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Flag Day, Luck, Stretched Thin

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Flag Day, I had to go look it up. Yep, I’m one of those ignorant Americans who sometimes needs to do better on his history. So this day marks when the US approved the first design for its First Flag in 1777. I’m now one fact smarter today.

Beautiful headstone at Arlington. Photo by Mike Hartley

Lucky again.

The stillness this morning was both peaceful and unsettling. A lone deer grazing in my backyard around 3 am. So humid and warm, but totally still. A perfect brew to help the coming storms today. But as I went outside around 6 am and watched the lightning, felt the wind, and listened to the thunder, everything that looked dangerous went around us again. We are on a roll here as far as dodging the nasty weather bullets.

My timing was horrible this morning for lightning. Photo by Mike Hartley

Stretched Thin – One common thread we have going in this country is that it seems every industry and service is stretched way too thin. From lack of summer, staff to take care of our vacations and pools to enough police or doctors to keep us alive and safe along with everything in between.

Store window in Baltimore. Photo by Mike Hartley

From manufacturing in a limited number of plants to not having the staff to keep production needs met. And the sad fact is that we are learning a painful lesson of letting other countries make our needs and then when they have issues we are left short.

Recent years showed us that if there were a major disaster we might not have enough medical people and facilities to meet the need of certain natural disasters or pandemics. We rely on technology so much but our power grid is far from a secure or solid infrastructure.

We didn’t like the price of things made in this country, so we had them made overseas and now we don’t make our essential items. We wanted cheap gas and electronics so we got in bed with shady characters.

One thing is consistent, we blame everyone but ourselves.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Part of what is wrong with today’s economy is GREED. People taking advantage of people.
  • I repeat gambling will kill sports.
  • I’m glad to see the launch of the Baltimore Banner.
  • Looks like Bitcoin is dropping bit by bit just like everything else. Well, maybe a BIT faster.
  • With storms getting worse I’m thinking about doing away with a few trees before Mother Nature does.

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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