Mike Hartley's 2004

Past Years 2003 - 2002 - 2001 - 2000 - 1999 - 1998

a lighthearted look at life day by day for the year of 2004

July 4, 2004 - The flag is defined by the people who carry and stand behind it.

July 3, 2004 - My back has serious problems with the logic my mind used in how much stone I could move today.

July 2, 2004 - If you have lost the love of learning then you are now stuck with the same life you had yesterday.

July 1, 2004 - I think everyone in D.C. was on vacation this week because traffic flowed.

June 30, 2004 - I wonder how many years the Yankee dominance of the Orioles will last.

June 29, 2004 - Organizing can only be a clensing experience if something is thrown out.

June 28, 2004 - I'm still not convinced cell phones are safe.

June 27, 2004 - The good thing about weather is that its there each day.

June 26, 2004 - Another day another challenge.

June 25, 2004 - If you like daily stress test then work in D.C.

June 24, 2004 - Its not important if your a good finisher if you don't get started.

June 23, 2004 -

June 22, 2004 - Be wise enough to appreciate that your parents are lucky to be growing old and charish the time.

June 21, 2004 - I have a lot to learn in my new job. Hope I'm up to the task.

June 20, 2004 - A ride on the bike gives me life.

June 19, 2004

June 1, 2004 - I love taking photos at just before and at sunrise. It sheds the proper light on the day.

May 31, 2004 - We should take this holiday not with joy but with rememberance.

May 30, 2004 - It feels good to finish a project. But I could do without the blisters.

May 29, 2004 - If you compete with others for the joy of compitition than you have won.

May 28, 2004 - The start of a four day weekend has left this permanent smile on my face today.

May 27, 2004 - A snowball on a hot day is good for the body tempature.

May 26, 2004 - The older I get, the less good mail I get.

May 25, 2004 - No matter how much sleep I get I always feel like I'm a hour or two short.

May 24, 2004 - Some people are hard to read because they don't have a dictionary yet.

May 23, 2004 - If only every day was a vacation day.

May 22, 2004 - One of my two favorite gift ever is the painted rock on my desk.

May 21, 2004 - People who consider themselves to be respectful of others can acutally be quite ruthless.

May 20, 2004 - I use a daily peel off calendar to remind me how fast time actually does pass.

May 19, 2004 - I'd like to get as much done as I think I can when I start the day. But then reality sets in.

May 18, 2004 - Life is very simple. Eb = Kids - Flow = The mess they leave behind.

May 17, 2004 - The world is full of thinkers and doers. They both believe they could live without each other.

May 16, 2004 - I can't believe I'm at the age I used to consider others old at. But then again that has been happening for some time now.

May 15, 2004 -

May 11, 2004 - Some companies prosper despite poor management.

May 10, 2004 - Some people prove their words are worth the breath used to utter them.

May 9, 2004 - Happy Birthday to a wonderful mother in-law. And a happy mothers day to all.

May 8, 2004 - Happy 80th birthday Dad.

May 7, 2004 - Working for a living is failing to live.

May 6, 2004 - All friends are special. Some are family.

May 5, 2004 -

May 3, 2004 - Most people think other people are too obsessed with themselves. Make you wonder about overlap.

May 2, 2004 - While the vantage point may stay the same the image may not.

May 1, 2004 - I do to much doing before I do the right thinking.

April 30, 2004 - A few jerks can ruin the work of a lot of good people.

April 29, 2004 - I wish for many things I once had. Time to look to the future.

April 28, 2004 - I don't know why I continue to weed and feed when I should pave and play.

April 27, 2004 - Communication doesn't mean people are actually talking and listening.

April 26, 2004 - Finding something positive about someone viewed with no worth is a gift.

April 25, 2004 - Happy birthday Kim. You old fart.

April 24, 2004 - Locks shouldn't make you feel safe. Living where they aren't needed does. Now tell me where that is.

April 23, 2004 - Learning ones limitations is experience. Raising the bar on them is progress. Meeting them means retirement and a beer.

April 22, 2004 - I'm actaully not a well read man, but I do love to write.

April 21, 2004 - Some items in life will always have meaning beyond what others can see.

April 20, 2004 - Somedays I wonder and then I realize neglect has taken over my body. Time to change.

April 19, 2004 - Notice how basements are always one power outlet short of what is needed.

