Friday, April 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....or something like that.

Those of us who aren't working, it's just another day on the calendar. I'm suffering from Cabin Fever and need to get out and about a little bit sometime today. I appreciate the free time, especially from someone who has had a busy schedule for some time, but I'm ready to find a new job and get back to work.

I came to a realization yesterday, this might actually be the time that I actually leave Morgantown and West Virginia. I'm eyeing up a couple of directions. One is the Pittsburgh area, wouldn't be so bad, and I would still be close to home. The other is heading East to Washington, DC. Let's face it, in my line of work Government Contracts are the most lucrative areas where money can be made and I have a skill set that is in great demand in the DC area. This might just be where I end up, this time it more than any other before it may be a reality. I think I'm ready to get out of Morgantown if the right opportunity presents itself.

Whats on my agenda for this weekend? Same as everyone else....boredom and binge watching

Have yourselves a great day.

Thursday, April 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 is a rare one, it was taken when I was a smoker, has a mustache and some hair, and was actually pretty much as drunk as a skunk. This all happened one New Years Eve at Nick and Terri's years ago. I'm guessing early to mid 1990's time range.

I was quite fond of a liquor called Aftershock (see sitting on the table) and Gary and I had decided to reach a state of intoxication together. I was a little more fortunate than him, as I seem to recall him passing out drunk on the front porch. Fortunately they no longer produce aftershock, so neither one of us will ever be repeating that drunken night anytime soon.

Have yourselves a great day, combat the boredom and call someone.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Midweek Boredom

Well that is two boring days down, I've put in a dozen or so resumes in the past week, but it's all just a waiting game for me right now. I think I have a couple leads, but with the Corona Virus it's all nothing time a sit back and wait time until everything gets back to normal.

So what does one do with being stuck at home and being bored to death? I used to love to watch the series Survivor, and we now have Hulu, so I have decided to start watching a season of Survivor and binge watch as much of it as I can.

What season did I choose? I started with season 16 for some reason and started from there. It's a good way to pass the time away other than taking naps and eating all day every day. I used to write my blog in it's infancy based on the show, but I haven't seen it in well over ten years so it was like hooking up with an old friend.

Have yourselves a great day, one day at a time we will all get through this together. Stay strong, wash your hands and social distance.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* This is the I'm getting cabin fever and I'm bored version of Tuesday's Tidbits.

* It has been 20,579 days since I first set forth on this earth and made my presence known to all.

* It has been 5,805 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography.

* 4,406 days ago Michelle and I went out to see a movie and have some pizza. It was the start of a long relationship that continues to this day.

* 3,630 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard.

* It was 4,072 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I tied the knot with the help of a co-worker of hers.

* I have now lived 793 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.

* I have 4,270 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 877 days away.

* 301 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. I haven't seen my furry little buddy in a couple of weeks.

* 268 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year.

* There are 261 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 238 more days.

* There are 159 days to go until Michelle and I set sail once again to the Caribbean. Hopefully the events of the past week don't rain on this parade.

* There are 112 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 100 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 75 days until the start Summer 2020!!!!!

* I have written 5,982 blogs in the now 15 1/2 years since I started blogging.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that. I do have a plan to fly Hayley's wedding venue sometime this spring for her.

* Michelle is working from home.

* BOPARC has released their softball packets for 2020, The Senior League Packet has been released. We are going to be Whitetail Crossing once again this year if the Corona Virus doesn't cancel the season.

* This Corona Virus has still pretty much shut down everything not only here in the US but around the world. We are #1 in the world in infected people now.

* Speaking of the Corona Virus, you can track it here.

* We did have our first grass cutting of the season this past weekend.

* 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, April 06, 2020

Happy Birthday Terri Rehmani

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

Since everyone is at a stay at home order, my guess is no one is meeting at Whitetail like we have in years past to help her celebrate her birthday.

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

Not sure if Nick has anything planned this today, maybe when this whole corona virus thing is over with we can all get together and celebrate it with her.

Happy Birthday Terri.

Monday Morning

Well you working people, your weekend is over with. It's time to get up and stick your collective noses back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what you do. Hopefully most of you can do it from home, but for those of you who have to go someplace, make sure you stay safe.

What's on my agenda for the day? Probably starting my unemployment claim, I didn't do it last week as I worked a couple of days which put me above the maximum claim amount, so I'm waiting until this week to start my claims.

I have put in for a number of positions in and around Morgantown, and West Virginia and even the region. I did hear back from one about a remote job from Nebraska, but they are looking for someone with some very specific experience with a database that I have never worked with. I'm sure it's all the same platform, but those were their guidelines.

Michelle will be working from home today and for a while as they are working on the Goff Building that they bought in Clarksburg and starting to bring that building back to life. I know Michelle is excited about the move there as it is a beautiful facility with all kinds of potential.

I am going to start listing again for RTI (I did it when I was between jobs last time), I've already signed all of the paperwork, it'll give me a chance to make some income as we are waiting for the project to start up again. Listing is pretty easy and can pretty much be done from the comfort of your vehicle without getting out, unlike my field work where there is face to face interactions with many people.

