June 22nd 2017 Blog: The Mist TV Mini Series, Rockford MUFON Meeting, Ham Radio Field Day, Possible Severe Weather Overnight, Etc…

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I watched this show called “The Mist”  it is a new mini series on Spike channel (Channel 32 on comcast) it started tonight. Appears to be on Thursday nights.  Based off the Stephen King book.  I thought it was going to be like the movie (Which I liked a lot) but when I started watching it, I quickly realized it was different.  I like different!  I won’t say much, because I do not want to spoil it for others. But it was good, and already some unexpected stuff.  I liked the pilot show and can\t wait until next Thursday!

I saw they are remaking the movie “IT”  and coming out this year!  That is awesome. I love that movie. They are actually showing the original “IT” on Spike as I type this.  I am watching it (pun intended lol)

Field Day is coming up this weekend. I am looking forward to it. I plan on going to both ARES and RARA field day.  Hoping the weather stays nice, but usually on field day storms always hit. If you are a ham radio operator, this weekend will be awesome. Be sure to get on the airwaves. Sounds like the bands are opening up a bit so that will be nice.

We had to buy a new washing machine. Our last one decided to go out. We went to Al Grace and got it. The delivery people were really nice. They installed it for us and everything, so I want to send a shout out to them.


Possible storms overnight tonight.  I hope we get some storms tonight. But I don’t think they will hit. It looks like they are headed to our north. Go figure, lol.  We did get a few light rain showers earlier. It made things humid out. The NWS said storms were goingto hit overnight, after 11 pm.  I am looking at the radar, the storms are all to the north and still a ways away. Maybe in a few hours. I see some of the cells right now, have hail and looks like strong winds as well.  Hopefully they stick together and make it here sometime overnight. I want to do some lightning photography.

Rockford MUFON meeting is this Saturday! 
Saturday June 24th starting at 10 am till 12:15 pm
The monthly meeting at the Rockford Public Library at the East branch. It is located at 6685 E State St. (Just west of Perryville)

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Rockford MUFON

As you see, I been blogging more.  I am trying to blog daily, if possible.  I can’t promise on how long my posts will be lol.  Some may be long like books, some may be just brief, some may just be random. But I am blogging more 🙂   I know many many people read my stuff and I am trying to blog more, so you guys can follow and keep up to date.


BEAUTIFUL SUNSET VIDEO: Real Time Sunset Video Over Rockford Illinois June 20th 2017

Rockford Beautiful Sunset


I finally was able to do one of the videos I been wanting to do for awhile now!  A real time sunset video of the sunset over Rockford.  I hope you guys like it!  It is real time, it took 14 minutes for the sun to set from the time I hit the record button.

Note:  Click on the wheel thing on the bottom right of the video, change the settings to 4K!  


About the video: I been wanting to do a sunset video over the area of Rockford for awhile now. I noticed the sun was setting and looked pretty, so I headed down to Martin Park in Loves Park. I took out the quadcopter (People call them drones) I went up about 200 feet and hit the record button and hoped for the best. The large parking lot and building you see in the video, is the North Towne Mall area. The music is by the artist Halsey.

Long Blog About Field Day, Longest Day Of The Year, Drone Video, Ham Radio,

I am laying here in bed at 3:15 am and figured I would blog a bit. I think this might be a longer one, so heads up. I will probably bounce from topic to topic and be random, so do not say I did not warn you, LOL

I think the first thing I am going to do after I write this, is to remove or change the song that auto loads when you visit my website. I have a few in mind that I want to change too. But then again I was thinking, loading a site and each time you load a post or page, the song starts all over and it gets annoying quickly. So I may just remove the songs all together. I added it on there, because I love that song and love to listen to it everytime i go to my website.

Technically it is June 20th now, since it is 3 am. The 21st is the longest day of the year. If I remember right, the first day of summer as well. Do not mark my word on it, but I think it is. But it is the longest day of the year. If you like the sun, that day will be your day.  Get out and enjoy it!  I do know rain was in the forecast, so you might not be able to enjoy it.

I think I may go do a quadcopter video of this mornings sunrise. I have a few places in mind. I think the sunrise over some body of water would probably be the best video to do. I may head out to Rock Cut and do the video on the West side of the lake, facing East.  I think it would be a good view of Pierce Lake and with the sun rising over it, I think would be awesome. I have it planned out in my head, and hope that it works as planned.  My quadcopter about 200 feet over the tree tops and over the lake, watching the sun rise.  🙂

I haven’t been fishing in awhile. I been wanting to go fishing. I might take the family fishing this week. I should use worms. I been using lures when I go, and have not caught anything all year….  So it is time to move onto the good ol worm!

Ham radio field day is coming up this weekend. A lot of people will be on the airwaves! Pop on the radio and have some fun! ARES and RARA both want me to attend their events. I am planning on attending. They are going to be fun. Many great people, great talent!  It will be great times.   I will do some video and photos and post em here, so check back early next week.  I don’t have the ARES information yet, once I do I will post it.  Here is the RARA field day information http://rockfordscanner.com/2017/06/rockford-area-amateur-radio-operators-to-demonstrate-emergency-communications-at-roscoe-vfw/

Alright, I will pop off here. I plan on making a few pages on my website here. I won’t say what they are. Let’s see if you are able to find out which ones.  😉



4 Things Survey

Four names I go by:
1. Rickie
3. Rockford Scanner
4. Trigger

Four places I have lived:
1. Illinois
The other 3 are to be determined, LOL

Four things I love to watch on TV:
1. X-Files
2. Walking Dead
3. Americas Got Talent
4. Paranormal stuff

Four places I have visited:
1. Indiana
2. Missouri
3. Wisconsin
4. Tennessee

Four things I love to eat:
1. Watermelon
2. Pizza
3. Quesedea (Dunno if I spelled that right)
4. Tacos

4 Things I love to drink:
1. DR Pepper
2. Rootbeer
3. Sweet Tea
4. Pepsi

Four things on your bucket list:
1. Fly a plane
2. Go Skydiving
3. Fly in the luxury cabin of an Airbus A380
4. Meet a few people (Danica Patrick, Rick Neilson, Chad Knaus, etc…)

Four people I think will respond and hopefully be fun
1. Candice
2. Megan
3. Will
4. Elle

Happy Fathers Day, US Military Shoots Down Aircraft, Rail Gun



I am writing this a little after midnight, so technically it is not Fathers Day. I hope all the fathers out there had a wonderful day!  And to those mothers who play both roles as well.  Hope everyone was able to spend good quality time with their dads.

Unfortunately, my dad Anthony Traeger passed away. He is now in heaven looking down on us. I hope him and both of my grandpas had a good Fathers Day up in heaven.

I am a father myself, so I was able to spend quality family time with my family.  Quality time with your loved ones, is priceless. Nothing in this universe can beat good quality family time. You never know what God has planned, so you may be here one minute and gone the next. I have lost some really close family members and friends, and know that well. So enjoy the time you have with your loved ones!

I was on FB and some friends shared some videos I thought were pretty interesting.  The first one was from ABC News. Our military shot down an aircraft in active combat. I don’t know much details on it, but I guess that is the first time since the 90’s since we actively shot down another aircraft in combat.  I guess a Syrian aircraft dropped a bomb, and we shot them down. Good!  We need to show them the USA will not back down and will defend ourselves and shoot you down!  More info at http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-shoots-syrian-fighter-jet-syria/story?id=48119895

Another neat thing I saw was also on our military, about a rail gun.  This thing is soooooo AWESOME!   I am glad we have this in our military. This thing shoots a projectile at mach 7, Yes you heard that. MACH 7!!!  This thing is an amazing tool in our defense.  I am glad America is awesome and is able to advance our technology and keep our troops and citizens safe!  You guys have to watch this video on it, this thing is amazing.  Excellent job to the US military for keeping our troops and citizens safe!

I think Rob Zombie Is A Great Artist!




I love horror movies. I think Rob Zombie did an awesome job on his movies and has really brought the horror perspective back, with his movies.  He is one hell of an artist music and movies.  And brought back the horror genre. The horror movies these days, are more like comedies. Rob Zombies movies, well are true horror!

We had some good storms in the area. Didn’t hit my area. We did get .60 inch of rain though.  Some well needed rain!  Other areas around me got some hail. I didn’t get any. There is a slight chance of more severe weather tomm. I am looking forward to that!

I went and had my MRI done last night.  The staff was awesome. Shout out to them!  They did an awesome job. Now I have to wait to hear the results.

Later on tonight I might make a longer blog. Not sure yet.

Worked K4D Dog Island DX on HF, Paranormal, Planespotting, Etc…


Been awhile since I last updated my blog. As you know I was recently injured. So I been trying to relax and trying to get better.  Easier said than done, been hurting pretty bad. I go in for a MRI later today. I hope things turn out good, but the way I been hurting, I doubt it.  If you pray, I ask that you keep my in your prayers. Thank you!

As many of you know I am a paranormal researcher.  I been doing a lot of research on some local paranormal stuff. I a going to be adding a thing to one of my sites. I have an open mind on the topic. I do think anything is plausible.  Maybe in an upcoming blog, I will post my personal thoughts on some stuff.  And my beliefs.  If some of the stuff that I been researching is true, it would really expands one mind and beliefs. If they are not, ones imagination can only expand further. What I don’t understand right now, is some of this stuff I am researching locally, why haven’t I heard of this stuff before? You would think that this stuff would be local legends like Bloods Point, Kennedy Hill, etc… But it is not. One has to wonder if the stuff is real?  Or maybe they kept it on the downlow to because it is real, and don’t want many to know?  Either way, I have learned alot and look forward to posting more information on this in the future.

