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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 148 – HUMOR

I knew that HUMOR was going to be a hard theme. As I write this, it would seem that many people struggled to find HUMOR in their everyday lives. I would have some commentary on that, but I’ll spare you at this time.

As I am writing this, I am sitting at home recovering from an epic performance of HAMILTON at the Civic Center and waiting for the cable guy to show up and lower my bill by $30, allegedly.

Therefore, it is possible that I will be without internet while he is upgrading my internet. If more pictures come in after I write this, I will post them at some point. Probably Friday.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about the cable guy. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 148 - HUMOR - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 148 - HUMOR - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 148 - HUMOR - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 148 - HUMOR - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

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 149 - NIGHT
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NIGHT! What a great theme! But what is a NIGHT photograph? A night photograph is any photo that is taken at NIGHT. You don’t necessarily need a tripod and long exposure, but that wouldn’t hurt.

As always, 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 due date. 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

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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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 nightly Monday.

Congratulations Saydie – Eta

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
-Will Rogers

It is Sunday. It is 8 PM. It is time to check in with everybody’s favorite 2017 high school graduate… SAYDIE!!!

I don’t have much more to add at this point, I think I’ll just get straight to the pictures:


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We’ll be wrapping up this collection about the time Saydie takes off for Northern Iowa, University of.

06-07-08

Pretty much all of the images from the folder 06-07-08 are from Ames on the Half Shell’s Family Night.

I believe the name of the band was Murphy’s Law. There are plenty of images of people that weren’t Jaycees in this collection:


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The picture of the pie was a rhubarb pie that Shannon had made me for my birthday.

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

HEAVEN AND HELL


FAMILY NIGHT

I took plenty more photos during Family Night. If you are interested, you could see those images by clicking on the link below:

Ames on the Half Shell – 2008

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve the first time Scottie D. and I ever went formally tenderloining, plus some sunset pictures, and the cherry on the top will be pictures of the Ames Party Bus.

I’ve Invested a lot of Me Inside these Lines, I’m Just Protecting ‘Em

Happy Friday the 13th!

You know what is funny about today? Nothing.

Except for your reminder of this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. HUMOR!



HUMOR!


HUMOR! What is a HUMOR photo? It is a photo of something that is funny or of somebody reacting to something that is funny.

Happy photo harvesting!

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The world wasn’t ready for these HANDS photos on Monday. While there aren’t many of them, I can’t hold them back any longer!


Hands - Alternate

Hands - Alternate

Hands - Alternate

Hands - Alternate

You’re welcome world!

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 147 – HANDS

HANDS was a popular theme! I’ll mark that down and make sure it isn’t in the next set of 52.

Oh, you don’t like that? Then you better get to suggesting themes for the next 52. The way to do that is in the “Comments” section of this here blog.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates and the next 52 themes, you came to see the HANDS submissions:


WEEK 147 - HANDS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamra Peterson

WEEK 147 - HANDS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 147 - HANDS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 147 - HANDS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 147 - HANDS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest


Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 147 - HANDS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 147 - HANDS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 147 - HANDS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 147 - HANDS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 147 - HANDS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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:



HUMOR!


HUMOR! What a great theme! But what is a HUMOR photo? A HUMOR photo can be of something that is funny or at least trying to be funny. An example of something that is trying desperately to be funny, but is failing miserably would be a Mike Huckabee tweet. However, it is still an example of humor. Another HUMOR photo would be somebody reacting to something that is funny. I believe the usual reaction is laughter. I don’t know. It is well-documented that I don’t have a sense of humor.

Of course, there is more than one definition of HUMOR. I look forward to 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 due date. 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

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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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 humoruos Monday.

Congratulations Saydie – Zeta

It is Sunday, so it is time to check in with everybody’s favorite Boone High graduate Saydie!

Time for some more great advice on Saydie’s next adventure, college life!

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
-Ben Franklin

After this, are more than halfway done with Saydie’s Senior Photo Shoot!


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Will convene back here next Sunday to continue our celebration of Saydie!

06-01-2008

Today’s pictures came from the folder 06-01-2008.

Many of these pictures were taken when Nader came back from visiting his family in London. He came back with a horrible mustache. I’m still not quite over it a decade later.

Let this be a warning to you. You want to be my friend, don’t grow a mustache. I will forgive most things, but some things are beyond forgiveness.

Also some flower pictures.


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

Real American

Random Flower Day

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve anther night at Ames on the Half Shell.

Houston (Vidor) Mission Trip – Day 8

This is my telling of my experience on the Boone First United Methodist Church Youth Group’s Mission Trip to Houston (Vidor). There were 18 people on the mission trip and all of them experienced the mission trip in a completely different way than I did.

