Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Woke up to a full moon and a chill in the air. I have a feeling its going to be a beautiful day. Missing my girl...I'm just sayin!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Had a busy, LONG day yesterday. After driving all the way to Fort Stewart just to find out the meeting had been cancelled, I got back to the office and worked on the few things needing attention. I made a couple phone calls, got a couple leads...then went to see my buddies playing back-up at Marty Falle's Lowcountry Jam open mic night.
Got home about 10 and was asleep before my head hit the pillow!

Making as many calls today as I can so I can fill up my schedule for next week!!!

61 and partly cloudy !!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Didn't sleep much again last night for hacking and coughing. Took a Claritin this morning and it seems to have helped some. So I guess this really is more of allergies than a cold. THATs good to know!

Got up early and went all the way to Ft Stewart (about an hour and a half away) just to discover the meeting had been cancelled. :-o
Oh well.

68 and partly cloudy


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Yesterday was another long day. My head and chest are getting congested, which makes me feel sluggish, so that makes it worse. I came home a little early, took some cough syrup and went to bed! I slept most of the night, only waking up a couple of times.

Woke up to 46 and clear.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Long day yesterday. Went to Beaufort for work, then to the south end of Hilton Head to pick up some gear for the Tones, then stopped and uploaded several videos at Panera (high speed wireless!). This morning I am loading up my short kayak so a guy can meet me at the office at 7:30 to possibly buy it. Then lots to get accomplished today!

After tossing and turning all night, I finally got up about 5...to 45 and clear.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Didn't sleep much last night. Kept having strange dreams involving robotic aliens overtaking the world...what's THAT all about?!?!

Going in to work early to make sure all the details are dealt with on several smaller things, then headed to Beaufort to survey an existing building for work.

Might sell a kayak after work today...if the guy doesn't "no show".

Woke up to 48 and clear....

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Well...it's been a busy weekend. But I have had a good time. It started with The Groovetones Friday night at Kanaley's on the south end of Hilton Head Island. I helped the guys carry gear in and set up some. Then as they played, the "crowd" of few turned into less and less. So, it became a special birthday concert just for me! They still played their hearts out and we all loved it! Of course I helped them break down and load up.

Saturday, I slept in...til 8! Then cleaned up around the house just a bit and went down to Wingfest. This is a fundraising event where many Island restaurants set up tents and sell various styles of wings. There is also a stage where different bands get to show off their talents. When I got there, Deaz Guys were on stage. They played beach music and motown. Very cool. Musta been 2000 or more people when I got there. I ran into Brandi and her friend Brittney. Brandi works at The Metropolitan Lounge and Bistro, where I've been to see the Tones. She’s a beautiful and friendly girl. So of course I had to say hi. :-)

Later in the day, I took a needed nap! Played online a bit, then headed to Beaufort! Why? The Groovetones, of course. They were appearing at Plum's. Not having been to Beaufort except for work, and seeing only ancient buildings on Main St., I wasn't sure what kinda place it would be. Turned out that, even though the building was probably 100 years old, they had renovated the inside to turn it into a terrific restaurant and raw bar. We had to wait over an hour for patrons to finish eating so the staff could move out the tables in order to make room for the band. Anyway…we got everything in and set up, then I asked Tony if he needed to move the truck…since it was parked on the road, almost blocking a crosswalk. He tossed me the keys and I took off to move it. I got in, put the key in the ignition, turned it…and “click-click-click-click.” It sooo wouldn’t start. But I knew that sound. The battery wasn’t totally dead, but the flashers had been left on too long. Luckily, a city cop was driving by and I flagged him down. He got turned around and jumped it off for me!

Well, I got the truck moved, but had to park at the marina because of the trailer. By the time I got back to Plum’s, the ‘Tones had started and the place was PACKED! From the very beginning, I could tell it was going to be difficult at best to shoot any video. But I still tried. I think I got something useful, so I have my other computer uploading to YouTube. It seems to take forever, but as I get the videos posted, I’ll post links.

While the ‘Tones played, I met a really nice lady who told me she had been up and down Bay St checking out other bands too. We talked a while about music, bands, work and a few other things, and decided to go next door and check out the rock band. When we got in there, the guys were sounding good. They played more hard rock, but I was familiar with those songs and these guys did a great job. The lead singer was really getting into his performance, too. They all blended well. I might have to come back in 2 weeks when they will be there again. We’ll see.

Well, I better get busy with my house-cleaning…I might decide to add to this later…ya never know!!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday March 19, 2010

I got my new HD video camera late yesterday...charged the batteries...so I'm ready to shoot the Groovetones tonight! They will be at Kanaleys on Hiton Head tonight, then tomorrow they play at Plums in Beaufort. I hope the video is good enough quality that they can use it on their website.

Lots of little things to do at work today....

43 degrees and clear...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thursday March 18, 2010

The day after......

