Category Archives: Friends

2009-05-06

The pictures in the folder 2009-05-06 are of Shannon paying off a wager that she lost… to me.

I feel bad calling it a wager, because she didn’t really stand much of a chance of winning. Well she had one chance when I think about it.

We wagered on the outcome of a basketball game between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Northern Iowa Purple Hawks.

I know… I know… why would anybody be foolish enough to put up anything of value in the vain belief that the Purple Hawks would actually best the Cyclones.

What UNI had going for them was that Iowa State was in the middle of its worst run of basketball in its modern history. This was still a couple years before Fred Hoiberg rode in and saved Iowa State basketball. Iowa State was still being coached by a former Purple Hawk by the name of Greg McDermott. In his defense he had coached okay when he was a Purple Hawk but coming up the big leagues proved too be too big of a step for him and he failed miserably in Ames.

Fortunately Iowa State got bailed out when some parochial school in Omaha (I think that is in Montana) took him off our hands. A miracle that has repeated itself twice. Once when Auburn took Gene Chizik off our hands and then again when Auburn (seriously thank you Auburn) took James Bond villain and terrible administrator Steven Leath off our hand. Auburn has since fired both of them. I think McDermott still coaches at the parochial school.

The obvious happened. The Cyclones strode into whatever middle school gym the Purple Hawks play in and mercilessly pounded UNI 71-66 in overtime. No fooling, McDermott was a terrible coach.

I don’t know what would’ve happened if I would’ve lost the bet, but it seems pretty irrelevant. Shannon had to dawn a piece of Cyclone clothing and pose for a photo session.

Here is the results of that session:


Shannon Wager Loss

Shannon Wager Loss

Shannon Wager Loss

Shannon Wager Loss

Shannon Wager Loss

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Shannon Wager Loss

Shannon Wager Loss

Shannon Wager Loss

Shannon Wager Loss

Shannon Wager Loss

Shannon Wager Loss

It doesn’t appear that I have ever published these pictures. It might have been part of the wager that the pictures were to never become public. I figure either the statue of limitations have run out on that deal or what does it matter? I’m sure they’ll be closing UNI down in the next couple of years and it will be just a footnote in history like Des Moines University or Highland Park College or Sioux Empire College or Iowa Wesleyan… Oh wait, they decided to keep Iowa Wesleyan open.

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a Mother’s Day barbecue.

A Photo Journal – Page 31

Last Saturday night Jay, Willy, Jesse, and I piled into the Sir Pixalot-mobile and headed down to Des Moines for a dinner that had absolutely nothing to do with Jay’s dinner. Anybody that says that the very delicious dinner we took down had anything to do with Jay’s birthday is a terrible liar.

Jay had selected (totally unrelated to his birthday) BAH Brazilian Steakhouse for the dinner. When we got there, there was a 45 minute wait. I took this as an opportunity to take Willy across the river and take the two pictures that I needed for Page 31 for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT.


Photo Journal - Page 31
Page 31

Photo Journal - Page 31
Tell a joke with two pictures.

This leaves only the following images left to capture before finally closing the book on THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:

Page 18 – Shoot the other half of this picture by Jason Evans. – This is a profoundly stupid page, but I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and do it at some point.
Page 28 – Recreate a famous photograph without looking it up.
Page 64 – Head out with a fellow photographer and play a game of photography dare.
PAGE 66-67 – Make a sequence of four pictures inspired by the rise and fall of Britney Spears (or another celebrity).
PAGE 101 – Find an object, close your eyes and compose your shot using touch rather than vision.
Page 106-107 – Email one of your pictures to your photography hero and ask them what they hate about it.
Page 117 – Freeze the frame exactly 57 minutes and 32 seconds in to your favorite film. Take a picture inspired by what you see.
PAGE 121 – Show us that photography is a form of magic.
Page 123 – Don’t take any more photographs -none- until you see something that emotionally moves you. Only then pick up your camera.

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


WEEK 205 - FLOWER
FLOWER

A FLOWER picture is pretty self-evident. Happy photo harvesting!

Iowa State Fair 2018 – More Animals

You can still technically vote in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Poll right now, but it will shut down at some point today. So if you haven’t voted yet, then you need to get on it.

By the time this post publishes, Baby Got Rack will have been judged and should be finding out where we placed in this year’s State Fair Barbecue Contest sponsored by some insurance company that I can never remember because it isn’t my insurance company. I insure with American Family Insurance. I don’t necessarily endorse them because I’ve literally never had an interaction with them. I pay them. They take my money. I’ve never made a claim. Car or house. It is a good relationship. So far.

