Category Archives: Music

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

35 days working from home in the book. I did discover a new positive about working from home this week. I had to go into the physical computer mine twice this week because Apple products suck. They really do. I have nothing positive to say about them.

But that isn’t the positive. The positive I figured out two positives for working from home on my trip to the mine.

One, I can control the lights in my office. I usually just daylight that streams in from my south facing office windows is enough. But on cloudy days I will sometimes run a lamp. If I need more light for some reason I can turn on the overhead lamp.

The mine has the soul crushing fluorescent lighting that is always on. I miss many things about the mine, but the lighting isn’t one of them.

The other positive, my own toilet paper. Seems like a minor thing, but the toilet paper at the mine leaves a lot to be desired. A lot!

My home listening habits were the same. Life 107.1 from 7-9. Then The Master Playlist until 2 PM roughly. This week I made it all the way to track number 1456, “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt.

A decent pandemic song:

“You and me, we used to be together
Every day together, always
I really feel that I’m losin’ my best friend
I can’t believe this could be the end”

I did delete a couple songs from the Master Playlist for sound quality reasons:

#1337 – “You” by Candlebox
#1299 – “Slow Ride” by Foghat

Pretty sure I will finish off the Master Playlist next week. At that time, it will be time, to start adding to it. That should be fun!

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Here is a reminder that the Sharp family is collecting empty laundry detergent jugs to fill with homemade laundry detergent to donate to local pantries. They have setup a collection can at the end of their driveway for you to leave your empty jugs.

They live at the very end of Division Street. Keep going south on Division until you can’t go any farther. It is easy and contact free. I dropped off a couple of jugs last night:


Sharp Family Laundry Detergent Company

Sharp Family Laundry Detergent Company

If you can’t find it, drop your jugs off to me and I’ll get them there.

Here are a few pictures of their soap operation that Andy has sent me:


Sharp Family Laundry Detergent Company

Sharp Family Laundry Detergent Company

Sharp Family Laundry Detergent Company

Sharp Family Laundry Detergent Company

Sharp Family Laundry Detergent Company

It is a great ministry and I hope some of you can help them out!

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Last Saturday I went over to Iowa State to walk the campus with Teresa. While I was there I took a few TREE pictures that didn’t quite make the cut for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE on Monday. Here are a few of them:


You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

You Know, I Hurt Myself As Well

Iowa State University, still world’s reigning champ for most beautiful campus!

The cherry blossom pictures are from my backyard though.

ADM vs. Boone

30 days working from home in the book. Although for the first time, I had to go into the mine to do something that couldn’t be done from home. I can’t put into words how much I hate Apple products. The fire of a thousands suns. That is the heat of my hatred for Apple products.

There were only 5 people working in the physical mine when I went there. So I actually got to physically see Kim for the first time since March. I also got to physically see Vest because… let me reiterate how much I hate Apple products.

If you are running a business, buy an adult computer.

I’m not sure if I garnered any more positives from working from home this week. But good things did happen. Baier dropped off an order of 60 chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings. Took me some time to get through all of those, but I’m not even mad about it. Although it did set back the timeline for a project I’ve been working on, but that is okay. The fishies of the sea are thankful.

I still haven’t started on the basement. For those asking. Instead, I’ve done a bit of yardwork. Maybe I’ll start on the basement this weekend.

I’ve reached track # 1210 “Freak on a Leash” by Korn. Korn is a band I don’t listen to much any more. Not really at all. Was never a big Korn fan, but they were a part of my listening milieu at one point of my life.

“Freak on a Leash” probably isn’t the best song to ingest during physical distancing. Better than drinking bleach or injecting Lysol, but a sample of the lyrics:

“Sometimes I cannot take this place
Sometimes it’s my life I can’t taste
Sometimes I cannot feel my face
You’ll never see me fall from grace”

I did eliminate several songs from the Master Playlist this week though. All of them because the sound quality on them were really low:

#800 “Ironic” by James Corden and Alanis Morissette
#1052 “Tennessee” by Arrested Development
#1053 “Intergalactic” by Beastie Boys
#1054 “So What’Cha Want” by Beastie Boys
#1055 “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys
#1062 “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J
#1101 “If I Were A Boy” by BC Jean

Hope to get to the end of the Master Playlist soon so I can start adding music to it.

