announced last year that he had pancreatic cancer and chose to fight it and keep on working. Pancreatic cancer is a very ugly disease and has taken just too many good people. 

I hope everyone has a great day, temps are going to be in the upper 70's both today and tomorrow, so get out and enjoy the nice weather we have while it's still here. 

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Sunday

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, I'm up watching re-reruns of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions and collecting my thoughts for the day. Peanut is still snuggling up with Michelle and staying snug as a bug in a rug. 

Yesterday just before noon we found out that the 2020 Presidential Election had determined a winner. Joe Biden had Pennsylvania called giving him 273 Electoral votes and enough to become the President-Elect to be the 46th President of the United States. Even bigger is that 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified giving women the right to vote, Kamala Harris became the first woman to be a part of the winning Presidential Ticket as Joe Biden's Vice President. It was a historic night of speeches. 

On to football, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be on the road for the third consecutive week, the longest and toughest road test of the season, to take on the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers will be attempting to run their unblemished record one more game to start this season. Games at 4:25 this afternoon and Michelle and I will be tuning in. 

I hope everyone has a great day today, make it a special one. 

Saturday, November 07, 2020

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit once again on a quiet Saturday Morning, Peanut and I are in a deep conversation about Quantum Physics and the Presidential Election. She is such an educated and deep thinking feline. I'm here watching CNN (still) to see if the Presidential Election has been called yet which it has not. 

The WVU Football team takes on the University of Texas early this afternoon at Noon. The game is on ABC and should be accessible to everyone. Despite playing our best game of the Neal Brown era last week, I look for Texas to be too much for our hometown Mountaineers. My heart is with them, but we are still building and I'm not quite sure we are ready to head to Texas and upset them in their house this time around. 

What's on mine and Michelle's agenda, a trip to Rural King is in the plans for this morning. Michelle needs bird and deer feed for her little outdoor friends who still stop by on a daily basis. It was actually nice enough yesterday that Kiwi was given a few hours outside. Today may be a similar situation as it is calling for the temps to be in the 70° range by kickoff this morning. 

Have yourselves a great day and enjoy the weather. Let's Go Mountaineers. 

Friday, November 06, 2020

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes, it is once again that time of the week that we all look forward 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.

Are you looking for a little bit of High School Football this evening? Well I will say this is the time of year that those of us locals who like High School Football look forward to, it's Friday Night. Tonight the Mighty and rejuvenated Mohigans play host to the Bridgeport Indians. University High travels to Oak Hill in what could be the end of their season if they don't win. Clay Battelle is at home to take on Wirt County and Trinity travels to Wahama. This will be the last regular-season scheduled games this season unless they try to do a few makeups next week, but I'm thinking the playoffs begin next week. 

The Mountaineers play tomorrow at noon when they travel to the big boy's house, the Mountaineers will be visiting the University of Texas for a noontime game that is scheduled to be on ABC. Texas is ranked #22 and despite the Mountaineers playing the best game of the Neal Brown era last week, Texas is a 6.5 point favorite and I'm just hoping we can make it respectable. 

Nicer weather today and this weekend, might get some Meowtside time for Peanut and Kiwi. I think we are going to try to cut grass one more time this year and it'll be this weekend. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Thursday, November 05, 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 one that really makes you think, it was from Halloween just 8 short years ago and a picture of Jean and Sherri. Seems like it was just yesterday when these two lovely young ladies were there for this pic. 

A couple of years later Jean was gone and a last year around this time Sheri had also left us, so both of these young women are now entrenched into our thoughts and memories. 

Have yourself a great day. 

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* It's Election Day, that one day every four years when we go out and vote for who will be leading us as locally, statewide and, nationally the next four years. Great time for a Tidbits. 

* It has been 20,799 days since I first entered this world as we know it. I've enjoyed them all to some extent to this point. 

* It has been 6,015 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have two minors, one in Communications and one in History.

* 4,616 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like just yesterday. 

* 3,840 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,377 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife and then feasted with all of our guests. 

* I have now lived 1,003 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. 

* I have 4,102 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 667 days away. Beat some Panther Butt. 