Have yourselves a great day, do something to make a difference to the rest of the world today no matter how big or small.


Sunday, April 05, 2020

Quiet Sunday

Here I am at an early hour on a quiet Sunday Morning, Peanut I hear running around somewhere but she's not up here giving me any input into my blog. I was up to use the restroom but am going to lay back down and that is a definite.

We (mostly Michelle on the riding mower) got the first grass cutting in for the year. I trimmed some hedges where I park my car and mowed a few places with the push mower that the riding mower couldn't get to and now the entire lawn is mowed.

There was one thing that I did not do yesterday, and that was to write all my blogs for the week. I have plenty of free time for the moment and will either publish them live or the night before like I used to do. It was really hard to tell you about the week 6 days before it happened, so maybe this will help bring a little more life into this space.

We are going to try grocery shopping this morning as we usually do. Early Sunday AM's I feel is the best way to avoid all the chaos that is occurring in the local stores. It's something we have always enjoyed doing and will continue to do so, now it's just a matter of meal planning for the week.

Have yourselves a very special Sunday.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again, the household is not so quiet as Michelle also just woke up and turned her coffee pot on, which means she is up for a while. Peanut is still no where to be found though.

Well this was an eventful week to say the least, I was let go from Amentum Tuesday due to a numbers thing with the new contract. It caught me completely by surprise but one door closes it's just opportunity for another door to open. I've got a few resumes out already, so we are looking for that other door.

Looks like I may be going back to doing blogs once a day rather than being so crunched for time that I have to write all the weekday blogs on Saturday afternoon. Maybe now I can go back to putting readable content in them rather than just regurgitating the same mindless thoughts in a sea of redundancy.

Michelle and I took a trip down to the Goff Building in Clarksburg, which is going to be her new office. They purchased the entire building and all the grounds around it including the paid parking area. It's an older historic building that they are planning on totally redoing, it does have a lot of potential and everything is in place to bring back to life a historical place in Clarksburg.

Have yourselves a great day today.

Friday, April 03, 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 are our plans for this weekend? Same as everyone elses, stay at home and continue to practice Social Distancing as we try to allow this Corona Virus to run its course and we can all get back to a normal life.

I will probably be buying our new lawn tractor this weekend, if not this weekend then definitely next weekend as the grass is starting to grow, the birds are returning and we need to get the grass cut for the first time in 2020 before it gets out of hand like it did a couple of years at the beginning of the grass cutting season.

There is one good thing, my basketball bracket for the NCAA Tournament hasn't missed a single pick yet. No teams I picked have been eliminated from the tournament yet. Of course the Pittsburgh Pirates haven't lost a single game this season yet either.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, April 02, 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 don't think there could be a more appropriate picture for today's Photo Flashback than this one. How many of you yesterday bit on my April Fools joke that I was being transferred to Emerald City to work for the Wizard of Oz?

That brings me to today's pic, I couldn't think of a better one than a few years ago on Halloween up at Amy's. They were doing a Wizard of Oz Theme and Kynlea was dressed up as Dorothy (or my co-worker from Kansas).

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Now for the Non-April Fools Blog




I hope everyone enjoyed my BLOG, it was a lot of fun writing it this past weekend, but now on to the non  April Fools content. One that has me still in a lot of shock.

I as well as a number of my co-workers were laid off yesterday. Not paid off as in we'll call you back, laid off as in here is your severance package, turn all your property including your badge in. When the new contract came out, the work statement pretty much defined my work in ArcGIS (See 5.3.4) and I thought I was very safe. However the company that won the bid, bid it very low and they needed to eliminate a number of positions.

Yesterday at about 11:00 I was called into my bosses office and was handed a stack of paperwork indicating that I was going to be one of the people let go. 11 1/2 years after first walking into NETL I am now an outsider. The articles I posted were in yesterdays dominion post, talking about the contract transition.

I did call a few of my Federal Contacts and they are extremely upset with the situation, but before there can be a contract mod it has to wait 1 year and that will be ironically next April 1st (I promise this is not an April Fools joke).

I did thank all of my management as I was leaving yesterday, they are all a bunch of great people, however they had a job to do. It wasn't a performance issue, many of them wondered how I was going to be replaced. I was told by numerous people that I could use each of them as a professional reference.

I wish this was an April Fools joke, however this is not and not only is RTI shut down, I'm completely unemployed at the moment.

I'm being transferred

I found out yesterday afternoon, that I am being transferred to another location. My time at the Morgantown NETL site is coming to an end and the next chapter of my life will begin Monday at our location in Emerald City.

I am going to be very sad leaving Morgantown, but I guess it is about time. The good news is all of my moving expenses are being paid for and the company moving us will be Locasta, they are a very good northern moving company know to put whole houses on themselves.

I'll obviously have a new boss by the name of Frank Morgan, he's supposed to be some kind of a Wizard in the Emerald City. I've met a few of my new coworkers, Dorothy is is from Kansas, Nicholas Chopper who they say is like a machine, Ray Scarecrow who in my opinion doesn't have much of a brain and Coward Lee Lyon who seems to be a bit timid.