Unlike Bank of the West. It is a matter of time before I dump that awful bank. I just haven’t figured out where to go. I prefer to bank in Boone and I’ve been considering credit unions lately, but there isn’t a credit union in Boone. So I just sit and stew about Bank of the West and their terrible customer service. This is why I should have never went to direct deposit for day job’s paycheck. Even though I’m sure they would have just forced me to do it at some point by now. I wonder if they would direct deposit my paycheck in a rusty coffee can buried in my backyard. Don’t laugh. That rusty coffee can gives me the same customer service as Bank of the West. Probably more.

Any way, go vote in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest poll if you haven’t. I’m not providing you a link. You should have figured it out by now.

Here are some pictures of animals from last year’s Iowa State Fair:


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Iowa State Fair - 2018

There are about 3 collections of Iowa State Fair pictures left to share. By my calculations at least.

WPC – WEEK 204 – MUSIC

There is 1 day left to vote in the polls that will determine what pictures I enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

If voting in all 6 polls at once is too much for you, you can at least cast a ballot in the last poll. Hidden Treasures of Boone County.

Hidden Treasures of Boone County – Set 2

Poll will Start on August 7
Boone County Treasures Group 2 - Choose 1 (2019)
Water Tower
Tortoise
Goat
Llama
Dickcissel
Ledges
Big Boy
Freight
Lost Lake
Merry Christmas

If you are ready to vote in all 6 polls, click on the link below:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Poll

Thanks for voting!

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It looks like there are lots of people that have MUSIC in their lives as MUSIC was a theme that once again hit double digits in submissions. This is, I believe, the 6th week in a row where a theme reached double digits in submissions.

There are only 4 weeks left in this cycle of themes. If you have any ideas or suggestions for themes for the next 4 weeks, leave them in the Comments section of this here post.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions!


WEEK 204 - MUSIC - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 204 - MUSIC - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

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 205 - FLOWER
FLOWER

FLOWER! What a great theme! As luck would have it, this time the FLOWER theme popped up during a time of year where almost all of us can just walk into our backyard and take a picture of a FLOWER. Or we can go to a park and take a picture of a FLOWER. This might be the best time of year for wildFLOWERs.

As always, I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

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HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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 flowery Monday!

Iowa State Fair – 2018 – Animals

There are just a couple of day s left to vote in my polls that will determine what pictures I enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

If voting in 6 polls at once in too much for you, you can vote in one of the Hidden Treasures of Bone County polls below:

Boone County Treasures – Set 1

Poll will Start on August 7
Boone County Treasures Group 1 - Choose 1 (2019)
High Bridge
Naima
Logan
Don Williams
Harrier Marsh
Fraser
Don Williams
Thomas
Boone County Fair
Whistlin' Donkey

If you are ready to vote in all the polls, you can do that by clicking on the link below:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest

Thanks for voting!

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As I try to clear out my 2018 Iowa State Fair backlog before the end of the 2019 Iowa State Fair concludes, here is a collection of animal pictures from the petting zoo and the baby animals exhibits!


Iowa State Fair - 2018

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Iowa State Fair - 2018

Iowa State Fair - 2018

Still at least a couple posts worth of State Fair pictures in the hopper.

2009-04-28 & 2009-05-01

There are only 3 days left to vote for what pictures I enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

If you don’t think you have the time or energy to vote in all 6 polls right now, you can vote for one of the Nature polls right now!

Nature Set 2

Poll will Start on August 7
Nature Category - Nature - Choose 1 (2019)
Butterfly
Butterfly
Bird
Insects
Bee
Grasshopper
Pelicans
Bird
Waterfall
Butterfly

If you are ready to vote in all 6 polls, click on the link below:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest

Thanks for voting!

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The pictures in the folders 2009-05-01 & 2009-04-28 are from my backyard when I was still trying to figure out what I had in my backyard.

Except one picture is of a text message I got from James on the day he was given one of the most basic human rights. Hard to believe that it was only 10 years ago. It is hard to believe that such a basic human right was “given” 10 years ago.

It is a reminder that we have come some ways in the civil rights in this country. Even though we have had a major regression in the last couple of years.


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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:

The Land Awakens
Cardinalidae
Don Lockwood
State of Enlightenment

Next week’s walk down memory lane will feature Shannon, very well dressed.

Iowa State Fair – 2018 – DNR

There are now 5 days left to vote for what pictures I will enter in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

If it is too much for you to take on all 6 polls at once, you can vote in the Photojournalism poll below. At this point, there is a clear cut Photojournalism front-runner.

