Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Pearl is getting inspected today and we'll be scheduling Ice's inspection this morning, can't think of a better reason to do a tidbits. 

* It has been 21,431 days since I was born, that is 21 years using my new,  new, and improved 1,000-day Calender. It's better than the 991-day calendar as it gives you a nice round number to work with. 

* It has been 6,671 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. 18 years ago and still doing GIS and enjoying every minute of it. 

* 5,256 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, the pizza hut is gone, the movie was 10,000 BC but she still hasn't held that against me. Hayley told her to not drink pop so she didn't

* 4,478 days ago I proposed to Michelle in the backyard at 4:00 in the morning. 

* It was 4,021 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 said our I do's and we were hitched. Nice round number. 

* I have now lived 1,643 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 166 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 3,515 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 360 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Twelfth Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* There are 223 days until my favorite season, Spring of 2023

* 190 more days until Phil steps to center stage again for Groundhogs Day, I think he and the family have moved back home in the backyard. 

* 146 more days to go until my Goodbye 2022 Blog is posted, it's been eventful. I have it started. 

* There are 139 more shopping days left until Christmas 2022.

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 119 more days. 

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 13 days away. I'm ready. 

* I have written 6,876 blogs in the now 17 11/12ths nearly 18 years since I started blogging. Seems like it was just yesterday that I started all of this. 

* 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. 

* No Drone flights this weekend, the weather was really nice but the opportunity just wasn't really present for me to fly. I was even off, I have no excuses. I think I want to fly a few graveyards where family members are buried next. Might be something I can stitch together later for a project. 

* Michelle has a new alarm clock, a new mattress topper, and now a new weighted blanket, she has been sleeping like an absolute rock. 

* Still working 10-hour day for Duquense Light, busy busy busy and still loving it. 

* How about I start doing my favorite Tic Tok of the week. This is this weeks. Bird owners should appreciate this one. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho 

Monday, August 08, 2022


Ahhh, the weekend is over with and I am actually refreshed. Taking the leave of absence from RTI has really helped me in relaxing as I actually got a nice little lap yesterday afternoon. Now it is time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing what it is that we do for a living. 

No big excitement this week, I am taking Pearl in to get her inspected on Tuesday, I'll drop her off in the morning and pick her up in the afternoon. It needs rear breaks replaced, so I am leaving it with Hartsel's to do that. When I drop Pearl off I'll talk to Brian and schedule a time for Ice to get her inspection done. Michelle will have to switch cars with me that day. I'll just have to take an Uber over to pick my car up when it is done. 

I'm loving my Bug A Salt, although I think the word is out that I am now a professional fly assassin and they have been avoiding me for some reason. Did you know that my Bug A Salt also has a Laser attachment that can be added for more accuracy? Yep I have a 21st Century advanced fly swatter that absolutely rocks. I'm taking pleasure in killing those little winged pesky bastards, die flies!!! They also work on other pests and it makes the ideal Christmas Gifts for guys. Ladies don't let them fool you, they would love it. 

Have yourselves a great day and make it a great one. 

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, August 07, 2022


Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, Kiwi and I are discussing the best way to kill all the flies and gnats in the world. After a long discussion, we decided yesterday morning that the Bug A Salt would be the most optimal and most enjoyable way to take them out. I do have an electric tennis racket that fries them, but you have to wait on them just being stupid enough to land on it before you get any satisfaction. With that being said, I know own my very own Bug A Salt. 

Yesterday being Mine and Michelle's Anniversary, the Bug A Salt was out first purchase of the day, after obtaining this fly decapitation device, we headed over to JC Penneys, She had a $15.00 coupon that was about ready to expire. She wanted a weighted blanket and we had trouble finding one, we found one on the clearance rack that started at $189 and was marked down a couple of times and eventually $35. Using her $15 coupon that was ready to expire, she now has a weighted blanket that she got for $20. This thing is quite heavy, weighing 20 lbs believe it or not. They are supposed to comfort you while you sleep, and everyone I know that has one absolutely loves it. $20 and that is just too good to pass up. 

