Saturday, December 03, 2022

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household. Kiwi and I are up discussing some of the ins and outs of tweeting. He claims he is going to be the first twitterer with a Trillion followers. I tried to tell him there are only 8 Billion people on the planet, but he said watch me. I think he is planning on recruiting an army of birds to flood twitter. 

I am off work today, I finally get a two day weekend after the past few weekends have been busy making up time for time off of work for Thanksgiving and a Funeral. Our VPN is down today, so there is no working for me. 

What that does mean is that I will be heading to the laundromat this morning to dry clothes. Michelle has stepped up the past few weeks and done it for me, but I'll be heading over there this morning to get the clothes dried. I'm an early riser so I don't mind getting out early and doing it. 

WVU is entering dead week. That is the week before finals where there are no tests or anything, but there are semester projects that are due. I can see a few partiers around town tonight as the last blast before the Semester ends and they go on Christmas Break between Semesters. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Friday, December 02, 2022

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 Black Friday!

It is a true Friday for me, my weekend starts this evening even though I was planning on working tomorrow, our VPN is being taken down for some upgrades so I am off tomorrow and Sunday. First two-day weekend in some time to be honest with you, and I'm kind of happy about that. 

So what do I do with a two-day weekend? Michelle and I have a birthday party tomorrow afternoon at her niece Amanda's house. Her daughter is celebrating her first Birthday. Personally, I think she waited one day too long to be born, but I have a biased opinion on that if you know what I mean. 

We did travel to East Liverpool on Wednesday for Tom's funeral. it was a pretty touching service and Michelle's nephew Jon gave a brief speech when they were reflecting on the times he has shared with Pap (what they called him). People were remembering the good times, the way we should say goodbye to people. The good times and the sad. 

WVU did name their new Athletic Director a couple of days ago. Wren Baker was chosen to take Shane Lyon's place. I am hearing some good things about the guy, but personally, I'm a little hesitant as I prefer someone with ties to the school and who understands the culture. I wish him the best. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, December 01, 2022

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+ photos that I have stored on my computer. Little lost moments in time that I either captured with a lens, scanned, or just stole from someplace on the internet. I like to find just one and post it up and recall or relive the picture to the best of my ability. Sometimes this is a pretty easy task and sometimes it's not that easy, one thing it has always been a whole lot of fun.

Don't ask me what year this is from, my guess is the early or mid 1950's. That basketball Superstar that you see there playing for Van Voorhis School, none other than my Dad. 

Van Voorhis School has been closed for as long as I can remember, but the remnants of the old school were still there in the early 1980's. It was just a little run down and dilapidated building. 

Now as far as the basketball future of this budding young star? He decided to forgo the NBA and work in the Coal

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Tuesday's Tidbits

 * Monday is over with, hopefully there are a lot less deer available for you to hit with your car this week. Sounds like a good reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,516 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new,  new, and improved 1,000-day Calender. I do have to say I start to feel my age of older than 21.  

* It has been 6,776 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. 18+ years ago and still doing GIS and enjoying every minute of it. 

* 5,361 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, the pizza hut is gone, the movie was 10,000 BC and it sucked to high heaven. Heck, even our Pizza Hut is gone. 

* 4,583 days ago I proposed to Michelle in the backyard at 4:00 in the morning. 

* It was 4,126 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, for the most part, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, we poured sand into a vase and said our I do's and we were hitched. How many people keep track of hoa many days they have been married 11+ years later? 

* I have now lived 1,748 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. 

* My older Brother Jonathan lived 21,266 days, I've now outlived him by 271 days making me Senior Supreme Sibling once again! We did find him, just never had the honor of a face-to-face meeting. 

* I have 3,410 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, but I love doing what I do. Who knows though, doing what I do I may never retire. 

* There are 367 days until I hit the age of 60. Yeah I know, I'm really older than 21. 

* There are 290 more days until the Pitt Panthers bring their butts to Morgantown so we can extract some revenge on our game this year. Payback Kitties. I think we are ready to roll now. 

* There are 278 more days to go until the Mountaineers travel to Happy Valley and get another shot at an old time Rival, Penn State

* There are 248 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Twelfth Wedding Anniversary together. Moke and Ang celebrated theirs yesterday. 

* There are 111 days until my favorite season, Spring of 2023. Have I ever mentioned that I hate snow? 

* 78 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, hopefully Phil does me a solid this year.

* 34 more days to go until my Goodbye 2022 Blog is posted, it's been eventful, and looking for more fun stuff to post. It's going to get interesting in the next couple of months. 

* There are 25 more shopping days left until Christmas 2022, everyone is putting their Christmas stuff out already. 

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

* I have written 6,994 blogs in the now 18 years plus a couple of days of being a blogger. 

* Older Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. My little drone is awesome and I really like it....when I take time out to fly it. 

* No Drone flights this weekend, I'm seriously a slacker. 

* Instead of working 10 hours of overtime a week for Duquense Light, I'm now working 20 hours a week of Overtime making it 12 hour days. 

* How about I start doing my favorite Tic Tok of the week? This is this weeks tic tok, would you believe the real life mean coach is a friend of Michelle's? It's former marshall coach Bob Pruett. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho 

Monday, November 28, 2022


All good things must come to an end, I'm not sure what that is for me because I worked both Saturday to help make up for Thanksgiving and yesterday to make up for time when I will be traveling to East Liverpool for Tom's funeral. However for all you people who enjoyed some time off, it's time to take our collective butts and get back to doing what it is that we do for a living and making this a better planet to live on. 

Michelle is off today, she has a Doctors appointment this morning. She's been having some trouble with her neck and has been going to a Chiropractor and has a follow up this morning with him. Either that or her Mom has an appointment this morning, not sure which one it is. She also has something she is doing this afternoon, so keep your fingers crossed. 

Looking at my week ahead, Michelle and I as well as her entire clan will be traveling to East Liverpool on Wednesday. It's going to be a one day event and everything will be done at the Funderal Home as well as a dinner afterwards across the parking lot. 

Other than that I will once again have a busy week, I will have next Sunday off which will be nice after working both days this past weekend. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, November 27, 2022

RIP Thomas Andrews

It is with a heavy heart this morning that I have to announce that Michelle's other-father of 45+ years has passed away. Thomas Andrews who has been in a nursing home since early this spring, around the time of Suzanne's fall. 

He has had deteriorating health for a while and has been on Oxygen the last couple of years. Earlier this week they put him in the hospital and they turned right around and sent him back to the nursing home under hospice care. 

Friday morning the word was sent out that his health was failing and it may be time to pay the final respects. Michelle was on her way to her Sister Chris's but only made it about a mile and a half down the word when she received the word that Tom had passed. 

Yesterday Michelle, Chris, and Danni went up to their family Funeral Home to make arrangements for Tom's Funeral. Jim, Chris's husband, will be officiating the funeral service which will be held on Wednesday.