* There are 276 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be mine and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 276 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 137 days until the start Spring 2021!!!!! Kiwi will appreciate it as the weather is starting to cool down. 

* 91 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. He's been getting fat all summer from Michelle putting corn on the bench all summer, now he is making himself a little more scarce. 

* 58 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, this should be an interesting one.

* There are 53 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 28 more days.

* I have written 6,203 blogs in the now 16+ 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 yet to fly this year.

* It's election day, get out and vote. 

* Early voting is seeing a lot of people show up to the polls and vote, in record numbers for early voters and at press time we have had over 96 Million people already vote. 

* My Mom says she is going to work the polls this election, not sure if she is just working election day or any of the early voting days. 

* George's Journal Officially voted for Joe Biden for President. Ben Salongo for Governor, let the US Senate race blank, I hate one candidate and don't know a thing about the other. David McKinley also got my vote for the House. 

* The Pittsburgh Steelers at 7-0 are the only undefeated team left in the NFL. Bring on the Cowboys. 

* Corona Virus, you can still track it but it's losing it's steam a little.

* We're now Green for COVID for Monongalia County, track the state stats HERE. That means High School Football this weekend. 

* 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, go exercise your voice today and vote. 

Monday, November 02, 2020

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that does include those fun-filled things that we refer to as weekends. Now it is once again time to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone yet once again and get back to doing what everyone does for a living. 

It's election day eve, a day before election day 2020 when we will all go to the polls (if you haven't already been there) and cast your ballot for the National, State, and Local Elections. Michelle and I voted the week before last and to date, there have been over 93 Million People who have already voted early. Those numbers alone account for a 61% Voter turnout even before election day, this could very well be the most voted in an election in US election history. We're about 43 Million voters short of the 2016 vote totals going into election day. 

It was a really good football weekend for me. Morgantown High beat University High Friday Night to win the MoHawk Bowl, WVU handily beat Kansas State Saturday and yesterday the Pittsburgh Steelers went into Baltimore and walked out 7-0 on the season. 

Nothing on either mine or Michelle's schedule for this week, play with Peanut, pick Kiwi's rings up a couple of hundred times, the same things we have been doing. Maybe something will change in the near future one way or the other.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Sunday

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday Morning yet once again, my co-author is off hiding somewhere and I'm out here flying solo once again. Not sure what is on the boob tube behind me as I'm not paying attention to it anyway. 

Big game today in the NFL and you can throw out the records for this one as these two teams are what hard-nosed football is all about. The Pittsburgh Steelers will be visiting the Baltimore Ravens today at 1:00. The two teams are a combined 11-1 on the season and this should be a very good game. I hate to say it, this might be the Steelers' first loss of the season but we shall see, that's why they play the game. 

The Mountaineers played arguably what is the best game of the Neal Brown era yesterday when they defeated 16th ranked Kansas State 37-10 in a game that went our was pretty much all afternoon long. Our defense just played lights out and the offense finally worked in unison and was very effective. It was a great day to be a Mountaineer. 

Mine and Michelle's plans for the day, grocery shopping this morning, and then coming home and doing what we do to start every week. 

I hope you set your clocks back an hour last night, if you didn't you're going to be an hour early getting to where you are going. 

Have a great day today and Go Steelers. 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween

Here I sit on a quiet Halloween Morning, all the ghouls and ghosts are ready to make their yearly appearance this evening to seek their candied treasures. Chocolates, candy bars, and other sweets are what they will come seeking. 

Speaking of Halloween, I think Michelle is planning on going over to her Sister Chris's this evening to hand out candy. I know it is something that she loves to do and loves to interact with all the kids. We actually had our first Trick or Treater last night when Bethany brought Helena over. She got a Kit Kat, I got a Reece Cup, I thought that more than a fair trade. 

Make sure that you set your clocks back one hour tonight before going to bed because tonight ends Daylight Savings Time. The good news is this is the clock change where you actually get an extra hour of sleep as opposed to losing one this on March 14, 2021 when it all starts again. 

I do believe that today is the last day of early voting here in West Virginia, I'm not sure about other places but with the General Election on Tuesday, I would imagine today may be the last day for all places but that is nothing but a sheer guess on my part, I could be wrong. So far almost 88 Million People have already cast their votes. 

It was a good evening of High School Football once again for 75% of the Monongalia County Teams. Trinity won, Clay Battelle won and Morgantown beat the University High Hawks 69-15 and the game really wasn't even that close. New Morgantown High Coach Sean Biser has installed an offense that is starting to look pretty lethal, kind of like the Mohigans of 20 years ago, but time will tell when they get to the playoffs. 

There is some college football in town today as 16th Ranked Kansas State comes to Morgantown to take on the Mountaineers. Too many mental errors and stupid mistakes cost the Mountaineers last week at Texas Tech, let's see if they have all that worked out today. 

Have yourselves a great day and protect yourselves from all the ghouls and goblins this evening by making sure you have plenty of candied treats to sacrifice to them. 

Friday, October 30, 2020

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes, it is once again that time of the week that we all look forward 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.

Are you looking for a little bit of High School Football this evening? Well I will say this is the time of year that those of us locals who like High School Football look forward to, it's that time of the year when the County's two largest schools prepare to do battle in the Mohawk Bowl. I'm not even going to try to be fair, I'm saying Morgantown High Mohigans will pout a butt whipping to those University High Hawks. Clay Battelle travels to Montcalm and Trinity is at home playing Steubenville Catholic (OH) Good luck to 3 of the 4 Monongalia County Teams, I'm excluding you University High, Mohigans all the way. 

WVU is at home tomorrow to take on Kansas State at noon. The Mountaineers are trying to bounce back from last weeks setback and Kansas State will be trying to get revenge for last season's loss to the Mountaineers. 

I did get Pearl back on Wednesday, had to have the clutch replaced as well as a brake cable that was really saturated. Took it to Hartsell's Exxon on Univerity Avenue. I've known Brian since we were in High School and he is one of the most upfront and honest guys you will ever meet. I actually have him a Yelp and a Google Review for their services. Highly recommended. 

Have yourselves a great day today, make it a good start to the weekend, Go Mohigans beat them Hawks. 

Thursday, October 29, 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 week's pic goes back over a decade believe it or not, back to the year 2010, and Michelle and I were still dating but had moved in together already. Our lovely daughter Hayley was preparing for I believe it to be her Junior Prom when this picture was taken. 

It's hard to believe that this time next year she will be Mrs.Tyler Ash as she and Tyler and of course, Luke are all getting married next Summer. Luke of course will be the HKIC (Head Kid In Charge) in this marriage, but don't tell anyone. 

It has been my esteem honor to watch this young lady grow up the last 11 or so years.

Have yourselves a great day. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday complete, Pearl is getting a new clutch today, so I can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 20,792 days since I first entered this world as we know it. I've enjoyed them all to some extent to this point. 

* It has been 6,008 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have two minors, one in Communications and one in History.

* 4,609 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like just yesterday. Sad thing is the Pizza Hut we went to on Patteson Drive is now gone. 

* 3,833 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,370 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife and then feasted with all of our guests. 

* I have now lived 996 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. Coming on 1,000 days in the near future. 

* I have 4,109 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 674 days away. Beat some Panther Butt. 

* There are 283 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be mine and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 283 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 144 days until the start Spring 2021!!!!! Kiwi will appreciate it as the weather is starting to cool down. 

* 98 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. He's been getting fat all summer from Michelle putting corn on the bench all summer, now he is making himself a little more scarce. 

* 65 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, this should be an interesting one.

* There are 60 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 35 more days.

* I have written 6,196 blogs in the now 16+ 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 yet to fly this year.

* Pearl goes in to have a new clutch installed today, just had to put a new dual exhaust on a couple of months ago. 

* Early voting is seeing a lot of people show up to the polls and vote, in record numbers for early voters. 

* My Mom says she is going to work the polls this election, not sure if she is just working election day or any of the early voting days. 

* Michelle is a little under the weather, we have both already had our flu shots and I know that takes a couple of weeks to get into your system properly. 

