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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

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Disappearing Diner

I used to so enjoy having breakfast with my Son at the Forrest Diner along Route 40 after we got our haircuts on a Saturday morning early. It was like the old diner we would go to in Laurel and on trips out-of-state in my youth. I still like Chick and Ruth’s in Annapolis. And while that is called a deli it reminds me of the diner feeling. Actually that is where I took the shot below.

Disappearing Diner
Photo by Mike Hartley

I wonder what type of memories our children will have. For some reason I don’t think they are going to have the substance or feeling that ours did just like our parents probably thought for us. To me a diner represents something. People at the diner used to great each other, because they knew each other. They would talk and disagree and go back to work or home for the evening.

I was going to go all nostalgic but time has gotten away from me again. Actually it didn’t. I just prioritized it well. I had a wonderful dinner with my daughter and my soon to be grandchild. I did a few things at the house and I had to work. And work has been brutal and taking up a lot of time the last few days.

So maybe I’ll finish this train of thought another day.

Random Thoughts of the Day

Remembrances of Christmas’s in my youth are getting harder to come by. I need to go look through some old photos.

I hear a rumor of more food orgies in a couple of weeks.

My senses love the smell, feel and sight of a fresh tree. My back wants nothing to do with a real tree even if it is only the trip from the top of the car to the deck and into the family room.

I saw the most fitting headline the other day.  “The Presidents distrust of intelligence expands.” That explains a good bit now doesn’t it.

I wish I had seen Genesis, especially in the 80’s. There live concerts looked like fun and I’m discovering and rediscovering some of their music.

I must be getting old. I actually missed a shift today. I may have to adjust my retirement account for transmission work if that trend were to continue. And no I’m not going to drive an automatic.

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I’m so discouraged

What is the first thing I read today. Another article about “Not eating raw cookie dough.”  Well that is just great. Go ahead and ruin my holiday season with that news.

No really I’m very encouraged. Looking forward to accomplishing much in the next several days. As a matter of fact I have a grin like the guy below.

I think I saw a puddy tat.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

Deadlines come and go. But the paper always goes out.

I miss my parents. I miss them greatly.

Someone named Individual 1, is in some deep S**T.

I’m feeling a lack of respect. Good thing I respect myself.

I can’t wait till that fresh-cut tree smell fills the house.

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Balance to yesterdays cold weather photo

Thought I’d throw up a few warm weather shots to balance out yesterdays Ice photo. I looked around for a few older photos I hadn’t used here to make up the post. They helped my attitude. They helped me escape the thought of the work week and imagine vacation time. They took me to a relaxed place.

Warming thoughts.
Photo by Mike Hartley

These shots were outside one of my favorite places to eat in Ocean City, which is Fagers Island. Its got me thinking about the first day of spring which is only 99 days away. I can’t wait. First because of the warm temps. But the first day of spring is also a special birthday in my family.

Rainbow over Fagers Island.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve been very disappointed lately in some professional matters. Now do I just put up with it or do I make a change?

Imitating Sunset.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

I like using a red pen.

Sleep is not over rated.

There are a number of people who try to make you feel you don’t count. They are only effective if you let them be.

After today I’m going to be in much better spirits no matter how I feel physically.

Respect is a two-way street. That lesson is about to be taught.

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Are you ready?

Could be a rough winter ahead. The cold temps started early. At least this snow and ice is south of our state today. Well at least my part of it. I hope that we actually have some rude weather. Much more likely I can work from home that way. And working from home and taking two and half hours out of the car is a nice thought. Oh that two and a half hours is a smooth commute.

Not driving in this.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m not letting the anticipation of the coming work week get me down today. Just going to power through it. I do have a couple of wonderful things planned. Like a dinner with my daughter. Some holiday shopping. I’m also going to try to make some time to start doing some holiday light pictures around the county. Did a few this weekend but kind of experimenting so far.

Random Thoughts of the Day

I need to touch base with some friends I haven’t heard from in a while.

Sometimes its possible to send strong messages with Silence.

I’ve been putting off going to the animal shelter too long. Time to make a donation this week.

