This is the final collection of pictures from my trip to the Indianola Balloon Festival in 2018.
I didn’t make an appearance at the Balloon Festival in 2019, so I’m sure I’ll have to make an appearance in 2020. In fact, I’d like to actually take a balloon ride in 2020. I understand that it is $200 a person, which I think is fair.
Enjoy these ground based images from 2018:
Probably next up in the 2018 backlog are some Pufferbilly Days pictuers.
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 at stack, 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 to 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 hands. Auburn has since fired both of them. I think McDermott still coaches at the parochial school.
But to the results of the wager, the obvious happened. The Cyclones strode into whatever middle school gym the Purple Hawks play in and mercilessly pounded UNI 71-66 in overtime.
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 are the results of that session:
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.
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:
There are about 3 collections of Iowa State Fair pictures left to share. By my calculations at least.
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.
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:
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.
Plenty more from last year’s Iowa State Fair in the backlog!
Before we get into pictures from the Indianola Balloon Festival I want to point out that I have been tinkering with the way that the blog comes to the inbox of Photography 139 email subscribers. If you have a gmail email account, you should have noticed the change starting on Tuesday. Rather than getting provided with a link to see the blog post, it should be arriving in your inbox in their entirety. People with other types of email accounts should be seeing this change in the near future as well.
Last year I went to the Indianola Balloon Festival with Carla and my Mom. It was the first time had actually been there and it was pretty cool. It doesn’t look like I’m going to make it there this year, but hopefully make it again in the future. I still have a goal of actually going on a hot air balloon ride at some point.
Plenty more hot air balloon pictures in the hopper!
It is well established that my favorite theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is BLACK & WHITE. Therefore I took several BLACK & WHITE pictures in the last week and not just the picture of Taylan that I used as my submission for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.
Here are a few more of those BLACK & WHITE pictures: