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Bake the World a Better Place

Today’s post is actually a mixture of the backlog and new pictures.

I never got around to posting pictures from the 2018 Methodist Men Pie Auction. Last Sunday we had the 2019 Methodist Men Pie Auction. The proceeds for both go to support the Youth Group Mission Trip. Between the two pie auctions raised over $3000.

The Methodist Men Pie Auction has been a smashing success every year it has happened and every year I’m nervous it is going to be a big time failure. Hopefully I’m never right.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:


Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

Methodist Men Pie Auction

The 2018 helpers from the Youth Group were MacKenzie Mosher and Anna Olson. The 2019 helpers were Megan Osborn and Hailey Bryant.

I think Teresa took the 2018 pictures. Chris Cromwell took the 2019 pictures.

President Quest 2020 – John Hickenlooper

Last Friday I saw my 6th of 23 Democrat Presidential hopefuls when John Hickenlooper came to the Livery Deli.

To be brutally honest, I don’t think I’ve seen the person that will be the Democrat nominee yet. Of the six I’ve seen, I’d give Bernie Sanders the best shot and Beto, Kloubchar, and Booker a puncher’s chance. I don’t think Hickenlooper has any chance. But everything can change after the debates start.

Here is a little bit of information Hickenlooper:

John Wright Hickenlooper Jr(/ˈhɪkənluːpər/; born February 7, 1952) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 42nd Governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019. He is a member of the Democratic Party. In 2019, he announced that he is running for President of the United States in 2020.

Born in Narberth, Pennsylvania, Hickenlooper is a graduate of Wesleyan University. After his career as a geologist, Hickenlooper entered a career in business and cofounded the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver. Hickenlooper was elected the 43rd mayor of Denver in 2003, serving two terms, until 2011.

Hickenlooper worked as a geologist in Colorado for Buckhorn Petroleum in the early 1980s. When Buckhorn was sold, Hickenlooper was laid off in 1986. He and five business partners opened the Wynkoop Brewing Company brewpub in October 1988 after raising startup funds from dozens of friends and family along with a Denver economic development office loan. The Wynkoop was one of the first brewpubs in the United States. Denver currently boasts more brewpubs per capita than any other city.

Here are some more information from his website:

In 2010, Hickenlooper became the first Denver Mayor elected Governor in 120 years. He was re-elected in 2014, after running an entirely positive campaign — a trademark of his time in public service.

In the past eight years, Colorado jumped from 40th in job creation to the number one economy in the nation. As Governor, Hickenlooper established and built an expansive set of workforce development programs that promoted skills-based hiring, career coaching, apprenticeships, and more.

Hickenlooper brought industry and environmentalists together to reduce methane emissions — a major contributor to climate change. The regulations they developed became the model for California and Canada and are considered the gold standard across the United States.

Hickenlooper also led Colorado’s recovery effort through major fires and floods, re-opening roads, bridges, and communities in record time. He stood up to the NRA to pass landmark gun safety legislation, including limits on high capacity magazines and universal background checks

He expanded Medicaid and opened a high quality state health insurance exchange program called Connect for Health Colorado, establishing an insurer in every county in the state. Today, nearly 95 percent of Coloradans have healthcare coverage.

I will reiterate that the Livery Deli is a terrible place for these events if you are a photographer. However, there was way less people there than were there for Amy Klobuchar, but the pictures are what they are…


John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper


I don’t have any current plans to see anybody else right now. My weekend schedule gets busy, plus I leave for the mission trip. Hopefully somebody will fall into my lap, so to speak otherwise it could be a few weeks before President Quest marches on.

President Quest 2020 – Amy Klobuchar

This is the 5th installment on my quest to meet, see, photograph, and possibly get photographed with the person that will take the Oval Office in January of 2021. On Memorial Day Sunday at noon I filed into the Livery Deli to see Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.

There are a couple things to know about this event. Number 1, the Livery Deli is a terrible venue to hold such events and an event worse event to do any photography. Number 2, I badly underestimated how many people would be there.

Klobuchar isn’t polling all that well. Also, I thought that not many people would be free at that time of day on a holiday weekend. I thought that if we showed up at roughly noon, we would still be able to get a good seat. I was wrong. From talking to a member of the Klobuchar staff, 3 times the number of people that they were hoping for showed up.

Klobuchar became a national name when she lit up rape enthusiast and unqualified partisan Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

Here is a little more about Amy Klobuchar from the Wiki:

Amy Jean Klobuchar (/ˈkloʊbəʃɑːr/; born May 25, 1960) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Minnesota. A member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota’s affiliate of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the Hennepin County Attorney.

