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.
Faust and I were defeated 12-10.
Jesse and his reversible hat.
Faust and his beverage.
Ames Party Bus
ISUCFVMB Senior Tradition
Jack Trice Stadium
There are more pictures in the ISU vs. Missouri album in the Snapshots Gallery:
Iowa State vs. Missouri
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.
Jay’s annual sweet pumpkin.
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.
The candles in Jay’s pumpkin.
Scott and Austin; Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the Howard kids or the Davis clan. I’m going to get that done next year.
Jay carving his second pumpkin.
I had to buy a new flash recently because, well I don’t want to get into that story. This might have been one of those blessing in disguise type things. I really like my new flash.
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 think if Willy dressed like this every week, he would be irresistible to the womanfolk. He probably already is though.
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.
Photo by Brandon Kahler
Right before this picture, #44 puked on the sidelines about 5 or 6 times.
There are about 50 more pictures in the Snapshots Gallery.
Iowa State vs. Texas A&M Aggies
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.
Behind the bleachers fenced off.
Brandon is #78.
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.
A few more pictures from the Kent State game.
So now the Cyclones are 2-0. It might be about time to start planning that Independence Bowl road trip.
Perhaps you were hoping to see pictures of the Cyclones schizophrenic performance last night, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. The pictures below conclude the pictures from Iowa State’s dismantling of South Dakota State.
There aren’t many pictures because a night game isn’t a great environment for photo taking.
Maybe it is a bit early, but I think I’m smelling an Independence Bowl Road Trip coming up at the end of this year.
This year I took a different route selecting pictures for the Photo Contest. I put together 20 pictures and then had certain people select and name 1 picture from that list. I then entered those pictures.
I liked the way this process worked out. I will do it again in the future, with only a slight tweak here and there.
These are the pictures that were entered:
This picture was selected by Shannon. The picture was part of my experimentation with light painting. This is an experiment that I need to start back up again. The name comes from the flower being in the spotlight.
Soaking up the Rays
This picture was selected by Teresa. This picture was taken at the State Fair.
Grains and Creases
This picture was selected by Jay. This picture was taken of wooden praying hands outside of a Baptist church in Paducah, Kentucky.
This picture was selected by my Mom. This picture was taken north of Boone. I actually named this picture. It comes from the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “Nature is saturated with deity.”
“The Last Dragon”
I picked this picture because one person I asked to pick a picture never made a choice. I really can’t remember what I named this picture, but it might have been named after the classic 80s kung fu flick Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon. It is also possible that I named it “Jay LeRoy”. This picture was taken while I was sitting on my back on the sidewalk in front of the basilica in Dyersville. There has been a glow effect thrown onto this picture.
The Last Refuge
I also picked this picture because I needed to switch out another picture that didn’t print very well. This picture was originally in color, but I switched it to black and white because I wanted to enter more than 1 black and white picture. The name of this picture comes from the Samuel Johnson quote: “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” This picture was taken at ground zero of the Ames fireworks show. This picture did get 3rd Place in the Black and White division. One more ribbon for the trunk.
I am currently taking application for photo selectors for next year.
The final four pictures that were not selected all come from Independence Day.
Todd lighting fireworks. Shannon watching.
Fireworks from below.
Fireworks from below.
Shannon observing the fireworks.
That concludes the presentation of the 14 pictures that didn’t make it to the photo contest.
It is that time of year when we are nearing the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. I took a different tact for selecting pictures this year. I am pleased with the results.
I will get into the process at a later date. But first, I want to reveal the pictures that were nominated, but did not get selected for entry this year.
Below is the first picture that I did not enter.
This picture is of the Downtown First United Methodist Church in Des Moines. I took this picture after eating at a buffet with Russell, Baier and Andree. I took it from the top of a parking ramp across the street.
These are the pictures I entered in the Boone County Fair.