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KS

I spent the last weekend in Manhattan, Kansas and accomplished all of my goals for that trip:

1. Witness an Iowa State victory.
2. Eat Nate’s cooking.
3. Eat a Varsity Donut.
4. Get to the top of Manhattan Hill.
5. Get to the top of KS Hill.

I have new goals for my next trip to Manhattan, but I’ll share those after I go there.

But we should really focus on Goal #5. Get to the top of KS Hill. I don’t know a lot about the city of Manhattan, but based on their landmarks, it was founded by people that like making large concrete letters.

On one side of the river is a giant MANHATTAN made out of the concrete letters. On the other side of the river is a giant KS. Also made out of concrete letters.

The picture below is the view from on top of the giant KS.




My return trip to Manhattan will involve warmer weather and better planning on my part. This view from KS Hill is just one of many things in Manhattan that I want to photograph at night.

PARTICULARS

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ISO: 100
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DATE: 01/15/2016 – 11:49
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Personal Photo Project of the Week #99

I only had time last year to make a handful of calendars. If you didn’t get a calendar this year, I am sorry. I only had one left and I gave it to Nader because he actually called and asked for one. If somebody begged I suppose I could print another one off, but who would want a calendar that is almost 25% useless?

Here are the images from this years Photography 139 Calendar:



Front Cover


January


February


March


April





June


July


August


September


October


November


December



As usual, Mike Vest helped finish up the calendars with his hole punching and binding skills. Thanks Mike!

Iowa Gothic

Jesse and I went on a road trip a ways back. Here are some images from that trip, provided with the occasional commentary.

































I love the fact that “Loafing” was prohibited.


I had to have this picture taken as 1 of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies (Taxi Driver) is when Robert DeNiro takes his date to the porn theater because he doesn’t know any better.






















The chick that ran this place was awesome & I think we were her favorite guests of the day.






There aren’t enough buildings in Iowa that are marked where a ship ran into them.










Tebow!






Anybody who knows the exact reason why we stopped to take this picture is one of my favorite people in the world.







I am already looking forward to our next road trip. Maybe a couple more people will join us. If interested, forward your Road Tripping Resume to me. We will be looking for people with a sense of adventure and a large bladder. The bladder size is negotiable.

Arizona Day 3 – Part A

Some pictures from Day 3 in Arizona.


Arizona Day 3
Peavy and Young

Arizona Day 3
The guy that I hope wins the #5 Starter Spot

Arizona Day 3
The new closer.

Arizona Day 3
Some Mariner

Arizona Day 3
Some Mariner

Arizona Day 3
Spring Training Home of the Cubs

Arizona Day 3
More Hohokam

Arizona Day 3
Image from the Road

Arizona Day 3
I’d never eaten at a Del Taco. I endorse it and its slogan of going “Bold or Going Home”.

Arizona Day 3
Prior

Arizona Day 3
This guy kicks us out of Hohokam.

Arizona Day 3
Lowell and Jesse with their purchases.

Arizona Day 3
A dead cactus.

Jesse and I spent the morning watching the Padres and Mariners practice. Then we picked up Lowell and Eric at the resort and went to the Cubs practice field. Plus we ate at a Del Taco. Then when went to the “mountain” that Jesse and I had visited on the previous day.

Arizona Day 1

As I sit here in Josh and Summer’s house waiting for Jesse to wake up, I might as well post a few pictures from yesterday.


Arizona Trip - Day 1
Jesse waiting for the flight to leave from Des Moines

Arizona Trip - Day 1
Denver

Arizona Trip - Day 1
Jesse in Denver

Arizona Trip - Day 1
Me in Denver

Arizona Trip - Day 1
Jesse on the people mover

Arizona Trip - Day 1
Organ Stop Pizza

Arizona Trip - Day 1
The organist

Arizona Trip - Day 1
The Dancing Cats

Arizona Trip - Day 1

There were a few good times to be had on Sunday. My head didn’t hurt nearly as bad as I feared it would after the two flights.

We had supper with Jesse’s family at Organ Stop Pizza. It is a pretty impressive place. They have built a giant organ their with a bunch other percussion instruments also controlled by the organ.

The organist played a lot of old standards and a medley from Phantom of the Opera. Not too bad at all.

The Future of Boone

When Sara and I went to Ottumwa I think we might of had a glimpse into Boone’s future if it becomes the proud home of a Juice Bar.

I should start out by pointing out that on our way to Ottumwa Sara got pulled over and issued a speeding ticket by the nicest State Patrolman. He even started out with a joke:

“What are you doing today, besides fast?”

Sara and I ended up in downtown Ottumwa. I snapped a couple of pictures of Boone’s Future. We actually went downtown so I could get a picture of the Adult Theater because Derrick did not believe me that it existed, but I found a couple other sweet things. For some reason Sara would not get out of the car and join me.


