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The Big Easy – Day 7 Phone Pictures

Day 7 in New Orleans was supposed to be relatively short. Tony and I had a 10:20 flight. So we would leave for the airport a little after 8. We would grab a connecting flight in Denver and be back in the Cyclone State by 3:30. But the best laid plans of mice and men…

Here are the pictures from Day 7. The final day.


New Orleans Trip - Day 7
I got up early to take one last stroll around. Saw this banner. I level of petty I can get behind.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
About the time I was going to order an Uber we got a message from Southwest Airlines. Our flight had been delayed until noon! We decided to delay our trip to the airport until 10. That gave me time to go down and try to see the famous Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1. I didn’t get to see it because you have to pay for a tour, which is fine, but the tour lasted too long for me to take it. Anyways, saw this sticker. Enjoyed it.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
On the way to the airport we got a text from Southwest that our flight had been moved back to its original flight time. Meaning that we missed our flight. Southwest was less than helpful. They told me to run and I might make the flight. Yeah, this was the security line. While waiting in it (this is TSA Pre-Check) Southwest sent me a message that my flight had left. Thanks!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
I had to go back and get booked on a flight that wouldn’t leave until after 6. The fortunate thing for me was that they had checked my bags in. So I could go into the airport. They hadn’t checked Tony’s bag in, so he couldn’t go into the airport until 4 hours before the flight.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Not a fan of Southwest.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Another look at the security lines. This is the one that isn’t TSA Pre-Check.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Waited with Tony for a bit before going in.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Thanks airport.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
NASA display.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Southerners love their Moon Pies!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Airport art.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Southerners love their Moon Pies!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Southerners love their moon pies!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Not in the mood for this toy at this time.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
No lies detected.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
For the Swifties that also love crawdads!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
I know a big fan of the Golden Girls.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Southerners love their moon pies.

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Finally in the air!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Bellisimo!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7

New Orleans Trip - Day 7

New Orleans Trip - Day 7

New Orleans Trip - Day 7

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Landed in the home of Toasted Ravioli!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
This sign made me so happy!

New Orleans Trip - Day 7
Goodbye Land of Toasted Ravioli.

Tony and Shannon dropped me off at my doorstep a little after midnight. It was a long, boring day. It was good to be home. 2 days later I would be welcoming Bokeh into my life and this trip feels like such a distant memory, even though it was only a month ago.

At some point I’ll begin sharing the pictures I took of New Orleans with the real camera!

The Big Easy – Day 4, 5, & 6 Phone Pictures

Time to share the cell phone pictures I took on Day 4 and Day 5 and Day 6 of my trip to New Orleans for the Big Meeting. I didn’t take many cell phone pictures on these days. Maybe not that many in general.

Day 4 is the worst day of the trip. It is over a 12 hour work day. And the last few hours is standing in the booth doing nothing because it is the “Big Meeting” Party”. So people flock to the booths that hand out free booze. We are not one of those. So nobody comes to our booth. Actually, now I think about it, that part is kind of amazing.

Here are pictures from Day 4:


Day  4 - New Orleans
Some street art from a morning walk.

Day  4 - New Orleans
I hope they find their fish!

Day  4 - New Orleans
I ate here for breakfast, but not on Day 4.

Day  4 - New Orleans
I like gumbo, but I prefer the version of this that references ice cream.

Day  4 - New Orleans
Getting ready to take on the day.

Day  4 - New Orleans
So Instagrammable!

Day  4 - New Orleans

Day  4 - New Orleans
The thing of nightmares.

Day  4 - New Orleans
I’d like a word with the designer.

Day  4 - New Orleans
It is almost like you are in New Orleans!

Day  4 - New Orleans
The convention center food court. More on this in a later post on my New Orleans food adventures.

Day  4 - New Orleans
Gina and I went down and had these made for Lowell and Leah.

Day  4 - New Orleans
I’m sure they get a ton of wear out of them.


On to Day 5. A sticker I enjoyed.


I took hardly any pictures on Day 5 that weren’t related to food I ate.


The statue in Lafayette Square is not of Lafayette. It is Henry Clay.


No lies detected.


Chicken & Daquiris. Pralines. Warm Boobies. That is Bourbon Street.


Day 6 – I also took hardly any pictures. And you are, like really pretty.


A Computer Mine competitor for people that don’t own adult computers.


They stole a few of our good chairs in Chicago.


The Big Meeting is over.


Now we wait for our crates.


Another Computer Mine competitor. Known for not wantING to give up their customer’s data.