* George's Journal Officially voted for Joe Biden. 

* The Pittsburgh Steelers at 6-0 are the only undefeated team left in the NFL. 

* Corona Virus, you can still track it but it's losing it's steam a little.

* We're now Green for COVID for Monongalia County, track the state stats HERE. That means High School Football this weekend. 

* 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, do something to make it memorable. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

Monday

All good things must come to an end, which includes those fun-filled things that we refer to as weekends. Now it's time to take everyone's collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what we do for a living. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers did it, they managed to run their season record to 6-0 as they defeated the other previously undefeated AFC team the Tennessee Titans yesterday 27-24. I can't say that although we dominated the first half, that I didn't think we were going to lose late in the game. Tennesee missed a game-tying field goal late in the game preserving the win for the Steelers. 

Yesterday we went to Washington PA to help Michelle's nephew celebrate his 40th Birthday. We all met at a restaurant called Pig Fire BBQ for dinner and I have to say that their food was quite awesome. I was really impressed with what I had as was Michelle. It was nice to see everyone together for the first time in a long while. 

Agenda for this week, I'm sticking Pearl in the garage either this evening or tomorrow morning as she is needed a new clutch installed. It's slipping going up hills and I figured it's just a matter of time so I'll get it taken care of now rather than waiting until later. 

Have yourselves a great start to another week. 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sunday

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, Sophie and I are up watching a little bit of the TV and collecting our thoughts for the day. 

Watched the Mountaineers yesterday as they lost 34-27 to Texas Tech in Lubbock last night. I have to say that I am very disappointed not in the fact that we lost, but how undisciplined and how unprepared we looked last night. Example we come out to start a drive after a Texas Tech Kickoff that was just downed in the End Zone. They somehow managed to get a delay of game penalty which is not the first time this has happened. So now it's 1st and 15 rather than 1st and 10 (and I recall we gained 11 yards on that series) and ended up having to punt the ball away. That was just one example, heck we got a 15 yards unsportsmanlike penalty for a player that had already been kicked out of the game earlier running onto the field. It's just getting frustrating and I don't see another win on the schedule this season. 

On to today, our plans are grocery shopping and doing a few chores around the house and then later this afternoon heading up to Washington PA to have dinner with Michelle's Nephew for his 40th birthday. 

Also on today's agenda and I'm afraid I might be jinxing them the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers travel to take on the undefeated Tennessee Titans. Every time I am with Michelle's sister Chris, the Steelers somehow manage to lose. The two teams battle at 1:00 this afternoon. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, I'm up watching who knows what and collecting my thoughts for the day. Peanut's agent Kiwi still has her holding out for contract negotiations despite being outside the last three days. I'm sitting here flying solo without my co-author and trying to wake up for the day. 

Michelle and I both did our civic duty yesterday, rather than waiting for the 2020 General Election day of voting on November 3, we decided to to go ahead to one of the early polling places (The alumni center for us) and cast our votes for the 2020 General Election. Nationwide so far and we are 10 days before the general election, there have been 54,246,796 people vote early or by absentee as of press time. How does that compare to early voting in the 2016 election? With 10 more days to go until election day, there have been 7,231,200 more people vote early this election than 2016. Michelle and I are included in that number and I know a number of family members from both sides of the family have also done so. Below is a portion of a spreadsheet I have tracking early voters compared to 2016 based on the totals from 2016 overall number of voters. 

Based on 2016 Overall Voters


It was a good day for Monongalia County Football Teams last night, all 4 teams managed to end the evening with a win and that's the first time I can actually recall that happening in some time. Congratulations to all Mon County Teams. 

The Mountaineers travel to Texas today to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders this evening at 5:30. Texas Tech who was an underdog last year put an unexpected whooping on us and Neal Brown and crew will be trying to return the favor this evening. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Friday, October 23, 2020

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes, it is once again that time of the week that we all look forward 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.

