Category Archives: Nate

Lost in a Roman Wilderness of Pain

Here are some photos from the last 2 Iowa State football games I attended. Both ended in controversial defeats for Iowa State. The game against Oklahoma State, the bad call took the tying touchdown away from Iowa State, but I can understand why the bad call was made.

There were too many bad calls made in the Kansas State game to even talk about. At least these terrible calls didn’t keep Iowa State from going bowling!

These pictures taken with a point & shoot.


Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42

Oklahoma State 49 Iowa State 42
2 GOATS!


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


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KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


KANSAS STATE 20 IOWA STATE 19


Thanks to Nate for scoring Dae Hee and I free tickets to the Kansas State debacle!

A week from now me, Jesse, and Russell should be well on our way to Memphis for one last Cyclone football game! I’m already excited for next season!

Relationship Goals

I hope all of you had a marvelous Thanksgiving weekend! I had a particularly great Thanksgiving weekend myself.

On Thursday morning I got up and went down to the church (Boone First United Methodist represent!) to take photos of our annual Thanksgiving. This is the second year in a row I’ve photographed the event. From the initial looks, I’d say that we served more than double what we served the previous year.

After hanging with the church family, I went to my Mom’s house for my family Thanksgiving. As usual, it was great. As usual Mom’s cooking was on point. Teresa’s French Silk Pie was delicious as usual. We watched SING and Alexis put up the Christmas tree.

Friday I got up and did some G33 classified business, but it was lots of fun. Even though the cheating was even more rampant than usual.

At noon I went to the Wal-Mart and rang the bell for the Salvation Army. One of my favorite things to do every year. For the people watching aspect alone.

Friday night I went to Boxholm and had a supper prepared by Becca and Bethany. It was kind of a surreal experience because we had the meal in Shorty and Doris’ home. All their stuff is still there, but now their stuff is accented with Tim’s style. Which isn’t bad, but it is weird. However, Bethany and Becca rocked the meal. Turkey and duck?!? Insane!

Saturday morning Dae Hee and I hit the road for Manhattan to see Nate and Laura, plus watch the Iowa State Cyclones battle the Kansas State Wildcats in football. On the way down there we stopped at a Waffle House in St. Joe’s because we were hungry and I love me some Waffle House. However, the Waffle House experience was marred with tragedy. I was mistaken for an Iowa Hawkeye fan by a group of Nebraska fans. It took me awhile to figure out that they had mistaken me for such a low beast as a Hawkeye fan because I was blatantly dressed like a Cyclone fan. It just put a pall on the entire experience. I couldn’t even properly enjoy the road waffle that Waffle House generously gifted us.

The rest of the trip to Manhattan went without incident. Mostly Dae Hee sleeping and me explaining every song of HAMILTON to a sleeping Dae Hee.

We lunched at a place called Bourbon & Baker. It is a small plate restaurant and I would recommend it. I’d highly recommend their chicken and waffles and that isn’t just my love for waffles speaking. #wafflelife

After lunch Nate and Laura dropped us off at Vampire Stadium. Nate scored us great free seats from some old retired professor dude. We sat on the 40 yard line in actual seats. Other than them being in literally the smallest rows in the history of rows and being surrounded by Purple Kansans, it was a great experience. Until the 4th quarter. When all of a sudden it was as if the Vampire had called up Bill Self and asked to borrow his personal refs.

I’m not blaming the loss on the refs. Iowa State certainly aided Purple Kansas with horrible play calling, but I can say with 100% certainty, I’ve NEVER seen a time where the referees threw 3 flags on one team and picked them all up. Not in an entire season. Not in an entire game. Not in an entire half. Not in an entire quarter. Definitely not in a 5 minute period.

What particularly hurt is when Kansas State blatantly interfered with Iowa State’s all-world receiver Allen Lazard. The refs threw the flag, because it was pretty blatant. Then got together. Picked up the flag and then tried to pretend that they were decent human beings, which they obviously are not. If they make the correct call there, the game is over and Iowa State leaves Manhattan with a victory and all is right in the world.

But I think this tweet by Lazard really puts a comedic spin on the deal:


Relationship Goals

What made the loss almost worse is the fact that Purple Kansans are so incredibly nice. At least 15 of them came up to me or Dae Hee to thank us for coming to their stadium. To tell us that we have a great team. It was a great game. In my state of mind at the time, I almost would’ve preferred an obnoxious Hawkeye or Husker or Jayhawk fan.

I’m pissed. Don’t be nice to me.

After the wave of Purple Kansas Nice finally finished washing over us, Nate and Laura picked us up and Road Rage Laura took us to dinner at the Taphouse. Another Manhattan eatery I would recommend. Their Korean Wings are delicious. Their house brewed root beer was good, but not great. Very strangely they served it on ice. Must be a Purple Kansas thing.

Then the final twist of the knife came when I got a snap from somebody that was eating pizza from The Adobe. I’ve been badly hankering for some pizza from The Adobe for quite some time now. I guess that is my own fault for not just going myself.

After dinner I cashed in my chips and called it a night. I was physically and emotionally drained.

Nate got a text in the morning from Bethany that Nora was sick. We decided to skip breakfast and hit the road.

On the way out of town we stopped at Manhattan Hill. 8 AM. The only people there were Cyclone fans. It was universally agreed upon that we were all still pissed. We hopped in the car and headed home. That little Manhattan Hill therapy session definitely helped my mood a bit.

But I really brought you here to share some photos from church’s Thanksgiving meal:






































































































The church server 521 meals on Thanksgiving! What an incredible blessing!

Won’t Take that Credit; I know Where We Get It; Them Blessings Be Comin’ from God Above

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Rather than my standard picture of an inflatable turkey, thought (with apologies to Lecrae, I’d give thanks for some of the many blessings in my life.

Count it up, count it up, count it up.
Line ’em up, line ’em up, line ’em up.


Bennett 2017 Family Photo
Blessed with a tremendous biological family. Blessed to share DNA and a life with these people.


Blessed to be a part of Olivia’s family. Blessed to learn a new definition of the word “family” from Shorty and Doris.

Mission Trip  - Day 0
Blessed to be a part of an incredible church family. From Youth Group to Methodist Men to the people I see in the pews on Sundays.

Thanksgiving - 2017
Blessed to have a job and double blessed to have a great work family. 7 AM comes pretty early, but so many of the people I work with make the struggle worth the effort.


Blessed to share a life with this band of brothers. Not one of us has any fashion sense, but I’d still take a bullet for any of them.


Blessed to fit in with this band of sisters as well.

Movie Club
Blessed to be able to share my love of weird cinema with like minded individuals once a month.

October 28, 2017
Blessed to be a Cyclone and double blessed to have somebody to share so many trips to Jack Trice (a spiritual place for me) with.


Blessed to have a roof over my head that belongs to me. Blessed that I can extend that roof over friends and family when their life needs it. Blessed that when I say, “Want to help paint by house?” 20+ people show up.


Blessed that friends from past jobs are still important pillars of my current life.

The Howard Children
Blessed that people that aren’t related to me consider me an uncle to them.

August 15, 2017
Blessed to have a car that I can drive out of town and not worry about the tire falling off.


Blessed to have so many people in my life that when I say, “I’m coming to your city”, they say, “You’re staying with us right?”

Tenderloining at Nick's
Blessed to have so many people in my life that fill gaps.

Selfie Project - March 5
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still healthy enough to still ball. Although pretty poorly these days.

Selfie Project - January 27
Blessed that even though I’m aged, I still have people in my life that keep me young.

Selfie Project - January 21
Blessed to have people in my life that want to change the world for the better, when I get cynical.

Selfie Project -January 14
Blessed to have art in my life.

May 25, 2017
Blessed to have a beautiful beard. Even if the old guys at my church hate it.


Blessed to have people who will help with projects like this, no questions asked.

Photo of the Day 0003 - May 5, 2014
Blessed to share a life and a domicile with this crazy beast. Teaches me about selfless love every single day.

June 28, 2017
Blessed to have a chance to spread my blessings to others, sometimes, with some of my favorite people.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of my blessings. But I don’t want it to start to sound like I’m bragging.

Manhattan Nights

Thought I’d share another one of my favorite photos from my trip to Manhattan to visit Nate and Laura.


Manhattan Water Tower

This water tower is on top of Manhattan Hill. I think Manhattan Hill is one of my favorite places in Manhattan. Although on this recent trip I was introduced to Top of the World. I’ll definitely be checking that out during the day on my next trip to Wildcat Land.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: Sony ILCA-77M2
ISO: 200
FOCAL LENGTH: 18mm
APERTURE: f/5.6
EXPOSURE: 10 seconds
DATE: 05/27/2017 – 22:31
NO GPS DATA COLLECTED
PHOTO ASSISTANTS: Nate and Laura deserve credit for introducing me to this sweet spot.
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “Speak Like a Child” by Herbie Hancock from KEN BURNS JAZZ
FAVORITE LYRIC: It is an instrumental silly!

2017 Photography 139 Calendar April

Here is the April image for the 2017 Photography 139 Calendar:


2017 CALENDAR - APRIL

This picture goes into a category (it is a fairly stacked category) of, “I really love this photo but I’m not sure many other people will.” Different strokes for different folks. I love pictures of deterioration. Plus the license plate proclaiming Kansas “Land of Beautiful Girls” just kills me. Fits right into my wheelhouse of humor.

This particular picture of deterioration was taken in Strong City, Kansas. I went to Wichita to see the Zac Brown Band with Nate. The next morning after breakfasting at the International House of Pancakes (I know. Fancy!) we made our way back to Manhattan. Stopping every once in awhile to take some photographs. On one of these stops, I found this truck. The rest is Photography 139 history.

Before I let you go, the Photography 139 Calendar is now in stock.




This is a limited run and there will not be a second run. So if you wish to purchase a calendar, let me know. The price is $10. American.

Rust Bucket – Strong City Kansas

Another automobile I found fascinating in the car graveyard that is Strong City, Kansas.




I have maybe a couple more pictures left to share from beautiful (cough, cough) to me Strong City, Kansas.

Added a new category in PARTICULARS since I love minutia.

PARTICULARS

CAMERA: SONY SLT-A65V
ISO: 100
FOCAL LENGTH: 18mm
APERTURE: f/6.3
EXPOSURE: 1/160
DATE: 04/03/2016 – 10:46
LATITUDE: 38.39543°
LONGITUDE: -96.53934°
PHOTO ASSISTANT: Nate Miller
PHOTO EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “Straight, No Chaser” – Thelonious Monk from the album STRAIGHT, NO CHASER


THE CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT TRIVIA QUIZ

QUESTION 13

I was born with limited musical skills. What instrument did I play poorly in the Boone High School Band?

ANSWER: TROMBONE

BONUS

Who was my high school locker partner?

ANSWER: Lowell Davis