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Marble Beach

Today is Lowell’s birthday… so… happy birthday Lowell!


Day 138 - May 18, 2022

Ironic that this picture was taken on my birthday? Either way, I hope your birthday has adequate amounts of happiness!

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I count this trip a bit as auxiliary images for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT. In fact I went camping with Carla and Jason at the Marble Beach State Recreation Area. While I was there I harvested one town sign. It was a town sign that I had harvested before, but I wanted to get a picture of it at night. So I revisited the town sign of Terril, Iowa.


Terril, Iowa
Terril, Iowa – The only town sign in Iowa that is neon.

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Marble Beach State Recreation Area

Dickinson County - Terril

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

Emmet County - Estherville

The swinging bridge is located in Estherville. Made a special trip just to walk across it. It is hard to put into words how incredibly dark it was on that bridge on that night. The pictures make it look much brighter than it actually was. In fact, crossing a swinging bridge, suspended over a swift Des Moines River, in pitch black conditions was a bit of a rush.

I still have more pictures from this camping trip to share.

Miami Beach – Day 3 and Day 6 – A7II

In this post I am going to share pictures I took with the A7II on Days 3 and 6 of my work trip to Miami Beach. I did not crack out the camera at all on Day 4. On Day 5, I actually got away for a bit and took several pictures, so I’m going to dedicate an entire post to those pictures. I didn’t take many pictures on Day 3 or Day 6, so I’m combining them here.

Day 3 was supposed to be kind of a half day of training, but those of us on Team Setup ended up spending quite a bit of hours tinkering with the computers at the Convention Center. I only took a handful of pictures walking back from the Convention Center with Tony after he went to 7/11 for some smokes.


Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022
Maybe I’m immature, but you can’t tell me if this sign was in Ames, it would be right up there for college freshman to steal with highway 69 signs.

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022
I would love to see this hotel when it is done being renovated.

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022
A tree growing outside of the Plymouth.

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022

Day 6 was the last day of the convention. It was a long day for me because I left the hotel about 7:30 for the Convention Center. I got back to the hotel at about 8:30. From 4:30 until about 8:00 I sat around with Kim, Tony, and Lowell waiting for one crate to arrive. All the pictures I took that day are from that wait.


Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022
The Computer Mine Booth

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022
That reddish crate isn’t the one we were waiting for, but Kim packed up all our snacks and then wrapped it. So we starved for 2 hours. Please feel sorry for me.

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022


A Computer Mine competitor’s booth.

It was a good trip, but the highlights, photographically speaking are from Day 5. Which I will share soon.

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


WEEK 353 - SERVICE
SERVICE

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

This is a theme that was suggested by Andy. If you don’t like it, well remember that I crowdsource the themes once a year about November, so watch for that post and conduct your actions accordingly.

That isn’t to infer that I don’t love this theme. If I didn’t love the suggestion, I would have filed it in the trash next to Shannon’s suggestion of CATS. Maybe not next to that suggestion. Cause that one I threw in the trash and then stomped the trash down. Then took it to the incinerator. I didn’t even own an incinerator. I went to the store and bought one, just so I could incinerate that suggestion.

That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t make suggestions for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE when that time is nigh. Just don’t suggest CATS.

But what is a SERVICE picture? A SERVICE is simply the action of helping someone else. A SERVICE picture is simply a picture of one person helping another person. Or the results of one person helping another person. Now there are many different types of SERVICE. For example the theme reveal is a picture of a worship SERVICE. I get very questionable internet SERVICE from Mediacom. A couple days last week I ate at restaurant where I received SERVICE from many fine servers.

Happy photo harvesting!

Miami Beach – Day 1 – A7II

I thought this Sunday I would get back to Formal Portrait Sundays, but today didn’t unfold how I planned at all. Not even a little bit. Instead, I’m going to share some pictures I took with the real camera on the first day of my work trip to Miami Beach.

I didn’t take anywhere near as many with the A7II as I did with the cell phone camera. Like 7 hours of the day was taken up with a Major League Baseball baseball game, and I wasn’t allowed to take that camera in there. However, I did take a few. Mostly at the beach.


Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

There are still more pictures to share from this trip and hopefully next Sunday I’m able to get back to Formal Portrait Sunday, but the way my schedule for next weekend is lining up, I have my doubts.

SELFIE PROJECT – MAY 2022

After what was a fairly inactive April, I seemed to be constantly on the move in May. That possibly resulted in an interesting collection of images for THE SELFIE PROJECT.

Here are some of my favorites from May:


Day 121 - May 1, 2022
May 1

Day 123 - May 3, 2022
May 3

Day 124 - May 4, 2022
May 4

Day 125 - May 5, 2022
May 5

Day 126 - May 6, 2022
May 6

Day 127 - May 7, 2022
May 7

Day 128 - May 8, 2022
May 8

Day 129 - May 9, 2022
May 9

Day 130 - May 10, 2022
May 10

Day 131 - May 11, 2022
May 11

Day 132 - May 12, 2022
May 12

Day 133 - May 13, 2022
May 13

Day 134 - May 14, 2022
May 14

Day 135 - May 15, 2022
May 15

Day 136 - May 16, 2022
May 16

Day 137 - May 17, 2022
May 17

Day 138 - May 18, 2022
May 18

Day 139 - May 19, 2022
May 19

Day 141 - May 21, 2022
May 21

Day 143 - May 23, 2022
May 23

Day 144 - May 24, 2022
May 24

Day 145 - May 25, 2022
May 25

Day 147 - May 27, 2022
May 27

Day 148 - May 28, 2022
May 28

Day 150 - May 30, 2022
May 30

Day 151 - May 31, 2022
May 31

Now there can only be one selfie per day, but I took a ton of other selfies in May. Here are some of my favorite alternates:


SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

SELFIE PROJECT - ALTERNATE - MAY

I’m pretty sure June won’t be as active as May. For one thing, the Computer Mine won’t be sending me out of state for 7 days. However, I hope June is in the ballpark of good times that I had in May.

CMC – Miami Beach

At 7 AM on my birthday I loaded up on to a plane and flew to Miami Beach for the annual Computer Mine Convention. It is the biggest convention of the year for Computer Mine customers. They don’t come just to see us, but they come to see our competitors or other products that aren’t even related to us. I spent a lot of time under the brutal fluorescent lighting of the Miami Beach Convention Center, but I did get out and about to have a few adventures. I thought I would share some of my cruddy cell phone pictures from the almost 7 days I was gone from home.


Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Our layover was in Atlanta.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
An altitude of -140 feet doesn’t seem ideal.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A limo driver holding my name up at an airport. I’m a pretty big deal people!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Santiago was the Man! He also took us back to the airport a week later.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
We stayed at the Plymouth Hotel. I only have 4 things I look for in a hotel. #1. A bed. #2. Free Wi-Fi. #3. Free breakfast. #4. A good shower. It had 2 of the 4. But it did have a swanky retro vibe.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The closest I got to the ocean. I thought we would be back. I thought wrong.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I was told we would probably see boobs on the beach (by undisclosed person). I’m just bringing this up to cutoff the inevitable question about topless beaches I might get later. There were no uncovered boobs on the beach I saw. Sorry if this disappoints you.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The owner of this van is killing it. I mean that metaphorically. I don’t think they are a serial killer. But in Florida, you never know.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
First Miami Beach meal at Sultan. Cost about $20. It was delicious.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Lowell and Tony really, really, really hate this thing. I think it is hilarious. Bad art, but hilarious.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Kim’s new hat.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
That was like $16. It is Kim’s drink.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
$10 with free refills. And it was Pepsi! Bingpot!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The raw material for nightmares.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The special wardrobe I bought for the Marlins game. 3 compliments on this outfit from strangers.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Whatever stadium the Marlins play in was okay. Not great, but okay. For a dome.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Seats were first row on the third base side.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
So much amazing neon in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This might have been my favorite meal on the trip. Cost was $15.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
If I remember correctly, this is called Mount Miami.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
So many micro cokes in this town. At an Italian restaurant on the Lincoln Mall. It was very fair. Costed about $30. Service was less than fair.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Computer Mine meeting.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
There is a lot going on here.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Guess how much this cost me?

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
We never got to ride in Sexy Uber, but our Uber driver to the Cuban restaurant had 2 Jacquelines on the hook.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Did you guess $122? Then I probably already told you. It would have been more, but Carlos (the creepy waiter) forgot my dessert and Lowell paid for one of my sides.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A German booth a couple aisles down. They had some creepy stuff.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Germans man.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Best outfit in the convention center.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The drink Derek is holding cost $21.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A tanned, bronzed god. With aching feet.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Sculpture across the street from the Plymouth.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I literally took this picture because I thought we were never leaving for the Cuban restaurant.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
But we did!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Restaurant recommended by our doorman.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
These shrimp stuffed plantain appetizers that Tony ordered were maybe my single favorite thing I ate on this trip.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A Cuban. I was going to try something else, but in the end, I love a good Cuban. I don’t think I have had one since the Cuban fries incident that happened in Indianola. I haven’t forgotten Andy. I’m close to forgiving.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Math. This meal cost $30.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I appreciate good bathroom art. Someday I may even tell you about the outhouse I found in Unionville, Iowa. If you have the guts to take it!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
One of the side effects of the pandemic is that I forgot that smokers even existed.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Miami Beach from the beach. At night.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Inside the convention center.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This is the Computer Mine Booth Closet. It is a magical place. It is where the snacks are. It is where you hide from regressive weirdos that don’t think women should have the right to vote and that the wife’s job is to do whatever the man wants them to do… hypothetically speaking. However, to the disappointment of one customer, there is not a port-a-potty in there.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
If you say so.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
If you say so.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Another micro-Coke.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This pisses me off! You don’t put the Gambler in a corner. You don’t cover him with a ladder.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This mural was in Sweet Liberty where the sales team hosted a party. Free appetizers and micro-Cokes! The tacos here were one of my favorite things I had on this trip. Cost to me, yeah I already said it, free!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I ghosted on the party (well Tony saw me leave) to try to hit the Miami Beach Botanical Garden before we lost the sun, cause the closer you are to the equator, the earlier the sun sets in the summer, cause the earth isn’t flat. But by the time I got there it had closed and wasn’t going to open again before I flew out Tuesday morning. The humanity!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Although that sucked, it did lead to me visiting the Holocaust Memorial which was extremely powerful. Germans man.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
That night I walked to a nearby Walgreens to buy some postcards (hopefully some of you have received them by now) and some ibuprofen. On my way back to the Plymouth I was nearly hit by a cop car stopping at the Abbey Hotel. A few of our staff were staying there. By the time the cop cars stopped showing up, there were 9 cars and a fire rescue truck. I’m not sure what happened, but rumor has it involved a few women fighting over the same man. I hope it was not Jacqueline1 and Jacqueline2 fighting over our Uber driver. The next day the couch in the lobby was covered in plastic and then the day after that it disappeared.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I just don’t see the connection, but I love it the same.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This empanada I ate at the convention center was by far the worst thing I ate on this trip. With a regular sized coke it was $11.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A computer mine competitor’s booth.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
After the show, we tore down our booth. Within and hour, all of our crates showed up… except for one. We got them packed up and then we waited for the last crate.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
And waited…

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
While we waited Amy was kind enough to bring us pizza so we didn’t starve…

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
And this thing… which she questioned why I photographed… beyond the obvious reasons… I photographed it to send a picture of it to Elizabeth as she is a noted cheese fiend… it is fresh mozzarella… Elizabeth thought it was gelato… which wasn’t the last time gelato would come into my life that night…

