Mike Hartley's

Other Years 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 1999 - 1998

a lighthearted look at life day by day for the year 2000

December 31, 2000 - I'm finally off on New Years eve. I think I'll spend the evening kissing my wife.

December 30, 2000 - Most of the time that your realize you need a disaster plan, you don't have one to pull out.

December 29, 2000 - Got a new Satellite dish installed today. Life is good.

December 28, 2000 - When you realize you made a mistake in judgment, learn and move on.

December 27, 2000 - IMAX films are very well done. Hats off to MD. Science Center.

December 26, 2000 - The best day of the year to sleep in and then get up and spend leisurely with the family.

December 25, 2000 - Its a tradition with me to wrap gifts till 4am. Merry Xmas all.

December 24, 2000 - Football, holiday sweets and treats, church and family. Life is good.

December 23, 2000 - If you can touch one persons life in a positive way, DO IT!

December 22, 2000 - When friends move on its tough to regroup.

December 21, 2000 - Filled up 3 trash cans with my annual office cleaning.

December 20, 2000 - Each time I get my haircut I feel like I'm getting a fresh start.

December 19, 2000 - Marriage is like the weather, someday hot, some days cold. Divorce is when the weather sucks all the time.

December 18, 2000 - Started Xmas shopping today. Getting an early start this year.

December 17, 2000 - I never knew that the difference to being Satan or God was whether or not I let my daughter have her own phone.

December 16, 2000 - Another discovery about my new S.U.V. It likes gas much more than my econobox car.

December 15, 2000 - A wasted life is someone who spent more time bitching about it than enjoying it.

December 14, 2000 - Kids with behavior problems points to parents who haven't set limits. Unless its medical reasons.

December 13, 2000 - I'd like to propose a new mandatory school trip. Where the kids go to a cancer ward for smokers. Bet this would cut the teen smoking rate down a few percent.

December 12, 2000 - Having a job you like should be the only job your in.

December 11,2000 - Telemarketing is reaching new lows. My cursing is reaching new highs.

December 10, 2000 - There is a world of difference between going to a Xmas tree lot and going to a cut your own. Choosing with the family, drinking hot chocolate and spending half a day carrying it through the woods is a fine family tradition.

December 9, 2000 - To be without transportation yourself is a very trapped feeling.

December 8, 2000 - If people were less politically correct and more direct there would be a lot more getting don.

December 7, 2000 - The term mental health day should be in every ones benefit package.

December 6, 2000 - When I opened my front door today I was reminded again why I hate cold weather.

December 5, 2000 - I love having truth and common sense on my side when I get into arguments.

December 4, 2000 - All people are very complex. Some are just easier to read than others.

December 3, 2000 - I have more respect for plumbers now than I did before the day started.

December 2, 2000 - The market going up and down has more of a personal effect than it used to. So says my 401K.

December 1, 2000 - I hate cold weather therefore I don't understand why I live where I do.

November 30, 2000 - Cleaning off the desk is harder than clearing ones mind.

November 29, 2000 - My life is pretty plain. Just the way I like it.

November 28, 2000 - I keep telling my heart, this exercise program is for its own good.

November 27, 2000 - Be satisfied with yourself once in a while, but only if your a critical type.

November 26, 2000 - Headaches are just above a pain in the neck.

November 25, 2000 - When days start off wrong look for something positive to finish them with.

November 24, 2000 - Its nice when your hard work is appreciated.

November 23, 2000 - This day I just leave my jaw open all day. It saves time because I'm just stuffing my face all day.

November 22, 2000 - The busiest travel day of the season. Another good reason to stay off the road.

November 21, 2000 - It is helpful when people point out areas you can improve at in a constructive way.

November 20, 2000 - A painted rock from your son is a very precious stone.

November 19, 2000 - It feels good to reshuffle the office furniture once in a while.

November 18, 2000 - A haircut always makes me feel good. When I was twenty it was the worst thing that could happen to me. My how times change.