I hope you have a great day

It's off to see the Wizard.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* This is the last day of March, can you believe that? I guess that is a good reason to do a tidbits.

* It has been 20,572 days since my birth, once you get to a certain age those numbers really start to add up.

* It has been 5,798 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I love my chosen field and I wouldn't have changed a thing.

* 4,399 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later. That's over 12 years that she hasn't kicked me to the curb.

* 3,623 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard.

* It was 4,065 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. I'm a pretty lucky guy. Next year Hayley takes that walk.

* I have now lived 786 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.

* I have 4,277 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 884 days away.

* 308 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Update on Phil, he has been seen in my back yard again, so he has moved home already.

* 275 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year.

* There are 268 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. Walmart hasn't even brought their Christmas stuff back out yet, but give them time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 245  more days.

* There are 166 days to go until Michelle and I set sail once again to the Caribbean. This will be our seventh cruise and it's all paid off already plus we're cashing in big time with all the reductions.

* There are 119 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 107 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert....IF we are not in San Diego. Stay tuned.

* There are only 82 days until the start Summer 2020!!!!!

* I have written 5,973 blogs in the now 15 1/2 years since I started blogging.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that. I do have a plan to fly Hayley's wedding venue sometime this spring for her.

* Michelle is moving her office to Clarksburg this week, she should be working from home most of the week.

* BOPARC has released their softball packets for 2020, The Senior League Packet has been released. We are going to be Whitetail Crossing once again this year if the Corona Virus doesn't cancel the season.

* This Corona Virus has pretty much shut down everything not only here in the US but around the world. We are #1 in the world in infected people now.

* Speaking of the Corona Virus, you can track it here.

* 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, March 30, 2020

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and that does indeed include those fun filled and relaxing things we refer to as weekends. Now it's time to stick out noses back on to the grindstone for another fun week of doing what it is we do for a living.

I am able to telework, but I will once again be going into the office this week, we are transitioning from one contract where USS&E2 was the Prime to We2 being the prime on our Contract. The two people across the office from me are both leaving at the end of this contract tomorrow, one is retiring and the other is moving to South Carolina to be closer to her Grandchildren, but these were both executive level people. Today and tomorrow will be the last days under this contract with the new contract starting Wednesday.

Michelle and I had a great weekend, we were out and about Saturday doing our research for a new riding mower. Michelle is liking the Husqvarna as it appears to be assembled quite well. We also looked at a few John Deeres, a Cub Cadet, Troy Built and Craftsman. I was going to buy a used one, but with the stimulus check I figured we would just go buy a new one.

Have a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit once again in a quiet household, my co-author is no where to be found. She was playing Meowtside yesterday, so she is probably a little bit worn out. I'm here watching who knows what and collecting my thoughts for the day.

Phoenix Bakery has their mixer fixed now, so this will be our normal Sunday of Grocery Shopping and going over to the bakery for some delicious bread that I went all last week without. Oh the things we picky bread fans must sometimes endure.

We did get a little bit of news late last week. One of Michelle's longest and dearest friends, Holly as well as her Father, both tested positive for the Corona Virus. She lives back where Michelle is from and is in good spirits trying to defeat this. This past week it was reported that a number of residents at the Sundale Rest Home here in Morgantown were infected. I'm ready for this whole pandemic to be over and done with.

No plans this afternoon, probably a good day for a nice nap.

Have yourselves a great day, stay safe.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, my co-author has just showed up and is stretching and warming up and getting ready to share her feline brain power with me as I construct this early morning blog. I'm watching No Strings Attached on Amazon Prime and stretching my arthritic fingers.

I did find out some very sad news this week, someone who I played on numerous softball teams with, someone who was part of our fantasy football league we used to run, Scott Barr has passed away after a long battle with cancer. I know he had a battle with cancer a few years ago and actually beat it, then this latest one developed and it was a fight for him. Condolences go out to Lindsey and the rest of the Barr family. He was a great guy and a great team mate on some of the best and funnest teams I ever played on. Those teams were a family and we are all still like family.

Plans for the day, we are going to stay home. I think my highlight for this day will be to change my headlights in Pearl. The drivers side is out, but when I change them I change both sides.

Michelle has been packing up their Fairmont Office this past week and preparing it to move to the Clarksburg location next week. Her company purchased the Goff Building and is remodeling everything, so she will actually be working from home later next week as construction finishes up.

Michelle and I also might be starting to do a little research this weekend. With Patty moving to Florida, I am really going to be in need of a riding mower. I think we are just going to purchase a new one, then when we leave here just sell it if it is not needed. I've noticed John Deere's really retain their value on the resell market, but we are just starting to do our research. I was going to buy one, but with the stimulus passing and a financial windfall coming our way that made the decision really easy.

Have yourselves a great day today, stay home, practice social distancing and bing watch some television.

Friday, March 27, 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.

With the Corona Virus still impacting everyone and everything, it looks like this weekend is going to look a lot like last weekend. A whole lot of not really doing anything and sequestering ourselves until this whole thing blows over and is done with.

