THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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Sitting with old friends remembering times passed. Each provides details of their recollection and view. Laughter begins, more memories are triggered, more details come to light about others who were there. Then a name, one that has passed, changes the tempo of the event being discussed. Sometimes a “boy we miss her” or “she was sweet” and many more.

But then back to the story. Which triggers another story and another time and more laughter. And we repeat and smile and laugh between bites of breakfast. There is comfort with old friends and the joy of shared experiences is always fun. And so is catching up on where we are today and what we are doing or not. And in a blink of an eye 3 hours pass. Hugs filled with love till we meet again.

Rewind Life. Photo by Mike Hartley

I also see father time catching up with all of us and I listened hard to the words of someone who I love and respect and she was encouraging me to hang up the work when I could and get to what I love. Of course, I wish it was that simple and possible at this moment but it’s not in the cards, at least this week to consider.

In some ways, I push thoughts of no more working for someone else way off because the reality of having to continue is still present. But relaxing this morning and someone else raising it caused a few more moments of reflection. In some ways it makes me feel like the most indecisive person in the world and then at the same time I’m sticking to the original plan.

So regardless of the flights of fantasy I might go on this weekend I’ll report and hop in the saddle Sunday night and buckle up for another wild ride.

What is blowing into town today? Photo by Mike Hartley

Wind, a love-hate relationship. I love a warm summer breeze and hate a cold winter wind. A headwind is tough to fight while a tailwind is like a boost in your step. Nothing like the wind through your hair on a bike or convertible but I hear many complain of bad hair days because of wind.

I love to see the leaves blowing in it. I hate to see my trashcan going down the hill in it. I have a low-profile car so crosswinds don’t bother me. But they certainly affect that 18 wheeler trying fruitlessly to stay in his lane next to me.

I see the beauty in smoke blowing from a fireplace chimney and am horrified at raging wildfires swept by massive winds and creating their own wind storms.

Some say I’m long-winded so I’ll stop here before I lose more of you.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Sometimes I get embarrassed when I find my own spelling, grammer and many other offenses against lauguage. But then again, this is me, take it or leave it. Because if I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now, this blog comes with many flaws and is a reflection of its creator.
  • I’ve been spending a few more moments out on the road than past weeks averages and I’m surprised we have gotten this bad. All sembalance of order on the road is falling apart. The point where people start taking the law into their own hands is at hand.
  • Its time for some HOOPS again.
  • Sometimes you find yourself in spots you never dreamed of. So appreciate the change in pace and roll with it if you can.

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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