Sunday, July 31, 2005

OK, the secret is out.

I've tried to hide this as long as I could, but I have been disappearing recently to embark on another career. I've had a life long dream of going to Hollywood and becoming a Movie Star.

I have not been travelign to Frostburg, Maryland every day, that was simply a front to hide what I was really doing. I have been secretly had a Co-Starring role in a Hollywood movie.

I have been going to the Morgantown Municipal Airport and hopping on a Private jet every day and flying to Southern California. My Cell Phone with Nationwide Long Distance has given me the ability to pull off this bluff to my friends and family. I would call and my local number would show up, when in reality I was on loacation in Hollywood.

Of course I didn't use my real name and used my internet username to hide my identity. The name movie has been recently released and my $12 Million a Movie fee has been paid plus royalities. The name of the Movie is Wedding Crashers and I feel I may even win an Oscar for this performance.

I'm selling autographs for $25.00 each.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Update on Kim

Kim called me this morning at 11:30 and told me that she was going to be re-admitted to the hospital. She said she had been feeling fine and actually went to Cabella's on Sunday. However she said she has been in some pain since Monday and the doctor said there is an expected fluid build up.

They are going to admit her and possibly try to dry up the fluid with anti-biotics, but another laser surgery is a possibility at this point.

Her Doctors told her that there is a possibility of this happening and it did happen in the window of time that they thought it may occur.

She said she was still in pain and that she may get another morphine pump temporarily to alleviate the pain.

I'll keep everyone updated.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Sunday, July 24, 2005

I had a nice Sunday

After I got done with my chores this morning I first went over to Mark's to switch a few DVD's so he can burn. Then it was on to Jean's to fix her computer that there was nothing wrong with.

We did encounter a very scary guy that was guarding the garden.

It's a small garden, but very productive.

It's Garys first attempt at doing a garden. I do have to say the zucchini we and green tomatoes we swiped were pretty good. He's doing a very good job.

I did call Kim this morning and she seems to be feeling better and better every day. I knew she would make a quick recovery from this major surgery. The girl has too much heart and energy to be layed up too long.

Jean invited me over for dinner this evening where she made baked steak and a few other things. As usual, she's a great cook and I left with my belly all full.

On a side note, I think Rich has a terrible Towel eyed up to purchase.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Getting Organized on my Movies

Mark Devault gave me a great idea this past week when he showed me he cataloged his MOVIE COLLECTION. I liked the idea of what he did so I went looking for the same thing to organize my movies. Mark uses a MAC and I use WindowsXP as an operating system, so I couldn't use what he was using.

I started looking around the net and saw Movie Collector, but it limited you to 50 movies before you have to buy it for $40.00. I, am a cheap bastard who is trying to save up some money for my move this winter and looked elsewhere. I wanted something that had a database with images that could export to HTML. This wasn't easy to find, so I figured I would try to crack the Movie Collector software. These people make stealing their software a little too difficult. I'm sure there will be an eventual crack out there, but not just quite yet.

Today, I managed to find a piece of software that allowed me to do everything I want as well as export to an SQL database if needed. I downloaded Ant Movie Catalog and started creating my database. I never really knew how many movies I had until I started building the database. I added all my VHS Movies and all my VHS Movies that IMDB had a record for.

Now of course there are others movies that are not listed like my Girls Gone Wild Collection and anything which I may have downloaded off the net or taped from television. I just added the movies that I have actually purchased.

As you can tell, I have great taste in movies. Take a look for yourself what I have.

Friday, July 22, 2005


Woo Hoo, once again it is Friday!!!! The week hasn't been that bad, but I am glad that it is Friday. We have a softball game tonight at 6:00 when we play the cops. This should be our last challenge of the year for the regular season and we should handidly win the final 3 games of the year. We are currently 12-3 and we play 16 games. We could be looking at either a 16-3 or a 15-4 season and a spot in the post season playoffs.

We play at 6:00 again tonight, and we will probably once again head over to Prime Thyme after then game is over.

This weekend there is the ribfest at Mylan Park. I don't know if I will go to it, trying to save my money for the next weekend when MountainFest invades Morgantown.

Not to sure what I am going to get into this weekend, but I'm sure I will have a good time. I may take a trip down to visit the Country Inn, but you never know I may spend it at the Softball Park since there will be so many game splayed this weekend.