Born in Plymouth, Minnesota, Klobuchar is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She was a partner at two Minneapolis law firms before being elected county attorney for Hennepin County in 1998, making her responsible for all criminal prosecution in Minnesota’s most populous county. Klobuchar was first elected to the Senate in 2006, becoming Minnesota’s first elected female United States Senator, and reelected in 2012 and 2018.

Here are examples of her positions from her campaign website:

Education: We also need to make sure all our children can get a great education. That means increasing teacher pay and funding for our public schools, with a focus on investment in areas that need it the most. And we need to make sure the rising costs of college aren’t a barrier to opportunity. Amy supports allowing borrowers to refinance student loans at lower rates, loan forgiveness for in-demand occupations, expanded Pell grants, and tuition-free one- and two-year community college degrees and technical certifications.

Agriculture and Rural Communities: America’s prosperity depends on supporting our family farmers and rural communities, but today farm income in America remains near historic lows. Amy has been an advocate for rural communities and our farmers, and she understands that this country has to do more to provide a strong safety net to help farmers, as well as invest in our rural communities, which includes hospitals, childcare, housing, connecting every household to high-speed internet by 2022, and a strong farm policy.

Economic Justice: We must beat back decades of systemic racism and inequality. Amy believes this begins with early-childcare and fixing our education system, addressing racism in health care such as disparities in maternal and infant mortality rates, ending housing discrimination so that everyone can afford to rent an apartment and own a home in a good neighborhood for their kids, and tackling disparities in wages and in retirement savings.

Labor: As the granddaughter of an iron ore miner and the daughter of a union teacher and a union newspaperman, Amy will bring one clear but simple guide to the White House: When unions are strong, our country is strong. As President, she’ll stand up against attempts to weaken our unions. That means achieving real labor law reform, ensuring free and fair union elections, protecting collective bargaining rights, rolling back Right to Work laws, and making it easier — and not harder — for workers to join unions.

Immigration: Comprehensive immigration reform is also crucial to moving our economy and our country forward. Amy supports a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes the DREAM Act, border security and an accountable pathway to earned citizenship. She is committed to stopping the cruel and inhumane policy where the government is taking kids away from their parents.

Because I didn’t get a good seat and because of the terrible lighting, I didn’t get many pictures, but here are a few:


Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar


Klobuchar was the funniest and perhaps most relatable candidate that I’ve seen. I think that is the midwest part of her.

I believe the next candidate I am going to see is John Hickenlooper. Hey, they can’t all be rock stars.

President Quest 2020 – Beto O’Rourke

Last Tuesday I took a little bit of time off from the Computer Mine to make progress in my personal quest to meet, photograph, or at least see in person the person that will take office as the next President of the United States in 2021.

Beto O’Rourke was in Boone at McHose Park to host a town hall. It was pretty well attended considering that it was at 11 AM on a Tuesday.

Here is a little information on Beto from the wiki:

Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (/ˈbɛ.toʊ oʊ.rɔːrk/; born September 26, 1972) is an American businessman, musician, and politician who represented Texas’ 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. O’Rourke is seeking the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2020.

O’Rourke was born into a local political family in El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of Woodberry Forrest School and Columbia University.[1] While studying at Columbia, O’Rourke began a brief music career as bass guitarist in the post-hardcore band Foss. After his college graduation, he returned to El Paso and began a business career. In 2005, he was elected to the El Paso City Council; he served on the Council until 2011. O’Rourke was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 after defeating eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary.

After being re-elected to the House in 2014 and 2016, O’Rourke declined to seek re-election in 2018. Instead, he ran for United States Senate against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz, running a competitive campaign that drew national attention. O’Rourke was defeated 50.9% to 48.3%.

There is what is called a “Vision” on Beto’s website, but not what I would call lots of concrete policy ideas. Here is an example:

On Healthcare

So if we believe in universal, guaranteed, high quality healthcare – because we see the consequences to our fellow Americans who go without – then let us come together around a policy that prioritizes affordability of prescription drugs, lowers the costs of premiums and ensures that in a country where one of the largest providers of mental health care services is our county jail system, a country where we have a maternal mortality crisis that is 3x as deadly for women of color — that universal healthcare means everyone gets primary healthcare, mental healthcare — and universal also means every woman makes her own decisions about her own body.