Back at the hotel. This sign that explains what a fire alarm sounds like makes my head hurt.


Kim really wanted this picture taken.

Day 7. My final day in New Orleans. Tony and I had a 10:20 AM flight. We were going to be back in the Cyclone State by 4 PM. Sounds like an easy day.

More on that next Tuesday.

The Big Easy – Day 2 & 3 Phone Pictures

Today is my mother-in-law Colleen’s birthday, so I need to wish her a happy birthday.


Baby Tri-Force 1st Birthday Party
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I hope your birthday is magical!

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I didn’t take many phone pictures on Day 2 and Day 3 in New Orleans, so I’m combining them into one post. Day 2 is when the work begins on setting up for The Big Meeting. Day 3 involves a “training” session and then finishing off setup. But I had sometime to explore on those days.

Here are the pictures:


Day 2 - New Orleans
I started Day 2 with a leftover beignet from Cafe Du Monde.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Then I took a walk up to Jackson Square to see if it was open. It wasn’t.

Day 2 - New Orleans
But got a nice view of the Saint Louis Cathedral.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Then I walked down the river walk and found this cool collection of love locks.

Day 2 - New Orleans
I would love to know this story.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Preach.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Tony and I got to the Convention Center while they were still putting the booth together.

Day 2 - New Orleans
This is by far and I mean by FAR the fastest internet we’ve ever had in a booth.

Day 2 - New Orleans
These snacks were delicious!

Day 2 - New Orleans
The booth put together.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Back at the hotel. I’m kind of a connoisseur of southern mayonnaise. This one has ALL the yolks.

Day 2 - New Orleans
One of my goals was to ride the trolley.

Day 2 - New Orleans
They stopped the trolley so this girl could take a graduation photo with it.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Inside trolley.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Pralines!

Day 2 - New Orleans
That night I had supper with Kim, Michelle, Diane and Gina. Afterwards I ended back up at Jackson Square.

Day 2 - New Orleans

Day 2 - New Orleans
This is the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial.

Day 2 - New Orleans
Final picture I took before going back to the hotel.


Day 3 starts with a 4 hour training session that feels like 8 hours.


Back to the Convention Center.


Got done early enough that I could see the inside of the Saint Louis Cathedral.


They took credit cards.


It is pretty in there.


The altar.


I didn’t take a horse and carriage ride. But I wish I had.


Best name for a restaurant. Ever!


The Rolling Stones played the Jazz Festival the night before.


Taking the trolley to the Garden District.


This guy openly boozed on the trolley. Was super friendly.


Nood Fountain in Audubon Park.


Back on Canal Street. Maybe my favorite graffiti ever.


Last cell phone picture of Day 3.

Still 4 more days of cell phone pictures left to share.

Omaha, Somewhere in Middle America

We are officially a week from my birthday, so I am no longer accepting happy birthday wishes. If you failed to meet the deadline, better luck wishing next year.

I did have a pretty great birthday though. Mostly it was just hanging out with Bokeh and the chaos she brings. But at night, there was a Movie Night in the Union Street Theater. As it was my birthday month, I got to select the movies. I chose 1975 for the “theme” of the movies. For the B movie I selected LISZTOMANIA. Which deliver on everything that a MOVIE NIGHT movie should. For the feature, I selected SHAMPOO. Which was a bit of a dud. Maybe it was funnier or more revolutionary in its day. It was worth watching and a disappointment at the same time.

My favorite birthday present I received was Nora planting a flower in my honor at her school. My favorite birthday wish came from Elainie as it combined wishing me a happy birthday with my disdain and hatred for Facebook:

Happy Birthday Uncle Chris!! Sabas & I posted on fb earlier, but I know you don’t get on often. We hope you have had a wonderful day!

It wasn’t perfect. Shouldn’t have posted birthday wishes on Facebook at all, but it is good enough for me.

I also got an amazing letter in the mail wishing me a happy birthday from Harrison Gorshe. It 100% made my day! It basically wished me a happy birthday and let me know he was glad I got a dog. I need to take Bokeh over there to meet the Gorshes at some point. I haven’t taken her to meet a lot of people. Really I haven’t taken her to meet many people yet. Elizabeth, Kim, and Ron at the Computer Mine. She has met plenty of people that have come to the house to meet her though. Andy, Anders, Alexis, Kanoa, Anela, Logan, Jonah, Greyson, Dahlia, Amanda, Jesse, Willy, Jay, Jason, Monica, Graham, and Teresa. Plus several neighbors have come over to meet her. Her dance card has been pretty full. She might be the Diamond of the Season. (Reference for my BRIDGERTON peeps out there. I’m still pretty sad that my 2 favorite characters (Eloise and Penelope) aren’t friends any longer. I’m sure it will work out.)