Have a good Friday and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

A website I just found

I found a site called today and really liked what I saw there. There is alot of classic stuff that I guess you would have to be my age to really appreciate.

I can see this guy likes a lot of similar things that I do, well at least the ones I can publish.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Update on Kim

Kim was a couple hours late going in for surgery yesterday. She was supposed to go in around noon and it was after 2:00 before they finally got her back there. The procedure was supposed to last about for hours took until a little after 9:00 last night, before they sent her to recovery.

I spoke to her earlier today and they had her on morphine, so she wasn't feeling a whole lot of pain. She seemed to be in good spirits and I think she's ready to go gome and get a some rest. I doubt that they send her home today, but tomorrow is always a possibility.

Mom was calling me last night and today for updates, so I thought maybe I should do a BLOG entry to let everyone know everything went well and she is OK.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Wishing Kim a speedy recovery

She is currently (as I type this) in surgery. I know she appeared a little nervous last night, but now she is actually in surgery and the operation is well under way.

I took Brittany home for her yesterday from Mom's and got a chance to pay a little visit. By the time she is reading this it will be all over with, so I guess all I can say is to have a speedy recovery. Sjhe had a surgery last year, and recovered from it rather quickly, so there is no reason to think she wont recover quicker than scheldule.

My thoughts are with her during her recovery.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Sunday once again (kind of a tidbits)

* Yeah, it's Sunday morning and I'm getting ready to start my typical Sunday Morning routine of going shopping, laundry and cleaning. Hopefully I can be done sometime around noon and go down and see if there are any more softball games being played down at BOPARC to watch.

* Yesterday, I helped my sister Pam get a resume prepared. I took the one I did of mine as a template and edited a few things and added a certification area for her. We still need to get a few things organized like the actual names of her licenses and her references in order (those are left over from mine for now) so we can complete her entire package. I'll start a template for a cover letter once we complete this so she can address specific jobs she may want to apply for.

* Gary called me yesterday afternoon and wanted to know if I wanted to go fishing with him. Honestly I hadn't fished since 1991. He said it had been longer for him since he had fished. I guess he and Bobby were going to go to Cheat Lake up by the dam and try to catch a few fish.

* I was talking to George yesterday and asked him if he was goign fishing, but I think he wanted to play in the mud with his new 4-wheeler rather than join Gary on a fishing trip. ( I think Hell just froze over ...LOL)

* Brittany called me yesterday. She was staying at my Mom's this weekend. Gerald told me Friday that they were going to go out to dinner at Colasessano's in Fairmont.

* My sister Kim called me last night, too bad I was busy hugging the couch and missed the phone call. I think I fell asleep pretty early last night. I remember waking up briefly to see Van Wilder was playing on Comedy Central. I can say I slept very well last night because I was zonked and never heard the phone ring. I'll have to call her back today.

* In the news section of the world. I guess the press has got a very eery picture if you think about it.

These are the four guys as they were setting out last week to Bomb London. It's amazing what we are capable of, it's just sad we can't stop the end result sometimes.

* Maybe I won't have to call Kim, she just logged onto MSN. Have a good week.

Friday, July 15, 2005

A nice Friday Evening

I had a nice start to a weekend. Played some softball and had dinner with a bunch of good friends. When I got home from work today, I had a game to look foreward to at 7:00. The team we played only had one loss this year and that was because they had to forfeit one game for their only loss. Make that two losses they have now after we managed a 7th inning comeback to beat them. I had a great game defensively making 2 key plays at the plate to prevent a couple runs and kill their innings.

After the game, the we all went out to Prime Thyme again and sat there for a few hours just having fun. I found out a couple weeks ago that one of the girls who comes and watches our team play, is the sister of a girl I met years ago that actually introduced me to Barbie. Sometimes we realize this really is a small world with the scope of who we know. Very nice girl and I enjoyed talking to her.

We are taling about all going out to Hibachi Monday night and the team has had a few cookouts over the summer. We had one last Saturday for Laura's birthday, but I didn't make it. I would probably lost another $5.00 in Texas Hold em to those guys again.

I really enjoy playing with this group of guys and have even entertained the idea of coming to Morgantown next year to play with these guys even though I will be living in Frostburg.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Switching Nameservers.

