Category Archives: Suzie

05-07-08

The images below come from the folder 05-07-08. The images range from a post supper photo shoot with an Ungs to pictures of painting Monica’s one-time Roland home to me showing off a fat stack of cash to some flowers from my Mom’s flowerbeds to one of the most fascinating creatures on the planet.


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By adding these images to the Photography 139 Photo Gallery I was able to restore these historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

TELL MY FRIEND WILLIE BROWN


SOME STORM


SUPPER WITH THE UNGS


FALSE SNAKE HYPE


That sick wad of cash that I was flashing in the Fazoli’s parking lot was my winnings from my bowling league. Helping Monica paint the Roland house was Suzie and Cassie.

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will be all about the Big Jesus Road Trip.

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By adding these images to the Photography 139 Photo Gallery, I was able to restore the following historical An Artist’s Notebook entry to its original glory:

CARDINAL GYMNASTICS ACADEMY

The pictures of Alexis doing gymnastics was at her gymnastics recital, which is a lot less painful to sit through than a dance recital. Every day of the week and three times on a Sunday.

I don’t believe that those Little White Lye Soap pictures were ever published, but of course, I could be wrong.

Remember you can buy Little White Lye Soap here:

Little White Lye Soap Store

Little White Lye Soap is the only current Christopher D. Bennett endorsed product of any kind on the market. However, I have always meant to formally endorse Franklin Broomworks brooms and this book:

I Cannot, Yet I Must: The True Story of the Best Bad Monster Movie of All Time: Robot Monster

Consider this an endorsement, but not a formal endorsement of both. When I get back to the formal endorsement game, I will formally endorse both.

Next time we take a walk down the lane of memories it will involve worms, flowers, painting, and old cohorts from my time with the Evil Clown Empire.

An Afternoon with O’Keeffe, Hopper, Basquiat, and Suzie

A couple Sundays back I met Suzie at the Des Moines Art Center to take in one of Des Moines’ most underappreciated attractions. The Des Moines Art Center is actually one of my favorite art museums that I have ever visited. It’s collection is surprisingly impressive and to top that off, it is FREE!

This was the 3rd or 4th time that we had tried to get together to visit the Des Moines Art Center, but something always seemed to get in the way. Made me think that the trip was never going to happen, much like Scottie D. and I’s next great tenderloining adventure to Winterset may never happen.

This trip to the art center ended up being kind of strange. Part of the way through the museum I started to sweat profusely and I was overcome with an overwhelming sense of hunger. We sat down for awhile and Suzie gave me a stick of gum. I felt better after a few minutes.

It was very bizarre. Not sure Suzie will want to visit the Art Center with me again at any time in the near future.

Here are a few pictures I took before my hot flash:


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This is called Klingon Mustaches

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After I felt better, I bid Suzie a fond adieu and then headed to the March for Our Lives via quick pit stop at Ted’s Coney Island.

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So I had an amazing day today. On a couple of strange fronts I had some new knowledge dropped on me and I’m still reeling from the info.

KNOWLEDGE BOMB #1

Today was the Methodist Men’s Annual Chicken Noodle Brunch. While we were taking a break from our arduous labor, I asked Kio if he had seen why Jefferson, Iowa was in the news this week.

Kio is a top dog at the Boone Area Humane Society, so I was referring to the story that was on the news about Jefferson coppers catching feral cats and then busting a cap in them.

Kio has unfortunately bought into the massive misinformation campaign to paint me as a cat hater. When in reality, I don’t hate cats. Cats suck and I report the facts. I don’t get any joy in this truth.

Because of his perception on my perception of cats, he thought I was going to push for Boone to follow suit with this efficient way to deal with an excess feline population.

However, all I really wanted to know is what the Boone Area Humane Society thought about this policy.

Now Kio can’t speak for the Boone Area Humane Society (okay, that is literally one of his jobs), but he can tell me what they do in Boone with what he termed “community cats”. Boone picks up these cats and makes sure they have all their shots and then microchips them, so they can track them. Then they return them to the neighborhood where they were trapped.