Photojournalism


Poll will Start on August 7
Photojournalism Category Poll - Choose 1 (2019)
Skydivers
W!
Beto
Booker
BGR
RAGBRAI
Old Glory
Squadron
Greatest Patriot
Big Boy

If you want to vote in all 6 polls, click on the link below:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Poll

Thanks for your assistance!

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Since today is the opening day of the Iowa State Fair, you should remember that I do have one picture on display at the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. You should go check it out!

I also figured that today would be a good day to publish pictures from last year’s trip to the Iowa State Fair with Jesse and Nader. This is collection is from the DNR Building. The DNR Building is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite building to visit at the Iowa State Fair.


Iowa State Fair - 2018

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Iowa State Fair - 2018

Plenty more from last year’s Iowa State Fair in the backlog!

WPC – WEEK 203 – LETTERS OR NUMBERS

LETTERS OR NUMBERS was another solid week! Hitting double digits for submissions for I think the 5th week in a row. I’ll check my math on that at some point in the future.

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


WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmeleee

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker
WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - STEPHANIE KIM
Stephanie Kim

WEEK  203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

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 204 - MUSIC
Music

MUSIC! What a great theme! But what is a MUSIC photo? A MUSIC photo is any photo of anything involved in the production of or listening to MUSIC.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING


A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

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.

Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date.

OR

I now allow people to text me their submissions. In the past, I had made exceptions for a couple people that aren’t real computer savvy, even though it was an inconvenience for me and required at least 3 extra steps for me. I am now lifting that embargo because I have a streamline way of uploading photos. I’m not giving out my phone number, but if you have it, you can text me.

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 musical Monday!

2009-04-24

The pictures in the folder named 2009-04-24 are from when Jesse and I went to Tom Harkin’s office and met with a member of his staff to encourage him to support ending the civil war in Uganda.

We were very pleased with ourselves and decided to celebrate afterwards by meeting Sara at Snookie’s for celebratory ice cream. To this day, I celebrate all major accomplishments with ice cream. Also minor accomplishments. Also major failures. Basically, I’m eating ice cream while I’m typing this out.


Tom Harkin Office Visit

Tom Harkin Office Visit

Tom Harkin Office Visit

Tom Harkin Office Visit

Tom Harkin Office Visit

Tom Harkin Office Visit

Tom Harkin Office Visit

Tom Harkin Office Visit

Letter from Tom Harkin

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

Better Than Work

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve plants from my backyard.

Wow! I finished another blog! Time to go celebrate with some ice cream!

A PHOTO JOURNAL – PAGE 116

I made a recent stop at Boone’s local old timey ice cream shop for a malt and to pick up a couple glass bottles of Pepsi to pay off a 7 month (but who’s counting) debt. While I was there I spied a couple glass bottles of Bubble Up.

Bubble Up is a soda that reminds me of Jesse. When he was a child his family would travel from Boone to Clinton to visit relatives. On the way there they would stop at King Tower Cafe in Tama. One time Jesse and I and I think Eric made the trip to Clinton and we also stopped at King Tower Cafe. Now, this was over 20 years ago, but the one thing I distinctly remember about the experience is that they served Bubble Up. As a Fountain Drink.

When I spied the Bubble Up, I knew exactly what I needed to do. I needed to purchase it and then photograph Page 116 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


Photo Journal - Page 116
Page 116 – Shoot an advert where the image says it all wihtout th eneed for any additional copy.

I shot one other picture I liked, but not enough to physically adhere it into the physical copy of A PHOTO JOURNAL (there can be only one):


Photo Journal - Page 116

The leaves the following pages of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT left to photograph:

Page 18 – Shoot the other half of this picture by Jason by Jason Evans. – This is a profoundly stupid page, but I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet and do it at some point.
PAGE 27- Create drama around the edge of your frame.
Page 28 – Recreate a famous photograph without looking it up.
PAGE 31 – Tell a joke with two pictures.
Page 64 – Head out with a fellow photographer and play a game of photography dare.
PAGE 66-67 – Make a sequence of four pictures inspired by the rise and fall of Britney Spears (or another celebrity).
PAGE 101 – Find an object, close your eyes and compose your shot using touch rather than vision.
Page 106-107 – Email one of your pictures to your photography hero and ask them what they hate about it.
Page 117 – Freeze the frame exactly 57 minutes and 32 seconds in to your favourite film. Take a picture inspired by what you see.
PAGE 121 – Show us that photography is a form of magic.
Page 123 – Don’t take any more photographs -none- until you see something that emotionally moves you. Only then pick up your camera.

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is LETTERS OR NUMBERS:


WEEK 203 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS
LETTERS OR NUMBERS

Happy photo harvesting!