Within the next week, people may notice my website may experiance a slight time of downtime. You may have some trouble accessing it because I am switching my nameservers. A DNS or nameserver is the word address to access a site, i.e. is the nameserver address. You type in that address and whoever hosts it forewards that traffic to the IP Adress of This is where my site is actually housed at. This is Mountaineer Hosting and it is where everything is stored. When you see a picture or a file on my site, it's on their server.

For the past two years was registered at My registration was coming due in the middle of August and I would have had the opportunity to renew the name for $35.00 a year. I signed up two years ago and I think it was like $22.50 a year for two years ($45.00).

There has been a new domain register that has come to the forefront over the last year,, you may remember them from the Super Bowl ads was allowing me to transfer my domain for $6.95 a year. Mark Devault them and doesn't seem to have any problems with them. He actually has a few names registered through that site.

So, as the DNS servers may have to reset in the next week to know where to foreward the query, accessing my site may temporarily be hit and or miss for a day or so. It's just transferring from one account to the other, it may not even have a problem and people may not even notice it happening.

Anyways, if you do have trouble accessing it and want to see it, you can access it by going HERE to see the main site and HERE to see my pictures.

On a side note, my sister Kim saw a snake yesterday also. I wonder if she knows that black snakes eat poisonous copperheads and small rodents.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Damn Copperheads

With some assistance of my neighbor John and his snowshovel, we killed a copperhead that was siting by my front door. I was going to pick it up, but he said they are very aggressive and he trapped it with a snow shovel and I bashed it's head in.

I wonder if there are any more. I should have got a picture of him before I bashed it's head in though. LOL

Sometimes you can be empty for ideas.

One thing I try to do is make sure I keep posting in my BLOG. I know a number of people read it, so I try to keep it updated as much as I possibly can. By doing this I know that the readers keep coming back to see if there is a recent update or something new.

Sometimes topics are very easy to come by, almost as if the story tells itself. Sometimes when you get enough stories like that in a string you can tend to do a tidbits and touch up on a lot of smaller subjects that you may not have been able to write a decent entry about. Sometimes, stories develop for you like the one I posted yesterday of my cousin Bill retiring from the Fire Department and sometimes you can pick a topic and talk about occasionally. In my case, I tend to do this with the TV show survivor.

Then there is the other times, the times when you know you want to make a BLOG entry and you really have nothing to say. However, you know that people are reading and you don't want to disappoint. It keeps people coming back to read what you are writing. I also have a few BLOG's links to mine for additional reading information for the readers to enjoy.

Then you get posts like this one. One with absolutely no intent or purpose other than just simply taking up space and giving my BLOG a chance to rejuvenate itself occacionally when you have nothing really important to say.

With that in mind it is time for me to end this post. Maybe I'll leave you with just a little dancing Monkey.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Bill Trevillian Retires

Thanks to my sister Kim for sending me the link to this. The Dominishing Post wrote a nice article, but unless you subscribe you can't read it. Unless you know a trick or two like yours truley.

Click on the Title for full size picture and article.

This is in todays paper.

Good luck on your retirement Bill, it seems like only yesterday you started with the fire department.

Sunday, July 10, 2005


* Been a while since I've done a tidbits, so I thought I would just touch on a few things.

* Last Friday night we played softball against Michael Toth's team. I had been talking trash all summer long and we exploded for 16 runs after 2 outs in the second inning to take a 16-2 lead. We cruised to a 19-8 victory running our record to 11-3 on the season.

* I spent the day Wed running around and stopped by to see mom. We drove down to visit Terri at the Country Inn.

* Jean called me last night and wanted to go down to the Country Inn, so I drove her down to hear a new band.

* I see the Country Inn is getting a little bit of publicity from Aaron Scott on his website. I think he's there every time I have went to the Country Inn, whether it be putting on a show or just hanging out.

* Happy Birthday Joey.

* Jean tells me that Moke is away this weekend at WVU. They selected eight students from Clay Battelle and allowed them to stay on the WVU campus for a few days to get the hang of college life. Moke is entering his Senior year this year.

* Talked to Kim briefly last week. I was going to suggest going out to lunch when I was coming back from Jury Duty. She was eating as I called.

* Nick said that they are going to have karaoke at the Country Inn this coming Saturday night. He said it's a good time and everyone enjoys themselves when they do it.

* Is it time for Survivor yet?