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As I have been a cleaning fool, I’ve looked for more and more ways to get Naima’s fur under control. Not the fur on her body, but the fur she leaves everywhere. I have purchased 2 air purifiers. I’m thinking of breaking down and buying a full-sized vacuum cleaner. I haven’t yet, but one thing I did recently breakdown and purchase is the Furzapper.

Furzapper is a product that you throw in your washer and dryer and it zaps the fur on your clothing. It was relatively cheap, so I pulled the trigger and thought I would give it a try.


Furzapper

Furzapper

Wow! Looks great! But do they work? Boy do they!

I started with some gym pants that are by far in the worst shape.


Furzapper

I followed the directions:


Furzapper

In fact, I washed and dried the pants twice. Once alone, and this was the result:


Furzapper

Does that look worse? Cause it look worse to me. So I figured that maybe there were some missing instructions. So here is the complete list of “secret instruction” I discovered.

Step #1: Wash and dry alone.
Step #2: Wash and dry with other clothes.
Step #3: Drive real fast and hold them out the window.


Furzapper

Step #4: Pick off the really big pieces of fur.
Step #5: Run a lint roller over it for 15 minutes.
Step #6: Hang outside on a windy day.
Step #7: Run a lint roller over it again.
Step #8: Drive real fast and hold them out the car window.
Step #9: Wash and dry alone.

After those 9 easy steps, this is the result:


Furzapper

Not perfect, but I can wear them again. In fact, probably wearing them as you read these word!

So if anybody tells you that Furzapper is the worst 15 bucks they ever spent, just tell them about the secret directions that I have uncovered. That is all it takes to make Furzapper appear to work like a champ!

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Last fall Andy requested that I come to photograph Kyle playing in a Boone High football game. It was the first time I have attended a Boone High Football game since Brandon graduated.

Boone has a super young team and I don’t remember the score, but their opponent, ADM dominated the entire game. I think Boone was lucky to get off the field because I think something like 8 Boone players left the game with injuries. Including a kid that had to be taken off the field in an ambulance in the last minutes of the game.

Here are some picture from the night. Kyle is #30. You will also recognize some photos of Autumn and Taylan:


Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

Boone vs. ADM - 2019

It was quite the experience, but a tough environment to photograph. At least from the stands. It was so packed in there, could barely move in any direction.

I’m sure, if there is high school football this year, I’ll be at a game again this year.

Iowa State 121 Bad Guys 44

I didn’t take many pictures at Iowa State football games last year because they are getting stricter about the type of camera you are allowed to carry in. At least they are to me. I see plenty of other people walking in with comparable cameras, but I digress.

No, I don’t digress. The rule as written on the Cyclones website is that Cameras with lens longer than 6 inches is prohibited. Cameras with a lens less than 6 inches is permitted. However, sometimes, security people try to interpret that as nothing that they deem “professional” or anything with a “removable” lens. It is frustrating to educate security people on the rules that they are supposed to enforce and what imaginary rules in their head that they are not allowed to enforce.

After the Iowa game, I only took the Sony RXOII to a couple of games and to the Louisiana-Monroe game I took an old Sony point & shoot that Logan gave me. I wanted to give it a shot to see if it would work as a gameday camera that would prevent me from having to have to have conversations with security people.

The point & shoot takes okay pictures, but it isn’t nearly fast enough to take action photos.

Any way, here are a few pictures I took at the Louisiana-Monroe and TCU games:


Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Louisian-Monroe - 2019

Iowa State vs Texas Christian - 2019

Iowa State vs Texas Christian - 2019

Iowa State vs Texas Christian - 2019

Iowa State vs Texas Christian - 2019

Okay, I only had one run-in with a security guard this year. But I did win the run-in.

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

I took several pictures of my sad, pathetic, battered, old trombone. These are the ones that didn’t make the big cut for the big show on Monday.


The Numbing Sensation of Everything

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

The Numbing Sensation of Everything

That poor trombone should probably go in the trash, but I worry that the trash man wouldn’t even accept it.