Heated seats are the best. But I’m upset that I froze my behind off for decades without them.

You know when you put some things off, that you really think need doing, you find out if they were really important to rush being done in the first place.

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Honoring Service

I support Wreaths Across America. They will be laying wreaths at Arlington Cemetery next Saturday Dec 15th at 8am. This holiday season and Memorial Day weekend, these grounds seem to look so special and to me the most beautiful besides the fall when the trees provide color to the vast rolling hills. But they are very different. Memorial Day invokes a great sense of pride and almost a smile. Christmas evokes the loss of family, very special memories and tears.

A week from today.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Maybe one of these years I’ll get down and help with the laying of the wreaths. I thank the many who volunteer on these cold December days.

More Random Thoughts of the Day

Working my hardest, on relaxing.

I think my cell phone is more charged than I.

My children are teaching me. Of course they have been since birth. I’m just so glad I’m open to learning from them.

I’m already anticipating Sunday breakfast. Think I’ll have a glass of OJ before bed to quell the cravings.

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Its that time of year again – Go Navy

Yep its the ARMY / NAVY game. No need to say more.

Go Navy
Photo by Mike Hartley

Hope to catch the game today as I add some decorations to the house. Two traditions continue.

Random Thoughts of the Morning

Time to get back in the habit of daily walks.

The first Coke of the day is the best one. But the second one isn’t bad either. Of course the mid day Coke is refreshing. Well on reflection that after dinner Coke is real sweet.

Temps in the teens are titillating.

When my old water heater broke recently I decided to get a slightly larger one. No not because I’m starting a family again. Too late for that. Its my back that needs that extra 10 gallons.

I’ll be bock.

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Being the temps are starting to sink in the fine state of Maryland, I was thinking of things to start photographing in my non-existent indoor studio and I ran across a box of old sea shells my Mom had collected at one time. So the idea was born. I’ll shoot some sea shells. And below is my first example.

Shooting shells.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Actually two things came to light yesterday in my photography. I had to take a portrait of myself for the upcoming 20 year club announcement at work. The first mentioned above, I have no studio and even if I did I’m poor at lighting and other basics of portraiture. And I’m really fairly weak at a lot of areas of photography.

So, I’m looking at this in a great way. It just means I have a lot more to learn along the way. I love photography, but it really has been just a hobby as I wandered through life so far. I do take some pride in it no matter though because its something I create. That’s why, when I’m sorting through some older images like this one, I don’t just trash it because of its technical flaws.

It might have been a good idea. It might just be poorly executed. But even that is totally in the eye of the beholder. I love when I’m surprised by an image or words I use sometime that others think might be good and I’m thinking I’ve done far better work and that seems to go without comment sometimes.

I’ve realized that is due to the various taste and even what group of people might even see it that day that responses to work can vary wildly. And you know what, that doesn’t frustrate me at all now. At one time I’d maybe let that change my impression of my work and what works and what I like. No more.

I’m not trying to be arrogant with that last statement, but I’m happy with what makes me happy in creating my work and it’s not dependent on others view of worth or worthlessness. And as I’ve said from the beginning. If I just make one person or my family or a few friends who might read along happy or brighten a day, then its a success to me.

So I’m thinking I had better get busy practicing and taking advantage of these colder temps to do some better work on lighting and studio ideas. Lets see if I can accomplish anything on this weekend.

Random Thoughts of the Day

Hats off to my Uncle Frank Horton who was on the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor on this anniversary of December 7th. He survived that attack. A bomb blew him off the deck into the water. Don’t let your families forget history. Many of the important things we value were fought hard for and many paid a heavy price. War is not a video game.

Wow, just realized that next month will be the 5 year anniversary of starting this. I’m going to have to do one of those cheesy anniversary articles.

Think I’ll try some holiday light photography this year. Been wanting to do that for a bit. I have good intentions of doing it each year, but life has its own time frame. At least I got a list of this stuff so I don’t forget to try.

Great time with my Son this afternoon. Looking forward to time with my Daughter next week.

Ain’t life interesting.

Now I know why he supports the coal industry so well. That is what he wants for Christmas, a lump of coal.