Friday, October 31, 2008


Bwa ha ha ha ha ha It's that time of the year when the ghosts and goblins come out from hiding and take time out to seek and capture the candied treasures in exchange for allowing us to have peace for the next year.

Tonight Michelle, Trish and Layla will venture to jean's to help her protect her home front from the treacherous ghouls and goblins that will escape and enter upon us. East Gate Manor must have some kind of a connection to the evil underworld as it seems to release many hundreds of those seeking those scrumptious candied treats.

BTW, it's also Friday so you can take some time out and spend with the loved ones.

Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Better come up with some content

Would you believe that I got crap from my blog yesterday from Michelle. She said it was a cheap way to get a blog, but understood well enough that I had a case of writers block. So I better do a heck of a lot better today than I did yesterday.

Speaking of Yesterday, Michelle and I enjoyed a free dinner courtesy of Chic-Fil-A. We went there for lunch Saturday and got a survey questionnaire, if we called the number we would be given an access code. If we would bring that questionnaire back and our receipt from Saturday, we would get everything on the receipt for free. We did and were treated to a couple free dinners from Chic-Fil-A. A heck of deal if you ask me.

Sitting at dinner Michelle and I realized we had a mutual friend and a current and ex co-worker that we both know. Hayley is friends with a Melanie form the NRAC's daughter and a worker from SAIC's daughter is also friends with her. Small world.

I am getting a nice self taught education on KML's. It's some pretty complex code at times with multiple variables, but it is all making perfect sense to me now. Not that I will ever have to write the code (we export the code), but I can look at the code and edit it to where we may want it that may be beyond the capabilities of the software we use. I'm really enjoying this, it's challenging and rewarding.

We're on the downhill side to the weekend now.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Is it Friday yet?

Yeah right, we are not even at hump day yet and I'm thinking about the weekend already.

A little note for everyone, that this weekend is the end of daylight savings time. We will gain an hours sleep this weekend as we leap back and turn the clocks back one hour early Sunday morning. It's even dark when I leave for work at 7:10.

I haven't had too much of an opportunity to talk to anyone and catch up on what's been going on in everyone's lives as of late, but I will do my best to rectify that this weekend is at all possible. Maybe I can do a tidbits and do a little information on everyone.

Don't forget the election is one week from today.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Back to it

Yes I know, the time to enjoy the fruits of our labors have once again come to pass and now entered the memory portion of our lives, it's time to go back to the fruits of our labors for another workweek.

Yesterday Michelle, Hayley and I went to her Sister Chris's for the Steelers v Giants fiasco. It was a tough 14-21 setback for the Black and Gold. The Steelers dropped a hard fought game to a team that just happens to be the defending Super Bowl Champions. The loss drops the Steelers record to 5-2, so things aren't that bad.

WVU is once again on the edge of breaking into the top 25 again as they are now 26th in the AP and 29th in the USAToday polls. A win this Saturday at UCONN could propel the Mountaineers back into the rankings.

Hi Ho Hi Ho....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Our Saturday

With absolutely no game plan in the works for yesterday, Michelle and I decided to take a trip to Pittsburgh. She had never been to Century III Mall so I decided to take her up and show it to her.

We did manage to stop and look around Value City Furniture
before we made it to Century III. We will be in the market in the near future to start our life together. We have stopped a few times looking at furniture, but I think we have now found a great store with a good product and the best prices.

Good news, Steve and Barry's may have went bankrupt and closing over 100 of their stores including the one here in Morgantown, however the one in Century III Mall is NOT one of them and will not close.

Outside of Century III we stopped an an outdoors store called Gander Mountain, a store that targeted the outdoors men and hunters and fishermen.

Yesterday evening we headed back and you know what we saw on Route 51? Primanti Bros. This was my fifth Primanti Bros I have been to and next month I will make the one at Heinz Field my sixth.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Good Morning

Good Morning my faithful readers. I hope your Friday was good and pleasurable, if you were not recovering from the night before.

I see both the great Morgantown High Mohigans and the satan worshipping evil UHS Hawks both pitched respective shutouts last night setting up a monstrous battle that will take place this coming Friday night. However I will be with Michelle handing out candy at East Gate.

Speaking of handing out candy on Halloween, East Gate by my calculations, this spatial location has the best CPM (Candy Per Minute) ration in he Morgantown area. Last year we had an estimated 350 Trick or Treaters (roughly one every 20 seconds for two hours). Two years ago we had an estimated 400 Trick or Treaters or roughly about one every 209 seconds again, but a little more dense. Three years ago we also had roughly 400 of the little ghosts and goblins stop by. This weekend looks to once again be promising.

Have a great day, I'm going to try to.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week when we cease the labors for the week and take time out to enjoy the fruits of our labors. It is once again the dawn of yet another weekend.

How about that game last night. West Virginia and Auburn both finished in the Top 10 last year and both were pre-season top 10 and WVU fell behind early 17-3, but managed a 34-17 win. It was a GREAT night to be a Mountaineer.

Not too much scheduled for Michelle and myself this weekend, I think we are going to take it easy and have a relaxing weekend rather than running around everywhere. Never know, maybe a local geocache or two might be in the plans sometime this weekend.

Last night Gary called me, I advised him to install Utorrent to find what he was looking for. Torrents are a great way to find what you are looking for, especially with sites like Torrent Reactor and Torrents out there.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Quick Blog

I forgot to write my blog when I usually do so I am a little crunched to write one this morning before heading off to work.

The job is going great, many challenges and chances to grow my interest in my profession and get paid well to do it. Yesterday I was concentrating on wring KML's and KMZ's in ArcInfo. The illustrations we are working on will have a pretty exclusive audience in a couple weeks.

So, the new job is great, it's challenging and is opening me up to new things.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Hey we are getting closer to the weekend, but we are only half way there, still a few days to go.

WVU will be hosting Auburn tomorrow night at the Stadium, we both started out this season as pre-season top 10 teams, but both teams have had their share of struggles this season and neither of us is currently ranked in the top 25.

Not too much else to say today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


It has been a little on the chilly side the last couple of days and evenings. I actually fired my heater up last night for a while because it was getting a little cold.

I went into the office yesterday and they did not have the boiler fired up for the season yet, needless to say it was sub 50 degrees in there all day. Hopefully it will be a little better today.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Back to work

OK, then fun is over with and it's time to put the nose back to the grindstone and get back to that little thing we like to call work.

I had a great weekend with Michelle, like that's a surprise, yesterday we basically just relaxed and watched the Steelers put it to the now 0-7 Sissynatti Bungholes 38-10.

I await this weeks challenges with eagerness and anticipation.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A couple caches

yesterday was a great day, we managed to fit in a couple caches on our way to watch Michelle's nephew play football yesterday. One was a "Virtual Cache", you just have to go to a spot and know the answer to the question or do what the cache owner requests.

The one we did was quite simple and easy to find.

Not sure what today has in store for us, but you can almost bet the that we will watch the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the hell out of the 0-6 Sissynatti Bungholes today.

Hey, did you hear that Michigan lost again yesterday? =) For that $2.5 Million plus the other $2.5 Million they paid WVU on Rich's behalf because of the settlement (Rich still owes another $1.5 Million) what Michigan has got is a team that went from 5-2 at this point last year with a coach it was paying around $1.2 Million to to a 2-5 record with a coach they have sunk $5 Million in this year. How did the John Beilein thing work out for them?

Have a good day.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

An early morning funny

I thought you may enjoy this:

Start of the day

I've had a good start to the day so far, I got up around 4:30 and surfed the net for a while and checked my e-mail. I see both Morgantown and University High won their games last night.

About 6:00 Michelle got up as I was watching a youtube video and we crawled back into bed and I said those magic words..."You know what I want to do"? Of course you dirty minded individuals need to get your minds out of the gutters as I was referring to her and I hitting rails to trails for a nice brisk walk this morning.

We started out at Marilla Park and walked the trails to where Listravia Avenue crosses the creek (Behind Sheetz in Sabraton) and back again. I can say we both feel great and are ready for the days adventures. Michelle is making me Turkey Bacon and an Egg White Omelet with green peppers, onions and mushrooms for breakfast. Yuuuummm.

Today we will venture north in search of a geocache or two on our way to Burgettstown to watch her nephew continue his tract to the NFL Hall of Fame and watch him play. He's only 7 or 8, but he's got a good start. I think He'll be a Steeler before it's all over with.

Have a great day, I will.

I'm going to watch You don't mess with the Zohan this morning, I fell asleep last night watching it.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week when we cease our labors for the week and take time out to enjoy the fruits of our labors. It is once again the start of yet another weekend!!!!

It's been a busy, brain frying week for me so far, trying to quickly learn so many Federal Procedures and my own companies policies all at the same time. Top Secret documents, Federal Facilities, potential major hazards, we have them all and I need to be informed and prepared for all such things.

The Mountaineers are off this weekend in preparation for next Thursday nights game against Auburn.

Michelle and I will probably running to PA to watch her nephew play football tomorrow.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Brittany Dae Cummings

Wow, has it been 19 whole years since I was sitting in the hospital waiting room watching Who's the Boss and they wheeled that cute little girl out?

Has it been 18 years? Yes it has and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Brittany a very Happy 18th Birthday today.

Happy Birthday Brittany Dae Cummings.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I think I'm really going to like SAIC

Very nice set up and even have a full nautilus gym right beside my office. Lot's of security getting into the place and into my office, but I think I have found a company I can grow with.

I made the right choice, that's for sure. All kinds of amenities that I didn't know about before such as discounts out the wazoo. I guess when you have a company of 45,000 people you can get a little buying power and discounts for your employees.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A day of firsts

Just like yesterday being my last day at my old job, today is my first day at my new job. I am now officially an employee for SAIC here in Morgantown at the DOE NETL here in Morgantown.

I'm excited to look for the new challenges that await me and the new contacts that I will be making in the next few days.

This really is a great opportunity for me, both career wise and financial wise and for that I am very grateful. It all started on a day with me playing paintball this summer with someone I graduated with and ended up being offered a great job.

Here's to the start of something great.

Monday, October 13, 2008

One Last Day

Today is my last day with IMC, a company I started working for after I was laid off from Infotech this past spring.

It's been a fun and educational six months for me, and I will miss working with some of the best co-workers that I have professionally worked with. It is a company on the rise and growth is in the plans for my department, I wish all of my soon to be former coworkers the best and hope they make IMC very prosperous.

It will be a sad day.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

We win again

The Mountaineers managed to hold on and Noel Devine broke a 92 yard TD run late in the game to secure a 17-6 WVU over the Syracuse Orangemen. The offense looked pretty bad and could not seem to get anything going outside of what Devine was doing.

Next up for the Mountaineers will be a Thursday night game after a week of against the Auburn Tigers. Another pre-season top 10 team who has had their struggles this season.

Anyone see how "Product Rodrigeuz" is doing for Michigan? Michigan has never lost to a MAC school, much less one with a losing record....until NOW. Couldn't happen to a better bunch of people.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mountaineer Madness

Michelle and I went to Mountaineer Madness last night and had a great time, it was even bigger than last years event.

There was a laser Light show, a two ball competition, a slam dunk competition, scrimmages by both the Mens and Women's teams and just a great time to be had by all.

Both teams had the carpet rolled out and introduced everyone including the new Freshmen and both Mike Carey and Bob Huggins spoke to the very enthusiastic and excited crowd.

The event kicked off with a half hour autograph session on the floor, when it started everyone made it feel like a rock star type of event and with pens and items in had, quickly filled the floor and lined up for their favorite players or coaches autograph.

Football game today.

Friday, October 10, 2008

It's a Big Ole Hairy Friday

Yes it is once again that time of the week that we all look forward to, the time when we cease our labors of the week and just take a little time out to enjoy the fruits of our labors. It is once again the dawn of yet another weekend!

This will be an event filled weekend for both Michelle and I. Later tonight we are going to start off the evening by first attending the Homecoming (I can spell it right) parade on High street. This is Homecoming weekend for West Virginia University.

Later on it's on to Mountaineer Madness at the WVU Coliseum when the WVU basketball officially kicks off it's 2008-9 campaign with their first practice of the season. We will be debuting the new basketball scoreboard, so needless to say Chris has been quite the busy person this week creating content for the new basketball scoreboard plus the football scoreboard.

Saturday will be an exciting day of tailgating, football and hopefully a little relaxation later that evening with Michelle.

Steelers are off this week, so it's a day for me and Michelle.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The word is starting to get around.

Over the last few years I have been planning and plotting behind the scenes to make something happen. Something that I could do to leave my mark on this generation and be remembered forever as a great person, someone who beat the odds and did it.

The movement has started, and it is now making the news.


Keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Back to the grindstone

After a four day flu filled weekend from work, it will be back to work for me tomorrow so I can finally finish up a few things and get ready to move on to my next challenge at a new company.

I'm sorry, I have been a little out of the mix and slightly incoherent over the past few days, Michelle was also smitten by the flu bug and was talking about returning to work a few hours last night or today.

A special thanks to her son Chad for helping me out by picking her up Sunday Night and helping her out by taking Haley to school yesterday.

There is some bad news to report, condolences go out to Rich (Snider), he has lost his father. They are are flying the body back for a viewing and burial in Morgantown on Friday. The viewing will be late Friday morning with the burial Friday afternoon. My heartfelt sympathies go out to Rich, Rick and Mark.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Feeling much better today

I have been down since Saturday night when something hit me all of a sudden, and I can't emphasize all of a sudden enough to make anyone but Michelle understand. I walked out the door and took about 5 steps and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Sunday I basically slept all day as Michelle was a real trooper and tried to take care of me. It's a great feeling to know that you are that loved and someone will stick by your side, but she has also paid the price. She went home from work yesterday afternoon and has been sick since. She's off today (as am I) recovering, all you need is a lot of rest and a short and quick path to the restroom.

I am feeling pretty good today and should return to work tomorrow in what is my final week (except for next Monday) at IMC. I'll be wrapping things up and making the transition from one company to another company over the next week.

Good news, My Jury Duty is now officially over with. Since this is our last week and there is nothing scheduled this week, the judge has dismissed the entire jury our commitment is considered fulfilled.

Just going to relax today and watch a movie or two and surf the internet. I'm going to let Michelle sleep for a while (she's at her home), rest and time is the cure to this nasty flu bug.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Feeling a little better

Wow was I sick yesterday and Saturday night. I'm feeling a little better now, but I am taking the day off and just resting one more day. Still sweating and not feeling 100%, but I feel a lot better than I have since Saturday evening.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Under the weather

Not much of a BLOG entry today, I'm under the weather and would not be very creative.

Check back tomorrow.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

It's gameday

Lets get ready to suite them up and play another 60 minutes of football. Today the WVU Mountaineers will be taking on the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers for out first Big East conference game of the season.

Michelle and I will be there today for the noon kickoff.

Friday, October 03, 2008

It's a Big Ole Hairy Friday

yes, it is once again that time of the week when we take a break and cease the labors of the week and take time out and enjoy the fruits of our labors for a couple of days, it is the dawn of yet another weekend!!!

Well tonight Michelle and I are going to venture over to the new University High School and watch the Hawks put it on whoever they are playing. This will be the second game, (mine and Michelle's first) in the new stadium. I'm a little curious and really want to see the new venue.

I think Marshall has offered Michelle a couple more tickets to this weekends WVU football home game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. We went together last week, so this will be the second straight week that we have been given the opportunity for tickets. Michelle has a great boss =)

No more jury duty this week and don't have to call in again until Monday night. Four and 1/5 weeks down and only had to go in one day. There was even a plea bargain on that day, and next week will be the end of my term on jury duty.

I stopped in yesterday after work to say hello to Terri, but she was up at Amy's spending time with her new Grandson.

Hope everyone has had a great week and ready for a weekend, I know I am.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The love of my life

Yesterday Michelle came over after work and we went down and had a Milano's Pizza (Old Pizzeria Italia). I asked her, what should I blog about and she said to blog about how much I love her.

Well, I think everyone already knows, this girl is not only my best friend, she is the love of my life. Someone I can cut up with and am excited to do new things with each time we do something new. She has made me want to be a better person, she has let me drag her out in the woods geocaching with me, a friend to confide with and I have her absolute support in everything I do.

If you find that, you've found something. I am very lucky to have finally found the love of my life.

On a side note, Happy Birthday Chris Ostein.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Oh what a great picture I found.

This is a picture of ESPN analyst Lee Corso going nuts when getting his rear end handed to him in a game in 1974 in Indiana where West Virginia beat him 24-0.

Corso is best remembered by Mountaineer fans in 1993 when he lobbied for the other #2 team in the Country, Florida State (each of us was ranked #2 in separate polls), to have a chance to play Nebraska for the 1993 national Championship. Corso was the talking head from ESPN that agitated the Mountaineer faithful and ended us up in the Sugar Bowl against Florida (we can forget that game).

I just remember my dad telling me about the game with the picture above, I was quite surprised when I saw it and just wanted to share with everyone.