Are you looking for a little bit of High School Football this evening? The Mohigans got their first win of the season last week and will try to extend that streak to two games as they play host to Linsly this evening. University High is also at home as they take on neighboring Preston. Clay Battelle is also at home tonight playing Conotton Valley (OH) and Trinity is the only Monongalia County team on the road this evening when they travel to play Beallsville, Oh. Good luck to all of the local teams this evening. 

The Mountaineers are also playing this weekend as they travel to Texas Tech to take on the Red Raiders. The game starts tomorrow afternoon at 5:30 and will be on ESPN 2 for anyone who wants to tune in and watch. The Mountaineers are 3-1 on the season and look to avenge last seasons shellacking they took at the hands of Texas Tech here in Morgantown. 

Have yourselves a great day today, make it a good start to the weekend. 

Thursday, October 22, 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.

Let's see, this picture goes all the way back the November of 1984, it is a first birthday party for my niece Val. I came across this as I was looking through a bunch of obscure folders of pictures that I had. Terri had had her birthday party at her Apartment and we were all there to celebrate. 

Truth be told, this is close to the time when I actually turned 21 years old, for the first time. No anniversaries or shaving one or two years off of my age, I was about to 21 around the time of this picture. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday complete, now it's Tuesday and you know what that means. 

* It has been 20,785 days since I first entered this world as we know it. Each and everyone has presented its own unique challenge. 

* It has been 6,001 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have two minors, one in Communications and one in History.

* 4,602 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like just yesterday.

* 3,826 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,363 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied and we partied down.

* I have now lived 989 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. Coming on 1,000 days in the near future. 

* I have 4,116 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 681 days away. Beat some Panther Butt. 

* There are 290 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be mine and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 290 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 151 days until the start Spring 2021!!!!! Kiwi will appreciate it as the weather is starting to cool down. 

* 105 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. He's been getting fat all summer from Michelle putting corn on the bench all summer, now he is making himself a little more scarce. 

* 72 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, this should be an interesting one.

* There are 67 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 42 more days.

* I have written 6,189 blogs in the now 16+ 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 yet to fly this year.

* Last Presidential debate will be this week on Thursday. This is the last of the scheduled debates before the election. 

* Early voting in West Virginia starts tomorrow if you want to vote early. We are considering it.  

* My Mom says she is going to work the polls this election, not sure how that is going to work out but she's a trooper and will give it her best shot.  

* Michelle is a little under the weather, we have both already had our flu shots and I know that takes a couple of weeks to get into your system properly. 

* George's Journal Officially endorses David McKinley for US Congressman from the 1st District. He is one of only two Professional Engineers in Congress and I like him and will be voting for him. 

* Corona Virus, you can still track it but it's losing it's steam a little.

* We're now Green for COVID for Monongalia County, track the state stats HERE. That means High School Football this weekend. 

* 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, do something to make it memorable. 

Monday, October 19, 2020

Another Week

Here we are once again, another week to start doing what we all do for a living, it's time to put those collective noses back onto the grindstone for another week of changing the world with what you all do. 

Looking at my schedule for the week it's still wide open with nothing planned for me this week, I know Michelle has another surgery follow up later this week from her wrist surgery a couple of months ago. She also has her therapy a couple of times this week to continue to rehab her wrist. 

Not this week, but next Tuesday I have Pearl Scheduled to go into the garage once again. A couple of months ago she needed a new dual exhaust, now the clutch is starting to slip and I'm going to have a new clutch stuck in. I've assisted in changing one clutch years ago with my brother in law George, but I don't have space, jacks, or patience to replace it so I stopped in and scheduled it with Brian from Hartsell's Exxon. 

I did have a pretty good sports weekend believe it or not. Morgantown had a convincing win Friday night, the Mountaineers looked real good in their win Saturday and the Steelers managed to beat the Cleveland Browns yesterday. Pretty good sports weekend to say the least. 

Have yourselves a great day, do something that makes this world a better place today.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, I'm sitting here watching the Big Year on HBO and collecting my thoughts for the day. Peanut is still on her labor strike and is not going to help me write this, despite sucking up to me all day yesterday since Michelle was up North for the day. 

