RIP Old Friend

Well I finally did it. I bought a new hat. I don’t do this all that often. So to me its like the changing of the guards. I think my old hat was about 5 years old. My parents, grandparents, and wife have been begging me to replace it for about 3 years now. My thought was that it was just starting to get warn in.

I decided this weekend that it was time for a new one. I was wearing it and couldn’t figure out what smelled so bad. I quickly realized it was coming from my hat. 5 years of sweat was starting to take it’s toll. Luckily, Treah said she couldn’t smell it yet.

This hat has been through a lot. I have warn it almost everyday at one point or another. In the last 5 years it has seen:

  • Me get Married
  • Me and Treah graduate from WVU, then start again
  • Me have 5 positions at work, all while working for the same place
  • My brother graduate, twice
  • Dad turning 50
  • Mom and Dad’s 25th Anniversary
  • Moves to and/or from 2 apartments, and 1 house
  • Getting a dog
  • WVU Men’s Basketball Team make it to the elite 8, then to the sweet 16
  • WVU Football go to 4 bowl games, including a win in a BCS bowl
  • I’m sure there is more to add to the list, I’ll add them as I remember or as people comment
  • Here’s a new and old pic, see if you can figure out which is which. Click on them for bigger versions.


    If the football or basketball team starts to suck, I’m switching back to my old hat.

Back in Morgantown

We made the trip back from Williston today. We left just before 7:00am this morning, and made it back to our house around 6:00pm. We made good time considering the heavy rain we hit in Pennsylvania and Maryland. We only made a couple quick stops for bathroom breaks and gas. We hit drive threws for breakfast and lunch and ate on the road.

The kennel is only open from 6:00pm-7:00pm on Sundays. We didn’t think we’d be back in time to pick Vandy up. However, we made such good time that we were able to get her tonight instead of tomorrow morning. That made Treah happy.

I had a great time this week, but it feels good to be home. I can’t wait to sleep in a bed tonight where my feet won’t be hanging off the end.

Speaking of that, I’m off to bed. Work comes early tomorrow =(

Summer Vacation 2006

Treah and I have spent the last week on our “Summer Vacation.” Treah finished up her 3rd year of med school and only has 2 weeks off before her 4th year starts. We thought that we’d travel and go see some family we don’t get to see very often. Treah’s parents came up on Friday, June 16th. This was her birthday. They stayed through Wednesday to do some work on the house and to dog sit for us. When they left Wednesday they dropped her off at the kennel for us.

We left Morgantown, WV on Sunday, June 18th and drove 8 hours up to Herkimer, NY. Treah’s grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins live there. This is the town her Dad grew up in. While in NY we:

  • Went on a boat tour of the Erie Canal
  • Went on a geocache
  • Did some home work
  • Did a lot of visiting with family

We stayed in NY until Wednesday afternoon, and then drove the 4.5 hours over to Williston, VT. This is the general area where most of my side of the family lives. Since being in VT we have:

  • Found a geocache
  • Planted a new geocache
  • Gone to the Chew Chew Festival on the lake front of Burlington. This was a food festival. A bunch of the restaurants from Burlington came and set up tents. Everyone bought tokens and traded the tokens for food. Ben and Jerry’s was there and introduced there new ready made milkshakes. They were pretty good, but I don’t see myself buying any of them
  • Went to my parent’s company picnic at Button Bay State Park
  • Went to a horse show at my Aunt’s horse farm. This was the first one I had been to. I was kind of lost at first, but luckily my cousin Molly was there explaining everything to me. She competed for years until she went to college. While at the farm, we went and saw the two new baby horses. It was interesting to see the similarities in a baby horse and a puppy.
  • Overall, it’s been a busy and fun week. I can’t believe all we have done. We’re heading home tomorrow, and I’m really not looking forward to the 12 hour car ride we’ve got in front of us. Oh well, I have to be back at work Monday morning. Check out Treah’s Blog, she has some pictures up of the trip.

    10th in the Nation

    Found this in the Charleston Daily Mail today:

    WVU basketball attendance climb ranks 10th

    The NCAA 2005-06 men’s basketball attendance report placed West Virginia 10th in Division I.

    The Mountaineers, coming off an NCAA Tournament regional finals berth in 2004-05, had a WVU Coliseum attendance rise from 8,510 to 10,401 per game last season. The game average 1,891 climb ranked 10th nationally.

    1/4 Century

    Well it’s starting to happen. I’m getting old. Saturday I turned 25. 1/4 century. Ouch. It actually doesn’t bother me much. Now I can get cheaper car insurance and get rental cars. Plus when I get down about it I just think about my parents. It must really suck to have a kid that is as old as I am. They must really feel old!

    I had a good birthday weekend, with a few bumps along the way.

    Saturday started with a couple of bumps. I got calls from work at 6:15 and 8:00. I ended up having to go in to our 2nd data center until about noon. Jason came along too.

    I got home and Treah surprised me with a cookie cake, banana bread, and an xbox 360. I had to agree to put any birthday money I got towards the xbox though. Chris and Deborah also stopped by for a couple minutes. I spent the rest of the day playing video games and eating. Treah also made dinner for me.

    Sunday I got up and mowed the grass (bump 3), then in the afternoon Treah and I headed to Pittsburgh. We went to Dave and Buster’s. It’s basically an arcade/restaurant/bar for grown ups. It was a lot of fun. I cashed in all of the tickets I earned for a pen that is shaped like a finger. When you pull on the end of it, it plays a farting noise. I couldn’t resist. The funniest part about it is when I was checking out, the lady at the counter asked me why I was buying this.

    So far 25 feels like 24. 25 should be an interesting year.

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