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Selfie Project – August 2022

Another month down and another month of THE SELFIE PROEJCT in the books. I think I had a pretty active August. At least in spurts. With Pufferbilly Days and the State Fair and some much needed vacation all in August, I did some things man.

I don’t anticipate September being anywhere as busy, but hopefully I’ll do some cool stuff this month.

Here are some of my favorites from August for THE SELFIE PROJECT:


Day 213 - August 1, 2022
August 1

Day 214 - August 2, 2022
August 2

Day 215 - August 3, 2022
August 3

Day 216 - August 4, 2022
August 4

Day 217 - August 5, 2022
August 5

Day 218 - August 6, 2022
August 6

Day 220 - August 8, 2022
August 8

Day 221 - August 9, 2022
August 9

Day 223 - August 11, 2022
August 11

Day 224 - August 12, 2022
August 12

Day 225 - August 13, 2022
August 13

Day 226 - August 14, 2022
August 14

Day 228 - August 16, 2022
August 16

Day 229 - August 17, 2022
August 17

Day 230 - August 18, 2022
August 18

Day 231 - August 19, 2022
August 19

Day 232 - August 20, 2022
August 20

Day 233 - August 21, 2022
August 21

Day 236 - August 24, 2022
August 24

Day 237 - August 25, 2022
August 25

Day 238 - August 26, 2022
August 26

Day 239 - August 27, 2022
August 27

Day 240 - August 28, 2022
August 28

Day 241 - August 29, 2022
August 29

Day 243 - August 31, 2022
August 31

Of course there can only be one selfie that represents THE SELFIE PROJECT every day, but I did have a busy August, so here are the many alternates:


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - AUGUST 2022

You might be thinking, “That is a lot of pictures with ice cream!” There is a reason for that. The reason isn’t because I love ice cream, but that is probably the base level reason. I’ll explain the real reason in a future post. Or I won’t. What is important for you to know is that your humble narrator is a champion. A ice cream champion. Also, Willy and Jesse owe me dinner.

You also might be thinking, “How many gray t-shirts do you own?” The answer is, plenty.

Finally you might be thinking, “You need to retire that green t-shirt.” Yeah, that is true enough.

Baby Got Rack – Iowa State Fair – 2022

While I’m still not ready to reveal what picture got into the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon and what “award” it received, I am ready to share some pictures from Baby Got Rack’s day at the Iowa State Fair.

It was mostly great. We won 1st Place in our category (Combo/Specialty) and also won 1st Place in Showmanship. The only slight down is that we once again didn’t come home with the literal crown they give to Best of Show. That once again went to the guy that won Beef. Scott says that Beef doesn’t always win Best in Show. Scott is wrong about this, but we didn’t qualify for Beef so we couldn’t enter Beef. Anyways, this is one of the internal debates with the team. Like how some people on the team don’t realize that lemonade sucks. But what can you do?

Here are some pictures from the day:


Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

It was a big day for Boone, which is low-key becoming the Barbecue Capital of the World. In addition to Scott’s TWO wins, Rashawn Parker of Boone captained Team Parker to 1st Place in Team. Sean Van Cannon of Boone also came home with 1st Place in Poultry. Just getting to the State Fair through the Boone County Fair is a gauntlet!

If you would like to peruse all the pictures from Baby Got Rack’s 2022 Season, click on the link below:

Baby Got Rack – 2022

It was an up and down season that ended on a high. We will be ready to go in 2023.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is WEEKENDS:


WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS
WEEKENDS

WEEKENDS! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.
But what is a WEEKENDS photo? It is simply a picture taken of something you do on WEEKENDS. Or it could simply be of something you do this coming WEEKEND(S). So taking your picture this WEEKEND(S) is probably your best bet.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 361 – FAMILY

I’m not sure that FAMILY ended up being that popular of a theme. Which is weird. Are people embarrassed by their FAMILY? I guess you’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, August 8, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore the numbers in parentheses):

+ Jesse Howard – 1 week
+ Sara Lockner – 1 week
+ Willy McAlpine – 1 week
+ Linda Bennett – 2 weeks (2)
+ Sarah Toot – 3 weeks
+ Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks
+ Sabas Hernandez – 5 weeks
+ Monica Jennings – 5 weeks
+ Mary Green – 7 weeks (4)
+ Angie DeWaard – 8 weeks
+ Dawn Krause – 12 weeks
+ Kim Barker – 18 weeks
+ Joe Duff – 19 weeks
+ Logan Kahler – 21 weeks
+ Teresa Kahler – 29 weeks (2)
+ Tamara Peterson – 29 weeks
+ Carla Stensland – 29 weeks (2)
+ Michelle Haupt – 30 weeks
+ Micky Augustin – 31 weeks
+ Andy Sharp – 32 weeks
+ Bill Wentworth – 33 weeks
+ Cathie Morton – 37 weeks
+ Elizabeth Nordeen – 38 weeks
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley – 40 weeks
+ Kio Dettman – 43 weeks (4)

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WEEK 361 - FAMILY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler – 22 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - BROOKLYN ERB
Brooklyn Erb – 1 week

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp – 33 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland – 30 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez – 6 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler – 30 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – 32 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen – 39 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth – 34 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff – 20 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman – 44 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - MARY GREEN
Mary Green – 8 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett – 3 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley – 41 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson – 30 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot – 4 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause – 13 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings – 6 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton – 38 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt – 31 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler – 1 week

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard – 9 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker – 19 weeks

WEEK 361 - FAMILY - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

24 participants! That is a pretty good week, but definitely the least popular theme for a bit.

There were 4 streaks that bit the dust. Jesse, Sara, and Willy couldn’t make it a second week. Suzie’s 5 week streak is history as well.

I can’t be certain, but I think the empire extended from Pennsylvania to Texas to Kansas to Nebraska and Iowa this week.

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 362 - WEEKENDS
WEEKENDS

WEEKENDS! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what is a WEEKENDS photo? It is simply a picture taken of something you do on WEEKENDS. Or it could simply be of something you do this coming WEEKEND(S). So taking your picture this WEEKEND(S) is probably your best bet.

While thinking on possible subjects for your WEEKENDS picture, mediate on the following quote for inspiration:

cozy+smell of pancakes-alarm clock=weekend
-Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

RULES

The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing your idea of WEEKENDS in this place that is my permanent Saturday next Monday.

WEEK 362 – THEME REVEAL

I’m on vacation this week. While I don’t have grand plans for today, it is set aside for errands. If you are reading this, it has taken long enough that I haven’t had time to cobble together this post. Just cause I’m busy do stuff that isn’t incredibly fun, doesn’t mean you can’t get a start on this week’s theme:


WEEK 362 - WEEKENDS
WEEKENDS

WEEKENDS! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what is a WEEKENDS photo? It is simply a picture taken of something you do on WEEKENDS. Or it could simply be of something you do this coming WEEKEND(S). So taking your picture this WEEKEND(S) is probably your best bet.

While thinking on possible subjects for your WEEKENDS picture, mediate on the following quote for inspiration:

The only reason we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.
-Chuck Palahniuk

But I also like this one:

Anybody have plans to stare at their phone somewhere exciting this weekend?
-Nitya Prakash

I look forward to your interpretation. The FAMILY interpretations should be posted later tonight.

Memory Lane Denouement

Today is a monumental day. It is the last of our Saturday walks down memory lane. With this last collection of images, I was able to fix all the blogs that had missing pictures due to my constant changing of image gallery hosts. The last entry to be fixed was in August of 2011. Unfortunately many entries weren’t able to be fixed completely because I have lost images over the decade and half this website has been in existence. Most of those were pictures that were “archives” images that were scans of old pictures from the film days. The other major missing hole will be pictures from the first two years of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, originally known as THE RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT. It is sad that this collection will never be “complete” again, but we are never actually fully complete, are we? However, when it comes to the RANDOM WEEKLY PHOTO EXPERIMENT, there is probably less than 50 images missing. So that isn’t terrible. After all, it isn’t like anybody goes back and looks at my journal entries from 11 years ago.

Here is the last collection of images:


Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

Twins vs. Padres - 2011

WEEK 24 - PEOPLE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 25 - SOOTHING - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 26 - LIGHT PLACEMENT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 27 - BLACK AND WHITE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 28 - GAMES - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 29 - FRAMING - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 30 - NIGHT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

WEEK 32 - NOISE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

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

Minnesota

RWPE Y2 #24 – PEOPLE

RWPE Y2 #25 – SOOTHING

RWPE Y2 #26 – LIGHT PLACEMENT

RWPE Y2 #27 – BLACK & WHITE

RWPE Y2 #28 – GAMES

RWPE Y2 #29 – FRAMING

RWPE Y2 #30 – NIGHT

RWPE Y2 #32 – NOISE

There is no walk down memory lane next Saturday. I’m not sure what next Saturday will even hold. I might start taking Saturdays off. I might start moving the formal portraits to Saturdays and start taking Sundays off. Or I might just start working on the backlog. It is a mystery that only time will solve.

Triplet + Jonah Birthday Party

A few weeks back the Triplets and Jonah had a birthday party at the KOA near Adel. I wasn’t able to make the party because it was schedule for the same time as the Iowa State-Oklahoma State football game that I was scheduled to attend. But I did have time to drive down to Adel and hang out for about 90 minutes before I had to head to Ames to witness Iowa State beat a top ten Cowboy team.

Here are some pictures from my hang time:


The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

The Triplets and Jonah Birthday Party - 2021

Having everybody meet up in kind of a central location and spend the weekend was a pretty cool idea I thought. I hope it happens again on a weekend where Iowa State doesn’t have a home game, so I can be around more than 90 minutes. It was also really cold that weekend. I mean not really cold, but it was definitely colder than you would want.

Derrick told me that KOA campsites suck and hate children, but that wasn’t my experience, in the 90 minutes I was there. I would consider staying there on a trip sometime. I didn’t know they rented cabins and tents.

It was the first time I’d seen many of these people since before the pandemic. I hope it doesn’t take so long to see them again. Although I pretty sure I’m going down to Manhattan for Nate’s graduation in about a month.

2010-07-26

The pictures in the folder 2010-07-26 are from a road trip I took to Minnesota with Sara. It was frankly one the best road trips of my life. I got to hang out with some of my favorite people in the world. I got to see my favorite band in concert AND we went to Flugtag! Plus we ate at a really mediocre German restaurant.

Here are some pictures:


In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

In this Old Purple Town

WEEK 29 - DEPTH OF FIELD - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Me and My Miracle Whip Cooler

Me and My Miracle Whip Cooler

That Miracle Whip cooler is one of my proudest possessions. If my house was on fire, it would be just outside the Top 5 things I would run in and grab. It was a gift from Sara. I believe she bought it in Wisconsin. The few chance I get to tailgate, it goes with me. It did sadly get too close to the grill recently. While it is still fully functional, one side is a little sad looking now. I think it makes me love it more!

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

This Old Purple Town

RWPE #29 – DEPTH OF FIELD

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve “nature’s fence”.

Blessings 2020

Let’s face it. 2020 has been a terrible year. I could spend hours and hours polishing this turd, but a turd is still a turd.

I basically only see 2 other people on a regular basis right now. Willy and I haven’t held a Friday Night Supper Club since March 13. We went to Jimmy’s for their Friday the 13th sale. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve seen any of my nieces and nephews this year. I’ve been able to hold a couple of Union Street Theater Nights in the reconfigured Union Street Theater, but it isn’t really the same. The masks and the sound of the air purifiers makes conversation a little difficult and food is definitely a missing element. Since March, the only stores I have been inside are the Boone Wal-Mart and Boone Hardware. I go to Hy-Vee every other week. I’ve seen Bethany twice. Nate and Laura once. Becca, not at all. I haven’t seen the Lockners at all. I’ve seen the Gorshes thrice. I run into Willy around town now and again. Jay stops by here and there to work on his homework. I see Jesse now and again. I haven’t met Kalista’s baby. Baier, Russell, Andree? Distant memories. Since I left the Computer Mine with the belief that I would be working from home for a few weeks, the only co-workers of note that I’ve seen in person are Vest, Lowell, Kim, and Elizabeth. I haven’t met Jorge’s twins. My church has had maybe a dozen worship services and those are suspended again. The Mission Trip is cancelled. There will be no Mission Trip next year. Youth Group has been put on hold indefinitely. For the first time since September 18, 2004, they played football games at Jack Trice Stadium and I wasn’t in attendance. The Cyclones Women’s Basketball Season just tipped off. I wasn’t there. I will most likely, not be able to attend any Cyclones Men’s games this year.

All of that being said, 2020 has still been an embarrassment of blessings for me. In a time where the pandemic was horribly mismanaged by an inept and corrupt federal government, causing employment rates to go through the roof and food insecurity and evictions to sweep across the country like a second plague, I have not had to worry about my job. As these pandemic pounds can attest, I haven’t once had to worry about my next meal. I was in a solid enough financial position that when the $1200 dollar stimulus check hit my bank account I wasn’t sure what to do with it. We were supposed to put it where it would do the most good, so I donated some of it to Joe Biden’s campaign.

While the only people I see on a regular basis are Mom and Teresa. I am still blessed with a pretty incredible family:


Bennett Family Photo Shoot - 2017

Baby Tri-Force 1st Birthday Party

While I see them rarely, I still have a pretty incredible set of friends:


March 12, 2019

August 10, 2019

August 13, 2019

LOSER - BLACK & WHITE

Self Portrait Project - 2012

Photo Journal - Page 56 Reject

Honey Hollow

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

While we don’t get to worship an awesome God together right now, I still have a pretty incredible church family:


October 27, 2019

October 30, 2019

September 25, 2019

June 27, 2019

June 23, 2019

January 16, 2019

While I continue to work at home, I still talk to and try to stay in contact with my amazing work family:


August 30, 2019

December 27, 2019

PORTRAIT - ALTERNATE

And while Naima is becoming off the charts spoiled, I’m blessed to have her in my life as well:


Black and White Alternate

I hope to see so much more of all of you in 2021. In fact, I’ve started to compile a list of things that I look forward to doing when this pandemic subsides. It isn’t a glamorous list. But that is a sign of 2020.

Black Lives Matter – Boone – Three

I need to start the day by wishing a very happy birthday to Bethany. So… happy birthday Bethany!!!


9  Emotions Project - Bethany

Nora's Birthday Party - Age 2

Baby Tri-Force 1st Birthday Party

Minnesota State Fair - 2019

Photo of the Day 0109 - August 19, 2014

I hope your birthday is as amazing as you want it to be!

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I thought this would be the last collection of pictures from the Boone Black Lives Matter event, but I miscalculated how I would break these down into volumes, so there will actually be one more collection of pictures after these pictures. Everybody wins!

Here is my version of what I witnessed at the Black Lives Matter event. I parked at my church’s parking lot because it was a good central location to witness the parade, without getting too close to it. I also had these visions of maybe cracking out the drone, but that never happened.

I walked east on 8th Street to the green space. Along the way, I noticed that a Latina owned business had put up signs to support the Black Lives Matter movement. They were also handing out free snacks and water to protesters.

When I got near the green space, I noticed that a local real estate business that owns a healthy portion of downtown buildings was also outside handing out free water to protesters. They had boarded up all of their buildings a couple days before.

Next to them, Paradox was also handing out free drinks and had placed signs with inspirational quotes on their building. I think the owners may have helped organize the event, because somebody came over to them to complain that nobody could hear the speakers, they offered to bring out a sound system.

The Boone Community Theater was also handing out water to protesters. As was the the Police Department and at least 2 other businesses.

I kept my distance from the protest, but from what I could discern, it started with an 8 minute and 46 second moment of silence to represent how long the police officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck when he was killing him.

I think there were a couple of speakers, but I really couldn’t hear them, because of the distance I was keeping because of the virus and a lack of an operating sound system.

There were a few people standing around and observing. It is hard to say if they were just checking it out or are sympathetic to the cause and keeping their distance because of the virus. However, before the march began, I didn’t see anybody I thought was there to agitate.

After the march started, I did notice a couple of people that were there to counter-protest, I guess you would call it. One guy kept circling around the marchers in his truck. He had taped a couple signs to his truck that read “Support the Blue”.

There was a considerably less counter-protester, I guess you would call him, that didn’t really hang around, but drove past the marchers blaring the Berlin song “Take My Breath Away”. I think at some point, he realized how extremely stupid that was, because he didn’t stick around for very long.

There was also a group of high school students that were either sympathetic to the cause, or just being stupid. They didn’t march, but they drove by the marchers blaring the N.W.A. tune, “F*ck Tha Police”. Which wasn’t really all that cool, under the circumstances. Which is rare, because there are very few circumstances where it isn’t cool to drive around blaring N.W.A. Just did it the other day with “Straight Outta Compton”.

The marchers left the green space and marched south on Story Street to Mamie. At Mamie they turned west and marched to Greene Street. At Greene Street, the marched north to 5th Street. At 5th Street they marched west to Carroll Street. At Carroll Street they marched north to 8th Street. From 8th Street, they marched east back to the green space.

When they returned, there was some chanting, but the event seemed to end about 7 PM mostly. It seemed that a few people were still milling around, but I took off, went home. Threw my clothes in the washer and took a shower. Which is what you should do if you are in a large group of people.

Here is the third collection of pictures from the Black Lives Matters event in Boone:


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Anna Olson!

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For those of you that don’t know Anna Olson, she is a future President of the United States. I hope we don’t have to wait for her to be old enough to be our first female President, but if we do, she will make an excellent first female President. She will also make an excellent second or third female President. I look forward to working in her administration 20 years from now.

There is just one collection of pictures from the Boone Black Lives Matter event left.

2009-11-23

I need to start this post by wishing the happiest of birthdays to my bro Nate. Happy birthday Nate!


NATE - SYMPATHY

WEEK 198 - CANDID PORTRAIT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

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Nate and Laura Engagement Pictures

Truth is, I just hope Nate gets a good nap on his birthday!

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The pictures in the folder 2009-11-23 are from a trip I made with the family to Kansas City to watch Alexis compete in a cheerleading competition.

If you niece and nephew are going to compete in a sport, they can do worse than cheerleading. The routines last maybe a couple minutes. The you can leave. It isn’t a several hour commitment. Which is key, because I love my nieces and nephews dearly. But I care nothing about other people’s nieces and nephews. I don’t want to spend hours watching them compete, just to get to watch my niece and/or nephew compete. I want to watch my niece compete. Then I want to go get some tasty barbecue.

What I’m getting at is this, never, under any circumstances, agree to go to a gymnastics meet. There are multiple events and 10,000 kids. The worst part, they all use the same music for the floor exercise. Trust me, you don’t want to hear the same 30 second clip of some horrible song 10,000 times in one day. It will make you psychotic. Just saying…


Be Aggressive!

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One caveat though… cheerleading moms 100% live up to the stereotype.

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

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Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve Jill and her foot.