Nothing out of the ordinary today, just our typical Sunday morning routine of going grocery shopping and doing a number of weekly chores around the house. Same things we do every Sunday morning and maybe this afternoon we'll watch the Pittsburgh Steelers as they take on the Brown's at 1:00, a game that should be competitive and interesting. 

As far as the County COVID map, Monongalia County is once again in the green which means the school systems will be running normal this week. I do have to say that with the bars re-opening last week and WVU allowing some fans yesterday that the concern for another spike is a possibility. Everyone else around the countries numbers are increasing, that the fear of this once again taking off and spiking is a genuine concern. 

Have yourselves a great day today, watch some football and stay warm. 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

It's Gameday

Here I sit once again in a quiet Household, Peanut my co-author is running around but refuses to give any input this morning. She is holding out on contract negotiations, something about not enough outside time so and her agent Kiwi says she won't co-author any blogs until her demands are met. 

It's finally happened, there is going to be a Mountaineer Football game today and they are actually going to let some fans into the stands for the first time this season. I think the number I am hearing is 25% capacity or about 15,000 fans with I'm hearing 2,000 of those going to students. There is no tailgating allowed in any of the WVU lots, so I can see the local week by week lot owners making some money today if they allow tailgating. 

The 2-1 Mountaineers will be taking on the 0-3 Kansas Jayhawks today at noon. Kansas's Coach, the legendary Les Miles, has tested Positive for COVID and has not traveled with the team. Les Miles people may remember from the Rich Rodrigues era, was Michigan's top choice for a coach, it was after he turned them down that Rich worked out some kind of negotiation with them to be their next coach. 

The game is at noon today on I think FS1, and we are the only Big XII game being played today. The only other game scheduled was Oklahoma State playing Baylor but that game has been postponed and moved to December 12 due to COVID. 

Michelle is up north at a hotel with her two sisters, she is attending a baby shower this afternoon and they all went up and had themselves a little bit of a slumber party before today's party. I know they were planning on stopping and seeing their Grandmother yesterday afternoon and had to schedule an appointment to do that. 

Have yourselves a great day, enjoy some football. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Big Ole Hairy Friday

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

First off Congratulations to my Softball team, I've played Softball at BOPARC for over 30+ years, had some great teams, been then top-ranked teams numerous times through the years going into the post-season, but have never won the post-season Championship. This season due to COVID and just getting older, I didn't play this year although I was still on the roster. Well that group of guys did it without me, they won the post-season Championship Wednesday Night and delivered a nice piece of hardware to Ron and Darabeth our sponsors. Congratulations guys. 

Are you looking for a little bit of High School Football this evening? Undefeated University High is at home hosting Wheeling Park this evening. The winless Morgantown High Mohigans are on the road trying to get their first win of the season against Parkersburg South. Clay Battelle is at home hosting Cameron. Trinity is at home hosting Valley Whetzel this evening. Only my Mohigans are traveling this evening. 

College Football, the Mountaineers are at home tomorrow and hosting the University of Kansas. This will be the first game this season where they will let fans into the game, but only at 25% capacity or about 15,000 fans. 

Michelle is heading back home with her sister this evening for a Baby Shower, they will be staying overnight and coming back tomorrow evening. I will once again be flying solo this evening. 

Have a great day. 

Happy Birthday Brittany Dae Cummings

I would love to take this time out to wish my beautiful niece Brittany a very Happy Birthday today.

It seems like it was only yesterday that she was born, it's amazing how 30 years can go by in the very blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was in the waiting room watching Who's the Boss and Kim and ED was in the delivery room waiting for this bundle of joy. The amazing thing about all of this is that this remarkable young lady is now nine years older than me. 

She is an amazing young woman, I know Michelle had a great trip with her last week on the girls trip to Canaan as they all sat around and laughed and had a great time. 

If you get a chance to see or talk to this marvelous young lady today, make sure that you take a little bit of time out and wish her the Happiest of Birthdays today.

Happy Birthday Brittany.

Thursday, October 15, 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.

