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Its good to look up

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It’s always good to look up on the morning drive when in the convertible. You never know what colors the sky will be. And yes I was late getting out to the fairgrounds for the balloon launch. The body took a bit to limber up and get the mind firing on at least half the cylinders and I’m still only running on half speed. It wasn’t that sunny or warm, early on.

Look up.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But what the hell, it was good to be out and about and I’ll get another shot tomorrow morning weather permitting. Might even go see the evening session I think where they fire up those burners after dark. Must be an interesting hobby, ballooning that is. Kind of like a moped in the sky.

Chasing one through the back roads.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So tomorrow I’ll be up before sunrise. Why not take advantage of some good weather and colorful skies if it’s there for the viewing.

Beautiful estate across from the fairgrounds.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Just like this guy, I was late to the show. Better late then never. But its odd for me because I’m on time or more often early for events or work. I push myself during the week so much that if I slack on the weekend a bit I don’t beat myself up over it.

Delayed takeoff schedule.
Photo by Mike Hartley

While I was out and about and heading back home I got on Rt 32 and thought I had put the lights on. I did, on auto though. You see on this road it wants headlights. So I had the pleasure of meeting one of Howard Counties finest. I guess the dozen or so I saw go by with no lights sitting waiting, weren’t as attractive as the front end of my car with this on. And with my baseball cap on backwards and a hoodie, I might have looked something different from the 60-year-old creature he pulled over. Anyway it was just a warning so no fuss, no muss, and as I crumpled it in the ball of trash it is and put it in my glove box it reminded me of old days in my youth. Of course those all weren’t warnings but they got the same treatment. Oh, the hat turned backwards is only when I’m shooting because the brim and the viewfinder are not compatible. Maybe he’ll catch me one day with the traction control turned off. Maybe not. So good luck Wile E Coyote.

auto mode headlights during the day.


Random Thoughts of the Day

If I post more than once a day is it permissible to have more random thoughts?

You still have time, to put some PERSONAL thought into your mother’s day gift. Don’t blow it. At least write a personal thought on the special things each mother does and has done for you. Better yet, tell them. Show UP. They deserve it.

There are a lot of things I thought I needed at various stages of my life. I’ve learned to open my eyes and be very happy with what I have.

Do you believe some people? Yes most, actually. Most of the time its easy, to know who not to trust. There are shining examples in front of all of us to learn from.

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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