Therefore, you should pull your tired bones out of bed on Sunday, July 8 and drag yourself to the basement of the Boone First United Methodist Church (703 Arden Street) between worship services (approximately 10 AM) and listen to the other 17 people give their testimony about the mission trip. I’ll probably run my yap as well. There will also be a video. Also, there will be refreshments.

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The last day of the Mission Trip was the shortest as it is only a quick 8 hours from Tulsa to Boone. I spent most of the day driving and we stopped for lunch at an IHOB in Liberty, Kansas for lunch. Jordan’s choosing. We stopped at the Junction Creamery in Osceola for ice cream to celebrate Summer’s Gotcha Day. Other than that, the day was just bathroom stops.

I drove almost the entire day, so there aren’t many photos.

But here is my day in photos:


Houston Mission Trip - 2018
#wafflelife Always stay in a hotel with free breakfast. Hotels that charge for breakfast are bull(expletive deleted)!!!

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As the kids were packing up the van, I took a few quick shots around downtown Tulsa.

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Bathroom break and gas stop.

Houston Mission Trip - 2018
This is a stupid rule.

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Stopping in Osceola for ice cream!

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Watch out Anna, that lady behind you is eyeing your Cookie Monster!

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This is how Summer smiles!

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This is how Summer shows joy.

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Emily and officially the last picture of the mission trip.

We got home a little after 6. Sadly, when we got home we found out that Megan’s car had been towed. Nobody had paid attention to where she parked and the city towed her.

After that was sorted out, I somehow got out of returning the vans to Ankeny, so I went home. Saw Naima and tried to re-orient myself back to normal life.

It was an amazing trip on just about every level. I really can’t recommend going on a mission trip enough. Especially with a youth group. It is rewarding beyond your imagination.

Houston (Vidor) Mission Trip – Day 7

This is my telling of my experience on the Boone First United Methodist Church Youth Group’s Mission Trip to Houston (Vidor). There were 18 people on the mission trip and all of them experienced the mission trip in a completely different way than I did.

Therefore, you should pull your tired bones out of bed on Sunday, July 8 and drag yourself to the basement of the Boone First United Methodist Church (703 Arden Street) between worship services (approximately 10 AM) and listen to the other 17 people give their testimony about the mission trip. I’ll probably run my yap as well. There will also be a video. Also, there will be refreshments.

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Friday morning everybody works on cleaning the building. Then you have a quick breakfast (usually this is a packed breakfast), everybody says goodbye and then you hit the road for the long, long, long trip back to the Cyclone State.

After cleaning the building, the kids got to put a pie in the face of each of the YouthWorks employees as a reward for buying so many shirts.

My day in pictures:


Houston Mission Trip - 2018
YouthWorks!

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Jaxon packed up and ready for the road!

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Our toilets for the last 18 hours.

Houston Mission Trip - 2018
Breakfast!

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Megan got one of the honors.

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Pie in the face!

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This was Talia. I think she was literally in pain.

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Ashley was next. She was the Site Director.

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Last was Brogen.

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Our super caring kids did lead blinded Talia to the water.

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Group photo!

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Before we headed back we stopped by the Texans’ practice field. Megan’s “hot” older brother is the turf manager for the Texans.

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He oversees their 3 grass practice fields.

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He also see the turf on their indoor practice field.

Houston Mission Trip - 2018
The guy is like 26 and he already has his dream job. Thanks to a degree from Iowa State University.

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Group photo on the Texans logo.

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A closer photo.

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Overturning a practice tire.

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Kyle sized tire.

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The Schoff Bros.

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I was shocked to see that the Astrodome is still standing. They are turning it into a parking garage.

Houston Mission Trip - 2018
Inside NRG Stadium. He is also in charge of the turf in the stadium.

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

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We also got a tour of the stadium where Houston’s professional soccer teams play.

Houston Mission Trip - 2018
Also managed by somebody from Boone County. This time from Ogden. Also an Iowa State graduate. Seeing a trend?

Houston Mission Trip - 2018
Most the tour was of the concourse, we weren’t able to go down onto the field because the Houston Dash had a game that night.

Houston Mission Trip - 2018

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Celebrating in the pool at the hotel in Tulsa. (Photo cred: Tiffany)

Not pictured:

Most of the day. After we left Houston, most of the rest of the day was spent on the road with one mission. To get to the hotel in Tulsa before the pool closed at 11. We ate lunch at a Chick-Fil-A. Then we drove with only bathroom stops all the way to Tulsa. We got there a little before 10.

Andy was a swell guy and ordered up a bunch of pizzas from a local pizza place in Tulsa. I think the place was called Mazzio’s. It was delicious.

The kids got to swim in the pool until almost midnight, before the hotel employees realized they were still in there and kicked them out.

For the first time in over a week, I got to sleep in a bed. It was glorious! It was everything I remembered that sleeping could be!