So I had to work all day yesterday, and didn't make it to Savannah at all. I don't think I feel bad about it, because it rained. So I took myself to Outback for dinner. Now I have today's lunch too, because I only ate about half of it. Then I went to see some live music. Got home kinda early...slept later than usual. Not the most excited about a few things...but AM excited that I have a job..and one that I enjoy!!

Woke up to 46 and partly cloudy...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Woke up with a killer headache. I took an aspirin, and sipped coffee. Then took a shower so long and hot that I ran out the hot water. But I feel better. I'm kinda bummed that I can't take off work today and do the parade/party thing in Savannah. But I guess the fact that I'm actually committed to my job makes it ok. Next year it's on a Thursday, so I might just take a LONG weekend!!

There are a lot of things to do at work today, and it's atfer 7...so I need to get motivated. I just wanted to stop by and post something.


There...LOL...it's 50 degrees out and partly cloudy.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I had a great surprise at work today. Not only did I get a lot done, but I was given a specific task I had asked for months ago. Now, it will all work out. No details, just sayin it's gonna be cool.

AND....one of the coolest chics I know, who happens to be in ANOTHER COUNTRY, sent me balloons at work today for my birthday...HOW COOL IS THAT!!

You're awesome...Hope you're doing well over there in that far away land!!

Now to plan tomorrow's agenda...which, sadly, consists mostly of working all frikkin day LOL

That's ok...it will be St Pat's again next year and maybe THEN I can hit Savannah!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Well, we survived the first day with no Cathy. Barely. It will NOT be easy to find someone who can do everything she did, but the search is on!

Got up early to tweak the drawings sent by a designer we haven't used before. I knew there would be a couple small things to address. Luckily, they ARE small. I should be done in a couple minutes. Then it's off to the Jasper County project. I get to meet the sub-contractor who's coming to core-drill some holes for us.

I'm now debating whether I will get to go to Savannah tomorrow...we'll see, I guess.

50 and clear.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

Went to the Hilton Head St Pat's parade yesterday. It started pretty much on time...but went FOREVER.
Some of the entrys were creative, others (as expected with a small town) were just lame. I took a lot of pictures - which I will upload later...and shot some video. I should have gotten a higher vantage point, but the one of the marching band turned out ok, I think.
I had planned to shoot a band after the parade, but that hamburger I ate either had something wrong with it, or my stomach just decided to go balistic without asking me beforehand if it's ok. Either way, I ended up leaving earlier than I planned. Came home and was exhausted, so I went to bed by 8.
This week will be interesting at work, and if I take Wednesday off like I want, then I have to work hard to make up for it! I have a big goal to meet by the first of July...time's slipping by...enough is enough...time to get serious about it!!

Woke up to 47 degrees and clear.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Saturday, March 14, 2010

I went to Tybee Island to see the Groovetones again last night. They were playing at Cafe Loco, which is just across the bridge as you get onto Tybee. It's a nice place, for being right on the water. The staff was great and the food was better! I don’t know when I had fried shrimp that was that good! There was some kind of class reunion going on, because everyone there knew everyone else! The place was PACKED. The majority of the people were married couples - I could tell by the introductions as they arrived....I happened to get there before the 'Tones and I sat on the porch. They all had a good time when the band started, too. OF COURSE they did...these are The Groovetones!

Today is the widely popular St. Patrick's Day Parade on Hilton Head Island. The guys are playing at a place called Dry Dock, but Tommy Beaumont and his Disco Fever are at Enchilada's. Tommy asked me to shoot some video of his group both IN the parade and at the restaurant after. He mentioned needing some images/video for his website, and the possibility of maybe a bit of $$ for shooting this. SO...of course I will be doing my best to get something he can use!

Next weekend, the Groovetones and Tommy play together at Kanaley’s on the south end. I saw them there once before and they sound great together. I’m looking forward to that too!

It’s 11:40 am, and I’m headed out to the parade. Maybe I can get a decent angle to shoot some video and take some pics!
54 degrees and mostly sunny out!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

64 and mostly cloudy, breezy

Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

After working 15 hours again yesterday, I came home and showered, then went to see the Groovetones...again. These guys really put on a great show! Last night they mostly played back-up for Marty Falle's open mic night. But it was still the 'Tones playing. So it was fun!

Woke up to 59 degrees and overcast.

I hope to go shoot my new Taurus PT1911 this afternoon or tomorrow!!! Hopefully my new holster will come in, too!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thursday March 11, 2010

Why is it when you order online from one company the item ships within hours, but when you order from others you literally have to CALL six days later and ask about the order before it ships!?!?

Either way, I finally got a tracking number. As of 5am, my item is still in Memphis! Ok, so FedEx has a big task ahead to get this to Ridgeland today! They might make it, but I am not counting on it! That company can rest assured I won’t order from them again!

