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Note to self – listen up

Communication is the key. To any relationship and any chance of success. Wise choice of words, clarity of thought and consistency of expressing them with solid reasoning. Easy to say, hard to do. And of course communication not only requires you sharing your thoughts, but in listening and respecting and thinking about the thoughts of others.

And that is one of many things we are missing in the world today. Talking at each other is different from talking to each other. I’ve made and will continue to make many mistakes in communication. And the list of people who could recount those is long and distinguished. But I’m trying to always improve. I’m too impulsive and reactive without proper forethought at times. But sometimes that leads to the real, inspired, passionate and needed messages. The trouble is that far from fits every situation.

Pit crew – surgery in progress.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Early on in my career, I had a good number of angels (co-workers and managers) that took me under their wings and gave me some important lessons. They could take an anger laced manifesto and say, “he’s got some good points or ideas between all this rage.” They had incredible and maybe undeserved confidence in me despite the less than professional way I would communicate at times. They would mentor me and they still do today. Them along with my better half and a few best friends keep me in line.

I have to remind myself to always listen more and talk less. Those close to me might say (it’s still not working Mike). All I know is that the older I get, the more communications become important to me. Words spoken by those wiser than I. Words that ring with truth and respect and honor. Words of insight. Words of love and inspiration or creativity and hope.

And this reminds me its time to write my children again. I’m still coughing too much to talk to them on the phone.

Random Thoughts of the Day

Normal is what we all face every day. How we interpret it along the way swings it one way or the other.

As the Terminator said, its in our nature to destroy ourselves. I just didn’t think I’d see it in my lifetime.

I was going to drop out of Facebook till I was told about the unfollow button.



I’ve just taken some of the biggest professional risk in my professional careers. Only time will tell how it works out or doesn’t. I just had to get some things off my chest in the hopes of improving my situation. I’m not looking for rewards, just respect and courtesy. Then again it might backfire, who knows how people will take things.

Well, I’m comfortable because I felt like I’ve been honest and truthful.

Here’s looking at you babe.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I hope you all have had a wonderful day. Because every day drawing breath is a good one.

Random Thoughts of the Day

Will I beat that deadline again?

Will I make it to retirement?

Will I take some new pictures this weekend?

Will I be able to breathe soon?

Will anyone read this?

Will there be love and kindness in our time, instead of greed and excess?

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Got upset about something today. Took me an hour or more to realize it just isn’t worth it. No sense ruining my health about things I can’t change and I’ve tried to do it in constructive ways but it’s just not worth the stress and trying to drag people along. Such is life. I can still work hard, take pride in the job I do but all I look forward to is quitting time. Kind of a shame after almost 20 years but lots of people told me it would beat me down. I didn’t want to believe it but it has. Maybe its time to chart a new course. But then again, it’s a little late in life for a course correction.

I don’t see any power steering here.
Photo by Mike Hartley

OK, so moving onto more constructive things in life. I’m thinking about 2 sick friends. Two of my best friends. Wishing them both a speedy recovery. But nothing is speedy at this stage in our lives. I did cheer one of them up by telling him that our favorite charter on the bay is getting a new boat, a bigger boat and I can’t wait to be on the deck with them pulling Rockfish out of the Bay.

Random Thoughts of the Day

The state of this country worries me greatly. To hell with the Deep State, we’re in Deep Shit.

I think I’ll relax and focus on a Ledo pizza this Thursday.

I like keeping busy at work. Makes the day go by quickly.

Sometimes its hard to figure out some people. Knowing which ones worth spending time figuring out is easy.

I promise to get some new images soon. Just starting to feel human again.

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Out and About

First day I’ve left the house in 10 days. Kind of strange when you have been inside for that long. Unfortunately it wasn’t the best day to be out and about in my area. A nice coating of ice made the ride into work almost a 2 hour struggle. But such is life when you work a distance away from home. Been making the long drive for almost 2 decades now and it’s getting old. I like to drive but conditions and people make it a pain sometimes.

Like the idiot that was trying to die today cutting me and a half-dozen other people off within a mile. You know the more I’m out I see the reality that some people don’t give a hoot about anyone but themselves and if someone else dies then its nothing to them. Well, I’ve got a message for some of them. If I find out your one of these people and you hurt a member of my family or me, you will die. I have no problem with taking someones life who doesn’t respect other lives.

