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2018 Photography 139 Calendar

I’m pleased to announce that the 2018 Photography 139 Calendar is now on sale! It will be in stock on December 13th and available for delivery following that date.

The price of the calendar is still $10. A veritable bargain in this climate of rising prices!

I’m sure you are ready to plunk down $10 or $20 or $30 based on the high quality product that has existed in the past. I would gladly take your money, sight unseen, but I would at least like to reveal what pictures are in the 2018 Calendar.

Have a look:


2018 Calendar - Cover
Front Cover

2018 Calendar - January
January

2018 Calendar - February
February

2018 Calendar - March
March

2018 Calendar - April
April

2018 Calendar - May
May

2018 Calendar - June
June

2018 Calendar - July
July

2018 Calendar - August
August

2018 Calendar - September
September

2018 Calendar - October
October

2018 Calendar - November
November

2018 Calendar - December
December

Each picture was aligned with the month it was taken in. Okay maybe a hair of finagling was done at that front… I’ll never tell… Even if the .exif data will.

The calendars are 17 x 11 inches in size when they are open.

If you wish to order a calendar or calendar(s), you may email me at:

bennett@photography139.com

If you live within reasonable driving distance (about 45 minutes from Boone’s Golden Circle) I can hand deliver the calendar free of charge.

If the calendar needs to be mailed, there will be a shipping and handling charge of some kind.

Order fast! Supplies are limited!

Thanks!

Christopher D. Bennett
Photography 139
CDO
Chairman of the Board
President
Vice-President
Director
Superintendent of Invention

Dog Face

I have a considerable backlog of images that I need to edit. Part of the problem is that I edit photos in 2 separate distinct locations and it is often difficult for me to figure out what I have edited in one location, but not the other. I have begun the process of mirroring these images in both locations so that I can actually make real head way on my back log. Plus, it should free up some valuable hard drive real estate in both locations.

Not to bore you with too many details, but the first step in this process involves tons or robocopy scripts AND an external hard drive.

And with that, here are some backlog images of Naima from February.


Bunny Tracks

Naima - February 2017

Naima - February 2017

Naima - February 2017

Naima - February 2017

In addition to trying to get a better organizational grasp on my images that are physically in my possession, I’m also trying to get a better organization to my images that are in the SmugMug Gallery.

While it doesn’t help that effort, it is part of a slight re-design of the website. If you’ve been on the website lately you may have noticed some slight changes.

*The base color remains purple. It will always be purple. However, I got rid of some gold and green accent colors and replaced those with a silver and a light blue.
*I completely replaced the old headers with new headers.
*On the homepage, gone is the slide show of recent pictures added to the SmugMug Gallery. It has been replaced with a slide show of images submitted for The Weekly Photo Challenge.

There are some more changes coming, eventually. I’m looking to re-design every page from the About page to the Products page. I might even add a services page where I quote my prices. Like $75,000 to do a wedding on a Saturday that is an Iowa State home game. I hope you don’t think that prices me out of the market.

Here are a look at the current rotating headers on the website:


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Header - 2017

In the end, I hope to add about 15 more rotating headers to the slight website redesign.

Any Photog that Say that they Runnin’ the Game I’mma Come in they Session and Cut Off They Legs, Woo!

The world wasn’t ready for these pictures on Monday, but I can’t hold them back any longer. Here are the alternates for WEATHER:


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2 of the pictures were taken on Manhattan Hill in Manhattan, Kansas. 1 was taken on Old 30 east of Boone. The rest were taken down by the Des Moines River.

Falls Park

On the way to the Black Hills we stopped at Falls Park in Sioux Falls. Because we got a late start to the trip, so we didn’t hang around Falls Park for long. Plus it was pouring rain and it was cold. I did snap a few photos before we hit the road again:


Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

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Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

Falls Park - Sioux Falls

We will be visiting me and my Mom’s trip to South Dakota a few more times in the future.

My Minnesota Spirit Animal

Back in August I went up to Minnesota to visit some of my favorite peeps, but I also had an ulterior motive. For years I’ve driven up to the Twin Cities area and just south of Lakeville I would come across a strange collection of sculptures on the east side of I-35. I’ve never been able to figure out how to get there. Or for that matter, what it even was.

This trip to Minnesota I vowed to crack the mystery. Before supper Bethany, Nora, and Dae Hee and I and a sense of wonderment loaded up into a vehicle and tried to solve the mystery… and solve the mystery, we did.

After some wrong turns we finally located the source of the wonderful mystery sculptures. The source was Hot Sam’s Antiques and Foto Park. For $10 your party could take as many cruddy cell phone pictures as you wanted. It was $25 for an actual camera-camera.

We plunked down the Hamilton and wandered and wondered around the Minnesota magical wonderland that is Sam’s Foto Park. Here are some cell phone pictures from this wondrous adventure:


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Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Dino Bustin’

Hot Sam's Foto Park
So this is what happened to the bus from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE


Hot Sam's Foto Park
Dae Hee in Repose

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Nora LOVED this car!

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
#outhousesofinstagram

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
I both love and am creeped out by old industrial trucks!

Hot Sam's Foto Park
This is a fence of nightmares!

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Worst Pixar movie ever! Not counting the worse sequels.

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park


Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
Plan 9 from Outer Space?

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park
You know this would look amazing in my yard!

Hot Sam's Foto Park
My birthday is 7 months away… If you start saving now…

Hot Sam's Foto Park

Hot Sam's Foto Park

You can have Disneyland. Give me Hot Sam’s Foto Park. Every day of the week and… wait for it…. thrice on Sundays!!

Remembered with Nostalgia

Now that I’ve been back to reality for 7 days, probably a good time to go over my vacation.

FRIDAY

Left work at 4 PM or so. Vacation starts.
Had FNSC with Willy. Ate at Colorado Grill.
After Colorado Grill. Started watching a new show, NARCOS.

SATURDAY

Breakfast at Legal Limit with Mom.
Photography for Amber and Steve’s Wedding.


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Not Steve pictured.

SUNDAY

Went to the Lutheran Church in Gilbert with Jesse and Nader to celebrate Nader’s 30th year in the United States.
Ate lunch at the church with some of the people that helped Nader when he got to the country.
Went to Gene’s farm to admire his car collection.


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Sent this picture to Russell of Youth Nazis harassing this old woman.

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Sent this picture to Logan because he sent me a picture trying to make me jealous of his lunch.

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A Studebaker with an El Camino back.

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Naima getting her pills.

Went to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad and Shorty was there working it.


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While this food stand looks awesome, the ice cream isn’t that great.

MONDAY

Loaded up Mom’s car and headed for Mount Rushmore.
Stopped in Sioux Falls for gas, human fuel, and Falls Park. It rained all the way to Sioux Falls.


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Sent this picture to Jorge and Joe to remind them that I wasn’t at work.

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Falls Park

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Mom struggles with the selfie concept.

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Confused by the bridge they built to seemingly just to wreck the view.

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I wonder what this picture would look like with me in it.

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Oh. Like that.

I give Falls Park the thumbs up. I’ll have to go back when I have more time at some point.

Stopped for gas again next to 1880 town.


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Stopped at Wall Drug right before it closed.


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Still don’t have the selfie thing down.

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Free Water.

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Pretty horrible restaurant across the street from Wall Drug.

I’d give Wall Drug the bird. Don’t waste your time. A bunch of touristy garbage with ridiculous hours.

Got to Rapid City and checked into a hotel with free WI-FI and continental breakfast.

TUESDAY

Got up in the morning and ate continental breakfast at the hotel. Had a lengthy conversation with two women from Arizona that came up there for the Buffalo Roundup.
Left for Mount Rushmore.


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Posted on Instagram. #wafflelife

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First view of Mount Rushmore

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View from the parking lot.

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One armed woman took this picture for us.

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Getting better at the selfie game.

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What Mount Rushmore was supposed to look like, but they had to stop because of WWII. Another thing we can blame on Hitler.

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I give Mount Rushmore the thumbs up.

At the base of Mount Rushmore we ran into Brad Dighton. The cousin of a member of my church. He gave us several pro tips for the area. We weren’t able to get to all of them, but maybe next time.

One of his pro tips was take the Iron Mountain Road to Custer State Park.


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All of these tunnels point back to Mount Rushmore. You can’t tell in the picture, but trust me.

I give the Iron Mountain Road the thumbs up.

Custer State Park is a great example of white privilege. I have no clue why a park is named after Custer. His 2 claims to fame are graduating last in his class at West Point and then getting his buttocks handed to him at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

Custer Park (like the man) was more hype than pay off. We were told we would see hundreds of buffalo. We saw one. That being said, the feral donkeys and the prairie dogs made up for the lack of buffaloes.


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I give Custer Park a thumbs up, but it didn’t live up to the hype.

After we left Custer, we went to Needles Highway.


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Still working on the selfie game.

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We’re starting to get there.

Needles Highway is a road about the width of McHose Park road, but with a 400 foot drop to your death on one side. It is amazing!

I give Needles Highway a big thumbs up!

After that we went to Hill City to eat lunch/dinner at a place recommended to us by Brad Dighton. That place was closed, so instead we dined at the Hill City Cafe.


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We bought fudge there.

Hill City Cafe wasn’t terrible, but it certainly was not great. Thumb sideways.

After that, we went to the Crazy Horse Memorial.


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Almost there!

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We might’ve regressed on our selfie game.

I’d give Crazy Horse another big thumbs up! My only complaint is that all the information seems to be on the family carving the memorial and hardly anything on Crazy Horse himself. You know, the guy that ripped Custer’s buttocks off and handed them back to him. He took out Custer’s brothers while he was ate it. Crazy Horse was an OG.

Pro Tip: Pay for the $4 bus ride.

After leaving Crazy Horse, went back to Mount Rushmore for the lighting ceremony.


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Sent this picture of Thomas Jefferson ice cream to Russell since Russell hate Thomas Jefferson for being a slave owner and a rapist. True, but he also made a mean ice cream.

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Paid and extra dollar for the Thomas Jefferson ice cream.

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The lighting ceremony kind of drags on for awhile, but the part where they bring veterans on stage and take the flag down is powerful. While waiting (forever) for them to light up the mountain we became single serving friends with Lance Young. A former Iowa State wide receiver that played in the Dan MacCarney era.

After the lighting we went back to Rapid City and crashed.

WEDNESDAY

Got up in the morning and hit the continental breakfast. Hard. Going home day. No time for single serving friends. Ate and hit the road.

Stopped at Badlands National Park.


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This sign was all hype. No snake.

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Still working on it.

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I think we have it. At least we’re in striking distance.

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Taken by a woman who was friendly, but strangely afraid of falling down the side to her death. She has no future as a Photography 139 Assistant!

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“I’ll take one to the side and one of you in the middle.”

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Not afraid of the edge. Pimp.

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Badlands. 2 big thumbs up. They just need to work on their rattlesnake game.

Next stop on the way home was to see the Dignity Sculpture. It looks like the Big Jesus in Sioux City, only less creepy. I don’t have a picture with the cell phone, but when I unleash the camera pictures, there is one there.

The next stop was Mitchell. I was going to avoid the Corn Palace but it just lined up with when we needed gas and human fuel.


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Go home corn. You’re drunk.

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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER in corn. Well, I can’t hate that.

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Mic Drop! I think we finally nailed it!

Last time I went to the Corn Palace, I gave it the bird. I’m going to upgrade it to just a thumbs down. It is worth seeing, if you don’t waste time going inside.

We stopped at a place called The Hungry Dog for lunch.


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The Hungry Dog was by far the best eating experience of the trip. 6 out of 5 Stars!!! It only seats about 5 people on the inside and after the only employee took our order, made our food, and delivered it; she locked the door and told us she’d be right back. She had to go pick up her kids from school.

I loved every second of my experience!


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On the way out of town we saw this Albert the Bull wannabe. Jason Baier will get that joke.

The last stop of the evening was in Jefferson for gas and human fuel.


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I wish so badly we had this sign when I worked for the evil clown empire. I can’t even count all the times some dirty white trash blew cigarette smoke in my face as soon as I opened the drive-thru window.

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1424.3 miles in 3 days.

Then home for sleep.

THURSDAY

Did not much in the day. Hung up a bunch of pictures in my bedroom. Cleaned out the guest bedroom now that Alexis has moved out.
Picked Derrick up for the Iowa State game.


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I don’t care what anybody says. I love the new Bugle Cyclone secondary logo.

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Well almost everything about that game sucked, except the company.

FRIDAY

I can’t remember next to anything that happened on Friday.
I visited Scottie D. to get a yard sign. He is running for City Council for Ward 5.


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Also had FNSC with Willy. Think it was at Jimmy’s Barbecue.

SATURDAY

Don’t remember much about Saturday either.

Went uptown during YesterBoone to complete another page of the Photo Journal Project.


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Sent this to Micky and offered to buy it in case he got shutout on his hunting trip in Wyoming.

Went out to McHose Park and with Jesse’s assistance completed yet another page of the Photo Journal Project.


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After that, we went to a Gender Reveal Party for one of the members of the Youth Group. It’s a Girl!!
Headed up to Jay’s for Chili Lab. Both Jay and Wily made great chilis and we enjoyed a viewing of KONG ISLAND.

SUNDAY

Got up and went to church at Boone First United Methodist Church.
Then lunch with the family.
Meeting for the Council to Elect Degeneffe.
Then I went to the Freedom Flight Send-off to see Jesse’s Dad.


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Derrick’s dad made an impromptu speech praising military spouses.

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Monica’s mom made a bouquet that they took with them to place on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Then I went home. Sat on my couch and soaked up the last few hours of vacation, before being back at the grind on Monday.

I’ve been back to work one week. Already fantasizing about the next time I dip my toes into the PTO pool.

The Only Thing I Fear is the IRS and God

Looking for a chance to give to a good cause and eat completely edible food? Then do I have an opportunity for you!

Next Wednesday (October 4, 2017) the Boone First United Methodist Church Youth Group will be having a fundraiser to help pay for their mission trip to a yet to be determined location!

Just come out to the Boone Pizza Ranch between 5-8 and bring one of the slips below:


Tip Night

For every one of these we get turned in, we will get $2 towards our Mission Trip. Plus, there will be tip jars all around the Pizza Ranch where you can give a donation to help the cause.

What would you be helping to support? Take a look at the pictures below from past mission trips:


Saint Paul Mission Trip - Misc.

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Misc.

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 1

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 2

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 3

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 4

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 4

Saint Paul Mission Trip - Day 4

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Milwaukee Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Martin, South Dakota Mission Trip

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

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Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Kansas City Mission Trip #2

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Minneapolis Mission Trip

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

Kansas City Mission Trip #1

So please come out to Pizza Ranch next Wednesday and help support great kids doing great work!

WEEK 107 THEME REVEAL

I’m currently away from all things computer. Hopefully, heading in this direction…


Mount Rushmore Postcard

When I return from that great adventure, I will publish the submissions for NATURE. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get started on this week’s theme:


WEEK 107 - WHITE
WHITE!


WHITE! What a great theme! I don’t think I need to define WHITE for you. It is a color. Or more precisely it is all colors combined, but you don’t want to hear me jibber jabber about additive color mixing.

Here’s Scotland. Here’s Ireland. There’s the Bloody Sea!

A few weeks back I spent the weekend up in Minnesota. I went with Bethany, Dae Hee, Nora, Sara Karber, and Shawn Karber to The Irish Fair. Here are a few pictures from the event:




Saint Paul - Irish Fair

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Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

Saint Paul - Irish Fair

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Saint Paul - Irish Fair

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Saint Paul - Irish Fair

You must be wondering, do you recommend The Irish Fair?

The answer is no. Just like everything else Irish, it just isn’t as good as Scottish. I found out that there is a Scottish Fair in the Twin Cities as well, but I had already missed at the time these pictures were taken. I will be going to the Scottish Fair next year! This… I… DO… SWEAR on the grave of Connor MacLeod!!!!