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


WEEK 238 - GOVERNMENT
GOVERNMENT

A GOVERNMENT photo is any photo that has anything to do with the GOVERNMENT. Any level of GOVERNMENT. From a county hospital to a city park to federal highway.

Happy photo harvesting!

WPC – WEEK 237 – MUSIC

Wow! 26 straight weeks of double digits! I’m so impressed!

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


WEEK 237 - MUSIC - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 237 - MUSIC - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

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 238 - GOVERNMENT
GOVERNMENT

GOVERNMENT! What a great theme! But what is a GOVERNMENT image? A GOVERNMENT image is any image that relates to the GOVERNMENT. Which is actually more than you think. The police. GOVERNMENT. Firefighters. GOVERNMENT. Military. GOVERNMENT. Stop sign. GOVERNMENT. City park. GOVERNMENT. State park. GOVERNMENT. You get the idea.

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 governed Monday!

Youth Group Christmas Concert

5 days of work from home in the book. Here is my strange positive from the day. I get to do a lot more self care. Let me explain.

I have to be at work at 7 AM. Which means if I shower in the morning I have to hit the shower, brush my teeth, hit the pits and be out the door as fast as possible.

After I get off work I usually don’t have that much free time. I burn the candles at both ends a little bit. Most of us probably do.

Now I have more time and I’m mostly stuck at home. I can take as long of a shower as I want. When I get out of the shower, I have time to take care of other business at my leisure. I’m not rushing out the door.

Now I don’t know how many times I wash my hands these days. But I’m guessing it is definitely in double digits. I wash them when I get up in the morning. I wash them every time I go to the bathroom (that isn’t new for the record). I wash my hands every time I eat. I wash them every time I get back from leaving the house. I think I even wash my hands before I go to bed. My hands are definitely starting to look and feel like the hands of a guy who washes his hands, a lot.

So now, I’m using a lot more lotion. Including, after I take my extra long shower, I lotion up. Including, my feet. I’m not ashamed to say that my feet are becoming very soft. If it wasn’t for the fact that feet are gross and disgusting, you would probably enjoy touching my feet.

Soft feet. A surprising bonus of working from home.

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Hitting up that 2019 backlog. With the unification of our youth group with the Baptist Church and the Central Christian Church we moved the Christmas Concert from it traditional Sunday night to a Wednesday night.

I took a few pictures of the concert.


Christmas Concert - 2019

Christmas Concert - 2019

Christmas Concert - 2019

Christmas Concert - 2019

Christmas Concert - 2019

Christmas Concert - 2019

Christmas Concert - 2019

Christmas Concert - 2019

Christmas Concert - 2019

Christmas Concert - 2019


You can tell the the Sr. High Students were really pumped to be in the Christmas Concert.

The last Youth Group we had, I had the Senior High watch DOUBT. I don’t know that we will have a Youth Group for the rest of the year, so I guess those kids will never know if Phillip Seymour Hoffman did it!

The Gambler, He Broke Even

Kenny Rogers passed away on Saturday. Celebrity deaths don’t usually have much effect on me. However, I was deeply saddened by the passing of Kenny Rogers. Kenny Rogers is my Mom’s favorite and therefore is one of my favorite country singers. I can’t stomach modern country, but I have more than a few old timey country artists I love. Like Hank Williams because of my Grandpa, (I’ve probably covered the Nirvana Christmas Story to recollect it again here) Ernest Tubb because of my Grandma, and Johnny Paycheck AND Tom T. Hall and Dolly Parton because of my Dad. Then there is Kenny Rogers because of my Mom.

Kenny songs were a staple in the Bennett household as I grew up. I have so many favorites:

-Coward of the County
-Lucille
-Lady
-She Believes in Me
-Islands in the Stream
-Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer
-We’ve Got Tonight
-Through the Years
-She Believes in Me
-You Decorated My Life
-Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town
-You Decorated My Life
-Love Will Turn You Around

and of course

-The Gambler

I think “The Gambler” is the song that most people in my generation affiliate with Kenny Rogers. It isn’t actually my favorite Kenny Rogers song, but I do love it so. I also think there is some real world, great, practical advice in that song.