We can give every American and every business the choice to enroll in Medicare without eliminating plans that many Americans like for their families because they work for their families. This means every one of us is able to afford our prescriptions, see a doctor, take our children to a therapist. No one priced out. No one denied care. No one left behind. The goal of universal, guaranteed high-quality health care must be achieved as quickly and as surely as possible.

Here are some pictures from the event:


Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

Beto O'Rourke Town Hall

I currently don’t have plans to see another candidate. The ones that are in Iowa this weekend don’t seem to be around here. We will have to wait and see.

Like Fireworks, Only More Boring

For the first time, in something like 15-20 years I went to the Boone County Fair Parade. The original idea was that these pictures would be for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. They were going to be for the page that was something-like “Take a picture that is outside of your comfort zone.”

I decided, at the time, that while I find parades extremely boring, they aren’t exactly outside of my comfort zone. There are few things where enjoyment varies more from engaging and activity to watching an activity. Fireworks is one. Baseball is another example. But parades might be the most extreme example. Being in a parade is a blast. Watching a parade is aigo;nngb[uion jk kakb aejkn…

Sorry, even typing the words caused me to nod off and faceplant into my keyboard.

Here are some pictures from the parade:


Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

Boone County Fair Parade - 2018

The picture that ultimately was taken for that page was a picture at a wrestling tournament. While I might find parades boring, I’m completely out of my element at a wrestling meet. I’m still not sure what happened there.

President Quest 2020 – Bernie Sanders

It has been over a month since I made any progress in my personal quest to meet, photograph, or at least see in person the person that will take office as the next President of the United State in 2021.

I finally scratched a third person off the list when I went to see Bernie Sanders at Iowa State University on Saturday. Bernie Sanders is the best known of the candidates that I have seen and I didn’t get a chance to actually meet him or get my picture taken with him. After his speech was over, he made a quick circle around the barrier that separated him from the crowd and then he was gone.

Of every political event I have ever been to, (except when I saw Obama when he was President) this was the most security. It was the first time they had a list of items prohibited. The list prohibited me from bringing in my camera bag, so I had to choose one lens and go with it. I also had to empty my pockets and have a magnetic wand passed over my body. As I indicated earlier, there was also a barrier that separated the crowd from the speakers.

Perhaps this is because Bernie already has a large national profile or perhaps it is just an Iowa State thing. I saw Obama speak at Iowa State a couple times. Once was his first speech after he announced he was running. That speech was in Hilton. The next time I saw him speak at Iowa State, he spoke in front of Curtiss Hall. There wasn’t much in terms of security at any of those events.

The crowd actually wasn’t as large as I was expecting. Bernie is popular with college students, so I was actually surprised when he was in the Sun Room at the Memorial Union. I thought that Bernie could easily fill the Great Hall, but in fact, he only filled about half the Sun Room. With a small spillover crowd in the other half of the Sun Room.

As I was walking in, a fellow 1993 graduate of dear old Boone High School called me out. I turned around and is was Saul. Turns out Saul is a big Bernie supporter. We had a good long conversation. It was good to see him and catch-up. I don’t know if Saul goes to class reunions, but he is one of the people that I wouldn’t mind seeing if I ever attend a class reunion. (Spoiler: I will never go to a class reunion.)

If you don’t know about Bernie Sanders, here is some information on him from the Wiki:

Bernard Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. The longest-serving Independent in congressional history, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 and caucuses with the Democratic Party, enabling his appointment to congressional committees and at times giving Democrats a majority.

Sanders was born and raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, and attended Brooklyn College before graduating from the University of Chicago in 1964. While a student he was an active protest organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement. After settling in Vermont in 1968, Sanders ran unsuccessful third-party political campaigns in the early to mid-1970s. As an independent, he was elected mayor of Burlington—the state’s most populous city—in 1981, by a margin of ten votes. He was reelected three times. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990, representing Vermont’s at-large congressional district; he later co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Sanders served as a U.S. Representative for 16 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. He has been reelected to the Senate twice: in 2012 and 2018.

Bernie has very extensive policy positions on his website. This is from his page entitled “Fight for Working Families”:

We need leaders who will fight for the interests of workers, not just the 1%.

In the richest country in the world, there is no state in which working 40 hours at the state minimum wage generates enough income to afford a one-bedroom apartment.

It is unacceptable that workers rely on employers for life-saving health care. Working for a living should mean earning a living wage, and health care should be a human right—not a bargaining chip that keeps employees in coercive, exploitative environments. And families should have the security of knowing they can take care of sick loved ones and secure an education for their children. We must:

Raise the minimum wage to a living wage of at least $15 an hour.
Enact a universal childcare and pre-kindergarten program.
Make sure women and men are paid the same wage for the same job through the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Guarantee all workers paid family and medical leave, paid sick leave and paid vacation.
Make it easier for workers to join unions through the Workplace Democracy Act.
Make quality education a right.
Implement a green jobs program.