The big question is what do you write about other than how many pieces of rice are in a couple of my boxes, yes we inventoried and enumerated them all....lol

I did manage to subscribe to Hulu and Disney+ last weekend. I already had ESPN+ so I got them all in one deal. I don't watch much TV but Michelle loves Hulu.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 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 weeks pic goes back a decade, back to my nephew Calvin's Birthday Party when my great-nephew Kaiden was on top of Pam and George's 4-wheeler and getting ready to take it for a spin.

I saw some videos my niece Amy posted this past week with Kaiden and Kynlea riding their 4 wheelers, then I came across this one and thought it's perfect for this weeks photo flashback.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is over with, time for a Tidbits.

* It has been 20,565 days since my birth, once you get to a certain age those numbers really start to add up.

* It has been 5,791 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography.

* 4,392 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later. That's over 12 years that she hasn't kicked me to the curb.

* 3,616 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard.

* It was 4,058 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. I'm a pretty lucky guy.

* I have now lived 779 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.

* I have 4,284 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 891 days away.

* 315 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day. Update on Phil, he has been seen in my back yard again, so he has moved home already.

* 282 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year.

* There are 275 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. Walmart hasn't even brought their Christmas stuff back out yet, but give them time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 252  more days.

* There are 173 days to go until Michelle and I set sail once again to the Caribbean. This will be our seventh cruise and it's all paid off already plus we're cashing in big time with all the reductions.

* There are 126 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 114 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert....IF we are not in San Diego. Stay tuned.

* There are only 89 days until the start Summer 2020!!!!!

* I have written 5,965 blogs in the now 15 1/2 years since I started blogging.

* No drone flights this weekend, but that has pretty much been my recurring theme this year with that. I do have a plan to fly Hayley's wedding venue sometime this spring for her.

* Michelle should be in the Fairmont office all week again as they start to transition to the Clarksburg Office. She did find a nice surprise at the Clarksburg location they purchased. The were stripping the floors down and found the original floor......It's a marble floor.

* BOPARC has released their softball packets for 2020, The Senior League Packet has been released. We are going to be Whitetail Crossing once again this year if the Corona Virus doesn't cancel the season.

* This Corona Virus has pretty much shut down everything not only here in the US but around the world. No sports being played anywhere right now.

* Speaking of the Corona Virus, you can track it here.

* 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, March 23, 2020

Monday

All good things must come to an end and that does in fact include those fun filled (or sequestered) filled weekends. Now it's time for us to stick our collective noses back onto the grindstone or log in if you can work remote and start another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

For those of you remembering Maxine "Nana" Snider, today would have been her birthday. I tried to find an online obituary, but could not find one for her although I did find one for someone of the same name and same birthdate, just not the one we knew.

I did manage to make a few phone calls this weekend to catch up with some people to see how they were all doing. That's the one nice thing, you seem to make time to speak to family members you only see during certain times of the year anymore.

Have yourselves a great day, I am authorized to telework but I will once again be going into the office probably most of this week.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I once again sit in a quiet household, my co-author is still snuggled up with Michelle in bed as I'm here waking up and collecting my thoughts for the day. For Love of the Game is playing on the TV behind me and I'm starting to plan out the day.

Of course our morning will start with our weekly shopping at Krogers. Hopefully the panic of yesterday and the anticipation of the Governor shutting the state down are all over with and shelves will be restocked by this morning. They are really good about this, hence why we love Gucci Krogers. No Phoenix Bakery this morning, they have a broken belt on their mixer and will be closed today. Much sadness on my belly this week without my toast for breakfast.

I watched the Knighthawks do a little living room concert last night, In haven't heard them perform for a while and they did a great job. It made for an entertaining evening right up until the Governors speech that everyone was waiting for.

Speaking of the Governors Speech that we were all told to tune in and listen to, W T F. Incoherent ramblings for 10 minutes, followed by if we don't follow this plan of action and he never introduced one. What a complete and total waste of time. If you are going to have an emergency press conference, have something to say and a defined plan of action prepared, he had neither. Looking at social media afterwards, from both the left and the right, no one had a positive thing to say about his speech. I'm watching on Youtube and I kept typing "GET TO THE POINT" and there never was one. These are critical times, we need leaders who are communicators and can deliver a message to the populace, not some rich guy in over his head.

Have a great day.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Sequestered Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, my co-author Peanut is no where to be found, I'm here collecting my thoughts for the day and trying to decide what to watch as I fall back asleep.

With this Corona Virus really starting to impact the local area, besides everything being shut down everywhere, Monongalia County has their first confirmed case of this deadly COVID-19 that has taken over 11,000 lives in the past couple of weeks.

Most of NETL is teleworking, but I've been on site every day to assist those in our Engineering group with being able to get set up and use their work PC's from home. I've got almost everyone in our group set up as well as worked with our Amentum brothers in other sites to assist in getting this ability to be able to telework. We have no idea how long this will impact us, but I think we are doing the right things in this country to prepare and using what is happening in Italy as a sever warning.

