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Iowa State 42 SEMO 10

Last Saturday was the first Iowa State football game of the season. Signifying the beginning of fall and the end of summer. Iowa State bested their FCS opponent 42-10. But I didn’t actually take any pictures of the game. I’m a littlestitious when it comes to taking a camera into the game, so this year I don’t know that I will at all. Perhaps for the Oklahoma game since, they will never sully the confines of Jack Trice Stadium again.

Instead, this year, I’m going to try to take more pre-game pictures. Our parking spot moved again this year. We are now in lot D-1. Last year we were in G-7. That lot is now the RV lot and it is completely unique. No other college football stadium has a lot like it in the entire country. It is setup like campsites with electricity ran to each spot. I don’t have an RV, but you combine that with the fact that the RV lot has easy access to the new pedestrian bridge. Makes me wish I had an RV. Other than, I have no place to park it, they get horrible gas mileage, and I don’t want to drive one. But other than that, sign me up for the RV lifestyle!

The plus about the new parking situation is that we are close to most of the pre-game festivities. The Spirit Walk and The Steps Concert. I didn’t get to either one to get a prime spot to take pictures, but I still took quite a few.

Here are some of my favorites from the day:


Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Iowa State vs South East Missouri - 2022

Too look at the rest of the pictures from the day, click on the link below:

Iowa State Cyclones – 2022

I hope to get there a little earlier for the Ohio game in a couple weeks, but my arrival time is somewhat at the mercy of Derrick’s work schedule. So we’ll see how that goes.

Go State!

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


WEEK 365 - GREEN
GREEN

GREEN! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a GREEN image? Are you seriously asking that question? It is an image of something that is GREEN or GREEN plays a major part of the composition. That is it.

Of course, there is more than one definition of the word GREEN.

Happy photo harvesting!

FAT MUM SLIM – AUGUST 2022

Another month done in the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge. Think there is some good work in there this week. Having so much going on in August certainly helped. We’ll see how September goes.

Here are the August images:


August 1
August 1 – I AM…

August 2
August 2 – I LOVE THIS COLOUR

August 3
August 3 – I WALKED HERE…

August 4
August 4 – I LIKE TO…

August 5
August 5 – I LIKE THIS TIME OF DAY…

August 6
August 6 – I LOVE…

August 7
August 7 – I MADE THIS…

August 8
August 8 – I WORK HERE…

August 9
August 9 – I HELD THIS…

August 10
August 10 – I WROTE THIS…

August 11
August 11 – I SAW…

August 12
August 12 – I LIKE TO DRINK…

August 13
August 13 – I STOOD HERE…

August 14
August 14 – I DO THIS ON SUNDAYS…

August 15
August 15 – I ONCE…

August 16
August 16 – I NEVER…

August 17
August 17 – I WENT TO…

August 18
August 18 – I READ THIS…

August 19
August 19 – I DID THIS GOOD THING…

August 20
August 20 – I LOVE THIS VIEW…

August 21
August 21 – I DON’T LIKE TO…

August 22
August 22 – ON MONDAYS I…

August 23
August 23 – I SAT HERE…

August 24
August 24 – I LIKE TO EAT…

August 25
August 25 – I HAVE TO…

August 26
August 26 – I WORE THIS…

August 27
August 27 – ON WEEKENDS I…

August 28
August 28 – I WATCHED THIS…

August 29
August 29 – I CAN…

August 30
August 30 – I CAN’T…

August 31
August 31 – I BELIEVE…

Remember you can follow these as they drop on the daily on my dedicated FatMumSlim Instagram account @FMSBENNETT.

Here are the prompts for September:

September 1: Something I Saw
September 2: Plastic
September 3: Paper
September 4: Somewhere I Went
September 5: Hobby
September 6: Green + Blue
September 7: Before Bed
September 8: An Emotion
September 9: Opposites
September 10: I Can Hear…
September 11: Paint
September 12: Symmetry
September 13: Tasty
September 14: Odd One Out
September 15: A Food Shop
September 16: 12:34
September 17: Lucky
September 18: Car Park
September 19: What’s on TV
September 20: Texture
September 21: Nature
September 22: Tree Trunk
September 23: Crunchy
September 24: I Can Smell…
September 25: Laneway
September 26: The Moon
September 27: Open Door
September 28: My Culture
September 29: Not My Style
September 30: Sentimental

Should be a good month. I think there are some good prompts in there. The woman who runs this challenge is Australian. There must be some Australian things in here cause I have no clue what a “Car Park” or a “Laneway” is, but I’ll find out.