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done

When I was a kid, I foolishly thought that this was advice about how to play poker. It wasn’t until later in life (probably embarrassingly later) that I realized that this advice had nothing a card game. It was about life. It is advice that I should really apply to my life.

There are too many times where I should fold ’em and walk away. I can think of a couple times where I should have folded ’em and then ran. I’m a person who sometimes tries to hold ’em too much. Or as he says in “Lucille”:

“I’m no quitter, bit I finally quit livin’ on dreams.” I’m hungry for laughter and here ever after. I’m after whatever the other life brings”

It is sad that the dealin’s done for Kenny Rogers. But in his songs I found an ace I can keep.

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Thought I would share pictures from another event that takes me back to my childhood every time I go, the Iowa State Fair. This is the final collection of pictures from my trip there with Logan and Nader.

Most of these pictures are of animals. The DNR building is one of my favorite stops at the Iowa State Fair every year. There are also picutres of the baby pigs from the baby animal exhibit and cakes from the cake competition and sheep waiting for mutton busting.


Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

Iowa State Fair - 2019

I can’t wait for this year’s Iowa State Fair. Hopefully there is one.

WPC – WEEK 236 – ENTERTAINMENT

This is Day 1 of me working from home for the next couple of weeks. So far, so good. I haven’t been crushed with the loneliness of isolation, yet. However, I also have been chatting quite a bit with people. So maybe it will set in this afternoon.

One bonus of working from home is that I can listen to music. I mean really listen to music. None of this headphone trash. Today is going to be Miles Davis all day.

Another bonus of working from home is that I was home when my annual battle with ants in my bathroom started. I was able to get the ant traps out nice and early. On the negative side, while I was cleaning my sink, I knocked my mouthwash onto the floor, spilling, half of it and as a bonus, the lid flew into the toilet.

A positive is that the coronavirus did not stop the streak of double digit submissions! We are now up to 25 straight weeks!

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


WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 236 - ENTERTAINMENT - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler

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 237 - MUSIC
MUSIC

MUSIC! What a great theme! But what is a MUSIC photo? It is a picture of somebody making MUSIC. An instrument that makes MUSIC. A device that makes MUSIC. 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 musical Monday!

2009-08-31

The pictures in the folder 2009-08-31 are from both the last day we spent in Ottumwa working on Jen’s Uncle’s house and from my backyard.

The collection of Derrick and his guitar are amongst my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken of Derrick:


Last Ottumwa Day

Last Ottumwa Day

Last Ottumwa Day

Last Ottumwa Day

Last Ottumwa Day

Last Ottumwa Day

Last Ottumwa Day

Last Ottumwa Day

Last Ottumwa Day

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2009-08-31

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2009-08-31

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2009-08-31

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

Ottumwa

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve some computer mine pictures and maybe some Iowa State football pictures.

2009-08-05

Today we reveal the images for May and June from the 2020 Photography 139 Calendar.

The May Image:


2020 Calendar - May
May

The May image is of the Dunning Spring waterfall in Decorah, Iowa. Jesse and I took a road trip to check them out and to photograph them as my birthday road trip. I entered this picture in the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, but it was not selected for display. In fact, the picture that was selected for display is not in the 2020 calendar. It is the September image for the 2019 calendar. This picture was taken on May 17, 2019.


Details

Camera: Sony ILCA-77M2
Focal Length: 20mm
Aperture: f/18
Exposure: 1/2
ISO: 50

The June Image:


2020 Calendar - June
June

If you think it was weird that there was a picture from 2013 in the calendar, then this one will really mess with your head. This black and white image of a swan was taken at Lake Laverne on the beautiful campus of Iowa State University. I came across it when during our Saturday walks down memory lane as I restore old entries of “An Artist’s Notebook”. I liked it and I decided to throw it into the collection of nominees for the pictures I would enter in the Boone County Fair Photo Contest. I didn’t expect anybody to pick it, but Logan did. It won a Purple Ribbon. It was taken May 10, 2006.


Details

Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 5D
Focal Lenght: 300mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure: 1/500
ISO: 200

Tomorrow we’ll reveal the images for July and August.