So I worked 15 hours yesterday, but I'm pretty sure I got everything done that I was supposed to…plus some! I also got a chance to talk to the boss about a couple conversations I've had with people this past week about how they dislike my company for whatever reason. All they want to do is whine and moan, and talk smack about people. I have no use for someone like that. If you aren't happy with the work relationship YOU have, then YOU have a problem. NOT ME. I am happy where I am. I like what I do. If you aren't happy with YOUR situation, CHANGE IT. Don't just moan about it!! And….don’t be bitching to ME about YOUR problems. You don’t like the deal you got? Maybe it was the way YOU handled it. YOU can change your situation, not me. I don’t want to hear about it. OH, and if you are telling me your problems in an attempt to turn ME against someone, you can forget it. My loyalties are NOT to you…even if you say “this is between us”…don’t count on it. You talk smack about someone I am loyal to and they WILL know about it.

The definition of insanity is simply this…”Doing the same thing, the same way, over and over again but expecting different results.” THAT is what you are doing. Now stop acting insane, get up off your fat ass, CHANGE what you don’t like, and STOP BITCHING TO ME!!!

**steps down from the soapbox**

Now, with that said, I’m going to work.
Oh, it’s 59 degrees outside and raining.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


You can't take two more steps and put the butt IN the recepticle? Come on...it's just TWO STEPS!

Wednesday, Marh 10, 2010

Up at 4 am again...57 and clear.

It's quite irritating that people have no condiseration for others.

I went to lunch yesterday at the Golden Corral. Not a regular thing for me, but I was craving a salad, and otions are few here. As I left the building, I had to stop and take a picture of my car. Some idiot had parked so close that I almost had to crawl thru the passenger side.

Totally inconsiderate. Probably intentional. Almost got under my skin. But I just took a deep breath and moved on!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Collision on I-95

Went to bed a little early last night. Got up WAY too early this morning. Stomach feels weird. Might stop eating. Need to start walking for exercise.

I witnessed a pretty bad wreck on I95 yesterday. A car in the left lane lost control as a tire blew out and smashed into a trailer being towed by a pick-up in the right lane. The truck started fishtailing, weaving back and forth, then finally jack-knifed, the trailer separated from the truck and the trucked flipped over multiple times. I remember seeing the truck land on it's roof, glass shattering, then continue to roll! The car came to rest in my lane, facing me, as I had to slam on the brakes to keep from plowing into it.

I dialed 9-1-1 as I got out to check on the driver of the car. The people in the car had no obvious broken bones, and no one was bleeding. All four of them got out and I, along with another motorist, helped them get out of the lane of traffic. They moved to the grassy shoulder of the road as several other motorists stopped to render aid to the occupants of the truck. The truck had come to rest on it's side, at least 200 yards further away in the direction of travel.

The driver who stopped behind me offered them water. Each of the 4 occupants were trying to call family or friends to let them know what had happened. The driver was very shaken up and distraught. Not uncommon, I've seen this situation before, obviously. She handed me the phone and asked me to talk to her dad. I identified myself and immediately he began yelling. Well, I guess he may have been yelling at her, too, which would make her even more nervous, I am certain. I told him his daughter was ok and didnt apparently have any broken bones or serious injuries.

This is where the man lost my respect as a human being...he said, again yelling..."I don't give a damn about my daughter - are the other people ok? Do I need to call my @%&$# insurance company?!!" I said, calmly, "Sir, the other car flipped over several times, so I would think so!" He was silent for a brief moment, than asked to speak to his daughter again. So I returned the phone to her.

As the trooper approached to gather information, I offered what I saw and gave him my card. A second trooper arrived and as they began to push the car from the traffic lane with their push-bumper, I let the first trooper know I needed to be on my way, and I left. As I walked back to my truck, I heard the second trooper tell the first trooper that the helicopter was  almost there. This meant the people in the truck were seriously injured...which I already knew because of the way I saw it land on it's roof!

I've looked online, but can't find any news source that has information about this collision posted. I don't know if any will. I hope and pray the person or people in the truck survived.

45 and partly cloudy

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Woke up with a small list remaining of things to do at work. Well, to get caught up from last week.
Gotta finish them quick so I can move on to other things!

39 and clear!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Too Hot To Handle!!

To view thie properly you may have to "right click" on the picture as it is playing and choose "watch on YouTube"...I' still tinkering with the page layout...

Atlanta Bread Company

I'm sittin here minding my own business, trying to upload some movie files to YouTube, which is starting to tick me off, and some guy sits down at the table behind me banging his chair up against mine! Ok, so he's 95 years old and didn't mean to...no big deal...but I get up to go to the rest room and come back to discover he has slid my chair closer to my table and backed his away from his table. Ok, so he needed a little more room at his table...no big deal...so I slide my table away to make room for me to sit down comfortably. Then, as he leaves, he slams his chair up against mine AGAIN, and just walks off. What? Not even a whispered "Excuse me" as you walk away? Dude, because I am half your age and did not fight in World War I with you gives you the right to disrespect my personal space? Come on...give me a freakin break....oh oh, did I mention the table behind me is NOT THE LAST TABLE in the place that was vacant when he sat down?!

Good thing I am a patient man. I’m just sayin!!

Sunday, March 7

What?? Last post was March 4??? Oh how slack of me!!

Let's see...Thursday night I borrowed an HD video camera and filmed my buddies, The Groovetones, at a local music hall called "Bluffton Live." Which means I slept late on Friday and didn’t get up til 7!! SO I dragged myself to work and did my best to finish the list the boss left for me. Almost got it done...I'll go in today and make sure I finish it!

Then Friday, I took the video camera to the "Electric Piano" on the south end of the island and shot some video of Tommy Beaumont with his "Disco Fever" show. They did a good job, but the setting was a bit tough to shoot. I'm trying to upload some of the videos now, so I'll post them as they become available at YouTube.

On the way home from the EP, I stopped by the Metropolitan Lounge to check out the Simpson Brothers. Not too bad for a couple of guys older than me playing all genres of music LOL Funny thing about that was, sittin right there at the bar....Tom Berenger! So I Facebooked it from my cell and wouldn't you know it, some friend girls accused me of making it up!! One of them all but professed her love for the guy! Go figure! The bartender said he comes in often and doesn't mind people taking "fan pics", so I may go back sometime just to get a shot for that friend girl. Might make her day - hahaha.

Yesterday, I took some of the tax refund that came in on Friday and went to Sam's. I left with a 22" flat screen tv with a built in DVD player (it was super cheap), and a 16gig iPod Nano. Yea, I know...I'm one of the last people on earth without an iPod....but not any more! LOL Good thing I already know how to use iTunes...and have a lot of my CDs already imported!

After going to Wild Wing to make an appearance at a friend’s birthday celebration, I headed to St Helena’s Island for a pig pickin. It takes an hour to get there from here, but I knew that when I left. The bbq had been cooking all day, as it is SUPPOSED to, and was fall-off-the-bone delicious! The sauces weren’t bad either. I probably ate too much, but I enjoyed it.

When I got back to Bluffton, I checked my mail and WOOHOO…there’s my SC Tax refund check! Now I can make an appointment for an eye exam!! LOL I know, sad that my budget is that tight…but hey, at least I’m making it work one way or another. I also had a post card from my friend in Africa. She is a funny girl, and knew I would laugh at the pic on that postcard. I did, really…too funny.

Man, this is a long post…oh well.

Anyway, woke up this morning to 38 degrees and clear, but it’s already warmed up to 48. I just might get the bike out and ride some today…

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Half moon this morning.

I set my clock for 4 am. Why? Because I am more of a morning person! I always get more done early in the day than later. I love getting up early. I don't mind staying up late sometimes, but I LOVE getting up early.

Today I make some personal visits to potential customers...selling inspections for sprinkler systems. I'm really looking forward to it. I know that "sales" in general can be difficult, but I know sprinklers, and I am positive I can do this. There have been some lofty goals set. But I am developing a game plan. It helps to know people who know people.

It's 34 and clear right now!!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 3, 2010

Two weeks!

That's right, in two weeks the city of Savannah throws me the second largest birthday party in the country! I can hardly wait! They've done it for years, but this will be the first time I have been able to attend. I am SO looking forward to it.

I am kinda aggrivated this morning because I forgot to get sugar for my coffee again! I guess I will have to set an alarm on my phone to remind me later today to stop by the store on my way home.

39 and partly cloudy...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tuesday March 2, 2010

Woke up at 4 this morning. As I started to fix the coffee pot, I realized I don't have any sugar. How can I drink coffee without sugar? I was bummed. So I left early and got a cup from the Enmark store. I'm good now.

I'm working on completing the inventory today. I have to input the list of materials to an excel spreadsheet. Once I get this done, I will pass it on to someone else who will probably keep up with it. Why? Because I will be going out to places of business trying to sell inspections. We don't have someone trying to get new inspections, so it's going to be up to me. I have some big goals over the next 6 months, but I am confident I can get it done.

The weather report said a cold front is moving thru today with the possibility of a few flurries. I have to wonder if these southerners will rush the grocery stores! LOL

It's 48 out and cloudy.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is my mom's birthday. She and dad came to see me yesterday. We spent the day re-arranging the living room! Then I fixed her a birthday dinner. She SAID she liked it, but she's mom, so I kinda wonder if she really did...well, except for the fact that she ate it all! LOL

She'll wake up to a miniature rose plant to take home with her. I know she likes plants, and who doesn't like roses, right?

39 and clear, with a full moon...