April 18, 2004 - Full moons always bring a smile to my face. You had to be a teenager in the 70s to smile at that.

April 17, 2004 - Sometimes I think time in classrooms is a waste. You have to do something to make it sink in.

April 16, 2004 - Appreicate the tools you have. They are the hand you have so play it with confidence.

April 15, 2004 - Happy retirement day buddy.

April 14, 2004 - I love seeing good people succeed.

April 13, 2004 - I love opening invoices for a balance due of $0.00

April 12, 2004 - I wonder what all these people are thinking?

April 11, 2004 - I wonder if they refer to old editions of Playboy as collector editions?

April 10, 2004 - Brighten up your office. Remove a harmful coworker.

April 9, 2004 - Another baseball season of O's bashing ahead. You got to love it.

April 8, 2004 -

April 4, 2004 - It's amazing how unhappy people like to spread their wealth.

April 3, 2004 - If it rains any more in the next day or so the construction on the Arc begins.

April 2, 2004 - Gifts come in many wonderful packages. Even when its disguised as work it can be special.

April 1, 2004 - Lately I've seen progress in the term. "What comes around goes around".

March 31, 2004 - It's not only small people with small minds. But that seems to help. Kids excluded.

March 30, 2004 - I hope there is a saying that "Life begins at 50".

March 29, 2004 - Reading is only good if you get something from it besides eye strain.

March 28, 2004 - Nothing really matters much unless your happy.

March 27, 2004 - Try to find something positive. Others will fill in the rest.

March 26, 2004 - Work for yourself. The best of both worlds.

March 25, 2004 - Don't avoid the fork in the road. Not picking either way leads to accidents.

March 24, 2004 - Expectations are rarely met. Cherish when they are.

March 23, 2004 - You can tell some friends by the words. Your best friends come in words and actions.

March 22, 2004 - Waiting for good news about a new position is an exercise in frustration.

March 21, 2004 - When someone finds out what's worth fighting about please send me a bulletin.

March 20, 2004 - I may be a little late on this thought but I think we need a new President.

March 19, 2004 - I do know that a lot of people close to me don't like me. I just hide it well.

March 18, 2004 - I really don't like wind. It always leaves me chasing something around the yard.

March 17, 2004 - I think that companies should close the doors in honor of March Madness so we can watch every game.

March 16, 2004 - A heart last longer if its not broken often.

March 15, 2004 - I work to please all the people all the time. Others just interpret it differently.

March 14, 2004 - Tell Lefty to warm up the Caddy and tie that ACC Trophy to the hood of the car so he can drive Gary Williams around N.C. for a few days. WAY TO GO TERPS!!!

March 13, 2004 - Two down, one to go for the Terps ACC Championship

March 12, 2004 - We defined the engineering of the comeback last night. Way to go Allview crew.

March 11, 2004 - A defining moment is when you figure things out.

March 10, 2004 - Working nights is a refreshing way to look at the day.

March 9, 2004 - How many times does one have to be caught in lies before what he says becomes useless? Were still counting at the Post.

March 8, 2004 - Time is relative. Time is the great equalizer. Time is passed to our youth. Time is precious.

March 7, 2004 - Terps win, Lakers win, Yankees win. A good day I would say.

March 6, 2004 - I have finally got the definition of "maybe" down. It means no.

March 5, 2004 - Communication is something that makes you feel good. Arguing is something that doesn't.

March 4, 2004 - When people work together then you have progress. Just don't let the management know this is happening, they will want to get involved and screw it all up.

March 3, 2004 - Age is watching other people get angry for you.

March 2, 2004 - I see hope. Its just a long ways down the road.

March 1, 2004 - Appreciate the bad luck you have today. It could get worse, hence the term "no luck".

February 29, 2004 - Where one sees hopelessness, others see opportunities. Wish I could get to that other category soon.

February 28, 2004 - So many motorcycles. So little time.

February 27, 2004 - How do we get sucked into working for people who don't have our best interest at heart? Oh that right, that little thing called a paycheck.

February 26, 2004 - Needless to say. I have to much to say.

February 25, 2004 - A child about to get their license is a proud and scary moment.

February 24, 2004 - I think the thing that scares me about aging is what I see it doing to those older than me.

February 23, 2004 - Charging my motorcycle battery is like charging my heart.

February 22, 2004 - Selfish people piss the hell out of me.

February 21, 2004 - Being a better listener doesn't mean you have to put your foot in your mouth first.

February 20, 2004 - Food is not an option. How much of it you consume is.

February 19, 2004 - I'm on a mission to find someone who cares about me. Maybe a failed one but a mission none the less.

February 18, 2004 - Don't let others opinions of you hold you back. Show them your capable of far less than they thought.

February 17, 2004 - I don't know which I have the most trouble figuring out. Where my money or time goes.

February 16, 2004 - Time to yank some chains at the job.

February 15, 2004 - Do something to inspire yourself to something greater. But don't forget those who helped along the way.

February 14, 2004 - I love going to bike shows and seeing what I hope to own someday.

February 13, 2004 - Some people I know in high places of power couldn't manage their way out of a paper bag.

February 12, 2004 - Trust is something that is established every day.

February 11, 2004 - Its a good thing to help family members.

February 10, 2004 - I hear spring training is just around the corner. Wish I could believe that with the cold temps up here.

February 9, 2004 - Its important to set goals only if you intend on working towards them.

February 8, 2004 - Thinking helps avoid problems. Not leaving your house also helps.

February 7, 2004 - You know you hit the big time when your the scoreboard keeper and you have a piece of chalk in your hand.

February 6, 2004 - Ice can make you look very spastic.

February 5, 2004 - Someone should question what is really in those weather computers.

February 4, 2004 - A good night with friends always sets you out in a positive direction the next day. A little hazy but positive.

February 3, 2004 - A few of us are discovering were working way to hard. So were giving ourselves a raise by reducing hours.

February 2, 2004 - I go to work for the laughs.

February 1, 2004 - Stupor Bowl Sunday. I'll try to keep up my end of the day if you all do.

January 31, 2004 - The best thing is having a family. The worst is knowing your a disappointment to them.

January 30, 2004 - Back to reality on Monday. The managers return from their off site meetings. Happy birthday to my sister Lorri.

January 29, 2004 - Learn things about yourself by watching for others strong and weak points.

January 28, 2004 - I think I'll start putting more on paper and keeping my mouth shut more.

January 27, 2004 - I'm really sick of this cold weather. On the other hand I haven't been sick all winter. Guess that is a fair trade.

January 26, 2004 - I love snow on Monday mornings before work which allows me to miss work.

January 25, 2004 - Happy birthday to my wife.

January 24, 2004 - Reason 23 I hate shopping. Walking into a store that you don't know is having a one day sale.

January 23, 2004 - Figure out what is important and do more of it. Just try to do the figure out part quickly.

January 22, 2004 - Desk calendars really show you how fast time goes.

January 21, 2004 - The vendor tells me I have a quiet keyboard but everyone complains of the clickety clack.

January 20, 2004 - A fireplace is a terrible thing to waste.

January 19, 2004 - These different cell phone rings are getting annoying.

January 18, 2004 - I've learned that seeing people is done with more than the eyes.

January 17, 2004 - I've decided that the retirement means I don't have to be on-call any more.

January 16, 2004 - If people would look honestly at themselves we would have a lot more depressed people running around.

January 15, 2004 - Enlarge your floor space, clean your office.

January 14, 2004 - Its a bummer when all your favorite teams are out of the playoffs.

January 13, 2004 - I'm falling behind on my goals already and the year is only two weeks old.

January 12, 2004 - Now that I'm taking care of myself it seems like I make more trips to the doctor.

January 11, 2004 - When you can smile at your childrens accomplishments its a very good day.

January 10, 2004 - Father in-laws are a wonderful thing to have.

January 9, 2004 - Only take encouragement from ones you know as good friends.

January 8, 2004 - The ping pong table has been given clearance to make a return engagement in the basement.

January 7, 2004 - If I had less to do, I would have time to appreciate what I have done.

January 6, 2004 - I rearranged my office again. Now I can't get out.

January 5, 2004 - This is the year I make sustained effort. I think.

January 4, 2004 - As soon as I get ready to work out I find an injury that makes me think the better of it.

January 3, 2004 - There should be a limit on the other things you can be doing while driving besides driving.

January 2, 2004 - I could get used to this vacation thing. Sleeping in has it's merits.

January 1, 2004 - I love rotisere chicken. And by the way, the Terps are much better than the 23rd rated team in the nation at football.