* Today is my typical shopping, cleaning and laundry day. Don't know what I'm going to get into this afternoon, but it is a beautiful day and I need to do something. Maybe I'll drive around and take a few pictures.

These are my tidbits for the week, and I'm outta here.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Morgantown as it was yesterday

I came across This site this morning while I was surfing the net. I started to read down the list reminisce a little bit about the way Morgantown used to be. I have lived here over 40 years and have watched this town grow and change through the years.

How many of these things do you remember?

* Ali Baba's in Westover
* The Underground Railroad/Underground
* Morrison's coat store down town
* Second Ward Elementary (and annex)
* First Ward Elementary
* Central Elementary
* Mistakes at Dairy Queen
* Fins, Feathers and Fur
* Health Sciences was the hospital
* Chico Dairy: Mighty Mountaineer Ice Cream Sundae

* Ray's Pastries (downtown, where the Blue Moose was as well as every other incarnation)
* Why McDonald's downtown closed
* The Theatre at the Mountaineer Mall
* Lums at the Mountaineer Mall
* When the Middletown Mall was the only mall, and actually had stores....
* Shop & Save/Foodland/Thorofare (?) downtown on Richwood Ave
* Roller Rink downtown
* Morgantown Jr High School (end of the Walnut Street bridge)
* The Vanity Shop
* The Mountainlair when:
1) you could smoke there
2) it didn't look like a mall

* Why the old stadium was great:
it was downtown
the band running out of the tunnels
The Backyard Brawl
* When the Met was actually a working theatre
* Hardee's downtown--it had a basement dining room
* Wings & Things
* People hanging out in front of Massulo's Dry Cleaner (I was never that cool)
* When the fountain in front of the post office downtown worked
* When the Little Village was a red-neck bar
* The theatre next to Hills
* When Captain D's was next to Shoney's
* Burger Chef downtown

* The Foxfire
* Chalkies, when that alley had a wooden fence in the middle that made it a dead-end
* The goddam dryhouse/the machine shop
* Craig's Comics
* Space Port
* Carousel library cards
* Falstaff's in Sunnyside
* The miniature golf course/batting cages on Greenbag Road--was it Hole in One
* Montanero's in Sunny Side
* Alfredo's on Pineview Drive
* The payphones by Dairy Queen, at the beginning of that alley on the wall.
Two of them.

* Little Caesar's Pizza
* The Fayette House
* Don't forget the miniature golf course that was behind Hills.
* Scotto's Pizza on High St., where the Subway is now.
* Dr. John's (DJ's) was on street level in Sunnyside and the place to be.
* Gabe's was where the Brew Pub is now and you didn't want anyone to see you shop there.
* Mario's Pizza at the top of High Street.
* Nick's Canteen was the greatest place to get hot chocolate before the Christmas parade.
* WVU was the #1 party school and proud of it.
* The Steppin' Out guy painted on the side of Daniel's, before they painted over it with that huge Main St mural.
* BOPARC dances in the summer.
* Record Mart on Walnut St.
* Plant and Pet Shop

* Hecks--one in Sabraton, and one in Westover (Kimmie Tyer)
* St. Francis de Sales Elementary School and the Convent (yup, they're now gone)
* On the corner of Prairie Ave and University there is only the back wall left of a two story garage. That used to be Prairie Street Gym. Before that it was a garage for Wilson Chevrolet. You can still see the paint on the walls from the locker/shower room. (Chris and Connie Law)
* Lof's (John Corral)
* Dr. Pizza. They used to deliver their pizza's in an old ambulance (Susan)

* Robert CressG.C. Murphy's
* Rite Aid
* Revco
* Mc Vicker's Pharmacy
* Famers and Merchants Bank
* Morgan's (when they had hobby supplies)
* Murphy Mart
* Sterling Faucet
* Carosuel Drive -In (Mileground)
* Dairy Delight in Sabraton (Hero Hut)
* Giant Eagle In the Mountaineer Mall Parking lot

* Wayne Womble Whiteside's , a department store downtown on High St.
* Biafora's, a clothing store across the street from Masullo's Cleaners
* The Flora Dora Shop, a women's clothing store next to Daniel's
* The Olympia, a great bar and dance hall close to the Book Exchange
* The Cottage, a dirt bar where most of the football players frequented