November 17, 2000 - When people feel appreciated at there jobs money becomes far less important.

November 16, 2000 - Leafs falling is very pretty until you realize your going to have to rake up all those suckers.

November 15, 2000 - Looks like the Washington Wizards are going to make a loser out of Michael Jordan.

November 14, 2000 - Working a day shift this week. I must find a way to teleport to D.C.

November 13, 2000 - I didn't take languages in high school and I'm being punished for it now by having to learn several programming languages.

November 12, 2000 - It's interesting to see bosses who think they can do your job till they actually have to do something.

November 11, 2000 - Don't know why but people closest to you seem to hurt you the worst.

November 10, 2000 - Some people are just dog mean.

November 9, 2000 - I think I found out why were smarter than animals, we live longer.

November 8, 2000 - Killing some tree stumps is more difficult than taking down the tree.

November 7, 2000 - I'm voting for Gore because I don't like Bush and Nader can't win.

November 6, 2000 - I hate sanding outside on windy days.

November 5, 2000 - A relaxing Sunday once in a while is good for the sole.

November 4, 2000 - Ah, the promise of returning to a day shift job. There may be light at the end of the tunnel.

November 3, 2000 - You can tell who is comfortable with themselves when you take a persons picture.

November 2, 2000 - Its nice to know that I'm missed at home,while working so hard. Kind of makes it worth while.

November 1, 2000 - Big companies seem to have more turnover than smaller ones.

October 31, 2000 - Getting dressed for today is a little different than most.

October 30, 2000 - I wonder if someone who works as a florist loses the beauty of flowers over time.

October 29, 2000 - Kids and rakes are incompatible objects.

October 28, 2000 - Just found out the first disadvantage to owning a big vehicle. Washing it.

October 27, 2000 - Remember there is an election coming up. Get out and VOTE.

October 26, 2000 - Flipping back and forth from a night shift to a day shift is just lovely on the brain.

October 25, 2000 - Boy, twenty years of marriage. Who would have thunk it. Happy Anniversary Patti.

October 24, 2000 - Do things that bring you enjoyment. Lord knows everything else going on is working against it.

October 23, 2000 - I've decided I like Florida weather during October. Bet I could get used to it the rest of the winter also.

October 22, 2000 - Home again = Back to reality.

October 21, 2000 - Only so much time left where my children still enjoy vacations with me.

October 20, 2000 - Vacation is a very good drug for the sole.

October 19, 2000 - Animals are beautiful creatures. We should be respectful of them as we are of each other.

October 18, 2000 - A couple expecting their first child is the definition of anticipation.

October 17, 2000 - Destination = warmer climate. Mission accomplished.

October 16, 2000 - The demands and desires of some can never be met so be happy with what you do.

October 15, 2000 - My first knee injury, makes me appreciate walking more now.

October 14, 2000 - Its not unusual for young people to be mature beyond their time. Its also not unusual for them to return to normal.

October 13, 2000 - Some people have trouble handling success gracefully.

October 12, 2000 - Being heard when people aren't listening is difficult at best.

October 11, 2000 - Nothing like a haircut to make you feel better.

October 10, 2000 - Twisting peoples words can be a lot of fun.

October 9, 2000 - Our past is always greater or worse than it really was.

October 8, 2000 - Why does it take some ones passing to put other problems in perspective?

October 7, 2000 - I like sitting up high while driving.

October 6, 2000 - Lack of drive is a good waste of a human life form.

October 5, 2000 - Happiness is knowing your the most important person to someone else.

October 4, 2000 - Doors swing both ways. I don't think people should.

October 3, 2000 - Do a web page, save a tree.

October 2, 2000 - Appreciate each day as if it were your last.

October 1, 2000 - Going to be cooling off soon around here. I hate the hawk.

September 30, 2000 - Getting tickets to your sons favorite sport and favorite team count for a lot.

September 29, 2000 - Work on a home is never complete.

