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Back in the game

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Yep, today marks my return again to the working stiff ranks. Well, not that I wasn’t working on getting better, just not at the job that pays the bills for the last 2 weeks. Today I jump back in the seat. Well, even that isn’t accurate. I’ll be taking my remote seat at home for a bit, till I regain some more use and strength in the arm to make that long drive. No I didn’t realize I needed shoulder surgery when I purchased a stick shift car.

Bait that hook. Photo by Mike Hartley

Bait that hook.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But it will be different from my recent daily mode. I haven’t done anything for 10 hours or more a day in a few weeks. I’m certainly still getting my keyboard speed back. And jumping back into my seat is like getting off a country road and finding yourself on the inside lane of the Daytona 500. That will be just getting back to the normal pace of the work we do. Usually its like riding a horse but it’s that uncomfortable period where you feel like you might miss something or not react fast enough or any other of a thousand mistakes that can happen.

I always get it back. Sometimes its a few minutes like after a long weekend or maybe even a full day like I’m anticipating today will be where I won’t feel entirely comfortable the entire shift. Hell, I just hope I have the concentration for a 10 hour shift. And the ability to repeat it for the full week.

For most of my life I’ve had jobs I’ve loved. Mostly because I’ve had people beside me I love working with. Don’t get me wrong, every good work relationship has its rough points just like close families encounter. It’s impossible to avoid, but how you work through it and constantly pull together, foster good ideas and see them through completion and move on is what is important.

That is why sometimes I’m surprised why I like working towards being a writer, artist and photographer for my life after newspapers. For those activities usually are pretty much solo things. Even most of my writing is done solo. Now drawing or sculpture is really a personal task.  Something when I do I avoid all contact. I guess I just want these things to be my time for creative control, direction, schedules and results or lack there of.

Not that I’m going to shy away from people when I retire. But it will be different.


  • I don’t find it odd that sometimes I find myself laughing when I’m alone.
  • One of my goals is to take enough extra photos during the summer, to post all winter long.
  • There is a lot of fun in cooking. Said someone who doesn’t do it too often. But I’m doing better.
  • Moving books from shelf to shelf is less useful than opening them.
  • Does Kellyanne Conway remind anyone of Cruella de Vil .
  • Hoping everyone has a healthy and prosperous day.

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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