I went out to watch the UPS aircraft take off a lil bit ago.  I LOVE watching aircraft. One of my favorite hobbies. Rockford Airport has a lot of potential and has been bringing in some neat aircraft recently.  We are blessed to have an airport like this here in our area. Yes, there needs to be more flights. Give it time, they will. But they have 2 very long runways that can handle any type of aircraft.  What is neat, when I watch the aircraft I listen to the pilots on my scanner. They talk to the tower and it is neat to know what flight it is, where they are headed and all that stuff. Yes, I an an aircraft nerd and proud of it LOL.  Speaking of!  The Dreamlifter been flying in our area recently!  That is my favorite commercial aircraft. I am always looking into the skies to see if I can see that beauty! I saw it a few times at the Rockford Airshow, and a few times in the sky!

Here is an internet photo of the Dreamlifter

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I haven’t been on the radio much recently. But I have a few times. The bands been doing pretty good overall!  I was up on a HF net and one of the rarest DX stations that was activated (K4D Dog Island)   called out to me during the net. That was awesome. That very same net, I was able to work Hawaii as well!  Working Hawaii was rough, it was 2×2 both ways, but we made the contact!  Technically, I only need South Dakota now to have the Work All States Award!  But, some have not confirmed our contacts, so even though I have work 49 states, some haven’t confirmed out contacts so I need to work some states again.

Birthday Shoutouts, Quadcopter Flight Of The Sunset, Etc…

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I want to first off say a huge shout out to my Mom and Wife. They both had birthdays recently!   HAPPY BIRTHDAY, I love you both with all my heart and soul!

As many of you know, I was recently injured.  I fractured my back.  I been hurting pretty bad since it happened.  The doctors want to do a MRI on me, but I guess they don’t accept the insurance we have. So I have to wait until they get all that sorted out.

Since the weather been nice out, I been able to fly my quad. Below is a video I tried doing of the sunset.  My goal was to get a good video of the sunset. Well, that kinda worked. Hence, KINDA!  LOL.  On the way to the field, I noticed i forgot my controller. So I had to come back and get it. Kind of hard to fly without it!  In doing so, I lost my window for the sunset. And was only able to get the following

Injured My Back




Sorry for not blogging, but long story short I messed up my back pretty bad.

As many of you know, i avoid the doctors as much as possible. Well this tells ya just how bad it is.  I injured my back, went to he prompt care. They sent me ot the emergency room. Now I have to see a nerosurgeon.    🙁

I am in sooooooooo much pain.


Monday May 15th 2017 Hike At Rock Cut State Park



As you know I am starting something new. Every-time I go for a hike, I am going to write about it. My hiking adventures. I have to think of a catchy catch phrase, LOL.

My power went out due to some guys cutting down some trees around the corner. So I was sitting here without power and figured i would go hiking. It was a spontaneous thing.

I went to Rock Cut again.  I decided to hike on the north side of the park. There is some long trails on the north side, that lead into the new bike path there.  I parked at the picnic area, I think it is called Puri Crest. And began my hiking adventure.

I did wear my body camera, I will upload the videos to my youtube sometime in the next few days. I need to go through it and edit it down. I don’t think Youtube will allow a several hour video, LOL.

Rock Cut State Park Hike

There were a few photos and a map at the trail head. I will post those below. Pretty informative. Hopefully many people will read them and learn something.

tips for the trails

I decided to hike the trails. The bike path was nearby, but you get a better workout walking the trails. I thought the trails would be in good condition, boy I was wrong!  MUDDY!

Muddy trails at Rock Cut

The good majority of the trails that were not paved, were muddy as heck.  My shoes are caked in mud.  If I would of known the trails were going to be that muddy, I would of taken the paved bike path. But I choose to stay on the muddy trails and hoped they would clear up. They did not, LOL. But the good thing about it I guess, it was more of a workout.

I figured since I was out walking the trails I would do some geocaching. There were 3 geocaches nearby. I found 2 of the 3. The 3rd one, I searched for a long time and had no luck finding it.

I enjoy going off the trails, so geocaching is my kind of thing.  Here is where I began my off the trail adventure.  The warm weather has made the brush and leaves grow pretty fast recently. A few weeks ago, it was not so overgrown as it is now.

One good thing about going off the trails, you see things you normally wouldn’t see. I got to see some turkeys up close. So that was neat 🙂   I always enjoy wildlife in their natural habitats. I will upload that video to youtube later on.  Also, the scenery is simply amazing!

I found the 2 geocaches and decided to get back onto the path. The path I was on, lead into the paved bike path. My shoes were muddy as heck, so I was happy to finally get onto the pavement, LOL.  By the time I hit the pavement, I had already walked several miles on the trails. So it was nice to get on solid ground again.

Rock Cut State park Bike Path

I took the bike path back the roadway up by 173.  I could have taken it back to my vehicle, but choose to go up by 173 for more exercise. I got onto the roadway and began walking back into the park.  Near the prairie restoration area I saw a beautiful hawk flying freely in the air. It truly was a site to see 🙂

Overall: I got plenty of exercise in. I walked many miles. Next time if I see mud, I am taking the paved path. I am determined to find that 3rd geocache!  That path north of Puri Crest, is a good workout path as long as it is dry. Avoid it if it is muddy. There is 3 geocaches on that path as well, so if you are into geocaching like I am, this is a good path for it.

Time to review and edit and trim down my gopro camera video so I can add it to youtube.

Hiking Adventures: Rock Cut State Park (Thursday May 11th 2017)

I am going to try something new.  I am going to post my hiking adventures. Even if it is a small hike of  a few minutes, or a few hours. Below is going to be my first hiking adventure. I plan on doing a lot of hiking this summer. And I figured it be good to document it.  I was following a guy on Youtube who did this, and I enjoyed it. So here it goes.

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Rock Cut State Park Trail Map

Rock Cut State Park Hike (Thursday May 11th 2017)

Thursday’s hike:  Due to construction you are not able access the Harlem rd entrance. So I came int he 173 entrance. When I first got in the park I noticed a wild turkey on the side of the roadway. I pulled my vehicle over and took some photos of it. Come to find out, there were some others on the opposite side of the roadway as well.   Which was neat to see. Nothing like watching wildlife in their natural habitat.

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Turkey At Rock Cut State Park

I decided to choose one of my favorite trails to hike. The path is near the dam area. The weather was beautiful, probably around 60 degrees and partly cloudy. Once you hop onto the bike path, it is the first trail on the right. I like this path because there is one area where you can overlook the park. This is also the trail I literally almost lost my life on when I was a teen after a serious bike accident.  So it is kinda bittersweet, LOL.

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Bike Path At Rock Cut State Park

As you go down the path there is a lot of trees and on occasion some wildlife. I only saw some birds. But by the time I went to photograph them, it was too late.  I saw something pretty neat on my left. It was a downed tree. It was a bigger tree. Maybe a storm blew it over. Whatever happened, it took down a big tree.  Also there was a bunch of other little branches stacked over it.  It appeared they were doing some trail maintenance.

Downed Tree With A Bunch Of Other Little Branches At Rock Cut State Park

As you go down the trail it comes to a “T” and you have to choose to go right or left. I went left. This was the way to the place I was telling you about that overlooks some of the park.

Note: I forgot to grab my smaller lens, so my photos are with my bigger lens and it doesn’t give the true beauty any justice.  Note to self,double check to see if I have all my lenses lol.

Overlooking The Park.

As soon as you pass this beautiful scenery there are many trails that branch off.  One of the great things about this trail!  I decided to stay on the main trail. This part is where I had my accident back when I was a teen.  But back on topic, this trail has a lot of areas of scenery and landscape. And if you do it at sunrise or sunset, you can probably see some deer.

I did notice this amazing tree that stuck out from the other scenery.  I don’t recall seeing it in the past. I am sure its been there, lol. But I just never noticed it until this hike.

I decided to take the trail to the “Witch’s House”  and check that out to see what it’s like these days.   (Going to post more about the “Witch’s House” on May 12th hike. So be sure to check that hike out)    I won’t say much on this, due to it will be posted on the May 12th hike.  After leaving the “Witch’s House”  I took the trail back to the bike path.

I took the bike path all the way back to the dam area. I did notice the Willow Creek was high and the water was running very fast. It has been a long time since I have saw the creek this high and that fast!    (Took photos with my cell, but have yet to upload them here)

I made it back to the dam area and sat there for a bit to just absorb the pure beauty of the landscape and also watch how much water was going down the dam and down the creek. Simply amazing just how much. Like I said, it has been awhile since I saw that much water going down the dam and creek.

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Rock Cut State Park Dam

After I left the dam I made it back to my vehicle.  Overall it was a beautiful hike and a beautiful day.  I hiked about an hour or so. Good workout and the hike brought back many memories. I highly recommend this trail to anyone who loves a beautiful scenery. The trail is not really bike friendly. And it is a longer path, so be sure you can hike up and down hills and for long distances.  If you can hike it, this trail is definitely one of my favorites.


Quick Blog About Helen Jane Long, Twitter, Watching The Conjuring



I was on my Twitter account and saw something totally awesome!
Musician Helen Jane Long  liked one of my tweets.  How freaking cool is that!

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Helen Jane Long liked my tweet!


As many of you know, I love horror and sci-fi movies. I am just now watching the first Conjuring movie. Hard to believe it took me this long to watch it. But i rarely get to watch TV or movies (or even listen to music) these days. I can see why this movie got good reviews. Damn good movie.


Awesome Song That I can’t Find Out Who Sings It LOL, And Moon Photo

So I was listening to the radio last night (Which is a rarity these days) I was listening to 104.9 WXRX. I heard this really good song. It sounded like the band “My Darkest Days”  so I thought they may have come out with a new cd.  Come to find out the singer split. So it wasn’t them.  I go onto the WXRX website to check out their playlist.  Their playlist didn’t update all night long. And still hasn’t 24 hours later. So long story short, I heard this really good song and I want to buy the cd. But I have no idea who the band is lol. I tried doing general searches online with some possible lyrics, but no luck. Which sucks, because I loved that song, LOL.  Hopefully one of these days I will find out who sang that song.

I took the following photo below a few minutes ago. Beautiful moon out there tonight!

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May 6th 2017 Moon

I Came Across An Auto Accident Near The Airport, Helped Assist The Victims


I first want to say: The victims involved are in my thoughts and prayers. They definitely all had angels looking over everyone. And I want to thank the young couple who was already on scene assisting the victims as I came across the scene shortly after it happened. You guys did an awesome job.

I was out at the airport watching the UPS planes come in. After the last of them arrived, I decided to head home. I took Beltline rd and was traveling westbound on Beltline. As I came up to Kishwaukee rd I noticed a woman standing on the side of the roadway at the intersection, on a cell phone. I then saw headlights off into the nearby trees near the river. I quickly realized it was an accident scene. I pulled my vehicle over and got out to help.

The woman on the phone was talking to emergency personnel. Her boyfriend was already assisting the two young girls in the Blue truck that crashed through the airport fence. I went up to them to make sure those girls were OK and everyone in that truck was accounted for. The two young girls said they were not injured, but were very distraught. The young man stayed with the girls to comfort them.

I quickly ran over to the car that was in the trees. The car was buried in the trees. I was able to look into the driver’s side of the vehicle and noticed no one was visible inside the vehicle. And no one on scene said they were the driver of the vehicle.

I assumed maybe the driver was possibly ejected, since there was heavy damage and the girls in the other vehicle said this driver was excessively speeding. So I looked for any signs of the possibility of someone being ejected. I did not see any of those signs. In doing so, I did notice some beer cans in the passenger side of the vehicle. So my next guess was the driver was possibly DUI decided to possibly flee from the scene or was nearby.

I went back over to help comfort the girls and see if I could assist them. They were very distraught and I really tried to keep them calm as much as I could. They had angels looking over them, that is forsure!  I decided to move the girls away from their truck, because there was a strong gas odor coming from it. So we went across the street to where it was safer.

While I was with the girls, The young man who stopped to help before me was able to locate the driver of the car. He was a ways away from his vehicle. So it is not yet known, if he tried to flee or not. (Police are investigating) That young man and I assisted that man to see if he was injured. He was very disoriented. The man was saying he was sorry and did not mean to hit the girls. So he knew what had happened, but was disoriented on everything else. It was unknown if he had a head injury that was not visible, or possibly DUI.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene fairly quickly afterwards and take control of the scene. They gave that man a field sobriety test and he reportedly blew a 1.2 and was reportedly had a warrant for his arrest as well. He was arrested and booked in the Winnebago County Jail for DUI.

The article on the accident http://rockfordscanner.com/2017/05/auto-accident-near-the-airport-vehicle-crashes-through-the-airport-fence/

The guy and girl who stopped to assist the victims in the accident, just before I came across the scene. They need a huge shout out!  They were the first ones on the scene and the girl was talking to the emergency personnel on the phone. And her boyfriend also remained calm and took control of the situations he was involved in. It was a blessing them and I were in the right place at the right time, to help assist these victims.

200 Truthful Questions About Me

200 Truthful Questions About Me 

Yes, 200 questions!  This may take me awhile to do, LOL.   Wonder if anyone will actually read the answers to all 200?  Well here we go!


