Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Mount Saint Helens

On May 8, 1980 at 8:32 AM North America witnessed what I would call the biggest geological event that any of us ever had or ever will see in our lifetimes. A beautiful majestic mountain.

We were able to witness probably one of the most significant nature induced topographical change of a landscape that could be observed and recorded in many, many years.

We were fortunate for the first time to be able to record an event of this magnatude. There are a lot of multi media files that will allow us to relive that day in 1980 at Mount Saint Helensthat was pretty remarkable.

Now today, we are now having a series of small Earthquakes in the area that has some scientists concerned. It's most likely going to turn out to be nothing, but we did have an Earthquake in California thats also garnering our attention.

In the title I have posted a internet cam from Mount Saint Helens that refreshes every 5 mins just in case something does happen. It's going to be something to pay attention to and watch over the next week or so.

Sunday, September 26, 2004


A few weeks ago I went to PigStock here in Morgantown. It was the first official WVU Pep Rally here in Morgantown. Coach Rich Rodrigeuz was there and they did the statewide sportsline.

As I was standing in line to get my Hot Sausage BBQ I saw a guy who I used to hang around with a lot a few years ago. I saw my old drinking buddy Smitty. I really hadn't had a much of a chance to talk to him in the past few years, so it was a pleasure sitting down and shooting the shit for a couple of hours.

I did manage to get the on picture of him and got his e-mail address. I sent him a message to the address he gave me and it came back undeliverable. Talk about being disappointed, I even wrote the address down on a piece of paper and it so as to make sure I didn't get it wrong.

Well, span ahead a few weeks till today when I check my e-mail and who do I get one from? Yep, Smitty managed to find my e-mail address and sent me one from his adelphia account. I managed to replay to that account and BCC'd it to his Yahoo, one way or another I'll have an active e-mail account from him.

Seems that the picture that I took of him at Pigstock was the link that reconnected us. He said a friend he tailgates with was surfing the web and found it. Talk about a small world. Anyways great to hear from him and I hope we can make it to a football game or two together this fall.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Survivor Vanuatu

Years ago when there were only a small handful of TV stations available, television programming was something that was taken very seriously arounf the big 3 networks. Programming was viwer oriented and first class all the way. Everyone had their favorite show and looked foreward to that one day of the week that their show was broadcast. Tuesday nights were ABC for me with Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley and Three's Company. Thursdays were dominated by NBC and Bill Cosby with the Cosby show, a different World, Cheers and Night court. Oh how I long for the programming of yesterday.

In today's age, their is but one show other than WVU Football that I looke foreward to. Thursday nights at 8:00 is the one time of the week you will find me paying attention to the television. I'm a nut. Survivor nut. The only show that I will actually say I look foreward to. I'm sure in days to come that you will see that it's the one show that I love. This is in a day when the networks saturate the airwaves with crazy reality television shows.

I love the show and have had my favorites for the show. I have two all time favorites from the show Tom Buchanan from Survivor Africa and I think everyone's favorite survivor Rupert from Survivor Pearl Islands . I was fortunate enough to get to see both of them play a second round in Survivor All Stars.

This round of Survivor is a little too early for me to pick a favorite, but stay tuned I'm sure I'll start posting my opinion about a few select players before the round is over with.

Maybe I'll dedicaye Thursdays to Survivor in my Blog. If I did have to pick an early favorite in my opinion, it's going to have to be Chad Crittenden . He's an amputee that seems full of life.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Good Luck Josh

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have been known to play a game or two of softball in my life. It's the one thing that I truely look foreward to every summer.

A few years ago we picked up this 14 year old kid to play softball for us. Tall lanky shit who had a pretty decent arm and was the son of our third baseman. His name was Josh Judy.

Josh was a kid who I watched grow from a wetback men's sotball player to someone you dared people to run on. In a few short years this "Kid" as I previously called him grew into a man with a 90 + MPH fastball at age 18. He had a couple worthwhile events over the summer, for one he eliminated the Jefferson Jinx for University High school. A great tribute for a kid who less than a year earlier saw his HS football career ended with a torn ACL. He did manage to top that game though by pitching Morgantown's Post 2 to a State Championship. Not to bad for a 14 year old son of a third baseman that we picked up.

