Mike Hartley's 2003

Past Years 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - 1999 - 1998

a lighthearted look at life day by day for the year of 2003

December 31, 2003 - Remember, reflect, rationalize, renew, respect, revel, rejoice and then revel some more. Its the one day you have a legitimate excuse.

December 30, 2003 - The more things seem to be getting better the more skeptical I become.

December 29, 2003 - Remember that the only one that has your back is you.

December 28, 2003 - At least I get one laugh a day. I have a Dilbert desk calendar.

December 27, 2003 - Depression is what other people try to inflict upon you.

December 26, 2003 - I find it much easier to live in my own little world than everyone elses.

December 25, 2003 - At least the kids had a good day.

December 24, 2003 - Change your approach once in a while. Do something for yourself.

December 23, 2003 - I wonder where I can buy a replacement back.

December 22, 2003 - One of these years I'm going to have a good one.

December 21, 2003 - Each day is a series of events. Its trying to find the ones that you like thats tough.

December 20, 2003 - Be hard on your kids but for the right things.

December 19, 2003 - I learned a very important lesson today by the actions of another. See, sometimes it doesn't take words to learn.

December 18, 2003 - Xmas shopping is easy if its well planned. Its having made decisions before you go that helps.

December 17, 2003 - I loved my daughters Xmas concert.

December 16, 2003 - My back taught me a new level of pain today.

December 15, 2003 - I have two teenagers. Therefore I'm a taxi.

December 14, 2003 - There are certain phrases from my marriage that will stay with me forever.

December 13, 2003 - I love picking out the Xmas tree with the family.

December 12, 2003 - Love is the best gift for the holidays. To bad it's in such short supply.

December 11, 2003 - Some days no matter what you do your just going to have to write them off.

December 10, 2003 - The value of money becomes less as time to use it and enjoy life is less.

December 9, 2003 - If your stuck in dealing with issues you should have moved beyond life is less than it could be.

December 8, 2003 - Our companies idea of a holiday party is book one yourself and pay for it yourself.

December 7, 2003 - Always remember this date is one that pulled this country together like no other.

December 6, 2003 - Day two of snow, I give, my back has had it. Uncle, mercy, no more snow please!

December 5, 2003 - The first snow day of the year and we get a big one. Just what I needed to start a unexpected 3 day weekend.

December 4, 2003 - People who teach and share their experiences are blessed indeed.

December 3, 2003 - I have my first new car. I'm 46 years old. How sweet it is.

December 2, 2003 - It's nice to work with people who like to celebrate things.

December 1, 2003 - I don't think my house was built with the number of electronic devices I have in mind.

November 30, 2003 - To bad we forget how good things are in moderation. Especially work.

November 29, 2003 - There are two types of Harry Homeowner. On who does it themselves and one who hires.

November 28, 2003 - When you learn what a "wax ring" is on a toilet you will not be happy.

November 27, 2003 - The gamble of the winter. Didn't get a flu shot. Of course I never do and seem to catch it about as often as those who do get one.

November 26, 2003 - I'm not a big fan of wind.

November 25, 2003 - The more news I hear the less I enjoy the news.

November 24, 2003 - Some people have a real problem "stepping to the plate".

November 23, 2003 - Anticipation is living.

November 22, 2003 - Driving lessons for the daughter is a thrill ride.

November 21, 2003 - There is a certain peace to working the late shift. No Management.

November 20, 2003 - Faith is an interesting concept only if practiced.

November 19, 2003 - Build something, therefore others can tear apart something other than words.

November 18, 2003 - Someone asked me why I keep an empty box in my office. I told them it would be time to leave someday.

November 17, 2003 - Try to find a company to work for that appreciates effort and knowledge.

November 16, 2003 - Money will never fix, lack of respect.

November 15, 2003 - I wonder why I keep giving advice out for free.

November 14, 2003 - Try to start the day off in a positive mode. Others will find you to provide the opposite.

November 13, 2003 - What a windy day. Kind of feels like Baltimore and Chicago switched spots on the map.

November 12, 2003 - Accomplishment can't be taken away if you know it was good work.

November 11, 2003 - Another reminder today about how short life can be. Make each day special in some way. Good luck Mickey.

November 10, 2003 - Your commute is to long if a good drive back and forth to the office is 2 hours.

