Category Archives: Work

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.

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New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

New Orleans Work Trip - Day 1

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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

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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 452 – RUINS

RUINS! A great theme! But were enough people interested in it to make it a popular theme or will many streaks lie in ruins? You will have to keep scrolling to find out!

As of 12:01 PM on Monday, May 6, this was the current list of ACTIVE streaks (ignore everything in parentheses):

1-Johnathan Stensland (IA) – 1 week
2-Mary Green – 1 week (IA, MI, IN) <2>
3-Alexis Stensland – 2 weeks (IA) <2>
4-Monica Jennings – 3 weeks (IA)
5-Sabas Hernandez – 4 weeks (IA, OH)
6-Jen Ensley-Gorshe – 6 weeks (IA, CO, MO, TX, TN, VA, IL, FL)
7-Willy McAlpine – 7 weeks (IA)
8-Deanna McClain – 8 weeks (IA)
9-Adam Gordon – 10 weeks (IA, MS, MO) <2>
10-Becky Parmelee – 11 weeks (AR, IA, OK)
11-Sara Lockner – 15 weeks (IA, BHS)
12-Lowell Davis – 18 weeks (IA)
13-Michelle Haupt – 18 weeks (IA, MO, KS, LA)
14-Brandon Kahler – 19 weeks (IA, MN)
15-Scott Degeneffe – 37 weeks (IA, FL, UT, CO, KY, IN)
16-Sheri Fakhouri – 47 weeks (IA, NE)
17-Logan Kahler – 48 weeks (IA, MN) <2>
18-Nathanial Brown – 49 weeks (IA, SD, GA, TN)
19-Jesse Howard – 49 weeks (IA, MO, NE, FL, ABW, CUW)
20-Tamara Peterson – 61 weeks (IA, MN)
21-Mindi Terrell – 64 weeks (IA)
22-Linda Bennett – 93 weeks (KS) <2>
23-Sarah Toot – 94 weeks (PA, NY, VT, NV)
24-Angie DeWaard – 98 weeks (IA, IL)
25-Dawn Krause – 102 weeks (IA)
26-Kim Barker – 109 weeks (IA, CO, LA) <2>
27-Joe Duff – 109 weeks (TX)
28-Teresa Kahler – 120 weeks (IA, NE) <2>
29-Carla Stensland – 120 weeks (IA, MO) <2>
30-Micky Augustin – 122 weeks (IA, IL)
31-Andy Sharp – 123 weeks (IA, NE, AR, MS, MO, TN, LA)
32-Bill Wentworth – 124 weeks (NE)
33-Cathie Morton – 127 weeks (IA, FL, BHS, MO, LA)
34-Elizabeth Nordeen – 129 weeks (IA)
35-Shannon Bardole-Foley – 131 weeks (IA, CA, NV)
36-Kio Dettman – 133 weeks (IA)

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 452 - RUINS - ADAM GORDON
Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa) – 11 weeks

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Adam Gordon (Boone, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Pilot Mound, Iowa) – 3 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ALEXIS STENSLAND
Alexis Stensland (Pilot Mound, Iowa)

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Andy Sharp (Boone, Iowa) – 124 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ANGIE DEWAARD
Angie DeWaard (Iowa) – 99 weeks

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Angie DeWaard (Ames, Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - BECKY PARMELEE
Becky Parmelee (Bella Vista, Arkansas) – 12 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - BILL WENTWORTH
Bill Wentworth (Omaha, Nebraska) – 125 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - BRANDON KAHLER
Brandon Kahler (Ames, Iowa) – 20 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Ledges State Park – Boone County, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CARLA STENSLAND
Carla Stensland (Highway 169 – Between Ogden and Harcourt)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CATHIE MORTON
Cathie Morton (Iowa) – 128 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett (Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 – New Orleans, Louisiana)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause (Carlisle, Iowa) – 103 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - DEANNA MCCLAIN
Deanna McClain (Iowa) – 9 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen (Iowa) – 130 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard (Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff (Texas) – 110 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker (Nevada, Iowa) – 109 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman (Boone, Iowa) – 134 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas) – 94 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LINDA BENNETT
Linda Bennett (Kansas)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LOGAN KAHLER
Logan Kahler (Perry, Iowa) – 49 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - LOWELL DAVIS
Lowell Davis (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt (Iowa) – 19 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin (Ames, Iowa) – 123 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MIKE VEST
Mike Vest (Iowa) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa) – 65 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MINDI TERRELL
Mindi Terrell (Iowa)

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - MONICA JENNINGS
Monica Jennings (Boone, Iowa) – 4 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - NATHANIAL BROWN
Nathanial Brown (Hancock County, Iowa) – 50 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SABAS HERNANDEZ
Sabas Hernandez (Iowa) – 5 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SARAH TOOT
Sarah Toot (E. Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania) – 95 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SCOTT DEGENEFE
Scott Degeneffe (Boone County, Iowa) – 38 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley (Iowa) – 132 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SHERI FAKHOURI
Sheri Fakhouri (Ankeny, Iowa) – 48 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - SUZIE BRANNEN
Suzie Brannen (Baltimore, Maryland) – 1 week

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson (Iowa) – 62 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa State Farm Museum – Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa) – 121 weeks

WPC - WEEK 452 - RUINS - TERESA KAHLER
Teresa Kahler (Iowa State University – Ames, Iowa)

34 participants this week. A drop of 3 from last week. That is the lowest in a minute. Sad.