Birds won’t be getting these berries today.

Sorry about that last paragraph. I’m still under the weather and I get cranky quickly. And when I see such blatant disrespect for life it really ticks me off. So I’ll end with the wish for warmer temps which seem to be on the way.

Random Thoughts of the Day

I’m so glad to see Mayhem back in the All State commercials. I’d like to apply for that position.

Go Dawg’s, I’m not a big Saban fan.

I’m really beginning to dislike Lavar Ball.

You know after seeing my family a good bit during the holidays, it reminds me now how special that is now that were all back to our regular lives.

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Sunday Progress

My mind feels slightly sharper today. And while that isn’t saying much even if it was close to 100%, it’s a peaceful feeling to me. My energy levels are also up a little bit which is encouraging. It so relaxing hoping I’m finally moving in the right direction. I was able for the first time in days go though some of my followed sites in the reader again this morning. I was enjoyable to be reading again.

As I told my boss today. It’s good, to feel good enough to work again today. I just hope this climb back to health isn’t interrupted and that I’m the fast track to recovery.

Even when it hasn’t moved in over a week it looks like its been moving.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

Time is both relevent and irrelevant when you’re sick.

If I only had a hair of the talent of some of the writers I read, I’d be a happy camper.

Is it true that a genius¬†can’t spell or copy a quote directly?

There is no limit on what some people will do to succeed. I didn’t say at what or if it was legitimate.

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Keep turning

No matter how old you get. No matter how tired you are. No matter how bad you might feel. Keep those wheels turning. It will keep you young and if there is something ailing you along the way at least it will make the time go by better.

I thought I was on my way towards health again. Last night took a different direction. Such is life. Nothing I can’t overcome. But I’m going to have to admit my better half is right again and I’m heading to the doctors on Monday.

Keep’em turning
Photo by Mike Hartley

I would like to sit here and crank out several hundred words of concern, encouragement and share my warped and twisted observations on life. But I just don’t have the energy and I can’t stop coughing long enough to do more than a few dozen words at a time. Let alone look through my library to find a good photos to use.

So I’ll just leave the day with one pressing thought. I’m becoming very concerned about our democracy in the United States. I wonder is this is akin to the path Europe started down many decades ago. I hope not, for all of our sakes.

Oh, and a note to the 50% of the population making a fortune in the stock market. Don’t be surprised when it changes and don’t be surprised when our balance gets so out of line that you will be face to face with those you have kept down for decades. You may find out how strong that backbone of the country is then and you might not like it. Sorry, I get a bit cranky when I’m not feeling my best.

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Fishing for HEAT

I’m beginning to wonder if I have enough warm weather shots to get us through this cold snap. Well only time will tell. I’m more concerned about a friend who has landed in the hospital tonight with a bad infection. My brothers are too young to be landing in the hospital. This is the second one this year and that is two to many. Of course I have no blood brothers. But these guys are closer than blood and I’m worried about the challenges they have faced this past year.

Bring on summer.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Actually I have another brother in the hospital this evening but he is waiting for a wonderful event, the birth of his first grandchild. So while there is joy, there is also great concern. And here they are worried about me because I have no voice from coughing. They told me to get to the doctor and I will if I’m not on a continued course of improvement early next week.

I guess it’s a sign of the age we’re getting to be. We all work ourselves way to hard and always have from a very young age. And while that has been very good for all of us and a great source of pride, it’s also something we have to reconsider as we hit the 60 mark or close to it. I sit here looking out my basement window looking at a very bright moon thinking about the many times we have had and hoping we get to enjoy many more days of laughter and brotherhood. But if I’m realistic, I have to think those days will be harder to come by if we don’t make a few changes.

Having had cancer twice I’ve been reminded that I’m not invincible. But as time passes as a survivor, I fall back into the trap of normal daily life and work and chores and the task of what I thought life was about. Well I have to stop slipping and have that appreciation, respect and love for the future and the only way that will happen is if we take care of ourselves. Even then it’s not promised, but at least we can do our best to make them plentiful.

So in that vein if I’m no better by Monday or Tuesday I will report to the doctor to see what I have that I’m having trouble kicking. For the last place I hope to end up again is the hospital. And while I’m at it I wish you all good health and happiness. It’s all life is about. Not the friggen job, not the pay, not the pride and achievements or positions we rise to. But love and time together sharing good will and laughter.