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A bit of spring in winter

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Every once in a while, you get on of those days in the middle of winter that feel like a spring day, and today was one of those. I didn’t spend as much time outside as I should have but I did put the top down on the convertible and enjoyed a few rays of sun on the way home from lunch.

Cherry blossoms and Jefferson Memorial..
Photo by Mike Hartley

In a few short weeks we will turn that wonderful corner and be done with the Hawk. But it looks like we have a few cool weeks ahead to navigate through first. It’s funny today I looked up at this rim (no snow on it today) and thought about getting the ball out. If I wasn’t in a hurry I might have grabbed it and threw up a few shots. Remember doing that as a kid. Grabbing the ball and using every free minute to imitate the favorite NBA stars move.

The cold of winter is about to be scorched by March Madness.
Photo by Mike Hartley

We used to play a lot of ball when we were younger. Did for a lot of decades. Some of my friends played fairly competitive ball into their 40’s. Those were some great times no matter if it was in someones driveway or back yard or at the outdoor courts at the school or indoor at any gym, it was fun. It was in your face but with a thousand laughs.

I was always surprised that there weren’t more altercations with how hard and serious we played against each other. Even if there was one it was usually all over after the game. A lot of those guys are still around and close friends today. Some aren’t though. Some of the strongest and best ones in fact, which is kind of ironic. What a cast of characters now that I remember back.

A lot of us coached as we got older. Some very successfully in a number of sports.

Well, being its such a pleasant memory maybe I ought to pick up the ball a little more often this year and lose about 20 pounds. Sounds like a plan. That and the yard work might just do it.

Time to run and go set up my make shift studio.

Random Thoughts of the Day

I’m finally under 100 unopened pieces of mail in my inbox. The goals this week is to keep it that way. Well that is at least with my main email account, the other 3 accounts, I can’t promise anything.

My life will always be a success if my kids think of me as a good father.

I guess I’m going to have to serious up again, now that I’m going to be a grandfather. Nah what fun would that be.

Giving an honest days effort is a struggle when it isn’t appreciated.

The more you can think about various points in your life and say those were the best of times, the more relaxed you will feel. And if you can’t find many, get busy making some.

Its going to take a little time, but I’m making some good progress on my photo site.

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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