* erin Wizard Records
NOTE: I still miss Jack and Wizard Records. Anyone remember the names of the other employees? "Chris was the guy from Fairmont with the mohawk."
* Backstreet Records (owned and operated by Eric Hansmann)
* Falstaff's

* Debra and Mark Riffon The intersection of Beechurst and University Ave. was AAA for years, but before that it was a Texaco gas station with upper and lower gas pumps.
* Across from that Texaco gas station was the Beechurst Ave. Market and the Gold & Blue Restaurant.
* Where Mode Roman and Nautilus is now, was Wilkins Motors.
* Where Vic Solomon's garage is now, was Wilson Chevrolet.
* On Chestnut St where SaraTec was, Pizzaria Italia was downstairs and the Castle was upstairs. And, before that it was the Pontiac Garage.
* Where Great Wall on High St. is now, use to be Moore - Parriott Pharmacy.
* Right beside where Great Wall is, was Bakers Hardware.
* Where BW3 is use to be Greys Cutrate Drug Store and the ajoining street of High and WAlnut use to be McCrory's.
* On Chestnut St the building where the restaurant is with the deck and lanterns and hanging lights, used to be the Sanitary Milk Co.
* Where the Human Services Dept is now, used to be the ACME Supermarket.
* Where the Dollar General is by the South High bridge now, used to be the A & P Grocery Store.
* A & P also used to be where Boston Beanery is on Patterson Drive.
* At the top of High St. where the bank is used to be Borden Burger Foods (remember the big Satalite)
* Across the street where the VooDoo Shop is, used to be Gioviani's Pizza Shop.
* To the left of the Dairy Mart on Willey St. where the parking lot is used to be the Thorofare Grocery Store. After that is was Foodland until it burned down.
* Where the Senior Center is on High St, used to be Montgomery Ward. It was 3 stories. If you look up at the building you will still see the big "W"
* If you look at the ingraving on where the Pawn SHop is now on High ST. you will see Farmers & Merchants BAnk. Also down from where Subway is now used to be Woolworth's.
* Where the bike shop is by the courthouse use to be O. B. Fawley's and beside that was the State Liquer Store. and before that it was Rogers Drug Store.
* The Mountain Peoples Co-op used to be Picketts Dry Cleaners.
* On University Ave where the parking garage is now, used to be a small white building that was Kelly Cab and Yellow Cab.
* At the end of Westover bridge where Wings Ole is now, was Firestore Tires.
* Where Gibby's is now use to be Communtzis Restaurant.
* On Walnut St. down from where the Blue Moose is now, used to be Presto Lunch (what a great place to eat)
* Where Salvation Army Shop is now, used to be Radio Shack.
* Where WesBanco is in Sabration used to be a Sunoco Gas Station.
* Where Hardee's is in Sabraton used to be a Texaco Station and a car wash.
* Beside KFC used to be Mr. Donut.
* Dominion Post used to be on Spruce St where Manpower is now.
* To the right of where manpower is now on Spruce St. is a Medical building. That used to be the Moose Lodge.
* To the left was a gas station and the building on the corner was Plaid Stamps Store.
* At the intersection of Stewart St. and Chestnut Ridge Rd and Stewartstown Rd was Chestnut Ridge Grade School (became Bed & Breakfast and then some kind of Lodge after that) and across the street was a Texaco Station.

* Matt Helmick "The Press Box" (bar) and the trailers behind it, near the stadium.
NOTE: These just went down in 2004, and much of that whole stretch is now being converted to town houses. (Expensive town houses I'm sure.)
* Dick's Hot Dogs ("Everyone Loves Dick's"), one of many drive-thru ideas in the building near the intersection of University and Patteson.
NOTE: The original building was some el cheapo drive through/walk-up hamburger joint (Rally's?). No one seems to realize that's a terrible location and they'd be better off razing it to the ground and selling the space for parking.
* Pizza Man on University Ave, all you can eat pizza buffet for (if I remember correctly) 3.99. Not a bad deal if the folks in the kitchen were actually making pizzas while you were there. The price eventually went up, in anticipation of the liquor license, which never went through, and the joint went out of business. Next it was the Alamo, some of the most expensive burritos I've ever seen.