September 28, 2000 - Write personal notes on sympathy cards. It will mean more.

September 27, 2000 - I love making things with my kids.

September 26, 2000 - Viewings are rather morbid affairs.

September 25, 2000 - A hundred errands to do and things to fix but I feel like spending time with the kids.

September 24, 2000 - Death has a way of putting other things in perspective.

September 23, 2000 - Parents should remind themselves that its just a game while watching their kids play.

September 22, 2000 - Its a shame that some people care so little about anything.

September 21, 2000 - Some people will risk your life and theirs trying to get someplace 5 seconds earlier.

September 20, 2000 - Take a break from the pressure and enjoy what you have. You don't get many second chances to do it.

September 19, 2000 - Sleeping in felt real good today. I might try that again sometime next year.

September 18, 2000 - Good old back to school night. I don't fit in those desk like I used to.

September 17, 2000 - Whenever I'm sick I imagine being outdoors on days like today. Sunny and breezy.

September 16, 2000 - The day is a victory if I look at my kids and I feel very proud.

September 15, 2000 - I can see why I don't get much sleep. Its not on any ones schedule.

September 14, 2000 - Closing the pool always signals the beginning of fall for me.

September 13, 2000 - Its a sad feeling when you can never do enough for some people.

September 12, 2000 - I'm lucky enough to have good friends at work. It makes the day go by quickly.

September 11, 2000 - Happy birthday MOM.

September 10, 2000 - Dinner with family. A very nice pleasure that isn't appreciated by most.

September 9, 2000 - I wish getting a drivers license was tougher than it is.

September 8, 2000 - Some days, just spending time with my wife makes me so happy. Tune in later for other days.

September 7, 2000 - You can't ruin the last day of the week at work when it is followed by 5 days off.

September 6, 2000 - If nobody will show you take the bull by the horns and figure it out yourself.

September 5, 2000 - When we pulled into the new car dealer the car we rode in on was my wifes. Guess who has it now.

September 4, 2000 - Brought a new vehicle for the family today. Big grins all around.

September 3, 2000 - You can't take good pictures unless you press the shutter.

September 2, 2000 - Working a holiday weekend really sucks.

September 1, 2000 - My car runs best when it doesn't have to leave the driveway.

August 31, 2000 - I hate seeing some people use there disability to unfair advantage.

August 30, 2000 - Every once in a while I get tired of hearing myself bitch about things to the point I do something about them.

August 29, 2000 - Opening day of soccer practice for the son. I see they do this in the rain in addition to good weather.

August 28, 2000 - You've come full circle when your helping your parents plan for life instead of the other way around.

August 27, 2000 - Do something for someone less fortunate. Its a shot for the sole.

August 26,2000 - A very relaxing time with some good friends is a fine way to spend a Saturday.

August 25, 2000 - The penalty for being happy is that life goes by to fast.

August 24, 2000 - Bad management is really harmful to people.

August 23, 2000 - I have realized that some people never learn and just keep doing the same stupid thing over and over.

August 22, 2000 - The more independent we all become the more alone we are.

August 21, 2000 - The harder I look at things I realize they aren't always as they first appear.

August 20, 2000 - Time to express creativity is very precious.

August 19, 2000 - Poison Ivy is a real itch.

August 18, 2000 - Long drives can be relaxing unless its to D.C.

August 17, 2000 - Some people are so bitter that they forgot how precious life is.

August 16, 2000 - The first day back to work after a two week vacation. Yuck!

August 15, 2000 - A full moon and a warn summer night. Life is good.

August 14, 2000 - Never thought I'd buy a van but finally saw one I liked today. Guess I'm officially old now.

August 13, 2000 - A unexpected call from a old friend is a great way to make an evening.

August 12, 2000 - I've learned you can sweat while cutting grass even with a riding mower.

August 11, 2000 - A day at the theme park with the family is a real ride.

August 10, 2000 - Another day of vacation, what a life.