November 9, 2003 - Raking is good aerobics. Now if I can convince the kids of this.

November 8, 2003 - I was reminded again today that I'm always wrong.

November 7, 2003 - I love helping people learn. Its a lot easier when they listen though.

November 6, 2003 - Every time I attend a class I find out that I'm not the least educated person in the world.

November 5, 2003 - The more money you have, the more you take for granted.

November 4, 2003 - Some people who are really trying to help don't know they gave the keys to the store away.

November 3, 2003 - I love those Terps. Go Ralph and Gary.

November 2, 2003 - I thought about going shopping early this year. So much for thoughts.

November 1, 2003 - Eating out is a drive through experience.

October 31, 2003 - I really have to start reading all these books I have around me.

October 30, 2003 - I need to work on building my confidence.

October 29, 2003 - I can never have enough pictures of my kids.

October 28, 2003 - I must do better with my kids buy starting to improve myself.

October 27, 2003 - Sometimes its good to impress yourself.

October 26, 2003 - Some people amaze me for all the wrong reasons.

October 25, 2003 - Happy 23rd anniversary Patti.

October 24, 2003 - Breakfast is the most abused meal of the day.

October 23, 2003 - Open your mind to new thoughts by discarding a few old ones. Just be very careful which old ones.

October 22, 2003 - People who only see a glass half full are much happier than those who see it half empty.

October 21, 2003 - I wish I could find that other 90% of my brain I'm told I never use.

October 20, 2003 - I find that most things stay in the place I put them, that my wife never sees.

October 19, 2003 - I can't even keep up with my daily peel off desk calendar. How am I supposed to face the rest of the day.

October 18, 2003 - You ever notice when you finish something and cross it off "the honey do list", two more things magically appear.

October 17, 2003 - I'm sure there was a higher purpose intended for me. My messenger must be lost.

October 16, 2003 - I must be meeting the wrong people. The more I meet the less faith I have.

October 15, 2003 - Everyone is negative once in a while. Some people get stuck there though.

October 14, 2003 - Communication enables us to the extremes. Love and hate.

October 13, 2003 - I've about had enough of "Holy Wars".

October 12, 2003 - Who ever said "White Men Can't Jump" has never been to a motocross event.

October 11, 2003 - Who ever said marriage was bliss wasn't married long enough.

October 10, 2003 - It's only a matter of time before your assigned a cell phone number at birth.

October 9, 2003 - If we spent more time talking there would be a lot less shooting.

October 8, 2003 - I'm trying to forget the small stuff so I don't have to sweat it.

October 7, 2003 -

September 18, 2003 - Mother Nature sure can let you know who is in charge.

September 17, 2003 - Its amazing how many people panic in new situations.

September 16, 2003 - I still enjoy getting a new pair of sunglasses.

September 15, 2003 -

September 12, 2003 - The word rain and beltway should not be able to be used in the same sentence for the result is ugly.

September 11, 2003 - Give your parents the most important gift on their birthdays. Your time.

September 10, 2003 - Some jobs are like vampires. They just suck the life out of you.

September 9, 2003 - Take some positive action. At least you can say your going against the grain.

September 8, 2003 - Clutter is overtaking my office again. I look at it like the ocean. The tide comes in and out. I'm just at high tide now.

September 7, 2003 - One of these days I got to paint those spackled holes in the wall. Would someone propose a date for me.

September 6, 2003 - Assert yourself. For those who don't there is a long line waiting to trample you.

September 5, 2003 - In our company. If you touched something once, your the expert.

September 4, 2003- I saw someone on the street today who looked so made I thought they were going to bite the concrete in front of them.

September 3, 2003 - When other peoples parents pass it makes you appreciate those conversations you still get with yours.

September 2, 2003 - The world would be a better place if people cared for others happiness as much as they do for their own.

September 1, 2003 - When crime comes to your neighborhood it makes you think you have entered a third world country.

August 31, 2003 - I climbed the corporate ladder today and cleaned the back gutters.

August 30, 2003 - Despite having the morning to myself, I managed to get a lot of work done.

August 29, 2003 - Work is a lonely place to be when all your friends are off.

August 28, 2003 - The bigger the company you work for the more ruthless people are.

August 27, 2003 - Its strange how the people with the most time never call or write.

August 26, 2003 - It is possible to be surrounded by others and feel very alone. The problem is when its people who shouldn't make you feel that way.

August 25, 2003 - Kids back to school day. Revenge is a sweet thing.

August 24, 2003 - Marital problems are like the sun. They come up every day just about.

August 23, 2003 - I think I have the equation down. I have to clean the pool 100 times before I can get in it.

August 22, 2003 - I think I'll get a job cutting grass when I'm older. Its about the only thing I do that others don't correct me on.

August 21, 2003 - I finally got a backup system for my data after living on the edge for 5 years. One can rest easier this way.

August 20, 2003 - Its to bad so many people are born without common sense.

August 19, 2003 - Its a sad thing that my motorcycle helmet spends more time riding my dresser than on my head on the bike.

August 18, 2003 - I find new ways to be disappointed in people every day.

August 17, 2003 - Do something for a friend. Its a good way to keep the relationship going.

August 16, 2003 - When love is missing in your life the days go by much slower.

August 15, 2003 - At least I can say that I got an early start today no matter how much or how little I accomplish.

August 14, 2003 - Think I'll start looking at buying my own backup generator for the house because most of the N.E. is in the dark.

August 13, 2003 - Learning in a classroom is a good experience. Applying it in your job or life is even better.

August 12, 2003 - Why do my CD's take up more room than my albums did.

August 11, 2003 - The lose of ones sight is a something you see coming and going.

August 10, 2003 - Talk to your parents often and with respect. You will feel better later in life.

August 9, 2003 - Some days you don't know what you can accomplish till your wife tells you.

August 8, 2003 - I hope I'm excited about learning as I am now when I'm older.

August 7, 2003 - ESPN is killing the daily newspapers Sports pages.

August 6, 2003 - Don't go through life half assed. Do something to the extreme once in a while. Thats living.

August 5, 2003 - A day at the amusement park with the family is a rolling experience.

August 4, 2003 - My son is a good poker player or I'm a bad one.

August 3, 2003 - Accomplishment is keeping the honey do list as short as possible.

August 2, 2003 - Each time I go to Home Depot I get more work to do. Kind of takes all the fun out of it.

August 1, 2003 - I can't wait to tell them "I told you so" when I get back from vacation.

July 31, 2003 - I learned today that sometimes when you think its a waste of breath, that it usually is.

July 30, 2003 - My job stopped being fun today. Then again that was mainly an illusion anyway.

July 29, 2003 - Its nice when the seasons get confused and you get a beautiful fall day in the middle of summer.

July 28, 2003 - Just because they are the bosses doesn't actually mean they are smarter than you.

July 27, 2003 - I've discovered that headphones on the job help me filter out a lot of useless noise.

July 26, 2003 - When you get the feeling that someone doesn't like you and your trying to be liked its lonely.

July 25, 2003 - Happy 13th birthday Matt. We are very proud of you.

July 24, 2003 - In some ways I think of the word exhausted when I think about the word retirement.

July 23, 2003 - A clean pool indicates a house with a pool boy.

July 22, 2003 - When you feel it is time to leave a job it usually is.

July 21, 2003 - One can never have taken to many pictures.

July 20, 2003 - Hard work is good for you only if your allowed to reflect on what you have done before moving onto the next task

July 19, 2003 - Got the son a dog he has wanted for many a year now.

July 18, 2003 - One can never say enough good things about Fridays.

July 17, 2003 - I love having a nice tan. I just hope I'm not overdoing it.

July 16, 2003 - Its only a matter of time before we discover what that burning smell in my car is.

July 15, 2003 - Why is it that I have to buy new pool floats each year?

July 14, 2003 - The first day back after vacation is always hard to have full concentration.

July 13, 2003 - One of these days I'm going to have to measure if there is more work the day before or the day after you come home from vacation.

July 12, 2003 - Take the time to watch a beautiful sunrise once in a while.

July 11, 2003 - Nothing like a great dinner followed by a walk on the beach with a full moon and comfortable tempatures.

July 10, 2003 - There never is a bad day at the beach unless your in the path of a hurricane.

July 9, 2003 - Still miss you dad. Wish you could play with your grandchildren.

July 8, 2003 - Happiness is sand between your toes.

July 7, 2003 -

June 25, 2003 - There isn't a day that is to hot to ride a motorcycle. On the other hand there are days that are just to cold to ride. Today was the first situation.

June 24, 2003 - Someone doesn't like me getting off before rush hour.

June 23, 2003 - The politics at our company makes the US Government look like a bunch of Boy Scouts.

June 22, 2003 - A full day of work on a Sunday should be against the law.

June 21, 2003 - Listening to the music of your youth does wonders for your spirit.

June 20, 2003 - Its good to take the time to help a friend when you can.

June 19, 2003 - I know many bosses and none of them are me.

June 18, 2003 - Don't let the bastards win even though they greatly outnumber you.

June 17, 2003 - Why is it my job resembles a Dilbert comic strip?

June 16, 2003 - The more action you take, the better you feel.

June 15, 2003 - Nothing like a great family breakfast on Fathers Day.

June 14, 2003 - First sunburn of the season used to make me think of the summer coming up. Now it makes me think of Melanoma.

June 13, 2003 - Sometimes you just feel like eating a half gallon of ice cream.

June 12, 2003 - Why do all the parking garages in DC smell like urine?

June 11, 2003 - I think some little league seasons are longer than professional sport seasons.

June 10, 2003 - The next time you think your parents talk to much think of what it would be like not to hear their voices.

June 9, 2003 - I am so sick of rain that I may just start wearing a wet suit to work instead of that umbrella that is surgically attached to my hand.

June 8, 2003 - Some people have a habit of reminding you of their bad traits regularly.

June 7, 2003 - I can't understand why rain makes everyone so tired.

June 6, 2003 - Driving an old care makes getting from point to point an adventure every time out.

June 5, 2003 - I'm learning to keep my mouth shut. Therefore when I do speak people listen better.

June 4, 2003 - I was just looking at the bookcase and realized there are books in there I've never opened.

June 3, 2003 - If ones job sucks then one should look at each day of work as one day closer to retirement.

June 2, 2003 - A wonderful birthday with the family.

June 1, 2003 - Soccer is not a game to be played in slop.

May 31, 2003 - If I factor in my commute to work and back I'm putting in an extra 3 weeks of time a year just getting there and back.

May 30, 2003 - A computer isn't to old if it is still useful to its owner.

May 29, 2003 - Some people are just control freaks. So piss them off and let them have their way.

May 28, 2003 - Nothing like watching the Yankees beat the Red Sox.

May 27, 2003 - Read a good book, pick up a newspaper.

May 26, 2003 - Will this rain every stop? Of course a good drought will change that view.

May 25, 2003 - I won a rack of ribs on a bet today and I'm feeling good.

May 24, 2003 - If you don't look for good times you won't find any.

May 23, 2003 - It never fails to surprise me how fast a good day turns into a bad one with a few words.

May 22, 2003 - Sometimes I really regret past decisions. Sometimes over and over.

May 21, 2003 - You can only relax when at peace with yourself. Or your wife says so.

May 20, 2003 - For a while I was pretty good at making list. Now I'm getting better at finishing whats on the list.

May 19, 2003 - Kids growing up is filled with mixed emotions.

May 18, 2003 - I wish the cats litter box wasn't so close to my office.

May 17, 2003 - Tired of watching my weight and hoping it would disappear.

May 16, 2003 - Getting the opportunity to express oneself is something that should not be taken for granted.

May 15, 2003 - I see things in truthfulness but I live in a world of political correctness.

May 14, 2003 - It can be very relaxing to watch your kids play sports if you allow yourself to enjoy their achievements.

May 13, 2003 - It took me a long time to get more positively focused. Now if I can avoid the evening news.

May 12, 2003 - Getting life on one calendar is difficult for many of us.

May 11, 2003 - I use to may words. I have to get to the point quicker. Now I forgot what my thought was.

May 10, 2003 - A very wet spring equals lots of grass cutting.

May 9, 2003 - Those who can think about eating t-bone steaks while eating hamburger helper and be happy are rich indeed.

May 8, 2003 - Happy birthday dad. Miss you.

May 7, 2003 - I can grow a dandelion weed better than anyone.

May 6, 2003 - Glasses are now a part of my face.

May 5, 2003 - I now think about retirement but it scares the hell out of me thinking that I might be getting even within a decade of that age.

May 4, 2003 - For some reason I keep some old floppy disk on my desk. Guess I like antiques.

May 3, 2003 - Clean your mouse and roll a little easier.

May 2, 2003 - I'm also getting the most of out time on-line by planing things to do in real life.

May 1, 2003 - I'm getting a balance on life and time on-line.

April 30, 2003 - Every time I think things can't get worse something or someone proves me wrong.

April 29, 2003 - I have more things to do than days left to do them. And then again, I may surprise myself and everyone else.

April 28, 2003 - I could watch basketball year round.

April 27, 2003 - If I'm not one of the beautiful people what am I? Happy.

April 26, 2003 - It's great watching your kids make great plays and having them sense the accomplishment.

April 25, 2003 - Defy the law, burn rubber, it feels good.

April 24, 2003 - Defy the law, play music very loud, it feels good.

April 23, 2003 -

March 16, 2003 - Sometimes it feels the only time I'm not working is when I'm sleeping.

March 15, 2003 - I love pizza with cooked bacon on it.

March 14, 2003 - A bad day is when your half way home from a long day at work and they call with an emergency and you have to turn around and go back to work for another shift.

March 13, 2003 - I can say that a day full of meetings where people don't listen is a poor way to be productive.

March 12, 2003 - Panic is a good word to describe reactions at my job. Its a good way of separating those of us who know what to do and what is going on from those who don't and have a panic neon sign running across their foreheads.

March 11, 2003 - I have one of the best painted rocks in the world on my desk. Bet you can't guess who its from?

March 10, 2003 - I have a lot of empty CD music cases and too many portable cd carriers.

March 9, 2003 - I may have crossed over to reading more on-line than in physical print.

March 8, 2003 - If you look at things realistically then it doesn't seem impossible.

March 7, 2003 - Waiting for the snow to melt may take some time this year.

March 6, 2003 - Not pleasing anyone is what I do best it seems.

March 5, 2003 - I've noticed the sun coming up a little earlier. Either that or I'm sleeping later.

March 4, 2003 - Simple exercise will not cure the bulge around my belt line.

March 3, 2003 - The ride to work is only pleasant if I see more acts of kindness than ones of anger.

March 2, 2003 - Oh Yeah, What month is it? MARCH MADNESS

March 1, 2003 - Joined the YMCA today. Lets see if we can change years of neglect.

February 28, 2003 - Lots of people used the snow as an excuse not to make it to work. I wasn't smart enough to join them.

February 27, 2003 - You just have to let some people do things their way. Its fun watching them flop.

February 26, 2003 - I've exceeded my maximum weight more than I'd like to admit this year already.

February 25, 2003 - Nothing like getting an email from your kids in the middle of a bad day at work to turn thing around.

February 24, 2003 - Some things never change which will incite people like me to spend the rest of their days trying to change them.

February 23, 2003 - Some people in very impressive jobs don't impress me at all. They just make me sick as a matter of fact.

February 22, 2003 - The more I do successfully at the job the more people like to share the credit.

February 21, 2003 - The world it to short of people who can make you laugh.

February 20, 2003 - Its hard to stay in touch with all the people you want to even with email.

February 19, 2003 - After 25 years I have switched from briefs to boxers. The phrase I'm free comes to mind.

February 18, 2003 - I should have purchased stock in COKE a long time ago for all those cans I drink.

February 17, 2003 - When chairs start to make noises when you sit in them its time to get to the gym.

February 16, 2003 - There is a person I know who likes burnt popcorn. Wish I could have the smell just encircle them.

February 15, 2003 - I'm proud of my children for many reasons. And I'm most proud that they keep the list growing.

February 14, 2003 - Guess I should go Valentines day shopping.

February 13, 2003 - Call your parents. It will make their day.

February 12, 2003 - I bet it drives a lot of golfers crazy that Tiger is the best golfer ever.

February 11, 2003 -

January 5, 2003 - Leave it to the job to screw up a Sunday night.

January 4, 2003 - I love the new Terps arena. That National Championship Trophy at the entrance is cool also.

January 3, 2003 - I wish I didn't go in before sunrise and get off after sunset.

January 2, 2003 - An early start to the day just means that your going to be short on sleep.

January 1, 2003, - Nothing like starting the day with a kiss from the wife and finishing with football all day.