1: Are you ready for 200 questions?  Not really, but here we go!
2: Was your last relationship a mistake?  No, There are never mistakes. Always lessons learned
3: Do you miss your last relationship? No
4: Who did you last say “I love you” to? My daughter
5: Do you regret it? Heck no
6: Have you ever been depressed? Who hasn’t been at one time or another
7: Are you a boy or girl? Man
8: Are you insecure? Nah, I am a confident person
9: What is your relationship status? Married
10: How do you want to die? WTF kind of question is this…….    No one wants to die
11: What did you last eat? 3 Musketeers
12: Have you played any sports? Yes.  Not professionally though
13: Do you bite your nails? Yes
14: When was your last physical fight? Been a while. Can’t remember the date.
15: Do you have an attitude? I am an overall positive person.
16: Do you like someone? Yes
17: What is your real name? Rickie Traeger
18: Have you ever read a book? Yes, currently reading “The Day After Roswell”
19: Are you gonna get high later? No
20: Do you hate anyone at the moment? No
21: Do you miss someone? Yes
22: Twirl or cut your spaghetti? Both, mainly twirl through
23: Do you tan a lot? Used too. I plan on it this year
24: Have any pets? 2 Dogs, 2 fish.   I miss my tarantulas.
25: How exactly are you feeling? Asking myself, I am only at #25 and 175 to go, LOL
26: Ever eaten food in a car while someone or you are driving? Yes
27: Ever made out in a bathroom? Yes
28: Would you take any of your exes back? Nah
29: Are you scared of spiders? Nope, Raised tarantulas 🙂
30: Would you go back in time if you were given the chance? Yes
31: Do you regret anything from your past? A few things, but we learn from mistakes and as we get older
32: What are your plans for this weekend? Dunno, supposed to rain so my outdoor plans are out the door lol.  I do plan on doing lightning photography
33: Do you want to have kids? Yes
34: Did you ever kiss someone whose name starts with an M? Yes
35: Do you type fast? I have been told I type super fast, LOL
36: Do you have piercings? Yes
37: Want anymore? No
38: Can you spell well? Yes, Well
39: Do you miss anyone from your past? Yes
40: What are you craving right now? Chocolate
41: Ever been to a bonfire party? Yes
42: Ever had a silly band? Yes
43: Have you ever been on a horse? Yes, If you own a horse i want to go horseback riding again!
44: Kissed someone in a pickup truck? Yes
45: Have you ever broken someone’s heart? Yes
46: Have you ever been cheated on? Yes
47: Have you ever made a boyfriend/girlfriend cry? Yes
48: Are you thinking of someone right now? Yes
49: Would you live with someone without marrying them? Yes
50: What should you be doing? Many things, LOL
51: What’s irritating you right now? Politics
52: Have you ever liked someone so much that it hurts? Yes
53: Does somebody love you? Yes
54: What is your favorite color? Black
55: Have you ever changed clothes in a car? Yes
56: Milk chocolate or white chocolate? Chocolate
57: Do you have trust issues? My motto is “Trust No One”   so you tell me, lol
58: Best friends name? I have several best friends
59: 2nd best friends name? I have several best friends
60: 3rd best friends name? I have several best friends
61: Longest relationship? 16 years and counting
62: Do you believe your most recent ex thinks about you? Yes
63: Who was the last person you cried in front of? Daughter
64: Do you give out second chances too easily? Nope
65: Is it easier to forgive or forget? Forget
66: Is this year the best year of your life? Dunno, its only April