August 9, 2000 - I might have to think about growing up soon.

August 8, 2000 - Anticipation is something you feel less of as you get older.

August 7, 2000 - Bridge the gap. Give a computer lesson to someone who needs it.

August 6, 2000 - Rainy Sundays aren't all bad. You just have to have the right company.

August 5, 2000 - Creativity is fun if expressed. If repressed its a burden.

August 4, 2000 - People must think I can read their minds. Either that or I'm just really slow.

August 3, 2000 - I keep forgetting that when I do blue collar jobs I got white collar hands.

August 2, 2000 - Trench digging is a rut of a job. I know because thats what I've done today.

August 1, 2000 - Family movie days are real fun.

July 31, 2000 - If it rains more this week I'm starting work on the arch.

July 30, 2000 - I started my first two week vacation yesterday. What a great feeling.

July 29, 2000 - I wish neighbors could take care of their own pets responsibly.

July 28, 2000 - Global warming my @(*&%^#. Its frigging spring weather in the middle of summer.

July 27, 2000 - Despite what one may think, light is far more noticeable at night than it is during the day.

July 26, 2000 - Its good to see people turn the right direction when given a chance.

July 25, 2000 - Happy 10th birthday son.

July 24, 2000 - Some in-laws are a trip. They somehow feel they can dictate your life to you.

July 23, 2000 - Working without pressure is a sure way to get some good work done.

July 22, 2000 - A laptop computer is not a popular item with the wife while on vacation.

July 21, 2000 - I wonder how much our pet misses us while were on vacation.

July 20, 2000 - A walk on the beach at night with the family is very refreshing.

July 19, 2000 - If you like pizza you have to experience Tony's and Ledo's at the beach.

July 18, 2000 - Today I decided to no longer use my cell phone while driving. No accident, just coming to better judgment.

July 17, 2000 - Get slimmed, use suntan lotion.

July 16, 2000 - Nothing like the smell of the ocean. I wish I could take it in each morning.

July 15, 2000 - A drive to the beach, no matter the traffic, is always better than the drive home from the beach.

July 14, 2000 - The anticipation of having my toes in the sand on Saturday when I start my vacation is killing me.

July 13, 2000 - Riding a motorcycle when the clutch goes out isn't much fun.

July 12, 2000 - It's a work out just thinking about starting to work out again.

July 11, 2000 - It's hard to bitch about cleaning your own pool.

July 10, 2000 - Good friends are hard to come by.

July 9, 2000 - Missing my dad today.

July 8, 2000 - Another death in the family. Time to remember good times and miss them again. God bless Aunt June.

July 7, 2000 - It's amazing how old school management hangs on in large corporations.

July 6, 2000 - If you have to work make it something you like to do.

July 5, 2000 - Protect your eyes, sleep during the day.

July 4, 2000 - Happy boom boom day. May your cookout be blessed by the charcoal spirits and your guest not to drunk to drive home.

July 3, 2000 - Spend time with your parents. It's something you can't get back once their gone.

July 2, 2000 - I can't figure out why I was so good at pinball games as a youth but so bad at video games as an adult.

July 1, 2000 - There certainly are too many homeless people in world.

June 30, 2000 - People who take good pictures have their eyes and mind open wider than others.

June 29, 2000 - Flying is a good thing to change your perspective.

June 28, 2000 - I hope that I've been a good parent. Only time will tell though.

June 27, 2000 - Most people keep to many things to themselves and are unwilling to become involved.

June 26, 2000 - I wish I could trust people more.

June 25, 2000 - Thinking is good therapy.

June 24, 2000 - Wind feels great unless its doing weird things to your plane while your trying to land.

June 23, 2000 - San Francisco is a beautiful city. To bad it smells like urine.

June 22, 2000 - The best hugs you get from your family are after you've been away for a period of time.

June 21, 2000 - Nothing like sleeping in you own bed after being away for a period of time.

June 20, 2000 - The moon and sun are even more wonderful from 33,000 feet.