I did receive word this week that RTI has placed a Temporary Suspension of In-Person Field Data Collection. Segment materials have not been sent out as they intended this past week. They are anticipating this lasting a month or two before we go back out into the field and have advised many field workers to apply for unemployment benefits as many of my co-workers work this project full time.

Michelle and I are hunkered down here at home this weekend. She's still not 100% and we are not pushing our luck now that the virus is here in town.

I guess it is going to be a naps, snacks and movie kind of day. Oh darn...lol

Have yourselves a great day.

Friday, March 20, 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.

Being that I am writing this blog six days ahead of time, so as to ensure that I do a blog every day, I can't tell you what is going on this weekend.

The Corona Virus has pretty much brought everything to a halt, and I have to idea what the situation today is when I wrote this last Saturday afternoon.

I do know whatever plans I have will be minimal at best just so I can get a little bit of rest and relaxation this weekend since last weekend was pretty busy for me. Work today, Sam's club and then out to dinner, it's out typical Friday.

Have yourselves a Great Day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Happy Birthday Amy Dalton

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

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

Amy is also a very creative photographer. She has that Photographers eye on how to create a great shot that I wish I had but do not. Nick and Terri just got her a Cricket this past weekend for her birthday, so I am sure the creativity level is about ready to explode with this new tool (or toy).

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

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

Happy Birthday Amy.

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 one goes way back, over half a Century back to when I was a little boy. I was wearing shorts, am bald and holding a ball bat, can't say too much has changed since that fateful day..lol

This picture was taken by my Grandma Hall way back in the 60's when we used to live down in Van Voorhis. I was pretty much foot loose and fancy free during those years. If I ever get my hands on a time machine, I need to make sure I go back to this day and tell my youthful self that I'm holding the bat wrong.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* It's St Patricks Day, can anyone think of a better reason to do a tidbits than that?

* It has been 20,558 days since my birth, once you get to a certain age those numbers really start to add up.

* It has been 5,784 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I worked in Industry for years, and we used to play the lottery. When asked what I would do if I won, I always said go to college. Smartest move I ever made.

* 4,385 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,609 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 4,051 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. I'm a pretty lucky guy.

* I have now lived 772 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. I should p[lay 777 on Sunday.

* I have 4,291 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 898 days away.

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

* 289 more days to go until my Goodbye 2020 Blog is posted, recapping my year.

* There are 282 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. Walmart hasn't even brought their Christmas stuff back out yet, but give them time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 259  more days.

* There are 18 days to go until Michelle and I set sail once again to the Caribbean. This will be our seventh cruise and it's all paid off already plus we're cashing in big time with all the reductions.

* There are 133 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 121 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert....IF we are not in San Diego. Stay tuned.

* There are only 4 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 5,957 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 do have a plan to fly Hayley's wedding venue sometime this spring for her.

* Michelle should be in the Fairmont office all week again as they start to transition to the Clarksburg Office.

* BOPARC has released their softball packets for 2020, The Senior League Packet has been released. We are going to be Whitetail Crossing once again this year.

* This Corona Virus has pretty much shut down everything not only here in the US but around the world. No sports being played anywhere right now.

* 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. Just saying. Going, going...

* 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, March 16, 2020

Monday

Well that fun filled thing that we refer to as the weekend is now over with, now it is hopefully time to take out butts back to our place of employment and start doing what it is we do to make a living.

It was a short weekend for me, being I worked Saturday, but let's just say I was compensated well for working a few hours that day. We should be able to close out all the lines in all of those segments and pretty much close up the state for this quarter. The next quarters segment materials should be here this week.

I got a service award for working for when I worked for AECOM (I work for Amentum now), a nice plaque with my name on it and I got to choose a gift from their list and there was nothing I really wanted, they had some really nice watches, but I'm an apple watch kind of guy, so I got Michelle a Coach Hadley Hobo Bag as my gift. It made her day and it arrived this past Saturday.

Looking at my week ahead, everything looks pretty open for me. We are transitioning from one contract to another and a lot of key personnel is changing on the upper management part so it will take a little getting used to.

They did move the Reba Concert from this week to July 16th, so we won't be attending that concert this week. Only problem is if I get to go to San Diego again, the dates conflict and Michelle has already said San Diego takes precedence.

We're still cruising this September. We paid it off in full when we booked it, now with all the things happening around the world and Carnival having price drops, we're walking on board with $580 of on board credit. This is by far our largest amount we walk on with, one year it was like $440 but this passes it and that may even go up.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, my co-author is no where to be seen or heard, so I'm flying solo once again. Something or another is playing on the TV in the background which should tell you I use it more for noise than anything else.

As the Corona Virus has basically shut down everything, allow me to share with you a great tracking tool to see where the virus has impacted and (Peanut is now here) and to be able to get updates on where it is most prevalent. I've never seen a virus just shut down the plant like this one has, so I have nothing to compare this one to. We're all seeing uncharted waters with this one.

