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Terrific Tuesday

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I can’t believe all those storms went around us today. We saw some nice lightening shows in the distance. Thankfully it was a few degrees cooler than yesterday.

You can’t beat the time with your family. Well, my immediate family. We had a great day together. I really appreciate their love of my better half and myself and the love for each other they have. And of course, we love them more than anything.

I hope we are not regressing to the point where it’s going to be difficult to see each other again for any period of time because of the recent spikes in the virus world. But my gut tells me that may be on the horizon again.

So get ready to take a seat and get comfortable, it could be another long and difficult ride.

Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve been in the water for the last few days and I love it. I’m more of a pool person but the ocean is so warm its really inviting this year. And the water is nice and clear so it has been a real treat.

It makes me kind of miss the pool I used to have at home. Now its a hole in the ground waiting to be filled in. It was good for family times. But boy are they a lot of work. I think I spent more time cleaning and maintaining it than in it for some years.

Photo by Mike Hartley

I also had a revelation today. They say a photo doesn’t lie. Well, I think they are right. I happened to be in a photo today and I was disappointed to see that I had put on the weight I had lost a few months ago. So out the door, I go tomorrow for some exercise.

We had an incident today that was kind of strange. We went to a walk-up ATM. There were two machines side by side. A young black lady was already at one of them. She seemed to be having some problems because she was turning to some friends standing about 30 feet away saying it kept canceling her transaction. We were standing about 10 feet behind her waiting patiently and she turned and said there was another machine right next to her. I said we would wait. She then said something that I believe indicated she thought it was a racial thing. It wasn’t, I don’t walk up to any stranger nowadays and stand right bedside them because of the virus. There are signs everywhere about keeping 6 feet apart and that is what we were doing. We weren’t saying a thing or doing anything that indicated we were being impatient. After her failed attempts at the first machine, she moved to the other one and tried that, also without any luck. I saw her walk back to her friends and I believe they were talking about us because they looked back several times.

It’s no big thing, but just because I’m white it doesn’t mean I didn’t want to stand next to her because she was black. But I believe that is the way she was taking it. Unfortunate that people jump to those conclusions so quickly. I happen to support the issues of the day that people of color and different nationalities have been discriminated against for many decades and change is needed. I judge people by their content and character, not by their race or ethnic persuasion. Too bad for her, she saw things like that.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I think it’s cool that Anthony Fauci is throwing out the first pitch on Thursday at the Nationals game.
  • Snapping turtles are cool creatures at a distance.
  • No wearing a mask is selfish behavior.
  • Working on a new career is exciting.

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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