June 19, 2000 - Just when you think you've seen everything you should travel.

June 18, 2000 - The number of important cell phone conversations is far eclipsed by the useless cell phone calls.

June 17, 2000 - Sleeping on a plane is next to impossible no matter how tired you are.

June 16, 2000 - Airports are too crowded. Flights are overbooked and too much alcohol is served.

June 15, 2000 - Collen Powell is a wonderful and inspiring speaker.

June 14, 2000 - Walking is a wonderful way to clean the sole. Of you feet that is.

June 13, 2000 - Never underestimate a cab drivers intelligence.

June 12, 2000 - People really are too focused upon themselves instead of the race as a whole.

June 11, 2000 - Change your oil often. Give BLOOD!

June 10, 2000 - Work to live but don't live to work.

June 9, 2000 - Family trees are full of monkeys.

June 8, 2000 - Government is supposed to be for the people. The ones running it just forgot about the rest of us.

June 7, 2000 - Laughter isn't just good medicine. It's life itself.

June 6, 2000 - The older you get the more courage it takes.

June 5, 2000 - Some sporting events teach a very important lesson about not giving up, no matter how bad it looks.

June 4, 2000 - Nothing better than a V8 than a V-Twin.

June 3, 2000 - Playoff games are so exciting. Especially if there ones where your kids are in them.

June 2, 2000 - A new lawn tractor arrived today. My back is saved. No more green tennis shoes.

June 1, 2000 - Happy 20th anniversary to my best friend and his wife. May everyone have a lifelong friends as good as these.

May 31, 2000 - One trip that I'll never complain about doing is bringing mom home from the hospital.

May 30, 2000 - Mental exercise is also important in living longer.

May 29, 2000 - They say its just a job but they do want your life.

May 28, 2000 - Lack of sleep plays with ones mind.

May 27, 2000 - The generation gap is now officially electronic.

May 26, 2000 - It's sad to see some peoples attitudes towards animals.

May 25, 2000 - Youth wants to change the world. Age just wants it to continue in some way.

May 24, 2000 - Working on turning my bitching into constructive critisim.

May 23, 2000 - It's a wonderful thing to be missed and alive to enjoy it.

May 22, 2000 - My daughters first trip away from home. Boy they grow up way to fast.

May 21, 2000 - Snowballs are good even on cool days.

May 20, 2000 - Practice being humble. It will take you far.

May 19, 2000 - The more effectively one communicates concerns is directly perportional to the results one gets in having others take actions.

May 18, 2000 - It's sad that some people have to spend so much time being negative.

May 17, 2000 - Hugs that aren't asked for are the best.

May 16, 2000 - Looking at young people today makes me think that we've raised some of the best and brightest but also some of the most dangerous ever.

May 15, 2000 - Building something is fun.

May 14, 2000 - Parents. DISCOVER your KIDS. Spend time with them. Its the most important thing you can give them.

May 13, 2000 - I have some pictures of my dad on the wall that I think look back at me from time to time.

May 12, 2000 - Supporting computer systems like I do is a SERVING experience.

May 11, 2000 - De-stress yourself, read the comics.

May 10, 2000 - Every time I look up I see another light bulb that needs to be changed.

May 9, 2000 - A retirement party for a friend who's been on the job for 42 years at the Post today. I hope I have a smile that big when it's my day.

May 8, 2000 - Its nice to see an umpire with the kids best interest at heart.

May 7, 2000 - I like working with young people. They keep me young. I also like working with older people. They keep me wise.

May 6, 2000 - You ever have someone who just has to tell you everything despite how inappropriate it may be.

May 5, 2000 - I have a very much improved opinions of the profession of carpentry.

May 4, 2000 - A friend is very sick reminding me how precious life is each day.

May 3, 2000 - Take the time to tell people your real feelings.

May 2, 2000 - I think the weeds in my yard like drinking weed killer. It seems to make them grow better.

