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I’m into casual. And that is what I thought of when I was editing this photo of the guy in a pair of jeans surrounded by a formal event. There were some people really styling away at the National Harbor this past weekend. Saw several events I guess at the Gaylord hotel that looked like a real gala.

Gives new meaning to the girl in the red dress. Photo by Mike Hartley

National Harbor is an interesting place. High-end luxury and sports cars and motorcycles, people dressed to the 10s and bling. At the same time, some people are just down for the day to catch a snack or take a break from the Casino. People attending conventions/seminars being held at the wonderful hotels in town.

Not my favorite body of water but all are pretty beautiful. Photo by Mike Hartley

I like it because it’s an easy place to walk around, grab a snack, ice cream, or a fine meal. There really isn’t a lot that warrants a long visit.

There was a rather large dog outside and these young ladies were in no hurry to share their ice cream with him. Photo by Mike Hartley.

The real appreciation for feeling good comes from having felt bad. I thought I used to have an appreciation for waking each day and being capable of doing whatever I choose. I was wrong. Till you experience some setbacks be they temporary, intermittent, or permanent, your mind will be changed about appreciation.

It’s a nice combination, feeling good physically and mentally. I haven’t been able to sync the two on a daily basis for a while. So maybe this is the start of a good streak. And really having the proper perspective helps also. For instance, my foot hurts but it doesn’t keep me from getting around. So life is good. Now if I wanted to go out and play competitive basketball it wouldn’t be good enough and that would frustrate me.

But hell, I’m in my mid-60s and what do I need with competitive hoops at this age. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to get out and practice a bit which I hope to pull off this week.

Today I read a note from a friend fighting cancer. And I mean fighting but it’s a heavyweight bout. And my appreciation grows exponentially again.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • NBA lesson of the season. It isn’t the best decision to hitch your wagon to a few superstars instead of having a full team of talent. Goodbye Nets. And the Lakers didn’t even make the dance.
  • Someone said something about rain and cooler temps tomorrow. Sounds like good sleeping weather to me.
  • If you’re at peace with yourself, I find that to be a major accomplishment.
  • I heard a story about a lot of people not taking vacations because of money being tight the last few years. Another thing I didn’t have to adjust to not having many resources for vacations most of my life.

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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  1. Totally agree about feeling good mentally and physically, at any age.

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