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Still running

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Lots of old things still run well. Look at all of us seniors running around. This beast below was still running. Even a new set of headlights it appears.

I’m glad I’m still running. Well, I’m walking at least. Days of running are behind me. Unless the guys decide to play some pickup basketball. I’m tempted to try some tennis with my son but that isn’t running really.

Made to last. Photo by Mike Hartley

So another day to see what we can accomplish. I’ve reassembled the team of me, myself, and I again. I’m going to assign “I” a photo assignment each day to capture a few new images. I hope to get “me” to do the editing and then I’ll assign “myself” the task of doing two posts a day with some good content.

But being time is short today I think I’ll try to find something interesting inside the house to photograph.

Several years ago I started sort of an unofficial countdown. I kept a post-it note on my monitor and each week I would decrease the count by one. I never told anyone what it was. When I left the office for good when Covid started I was still in the hundreds and I think there was a row of 3-4 post-it notes with decreasing numbers.

But now much time has passed and I’m looking at the number of weeks left and it’s a double-digit number. Of course, any plans that far off can change. Who knows what the next few months will bring? But that is the plan and the working days full time left between now and then are few and to be appreciated.

I got to work again last night on more documentation for my teammates. The calls I make in the coming months might be the last time I talk to some people. And then there are some close people that I want to carve away some time to speak to at length and thank them.

Driving a distance to DC for over 2 decades was something I didn’t realize the toll and time it took out of my life till I didn’t have to do it. I haven’t been downtown in years now working remotely. But I find myself drawn to the office to visit some of those people face-to-face in the coming months. To shake hands, to give a hug, to wish them much success and happiness.

I’d like to walk through the Springfield printing plant another time and say goodbye to a few people there. I’d like to meet my new boss in person and thank him and wish him well and also my old boss.

They tell me my desk is still there and my things the way I left them so I’ll gather that stuff up. And then someday to HR to make things official.

As I sit here I think I may have underestimated the change that will bring. While I have numerous things planned to fill the time that I enjoy doing, I still will miss not being part of that daily cycle. To see the news as it’s happening.

To illustrate this point I’ll refer to the horrible day of 9/11/2001. I worked many many hours that day and night and into the next day if I remember correctly. I was working in the area where systems I managed included the wire services for news and photos. I also had our own internal publishing system.

I was seeing things before they even hit broadcast tv or print. And that is the way it is even today and even more intently today with things on the web being updated in real-time all the time. It’s a nice perk to the job being kind of a news junkie.

My better half pointed out today that I’m working all the time. Always have been, even when I’m off. And I can’t disagree with her. I only hope I can keep it up and transfer that energy to my own efforts and not get lazy.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I liked Frosted Flakes as a kid and I like them today.
  • The trick is to always give 100% even though you may feel like 50%.
  • Some things about the way I live bother me. Like the amount of plastic, I use and throw away each day. I’ve got to find a good use for that.
  • This is the least pain I’ve been in for a few weeks. Which brought a smile to my face as I typed this.
  • Having a lot of ideas on how to best help others when I have more free time.
  • I feel a productive night coming on.

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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