We celebrated Jonah’s 3rd birthday a couple Saturdays ago. I snapped a few photos. Here are a few I’d like to share:
I’m already looking forward to the next little kids birthday party to which I get invited.
Back in August I went up to Minnesota to visit some of my favorite peeps, but I also had an ulterior motive. For years I’ve driven up to the Twin Cities area and just south of Lakeville I would come across a strange collection of sculptures on the east side of I-35. I’ve never been able to figure out how to get there. Or for that matter, what it even was.
This trip to Minnesota I vowed to crack the mystery. Before supper Bethany, Nora, and Dae Hee and I and a sense of wonderment loaded up into a vehicle and tried to solve the mystery… and solve the mystery, we did.
After some wrong turns we finally located the source of the wonderful mystery sculptures. The source was Hot Sam’s Antiques and Foto Park. For $10 your party could take as many cruddy cell phone pictures as you wanted. It was $25 for an actual camera-camera.
We plunked down the Hamilton and wandered and wondered around the Minnesota magical wonderland that is Sam’s Foto Park. Here are some cell phone pictures from this wondrous adventure:
You can have Disneyland. Give me Hot Sam’s Foto Park. Every day of the week and… wait for it…. thrice on Sundays!!
A few weeks back I spent the weekend up in Minnesota. I went with Bethany, Dae Hee, Nora, Sara Karber, and Shawn Karber to The Irish Fair. Here are a few pictures from the event:
You must be wondering, do you recommend The Irish Fair?
The answer is no. Just like everything else Irish, it just isn’t as good as Scottish. I found out that there is a Scottish Fair in the Twin Cities as well, but I had already missed at the time these pictures were taken. I will be going to the Scottish Fair next year! This… I… DO… SWEAR on the grave of Connor MacLeod!!!!
One of the benefits of THE SELFIE PROJECT is that I can look back at a month and feel less worthless. Hey, I actually did go out and do stuff and see people in month X. I’m a winner!
Speaking of winners, these are the photos I consider winners from the month of August:
Remember that THE SELFIE PROJECT photos are posted on Instagram on the daily. If you don’t know, Instagram is that little sliver of social media that doesn’t suck… much. There are a few lazy slackjaws out there that post memes, but other than that, it is just pictures. Any way you can follow me at the account below:
Now I need to make sure that my September is almost as great as my August!
As we near the end of the most recent 52 themes, it is time that I reveal the next 52. If there is a name in parentheses next to the theme, that is the person that suggest the theme:
Remember that this list isn’t in order. Only the random generator gods know what order these challenges will present themselves.
I figured the participation rates for COLD would be more frigid than for YELLOW. And they were. Only the hardiest of participants braved the low temperatures of COLD photography and submitted a COLD picture. I expect this week’s theme to be a tough one as well.
However, it isn’t all bad news for participation rates. This week there is a first time submitter. Sheri Farkhouri submitted for the first time. Welcome aborad Sheri!!!
But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came here to see the submissions for COLD:
But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:
HUMANIZE! What a great theme! But what is it? HUMANIZE is when you take something that isn’t human and give it human characteristics. Like greed, jealousy, and avarice. Or perhaps give it ears and eyes and a nose and a mouth. Hint: This is popular with toys. Or another example would be to be insanely cruel to your dog and put them in clothes.
Good luck and I’m excited to see everybody’s interpretations!
A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION
1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.
2. Your submission needs to be emailed to email@example.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.
That is it, them’s the rules.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION
Nothing new to report. I’ll try to do better next week.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 GALLERY DIVISION
Sometimes people send me descriptions of their photos. I’ve never done anything with that information in the past. However, if you send me a description in the future, I will add it to your image in the Weekly Photo Challenge Gallery that houses all the submissions.
That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very human Monday!
On the way back to Minnesota from Kansas, Bethany, Dae Hee, and Nora stopped by my place for some respite. While they were there, I was able to take this picture of Nora sleeping while Dae Hee and I watched DUEL.
I considered it a perfect fit Page 12 of the THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT.
The next time we catch up with THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, it might involve a stop I might not normally make.
I spent most of my Memorial Day enjoying my day off. Watching old war movies and grilling with the family. But the highlight of my day was seeing Nora for the first time in WAY TOO LONG! Which is completely my fault, but an error in my judgment that I will fix in the future. Hopefully on a trip to Manhattan, Kansas in July!
Here are a few pictures from our trip to the Kiddy Corral.
Nora also brought Bethany, Dae Hee, and Jim with her. Very thoughtful of her!