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When I wasn’t looking

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The joy of riding a motorcycle was mine for about 3 decades, but I have taken to 4 wheels in my 50’s and 60’s. I was tooling down the local Rt 40 corridor this Sunday morning and I was passed by two bikes. I thought my eyes were having an issue because the front of one looked like I was seeing double. Interestingly they took a right at Bethany Lane and I followed them into Ellicott City Motorsports where they were gathering for a ride.

It’s called a Yamaha Niken GT. Photo by Mike Hartley

I used to look at all the bikes every year from every manufacturer. Well, obviously I’ve fallen short the last couple of years and have not kept up with changes. I wouldn’t buy this bike but I am intrigued by it. High tech engineering hit this industry long ago and power and handling have skyrocketed. The auto industry has caught up in recent years.

So good Friday morning to all. A wonderful day to be alive so far. Oh to be out on the water on a clear morning like the one below. I guess I stopped when I saw this shot because the boys are planning a trip out on the bay this fall for some rockfish. And that might just trigger that instinct that we need to get back out for some tuna or sailfish in the waters off Florida’s east coast. Then again we should really try right off Ocean City.

Deep Blue. Photo by Mike Hartley

But today I’ll stay landlocked trying to get the yard work out of the way so I can enjoy the next two days. Looks to be a beautiful evening so I have the thought of getting out and trying some night shots around the county. I feel a wave of inspiration hit me and I must address it.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Someone forgot to tell me that when you retire from your full time job that pays the bills you are transferred into a full time job for the medical system and they send you bills. I think I just discovered I’m in the transition cycle.
  • Eating right is eating what makes me happy.
  • You don’t have a dish of ice cream you have a BOWL of ice cream.
  • Some people are rude and just can’t help themselves from being A-holes all the time. Some of us just have a button that can be pushed. And then there are the few saints walking the earth.

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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