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A New Year, A New Start

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I’m on a mission to make every day count this year. So why not get this one-off to a good start. And it did have a pretty good start. The two best drives home from DC are on Christmas morning and New Years mornings. So as I pulled out before daybreak I snapped a shot of the firehouse next to our building.

DC Fire and EMS station on 13th street NW.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I hope we never have the need to call these guys. They all seem friendly and we wave and exchange greetings when its warmer out and they are outside. My garage entrance is about 20 ft from the open door on the left here. I’m going to have to go over when it warms up one day and ask if I can do some shooting around the firehouse.

But back to those two best drive mornings of the year. The roads were wet this morning but Xmas morning was smooth sailing. Both days are special because of very limited traffic. Yeah there are a few, very few out early on those two days. And those who are out are courteous. Such a contrast to the rest of the year. Even tonight which is New Years Day people have reverted back to normal and are doing crazy things on the road.

We have some beautiful highways in this area. But when they are clogged and or being used as personal racetracks it gets a bit dicey out there. But for two mornings a year. There is peace on the roads. The crosswalks are clear. You’re not driving 3 and 4 wide. There is no road rage. There is no tailgating. There is no horns and fingers flying. There is just a very relaxed A to B journey.

Guess I have a long wait till the next ones.


So I’ve managed to post each day for the last 3 months straight. It was a goal when I started this blog. I think I’m on track to keep it up but I’ve got to get a few post ahead and be ready when conflicts arise. I’m also working on a goal to have fresh photos each day. Even if it’s a crappy one like above.

That will get me shooting regularly again. I don’t want to run too many embarrassing photos. Tomorrow I might start trying to design a page that looks better.


Random Thoughts of the Day

One day I look forward to not working holidays. As Rush says “they call me the working man”

You know the interest in watching bowl games isn’t what it used to be at all.

My most pressing thought today is for my better half to feel better.

I’m trying to find something to laugh about each day. Actually its pretty easy if you just let it come to you.

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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