67: What was your childhood nickname? Trigger
68: Have you ever walked outside completely naked? No
69: Favorite food? BBQ and corn
70: Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Yes, Strongly believe in this
71: What is the last thing you did before you went to bed last night? Read my book
72: Did you have dream last night? No
73: What is bothering you? Nothing
74: Have you ever been out of state? Yes
75: Do you play the Wii? Yes, been a while
76: Are you listening to music right now? No, the police scanner.
77: Do you like Chinese food? Yes
78: Who are you texting right now? Noone, typing here
79: Are you afraid of the dark? No
80: Is cheating ever okay? No
81: Are you mean? Nah,  may be strict but not mean
82: Can you keep white shoes clean? Nope lol
83: What year has been your best? There have been many good years 🙂
84: Do you believe in true love? Yes
85: Favorite weather? Storms!
86: Do you like the snow? Yes, but hate cold weather
87: Does it snow a lot where you live? Most of the time, but not this last winter
88: Do you like the outside? Love it outdoors
89: Are you currently bored? So So, Considering I decided to do a 200 question thing..LOL
90: Do you want to get married? Already am
91: Is it cute when a boy/girl calls you baby? Nah
92: Are you hungry? No
93: Have you ever made out for more than a half hour straight? Oh yeah
94: What makes you happy? Loyalty and love
95: Would you change your name? No
96: Ever been to Alaska? No
97: Ever been to Hawaii? No
98: Do you watch the news? Nah, doing RS I already know what goes on, and then some
99: Do you love MTV? used to when they played music videos. Once they started their reality tv crap, no more MTV for me.
100: Do you like subway? Yes, ate there yesterday
101: Would it be hard to kiss the last person you kissed? No
102: Your best friend of the opposite sex likes you, what do you do? Many of my friends who are the opposite sex like me. What can you do….   lol
103: Do you talk like your friends? nah, I am my own person and talk how I am.
104: Why did you decide to do this quiz? Guess boredom
105: Have you ever seen someone you knew and purposely avoided them? Yes
106: Do you have a friend of the opposite sex who you can act your complete self around? No, I am a confident person and no need to act like something I am not.
107: Who was the last person of the opposite sex you talked to? My daughter
108: Do you feel good? Yes
109: Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with? My buddy Jeff on the radio
110: Favorite lyrics right now? In the End, by the Doors
111: Can you count to one million? Never tried. But I am sure if I tried I could
112: Ever bought condoms? Yes
113: Ever gotten pregnant? Lmao, Not possible
114: Ever failed a class? Yes
115: Ever kissed a boy? No
116: Ever kissed a girl? Yes
117: Ever used a little paper bag for lunch? Yes
118: Have you ever had a job? Yes
119: Have you ever slipped on ice? Yes
120: Have you ever missed the bus? Yes
121: Have you left the house without money? Yes
122: Did you ever bully someone on the internet? No
123: Did you ever sexted someone? Yes
124: Have you ever had sex in public? Yes
125: Did you ever played on a sports team? No
126: Have you ever smoked weed? Yes years ago
127: Have you ever smoked cigarettes? No
128: Have you ever smoked a cigar? No
129: Did you ever drink alcohol? Yes
130: Did you ever watched “The Breakfast Club”? Yes
131: Have you ever been overweight? Yes
132: Ever had an eating disorder? Yes
133: Ever been to a wedding? Yes
134: Ever been in a wedding? Yes
135: Did you ever made fun of someone for being fat? No
136: Have you ever been on the computer for 5 hours straight? Yes
137: Did you ever watch TV for 5 hours straight? Yes, binge watching MERLIN now 🙂
138: Ever been late for work? Yes
139: Ever been late for school? Yes
140: Ever kissed in the rain? Yes
141: Did you ever showered with someone else? Yes
142: Did you ever fail a driver’s test? No
143: Have you ever run a mile in less than 10 minutes? No
144: Ever been outside my home country? No
145: Ever been on a road trip longer than 5 hours? Yes
146: Did you ever get your heart broken? Yes
147: Ever had a credit card? Yes
148: Ever been to a professional sports game? Yes
149: Did you ever broken a bone? Yes
150: Have you ever been unhappy about my weight? Yes
151: Did you ever won a trophy in your life? Yes
152: Did you ever cut yourself for no reason? No
153: Do you have STD? No
154: Ever got engaged? Yes
155: Have you ever been on a diet? Yes
156: Did you ever been on TV? Yes
157: Ever rode in a taxi? Yes
158: Ever been to prom? No
159: Ever played a drinking game? Yes
160: Ever stayed up for 24 hours or more? Yes
161: Ever been to a concert? Yes
162: Ever had a three-some? No
163: Have you ever had a crush on someone of the same sex? No
164: Have you ever been in a car accident? Yes
165: Ever had braces? No
166: Did you ever learn another language? Tried too
167: Ever killed an animal? Yes on accident 🙁
168: Ever been to a Japanese steakhouse? No
169: Do you wear make-up? No
170: Did you ever talked to someone via webcam? Yes
171: Did you ever have wisdom teeth taken out? Yes
172: Did you ever kiss someone a different race than yourself? Yes
173: Did you ever snuck out of the house? Yes
174: Did you ever bought porn? Yes back in the day
175: Ever had a virus on your computer? Yes
176: Ever dyed your hair? Yes
177:                           ……….. Guess that question was deleted, LOL
178: Did you ever graduated from college? Not yet
179: Did you ever wear someone else’s clothes? Yes
180: Ever rode in an ambulance? Yes
181: Ever rode in a helicopter? Want to
182: Ever caught the stove on fire? No
183: Ever got in a verbal fight? Yes
184: Ever meet someone famous? Yes, too many to count
185: Have you ever been on vacation? Yes
186: Ever been on an airplane? technically yes
187: Ever been on a boat? Yes
188: Ever broken something expensive? Yes
189: Did you ever have surgery in your life time? No
190: Did you ever kiss someone before you were 14? Yes
191: Ever beat a video game? Yes
192: Ever got in a fist fight? Yes
193: Did you ever find something valuable on the ground? Yes
194: Did you ever stalk someone on facebook/ MySpace? No
195: Have you ever prank called someone? Yes
196: What are your top 3 favorite colors? Black, Red, Blue
197: What is your number 1 favorite sport? Nascar
198: What’s your favorite singer/rapper? I love the band THE DOORS
199: What is your number 1 favorite animal? and why? Cat, Always have loved cats
200: Did you think this looked like fun to do? Looked fun yes, time consuming yes lol

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Fridays Blog About Website Redesign And This Weekends Weather



We are supposed to get some storms this weekend with a lot of rain.   It will be nice to get some storms 🙂    I am hoping to do some lightning photography.   Well that is the plans anyways, LOL.   I have saw reports of up to almost 5 inches of rain over the weekend.  That is ALOT of rain!   They have issued a Flood Watch for our area.

I plan on working on this website tonight.  I am going to at least redesign the front page.  I might have it as all my blog posts, instead of a landing page.  I think that would work out better overall.    I dunno yet, I am going to put some thought into it before I do it though lol.

I wish I was able to attend the ham radio fox hunt scheduled for the morning.  Sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun 🙂   Good luck to everyone who attends.

Rock Cut State Park Hike and Geocaching on April 24th 2017

Below is a bunch of photos I took on today’s hike at
Rock Cut State Park on April 24th 2017. 

I went to Rock Cut State Park over the weekend, but was unable to locate any parking spaces to park, to go hiking. So I went back today to get some hiking done. I haven’t went for a long hike in awhile, so it was well overdue.  Below I will post my photos and my hike.

I forgot the exact time I got to Rock Cut. I would estimate approx. 3 pm-ish. It is one of my favorite parks. I pretty much know that whole park inside out. So i had a few places in mind on where to go hiking at.  I ended up choosing to start off by the dam area.

I parked and walked over to the dam area and was checking out the lake to see how active it was and just to absorb some sun and scenery.  In front of me was the Rock Cut weather station they recently installed. So I decided to take a photo of it.  Pretty neat they have their own weather station out there, and on the little island in the middle of the lake.

rock cut state park weather station

Rock Cut State Park Weather Station

I decided to walk the bike path for awhile.  Not to many people were out today. I figured many would of been since of how nice it was outside.  I saw only a handful of people on the bike path as I walked it. I stopped at one of my favorite spots to take photos. It is on the bike path, just a little ways down from the dam. It is of the creek area.  Below are several photos of the area. Check out how beautiful it is! You can see why I love it 🙂

Walking the bike path at Rock Cut State Park

Willow Creek at Rock Cut State Park

Willow Creek at Rock Cut State Park

I chilled there and snapped a few photos then walked the bike path some more. there are a lot of trails to take, I decided to take the easy way today and stay on the bike path awhile.

I crossed the first bridge, and just before you cross the 2nd bridge there is a path on the left. It basically is a path that is straight off the bike path.  This path leads back to the Willow Creek area of the park. I guess back in the day, (like when my parents were teens) they had this area open to the public and it was a popular hangout area. They even had a baseball diamond here. The baseball diamond is long gone now, as nature took it over and the trees and weeds grew over it.

There is a path to the left, that goes up a hill. I walked up the hill and then it curves to the left. this leads you to the shelter area.  I like to relax there after hiking. The one downfall about the shelter area, there is a lot of graffiti and stuff.  But it shelters you from the heat and sun for a bit. I enjoy going there because I can rest up a bit, before hiking some more.

Willow Creek Shelter at Rock Cut State Park

Willow Creek Shelter at Rock Cut State Park

You can see the graffiti 🙁

Fireplace at the shelter area at Rock Cut State Park

Willow Creek Shelter at Rock Cut State Park

View from the shelter looking towards the main path

Some reason this tree caught my eye and I took a photo of it. It is near the shelter


I figured since i was in that area I should do some geocaching. I knew there was a geocache in that area, so i decided I would hunt it down. It is located a bit away but on a nearby path. So I headed down that trail awhile. A really good trail for some exercise. It has a lot of hills and twists and turns. A good workout.  I used my gps and was able to locate the geocache. It was a ways off the trail. I think they moved it since the last time I visited it, because it was kinda a ways off the trail this time. But it didn’t take long to find.

Rock Cut State Park Geocache

Me about to sign the log for the geocache at Rock Cut State Park

I signed the logbook then put it back. I came back out onto the trail and started to head back. I decided to take the trail that leads me to the stairs area. I figured it be a good workout to walk the stairs. I got to the stairs and remembered awhile ago I took some really neat photos of the stairs and wanted to do it again. So I snapped a few photos from the top of the stairs, looking down. Pretty neat view.

Rock Cut State Park Stairs and Rock Area

I walked down the stairs and went over by the dam area. I figured it be a good workout to climb the dam hill. I got to the dam area and decided to snap a few more photos. It used to be a pretty area at one time, but I don’t think it is so pretty now.  Look at all that algae on the dam. I know its nature, but it definitely brought the beauty of it, down.

Rock Cut State Park Dam

That was pretty much my hike for the day. I wanted to stay out longer, but i was starting to feel ill. So I decided to leave.  I hope to get some more hiking done this week 🙂


Quick Sunday Blog, Bristol Race, Rockford Scanner App



Not to much going on here. Just trying to enjoy life!

My good friend Chad and his GF is going to be having their baby tomorrow.  I am excited for them!  They are going to be having a boy.  Awesomness!

I am sitting here waiting for the race at Bristol to happen. And it was postponed until Monday at noon.  GRRRR, I was super excited to watch some Bristol racing.

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Happy Easter, Illinois Roads Suck, Gas Pump Bank Hold



I want to first start off by wishing everyone a Happy Easter. A few days late, but better late than never LOL.  I hope everyone had a good and safe Easter. Hope everyone had a great Easter!

I took a road trip over the weekend. I took a good friend of mine to go see his dad, before he passes away. He was able to see his dad again. He also got to see his family and a son he hasn’t seen in years.  I am happy my friend was able to see his dad.  Because he texted me earlier tonight and said his dad was not expected to make it through tonight. So I am happy we made it and he was to able to see him again.

I been telling people for awhile now, that if you pay at the pump with a credit/debit card when you get gas, the bank charges you extra.  And below is proof. We stopped at a gas station, and this was posted on the pump. I been telling people for a long time, to walk that extra 30 feet and go inside and pay for your gas inside. So you avoid all this BS. For all of you who did not believe me, here is the proof.

gas pump bank hold

Gas Pump Bank Hold

I can tell you one thing, Illinois has the worst roads ever!  And I am saying this nicely!!!  OMFG, The roads in Illinois are terrible!  Why do they tax the citizens to fix the roadways, but do not fix them?  I mean seriously, they taxed the citizens a lot to fix the roads, then the roads are not even fixed. Or even close to it!!!   I was spoiled driving on the roadways outside of Illinois.  They were soooooo smooth.  I did notice one thing, you get to the Springfield area, the roads were nice. Then pass Springfield, and the roads turn bad again.  And all the roads outside of Illinois, literally as soon as you leave Illinois, are smooth.