Going to change it up a little this week, since I did a video of my Dad feeding ducks in Florida yesterday, for today I thought I turn the clock back 30+ years and post the video of an old cookout we once had at Marilla Park. Back to a day when Food Fights and water battles were the normal for this family get together. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is now complete, and it's full steam ahead for a Tuesday and that can only mean one thing, a tidbits. 

* It has been 20,778 days since I first entered this world as we know it. Each and everyone has presented its own unique challenge. 

* It has been 5,994 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have two minors, one in Communications and one in History.

* 4,595 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, seems like just yesterday.

* 3,819 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. Best decision I have ever made.

* It was 3,356 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied and we partied down.

* I have now lived 982 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. Coming on 1,000 days in the near future. 

* I have 4,123 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there.

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 688 days away. Although I have learned we will not be playing each other in Basketball this year. Wimps. 

* There are 297 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. It was postponed this March to July and now they are pushing the tour until next year. It'll be mine and Michelle's 10th wedding anniversary.

* There are 297 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth  Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 158 days until the start Spring 2021!!!!! Kiwi will appreciate it as the weather is starting to cool down. 

* 112 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. He's been getting fat all summer from Michelle putting corn on the bench all summer, now he is making himself a little more scarce. 

* 79 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, this should be an interesting one.

* There are 73 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 49 more days.

* I have written 6,181 blogs in the now 16+ 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 yet to fly this year.

* No Presidential Debates this week, there was one scheduled for Thursday but President Trump coming down with COVID has caused everyone to use a little more caution. 

* I think Pearl is going to need a new clutch. It's starting to slip and I need to get it changed in the very near future. 

* I'm going to be working for RTI doing some listing tomorrow, I spent yesterday doing a whole lot of prep work so this should all go pretty smoothly. I will not be going in blindly this time even though I have never been to where I am going. 

* I just got to say, Geospatial Professionals rock. I think RTI should offer me a full-time staff position in North Carolina. 

* George's Journal Officially endorses Joe Biden for the 46th President of the United States.  

* Corona Virus, you can still track it but it's losing it's steam a little.

* We're now Green for COVID for Monongalia County, track the state stats HERE. That means High School Football this weekend. 

* 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, do something to make it memorable. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Lather, Rinse, Re-Monday

Alright all of you working stiffs of the world, I'll tell you what I'm going to do for you. How about by my authority at George's Journal I extend your weekend one more day. Let's even make it a Federal Holiday, we'll call it Columbus Day and you can take the day off with pay in many cases. Just because I like you. 

The girls all made it back from their extended weekend yesterday, and believe it or not they did in fact meet my 100 Photograph Challenge and there may be more coming when Amy gets her pictures off of her camera. Talking to Kim, Brittany and Michelle yesterday, they all seemed like everyone had a really good and memorable time, which kind of warms my heart. 

My agenda for this week is a trip to go listing one day this week, it will be in Wood County around Parkersburg, so there are 100+ miles of travel each way if I do it all in one day, then if I stay there is the per diem money, I'm going to try to do it all in one day...hopefully. I'll start setting the segment up today so that it goes pretty smoothly for me. 

For those of you with the day off, enjoy your extended weekend, and for those of you working stick those noses back to the grindstone. 

Have a Great Day!!!....Steelers are 4-0

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunday Early Sunday

Here I sit in the early Sunday Morning, I've actually yet to fall asleep yet and still up believe it or not. The household is still quiet and both cats are running around doing something or another. I'm streaming a Harold and Jumar movie and trying to get tired enough to fall asleep. 

Insomnia is not a problem I experience, I can usually fall asleep pretty much as soon as my head hits the pillow. Michelle is amazed that I can, but this is one evening where that didn't happen. I did watch the Ole Miss vs Alabama game and did get into that, so that is part of the problem. I did sleep like a baby last night, so I guess this evens it out a little. 

Later this morning I'll run out and do the shopping for the week and then come home and get the chores done. Michelle and crew won't be back till probably this afternoon and I should have everything done by then. I think they have all had a good time, almost call it a great time from the Facebook live feed that Val put up of Amy trying to scare people. 

Have yourselves a great Sunday, I'm going to try to get some sleep before I have to start my day.