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Significance of the Day

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I wonder if days will lose their significance when I retire. Every once in a while when on vacation I might forget what day it is for a few moments. I wonder if that will be the case when I’m not on someone else’s schedule any longer.

No more punching a clock. Photo by Mike Hartley

In some ways, I hope that isn’t the case. I want to know what day it is for my workout routine (not that I have one now). I’d also like to get out and do a daily shooting around the county. And if I’m posting daily that will be another reminder.

Two of my best friends will be working so that will be a reminder for a little bit till they join me. Speaking of that, we have had a standing meeting, (The Vigil) on Thursdays since I went on the night shift 9 years ago. Now that I’m going to be flexible I can make the occasional Sunday Night Football or Monday Night Football or the many basketball games of the Maryland Terpians I used to miss. Or just those spur-of-the-moment happy hours.

Then I remembered, that I’ll always have the doctor’s appointments that fill the calendar of seniors to remind me what day of the week it is.

Significance of Timing

My better half and I are a bit crispy. She said to me this week “We need a vacation” and I can’t argue with her. As I was thumbing through some old photos I hadn’t used I ran across this one at the entrance to Ocean City Maryland.

It got me thinking about going to the shore in the off-season. It’s really quiet then. But it’s her turn to choose and maybe we will head west to Rocky Gap or south to southern Maryland. Wherever it is, it will be good for both of us.

I don’t want to fish, I just want to relax. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I had a pleasure cruise of about 45 minutes today. It was enough to leave me feeling good again.
  • A good start always is best followed by a good second gear.
  • Scratch my back and I’ll stay thank you. No, just kidding, I’ll scratch yours.
  • I never thought about it before but I’ll have that Miata for the rest of my life no matter how old I live to be. It’s just that fun.
  • As you get older you discover traditions change. I don’t like it. Jeez, that sounded old.

Music Thoughts

I ran across an old song I used to like in the 70s and as soon as I heard it I remembered the lyrics meant something to me so I looked them up as the song played. Yep, I liked them then and I like’m now. I believe this was released in 1976 – the same year I began my career in newspapers. Time to continue to make my own story.

Something for Nothing – by the band Rush

Waiting for the winds of change
To sweep the clouds away
Waiting for the rainbow’s end
To cast its gold your way
Countless ways
You pass the days

Waiting for someone to call
And turn your world around
Looking for an answer to
The questions you have found
Looking for
An open door

Oh, you don’t get something for nothing
You don’t get freedom for free
You won’t get wise
With the sleep still in your eyes
No matter what your dreams might be

No, you don’t get something for nothing
You can’t have freedom for free
You won’t get wise
With the sleep still in your eyes
No matter what your dream might be

What you own is your own kingdom
What you do is your own glory
What you love is your own power
What you live is your own story

In your head is the answer
Let it guide you along
Let your heart be the anchor
And the beat of your song

Oh you don’t get something for nothing
You can’t have freedom for free, no

Whoa, you don’t get something for nothing
You can’t have freedom for free

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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