Well, Josh has moved on, he's now playing baseball at Indiana Tech. I've posted the link in the title so it will be a little easier to follow his progress. It's been a real pleassure watching him develop as a player ofver the past few years. I'm wishing him the best of luck and success in his career.

Go Kick ass Josh.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Six degrees of Separation, Kevin Bacon Edition.

I saw this site a couple days ago and I had to laugh. I'm sure all of have tried it at least once. You name any actor from any movie and you have to link them to Kevin Bacon in no more than six moves.

I used to play it with a guy at work a few years ago, and we would try our best to come up with some strange ones for link together. I seemed to like to tie everything back to "A Few Good Men" where he costarred with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson. To me those three opened up a connection to a wide array of actors to link to Kevin Bacon. This site takes all the fun out of it and finds the quickest link to Bacon.

Interestingly you can alsom find the Oracle of Baseball and connect any two players also according to Oracle of Baseball.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Family Multi Media Files

I got a chance to capture my brother gary playing a little bit of guitar tonight at my nephew Calvin's birthday party. I mananged to get three small movies that I took with my new Camera. I had a chance to break it in a little tonight and decided to try a movie file or two. I was really surprised with the quality that I managed to get out of it.

The link in the header is a link to my PHP Bulletin Board. I started a thread called Multi Media and posted a few things there. I also did a little Windows Media file of It's a Wonderful World with a few older pictures I have form the past year and a half or so.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

We WIN!!!!!!!!!!!

The Mountaineers stop the Scotty McBrien jinx and finally beat Maryland. Actually Our Ex-QB wasn't graduated last year and Ralph Friegen could no longer steal our plays. Seems like since he went to Maryland, Maryland has known exactly what we were going to do offensively and knew our weaknesses on defense. Anyways, we finally got a little revenge when the 7th Ranked Mountaineers snap the jinx and beat 21st raked Maryland Terrapins.

It was a great game that ended up 13-13 in regulation play. Maryland took the first possesion in overtime and went 3 and out, which ended up in a 3 point goal. West Virginia took over and got a first down at the 12. The game ended up with a quick toss to Chris Henry for the WVU win. We are now 3-0.

Friday, September 17, 2004


What a long week it's been. We are sitting here in Morgantown on the eve of what's anticipated to be the biggest football game of the year for WVU. Martyland has handed us our asses the last few times we have played, and we are currently ranked #7 and wanting a little bit of revenge. They seem to have hamered us not once, but twice last season and I think Rich Rodrigeuz and crew are wanting a little bit of redemption. Hopefully we can get a little bit of revenge and win this game.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

New Digital Camera

I finally ended my procrastination tonight and bought a new digital camera. My other one kind of stopped working so that sent me on the hunt looking for a new one. I have been leaning heavily towards the Sony P73 4 Megapixel camera. If I were a betting man I would have bet that was the camera I was going to buy.

I would have been wrong. I ended up buying the Kodak CX7530 5.0 Megapixel camera.

I already had a SD memory card so that caused me to look pretty close at the Kodak products. I compared both camera's pretty closely, but ultimately decided to go against my initial instinct and go with the Kodak name. I'm looking foreward to getting back out there and taking pictures again. The picture section of my website has been a little static lately.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

My Website

I'm still new to this blog thing, so I thought I would try to play around with a few of its features, just to familiarize myself with them more than anything. I'm considering once again re-redoing my website again. There are a few new features in Dreamweaver that I would like to experiment with. Combining some of the new features and adding a little bit of Javascript I think I can make it a little easier to look at. I would like to install a navigational bar and a few drop downs for the generalized site links.

Of course I have been know to procrastinate sometimes, so we will see how that goes.

My First Post

I ws sitting around and thinking last night about what I could do to give my site a little bit of an updated personal touch. Thoughts of online journals and blogs were something that I considered, and I think I'm going to use the Blog option.