Ottumwa House
Right across the street from the Adult Theater – Strip Club!

Ottumwa House
The Salty Frog is located right next to the strip club. A couple of women came wandering out of The Salty Frog while I was nearby. They looked like the type of women that would come out of a bar called The Salty Frog.

Ottumwa House
So it goes… Adult Theater, Chinese Restaurant, Abandoned Store Front, Christian Community Outreach Center. Well played Ottumwa. Well played.

Ottumwa House
Jen described this picture as “The Buddy Jesus”.

Ottumwa House
Cinema X. They lose points for the name. They might as well call it Cinema Generic.

Ottumwa House
Sara’s View

Ottumwa House
Apparently such a landmark that they built a parking ramp around it.

Ottumwa House
A better look at the parking ramp.

Ottumwa House
I might as well end with an Arty Picture.

I’m sure I will be returning to Ottumwa again in the next few weeks. Hopefully, I will get to take in even more of its majesty.

Incidentally, I will be asking some of you to come to Ottumwa with me to help Jen work on her Uncle’s house. You have been forewarned. Unless I already asked you. Then you already know about this project.

If you need more than just an altruistic motivation to get you to help out, Ottumwa has a Breadeaux Pizza. Mmmm… Breadeaux Pizza.

St. Francis Xavier Basilica

After we left the Field of Dreams on Sunday, we visited the St. Francis Xavier Basilica. It is one of only 53 Basilicas in the United States.


Field of Dreams Road Trip
Random Flower

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Spires

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Spires

Field of Dreams Road Trip
The Church

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Altar

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Stained Glass Window

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Sanctuary

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Spire

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Willy

Field of Dreams Road Trip

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Jay

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Dessert in Jesup

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Traditional Road Trip Photo

The height of each spire is 212 feet.

The term Basilica is a Greek derivation from “Basileus” meaning a royal or kingly building. In the day of the pagan Roman Empire, most cities had a large building of special architectural design to accommodate large audiences for orators of the day. They were called basilicas. In her earlier centuries, the Catholic church conferred this title on churches of unusual architectural and spiritual significance. Their number is small. Some hold the title by a special Papal edict as is the case of the Dyersville Basilica.

The Basilica is often referred to as the Pope’s church for his use in the event he should ever visit the area. There are Major and Minor Basilicas. The Major Basilicas of which there exist only five, are all in Rome, the best known being St. Peter’s. The Basilica of St. Mary’s in Minneapolis was the first church in the United States to be raised to the rank of a Minor Basilica in 1926.

St. Francis Xavier was the twelfth church in the country so honored. It is unique in that it is one of three in a rural area; all the others are in metropolitan areas.

There are now 53 basilicas in the United States. St. Francis Xavier Basilica is one of the finest examples of the true medieval Gothic architecture. Its graceful and pleasing lines are reminiscent of some of the outstanding Gothic cathedrals in Europe.

-Basilica Pamphlet

Field of Dreams

Jay, Willy and I made a little trip to the Field of Dreams on Sunday. Have a look.


Field of Dreams Road Trip
Lunch

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Independence, Iowa

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Field of Dreams House

Field of Dreams Road Trip
The Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Jay

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Coming out of the corn field.

Field of Dreams Road Trip
The Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Rounding 2nd

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Going for Three

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Wily and his Camera Phone

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Souvenir Shop

Field of Dreams Road Trip
The line between the ghost world and the real world.

Field of Dreams Road Trip
1st Base

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Willy sunning himself on the bleachers.

Field of Dreams Road Trip
This is actually what Jay looks like when he watches baseball.

Field of Dreams Road Trip
Enjoying the game.

Field of Dreams Road Trip
“I love this guy.”

Field of Dreams Road Trip
The remnants of when the Field of Dreams was owned by two feuding families.

I had never been there before. I think I got much more out of the experience than Willy and Jay. I only wish I had brought a glove and a ball.

Back to Civilization

After desecrating the Lincoln statue, I had to make amends by visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Lincoln’s Tomb. This we did on our return trip to civilization.


Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Traditional Road Trip Photo

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Ernie

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Waffle House Turtle

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Springfield

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
The Lincoln Family

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Booth

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Lincoln Portrait

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Generals

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Douglass

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
White House

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
“War is old men talking and young men dying…”

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
I don’t really know this guy.

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Old State Capitol (Where Obama announced his run for the White House.)

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Teresa

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Presidential Library

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Presidential Museum

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Statue

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Lincoln’s Tomb

Kentucky Vacation - 2008

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Lincoln’s Final Resting Place

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Inside Lincoln’s Tomb

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Inside Lincoln’s Tomb

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Lincoln’s Tomb

Kentucky Vacation - 2008
Lincoln’s Tomb

Visiting Springfield was an incredible experience. I highly recommend it to anybody that can make it there. You don’t even have to be a history nerd.