Fat Mum Slim – July 2022

A quick heads up. If you were thinking of going to or entering an animal into the Pufferbilly Days Dog and Exotic Animal Show, because of the extreme heat of today it was postponed. It is now tomorrow at noon at the park on 9th and Story.

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I have another month done in the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day Challenge. This month wasn’t as difficult as last month because they were just standard themes. I think the images I took are a fair record of my experiences in July.


July 1
July 1 – Reflection

July 2
July 2 – Letters

July 3
July 3 – Human

July 4
July 4 – I’m Working On This…

July 5
July 5 – Wall

July 6
July 6 – Bright Colours

July 7
July 7 – A Fave Place

July 8
July 8 – Out of Focus

July 9
July 9 – A Boomerang

July 10
July 10 – Behind Someone

July 11
July 11 – Interior

July 12
July 12 – Exterior

July 13
July 13 – Life

July 14
July 14 – Create A Postcard

July 15
July 15 – Where I Stood

July 16
July 16 – Pattern

July 17
July 17 – Water

July 18
July 18 – Street Photography

July 19
July 19 – A Cylinder

July 20
July 20 – Hug

July 21
July 21 – A Church

July 22
July 22 – Current Interest

July 23
July 23 – Still Life

July 24
July 24 – A Metaphor

July 25
July 25 – Beauty

July 26
July 26 – Beauty

July 27
July 27 – Countryside

July 28
July 28 – An Old Car

JULY 29
July 29 – Black and White

July 30
July 30 – Happy Days


July 31 – Sunday Morning

I think there was some pretty good work in July. Hopefully some good work to be done in August.

Here are the August prompts:

August 1 – I Am…
August 2 – I Love This Colour…
August 3 – I Walked Here…
August 4 – I Like To…
August 5 – I Love This Time of Day…
August 6 – I Love…
August 7 – I Made This…
August 8 – I Work Here…
August 9 – I Held This…
August 10 – I Wrote This…
August 11 – I Saw…
August 12 – I Like To Drink…
August 13 – I Stood Here…
August 14 – I Do This On Sundays…
August 15 – I Once…
August 16 – I Never…
August 17 – I Went To…
August 18 – I Read This…
August 19 – I Did This Good Thing…
August 20 – I Love This View…
August 21 – I Don’t Life To…
August 22 – On Mondays I…
August 23 – I Sat Here…
August 24 – I Like To Eat…
August 25 – I Have To…
August 26 – I Wore This…
August 27 – On Weekends I…
August 28 – I Watched This…
August 29 – I Can…
August 30 – I Can’t…
August 31 – I Believe…

I guess people will get to know me better this month… unless I can help it.

If you want to follow this project on the daily, they are posted on my Fat Mum Slim Instagram account.

@fmsbennett

Otherwise, we’ll check in on this next month.

Miami Beach – Day 5 – A7II – Dos

This is the final collection of images I’m going to share from my work trip to Miami Beach. It begins with more pictures of the Holocaust Memorial and ends with pictures taken around my hotel. The first image shared here is probably my favorite picture I took on this trip. Probably my last work trip for a bit. One of the most enjoyable work trips I’ve been on to date.


Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Currently my next work trip is to Las Vegas in February. Now I don’t write that in stone, but hopefully it comes off. My one trip to Vegas was a terrible experience that ended in the one and only bad performance review I’ve ever had in my life. But I’ve told that story too many times. Never trust a woman named Nancy. If you learn nothing else from me, learn that. Take that little nugget and tuck it away.

Vegas should have plenty of photographic opportunities. I want to visit the Hoover Dam while I’m there, but the amount of interest I’ve managed to garner from other parties go on this trip hasn’t been promising. Might have to take that trip solo.

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


WEEK 356 - ROAD TRIP
ROAD TRIP

ROAD TRIP! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a ROAD TRIP photo? It is simply any picture that is taken during or in preparation for a ROAD TRIP. Or even as the result of a ROAD TRIP. What is the difference between a ROAD TRIP and just running to the store or to work? Doesn’t have to be. A ROAD TRIP is generally thought to be a long-distance journey. But who am I define what you consider to be “long-distance”.

Happy photo harvesting!