* Randy Oleksa Ed's barber shop on Brockway avenue
* Carl's roller rink also on Brockway next to Connie's grocery building is gone now.
* This goes way back: The Commodore restaurant and department store used to set in front of Sterling Faucet along route 7 in Sabraton.
* The Hayloft bar then it was Company B dance club in Dellslow where the Dairy Mart is now
* Beckman Brothers Feed Store in Sabraton where Southern States is now.
* Cloverleaf drive in on Cheat road
* Johnnie's Texaco on Cheat road
* Whipper will on the lake (Cheat Lake)
* Sycamore lounge on Fairchance road
* LuLu Belle's on Fairchance road

* Jay Paulovicks The Columbian Dorm - on Beechurst Ave. - now an office building
* My Brothers Place - in an ally downtown
* Communtzi's Restaurant - Downtown - Slogan was "Where Dad took his girl and grandad too"
* The Armory
* The "tin can"
* Reynolds Hall
* "Bonded" gas station on Beechurst
* Shoe shines at the Met Theatre
* Pool Hall in "old" Morgantown BEFORE the BBF was built there
* Whatever was "49 steps up Walnut from High"
* Old Hawley Field drill area (ROTC) - where coliseum is now
* Tony's Restaurant - Italian restaurant near Chico Dairy
* WVU Dairy at Ag School - when it provided ALL milk and ice cream for all residence halls
* Golf course where the new Mountaineer Field is
* Mont Chateau motel and restaurant

* David Schreiber The Cantina
* RedBeard's
* Di Giovanni's on Sunnyside- old married couple ran it- home of 3 am pizza- but watch your change!
* The Old KA House (just knocked down)
* Original Mario's Fishbowl- don't curse!
* The "CI" a/k/a College Inn on Sunnyside
* The Bullpen on Sunnyside
* The Down Under
* The Fifth Quarter
* The Nyabhingi (after the Underground)
* Grant Street Block Party

* The College Inn, University Avenue, Sunnyside USA where I worked as bartender and doorman in 87-88. I believe the CI held the record for the oldest, continuously operating bar in Morgantown.
* Down the street in what later became half of the Foxfire Hot Diggity, my brother in law's (Bob Armstrong) hot dog only restaurant. It closed in the early 80's, around the time Old Mountaineer Field closed.

* The old, three-story offices of the Daily Athenaeum near the corner of Pleasant and Price Streets (am I remembering those correctly?) -- it was across the street from a sorority house... Man, that was a great old building for a geeky newspaper crew to hatch its world-domination schemes from... before putting the paper to bed every night and heading down to Mario's Back Door for a pitcher! =)

* The Berger Chef on (now) Rte 705. Was right next door to Flatts Elementary school
* Flatts Elementary School, as well as the middle school that it fed into that was out about where the Wal-Mart not-to-be was going to go. I forget the name of the school. I want to say Chestnut Ridge, but I cannot recall for sure. It would have been 5th and 6th grades and fed into Suncrest Jr High School.

* How about Fredlock's? Fredlock's used to have one of those weird Zen things that made designs in the sand. Also they used to have these raunchy mugs with women on them, and when there was condensation on the mugs the women's clothing would disappear. I would love to know if anyone remembers this.
* Grey's discount
* The Dining Room!
* Jambie's

* Remember the Morgan Theatre, it stood up from what is now the Boston Beanery, right at the alley. It became a hot dog place and beside it was a clothing store. I think the clothing store moved across the street. Where the hot dog stand was is now a bar. Actually when I was young, I think the movie theatre closed but my parents remember going to movies there as they were growing up.
(I remember the Hallmark store next to where the Beanery now is, not sure about a hot dog stand. Anyone else?)

* How about Pike's Rest. near the corner of High Street, later on the House of Cards and now a lawyer's office.

