The final picture of the 2009 Calendar.
This is a picture of the Downtown First United Methodist Church in Des Moines. The picture was taken from the top of a parking ramp across the street.
I had big plans this weekend of going down to Ottumwa to help Jen and Derrick get the house in Ottumwa in shape to go on the market, but unfortunately I had a little trouble on the way to work on Friday.
I was able to go down on Saturday and help out a bit, but unfortunately my ride for Sunday flaked on me. Oh well, here are some pictures from Saturday.
It was good to see Mindi again. It had been too long.
The day after Christmas we had a very Special Friday Night Supper Club. Robert was back in town from Wyoming and was having a hankering for a tenderloin from BK’s.
Jay, Jesse, Willy, Monica, Robert, Jeff and I braved the extreme weather and made the trip to BK’s.
I took some pictures of the fog.
It was a beautiful night to be out and about.
I’ve done that thing where I have fallen behind again. I have much to post, but I will do this in somewhat of a random order.
Many of you don’t know about the Boone Taxi Driver. You should consider yourself lucky that you don’t know about the Boone Taxi Driver if you don’t for if you know about the Boone Taxi Driver you have surely wasted upwards of 45 minutes of your life in a vain attempt at entertainment.
That being said, the Boone Taxi Driver was always the highlight of any scene that he was making and he always had the most colorful way of describing the weather. I wandered about campus a little bit on Monday night.
All I can say that it was cold enough enough that I was in physical pain, but I’m sure that the Boone Taxi Driver would have had a more colorful way of putting it. Something about Wiccans and mammaries.
I’d like to think the pain was worth the effort.
Saturday was the final home game for the Cyclones. I don’t have many pictures because low light and cold temperatures do not make for ideal photographic conditions.
There are more pictures in the ISU vs. Missouri album in the Snapshots Gallery:
I had a pretty good Halloween.
I hosted FNSC. I made chili. I made cornbread from scratch. I made apple cider. Jay made a blueberry buckle. Willy showed up in a costume. We watched some movies from a bygone era that some people might characterize as strange. However, I think I might have found proof that rabbits will jump off a table in one of these movies. A classic from the 1970s known as Night of the Lepus. A phenomenal movie.
I can not compete with Jay, so I made a stick figure to accent the disparity between our pumpkin carving skills. This annoyed Jay for some reason. I don’t often do things out of spite, but I might have to make the stick figure my annual pumpkin because it both annoys Jay and because the simple stick figure grew on me as the night went on. I don’t think it was just the apple cider impairing my judgment either.
Although I’ve gotten glowing feedback on my Cider, chili, little smokies and cornbread, I think I’m going to have to research a new recipe for pumpkin seeds before next year. They take a decent picture at least.
I also didn’t get a picture of Alexis this year. I think she kind of phoned it in any way. She went to school dressed like Hannah Montana, but she showed up for trick-or-treating in her gymnastics outfit.
The best part about Alexis showing up was that she didn’t even ring the doorbell. She just walked right in with her friends and said:
“Where’s the candy?”
She was showing off for her friends just a little bit.
Iowa State’s entrance video is pretty cool. It shows intersplices action from this season with footage of many of the greatest Cyclones in history. The song that plays over the action is Saliva’s Ladies and Gentlemen. The opening lyrics of the song describe the Cyclone season, but not in the way that was intended:
Ladies and gentlemen please
Would you bring your attention to me?
For a feast for your eyes to see
An explosion of catastrophe
The song goes on…
Ladies and gentlemen good evening
You’ve seen that seeing is believing
Your ears and your eyes will be bleeding
At least I can say that my eyes have yet to bleed, but there is still the Missouri game left.
There are about 50 more pictures in the Snapshots Gallery.
I guess the important thing to remember is that the team is really young and the experience that they gain now will undoubtedly lead to a conference championship in the next couple of years.
Last Friday was Brandon’s final home game. It was the first time that I’ve been to a Boone High football game since I graduated high school.
It was an interesting experience. Some things have changed. Some surprising things happened. I took some pictures.
I was very surprised to see that the underside of the bleachers are now fenced off. That is where all the good stuff at a high school football game is supposed to happen.
I ran into Dan and had a nice conversation with him. Dan has shaved his head since the last time I’ve seen him. Not a bad look for him.
I ran into Dan’s wife Kim. She thanked me for forwarding on news of her work on attempting to block the strip club/juice bar from coming into town. She was very happy that the news had made it all the way to Illinois. She also revealed the real reason why she wants to stop the strip club/juice bar from coming to town. I’m not sure it is a legitimate reason.
It was also exciting that Sara made it all the way from Des Moines to the game. This was also the first high school football game that Sara has been to since she graduated from Ogden. I honestly can’t believe that she came.