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Perspective is a nice thing. I worry very little about how bad the weather is when I have a day without pain. So that being the case the spirits are high, the energy is good, the attitude is peaceful, the body feels rested and ready. Now if I could just bottle this for later if things go south.

But being the weather seems to be the topic of the day when storms race through, I have to admit they were impressive last night. If I wasn’t busy with the job that pays the bills I would have been out shooting. Was able to grab a frame or two during an errand though.

Go away storms. Photo by Mike Hartley

Light says go, sky says maybe, brakes say no.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Along Homewood RD Photo by Mike Hartley

Along Homewood RD
Photo by Mike Hartley


I had an incident the other day that gave me some perspective again. I spend a lot of time on the road. Not trucker type time but I rack up some high miles on vehicles. The other day a woman almost hit me changing lanes. Emergency braking on my part avoided meeting her personally (didn’t even know it was a her till afterwards). Anyway I got pissed, flipped the universal sign of displeasure and rolled on. I figured this was just another in a long list of assholes so solely focused on themselves that others can parish so they can get home 10 seconds earlier than if that didn’t make that stupid move.

Well this woman rolled up beside me on the side of the car she didn’t try to mangle and waved and mouthed that she was sorry. What do you know. And honest mistake. Made me feel guilty for exercising only that one finger instead of waving all of them, in my first reaction. The thing I’m realizing is that I’m becoming conditioned to responding to the lowest common denominator. The assholes that will pull on an entrance ramp to get a few cars ahead relying on people’s good will to let them in ahead of them.  The guy who thinks the beltway is his private NASCAR track. The idiots who think they can manage electronics and talk to people outside the car and not have an impact on a skill they can barely succeed at if driving were their sole focus.

So maybe now that I recognize this maybe I’ll be a little more forgiving. Well one can dream. For I still have a fantasy of going to a junkyard and picking up the biggest, oldest, rusted pile of running bolts and just drive all day looking for people who drive like idiots and want to play chicken.

But I’ll try not to forget that sometimes honest mistakes are made on the road.


Random Thoughts for Tuesday May 3rd 2016

  • Why does anyone give a rats ass where Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner goes to the bathroom?
  • I started to let a lot of self-doubt enter in my life and affect my ability to stay motivated and produce things on my own.
  • Trying your hand at your own business looks to some people, that you must love to just work like a dog. When the reality is that it doesn’t seem like work all the time and its even fun and something you enjoy.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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