Miami Beach – Day 5 – A7II – Uno

Trending back to Day 5 of my Computer Mine trip to Miami Beach. This was the only day I got to do much photography. We actually left the convention center at a decent time. We had an appetizer party hosted by the sales team that I attended, but then I snuck out early cause I wanted to go to the botanical garden. Unfortunately, when I got there it was closed for the day. However, I did go visit the Holocaust Memorial that was right next to the botanical garden. Here are some pictures from that walkabout:


Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 5 - May 2022

One more collection of photos from this trip still left to share.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SELF-PORTRAIT:


WEEK 354 - SELF-PORTRAIT
SELF-PORTRAIT

But what is a SELF-PORTRAIT? Please don’t play coy. It is simply a portrait of one’s self. Now a SELF-PORTRAIT doesn’t necessarily have to be a picture of your face. It could be of your hands or feet or whatever body part. It doesn’t even have to include you at all. It can be a picture of something that is uniquely you. For example Wily keeps pretty much every pair of running shoes he has ever had. He has maybe an excess of 100. A picture of his running shoes with or without his feet in them would be a SELF-PORTRAIT. OR you could even take a picture of somebody taking a SELF-PORTRAIT.

Happy photo harvesting!

Miami Beach – Day 3 and Day 6 – A7II

In this post I am going to share pictures I took with the A7II on Days 3 and 6 of my work trip to Miami Beach. I did not crack out the camera at all on Day 4. On Day 5, I actually got away for a bit and took several pictures, so I’m going to dedicate an entire post to those pictures. I didn’t take many pictures on Day 3 or Day 6, so I’m combining them here.

Day 3 was supposed to be kind of a half day of training, but those of us on Team Setup ended up spending quite a bit of hours tinkering with the computers at the Convention Center. I only took a handful of pictures walking back from the Convention Center with Tony after he went to 7/11 for some smokes.


Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022
Maybe I’m immature, but you can’t tell me if this sign was in Ames, it would be right up there for college freshman to steal with highway 69 signs.

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022
I would love to see this hotel when it is done being renovated.

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022
A tree growing outside of the Plymouth.

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 3 - May 2022

Day 6 was the last day of the convention. It was a long day for me because I left the hotel about 7:30 for the Convention Center. I got back to the hotel at about 8:30. From 4:30 until about 8:00 I sat around with Kim, Tony, and Lowell waiting for one crate to arrive. All the pictures I took that day are from that wait.


Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022
The Computer Mine Booth

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022
That reddish crate isn’t the one we were waiting for, but Kim packed up all our snacks and then wrapped it. So we starved for 2 hours. Please feel sorry for me.

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 6 - May 2022


A Computer Mine competitor’s booth.

It was a good trip, but the highlights, photographically speaking are from Day 5. Which I will share soon.

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


WEEK 353 - SERVICE
SERVICE

SERVICE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

This is a theme that was suggested by Andy. If you don’t like it, well remember that I crowdsource the themes once a year about November, so watch for that post and conduct your actions accordingly.

That isn’t to infer that I don’t love this theme. If I didn’t love the suggestion, I would have filed it in the trash next to Shannon’s suggestion of CATS. Maybe not next to that suggestion. Cause that one I threw in the trash and then stomped the trash down. Then took it to the incinerator. I didn’t even own an incinerator. I went to the store and bought one, just so I could incinerate that suggestion.

That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t make suggestions for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE when that time is nigh. Just don’t suggest CATS.

But what is a SERVICE picture? A SERVICE is simply the action of helping someone else. A SERVICE picture is simply a picture of one person helping another person. Or the results of one person helping another person. Now there are many different types of SERVICE. For example the theme reveal is a picture of a worship SERVICE. I get very questionable internet SERVICE from Mediacom. A couple days last week I ate at restaurant where I received SERVICE from many fine servers.

Happy photo harvesting!

Miami Beach – Day 2 – A7II

On Day 2 of my trip to Miami Beach for the Computer Mine I had a little bit of free time in the evening to do a little street photography in the blocks around our hotel.

One of the first things I learned was it would take 10 minutes (at least) for my camera to acclimate to the change in humidity between the air conditioned hotel room and the hot humid nights of South Beach.

Here are a few pictures from this short walkabout:


Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - Day 2 - May 2022

I didn’t actually take my camera out at all on Day 3 and barely on Day 4. I’ll probably combine Day 4 and Day 5 into one post at some point in the future.

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


WEEK 352 - CHILDREN
CHILDREN

CHILDREN! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a CHILDREN picture? Simply put, a CHILDREN picture is any picture that includes a CHILDren or CHILDREN or anything that deals with CHILDREN. This could be a very easy theme for some people. Some people can’t throw a rock in their house with out hitting a CHILD(REN). Which isn’t to say that I endorse throwing rocks at CHILDREN. It is just a saying. Some people might not have such easy access to a CHILD(REN) or even know a CHILD(REN). No worries! That is where the “anything that deals with CHILDREN comes into play. Notice how the theme reveal image doesn’t have any CHILDREN in it, but instead is a picture of a playground, which CHILD(REN) of all ages use.

Happy photo harvesting!