It was yet another political campaign event where the lighting was not great. I was fairly far from Bernie and he is a short man. The pictures are what they are:


Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders
With Ben from Ben & Jerry’s

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

On a not Bernie related note, but political. A friend of mine gave me the great honor of cutting up their NRA membership card yesterday. It felt as great as I imagined.

Maybe someday there will be a gun rights group that actually reflects the opinions of the majority of gun owners. Until that day, I have to take joy in a domestic terrorist organization imploding. They will continue to have a few supporters hanging around. Those that have been radicalized by right wing media. The last rats, clinging to the sinking Russian financed ship.

Yesterday was a great day! Hopefully tomorrow will be a great day as well!

2009-02-03

The photos in the folder titled 2009-02-03 are from when the building on the northwest corner of Story and 8th Street burned down.

I don’t remember how I was tipped off to this fire going on, but I was able to roll out of bed, snap a few photos and then roll on to the Computer Mine to get to work.

It turns out that I never published these pictures on “An Artist’s Notebook”. Although I did include one of the images in The 2010 Photography 139 Calendar. I might have entered it in a photo contest once as well, but I’m not really sure about that.

Here are a few pictures from that event:


8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

8TH & Story Fire - 2009

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane involve a trip to Arizona. Partially for fun. Partially for work.

Irish Dancing

March was a very Irish month for this man mostly descended from Scottish and Welsh ancestors and a splash of Cherokee. March Movie Night featured 2 of the most Irish movies around: LEPRECHAUN IN THE HOOD and MILLER’S CROSSING. In particular, LEPRECHAUN IN THE HOOD will definitely frame the way I look at the Irish for many, many days into the future.

In addition to watching the adventures of Postmaster P and Stray Bullet, I also made my way to Dublin Bay to watch Evie in an Irish Dance Recital.

It has long been established that I suffer from PTSD from being forced to watching every single minute of every single dance recital and dress rehearsals my sisters were in. From beginning to end.

To this day, I fear dance recitals.

However, on Saint Patrick’s Day, I responded to Jen’s invitation to go watch Evie do some Irish Dancing. It was definitely the most unique dance recital I have ever experienced. It was in a tent, outside a bar/restaurant filled mostly with screaming drunk people. For most of the recital I stood on a pile of mud. Talking to Sean Clubine as he was there celebrating his wedding anniversary.

Was it worth it? Take a look at the pictures and you can decide:


Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

Irish Dancing at Dublin Bay

April’s Movie Night’s date has yet to be determined, but the movies will be rabbit themed. I don’t think Evie has any rabbit themed dance recitals to attend though.

You Don’t Have Time to Scream!

One of the new traditions that Pastor Doug brought with him to Boone First United Methodist Church is Critter Sunday. Critter Sunday is a Sunday when you are encouraged to bring your pet to church. Then in between services, Pastor Doug blesses your pet.

There are many things that I will miss when Pastor Doug leaves for his big fatty promotion in June, but Critter Sunday will be one of the things I miss the most. Top 5. Top 10 at the worst.

While it is certainly possible that the new Pastor will carry on the tradition, I don’t expect. Pastor Doug has a special place in his heart for animals. It would be a bit much to expect the new Pastor to be the same.

Here are some pictures from Critter Sunday:


Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

Critter Sunday - 2018

I have to thank Summer for being Naima’s keeper while I was taking pictures of the other pets.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is STILL LIFE:


WEEK 184 - STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE

A STILL LIFE photo is a photo of an inanimate object.

Happy Photo Harvesting!

Summer Reading Kickoff

This is the last collection of photos that I believe I’ll ever publish that were taken for the Boone Area Humane Society.

Perhaps I shouldn’t say “ever”. But I’m guessing it will be for at the very least, for the foreseeable future.

These pictures were taken at the Ericson Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff.

The main things I remember about the day was the kid that was supposed to play Hope the BAHS Mascot was about an hour late. He went in and put the costume on. Then he walked around for maybe 10 minutes. Then he left.

In that 10 minutes, I was able to get a few pictures of Hope in action:


Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

Library Kickoff - 2018

I will say that the Summer Reading Kickoff is a pretty cool event. If you have a kid, I would highly recommend attending.