Category Archives: Life

07-20-08

There are so many images in the folder called 07-20-08 that I’m going to split the next 2 folders into 3 posts, most likely.

The images in this post are from Ames on the Half Shell with Kountertop, the Iowa Games, some softball, and the Boone County Fair.

Kountertop was one of my favorite bands that played Ames on the Half Shell. To be honest, Ames on the Half Shell was a collection of nondescript classic rock cover bands. 1 band was just about indistinguishable from the next. Which worked for the target audience of Ames on the Half Shell. They just want to get a good buzz and listen to music that doesn’t challenge them.

There were a few exceptions, but they were pretty rare.

Kountertop did fit into the mold of classic rock cover band, but they at least had some style. Plus, they were skilled musicians.

The softball pictures are from a game between Boone and Madrid. It was a battle of some Bennett family friends. The Howards from Boone and the Madduxes from Madrid.

The Boone County Fair pictures were taken with Becky and some of her family. You should be warned that there are some bunny pictures in there. If you don’t like bunny pictures, turn back now!


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Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Iowa Games - 2008

Boone vs. Madrid - 2008

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Boone vs. Madrid - 2008

Boone vs. Madrid - 2008

Boone vs. Madrid - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

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Boone County Fair - 2008

Boone County Fair - 2008

By adding these photos to THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 PHOTO GALLERY, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

FRIDAY WITH KOUNTERTOP


IMAGES FROM A SATURDAY

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve even more softball, pictures from my first mission trip, and possibly a trip to the Miller farm.

I Want My Mummies

Seemed like a good time to share some of my pictures from the Iowa State Fair this year.

I made two trips to the Fair. 1 with Baby Got Rack. The other on the last day of the Fair with Jesse and Nader to pick up my 2 photos that were displayed at the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. Russell even met up with us briefly.

Fortune smiled upon me with the scheduling of events at the Iowa State Fair. One of my favorite bands was playing on one of the free stages and the date happily coincided with the last day of the Fair, so I didn’t have to make a special trip to see Here Come the Mummies.

If you haven’t heard of Here Come the Mummies they are a funk group where everybody in the band dresses like a mummy. You can see how they appeal to my particular set of tastes.

Legend has it that the Nashville based band is filled with Grammy award winning artists that dress like mummies to conceal their identity; for fear of the band members violating their current record contracts.

I don’t know if this is true, but their high level of musicianship would make a pretty strong case for it being true. I don’t know too many other rock/funk concerts where you would see a badass flute duel and it would make 100% total sense.

Before I go on first dates, I like to send my date a copy of PANTS to listen to. It is the easiest way to insure that there is no second date. Also why my Tinder profile is so unpopular.*

Here are some pictures from an awesome (but one of the wettest I’ve ever experienced from the standpoint of water) rainy night with Here Come the Mummies:


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We didn’t stick around for the concert as long as I had hoped. Hopefully Here Come the Mummies comes back to Iowa in 2019 so I can have the full experience.

*This is all a lie. I don’t go on dates. My Tinder profile is very popular.

07-07-08 & 07-12-08

Going to put two folders of images out there on this post. The folders 07-07-08 and 07-12-08 contain pictures of light painting of flowers and from Saucy Jack’s night at Ames on the Half Shell.

I haven’t really done much light painting lately. It is something I need to try my hand at again.

I remember Saucy Jack being the worst band to play Ames on the Half Shell the times I attended Ames on the Half Shell. They were booked every year because they had a connection with somebody who maybe was once a Jacyees. They were kind of a poor man’s Hairball, only without the limited musicianship. Also, without the theatrics.


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07-12-08 - Saucy Jack

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07-12-08 - Saucy Jack

07-12-08 - Saucy Jack

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Photo Gallery, I was able to restore the following “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original gallery:

Night Visions

Saucy Jack

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve lots of softball, among other things.

2017 Pufferbilly Days Pet Show I

Now that Pufferbilly Days has passed, it seems like an apropos time to hit the 2017 backlog and start releasing photos from the 2017 Pufferbilly Days Pet Show.

It was my first time at the Pufferbilly Day Pet Show ran by the Boone Area Humane Society.

I completely enjoyed the experience. Here are some pictures from the Pet Show:


Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

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Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

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Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

Pufferbilly Days Pet Contest - 2017

More pictures from the 2017 Pet Show still in the hopper!

07-05-08

The images in the folder call 07-05-08 involved a long day of Jaycee activities I engaged in on July 4, 2008.

I began the day helping out at a special Ames on the Half Shell event involving the Burnin’ Sensations and The Nadas. Then I went and helped setup and set off fireworks.

It was a pretty full and tiring day.

Here are some of the images:


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There are more pictures from that day. You can check them out if you want. Click on the link below:

Jaycees – Independence Day – 2008

By adding these images to the Photography Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” post to its original glory:

Independence Day

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve flower. Night flowers.

The Great Eclipse Failure of ’17! – Uno

You might recall that back in August of 2017 there was a solar eclipse in the United States for the first time in decades. Or at least a really long time.

It cut a swath through Iowa, but in Iowa you couldn’t see the totality. It was only something like 85%. And if you are satisfied with an 85% solar eclipse, you aren’t living life to its fullest. Let it sink in and do better.

The totality was cutting through parts of Kansas and Missouri. I have some kinfolk in the area where the totality was to happen. My big city cousin Sarah was even going to come home from New York with her beau Tim to see the totality.

We made a plan to get together and watch the eclipse together. She did some research and we determined a park on the Missouri River in Saint Joseph, Missouri would be the best place to watch it. The totality was at its longest there. Plus, Saint Joseph was considered one of the top ten places to watch the eclipse because of the length of the totality and the fact that it hardly ever rains in Saint Joseph in August. People do research on such things.

Jesse and I took a couple days off to come down to see the eclipse. Another one of my cousins, Jordan and his wife Erin graciously allowed us to stay in their tall basement for the night.

We left Boone at something like 4 in the morning because I didn’t want to miss the eclipse because we were stuck in eclipse traffic. I also didn’t want to fight other people for a spot to see the eclipse. We were going to have our spot carved out a good 4 hours before the eclipse started.

We were successful. We beat the traffic and we secured a spot of real estate next to the Mighty Mo. Then it started to rain. Then rain some more. We didn’t get to “see” the totality. It was covered by clouds, for the most part. However, we did get to experience it. The temperature does drop like 10 degree. Everywhere you look in all 360 degrees looks like a sunset.

I didn’t get the picture that I wanted, but I still got an amazing experience. With some amazing people. Including my Uncle Mike and cousin Adam and his daughter Florence.

Here are some pictures from the failure:


Solar Eclipse - 2017

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I’m already making plans for the eclipse in 2024. It cuts across Paducah, Kentucky. I have some kinfolk that live near there!