Rural King opened their doors for business yesterday morning here in Morgantown. There was a line through the parking lot to get into the store before it even opened. Everyone is in some kind of a mad rush to buy up toilet paper for some reason and they had a lot of it. Took them 43 minutes to sell out and the students are already gone for spring break.

Michelle and I are going to celebrate 12 years since our first date today, we're going to do a movie and pizza this afternoon. Michelle was looking at movie trailers yesterday and I think she wants to go see the movie the Hunt, so that's what we shall go and see.

Have yourselves a great day today. Make it memorable.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Pi Day Morning Ramblings

Here I sit on Pi day in a quiet household, my co-author Peanut is no where to be found and I'm flying solo this morning  writing my blog. I will try to get through this without her intellectual insight to guide me.

Some things have changed today, Michelle was going to work the Auction today, but Jim and Chris have postponed it due to the Corona Virus outbreak  so they will not have the auction this evening.

What's changed for me, well my quarter I thought was over with with RTI with my new segment materials coming this week, but guess again. I have to travel today down south today so that we can finalize some cleanup work today. We have no one else to go as all of our travelers are out working that they asked me to go down and work the segment today and I said I would oblige.

Some other changes that occurred this week. We are not attending the Reba Concert as it has been postponed until mid July. It might pose a slight problem as this is the time period we may be heading out west for the ESRI Conference.

All sporting events in this country as well as all schools and other events have been suspended or stopped due to the attempt to reduce the risk of the Corona Virus outbreak. I have never seen anything like this in my life where anything and everything is shut down. NCAA Tournament, NBA, XFL, MLB, NASCAR, NHL, Universities are shutting down as well as schools.

As far as us where I work, they testing all the feds working remotely this week to see if the servers could handle it. They are preparing just in case the Continuity of Operation Plan (Coop) needs to be implemented.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, March 13, 2020

Big Ole Hairy Friday the 13th

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

Jim and Chris are supposed to have an Auction tomorrow down in Osage, they own the building and it is where they have their shop. As of the time of my authoring this particular blog they don't have the auctionzip site set up yet. Follow the link and if it is updated it will be in their list of auctions. I think Michelle has been recruited once again to work it.

What's on my agenda for the weekend? Not sure, with Michelle working the Auction tomorrow it might just be a power lounge day for me as last Saturday was. Plans however can always change at the drop of a hat. As long as I don't run into Jason Voorhees tonight, tomorrow should be good.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 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 all the way back a couple of weeks. It's very rarely that Michelle and her two sisters Chris and Dani as well as all of the spouses are in one place and we can manage to get a picture of all of us together.

Jim is always around, but it's either me or Roy that is absent for the picture. On this day this pic was taken at the Iron Horse Saloon, just right before Roy had to leave to go to work in Wheeling. He's a coal miner so you know how busy their schedules can be.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is completed, now it's time to start addressing Tuesday. Peanut told me I must do a tidbits and she is the boss.

* It has been 20,551 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 5,777 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.

* 4,378 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,602 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 4,044 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Now we're planning on Hayley making that walk.

* I have now lived 765 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going.

* I have 4,298 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 905 days away, with the way this Basketball season is going, maybe it is time to look to Football.

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

* 296 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 289 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. Walmart hasn't even brought their Christmas stuff back out yet, but give them time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 266  more days.

* There are 187 days to go until Michelle and I set sail once again to the Caribbean. This will be our seventh cruise and it's all paid off already.

* There are 140 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 16 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 11 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 5,950 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 do have a plan to fly Hayley's wedding venue sometime this spring for her.

* Michelle should be in the Fairmont office all week as they start to transition to the Clarksburg Office.

*  Cruise is all booked and paid for, now it's waiting to see if the price drops and we get more on board credit.

* BOPARC has released their softball packets for 2020, nothing on the Senior League yet, but it's coming.

* 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. Just saying. Going, going...

* 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, March 09, 2020

Monday

After a shorter than usual (daylight Savings time) weekend, it is 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.

Looking at my own personal work schedule this week, just a couple of meetings on my agenda for the week. Nothing out of the ordinary, although I do have to try to track down if there are any Indiana Bat habitats on site. It's endangered and we are going to trim some trees, but we can't disturb their habitats. They should still be hibernating and we should be OK.

I'm just working one job now as my  RTI job is done for this quarter for me. Which means I have a few weeks to rest and relax a little bit before another quarter kicks off. I was ready for that one to end and for a new one to begin. I should be getting my new materials here in a few weeks, or more specifically on St Patrick's Day.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Sunday

Peanut finally showed up for duty to help me write my blog this quiet Sunday Morning. She has a public service announcement to remind everyone to move their non automatic clocks ahead one hour if you have not already done so as it is now Daylight Savings Time.

Big day here in Morgantown as the WVU Basketball Team closed out the regular season with a 76-64 win against the #4 team in the country and the team that has spent most of the season as #1 in Baylor. It was Senior Day and the Seniors went out in memorable fashion including Chase Harler who proposed to his High School sweetheart when he was being introduced as a Senior with his parents. All of this in front of an over capacity 14,014 fans in attendance.