For our Anniversary dinner, we traveled to Fairmont to go to Muriel's in Fairmont, I place that we have always loved to eat. Funny story, the last time we ate there a few years ago, we were seated at the table next to Mary Lou Retton and her now ex-husband Shannon. They were in town for their daughter's rhythmic gymnastics competition. It was a great dinner, they never disappoint even though Rocco has sold the ownership of it recently. 

Todays agenda includes grocery shopping and probably a little yard work. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Happy Birthday Randy Lee Hamrick.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish my wonderful and camera-avoiding nephew Randy "Bub" Hamrick a very Happy Birthday today. It's very hard to get a picture of him sometimes, but I do manage to get a few.

If my math is correct, Randy will be celebrating his 34rd birthday today. I just realized I am really getting old. Wow where has the years went. 

Not sure what Randy will be getting into today, but something tells me he will be at Terri's this afternoon. I don't get to see him that often but you know he is always pretty active and into something or another.

If you happen to see Randy today, and hopefully most of us will make sure that you take a little bit of time out and with this fine young man a very happy Birthday today.

Happy Birthday, Randy.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

11 Years

It was 11 years ago today that my life had forever changed. Michelle and I had already been together for a few years, and we were even living together on that fateful day, but it was 11 years ago today that Michelle took my last name as we became husband and wife. 

I was very fortunate for this lady to come back into my life, after working together (or should I say for her) years ago at the Valley Mart when I first started at WVU. To reconnect some years later after her first husband had passed away. It's almost as if it were destiny that we ended up together. 

During 11 years of marriage we have taken 6 cruises, been to Canada, DC a couple of times, spent a week in San Diego and brought her with me to St Louis with me a few times. 

We've traveled to places we had never been, raised a beautiful daughter and saw her marry the man of her dreams last Summer. We've bought a couple of new cars, both of which we still have and we have welcomed people into the family as well as said our final goodbyes to others. 

What are our plans for today, we are planning on traveling to Fairmont to eat dinner at Muriels , a place that we both love and don't frequent enough. 

To my wonderful wife Michelle, I love you from the bottom of my heart and thank you for making my life whole. I am so proud of you and everything you do. Spilling that sand was the best decision I ever made in my life. Happy Anniversary. 

Friday, August 05, 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 Friday.

Well first a little bit of an announcement, I am taking a Leave of Absence from RTI till after the first of the year. I was a nice six-year stint that allowed me to go to some great places and meet some exciting people, but their demands for my time post covid are just too much. That and I stopped enjoying doing the field work, I just either need a break or just leave the company in general. You know when you work as many as 60 days in a row (which I did more than once) between two jobs and you have utilized your time to the max and they want more, it was just time to step back and re-evaluate whether I wanted to continue doing this. Excessive demands on my time was what caused my decision. I sent in the paperwork Tuesday. 

Looking for some good music tonight, The Ruby Mcquain Concert series on the Mon is having Jake Hoot tonight at 8:00. Cody Clayton Eagle will open the nights festivities tonight at 6:30, go on down for some free and entertaining music by a couple up and comers. 

Michelle and I will be doing our shopping at WalMart and Sams Club this evening before going out to dinner. Tomorrow is our Anniversary and I think we may go to Murials in Fairmont. I was going to work in Fairmont this weekend until I put in my paperwork, now my weekends are free. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, August 04, 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.

This is an old one but a good one, it goes back what is now 40 years ago. It was the summer of 1982 and we had just bought and moved into the house at East Gate. Obviously this was before the big remodel and addition that was put on a few years later, but it's a picture of the old kitchen wth my dad doing what I would presume was cooking as the stove location was about the only thing that didn't change. 

Notice the glass coke bottle and I'm pretty sure that was before they started packing them in what we know today as liters. I believe they used to sell it in half gallon glass bottles as you can see right beside the coffee cups. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho