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Had a dental cleaning appointment in my favorite town (Ellicott City) so I got the cameras out after the appointment and walked a bit. I caught these guys below trying to cut through town.

I thought those streets were getting a little long. Photo by Mike Hartley

I savored today’s appointment. I’m not sure how long I’ve been going to Bob, excuse me Dr. Boman and how long Dawn has been doing my cleanings but it’s decades. Despite my best efforts, they keep my choppers in good shape. Not only that but it’s like visiting family.

They are friends who live in the same neighborhood. They are friends that have helped us with our business when we started a newspaper in town. They are friends we’ve shared meals with and maybe the occasional cigar in the past. I have friends who lived in the downstairs apartment under their office.

But the days till his retirement are certainly closing in. So this will be a very different experience sometime in the future. I’ve seen a ton of change in this town in the 6 decades I’ve been exposed to it. Working in it, visiting it, marrying a girl from it, having a business in it.

Those back-to-back floods really hurt the place and still do to this day. There are a lot of vendors working hard to make it better than it ever was but the lower part of the town is let’s say, sparse. I’m going to have to visit the Milkshake place before it gets too cold.

I like the area because I like saying hello to people and in this town I get a ton of replies.


While we were waiting for our son’s pet to be seen at the vet we went across the street to a McDonalds. Something not often done anymore. A double cheeseburger is no longer a buck. It doesn’t seem to be made with the care it used to be. I don’t get to give my order to a person and no more “have a nice day”, I got some screen. The tables were all dirty. But damn those french fries are still good.


I feel like I should rest because I know it’s healthy. I also feel like I shouldn’t rest at all because time is not a given.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Wow, it got late fast today.
  • I finally achieved my beach body. The trouble is I missed summer.
  • I used to think there was limited space on my desk till I started going vertical.
  • I didn’t laugh as much as I would have liked to today.

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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