* Mom and pop grocery stores: Chester Hartley's store on the corner of Grand Street and Gordon Street in South Park (briefly became Dairy Mart, before moving to its present location on Dorsey Avenue); Bobette's store on the corner of Wilson Avenue and Kingwood Street (later located in the building behind its first location); Marvin Luckini's store on Kingwood Street (I hope I spelled Marvin's last name right); Forlini's store on White Avenue; Bailey's grocery on the corner of Arch and Green Streets; Cobun Avenue Confectionery on the corner of Cobun and Maryland (Connie Negri still has her business, but it's on Pleasant Street now); the one on Barrickman Street in First Ward which later became (and may still be) Roto Rooter; and many others across Morgantown that I don't remember because they weren't on the south side (where I obviously grew up).
* The five-and-ten's: Woolworth's on High and Wall Streets--I especially remember their record section in the basement; Murphy's, across from the court house, where the Dollar Store is now--you went through the front door, down the stairs, and the toys were on the right, pets on the left--and at Christmas time, Santa came there so you could sit on his lap and tell him what you wanted; and the ultimate five-and-ten, McCrory's on the corner of High and Walnut--so huge that a multitude of businesses now occupy its space (BW3, Z Club, the state treasurer's office, etc.)--McCrory's had great old wooden floors, a great restaurant at the back, and the ladies' underwear was segregated into a separate room where little boys weren't allowed to go so they wouldn't get any bad ideas.
* Downtown restaurants: Remember when the Acropolis was a restaurant and not a coin shop? (It was where the Discount Den now is.); Remember when {where BB&T Bank is} was the BBF before it was Borden Burger before it was Burger Chef? (and before that, it was a Chinese laundry and Olan Mills photography studio.); Bonanza steak house on the corner of High & Fayette (later Hardee's, & later still Cafe of India's old location); the Indian restaurant that was in the back of Cafe of India's old location before it became Cafe of India; Cosmopolitan hot dogs; Healthy Bites (now the Blue Moose); Hav-a-Lunch on the corner of High & Pleasant, where the Huntington Bank drive-through now is.
* The bench on the corner of High and Kirk Streets, which had "Southside Lumber" painted on it--used to be the only bench in all of downtown Morgantown, but I never saw anyone ever sitting on it.
* The pet store on West Street in Westover (at the far end from Holland Avenue).
* The bakery on Walnut Street (now a lawyer's office), next to D&A Jewler's (now the porn store).
* The house on Wall Street with the great balcony and the barber shop on the first floor, which was torn down to become Morgan's parking lot. The barber's wife was a painter, and her paintings were always stacked up so the barber couldn't use one of his chairs. The barber shop moved to the location which is now the Blue Moose's new dining room extension.
* Grocery stores on High Street! (High Street Market & Morgantown Market)--one was on the corner of High and Forest, recently torn down--the other was where Subway is now.
* The Blue Tic Tavern in the Mountainlair!
* The Double Decker bar on Walnut Street (now the Living Room), and another bar down the street, the Washington Cafe (now GARO).
* The miniature golf course on the Greenbag Road, where Bluegrass Village is now.
* Downtown newstands: Walter's News, on the corner of High & Pleasant, and before that in the middle of the block of Pleasant Street between High & Spruce; and Stenger's, where Casa d'Amici is now.
* John Marshall Records, at its many locations up and down High Street, and even on Willey Street at one point; Record Bar in the Mountaineer Mall; and Disc Jockey in the Morgantown Mall.
* The Euphorium, upstairs in Sunnyside--Morgantown's very first head shop, I believe. Speaking of head shops, where Cool Ridge is now used to be the Morgan Theater.
* The stadium bridge--no wonder I don't walk to Sunnyside anymore!
* Morgantown's first pizza delivery place, Phantom Pizza. Its location was supposed to be a secret, but it was on Beechurst.
* Morgantown's first Kentucky Fried Chicken was in a small building on Patteson Drive which today would be located in Kroger's parking lot. The "Today's Buffet" Chinese restaurant next door used to be another Bonanza steak house.
* Morgantown used to have good Chinese restaurants! The Great Wall (not affiliated with the current Great Wall) was where Fatty Loaf's is on Walnut Street; East Garden is now that tea house above Zen Clay; and Foosheen used to be called Hallelujah Chinese Restaurant and used to be good despite the fact that they were serving up cat meat.
* Independent book stores! Who can forget Stilwell's on the corner of Pleasant and Chestnut Streets? (Before it was Stilwell's, it was a bar called El Toro.)--Not to mention the cafe in back of Stilwell's. I remember it first as an oriental grocery store, then Cafe Libretto, then Cafe Catherine, then Grasshopper Locomotive--and now a parking lot. How about the book store on Foundry Street, next to the South High Street Brigde? First it was Wolf's Head, then Abshire's, and finally Books Books Books. Remember Trans-Atlantic Books on Fayette Street? Or how about Riverrun in the Garlow Building above where Kinko's used to be? (and remember when Kinko's was on Willey Street?)--well, some good news, Riverrun is back, now in the Sand Castle on Walnut Street across from the police station/parking garage.

