Sometime in late 2008 my organizational process of my photos went all FUBAR. The result is that it appears that I have actually lost several images from late 2008 and early 2009.
None of the lost pictures are of much consequence, but it is annoying nonetheless.
Part of this breakdown in the system was that it seems that rather than breaking images into folders by date, I just dumped a ton of pictures into the December folder.
Fortunately for you, I don’t usually take a ton of pictures in December. However, this still potentially might be one long journal entry.
There are pictures from Iowa State at night, Toys for Tots, an American Legion event in Roland, Iowa State basketball, Shannon dressed nice for once, a night with the Daniels, and crayfish that took home from a Chinese buffet.
Here we go:
Looking at those pictures something that struck me is that I had forgotten how badly Greg McDermott had destroyed Iowa State’s basketball program. Thank you Creighton for taking him off of our hands! It is a debt that can never be repaid!
All those pictures added to the Photography 139 Gallery enabled me to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” journal entries to their original glory:
Boone Taxi Driver
Toys for Tots
Burying the Lead
Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve hanging around the ACTORS Studio.
There is quite the collection of images in the folder called 10-13-08. I can’t possibly include all of them in this here entry, so I’ll just have to pick out a few that I like the most.
The pictures range from Gyro Day at the Computer Mine to the Ames Party Bus in action to a road trip to Kalona with Mom, Teresa, and Jay.
Have a looksie:
While I’m not 100% sure, I believe that is the last of my Ames Party Bus pictures. Which means I should explain why you haven’t seen Becky driving around the Ames Party Bus in 10 years.
I might not be getting the details 100% correct, but the spirit of what I’m writing is dead on.
Shortly after Becky finished restored the Ames Party Bus and began putting out an APB on fun, Big Party Bus felt threatened. In fact they were scared. Petrified.
Big Party Bus checked their address book to look up which state representatives they had in their back pockets. Then they went to these bought politicians and pulled their chains.
The bought politicians reacted by passing a law that made party buses carry an exorbitant amount of insurance. Like an incredible amount of insurance. Insurance that was price-prohibitive.
This effectively shutdown the small-time party bus. Becky was out of business, shortly after the party had begun. Rich people win again.
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:
Kalona (Part 1)
Kalona (Part 2)
Next week’s walk down memory lane will involve an Iowa State football match with the Bugeaters of Nebraska.
On Saturday Night I met Jeff and Yin in Des Moines for Supper. Although I was horribly sleepy when I got home on Saturday night two things reinvigorated me.
I took a brief 30 minute nap.
I watched the Paul Rhoads press conference. It was very refreshing to see a coach that actually showed passion and a desire to be at Iowa State. Time will only tell if he will be successful, but I already feel that he is the right man for the job.
When I got down to Jeff and Yin’s place I was introduced to a couple of pretty fascinating things.
The first was Baxter.
The second was the 1935 Chevy that Jeff is going to restore.
We had a good dinner at Raccoon River Brewery. I tried their root beer. It wasn’t bad, but it was no Red Monkey.
Friday was an interesting day.
Of course there was the high of it being Free Gyro Day, but the rest of the work day went rather uneventful.
It was near 5:30, the time I was going to run out of hours and check out for the week, when my phone rang. This was a bit of a surprise and it caused my dart throw to completely miss the paper with the raccoon on it that has been put up as a makeshift dartboard in the hardware area.
I answered the phone and it was Shannon.
She asked if I was interested in taking a ride in the Ames Party Bus.
This was an interesting development because I had engaged in a few conversations with Becky earlier in the day about how she could put the rebuilt starter in the bus by herself. She had asked me what she should use as a jack to hold the starter in place while she tightened the bolts.
My answer had been simple: “Shannon.”
“She tells me how tough she is all the time.”
I don’t know if it was really my advice that she followed, but after Shannon got off work they managed to put the starter in and the bus started.
Below are some pictures of the adventure.
After the cruise around town, I headed to a special FNSC. It was special because Jay had made caramel apples.
It was also special because it was a perfect night for sitting around the fire bowl until 1:30 in the morning.
Unfortunately that left me a bit tired for the trip to Kalona the next day.
Becky is starting up her own business. I’m in the process of creating a website for this new business.
You should check out that website:
I have a collection of photos from the Party Bus restoration process.
So if you have a large party, you should hit up the website and book the Ames Party Bus.