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Such a simple thing. A balloon. My granddaughter came in the door today and when she saw the balloons I had blown up for my wife’s birthday she was as happy as could be. She spent a lot of time playing, reorganizing, bouncing, running, and leaning on them.

I had put the different colors in different rooms and she would yell out a color when she would go into that room and see them. Such joy from such a little thing filled with air. But then again Balloon interests people of all ages.

OK, I’m up. Let’s roll. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m lucky enough to live in an area that has some balloon enthusiasts. So I also get to see the adult joy of riding in a balloon. Not that I’m going up in one. But I do see the thrill and passion for it.

Beautiful estate across from the fairgrounds. Photo by Mike Hartley

Today’s writing challenge is:

I’m sorry, I don’t make playlists yet, but I have an extensive music library that I just randomly go with most days. I try to mix up my listening because if I just go one direction sometimes it leads to a lack of balance. So onto some of the groups, I listen to.

My youth was from the mid-60s to let’s say 1980. All the staples of that Classic Rock era, Beatles, Deep Purple, The Who, Hendrix, CSN, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zeplin, and just about anything done between that timeframe. But I also listened to a lot of Motown in the 60s and after a few years started listening to R&B and jazz.

I can’t stand disco-type music when it came out and I still detest that today. I can’t see what’s in this current techno music. I guess that is the old man coming out. But I’d still challenge any young whippersnapper to an air instrument challenge any day of the week.

OK, what am I listening to recently? Went through my most recent list.

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  • Genesis
  • Jethro Tull
  • Carlos Santana
  • Bob Marley
  • Pink Floyd
  • Buddy Guy
  • Rolling Stones
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Rush
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Doobie Brothers
  • The Who
  • Foo Fighters
  • Motley Crue
  • The Band

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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