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The pictures in the folder 2009-08-05 are from the last Ames Jaycees event I ever attended. It was at that point just a formality. I had joined the Ames on the Half Shell Committee, therefore I was going to fulfill my duties. The moment that last not of the Ames on the Half Shell season faded from existence, I was Audi 5000.

Now that you have sat through several entries about my ill-fated time with the Ames Jaycees, I think you, loyal reader, deserve an explanation for why it came to an end.

I joined the Ames Jaycees for two reasons. First, a friend asked me to join. This person, we will refer to as “1”, was like 1000% into the Ames Jaycees. Her passion was somewhat contagious. I was also doing her a favor because recruiting a new member made her like a 33rd degree Mason. I don’t know, the inner workings and rankings of the organization were something I never cared about. Even when I was at my peak Jayceeness. Which I’m guessing was about January of 2009. my passion for the Jaycees was about a 5 on a scale of 1-10.

By March of 2009, I knew that that my time with the Jaycees was over, but I also knew, I would finish out the Ames on the Half Shell. I was a quitter, but I always finish out my commitments.

In January of 2009 I joined the Board as a Vice-President in some capacity. VP of Promotions or something like that. All it really meant was that I ran the website and had to go to an extra meeting a month. Which was okay, even though I am a person that to their very core, loathes meetings.

Which brings me to the other reason I joined the Jaycees. I needed an excuse to leave my house now and again. This provided that. I didn’t realize it would put so much undesired drama into my life.

The Board was split into basically two factions. There were 1’s friends, who were also all 1000% into the Jaycees. The other half of the boardroom was dominated by the President and his cronies. The President was apparently buggering one of the vice-presidents, which wasn’t cool because he was married, but not to the vice-president he was buggering. I can’t even recall how this even factored into the story, but it provided me with a chance to use the term buggering.

The President and the VP he was buggering didn’t like one of 1’s friends, we will call her 2. I think it was because 2 knew about the buggering, but I don’t know that to within a degree of certainy. What I do know is that what happened next is that the Buggered VP accused 2 of some creative accounting involving some kind of Halloween drinking outing that involved the Jaycees.

One reason why I was a 5 on the Jaycees at my peak Jayceeness was that they like to talk about drinking. I don’t mean they liked to drink. They liked talking about drinking. You know that thing that high school students and college students do when they drink, they can’t stop talking about it. “Look at me I’m drinking.” Yeah, nobody cares. Shut up and drink your Zima Chad.

This is all hypothetical at this point. I haven’t been around a high school student or college student that is drinking alcohol, since I left the service of the Evil Clown Empire, but I’m sure it hasn’t changed much. Other than, I assume that nobody drinks Zima now. White Claws?

But I digress…

The charges were at least 76% hokum that stemmed from some kind of personal grievance with 2. Plus, there might have been a bit of a power play in there. A chance to show dominance. A chance to show that the Buggered VP wasn’t the President, but she was still running this beach.

I think there was some kind of trial. Not really, it was really just one person’s word and then there was some kind of vote. 2 got sent to Jaycee prison. I think she wasn’t allowed to touch money for a year.

Almost as soon as the sentence was handed down, 1 and all of her friends resigned. Grabbed their Jaycee ball and went to Nevada and Des Moines. That left me alone. Like I said, I was a 5. In January. at this point, I was a 3. Even at a 3, I was willing to stick around and fight for the soul of the Ames Jaycees. When the people who were at a 1000% were like deuces and checked out, I was like make that 3 a -2.

The funny thing is that after everybody else left, 2 stuck around. I’m not sure if I respect that or not. Maybe I’ll have to talk to her about it someday.

I fulfilled my obligations and haven’t been to a Jaycee event since. I sometimes see them at the unofficial reunions and I chalk this up as a life lesson. I don’t leave my house now.

(This is how I remember everything going down, I’m sure some of my details aren’t 100% accurate, but if you are going to complain about that, you can bugger off.)


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If you want to look at the pictures from the 2009 Ames on the Half Shell season, you can click on the link below:

Ames on the Half Shell – 2009

Next Saturday’s walk down Memory Lane will involve things I grew in my backyard.