Our plans for today, once again grocery shopping and doing our chores around the house in preparation for another fun filled week of working starting tomorrow morning.

Michelle is seeming like she is feeling better after a week long battle with the flu. I know both of us have had a touch of it over the past couple of weeks, hopefully this is the end of it for this season. I had my flu shot in October, and made up until a couple of weeks ago flu free for the season.

Have yourselves a great and peaceful day, make some memories.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Saturday Morning Rambling

Here I sit in a quiet household, my co-author is no where to be found and I'm going to try to fly solo this morning without Peanut's wit and input. I will try to make my way through this without her.

No plans for us today, it's not that often that I can make that claim. Our nephew Donald got married recently and his wedding reception is today back up in Beaver, but Michelle has been out sick most of the week and we're just going to hang around the house and take it easy today.

This past week the WVU Baseball team had a free game to attend and it was a doozie. A pitching gem is a Perfect game and also a no hitter. In a perfect game no one reaches base, in a no hitter it allows for walks and errors. WVU threw a no hitter on Wednesday, the first since 2007. It was one heck of an accomplishment and feat. They beat Kent State 8-0.

Now for the most important piece of information you are going to need to know this weekend. Tomorrow is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. That means you are losing an hours sleep tonight and to turn your non automatically adjusting clocks ahead one one hour before you go to bed. What does this all mean? It means that Spring is just about here, the days are getting longer, it'll get dark later and the weather will start to warm up a little bit. Needless to say this is the dawn of my favorite season of the year.

Have yourselves a great day today.


Friday, March 06, 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.

Nothing on my agenda for this upcoming weekend, I know that can tend to change pretty quickly as there are a couple events for us to consider this weekend back where Michelle if from.

Other than that I'm going to relax, I've earned a little downtime from doing fieldwork and have the next few weeks to do what I want to do or Michelle and I want to do. We do tend to live a very busy lifestyle, so when there is a little bit of time like this where neither one of us have any obligations, it's nice to just relax.

Have a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, March 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.

How about a video for this weeks photo flashback, this is one that I took with my drone at Mason Dixon Park a couple of years ago. Michelle and I went out the summer before last as I was still learning what it was that I am doing. I want to get into it a little more in 2020.

I am gong to refly it a few times over the next year and a half and concentrate a little more on the barn. Just in case, I want some aerial footage of the venue for a specific reason next year.

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is completed, now it's time to start addressing Tuesday. I can't think of a better way to do that than with a tidbits.

* It has been 20,544 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 5,770 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.

* 4,371 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,595 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 4,037 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became Husband and Wife. Now we're planning on Hayley making that walk.

* I have now lived 758 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going. Life is just too short, seems like only yesterday I was a kid playing pinball at Suburban Lanes and that was the highlight of my day.

* I have 4,305 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 912 days away, with the way this Basketball season is going, maybe it is time to look to Football.

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

* 303 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 296 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. Walmart hasn't even brought their Christmas stuff back out yet, but give them time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 273  more days.

* There are  194 days to go until Michelle and I set sail once again to the Caribbean.

* There are 147 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 30 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 18 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 5,943 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 do have a plan to fly Hayley's wedding venue sometime this spring for her.

* Michelle should be in the Fairmont office all week as they start to transition to the Clarksburg Office.

*  Cruise is all booked and paid for, got a bunch of on board stuff bought and paid for, now it's just the waiting part.

* BOPARC has released their softball packets for 2020, nothing on the Senior League yet, but it's coming.

* 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. Just saying.

* 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, March 02, 2020

Monday

After a nice two days in a row weekend away from work, it's time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

One thing I always think about on this date, March  2 is not even personally related, but it is sports related. Wilt Chamberlain, whom I consider the greatest athlete in history, scored 100 points and set an NBA scoring record on this day in 1962. Don't know why every March 2, that is the first thing that I remember.

It was a memorable weekend to say the least, but now it's back to our regularly scheduled week. I'll be in the office all week working the normal schedule, nothing big on my calendar as they are beginning the transition from one contract to the other. I guess my biggest excitement work related is I once again shifted all my retirement funds into another account since I no longer work for AECOM. It's kind of a funny process as they have to send you a check that you send right back to them. That transitional period alone saved me from part of the stock market tanking, my money was sitting idle as everything was tanking and what happens when I finally get my money in there? Largest single day drop in Dow history followed by another doozy. Since Thursday I lost $6,000, but I go long and it'll rebound. Not the way to start the week though. Hopefully the dow bounces back today.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

 go Dow Go.

Sunday, March 01, 2020

A Busy One Ahead

Here I sit in a semi-quiet household, my co-author just stopped by indicating that she is ready and willing to assist me in writing this blog, right after she goes and plays on her new scratch pad with catnip on it. I'm sitting here still waking up and collecting my thoughts for the day. Uh oh Sophie has already chased Peanut off the catnip infused scratch pad, that was quick.

It's going to be a busy day for Michelle and I as it has been a busy weekend.

The morning is going to start off by attending JT's (Amanda and Joey's son)  Baptism at Woodland followed by lunch at Iron Horse Tavern. It's going to be a family filled morning.

