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Hoofing it alone

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This past week was one of doing my shift alone. Usually, there are two of us but vacations come around. It’s interesting working independently. The boss was out also so I really had to keep the eagle eye out. I’ve actually learned to like this more as I’ve gotten later in my career. I’ve worked in all-size groups and teams and there is a lot of enjoyment in that also. But also some headaches. And managing groups and teams is another set of rewards and trials.

Working alone or independently takes some discipline and focus. I’ve seen some become lazy and let the opportunity pass them by. The roles I’ve had throughout my career have led to smaller and smaller teams, not something I was consciously thinking about or looking for, kind of just evolved that way.

In a few years when I retire, I’ll be totally alone working on my own crafts and no excuse of a full-time job in the way progress so I had better be ready to step up.

Alone with nature. Photo by Mike Hartley

Sometimes I feel very alone. Well, make that a good number of times. Out of the loop on communications. I try to be a good listener but feel I’m excluded from time to time. I don’t feel comfortable sharing opinions now as I once did. I know I’m a bit more on the passionate side when it comes to the presentation but I’m not inflexible.

Anyway, it gets disappointing sometimes but I’ll adjust. And in a positive way instead of a negative one. But I do find myself getting into a bit of a shell. One I’d rather not wear but comes with the territory. And as with all things in life, it comes in ebbs and flows.

I think I’ll go work on some wood this week. I got a few new bits for the Dremel tool and one of these days I’ll learn what I’m doing by doing it or I’ll have to revert to watching some YouTube videos on it to learn. I’m kind of stubborn still. I didn’t grow up having Google or YouTube to learn stuff. We did it by trying to do it. Hopefully, you knew someone with tips and tricks or experience to mentor.

If the push mower stopped you got down and learned where the air filter was, how to check the oil, maybe look at and adjust a carb or replace a fuel filter. Or get dirty cleaning the underside of the mowing deck. Not taking it to the dealer or having someone pull up and pick up your rider. You fixed it.

I remember it seemed that if our cars weren’t moving, the hoods were up with us tinkering with them or admiring the latest new headers or carb or inside testing out the new stereo system with power boosters. Now I know where my hearing went. Open headers and loud stereo systems. Well, maybe a few rock concerts contributed also.

Well, I had better get busy, I want to make good use of this week. Maybe get out to the county fair and do some photography. I think I’m shooting Annapolis one day also. And some friends this weekend. Guess I better charge the batteries.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Green Onions – A song too cool for lyrics.
  • Any day I get to grill out is a good one.
  • The more I go about setting a better example the better person I am for it.
  • Even when I take a day to relax I feel guilty.
  • Whomever is making the meal deserves the praise and thanks of those consuming it.

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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