But I digress. Thanks again for all the birthday wishes that came through in person visits, text messages, phone calls, Snapchat… Teams, yeah I guess we will count Teams. It was a good enough birthday!

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I spent the night at Bill’s swanky bachelor pad after going to see Brandi Carlile. It was so amazingly hot those days. The heat index was well into triple digits. Before I headed back to the Cyclone State Bill and I did some minor exploring of Omaha. We went to Union Station, which is now a museum.

Here are some pictures:


Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Orange City Tulip Festival - 2023

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Still a couple more collection of images from my day with Bill left to share!

The Big Easy – Day 1 Phone Pictures – Beta

When we last checked in on Day 1 of my trip to New Orleans for work I was just about to get on the plane in Saint Louis to finish the trip to New Orleans.


New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Goodbye Saint Louis!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Thanks Southwest! I’m sure I won’t hate you by the end of this trip.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Southwest! The last of the great romantics!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Well, what is yours?

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Getting close!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
On the ground!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
And they didn’t even lose my luggage!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
We have to find our own transportation from the airport to the hotel now. Like commoners!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
View from our room. Not bad!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
So this is Bourbon Street.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
My church is getting new shirts. I’ll just say this idea was shot down.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
“So I lay prostrate before the LORD for these forty days and forty nights, because the LORD had said he would destroy you.”

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
I don’t get why this is such a popular combination in New Orleans, but it is.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Kim!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
I wish I would have had some Fat Boy’s Pizza on this trip.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
I know a few.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Seems like the kind of church that has credit card swipers in the sanctuary.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Never had any ice cream on this trip either.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Best shirt I saw in New Orleans.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Trolley!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
3rd best shirt I saw in New Orleans.

Most of Day 1 was spent resting in the hotel and wandering around Bourbon Street and the Jackson Square area. This was by far the day I took the most cell phone pictures. However, there are plenty more pictures to share from the rest of the trip.

The Big Easy – Day 1 Phone Pictures – Alpha

No time like the present to start sharing pictures from my work trip to New Orleans for the Computer Mine. Going to split up cell phone pictures and pictures from the real camera again. This first collection is from Day 1 of the trip. Which was mostly a travel day.

The trip started out terrible. I hit, what I think was a sign, or something that was on the middle of the interstate. It shredded my front passenger side tire. I was stranded on the side of the road at 4 in the morning. Roughly. It sucked. Fortunately for me, Tony was able to pick me up on the side of the road and we got to the airport on time for our flight to New Orleans via Saint Louis.

Here I have to give a big shoutout to Andy. He was able to get to my car, change the flat tire (with the help of a sledgehammer) and get it back to Boone. Then Jesse was able to get the tire fixed. Fortunately it was mostly covered under roadside hazard. So that part of the bill wasn’t too expensive. Although there is still more to come. Thanks guys!

Here are the pictuers:


New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
On the plane before sunrise. Yeah.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Flying.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Saint Louis Airport.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
I took a lot of these type of pictures for potential THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE LETTERS OR NUMBERS submission.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Saint Louis swag.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
This guy looks like he knows frozen custard.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
That would suck if you were still in the airport the next day.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Airport art.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
The most annoying fans in all of baseball.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Toasted ravioli?

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
You know I picked up some St. Louis stickers!

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
I thought about it.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
Coffee is gross.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
By far, my favorite piece of art in the Saint Louis Airport.

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1
So many stickers.

Still another collection of images to share from Day 1. We eventually even get to New Orleans!