This list has brought back a lot of memories. From the old Burger Chef's to Flatts Elementary to Scotto Pizza downtown.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

...and it continues

I reported earlier today for placement on the Federal Grand Jury and was lucky enough to avoid being selected. They select a pool of 23 Grand Jurors and start eliminating form there. If one is eliminated then another one of us from the pool is selected. I managed to avoid being selected until they had their 23 people to swear in. Once they had their 23, the rest of us were dismissed.

Seemed like the 23 saddest people in the room were the ones selected to be Grand Jurors and the happiest people were those of us that weren't selected.

I guess you knew how bad it was when thye show you a movie at the start on why you should like to serve. LOL.

I Had avoided it for years

I have been fortunate the past 41 years to ever be called for Jury Duty. I have watched friends and co-workers get called and have to go through the entire process. Well, it finally caught up with me and then some.

I didn't get called for localJry Duty, no, I have to get called to serve on the Federal Grand Jury this week. I've known about it for about 2 months when my name was added to the pool.

I had to call yesterday to see if I had to report today in Clarksburg, and wouldn't you know it my name was listed. Oh well, it gives me a front row seat for a Federal Court case and also gives me a chance to learn a little something about our legal process.

I hope it's a good one, I want a book deal.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy 4th of July

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refuted his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred. to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. --And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

--John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Lyman was my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather.

Lyman Hall
Representing Georgia at the Continental Congress

Born: April 12, 1724
Birthplace: Wallingford, Conn.
Education: Graduated Yale College, (Physician.)
Work: Elected to Continental Congress, 1775; Delegate to the Georgia House of Assembly, Elected Governor of Georgia, 1783; Judge, 1785.
Died: October 19, 1790

Lyman Hall was born in Connecticut in 1724. He studied medicine at Yale College, graduated in 1756 and went to Charleston, South Carolina, shortly after to establish a medical practice. He bought land in Georgia in 1760 and established a plantation there, while continuing to practice medicine. Two years later he returned to South Carolina, still as a physician. In 1774, by this time partisan in revolutionary politics, he again came to Georgia and earned the unflattering attention of the Royal Governor, James Wright. He also secured election to the Continental Congress, where he was involved in provisioning food and medicine for the Revolutionary Armies. He was reelected to congress through 1780 but retired to his adopted state in 1777 when state matters, including the situation of his longtime friend Button Gwinnett, demanded his attention. A short time later, the war reached Savannah. Hall's property was burned and he stood accused of high treason. He fled to Charleston, which was also overtaken by the British. He then fled to Connecticut, some say, where he was harbored by family.

He returned to Georgia in 1782, to reclaim his lands, was elected to the House of Assembly in 1783 and then elevated to the office of the Governor. After a single year as Governor, he served one more year in the Assembly, then a year as judge. He then returned to private life & was involved in the continued development of agriculture in the state. Hall died in 1790 at the age of 66.

Happy 4th of July.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Annual Rosiak Party

Every year on the 4th of July weekend for the past eight years now I have made it a tradition to go and spend the day with some long time friends of mine.

Trish, who was Jackie's room mate for years and I have remained close friends for since the time Jackie and I broke up. Bryan, Trish's boyfriend has also been a very close friend very long time now. We played softball together for years until this season.

Every year, Trish's parents have a 4th of July cookout at their home. Every year there is plenty of good food and a very large contingent of people that migrate to the Rosiak's every year for this party.

It's usually the one time of the year I get to see Jackie, but she didn't manage to make it this year, she was in New Jersey.

Every year there is always a big water battle. I have a big super soaker that I bought for the first year there was a picnic, witht he sole intent purrpose of using it at this picnic. Today is the one day of the year that I actually break it out and fill it up. The water battle was a blast

I always look foreward to this party every year. Needless to say when I move to Frostburg this winter I will always return for this party.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Congratulations Gary

Gary took his Contactors test a couple weeks ago and told me this week that he had passed BOTH tests on the first attempt. . Can I say this was probably too long overdue. He has been working in construction since he started hanging drywall years ago when he first came out of High School with his friend Jay.

He takes a lot of pride in his work and does a great job. I think everyone has been on him for years to take his test, and he finally did it and passed it the first time.

Congrats Bro!!!!!!