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Change of pace

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Sometimes taking vacation at home is a nice change of pace. I’m really starting to feel relaxed. I’m sure it would take 2-3 weeks more to start to totally feel what its like not to be in the rat race. That commute from hell. The pressure packed days/nights, holidays and weekends at the job. Don’t get me wrong, its good to be gainfully employed at a company that is holding its own. Very good indeed. Just that the pressures, ride and schedule that are part of every job come in varying degrees.

Morning at 99 and Woodstock road. Photo by Mike Hartley

Yesterday morning at 99 and Woodstock road.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I just happened to pick a job that is towards the more challenging end of the scale. But that is something I don’t have to worry about for a few days so its off to live life. And in that path, Tuesday my Son and I went to the opening of the Maryland basketball Big 10 opener – he got me tickets for Xmas. A fine start to the season and a great time together. We both love Maryland basketball. So thanks again Son for a great day at the game.

So another day ahead with many plans and chances to make more memories. But first I really have to pick up this office, it’s a mess and getting dysfunctional. I figured that out this morning when I found a couple of important things I’ve been looking for some time. So its time for everything in its place. Get ready file cabinet and trash can.

I did make time this morning for something I’ve been meaning to do for some time now by helping the University of MD School of Medicine, Department of Radiation Oncology. I’m trying to remember each day to try to help someone or some group.


Observation of life:  You ever notice how everyone seems to have had a bad experience with one insurance company or another at sometime in their life.

Observation of driving:  The DMV should be able to attach signs to some drivers vehicles saying “I CAN’T DRIVE”  I mean if they insist on giving them a license then its only fair they warn us about the lack of skill or judgement.

Observation of the holidays: Doing a lot of work, mixed with a ton of effort at home to make things special to either bring a smile or evoke memories in your children and family is priceless.

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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