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and it begins

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The weekend is upon us and I’m going to make good use of it. A multi-day celebration. To hell with the chores and responsibilities. Well as much as possible at least. I do have a ton of plans and goals that I’m excited about.

Get a good start on the weekend.
Photo by Mike Hartley

No I’m not going fishing, these shots are from a previous haul. They just reminded me of the meal of rockfish that I’d like to have in the very near future as I was going through images I could use today. That fish is some good eating. Maybe a little crab on top of it.

The days catch.
Photo by Mike Hartley

There is nothing like freshly caught fish. We usually go home and grill a bunch up when we come back from a successful day of fishing. Not that we go fishing that often, but when we do, its done right. And with the friends I have that can cook like nobody’s business it’s always a feast to remember.

None of these go to waste.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Well, I’m about done with watching storm videos. Not that I don’t sympathize with those people. I’ll be making a donation to the Red Cross shortly myself. And more as the scope of the disaster becomes clear. The loss of life reports became reality today. Something that big and powerful you kind of felt that coming.

The numbers of people staying behind to ride it out seemed to be few but as we all know even a loss of life of a few is a few too many. I’m not sure I’d take that risk myself. I know there are a lot of factors in that decision but it really comes back to one. You can rebuild a house but not a life. Its kind of made me think about what plan I would have if we had to move for something like that.


Random Thoughts of the Day

Hey, its National Truck Drivers appreciation week. Do you part and DON’T CUT OFF TRUCKS on the ROAD. And try to make that a habit.

I think the weather channel has misplaced the symbol that represents the SUN.

You know I’m glad I backed off on writing about politics. I don’t have different beliefs. I will occasionally try to find humor in it and maybe share that but everyone is entitled to their beliefs just as I am. And I’m not interested in trying to influence anyone but will readily share my beliefs if asked. Or if I find someone who can have an actual debate instead of a fight. You remember, when both people would talk, listen and both come out wiser and maybe a thought of how to move ahead together.

I still think I married the prettiest girl in the world. And after almost 38 years she keeps getting more beautiful by the day. I feel like Rudy G there for a moment. Speaking to an audience of ONE.

When you can stack a few positive days together and then a few more, it makes the days you can’t be right with the world, more tolerable and reminds you to look for that window to escape to the positive side again.

When I look back at how many days in my life I spent being depressed it kind of scares me. And I guess it should. Some has been my own weakness by refusing to snap out or get out of difficult situations or turn things around in a timely fashion. Other times have been legit reasons of life and death we all deal with. I know there are more of those ahead. But for some reason I feel I’m in a place better to deal with it now. Wish I had that feeling a lot earlier in life.

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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