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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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Wednesday wonder

In the home stretch of the work week. One more brutal shift and the reprieve begins. Walking outside in the sun and completely blue sky today has given me hope that spring will be here soon. I think I’ll start off with a sunrise walk and photo session on Thursday. Both the camera batteries and mine are charged to get outside again.

Word is its going to be cooler than today which wasn’t that great. No problem, I will brave the elements and seek out the light. For you can always find beauty, but first I’ve got to put down some weed killer to kill the beast.

Beauty
Photo by Mike Hartley

The Beast
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

I’m blessed to have best brothers, I’m blessed with some very great friends, I’m blessed with many good friends. I wish there were time in life to even make each one of these relationships more special.

You ever search for an answer for a long period of time and it still alludes you?

I guess all those wonderful things being said about Barbara Bush on CNN and MSNBC are Fake News?  Really though, much respect to a very classy and smart woman who struck me to be a very honest and caring person.


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Tuesday traffic

Just chugging along. No, not like in my early 20’s with that huge mug in my hand. Not that kind of chugging. Just chugging the work week and thousand and one task. But I’m glad I took a few minutes on Monday to help a friend who is thinking about making a career change. Strange advice for me to be giving given I’ve spent most of my career at just 2 places.

One for 21 years and one for 20 years. Well I’m about 3 days short of that 20 year anniversary on the second of to be totally accurate.

To the starting gate.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve been blessed with some good advice myself and its good to find someone you trust or a good manager to help you weigh out those tough calls. Changing careers, roles, positions or companies is one of the most stressful things. It affects the quality of your life greatly. They are decisions not to be made lightly.

In retrospect I probably could have been earning more if I had moved around a bit more. But that wasn’t the primary mission all the time. I want to work where I’m valued and the job works for me. That means different things for different people but its something that always isn’t given the right weight.

What good is money, when you don’t have time to spend it or the quality of your overall life sucks.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I miss seeing my better half since they modified my work schedule. That sucks and I’m about to change it.

All I know is dwarfed in comparison to what I don’t know, but I make do and try to learn.

There are few things like getting on the elevator to go to the garage on your last work day of the week. Besides the burnout out of the garage.


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Simple pleasures

I like that feeling I get when I remember that ride home from the hospital after that last surgery a few years back. How fortunate I felt to be outside again, how good the sun felt. I can still remember what it felt like to be in a car and pulling out of a parking garage. And a month later what it felt like to be able to drive again. I still think of that day when the commute gets to me, and it turns the ride around.

Just the chance to be healthy enough to get up and get out is something I have taken for granted for a majority of my life. Its something I respect every day now.

Pleasures like how good a nice home cooked meal is. To be able to take a walk and see a sunset or sunrise. A hug from your child. Being licked in the face by your grand dog. Having a bed to sleep in and a favorite blanket.

I’ve got to get down and try this place. Maybe this weekend.
Photo by Mike Hartley

All I know is I’m a lot more thankful and appreciate each day now. It helps put the small stuff in perspective. It helps with small people also.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I just realized I have a laugh deficiency. I’ll have to work on curing that this week.

There certainly is a lot of puckering going on.

Disappointed in myself for letting a weekend slip by without shooting. I’ve got to make it like my daily workout if I want to accomplish my goals.

Sleeping when its raining, is sweet.


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If you’re bored, you’re just not using your mind

I was just sitting here thinking about how to cram a few more minutes for some creative work today and had this flashback to times when the word boredom was in my vocabulary. I guess I’ve been lucky that I finally realized that taking time to be bored just isn’t living. Wasted living is what bored is. Yes the feeling starts with me at times, but I then refuse to accept it.

Like sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for your appointment that was scheduled to start 45 minutes ago. boredom creeps into me about 20-30 seconds after I find the comfort spot in the chair I’ve chosen to sit my slightly overweight behind in. But I’m smart enough now to finally use my mind. Yeah it took long enough didn’t it. But anyway, I start looking around. What visually stimulates me or catches my eye. One time I sat looking at a water cooler and thinking of how to use that as a photo subject. What I might fill the jug with instead of water. Or paint the jug like an Andy Warhol image and make people wonder what is in the water.

Maybe a conversation will catch my ear and insert a new thought that hadn’t run across the landscape will be born. Maybe a person will walk by and remind me of someone I haven’t seen in a while and remind me to write myself a note to call or write them. Or maybe a scent will whisk by like someone wearing suntan lotion and take my mind to the beach with the toes in the sand.

Boredom takes me down negative roads. It makes me cynical. I find myself if poor posture positions. I find gaps in time with nothing positive accomplished or even thought about. Boredom is the brother of bad things.

So to hell with boredom. Let your mind bloom

Blooming Mind
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

I’m a firm believer that drinking milk is good for one’s body.

Watching my Son and Daughter in-laws dog this weekend was a lot of fun and I’m sad that it’s over.

There is some night and day difference between regular season and playoff basketball. Especially on the defensive end of the floor.


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Saturday observations and other crap

Really beautiful day, in so many ways. A relaxed morning with my better half and lunch with our daughter. Managed to work without inflicting pain upon myself. Now I call that a success.

I see the NBA playoffs have started. I’m excited and I’m not. I’ll follow the Bullets, ops sorry, Wizards. I’m a Laker fan so don’t really have a chip in the game this year.

Do you ever get the feeling as you’re looking at other peoples work and words that your own are so far behind? Some days I look at it like that and then I try to make myself look at it again and say, wow and I’m inspired.


I observed that no matter how hot it got, and how many times I broke a sweat today, that I never wish for it to be as Cold As -, well you know what.

No more Cold as ____
Photo by MIke Hartley

I’ve observed I’m more informed and less frustrated when I read about political matters instead of watching the talking heads as much. It’s also easier to go find facts that support or don’t support arguments being made.

I’ve observed that my eyes are itching like crazy and I may scratch them out before the end of the day. Oh yeah, along with my favorite seasons comes the pollen.

I’ve observed the weekend is flying by.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I put many a bag of mulch down and did as mulch as my back could take today.

You ever stop and wonder how many seasons you have left?

You know I really like warm weather but a gradual rise would have been nice before the instant oven effect.

I need a flashing light in the mirror that says “restraint.”

I guess the weather report was listening to me rant about balance in life. So we get rain and thunderstorms after the most beautiful day of the year so far today.


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Friday fun

The weeks come and go so fast. The time to love, laugh and live is limited. This week has been nuts but then again, they all are and I’m about to turn this puppy around. Today is bath day for the car, because it might even be warm enough to put the top down and go for a cruise. Been waiting to do that for a long time.

Yeah I’ve gone for drives this winter but the top down and sun on my skin hasn’t been available till now. I’m embarrassed as to how dirty I’ve let my car get. Its hard when it’s also your daily commuter. Such is life. I feel lucky to have it and it makes driving which I always enjoyed that much more fun.

When its clean.
Photo by Mike Hartley

There are few things in life-like a manual shifter and rear wheel drive car. Kind of feels like I’ve come full circle finally. After a few clunkers as a teenager I got a used 74 Camaro that was maroon, with a Hurst 4 speed and back then everything was rear wheel drive. That is where I developed my love for cruising in my late teens and early 20’s.

Jump forward, marriage, kids, 4 door sedans and SUV’s for almost 40 years. Most all of them hand me downs after my better half was done with the first half of its life. That was the way I wanted it. She had the kids to take so obviously she deserved the safer and better vehicle. I really didn’t care. Well there was one 10 year stretch where I had a car without A/C and commuting to the middle of DC in summer is brutal.

I guess this little puppy is my reward for those years. Certainly feels like it. Even though getting this body to bend in and out of it is challenging, I’m at the upper size limit for this car. It still makes me smile each time my behind hits that seat. I kind of feel relaxed, happy and as I push the start button, (that still sounds strange to say) I become part of the car.

Everyone who takes driving for granted should take a spin in one of these or other sports car that can handle. Its a car that reminds you every second your DRIVING. And its FUN. This thing isn’t any speed demon, but it does corner nicely (good for losing tailgaters). I almost went the power route. Was thinking about spending almost double what I did for this on a big V8 monster, but I remembered what I used to do with a V8 and decided that I’d rather not repeat my interactions with law enforcement and trips to the tire store.


Random Thoughts of the Day

There isn’t a day that I regret opening my eyes.  I do regret getting out of bed though on some of them.

Neil Peart can really play some drums.

Yes I have guilt about not posting the last day or two.

I also feel guilt about not touching base with my sister on siblings day this week. Of course when I grew up I wasn’t aware of such a thing, but there is a day or a week or month for everything now, so why not siblings. Those of us to have them are lucky. Well most days. Well some days. Just kidding.

Wondering what is for dinner. I think we might be going out. If I had a tail it would be wagging.

I’ve really got to start working harder or I’m never going to finish all the ideas I’ve already had.

My daughter wrote the most wonderful thing on siblings day to her brother and us. Life is really good some days. Things like that can carry you happily into your senior years. There are few more gratifying thoughts to know your children will be there for each other.

I wonder if I should change the font on this site?

Some days I’m good at making decisions. Others well, not so much. See its a training tool for the children. My wife is really good, so we had to have one parent that wasn’t, so being I was a more natural choice for the role I took it. Now they know every parent isn’t perfect and they can be their own person. And also know that you don’t have to be right all the time to be successful.

There is a God. I put flip-flops on today and it felt spiritual.


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Shake it off

I observed this yellow spotted snow Cat in the wild the other day. I think it just came out of the woods, to sun itself.

Yellow Spotted Snow Cat in its natural environment.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Hell its Monday, give me a break if I’m not all here yet. Been a busy start to the work week and the following days look brutal. I’m not sure I can hold on till June when I have some vacation time scheduled. Maybe a day off between now and then is needed. A long weekend to revive the spirit. That’s the ticket.


Hold the phone. I just saw a weather forecast. Something about temps in the 70’s. Looks like its time for me to venture outside again. And it’s just in time to get in shape for beach season. A shape other than the beached whale look that gets the Natural Resources police and people on the beach trying to roll me back into the water.

Yeah I got on a scale and kind of disappointed myself. Time to start eating wiser again.


Random Thoughts of the Day

Age will humble you.

You ever have the feeling things are about to get really ugly. Yeah I know, more than it already is, is a hard thing to imagine.

Sleep is alluding me again. I’m so keyed up about several things.

Just because you say something doesn’t make it so. Even if you just continue to say the same lie.

Creative thinking helps with the positive outlook.