I was literally shocked to find out that this was happening. Boone has community cats.

Kio gave me the rough estimate that there are in the ballpark of 25 of these community cats in Boone. They are all registered, but he did not know whether or not the public had access to this registry.

I’ve had a few cats show up in my neighborhood and I had them dealt with before they could have an adverse effect on my property value.

However, I had no clue that some parts of Boone have sanctioned cats just strolling around.

I have decided that if I ever move, I will be finding out about how to check out this registry to make sure there isn’t one of these community cats in the neighborhood of a potential new home. Much in the same way that I made sure there were very few rental properties in my neighborhood when I bought my current homestead.

KNOWLEDGE BOMB #2

I now know the purpose and the story behind “The Shrine” between Boone and Ames. If you don’t know about “The Shrine”, it is a mysterious building on a country road between Boone and Ames, built by a guy that is known to run gawkers away from it. It is a source of frequent internet speculation and sometimes “investigative journalism” by local media outlets. It has its own thread on Reddit.

I have my information from a high placed source. While I would tell you what it is, I don’t want to ruin the mystery for you.

Here is a YouTube documentary on “The Shrine”:



I’ll just leave it that the documentary gets a few things right and quite a few things wrong.

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By adding these images to the Photography 139 Photo Gallery, I was able to restore the following blog entries to their original glory:

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Sometimes when I come across old photos I think twice before posting them. So much time has passed this the events of this nights. Marriages have come and gone. Friendships have faded. Some friendships have ended. That can make looking at these old photos awkward to look at. But what really makes these photos awkward is there is photographic evidence of me playing a video game as an adult.

I admit, not much of an adult, but still too long in the tooth to claim adolescence. I believe this may have been the last time I played a video game. Might be the last time I ever play a video game. Time will be the final judge on that, as always.

The photos that you might consider “blurry” were taken with a Lens Baby. It is a push-pull-bend lens. Lots of fun, even though I freely confess, most people don’t appreciate the images they create.

Next Saturdays walk down memory lane will involve Good Friday and a tradition that I am happy that my church has retired.

Women’s March Vol. 2

Here are the balance of pictures from the 2018 Women’s March in Des Moines:


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Lin-Manuel Miranda would be proud.

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I was supposed to meet Jen up there, but she got sick. I was supposed to meet Russell up there, but he was late. I was supposed to meet Sara up there, but she was late. But no big deal, you’d be surprised how many friends you can make while wearing a Pussyhat.

I’m planning on checking out the March for Our Lives next Saturday with Suzie. I have faith that she will make it.

Valley Lodge is Closed

Since a few people have been asking, I am making a formal announcement.



THERE IS NO CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA AKA BENNETT-FEST THIS YEAR!


The reasons are multiple and complicated, but it is probably your fault. If you search your heart, you know it to be true.

So there will be NO:

– Baby Got Rack Award Winning Barbecue
– Hardcore Firetub Action
– Bubbles
– Sidewalk Chalk
– Golden Retriever
– Master’s Playlist
– Cornhole
– Tent
– Stimulating Conversation
– Catching up with old friends
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Better luck in 2018. I have the idea for that year’s invite. I just need to find some volunteers and some costumes.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 81 – FACELESS PORTRAIT

FACELESS PORTRAIT is challenging, but still, a handful of hearty photographers gave it a whirl. But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about heart. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - SUZANNE BRANNEN
Suzanne Brannen

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 81 - FACELESS PORTRAIT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

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 82 - ANGRY
ANGRY!

ANGRY seems like a pretty straight forward easy theme. It should be easy to find somebody you know that is ANGRY. Or something that makes you ANGRY.

Personally, I’m somebody that people rarely see ANGRY, but I’m told I have a “look” when I’m ANGRY. I assume that this look is what I captured in the reveal photo above.

So get out there and get in touch with your inner Hulk. Incredible, or otherwise.

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.

MESSAGE FROM THE ROUNDBALL ORACLES DIVISION

Tonight is the national title game and there are two people still alive in the pursuit to have their name put on the List of Immortals, next to other basketball greats like Running Wolf and that missionary guy from Taiwan.

Here is what you need to know to base your rooting interests tonight:

IF North Carolina (a fine academic institution COUGH! COUGH!) wins, Paul Golden is this year’s Roundball Oracles Champ!
IF Gonzaga (a school that nearly closed in the 90s) wins, Andree Jauhari is this year’s Roundball Oracles Champ!

I know who I’m rooting to win. (Hint: It involves which one it will cost me the least amount of money to ship the trophy to…)

Good luck gentlemen!

On the other side of the coin. Congratulations (I think) go out to Shannon Bardole (for the moment) for winning this year’s The Sara! The trophy awarded to last place adult that tried really, really hard. She edged out Jill Gorshe, Corey Faust (all that hockey must be going to his brain), and Laura Miller. Laura was close to clinching a repeat. However, South Carolina’s Final Four run gave her just enough points to best Shannon, Jill, and Faust in the final standings. Well played Laura!

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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 angry Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 74 – BLACK & WHITE

A great week of participation, which has me all amped up, since BLACK & WHITE is my favorite theme.

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You want to see the submissions. Here they be:


WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CATHIE RALEY 3
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WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - MICHAEL AUGUSTIN
Michael Augustin

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

One of the best weeks of submissions to date!

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 75 - MUSIC
MUSIC!

I don’t feel like I need to define MUSIC. If you don’t have any MUSIC in your life, I feel bad for you. Really, really, really, really bad for you. You should get out there and get some music in you. Whether it is seeing a local band at a local dive, visiting a local music store, cracking out your old instrument from your high school days, cracking out your old vinyls, screen capturing a playlist on your phone, photographing that musician friend, or even just cracking out some sheet music. The possibilities are endless!

As always, feel liberated to define the theme as you see fit!

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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.

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 verymusical Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 73 – ABSTRACT

A decent rebound from last week as several people were able to get all ABSTRACT.

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates, you want to see the submissions. Here are the submissions for ABSTRACT:


WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - CATHIE RALEY 1
Cathie Raley 1

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - CATHIE RALEY 2
Cathie Raley 2

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - CATHIE RALEY 3
Cathie Raley 3

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 73 - ABSTRACT - SHANNON BARDOLE
Shannon Bardole

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:


WEEK 74 - BLACK & WHITE
BLACK & WHITE!


I can’t deny it. This is my favorite theme. My first passion has always been BLACK & WHITE Photography. People that don’t like BLACK & WHITE photography are bad people. Plus, this is such an easy theme. Go out and take a BLACK & WHITE photo of literally anything. I probably should give a dissertation on how textures and light can be emphasized in BLACK & WHITE, but I won’t. Just go out and take some BLACK & WHITE photos!

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.

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 monochromatic Monday!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 71 – HAPPY

Not a ton of submissions for HAPPY this week. This makes me sad, how little happiness was out there this week.

But you don’t want to listen to me talk all tommyrot about happiness. You want to see the submissions for HAPPY!


WEEK 71 - HAPPY - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen

WEEK 71 - HAPPY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 71 - HAPPY - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 71 - HAPPY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 71 - HAPPY - MIKE VEST 1
Mike Vest 1

WEEK 71 - HAPPY - MIKE VEST 2
Mike Vest 2

WEEK 71 - HAPPY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

Sorry it was late this week. This morning was like getting kicked in the face. Helped up. Then kicked in the balls. But I digress.

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 72 - RELIGION
RELIGION!

This should be an easy one. Everybody has one, whether they want to admit it or not. I know a guy who’s RELIGION is conspiracy theories. I know a guy who’s RELIGION is the Green Bay Packers. I think I know lots of people who worship at the idol of Facebook “Likes”. If you’re thinking of a more traditional RELIGION, there is one pastor that subscribes to this blog and another that is a youth pastor. Maybe you are going to Winter Jam on Friday. Maybe you live a few blocks from a church, synagogue, temple, or mosque. Get out there and have a religious experience of some kind.

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.

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 religious Monday!