Category Archives: Work


Got a message that I needed come up front at work the other day. When I got up there, it was to check out this guy:

It was a good day at work!


ISO: 160
DATE: 10/10/16 – 11:39
LATITUDE: 42.01246°
LONGITUDE: -93.61196°

Jordan Sunrise

One of the things that sucks about the shift I work is that I leave for work while the sun is rising (at this time of year). One of the things that is awesome about when I leave for work is that I leave for work while the sun is rising (at this time of year).

Jordan Sunrise

Just a quick snapshot to capture its beauty.


ISO: 800
DATE: 09/29/2016 – 6:40
PHOTO ASSISTANT: A quiet urgency to go to work.
EDITING SOUNDTRACK: “This is My Story, This is My Song” by Thelonious Monk

The Colo Derby

A couple Saturdays back I traveled to America’s crossroads: Colo, Iowa to take place in a turtle race that I have dubbed The Colo Derby.

My noble steed Titian dominated the competition, but on that day, it would NOT only be the turtles that smelled fishy. If you get what I’m laying down. Nudge-nudge-wink-wink! I’m saying the officiating was terrible. Okay.

Here are a few photos of this most American of travesties.

Most people never get this close to greatness.

Victory. Titian is thy name!

A training lap.

I’m hoping we can make some wishes out of turtle-planes.

The combatants and their steeds. Cathie (left) was the “victor”.

The official results and some dimestore (albeit very accurate) analysis:

1. Cathie’s Turtle (won because some people don’t understand time.)
2. Titian (second place because of the base ugly human emotion called jealousy.)
3. Joe’s Turtle (third place because Joe was afraid to touch his turtle and his turtle didn’t respect him for this weakness.)
4. Michelle’s Turtle (last place because Michelle hates animals and the turtle could sense it and the turtle quit on her.)

After the race was run, I placed Titian back in the 5 gallon bucket from which he came. I am a man. He is a turtle, but I know we made a very special connection that day. Our paths will cross again. We will have our vengeance!

Gannon and Duarte

Here is another photo from the work afternoon I spent with a group of people turning the old grain elevator in west Ames into an “art place”.

This was painted onto a window on the third or fourth floor.


FOCAL LENGTH: Unrecorded
APERTURE: Unrecorded
DATE: 04/13/2016 13:38
LATITUDE: 42.03700°
LONGITUDE: -93.68144
ASSISTANT: Micky Augustin

02-15-07 Work Walk

I’ve went through a myriad of unsuccessful organizational schemes over the years, but I’m lost why in a folder that goes by the name “02-15-07 Work Walk” there are only two images and neither one has anything to do with work. I’m guessing even less to do with 02-15-07.

Well. Here they are.

Next week’s folder seems to be called 02-22-07. Looks like some squirrel in that one. That means you should get excited.

New Toy

We recently held an auction at the Computer Mine. The one thing in the auction that I really coveted was a blue Canon A4000 IS. I’m not a Canon guy at all. However, I’ve been sans point and shoot for a couple years now and there are times (like mission trips) where a little point and shoot would come in handy. While it isn’t the most powerful camera, I thought if I could get it for $50 bucks (while it retails for $150) I could slum and add a Canon to the arsenal.

I am notoriously tough on point and shoots, so hopefully it will last me a couple years or so.

I thought I would crack it out and document my weekend, to get a feel for it. Below are those pictures.

Spirit Week Super Dog! (Photo by Jorge Rios)

Spirit Week Gyro! (Photo by Joseph Lynch)

Seriously! Data migration call 10 minutes before I’m off!

Houlihan takes over my data migration! (Photo by Joseph Lynch)

Commitment to consumerism.

Supplies for Friday Night Supper Club

Willy grilling. Naima observing.

Firetub Swan Song… Or is it?

Breakfast with Mom at The Legal Limit. She loves having her picture taken.

Finally getting the studio put back together. Might re-do the 9 Emotions Project.

This is what $150 or so looks like.

Helping paint Teresa’s house.

Yeah. Nice try Cyclones.

Happy birthday Greg!

Worshiping an Awesome God!

Thinking about Fall Project #1.

Assisting with Jay’s Ice Skull Project.

Preparing for the Weekly Photo Challenge Photo Shoot.

Stan bringing over some firewood. Naima greeting him.

John grilling at the event formerly known as The Methodist Men Steak Fry.

Monday morning. Back to the grind.

I couldn’t wait for Monday night when I finally got a chance to breathe and have a small bit of free time again.