May 1, 2000 - Attention Houston, the pool is being filled. We will have diving soon.

April 30, 2000 - Acts of courage surround us daily. It's just a matter of looking hard enough because those who do them go about them quietly.

April 29, 2000 - I learned today that you just can't offend some people.

April 28, 2000 - I've finally learned the art of sleeping through my beeper going off.

April 27, 2000 - Nothing like fresh burgers, dogs and chicken off the outdoor grill.

April 26, 2000 - A post hole digger will test your metal.

April 25, 2000 - Visit a hospital. It will make you feel like a million dollars.

April 24, 2000 - Even the most prestigious companies are filled with idiots.

April 23, 2000 - I'm not a big fan of greed but if I hit the lottery I'm not going to complain.

April 22, 2000 - I wish I could remember which lights I installed the bulbs with the lifetime guarantee when I change them after they've burnt out.

April 21, 2000 - Rats are one ugly creature.

April 20, 2000 - Go for what you want each day. For if you don't your going to be kicking yourself one day.

April 19, 2000 - I hate carpenter bees for their efficiency.

April 18, 2000 - The downside of eating snowballs is brain freeze. Of course my wife says I should be exempt from this malady.

April 17, 2000 - The less hair I have on my head the more I like baseball caps.

April 16, 2000 - I need a backup system for my body.

April 15, 2000 - The only way to slow down the aging process is to die. I'll stick with the alternative.

April 14, 2000 - To many people spend to much time wishing they hit the Lottery.

April 13, 2000 - Turning down a promotion isn't necessarily a bad thing.

April 12, 2000 - Nothing like a hot shower unless you have company at the same time.

April 11, 2000 - History is for appreciation and Future is for anticipation.

April 10, 2000 - Wake up athletes, stop the bitching or we'll stop coming.

April 9, 2000 - I have realized that some people never learn and just keep doing the same stupid thing over and over.

April 8, 2000 - My weights put more dents in the carpet than muscles on my body.

April 7, 2000 - Ahh, another baseball season, what a great feeling it must be to be a player.

April 6, 2000 - If you eat dinner off a folding table its time to look for another job.

April 5, 2000 - Some people are just way to private for their own good.

April 4, 2000 - My daughter must be hitting that side of teen years. The request for her personal phone and line has been lodged.

April 3, 2000 - Working on wood sculptures is a cutting experience.

April 2, 2000 - The older I get the less my pants fit.

April 1, 2000 - Some people say this should be my birthday. Happy April Fools Day.

March 31, 2000 - Your lucky at life if you keep waking up each day and your not in the hospital.

March 30, 2000 - Looking for the good side in people may cause you a lot of circling.

March 29, 2000 - Investing in the market is a up and down experience.

March 28, 2000 - Sports stars are a dime a dozen. Sports heroes are few and far between.

March 27, 2000 - Amusement parks are a thrilling experience.

March 26, 2000 - People who use coasters on tables paid to much for their furniture.

March 25, 2000 - People could call me a real drip. For I take a shower each day.

March 24, 2000 - Computer speed should be measured by the user on the keyboard.

March 23, 2000 - It's nice to see managers confronting tough issues. It gives you faith that the right person is on the job.

March 22, 2000 - Some people make great sacrifice so others can benefit. It's too bad its not appreciated more.

March 21, 2000 - Brain freeze is a mind stopping experience. Just love those snowballs and slurpee's.

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January 7,2000 - Life keeps getting in the way of my creativity.

January 6,2000 - Depression can dampen the creative spirit but also show you new paths.

January 5,2000 - I've seen still photos that can say more than a movie.

January 4,2000 - A spring day in the middle of winter is worthy of a celebration. Especially if it falls on your day off.

January 3,2000 - If you watch a plumber work long enough you may pick up enough to get by trying a project yourself. Thanks Mark

January 2,2000 - I've just broke my first resolution.

January 1,2000 - It's a shame that people don't look at every day as important as they have made this one.