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All Politics is Local

Stand by for NEWS!!!

For the first time in (well I’m sure it has been a really long time) I am using the full power of this blog (COUGH! COUGH!) to endorse a political candidate for public office.

That man: Scott Degeneffe
That political office: Boone City Council – Ward 5

Take a look at his flyer:






You may be asking yourself, “Do I live in Ward 5? I want to vote for Scott Degeneffe RIGHT NOW!!!!”

While I agree that he is a person, a candidate, that is worthy of such passion, but you only live in Ward 5 if you live West of Division Street, North of Park Avenue, East of Montana, and South of 9th Street.

But just don’t take my endorsement. Come to the “Meat” and Greet next Sunday from 12-2 to meet the man. Take him around the block. Kick the tires. Look him in the eyes. Then go make plans to vote for him on November 7.

Scott Degeneffe.
Independent.
Boone City Council.
Ward 5.
Growth.
Change.
Partnerships.

Don’t worry, this won’t be the last time you’ll be hearing about this… And I’ll see you at the Herman Park Pavilion next Sunday!

Special thanks to Michelle Haupt for snazzing up the flyer.

Move ‘Em On, Head ‘Em Up, Head ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em On, Rawhide!

A big thanks to everybody that came out and made my church’s Youth Group Fundraiser such a big hit. Our goal was to be #1 on the Pizza Ranch board and we nearly doubled the take of the previous #1!

Here are a few cruddy cell phone pictures from last night!


Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

We had 144 of the pamphlets turned in. We collected over $750 in tips.

It was amazing to see so many church members in attendance. As Pastor Doug says, “It is a big reminder to the kids in the youth group that this church has their back.”

A big thanks to Photography 139 Email Subscribers Michelle Haupt for her generous donation and to Jesse Howard, Kio Dettman, Charlotte Bennett, and Teresa Kahler for their attendance.

The event was a great success, but there is much more money to raise for the Mission Trip, so stay tuned to this bat channel for more fundraising opportunities coming up in the coming months!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 106 – NATURE

I’m back from South Dakota, so it is time to reveal last week’s submissions for NATURE:


WEEK 106 - NATURE - ANGIE DEWAARD 1
ANGIE DEWAARD 1


WEEK 106 - NATURE - ANGIE DEWAARD 2
ANGIE DEWAARD 2


WEEK 106 - NATURE - CATHIE RALEY 1
CATHIE RALEY 1


WEEK 106 - NATURE - JOE DUFF
JOE DUFF


WEEK 106 - NATURE - CATHIE RALEY 2
CATHIE RALEY 2


WEEK 106 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
MICKY AUGUSTIN 1


WEEK 106 - NATURE - MICHELLE HAUPT
MICHELLE HAUPT


WEEK 106 - NATURE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
MICKY AUGUSTIN 2


WEEK 106 - NATURE - SARAH KARBER
SARAH KARBER


WEEK 106 - NATURE - SHANNON BARDOLE
SHANNON BARDOLE


WEEK 106 - NATURE - TAMARA PETERSON
TAMARA PETERSON


WEEK 106 - NATURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 106 - NATURE - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 106 - NATURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
ELIZABETH NORDEEN


NATURE is always one of my favorite week’s of SUBMISSIONS. Hoping WHITE is just as good!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 105 – FAMILY

A pretty decent amount of submissions to ring in Year 3 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE (REDUX). Including a submission from first time submitter Katelyn Augustin. She also might be the youngest to ever submit as well.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came here to see the submissions. Here they are:


WEEK 105 - FAMILY - SHANNON BARDOLE=FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - TERESA KAHLER 1
Teresa Kahler 1

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - TERESA KAHLER 2
Teresa Kahler 2

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - KATELYN AUGUSTIN
Katelyn Augustin


WEEK 105 - FAMILY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - CRAIG HAUPT
Craig Haupt

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 105 - FAMILY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

A solid week of submissions!

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:



NATURE!


NATURE! What a great theme!! I don’t think I need to define NATURE for you. It is basically the great outdoors. So get out there!

As always, I look forward to seeing all the interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

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 bennett@photography139.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.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

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.

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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 natural Monday!

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest – 2017

It is the time where I reveal what photos I entered into the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest, but first the good news and the “bad” news.

The good news is that my sister Carla cleaned up at the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. She got 1st Place in Hidden Treasures of Boone County and Second Place for Photojournalism.

The “bad” news is that the 6 photos I entered got no love from the judge or judges. I really have no clue how they pick the awards. But I put “bad” in quotes because if I could choose to get no awards, that is exactly what I would choose. Plus, I’m super excited about Carla’s awards! Pretty sweet!

If I can get Carla to email me her submissions, I’ll post those at a later date. Like the day that she emails them to me.

Hopefully Teresa will enter some photos next year too!

Any way, you may recall that I had 6 people choose my 6 submission based on who left comments on an Instagram post. Here are those 6 submissions and the people that selected them:


Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Dawn Krause

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Laura Miller

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Amber Moore

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Michelle Haupt

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Micky Augustin

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest - 2017
Jim Robbins

If you would like to see the pool of photos that they had to choose from, click on the link below:

2017 Pufferbilly Days Submission Pool

If you are wondering what was selected to the submission pool here are the requirements:

1. Have never been entered into another photo contest (i.e. Iowa State Fair, Boone County Fair)
2. They had to fit into 1 of the 4 categories: Nature, Photojournalism, Photoshop, or Hidden Treasures of Boone County)
3. I had to like them, sorta.

I’ll add that this is the photo that wasn’t entered, but was chosen by Selector-Alternate Sara Lockner:


#40

I believe that is probably it for photo contests for 2017. As things now, I will probably remain unretired from Photo Contests in 2018. See you then.

But That’s Kind of Hard When She’s Ready to Go

“This performance is dedicated to all the playa hating teachers that won’t let a little gangsta shine!”

I normally don’t get too into explaining any of my photography. The thing about art is that once the artist creates it and puts it out into the world, they are powerless to control how people interpret the piece.

However, I thought I would explain a little bit of what my original vision was for the HATE theme. So interpretations don’t got too far askew.

I intended to join in with an anti-social media movement championed by this website:



Pro Personal Communication



I printed off one of their props and even had Michelle cut them out for me (since I’m not that great with the scissors) and I was going to spend my weekend using the prop to be a hater and HATE on the phone zombie phenomenon.

However, I just could get my playa hating game going this week. I’m not sure what was wrong. I hope my invite to the Playa Haters’ Ball doesn’t get pulled. That weekend catching up with Silky Johnson and Mr. Roboto is one of my favorite weekends of the year.

Here are the HATE photos that didn’t make the cut for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:


Loser - Hate


Loser - Hate


Loser - Hate


Loser - Hate


The picture that is just of me, isn’t because I HATE myself. No need to send me link’s to Logic videos. I HATE getting ice cream in my beard.

Here is another thing for you to HATE.

Recently, Baby Got Rack had to pull out of the Pufferbilly Days Barbecue Contest. There will be no threepeat as the People’s Champ. Baby Got Rack had to pull out because Scottie D. has a myriad of catering gigs lined up. Including his brother’s wedding. I tried to get him to skip his brother’s wedding. It is a long standing policy of mine that only bad people get married during the fall on Saturdays and furthermore I don’t know why my weekend should be ruined because somebody else “fell in love”. But Scottie D. is a hopeless romantic and tells me I should stop hating.

Maybe I will keep my invite to the Playa Haters’ Ball after all!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 99 – YELLOW

YELLOW really got the old creative juices flowing. I’d reckon that there is close to a record number of submissions this week.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see this week’s submissions. Here they are:


WEEK 99 - YELLOW - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BROOKE MILLIGAN 1
Brooke Milligan 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BROOKE MILLIGAN 2
Brooke Milligan 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - KIM BARKER 2
Kim Barker 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LOGAN KAHLER 1
Logan Kahler 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LOGAN KAHLER 2
Logan Kahler 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LOGAN KAHLER 3
Logan Kahler 3

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
Micky Augustin 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MICKY AUGUSTIN 2
Micky Augustin 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 1
Teresa Kahler 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 2
Teresa Kahler 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 3
Teresa Kahler 3

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - TERESA KAHLER 4
Teresa Kahler 4

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BILL WENTWORTH 1
Bill Wentworth 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - BILL WENTWORTH 2
Bill Wentworth 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 99 - YELLOW - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett

What an incredible week of submissions!

I wish I could tell you the remaining themes are as easily accessible as YELLOW and SKY, but they aren’t. There are some challenging ones in there. But I know you guys are up to the challenge!

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:


WEEK 100 - COLD
COLD!


COLD! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to explain COLD. It is a temperature that we haven’t felt much of lately here in the middle of the Cyclone State. But it is more than just a temperature. People can be COLD. Actions can be COLD. Feel free to define COLD any way you see fit!

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

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 bennett@photography139.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.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

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.

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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 frigid Monday!

Pie in Micky’s Face

Last year’s Battle for the Cup came down to a tie again this year. Instead of having a rigged turtle race to determine The Witch, the two tied combatants decided to roll with an old fashioned Pie In Your Face competition.

Here are a few pictures from the battle:


Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Pie In Your Face!

Michelle is the new The Witch. There was a peaceful transfer of power from Cathie to Michelle at Zeno’s in Marshalltown. A good time was had by all.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 91 – PORTRAIT

A good solid set of submissions for PORTRAIT as we head down the homestretch of this year’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about submission rates. You came here to see the submission for PORTRAIT:


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH 1
BILL WENTWORTH 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - BILL WENTWORTH 2
BILL WENTWORTH 2


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - STEPHANIE KIM
STEPHANIE KIM


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
KIM BARKER


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MICKY AUGUSTIN 1
MICKY AUGUSTIN 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT -
MICKY AUGUSTIN 2


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 1
CARLA STENSLAND 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CARLA STENSLAND 2
CARLA STENSLAND 2


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
MICHELLE HAUPT


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - CATHIE RALEY
CATHIE RALEY


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST 1
MIKE VEST 1


WEEK 91 - PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST 2
MIKE VEST 2


What a great week of submission!

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:


WEEK 92 - NATURE
NATURE!


NATURE! What a great theme! I know getting out in NATURE might be outside of the comfort zone of some people, but trust me. It isn’t scary out there. Unless you go out to your favorite State Park and it is lousy with a bunch of posers. Only showing up when the weather is nice. Taking up space and getting in the way. But I don’t talk from personal experience. Lousy stinking posers!

But I digress. There is NATURE everywhere. Even people living in cities, have access to NATURE. That being said, there is more than one definition of NATURE. I’d tell you another one, but I bet you own a dictionary. If you don’t, they sell them at book stores. Field trip!

Good luck! I can’t wait to see the NATURE interpretations.

HOUSEKEEPING

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 bennett@photography139.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.

Want your own Photography 139 email subscription? Call, email, or text me and I’ll get you the hook up.

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 natural Monday!