WPC – WEEK 451 – LETTERS OR NUMBERS

LETTERS OR NUMBERS! A great theme! But were enough people their own dawg enough to make it a popular theme? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, April 29, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Nader Parsaei – 1 week (IA)
2-Amy Peterson – 1 week (IA)
3-Alexis Stensland – 1 week (IA) <2>
4-Monica Jennings – 2 weeks (IA)
5-Sabas Hernandez – 3 weeks (IA, OH)
6-Suzie Brannen – 5 weeks (IA)
7-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 5 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
8-Willy McAlpine – 6 weeks (IA)
9-Deanna McClain – 7 weeks (IA) <2>
10-Adam Gordon – 9 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
11-Becky Parmelee – 10 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
12-Sara Lockner – 14 weeks (IA, BHS)
13-Lowell Davis – 17 weeks (IA) <2>
14-Michelle Haupt – 17 weeks (IA, MO, KS)
15-Brandon Kahler – 18 weeks (IA, MN)
16-Scott Degeneffe – 36 weeks (2) (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
17-Mike Vest – 41 weeks (IA, MO)
18-Sheri Fakhouri – 46 weeks (IA, NE)
19-Logan Kahler – 47 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
20-Nathanial Brown – 48 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN) <2>
21-Jesse Howard – 48 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
22-Tamara Peterson – 60 weeks (IA, MN)
23-Mindi Terrell – 63 weeks (IA)
24-Linda Bennett – 92 weeks 129 (KS)
25-Sarah Toot – 93 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV) <2>
26-Angie DeWaard – 97 weeks (IA, IL) <2>
27-Dawn Krause – 101 weeks (IA) <2>
28-Kim Barker – 107 weeks (IA, CO)
29-Joe Duff – 108 weeks (TX)
30-Teresa Kahler – 119 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
31-Carla Stensland – 119 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
32-Micky Augustin – 121 weeks (IA, IL)
33-Andy Sharp – 122 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
34-Bill Wentworth – 123 weeks (NE)
35-Cathie Morton – 126 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO)
36-Elizabeth Nordeen – 128 weeks (IA)
37-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 130 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
38-Kio Dettman – 132 weeks (IA) <2>

Here is the list of rules for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:

1. The picture must be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch and take pictures challenge!
2. There is a limit of 2 submissions per person per theme. If you send me more than 2, I will use the first 2 that you submit.
3. Deadline to submit your submission is 11 AM next Monday.
4. To be considered the photographer of an image, you have to be the one that clicks the shutter. If you hand your camera over to somebody else to take a picture of you, you are NOT the photographer of that image.
5. No screen captures. This is a photography challenge. Not a “look at what I found on the internet” challenge.

There are still 2 ways to submit:
1. Email your submission to bennett@photography139.com.
2. Text your submission to my Google Pixel 8 Pro.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates or streaks or the rules of the challenge or how to submit. You came to see the submissions and what streaks continued and what streaks flamed out:


WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MARY GREEN
Mary Green (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOHNATHAN STENSLAND
Johnathan Stensland (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa) – 2 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Ogden, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Ankeny, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe (Ames, Iowa) – 6 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - WILLY MCALPINE
Willy McAlpine (Iowa) – 7 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 8 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa) – 10 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Springdale, Arkansas) – 11 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARA LOCKNER
Sara Lockner (Johnston, Iowa) – 15 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 18 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SCOTT DEGENEFFE
Scott Degeneffe (West Des Moines, Iowa) – 37 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 47 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Grand Junction, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Rochester, Minnesota) – 61 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Camp Dodge – Iowa) – 64 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 93 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 94 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 98 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Iowa) – 102 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 108 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (New Orleans, Louisiana)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (UDCC, Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 120 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (What Cheer, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Iowa) – 122 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ANDY SHARP
Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 127 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 129 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Summerset, Iowa) – 131 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 133 weeks

WPC - WEEK 451 - LETTERS OR NUMBERS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (New Orleans, Louisiana) – 554 weeks

37 participants this week! A drop off of 2 participants from last week. Sad.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

+ Arkansas (1)
+ Iowa (33)
+ Kansas (2)
+ Louisiana (5)
+ Minnesota (1)
+ Nebraska (1)
+ Pennsylvania (1)
+ Texas (1)

Here is the Year 11 list of places where submissions have been taken (submissions taken in each places):

+ Arkansas (11.5)
+ Aruba (1)
+ Bahamas (2)
+ California (3)
+ Curacao (1)
+ Colorado (5)
+ Florida (85)
+ Georgia (1)
+ Hawaii (2)
+ Illinois (5)
+ Indiana (4)
+ Iowa (661)
+ Kansas (28)
+ Kentucky (1)
+ Louisiana (7)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (7)
+ Mississippi (1.5)
+ Missouri (10.5)
+ Nebraska (27)
+ Nevada (2)
+ New York (12)
+ Ohio (1)
+ Oklahoma (1)
+ Pennsylvania (14)
+ South Dakota (3)
+ Tennessee (2.5)
+ Texas (28)
+ Utah (1)
+ Vermont (1)
+ Virginia (1)

28 states so far! 3 foreign countries! Not bad! So far, the following people have submitted from multiple places:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL) – 8
+ Andy Sharp (IA, NE, MO, AR, TN, MS, LA) – 7
+ Scott Degeneffe (IA, FL, UT, CO, IN, KY) – 6
+ Jesse Howard (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW) – 6
+ Christopher D. Bennett (IA, MO, NE, IL, IN, LA) – 6
+ Cathie Morton (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA) – 5
+ Michelle Haupt (IA, MO, KS, LA) – 4
+ Nathanial Brown (IA, SD, TN, GA) – 4
+ Sarah Toot (PA, NY, VT, NV) – 4
+ Kim Barker (IA, CO, LA) – 3
+ Shannon Bardole-Foley (IA, CA, NV) – 3
+ Adam Gordon (IA, MS, MO) – 3
+ Mary Green (MI, IA, IN) – 3
+ Becky Parmelee (AR, IA, OK) – 3
+ Micky Augustin (IA, IL) – 2
+ Susanna Funk (IA, CO) – 2
+ Brandon Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Logan Kahler (IA, MN) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, MN) – 2
+ Tamara Peterson (IA, MN) – 2
+ Carla Stensland (IA, MO) -2
+ Mike Vest (IA, MO) – 2
+ Teresa Kahler (IA, NE) – 2
+ Sheri Fakhouri (IA, NE) – 2
+ Angie DeWaard (IA, IL) – 2
+ Sara Lockner (IA, BHS) – 2
+ Sabas Hernandez (IA, OH) – 2

Jen is now in the lead to be crowned “The Most Travelled THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE Photographer!” Jesse and Andy and Scott are in striking distance though!

The big milestone this week was Adam joining the Double Digit Streak Club! WooHoo! But it wasn’t all good times. A ton of streaks bit the dust. Nader and Amy couldn’t build on their submissions last week. Suzie’s 5 week streak is no more. But worst of all Scarecrow, Vest’s 41 week streak is history! The humanity!

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


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RUINS! What a great theme for Year 11 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

I look forward to seeing your interpretation.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will see your idea of RUINS in this place that could us a sprucing up next Monday.

George Perry Floyd Square – III

On Thursday night, in Iowa City, Caitlin Clark pulled up near the logo and drilled a 3 pointer. The crowd went crazy. The announcers went crazy. She went crazy. Her teammates went crazy. She has just become the all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball history!

Only, not so fast. Did she?

Now, this isn’t meant to be a slight against Caitlin Clark. She is a great basketball player. Maybe, the greatest women’s basketball player in history. BUT, she isn’t the all-time leading scorer in women’s college basketball history. Not yet.

You see there are a couple of caveats to her being the all-time leading scorer in women’s college basketball history. You have to listen closely. If the announcers/reporters are doing their job, they are saying the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history. Next, they will start counting down her march to overtake Pete Maravich as the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history. Men’s or Women’s.

That is right, but there is more college basketball than just the NCAA variety.

Caitlin Clark is no the second all-time leading scorer in women’s major basketball. Some might call it Division 1. Before the NCAA could see their way to oversee women’s basketball, women’s basketball was ran by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. From 1971 to 1981, they oversaw women’s sports and believe it or not there was a woman at a major college that scored more points than Caitlin Clark, so far.

Caitlin Clark has currently scored 3,569 points, so far. So who still has more points than her? There are a few, but here are the key ones.

Lynette Woodward scored 3,649 points in her career at Kansas. Making her the current all-time leading scorer in major women’s college basketball.

Pete Maravich scored 3,667 points in his college career at Louisiana State. No matter, what he is and remains the greatest scorer in college basketball history. He amassed his total in only 3 years because when he played, Freshman were not allowed to play. He also played before the institution on of the 3 point line. In fact, so did Lynette Woodward and the next person on this list. Maravich averaged… AVERAGE 44.2 points per game over his college career. 44.2!!

Pearl Moore scored 4,061 points in her college career at Francis Marion College. Making her the all-time leading scorer in women’s college basketball history. Regardless of level.

John Pierce scored 4,230 points in his career at Lipscomb. Back when he put up his monster stats Lipscomb was an NAIA school. So that makes him the all-time leading scorer in college basketball history at all levels.

This isn’t to put down what Caitlin Clark is doing. It is just that some people have seemingly been wiped out of the narrative and their accomplishments forgotten. I think their accomplishments should not be forgotten.

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Time once again to share a collection of images I took last July while visiting George Floyd Square in Minneapolis.


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Still plenty more pictures to share from this powerful experience.