Then, Michelle and I are heading to Cannonsburg for Luke's Birthday Party. They have booked the party at some Nurf facility so they can have a Nurf war, something Haley used to love to do years ago.

Speaking of Hayley, after multiple facility visits, scheduling conflicts with the facilities and other issues, she and Tyler have found their venue and have began to book it. We're in the process of securing the local facility for three days next year (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for the event. It has a full and operational kitchen, a big dining area and a second building that we are going to get a big tent and place it beside the building to expand the size. It has an outdoor stage, a large fire pit and three cabins and not to mention, all of the parking that we are going to need. Plus it has everything she wants for her Wedding and it's local.

I think she was starting to get frustrated as she has looked at The Barn at Madison, Camp Muffley, but it was booked. Another place up in Uniontown that Hayley was scheduled to tour before finding this local venue.

It's been a busy and eventful weekend thus far.

Have yourselves a great day.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

It's Leap Day

Today is a day that only happens once every four years, it's leap day. On our rotation around the sun, once ever four years we need to re-calibrate our location in relation to the sun and that is why we have leap year. From starting point to return to the exact same point of origin, it takes 365 1/4 days to reach return to that exact same point of origin. So once every 4 years we have enough extra hours built up that we need to re-calibrate the calendar (since it is based on our rotation around the sun (year), the moons rotation in relation to the earth (month) and our own rocks very rotation (Day)), that we need to add one day to the calendar to bring it back into sync and that day is today.

Other than that, I'm up and I think my coauthor has decided to take the morning off leaving me to come up with own unique content and fly solo this morning, but we'll do our best.

My quarter for doing field work for RTI is over with. They are bringing in a traveler to do clean up on my segments and my remaining caseload has been transferred to them. So I pretty much have the next month off before we jump into another quarter. After so many attempts and two months of trying to find people home, it'll be nice to get a couple new locations to work in April. I know where one of them is located as I worked it last year and it's right here in town. The other segment will be a surprise.

So what to do with my day off? We're going to do our Sunday chores today including our grocery shopping as tomorrow is going to be a very busy day. It's going to start out with JT being baptized at Woodland United Methodist Church followed by brunch with the in laws at Iron Horse Tavern. But wait, there's more, afterwards we will be running to Canonsburg to help Luke celebrate his birthday with Hayley, Tyler and a slew of other family members.

So tomorrow is going to be a busy day, so I'm going to spend my Leap Day doing our weekly chores as I enjoy my day off.

Have yourselves a great day!!!!!

Friday, February 28, 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.

If you have been following my blog long, you will know I do one of these every Friday, same intro and all leading into the content.

The origins of this was an old radio team from WVAQ years ago called Eric and Kevin, they really used to make my mornings listening to them and the old Prime Thyme Softball team that I played on had their regular segment every Monday when they would talk BOPARC softball since Kevin was our Third Baseman.

Well long story short, Eric had health problems and had to retire. Kevin went to law school and is a practicing attorney but these two are back at it once a week with the Eric and Kevin Podcast that they have been seem to consistently putting out during 2020. Since I permanently borrowed their Friday slogan, I thought I would give them a shout out. It's nice to hear these two back on the air.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, February 27, 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.

Well since BOPARC has their 2020 packets out, I thought I would peer back into yesteryear in one of my old Softball Teams, and I do mean old.

This is a picture of the 2019 Whitetail Crossing Senior League (old farts) Softball that we have played the past four seasons. The makeup of the team changes a little bit from year to year, but it's all still the same core group of guys that come and go every once in a while. My Senior Boys of Summer.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is completed, now it's time to start addressing Tuesday. I can't think of a better way to do that than with a tidbits.

* It has been 20,537 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 5,763 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.

* 4,364 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, she still loves me all these years later.

* 3,588 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 4,030 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 751 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 4,312 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 919 days away, we are under running that number down since this tidbit debuted.

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

* 310 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 303 more shopping days left until Christmas 2020. Walmart hasn't even brought their Christmas stuff back out yet, but give them time.

* My next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 280  more days.

* There are  201 days to go until Michelle and I set sail once again to the Caribbean.

* There are 154 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Ninth Wedding Anniversary together.

* There are 37 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert.

* There are only 25 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 5,936 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 running around all weekend, she's also trying to get the new office set up in Clarksburg.

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

* BOPARC has released their softball packets for 2020.

* 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. Just saying.

* 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 24, 2020

Monday

Weekend is now over with and it is time for us to take our collective noses and stick them back on that dreaded Grindstone for another fun filled week of doing what it is we do for a living.

It is the start of another week of work and the start of another streak. This quarter my weeks have been pretty much 6 days on and taking Sundays off from both jobs. I'm not running around like I have in the last year for RTI covering for vacant positions that we have, travelers have done that.

Looking at my week ahead, it looks pretty open at the Office, not much on my calendar other than this afternoon and working with someone in Oregon. Other than that, it's pretty open.

Michelle and I had a nice time yesterday, looking at potential wedding venues for Hayley next year.

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

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