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No nice ride Monday


The thought of getting on both the Baltimore and Washington beltways in the same day let alone a rainy one is a thought beyond my abilities to handle this early in the morning. Like a Ferris Wheel, going in circles, slowly over and over, that will probably be my travels today. Actually I’m hoping to time my rides for least traffic but this area is almost always at def-con 1 for this issue.

No pleasant ride today. Photo by Mike Hartley

No pleasant ride today.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So time to pull a warm memory out and think of the blue sky, a warm breeze off the ocean, sitting back with the family as the wheel turns round. Boy that sounds nice but its months off. Well one can day-dream.

Having trouble getting my mind around a few brutal weeks of work ahead. Such is life, good to be employed and the paychecks don’t bounce. So onward we go. Trying to figure out what future lays ahead for a man pushing 60. I’ve gone with the flow, I’ve picked my spots, I’ve advanced, I’ve retreated. I really wouldn’t trade any of my career decisions with the exception of not working on my artistic desires harder throughout my life. But that is in the past and I can only try now to do better each day.

And that is why I work on this. It keeps me thinking. Keeps me editing pictures and coming up with thoughts on life. I see many around me with career decisions weighing heavily on them. Issues of commutes, work life balance, pay, industry changes, technology changes, youth movements, management changes and on and on. I feel blessed that for over 4 decades I’ve really only had 3 different employers. All have been the same industry. And while that industry has been in upheaval in the last 15 years, it’s always been a roller coaster ride.

I intend to stay an educated, hard-working contributing individual and team player, but I don’t get the reward there that I once used to. So many things have changed, it’s quite different from some of the past things about a job I’ve enjoyed. But we make the best of things. Think I’ll take some Xmas lights in tonight for our desk.

Stay dry, stay warm, stay positive.

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.

3 thoughts on “No nice ride Monday

  1. Mike, you are making me think too hard! I thought I had an “idea” of where you live (which is truly NONE OF MY BUSINESS), and a 99% surety about where work is for you. I am puzzling why you would have to get on BOTH 695 & 495 to go from Point A to Point B. (and, again, it is none of my business!)

    I do agree the driving around here is crazy.

    May the force be with you!

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