THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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I’m sorry, I have to start celebrating today. My weekend has begun and I’m a happy camper. It was a great start to it with a beautiful day. I took a stroll through Old Ellicott City. Kissed my better half. Saw my best friends and laughed, I even have time left to exercise or create.

This is a hat you put on late at night out with drunk friends and wait for their call the next morning asking if you were wearing a lampshade on your head. Photo by Mike Hartley (don’t mind me, I have no fashion sense at all)

A friend told me “You will know when it’s time” which may be one of the most prophetic statements I’ve heard. And in some ways what we were talking about (retirement) and our shared history he was making a very accurate statement.

I didn’t hear that much when I was young. Now that I’m older I hear it a lot more. Knowing when it was “the time” in the younger years was difficult at best. When do I change jobs? When do I ask for her hand in marriage? When do we start a family? Do we go with the large sedan or the small SUV? Do we buy this house or that one?

Well, those decisions were made. Maybe it’s easier now because there are fewer decisions. Could be that why we spend so much time picking where we go out to eat?

No decision here. Bloom baby Bloom. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Funny how people who tailgate really dislike being tailgated.
  • How long of a workout is needed to work off an Italian Sub?
  • Some people make it hard to help. But that doesn’t always mean you should try less.
  • I wonder if I can generate enough positive waves to overcome the inclement weather ahead.

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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