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Then after 3 hours… the crate arrived… Not really. Tony walked around the convention center and found our missing crate just sitting there next to a bathroom and brought it back to us. While Tony is definitely a hero, I wonder if his crossing a union line might lead to a hit being put out on him by the Teamsters. I kept my distance from him just in case.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Outside of the convention center. But we weren’t allowed to go in those doors. We had to walk completely around the building to the other side. I know, times are tough.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A theater near the convention center.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
After getting back to the hotel, I rested briefly and then went to a store to get some touristy stuff. A magnet for my fridge. More postcards to mail out. A couple stickers. One for my 2022 Log Book and the other I’m holding onto until I get new luggage. They also sold some sweet shirts.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I texted a picture of this shirt to Jen and she described it as classy. I agree with her.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Bought one of these for Tony cause they were in clearance and he asked me to pickup anything that said “Tony or Shannon”. Not that Shannon, but Tony’s Shannon. Tony’s Shannon does roller derby, which is badass. Ball is in your court not Tony’s Shannon.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Elizabeth mentioned gelato and gelato came to me. The universe looking out for me.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Sorry Elizabeth, no malts, only shakes.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I ordered Banana Nutella.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I’ve been hacking on the alcohol drinkers on this trip for spending $22 on a drink cause I’m cheap and I don’t drink alcohol. But this shake cost me $14. Hypocrite much? Maybe, but it was delicious. Although frankly more liquidy than an Iowa shake.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I wish I could take this home and put it in my yard.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Jeez lady, cover up, there might be a DeSantis voter in the neighborhood.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
So much great neon in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Goodbye Miami and the worst airport experience I’ve ever had.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Flying home, well right by home.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
If you are from Boone, you are genetically programmed and morally obligated to take a train any chance you get. The Minneapolis airport.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I had 5 compliments on this shirt that Teresa made for me.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Saylorville!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Had to do some tenderloining at Ted’s Coney Island on the way home. $15.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Baklava!

On the flight from Miami to Minneapolis I shared by dream of putting one of those take one-replace-one libraries on my front lawn and fill it with banned books to Amy. She worried that in a town like Boone, somebody might burn it down. I’m sure it would be fine. You can say a lot of disparaging things about Boone, but it isn’t a backwards hick town like Ankeny.

If you want to see plenty more cruddy cell phone pictures I took on my trip, click on the link below:

Miami Beach – 2022

Tony asked me how many pictures I took on this trip at one point. It was over 500 cell phone pictures. I also took a far less number of pictures on my real camera. Some of those will be coming any day, week or month from now. Sometime after the Renaissance Fair pictures I’d reckon.

Fall Apart Again

Year 17 of the Roundball Oracles has come to an end. On Monday night, Kansas used a flaw in the court that injured North Carolina’s best player to help them overcome the Tar Heels in the last minute of the game. It was an otherwise great game and it is sad that it was partially decided by an injury due to a flaw in the court construction.

Ben Baier was the winner of this year’s pool. He is the youngest to ever win it. He joins this list:

PAST ROUNDBALL ORACLE CHAMPIONS

2022 – Ben Baier
2021 – Micky Augustin
2020 – No Tournament
2019 – Becky Parmelee
2018 – Paul Golden
2017 – Paul Golden
2016 – Michelle Haupt
2015 – Derek Dohrman
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine

Where there is a champion, there also has to be a last place. This year’s The Sara “winner” was Joey Randazzo.

Past “The Sara” Winners

2022 – Joey Randazzo
2021 – Rachel Gildersleeve
2020 – No Tournament
2019 – Russell Kennerly
2018 – Robert Henning
2017 – Shannon Bardole
2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

Note, Olivia Baier actually finished below Mr. Randazzo, but as she is a child, she is not eligible for The Sara.

Here are the Final Standings:

1. Ben Baier – 273 points
2. Sara Lockner – 271 points
3. Shawn Lockner – 242 points
4. Rachel Gildersleeve – 242 points
5. Linda Bennett – 232 points
6. Becky Parmelee – 231 points
7. Carla Stensland – 229 points
8. Angie DeWaard – 224 points
9. Humble Narrator – 224 points
10. Tim Peterson – 223 points
11. Jason Baier – 217 points
12. Lowell Davis – 215 points
13. Derek Dohrman – 215 points
14. Carrie Baier – 214 points
15. Sarah Karber – 210 points
16. Micky Augustin – 209 points
17. Elizabeth Nordeen – 206 points
18. Jorge Rios – 203 points
19. Brandon Kahler – 203 points
20. Will Baier – 197 points
21. Jordan Toot – 197 points
22. Corey Faust – 197 points
23. Andree Jauhari – 192 points
24. Jesse Howard – 191 points
25. Dawn Krause – 182 points
26. Derrick Gorshe – 181 points
27. Michelle Haupt – 179 points
28. Jackson Faust – 176 points
29. Jason Stensland – 168 points
30. J.J. Baier – 164 points
31. Russell Kennerly – 161 points
32. Toby Sebring – 157 points
33. Robert Henning – 151 points
34. Jill Gorshe – 147 points
35. Joey Randazzo – 143 points
36. Olivia Baier – 141 points

I’m already looking forward to next season. Iowa State will have to replace a lot from this year’s team and one of their assistant coaches, but could be a good team. You never know. This year’s team definitely wasn’t supposed to make the Sweet Sixteen!

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Seems like a good time to share some flower pictures from last year:


Soul Expansion - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Digging for God - 2021

Fall Apart Again

Fall Apart Again

Nature's Amen - 2021

Nature's Amen - 2021

I still have some flower pictures left to share from last year.

2011-06-04

The pictures in the folder 2011-06-04 were taken of the Challenger Program for the Boone Little League. I did the photography for the event for 3 years and then I believe, they stopped having the event. The Challenger Program was a program where kids that might not ordinarily have the opportunity to play baseball/softball are given that opportunity. It was a great program and I hope that I’m wrong that is doesn’t exist any more. Kids from all over central Iowa came to participate. It was one of my favorite events I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph. It is certain that somewhere a long the way the Boone Little League lost its way. I don’t know that it will every get it back, because unfortunately I don’t know how long the Little League will even continue to exist. However, that is an outsider’s perspective. Maybe it is doing great, it just doesn’t look like it from the cheap seats.


Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

Boone Little League Challenger Program - 2011

And yes, you did see both the Melhaus sisters in these pictures.

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:

CHALLENGER

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve flowers.

Roundball Oracles – Year 17

It is time once again for the greatest sporting event of year. It is that time known as March Madness. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Once again, I will be sponsoring a pool. There is no cost to enter the pool, except for pride.

The winner gets a trophy. The dead last place person gets a trophy known as The Sara*.

By winning, you get your name etched on the list of immortals:

PAST ROUNDBALL ORACLE CHAMPIONS

2021 – Micky Augustin
2019 – Becky Parmelee
2018 – Paul Golden
2017 – Paul Golden
2016 – Michelle Haupt
2015 – Derek Dohrman
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine

But I said that there are 2 trophies. The 2nd trophy, The Sara, goes to the adult that finishes dead last, while trying. A person can not tank on purpose and win The Sara. The reason The Sara winner has to be an adult is that I don’t want to mock children, to their face. Does that mean I have no problem mocking children behind their back? Does it make me a bad person if I say yes? Probably a better rule would be that to “win” The Sara, you have to be at least a teenager. I have no problem mocking teenagers to their face. At least, back when there was a Youth Group.

Past “The Sara” Winners:

2021 – Rachel Gildersleeve
2019 – Russell Kennerly
2018 – Robert Henning
2017 – Shannon Bardole
2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

The Sara doesn’t have the long storied history of the championship trophy, but it will get there. I have no doubts.

These were the final standings from last year:

ROUNDBALL ORACLES – YEAR 16

1. Michael Augustin – 275 points
2. Jorge Rios – 252 points
3. Jordan Toot – 240 points
4. Corey Faust – 233 points
5. Tim Peterson – 229 points
6. Mike G – 228 points
7. Dawn Krause – 216 points
8. Joey Randazzo – 210 points
9. Elizabeth Nordeen – 204 points
10. Kio Dettman – 203 points
11. Humble Narrator – 202 points
12. Angie DeWaard – 202 points
13. Brandon Kahler – 199 points
14. Bill Wentworth – 194 points
15. Toby Sebring – 191 points
16. Carla Stensland – 188 points
17. Andree Jauhari – 187 points
18. Lowell Davis – 184 points
19. Dylan Groves – 179 points
20. Jesse Howard – 177 points
21. Derek Dohrman – 174 points
22. Joseph Duff – 170 points
23. Robert Henning – 168 points
24. Jackson Faust – 167 points
25. Sarah Karber – 151 points
26. Michelle Haupt – 143 points
27. Rachel Gildersleeve – 142 points

If you are a basketball fan, or are just interested in having fun, click on the link below to join my pool:

Roundball Oracles – Year 17

The rules are as follows:
Round 1 = 1 point + seed
Round 2 = 2 points + seed
Round 3 = 4 points + seed
Round 4 = 8 points + seed
Round 5 = 16 points + seed
Rounds 6 = 32 points + seed

The Play-in Games (AKA the First Four) don’t matter. You can wait for those games to complete before filling out your bracket. The deadline to fill out your bracket, is tip-off of the first game on Thursday. Roughly 11 AM. Yes, there are no Thursday games this year.

Under special circumstances, I will allow you to turn in a paper bracket to me. So, don’t be afraid to ask.

Yes, your child can fill out a bracket. Your dog, no.

There were 27 competitors in 2021. A 15 person drop from 2019. (There was no tournament in 2020.) Hopefully there is a slight rebound in participation this year, but it is possible I have 15 less friends than I did in 2019. It is possible I have lost even more friends since 2020. I might not be that great of a person.

*You have to be 14 years or older to win “The Sara”.

Roundball Oracles – Year 16

Congratulations to Micky on winning this years Roundball Oracles Basketball Pool.

His name has not been etched on the list of immortals:

PAST ROUNDBALL ORACLE CHAMPIONS

2021 – Micky Augustin
2020 – Tournament Cancelled
2019 – Becky Parmelee
2018 – Paul Golden
2017 – Paul Golden
2016 – Michelle Haupt
2015 – Derek Dohrman
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine

And congratulation, I guess, to Rachel for “winning” this year’s “The Sara” for last place:

Past “The Sara” Winners:

2021 – Rachel Gildersleeve
2020 – Tournament Cancelled
2019 – Russell Kennerly
2018 – Robert Henning
2017 – Shannon Bardole
2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

Both of your trophies have been ordered.

Here are the final standings:

ROUNDBALL ORACLES – YEAR 16

1. Michael Augustin – 275 points
2. Jorge Rios – 252 points
3. Jordan Toot – 240 points
4. Corey Faust – 233 points
5. Tim Peterson – 229 points
6. Mike G – 228 points
7. Dawn Krause – 216 points
8. Joey Randazzo – 210 points
9. Elizabeth Nordeen – 204 points
10. Kio Dettman – 203 points
11. Humble Narrator – 202 points
12. Angie DeWaard – 202 points
13. Brandon Kahler – 199 points
14. Bill Wentworth – 194 points
15. Toby Sebring – 191 points
16. Carla Stensland – 188 points
17. Andree Jauhari – 187 points
18. Lowell Davis – 184 points
19. Dylan Groves – 179 points
20. Jesse Howard – 177 points
21. Derek Dohrman – 174 points
22. Joseph Duff – 170 points
23. Robert Henning – 168 points
24. Jackson Faust – 167 points
25. Sarah Karber – 151 points
26. Michelle Haupt – 143 points
27. Rachel Gildersleeve – 142 points

Hopefully in 3 or 4 years Iowa State will be good enough to make the tournament again.

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This is your reminder that there are two themes to work on this week:


WEEK 290 - SLICE OF LIFE
SLICE OF LIFE

It was apropos that the theme was LOVE the week that we had to say goodbye to Mom. I don’t know anybody that embodied the various definitions of LOVE than my Mom. It is strange that the very next theme is SLICE OF LIFE. SLICE OF LIFE is a theme that was designed to honor my Dad. For those of you that don’t know, my Dad passed away when I was 9 years old. His legacy is a large part of the reason as to why I got into photography. He had started a postcard company called Slice of Life.

Therefore, a SLICE OF LIFE image is an image that looks at your local town and capture an image that could be used as a postcard. His postcards were black and white, if you want to go the extra mile.

The second theme to work on this week:


WEEK 291 - DRINKS
DRINKS

This theme isn’t very complicated. It is merely a picture of a DRINK or DRINK(S).

Happy photo harvesting!

Roundball Oracles – Year 16

It is time once again for the greatest sporting event of year. It is that time known as March Madness. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Once again, I will be sponsoring a pool. There is not cost to enter the pool, except for pride.

The winner gets a trophy. The dead last place person gets a trophy known as The Sara*.

By winning, you get your name etched on the list of immortals:

PAST ROUNDBALL ORACLE CHAMPIONS

2019 – Becky Parmelee
2018 – Paul Golden
2017 – Paul Golden
2016 – Michelle Haupt
2015 – Derek Dohrman
2014 – Brandon Kahler
2013 – William McAlpine
2012 – Lowell Davis
2011 – Carrie Baier
2010 – Mark Wolfram
2009 – Mark Wolfram
2008 – Mark Wolfram
2007 – Tim Peterson
2006 – William McAlpine
2005 – William McAlpine

But I said that there are 2 trophies. The 2nd trophy, The Sara, goes to the adult that finishes dead last, while trying. A person can not tank on purpose and win The Sara. The reason The Sara winner has to be an adult is that I don’t want to mock children, to their face. Probably a better rule would be that to “win” The Sara, you have to be at least a teenager. I have no problem mocking teenagers to their face. I do it pretty much every Wednesday night at Youth Group.

Past “The Sara” Winners:

2019 – Russell Kennerly
2018 – Robert Henning
2017 – Shannon Bardole
2016 – Laura Priest
2015 – Derrick Gorshe
2014 – Sara Lockner

The Sara doesn’t have the long storied history of the championship trophy, but it will get there. I have no doubts.

Last year, the tournament was cancelled. This year, we will hopefully have a tournament as the world starts to look like it will “normalize” sometime this year. Here’s hoping anyways.

If you are a basketball fan, or are just interested in having fun, click on the link below to join my pool:

Roundball Oracles – Year 16

The rules are as follows:
Round 1 = 1 point + seed
Round 2 = 2 points + seed
Round 3 = 4 points + seed
Round 4 = 8 points + seed
Round 5 = 16 points + seed
Rounds 6 = 32 points + seed

The Play-in Games (AKA the First Four) don’t matter. You can wait for those games to complete before filling out your bracket. The deadline to fill out your bracket, is tip-off of the first game on Friday. Roughly 11 AM. Yes, there are no Thursday games this year.

Under special circumstances, I will allow you to turn in a paper bracket to me. So, don’t be afraid to ask.

Yes, your child can fill out a bracket. Your dog, no.

There were 42 competitors in 2019. Now, I doubt there will be as much excitement for the tournament this year, with no Iowa State. But Drake is sorta in the Tournament, so that is exciting!

*You have to be 18 years of age to win “The Sara”.