CMC – Miami Beach

At 7 AM on my birthday I loaded up on to a plane and flew to Miami Beach for the annual Computer Mine Convention. It is the biggest convention of the year for Computer Mine customers. They don’t come just to see us, but they come to see our competitors or other products that aren’t even related to us. I spent a lot of time under the brutal fluorescent lighting of the Miami Beach Convention Center, but I did get out and about to have a few adventures. I thought I would share some of my cruddy cell phone pictures from the almost 7 days I was gone from home.


Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Our layover was in Atlanta.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
An altitude of -140 feet doesn’t seem ideal.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A limo driver holding my name up at an airport. I’m a pretty big deal people!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Santiago was the Man! He also took us back to the airport a week later.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
We stayed at the Plymouth Hotel. I only have 4 things I look for in a hotel. #1. A bed. #2. Free Wi-Fi. #3. Free breakfast. #4. A good shower. It had 2 of the 4. But it did have a swanky retro vibe.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The closest I got to the ocean. I thought we would be back. I thought wrong.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I was told we would probably see boobs on the beach (by undisclosed person). I’m just bringing this up to cutoff the inevitable question about topless beaches I might get later. There were no uncovered boobs on the beach I saw. Sorry if this disappoints you.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The owner of this van is killing it. I mean that metaphorically. I don’t think they are a serial killer. But in Florida, you never know.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
First Miami Beach meal at Sultan. Cost about $20. It was delicious.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Lowell and Tony really, really, really hate this thing. I think it is hilarious. Bad art, but hilarious.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Kim’s new hat.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
That was like $16. It is Kim’s drink.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
$10 with free refills. And it was Pepsi! Bingpot!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The raw material for nightmares.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The special wardrobe I bought for the Marlins game. 3 compliments on this outfit from strangers.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Whatever stadium the Marlins play in was okay. Not great, but okay. For a dome.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Seats were first row on the third base side.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
So much amazing neon in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This might have been my favorite meal on the trip. Cost was $15.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
If I remember correctly, this is called Mount Miami.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
So many micro cokes in this town. At an Italian restaurant on the Lincoln Mall. It was very fair. Costed about $30. Service was less than fair.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Computer Mine meeting.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
There is a lot going on here.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Guess how much this cost me?

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
We never got to ride in Sexy Uber, but our Uber driver to the Cuban restaurant had 2 Jacquelines on the hook.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Did you guess $122? Then I probably already told you. It would have been more, but Carlos (the creepy waiter) forgot my dessert and Lowell paid for one of my sides.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A German booth a couple aisles down. They had some creepy stuff.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Germans man.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Best outfit in the convention center.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
The drink Derek is holding cost $21.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A tanned, bronzed god. With aching feet.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Sculpture across the street from the Plymouth.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I literally took this picture because I thought we were never leaving for the Cuban restaurant.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
But we did!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Restaurant recommended by our doorman.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
These shrimp stuffed plantain appetizers that Tony ordered were maybe my single favorite thing I ate on this trip.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A Cuban. I was going to try something else, but in the end, I love a good Cuban. I don’t think I have had one since the Cuban fries incident that happened in Indianola. I haven’t forgotten Andy. I’m close to forgiving.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Math. This meal cost $30.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I appreciate good bathroom art. Someday I may even tell you about the outhouse I found in Unionville, Iowa. If you have the guts to take it!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
One of the side effects of the pandemic is that I forgot that smokers even existed.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Miami Beach from the beach. At night.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Inside the convention center.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This is the Computer Mine Booth Closet. It is a magical place. It is where the snacks are. It is where you hide from regressive weirdos that don’t think women should have the right to vote and that the wife’s job is to do whatever the man wants them to do… hypothetically speaking. However, to the disappointment of one customer, there is not a port-a-potty in there.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
If you say so.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
If you say so.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Another micro-Coke.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This pisses me off! You don’t put the Gambler in a corner. You don’t cover him with a ladder.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This mural was in Sweet Liberty where the sales team hosted a party. Free appetizers and micro-Cokes! The tacos here were one of my favorite things I had on this trip. Cost to me, yeah I already said it, free!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I ghosted on the party (well Tony saw me leave) to try to hit the Miami Beach Botanical Garden before we lost the sun, cause the closer you are to the equator, the earlier the sun sets in the summer, cause the earth isn’t flat. But by the time I got there it had closed and wasn’t going to open again before I flew out Tuesday morning. The humanity!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Although that sucked, it did lead to me visiting the Holocaust Memorial which was extremely powerful. Germans man.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
That night I walked to a nearby Walgreens to buy some postcards (hopefully some of you have received them by now) and some ibuprofen. On my way back to the Plymouth I was nearly hit by a cop car stopping at the Abbey Hotel. A few of our staff were staying there. By the time the cop cars stopped showing up, there were 9 cars and a fire rescue truck. I’m not sure what happened, but rumor has it involved a few women fighting over the same man. I hope it was not Jacqueline1 and Jacqueline2 fighting over our Uber driver. The next day the couch in the lobby was covered in plastic and then the day after that it disappeared.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I just don’t see the connection, but I love it the same.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
This empanada I ate at the convention center was by far the worst thing I ate on this trip. With a regular sized coke it was $11.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A computer mine competitor’s booth.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
After the show, we tore down our booth. Within and hour, all of our crates showed up… except for one. We got them packed up and then we waited for the last crate.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
And waited…

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
While we waited Amy was kind enough to bring us pizza so we didn’t starve…

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
And this thing… which she questioned why I photographed… beyond the obvious reasons… I photographed it to send a picture of it to Elizabeth as she is a noted cheese fiend… it is fresh mozzarella… Elizabeth thought it was gelato… which wasn’t the last time gelato would come into my life that night…

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Then after 3 hours… the crate arrived… Not really. Tony walked around the convention center and found our missing crate just sitting there next to a bathroom and brought it back to us. While Tony is definitely a hero, I wonder if his crossing a union line might lead to a hit being put out on him by the Teamsters. I kept my distance from him just in case.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Outside of the convention center. But we weren’t allowed to go in those doors. We had to walk completely around the building to the other side. I know, times are tough.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
A theater near the convention center.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
After getting back to the hotel, I rested briefly and then went to a store to get some touristy stuff. A magnet for my fridge. More postcards to mail out. A couple stickers. One for my 2022 Log Book and the other I’m holding onto until I get new luggage. They also sold some sweet shirts.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I texted a picture of this shirt to Jen and she described it as classy. I agree with her.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Bought one of these for Tony cause they were in clearance and he asked me to pickup anything that said “Tony or Shannon”. Not that Shannon, but Tony’s Shannon. Tony’s Shannon does roller derby, which is badass. Ball is in your court not Tony’s Shannon.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Elizabeth mentioned gelato and gelato came to me. The universe looking out for me.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Sorry Elizabeth, no malts, only shakes.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I ordered Banana Nutella.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I’ve been hacking on the alcohol drinkers on this trip for spending $22 on a drink cause I’m cheap and I don’t drink alcohol. But this shake cost me $14. Hypocrite much? Maybe, but it was delicious. Although frankly more liquidy than an Iowa shake.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I wish I could take this home and put it in my yard.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Jeez lady, cover up, there might be a DeSantis voter in the neighborhood.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
So much great neon in Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Goodbye Miami and the worst airport experience I’ve ever had.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Flying home, well right by home.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
If you are from Boone, you are genetically programmed and morally obligated to take a train any chance you get. The Minneapolis airport.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
I had 5 compliments on this shirt that Teresa made for me.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Saylorville!

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Had to do some tenderloining at Ted’s Coney Island on the way home. $15.

Miami Beach Work Trip - May 2022
Baklava!

On the flight from Miami to Minneapolis I shared by dream of putting one of those take one-replace-one libraries on my front lawn and fill it with banned books to Amy. She worried that in a town like Boone, somebody might burn it down. I’m sure it would be fine. You can say a lot of disparaging things about Boone, but it isn’t a backwards hick town like Ankeny.

If you want to see plenty more cruddy cell phone pictures I took on my trip, click on the link below:

Miami Beach – 2022

Tony asked me how many pictures I took on this trip at one point. It was over 500 cell phone pictures. I also took a far less number of pictures on my real camera. Some of those will be coming any day, week or month from now. Sometime after the Renaissance Fair pictures I’d reckon.

NYC – Six

I should start by wishing everybody a Merry Christmas, so Merry Christmas!

The June image in the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar is of an old grain elevator (or something similar) in Pioneer, Iowa.


2022 Calendar - June

Tomorrow I will share the July image from the 2022 Photography 139 Calendar.

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This is yet another collection of images from my trip to New York City with Jesse back in 2011. Steph pops up in these images. She used to live on this cool little island called Roosevelt Island. But now she doesn’t.



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

THE END OF RANDOM NYC

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will also involve New York City. It might be the last collection of New York City images. Or perhaps, there will be one more. You’ll have to wait and see.

NYC – Five

Here is another collection of images from my trip to New York City with Jesse. It wasn’t exactly to visit my cousin Sarah, but that was really the highlight of the trip.


New York City Subway

New York City Subway

New York City Subway


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:

MORE RANDOM NYC

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #64

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will still include more New York City.