Monday, August 02, 2021


Here we go again, another Monday and another week filled with adventures and a chance to change the world for the better by doing what it is we do for a living. Time to stick that old nose on the grindstone and start another week of working. 

I am still working here in Morgantown this week, I will be here at least this week and maybe next. I know they are talking about me traveling to Parkersburg to work for a week to work a troubled segment, but that's not this week. I'll once again be out near the lake working this week. 

Michelle will be working this weekend, meaning that we will both be off on Friday, which happens to be (drumroll please....rat at tat a tat a tat) our Tenth Wedding Anniversary. I find it quite amazing that someone could put up with me for that long, I guess I am really the lucky one. 

Today is a sad one, this is when the reality starts to set in for 1,400 Mylan Employees that Mylan is no more. Production has ceased and everyone has been permanently laid off. I have no idea what the future holds for Morgantown, but Mylan was a big part of it. I think they still have some employees around town, but the production facility on Chestnut Ridge Road is now idle. Mylan Puskar would NEVER have let this happen, he loved this town and that facility too much. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 01, 2021


Like sands in the hourglass, so are my early morning weekend blogs. They just keep going and going and going and going. Peanut is not out here and I am flying solo once again, Kiwi is even still sleeping. It must be that I am one of those rare people who prefers early early morning. 

What's on my agenda? Other than a day off for both Michelle and I? Grocery shopping and other weekly household chores. Michelle is on call from work in case they need to get anything out of the old location and into the new one. I'm just going to relax this afternoon. 

I might even watch myself a movie or two this afternoon. I can use a nice relaxing day, that is unless my wife wants me to do other things that may take precedent to my lazy day, such as mowing the lawn, or something of that nature. 

Michelle is getting excited about the girls' trip coming up in a couple of months. She was going to ger some bath bombs that she really loves but decided on making Hot Chocolate Bombs to give out. Kayley, Abbie, and Korey are all going to get together and make them. Michelle bought the molds and Hayley just lives right down the road from Sarris Candies and Michelle ordered some other things as well. I'm sure Luke will volunteer to be Quality Control Supervisor. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household, Michelle is still zonked out and Peanut is being her typical non-complient self and is sleeping rather than assisting me with this blog. Kiwi I think would be a much better co-author, but other than "I'm Kiwi" and a few choice words he doesn't have too much else to say. 

Speaking of Kiwi, he spent the afternoon outside yesterday once I got back from running all my errands. He enjoyed himself, he's kind of that free independent bird that draws his inspiration by hearing the song of his people emanating from some of his other outdoor aviary friends. 

Me, I'm back at it again today. I take Fridays off and only work part of a day on Saturday since I am pretty much working locally right now. I tend to take weekends off when I travel, but I'm not traveling and am in fact helping my home county and town get represented in the RTI Field Study. Michelle, she is off today and will be relaxing as I'm out working this morning and afternoon. 

No other plans for us today, so hopefully it can be a relaxing one. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, July 30, 2021

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.

I am off today, Michelle is working and I'm working tomorrow so I am off on this day. Although off is not a solid word to use as I'll be doing all of our Friday running around and shopping. 

I did have a phone interview yesterday morning with RES, but they are looking more for a certified drone pilot and someone with a Masters's Degree. They are more wetlands monitoring, I wish I could say I felt strongly about this one, but I have to say that I don't. The person I interviewed with had a similar background as me with AECOM, but I'm not feeling really strong about this one. It was an honor meeting with them though. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

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.

This week's pic is from our last KDKA McDonalds Pittsburgh Steelers Trivia Show Championship run. We won the entire tournament three different seasons, we are the only team to win it twice much less three times. 

This week's pic was I seem to recall before the shows taping when we were doing the sound-check. Bob Pompeani was screwing with me, they had everyone count to 5 for the soundcheck and he smiled and told me to count to five in Germanbackwards, 2 years of German in High School and four semesters in college, I think he was a little surprised to see that was something that I could do. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Happy Birthday Josh Nicholson

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my great-nephew a very Happy Birthday today. 

Seems like it was only yesterday that he entered into this world. If my math is right, this would make this fine young man 15 years old today.

Not sure if Val has anything planned for this fine young man today, but knowing he is hitting that age just makes me feel a little bit more 21er.

If you happen to see Josh today, take a little bit of time out to wish him a Happy Birthday. 

 Happy Birthday Josh. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

 * Today is my Nephew Daniel Bell's 37th Birthday, good reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,060 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new and improved 991 day Calender. I prefer my calendar as it is the best calendar and it is variable. 

* It has been 6,291 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. I also have a minor in Communications and a Minor in History. I do love my mapping and Geography. 

* 4,878 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, Pizza Hut and some stupid movie that I can't remember much about. That {izza Hut is now gone. 

* 4,107 days ago I proposed to Michelle, 4:00 in the morning in the back yard. It was no surprise, she knew it was coming. 

* It was 3,629 days ago in front of our closest friends and family, Michelle and I became husband and wife at the Marilla Center, then we feasted like Kings and Queens. It was a memorable day. 

* I have now lived 1,269 days longer than my Dad did and I'm still going strong. I wish this was one bullet point that I didn't have to do. 

* I have 3,851 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 411 days away.  EAT SHITT PITT

* There are only 236 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 197 days until Michelle and I head to Pittsburgh to see Reba in concert. The Concert was supposed to be this August (actually it was supposed to be in March of last year) and they have moved it until the middle of February next year. So basically I bought tickets for a concert in 2022 in 2019. 

* 188 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, he has ended his winter vacation and can once again be seen in the back yard eating the Corn Michelle puts out. 

* 157 more days to go until my Goodbye 2021 Blog is posted, I'm hoping for a big year this year. 

* There are 150 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 127 more days. 

* There are 16 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Tenth Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* I have written 6,476 blogs in the now 16 1/2+ years since I started blogging. 

* Drone still needs to be sent out for repairs, not a big priority at this time. 

* This is the last week of Operations for Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown. They are laying off 1,400+ employees July 31st meaning Friday is the last day. 

* Rumor is Oklahoma and Texas are looking to leave the Big XII and are looking for membership in the SEC. There is a Grant of Media Rights in place until June 30, 2025, so if they try to leave early it could be very expensive for both schools. 

* I'm working in Morgantown this week and probably for a few weeks. Large segment here in town that is getting addressed for RTI. 

* Michelle is working a Mon-Fri schedule this week. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho