Thursday, September 16, 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 goes back to last Summer and one of a rare one. It's one of the times (about once a decade) where the five living siblings here in West Virginia manage to get together and step in front of a Camera. 

The picture was taken last year when Val had a birthday party for Erica and Josh and we managed to get Gary into town for the day. We tried to emulate a photo from 1978, which was our first one together, as we were all in the same positions from that original photo. Good times went by. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday completed, Kiwi is still singing and I can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,109 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 6,340 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.

* 4,927 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, my life has been fulfilled ever since. 

* 4,156 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 3,692 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 1,314 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 3,802 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 362 days away. We do have Virginia Tech at home Saturday, so there is that. 

* There are 326 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are only 187 days until the start of Spring 2022. My favorite season of the year rolls around again. 

* There are 148 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. 

* 139 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. 

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

* There are 103 more shopping days left until Christmas 2021. You still have plenty of time. 

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 78 more days. 

* I have written 6,530 blogs in the now 17 years since I started blogging. 

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

* If you want to listen to a Good Podcast, listen to this one. The guy who hosts it (Anthony) is a former Softball teammate. The guest is Scott Scooter Bartlett another longtime Softball teammate, they talk about Steve "Chewy" Stavar, Matt Striner and Joe Webb, all of which were former Softball teammates. Scott was my Buddy, we clicked from the first time we met. It's an hour long, but a lot of good insight on Mountaineer Sports. 

* Michelle is working this Saturday, I guess she has to work once a month now and this is her Saturday to work. It was originally supposed to be every other weekend. 

* I'm getting tired of Microsoft 365, now RTI is switching to it and it's a big headache all over the place. 

* WVU plays a Home Game this week, the Virginia Tech Hokies will come to town. I've got my fingers crossed, but I don't have much faith. 

* There are 22 days until the girls' trip this year. No boys invited, I guess this is their version of he man woman haters club

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Order some Popcorn, help a kid out. 

* Hi ho hi ho

Monday, September 13, 2021


Here we go once again sticking our noses back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. It's time to start another week of changing the world and making it a better place. Here's to everyone that helps do that. 

Is it hard to believe that it is already the middle of September, where in the world did our Summer go? It seems like it was just yesterday that Hayley and Tyler were getting married and we were at the Beach, and here we are three months past that. At least the weather is being cooperative for us. 

I should be around town and in Marion County this week working. I should find out this morning what the specific game plan is as those are the only places I have paperwork for and I don't have any travel approval this week. My boss was on vacation last week, something happened to her back up so we had a third Supervisor last week probably overseeing too many people in the field, so little communication last week. Plus we implemented a new Office 365 email system that has probably been a logistic nightmare for the people supporting IT. Not going to be a productive week, but we'll see what we can do. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday Morning Rambling

Here Peanut and I sit on a quiet Sunday morning, we're sitting here talking about 9-11. I was telling her where I was and what I was doing on that fateful morning 20 years ago. She likes hearing me talk and makes a pretty good listener, unlike Kiwi who like to do all the morning talking. 

What's on my agenda for this week, I have no approved travel this week so I will be working around town this week. My Boss was on vacation last week and away from any communication, so we'll probably put some cases I have worked to death around town and prepare for me going to the Parkersburg area next week. 

WVU had their way with Long Island University yesterday. Nothing to get too excited about, the outcome was already pretty much pre-determined as this was a warm-up game for us. I'm not going to complain about a 66-0 win, but there still are a lot of concerns. 

Plans for the day include us doing our grocery shopping and things of that nature this morning. The Steelers are playing at 1:00 against Buffalo for the start of the 2021 NFL Season, so it's a football weekend. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

17 Years

Wow has time flown by, do you believe that it has been 17 years since my first post on Blogger. It was 17 years ago today that this all started, me sitting down at a computer and writing a journal of what was or is happening in my life. September 11, 2004 was when I first posted my first blog. Just think in four more years my blog will be able to buy a

This blog has seen a lot in those 17 years, my career ups and downs, Michelle and my relationship from the very beginning and a few births, marriages, deaths, and other events all chronologically cataloged for anyone to read, see or reference. 

It has been tedious at times, challenging at times, and my honor at times. I think my favorite blog in all 17 years was This One where I publicly announced that our Brother Search had been found. My Wedding Day would have been #1 if it were not for me finding Jonathan. 

Thank you for reading the past 17 years worth of blog posts, it has been my honor to write them. Here is to the next 17 years. 

Friday, September 10, 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. 

However, let's get to the important things. How about a little bit of High School Football to start your weekend. The Undefeated University High Hawks are on the road this week as they travel to Wellsburg to take on Brooke. Undefeated Trinity travels to Millerport Ohio to take on that team. Clay Battelle hosts Valley Whetzel in Blacksbille this evening. Good luck to all three teams in action tonight. Morgantown who is still looking for their first win of the year is off this week. 

I'll be coming home this evening after working all week in Wheeling. 

Because tomorrow is a special blog, the WVU Mountaineers try to get on their first win of the year as they play host to the Long Island University Sharks at 5:00 tomorrow afternoon. I guess this means there will be a few drunk people around town

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho