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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us and we have a pretty good start to the week, now we are looking straight down the barrel of a Tuesday and you know what that means. 

* It has been 21,347 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 6,587 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. 18 years ago just yesterday.  

* 5,172 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, the pizza hut is gone, the movie was horrible, but we're still together. 

* 4,394 days ago I proposed to Michelle in the backyard at 4:00 in the morning. The same bench she feeds the deer, groundhogs, geese, ducks, turkey and a whole slew of birds from. I'm waiting for a Giraffe to show up, or at least a couple spider monkeys. 

* It was 3,937 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. 

* I have now lived 1,559 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 82 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 3,599 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. 

* 273 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. 

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

* There are 223 more shopping days left until Christmas 2022.

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 203 more days. 

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 97 days away. I am so ready for this game, we kicking Pitts Butt. I think this count started with about 2500 or so days and I've kept it up. 

* There are 81 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* 69 Days until Michelle and I are in Pittsburgh to see Jimmy Buffett!!!!!

* There are only 35 days until the official start of Summer. 

* I have written 6,786 blogs in the now 17 1/2 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. I may actually but one off of same ebay and piece it together but I'm not sure it is real;ly worth the effort to be honest. My little drone is awesome. 

* No drone flights this weekend, weather was awesome for it but working so many hours you have to budget your time accordingly. 

* Amy and Ralphie have stepped up to host the Memorial Day Weekend picnic. Thank you to both of them once again. 

* I'm still working 10 hour days again this week for Duquense Light, money was too much to pass up. 

* We'll be dogsitting in a couple of weeks as Hayley and Tyler take an extended vacation to Alabama once again. Peanut has actually let her face be shown. She has been hiding in the back bedroom pretty much since they got here. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho day 29 in a row. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Monday

And it all starts all over without ever stopping. It is that time of the week where we take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone for another fun-filled week of doing whatever it is that we do to make this a better world to live in. 

My week ahead includes a Doctors appointment this afternoon, it's just a typical routine checkup, nothing too in-depth just visiting my Doctor. That'll be later this afternoon, so that means I will be starting at the butt crack of dawn this morning to make sure that I can finish my work day before the appointment. 

Michelle is going to go and visit her Mom this evening after work, I think her and Chris are going to start slowing down the visits a little, as she is seeming comfortable and I guess has a new room mate that she gets along with. Michelle did set her up a bird feeder and has had to refill it once for her already. Michelle said there are a number of them up there, this one is right outside of Suzanne's room where she can see it. 

Hayley and Tyler managed to fly into Florida yesterday and then as they were driving to Alabama, the rental car broke down. Enterprise had to come and pick them up, take them back to the office and exchange the car for them. Hopefully, they at least got an upgrade for their inconvenience. 

Today is a date of tragedy and celebration for me. It was on this day in 1977, or 45 years ago that Grandpa Hall passed away. The man most responsible for my values and upbringing left this world. On this day in 2004, I graduated from West Virginia University fulfilling a dream that he had had for me. May 16th is was and will always be a date that I remember. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho Day 29 in a row

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Sunday

Here I sit once again on a quiet Sunday Morning, all the animals are all fast asleep but I anticipate Kiwi being up pretty soon as he is the early bird, but he's not too fond of worms, says they give him gas..lol

If you noticed a lot of extra traffic around town yesterday, they are still here. Hotels appear to be full and it all culminates this afternoon with the final portion of WVU's Commencement. The biggest one, the Eberly Undergraduate one starts at noon, so by later this afternoon most of the hotels will be empty and this group will all be gone for good. It'll be 18 years ago tomorrow since I walked that walk. 

I had to stop over at Mom's yesterday afternoon, her Wifi wasn't working on her TV and Computer. Rebooted the router and put her Wifi password into her TV and she was all good to go. It was a pretty easy fix. 

My day today? Grocery shopping and back out into the field to do some fieldwork for RTI. It's kind of a moot point, as my segments are very heavily student populated again and no one is here. It's pretty much a complete waste of time and resources in my opinion. Hey, they are paying me for it, so who is complaining. 

Hayley and Tyler flew to the Florida yesterday and are now at their Air B and B east of where the concert venue is going to be. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho day 27 in a row. 


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Saturday Morning Rumblings

Here I sit in a household full of animals, Peanut is off hiding somewhere as she is a very shy one and will not come out while Maybelline or Gracie are here. There is not interaction or fighting, she's just a spoiled cat and don't like animals invading her domain. Other than that it's pretty quiet around here this morning. 

It's commencement weekend here in Morgantown. West Virginia University will grant degrees to thousands of Graduates this weekend, between last night, today and tomorrow there will be a number of hoodings and other such events for our new Graduates as they either leave the world of Academia or continue their careers further or enter into the job market. This portion of their journey has reached its final stage as they are granted their degrees in good faith. Traffic will be busy both today and tomorrow so be careful when you are on this side of town. Getting a table to go out to eat at might be challenging till Monday. 

Me? My day includes me once again going out into the field to do some fieldwork for RTI both today and tomorrow. I forget how many days in a row it has been, the money is great but it is starting to wear on me with so many other things going on like Michelle's Mom and a house full of animals. 

Hayley and Tyler are flying into I think some place in Florida today, they'll be down in the Gulf Shores for about a week and a half or so before they return home. They'll be attending something called the Hangout Festival, her cousin Abby and her friend will be joining them next week and all returning early the following week. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho it's day 26 in a row. 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Big Ole Hairy Friday the 13th

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 the 13th.

We have a couple of house guests for the next couple of weeks. Gracie and Maybelline are both here as Hayley and Tyler visit the Gulf Shores for the next couple of weeks. They will be going to the Hangout Music Festival next weekend, but they are going down early and then Abby and a friend of hers is going to join them for the festival before returning home the next week. Hopefully they have a good time, they have went a few times and had to miss the last couple of years I think because of COVID and the wedding last year. 

So we have a houseful of animals here with me. Roll Call. We have Kiwi the king of the birds, he will be keeping everyone else in line. There is Peanut who I don't think I will see again until our guests leave. There is Sophie, she's old fat and geriatric and don't care. There is Gracie who always has too much energy and there is Maybelline the pitbull who is just a big pillow. Then there is Michelle and of course yours truly, but no one cares about us...lol

It's going to be a long day, working, going to run to WalMart and Sams and a few chores this evening. Saying it's going to be a long day is an understatement. 

It is Graduation weekend this weekend for WVU, so traffic may pick up the next couple of days before everyone clears out and this town resorts to being normal for a few months. Of course I will be out working this weekend once again, I've cleared most of my areas that are heavily student and now will concentrate on the more residential areas. 

Have yourselves a great day. 

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, May 12, 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 week's pic goes back to my great-niece at the Johnny Koon Lantern Launch a few years ago. We were all at Westover Park, and I think that was the last year they held it there, and I caught Kynlea giving me her very first on-camera Hall salute. Not sure if Aunt Val had anything to do with this (she did), but Kynlea seemed to really enjoy the moment. 

I think this was a year that Michelle and I actually won something, although Amy and her luck managed to win 103% of the prizes being offered that year. I swear I'm having her buy my Grand Bask ticket next year...lol

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us and we have a pretty good start to the week, now we are looking straight down the barrel of a Tuesday and you know what that means. 

* It has been 21,340 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 6,580 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. It's Graduation week at WVU, many will realize the accomplishment of their dreams this weekend as I once did. 

* 5,165 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, the pizza hut is gone, the movie was horrible, but we're still together. 

* 4,387 days ago I proposed to Michelle, backyard at 4:00 in the morning. Same bench she feeds the deer, groundhogs, geese, ducks, turkey's and a whole slew of birds from. 

* It was 3,930 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. 

* I have now lived 1,552 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 75 days making me Senior Supreme Sibling once again!!!

* I have 3,606 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, but I love doing what I do. I think my Brother in Law George is either at retirement or close to retirement day. 

* 280 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. 

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

* There are 230 more shopping days left until Christmas 2022.

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 210 more days. 

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 104 days away. I am so ready for this game, we kicking Pitts Butt. I'm just glad Kenny Pickett is now the Steelers Quarterback. 

* There are 88 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* 76 Days until Michelle and I are in Pittsburgh to see Jimmy Buffett!!!!!

* There are only 42 days until the official start of Summer. 

* I have written 6,779 blogs in the now 17 1/2 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.

* No drone flights this weekend, weather was less than favorable. 

* Amy and Ralphie have stepped up to host the Memorial Day Weekend picnic. Thank you to both of them. 

* Michelle is back in the office today. 

* I'm working 10 hour days again this week for Duquense Light, money was too much to pass up. 

* We'll be dogsitting in a couple of weeks as Hayley and Tyler take an extended vacation to Alabama once again. Gracie and May will be paying a visit starting Thursday. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho 

Monday, May 09, 2022

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and yes that does include those fun-filled things we refer to as weekends, even though some of us work through the weekends. Now it is time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone unless your name is Michelle who has the day off. 

Looking at the week ahead I'm still working overtime this week, makes it nice on payday to say the least and it is something that I do enjoy. Michelle because she worked Saturday has today off and I will imagine is going to sleep in. 

Tomorrow is election day here in Monongalia County, it's the primary so I need to manage to find time to get my butt out and cast my ballot. The General election will be in November, the biggest race in West Virginia will be for the newly reshaped first district since we lost one district due to Census 2000 (yes it is very important to fill out those Census questionaires). Due your duty and get out and vote tomorrow. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Happy Mothers Day

Here me and my main bird Kiwi sit, we're up a little early talking about today being Mother's Day. I'm trying to get him to say Mom instead of Alexa for Michelle. 

With that being said, I would like to wish all the Mothers in the world out there including mine a very Happy Mothers Day today.

I would also like to wish a very Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful wife, as she is an amazing woman, wife, daughter and Mother.

I would additionally like to wish my Mother in Law Suzzane a Happy Mothers Day, even though she doesn't know who I am and thinks Michelle's still married to Richard. 

Also a Happy Mothers Day to Kim, Terri, Pam, Val, Amy, and Ang who are all also very special Mothers. Each and every one of them are very special to my heart. 

Mothers Day is a Holiday that actually has its origins close to here. Founded in Grafton, WV by Anna Jarvis, it is a Holiday that is unique to North Central WV. 

Happy Mothers Day all. 

Hi ho hi ho

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Saturday Morning Ramblings

Here I sit in a quiet household on a nice peaceful Saturday Morning. Kiwi is still sleeping, or at least he's not saying ALEXA ALEXA and ordering some bird food that he looks I have no idea what is playing on the TV behind me as it is basically on for noise. 

This is a day that both Michelle and I are working. I'm out in the field for RTI and Michelle is at the office for the day. She's just going to take Monday off since she works today (that's how they do it), hopefully, we'll have some nicer weather that comes along by then. 

Today is move-out day for the WVO Dorms. This basically means many of the students who have not already left for the summer will have to vacate today as this is the end of their lease. We'll have some peace and quiet for about three months as they are all back home and Morgantown's population takes a temporary drop in totals. Who likes the fact that there will now be significantly less traffic, I know I sure as hell do. Time for cookouts and picnics!!!!!

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Friday, May 06, 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.

So what does it being Friday mean to me? I get to make a run to Walmart and Sam's club this evening after work as either Michelle or I or both of us do every Friday. I'm like clockwork with this and we usually either go out to dinner or order something to take home. What does it also mean? It also means I transition from working for one employer to working the weekend for another one. Michelle on the other hand has had her week extended another day as she is working tomorrow and will take Monday off. 

Today should be the last day of finals and you'll notice that the population of Morgantown is dwindling. If they have not already left for the Summer, they will be out of the dorms tomorrow and heading back home as the Semester and school year as we know it is over with. Traffic might be a little heavy this evening, but that is the students leaving. Graduation is next weekend, but after that it is pretty much smooth sailing until August. There will be a couple Summer Sessions, but the second one is just on the books, not sure if any classes actually take place. 

I am excited that the family is going to get together for a cookout in a few weeks. We don't get together nearly enough and it'll be great to spend some time with family, especially after a couple years of COVID. 

Have yourselves a great day and a start of a great weekend. 

Hi ho hi ho

Thursday, May 05, 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 weeks pic goes back to both a happy and a sad time. Happy because Bonita and Robert both traveled from Alaska and Ohio respectively to visit Mom. Sadly because while this was not the last picture taken of the three of them together, it was one of them. 

The picture was taken over at one of the churches in Westover, the Koon's had set up some kind of a dinner get-together to celebrate the evening and we all joined in and had a great time. Somewhere I have a movie file of the Koons doing a group sing for us as a little extra treat, Uncle Junior was there for that one. 

Have yourselves a great day

Hi ho hi ho


Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Tuesday's Tidbits

* Monday is once again behind us and we have a pretty good start to the week, now we are looking straight down the barrel of a Tuesday and you know what that means. 

* It has been 21,333 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 6,573 days since I graduated from WVU with a Degree in Geography. WVU is about to add a few more names to the alumni roster this coming week. 

* 5,158 days ago Michelle and I had our first date together, the pizza hut is gone, the movie was horrible, but we're still together. 

* 4,380 days ago I proposed to Michelle, backyard at 4:00 in the morning. Same bench she feeds the deer, groundhogs, geese, ducks, turkey's and a whole slew of birds from. 

* It was 3,923 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. 

* I have now lived 1,545 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 68 days making me Senior Supreme Sibling once again!!!

* I have 3,613 days to go until I retire, give or take a few hundred days here or there, but I love doing what I do. 

* 287 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. 

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

* There are 237 more shopping days left until Christmas 2022.

* The next Anniversary of my 21st Birthday will be in 217 more days. 

* The next Backyard Brawl where we beat Pitt's ass in Football is only 111 days away. I am so ready for this game, we kicking Pitts Butt. I'm just glad Kenny Pickett is now the Steelers Quarterback. 

* There are 95 more days to go until Michelle and I celebrate our Eleventh Wedding Anniversary together. =)

* 83 Days until Michelle and I are in Pittsburgh to see Jimmy Buffett!!!!!

* There are only 49 days until the official start of Summer. 

* I have written 6,772 blogs in the now 17 1/2 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.

* I did get a chance to go out and fly my drone Saturday, check tomorrow's blog for the video of my flight. I'm really liking this drone. 

* I did get a chance to talk to Gary Saturday night, I called him and surprisingly he picked up the phone. Talked a few minutes, says he's having car troubles again. 

* We do need to do a Memorial Day picnic, maybe just grab a picnic table and have a food fight like days gone by. 

* I'm working 10 hour days again this week for Duquense Light, money was too much to pass up. 

* We'll be dogsitting in a couple of weeks as Hayley and Tyler take an extended vacation to Alabama once again. Gracie and May will be paying a visit. 

* Have yourselves a great day.  

* Hi ho hi ho 

Monday, May 02, 2022

Monday

All good things must come to an end, and yes that does include those fun-filled things called weekends that we tend to love so much. Now it is time to take our collective noses and stick them back onto the grindstone and get back to doing what it is that we do that makes this a better world to reside in. 

Working 10 hours a day once again this week, It's pretty much the norm now as I am up early anyway and I work until I have time to start dinner before Michelle gets home. I do enjoy what I do, so that makes things a lot easier. 18 years later after I graduated and I worked in it for 4 years as an undergrad, I still love GIS. 

You will notice that traffic around town is going to start to dwindle down. This is finals week for the students and they have to be vacated from all the dorms by Saturday, meaning a large portion of our most of the year population won't be here for the next few months. Most of them will be gone as the week wears on and they complete final examinations. This is my favorite time of the year, warmer weather but not too hot, trees have just come back to life and Morgantown says goodbye to about 30,000 transient students. 

Looking at my agenda for the week, it's about the same as it is with any other week lately. Michelle is going in to sit with her Mom this evening; may start doing Mondays normally as Chris has something she is doing on Mondays. Michelle is scheduled to work this Saturday as the owners are away for the weekend. This means she'll either take Friday or Monday off or just stockpile her PTO time for a later use. 

Have yoursleves a great day

Hi ho hi ho

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Sunday

Here I sit yet once again in a quiet household, Kiwi and I are up talking about classic TV. He likes '70s music, now we are trying to get him into some very educational '70s TV. I mentioned him watching Baretta, but he's more into Lavern and Shirley. He really likes Lenny and he Squigtones for some reason.

I'm out in the field working for RTI again today. It's a rough quarter and they keep wanting to throw heavy student population areas over and over again, despite little to no success in these types of areas in this area. 

The NFL Draft has concluded after three days of making a lot of college football players dreams come true. I think the Steelers had a good draft, they needed a Quarterback and the guy in their own backyard was who I thought was the best Quarterback in the draft, I just never thought we had a chance at him, and he was available when it was their turn to pick. 

Grocery shopping and a few other things are on our agenda for the day before I head out to work. Not sure what Michelle's schedule is today and this week, as of press time she was napping. 

Have yourselves a great day.

Heidi Ho hi ho