There were submissions this week taken in the following places:

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

Suzie’s trip to Maryland adds yet another state to this year’s map! WooHoo!

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 (8)
+ Maryland (1)
+ Michigan (5)
+ Minnesota (6)
+ 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)

29 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
+ Suzie Brannen (IA, MD) – 2

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

Suzie joined the list of people to submit from multiple places!

The big milestone this week was Elizabeth joining the 2.5 Year Club! WooHoo! WooHoo! Woo!

But it wasn’t all fun and games. There was a literal bloodbath of streaks that bit the dust. Johnathan and Mary couldn’t build on last week’s submission. Jen’s streak is over at 6. Willy’s streak is over at 7. But worst of all Scarecrow, Sara’s streak is over at 15! Sacre bleu!

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:


WPC - WEEK 453 - WORK
WORK

WORK! 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 WORK in this place that hardly feels like work most days next Monday.

Computer Mine Gift Exchange

Back on Wednesday we had our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange at the Computer Mine. I snapped a few photos of the event for the Computer Mine social medias.

Here are a few pictures:


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Computer Mine Gift Exchange - 2023

Computer Mine Gift Exchange - 2023

If you are wondering, I ended up with the tortilla blanket. I stole it from Amy because I thought it would make a perfect addition to Taco Tailgate and nobody stole it from me, cause of the general fear my co-workers have of me. So much fear.

Back before the pandemic, there were like 30 or so people that participated. This year there were 13 methinks. It is still a fun little work tradition. Even if this year nobody showed up drunk. Maybe next year.

About Someone Who Loved You More

This collection of alternate images for last week’s theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE will include pictures I took on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Most of them I took on my lunch break from the computer mine on Wednesday. I went to downtown Ames to talk to Derrick about the upcoming football game on Saturday, but he was actually at the bank. So I did wander around a little bit and do some street photography.

I got stuck working late yet again on Wednesday night, so I didn’t take many pictures in the evening.

Here is the collection of images from Wednesday:


About Someone Who Loved You More

About Someone Who Loved You More

About Someone Who Loved You More

About Someone Who Loved You More

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About Someone Who Loved You More

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About Someone Who Loved You More

Radiation of Happiness - 2023

On Thursday I woke up to a foggy morning. I had to work at the Computer Mine worldwide headquarters. So I snapped some pictures on the way there. Then I snapped a few pictures at work and then did some shopping after work. Then took a few more when I got home.

Here are the Thursday pictures:


Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2023

Garden of Love - 2022

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Garden of Love - 2022

Painted without Instruction -2023

About Someone Who Loved You More

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About Someone Who Loved You More

About Someone Who Loved You More

About Someone Who Loved You More

A lot of examples in this collection for why I love black & white photography so much. Or one of the reasons. There is just so much play in the exposure control that you get with black & white that you don’t get with color photography. Which isn’t to say that it is less demanding, because if anything, it can be more demanding. However, there is so much latitude in exposure and some of the things that can destroy a color photo like grain (or digital noise) can actually enhance a black & white image.

4 days down, but believe you me… we are just starting to get warmed up.

The Windy City: Day 6

Time for the final collection of pictures from my work trip to Chicago for the Computer Mine. Day 6 was the last day of The Big Convention. It is the slowest day and ends with everybody leaving except for me, Lowell, Kim, and Tony. We sit around for anywhere between an hour to 4 hours waiting for the crates for our equipment to be brought so we can pack up and hit the road. In Miami it was close to 4 hours. In Chicago it was about an hour.

Here is that collection:


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What was left in the snack closet.

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A Computer Mine competitor.

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People in Chicago don’t even care about the White Sox.

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Another Computer Mine competitor.

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Next year the Big Convention is in New Orleans.

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Best part of the Big Convention.

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Being torn down.

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Tony sent this picture to his mom. She didn’t enjoy it.

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Chicago, Illinois

All in all it was a good trip. But it is time to start sharing pictures of different trips that I have taken. Still haven’t shared pictures from the Christmas Lighted Parade in Oskaloosa…

The Windy City: Day 5

There is one week left to enter the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. Monica created this sweet social media artwork to post:



Here is the link to the Entry Form:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Entry Form

Thanks again Monica! I hope at least a few of you decide to enter!

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Last week I shared the cell phone pictures I took on Day 5 of my work trip to Chicago for the Big Convention. Now I’m going to share pictures from the “real” camera:


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Garrett’s to get popcorn.

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Apparently it is where it is at in the popcorn world. I did get some Pecan Caramel Crisp and it was solid.

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Yeah, I photographed this thing a lot.

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The people that were going to this concert were definitely dressed to party!

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Outside the Korean Barbecue.

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That night I wandered around near the hotel to do a little street photography.

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Co-sign.

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I do regret not taking a river cruise.

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Watch out for DMB’s Tour Bus!

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Bubble People!

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Just one more small collection of pictures from Chicago left to share. Then on to other adventures!

The Windy City: Day 4 & 5 Phone Pictures

I never actually cracked out the “real” camera on Day 4 of my work trip to Chicago. It was the first day of the Big Convention and it was a 13 hour work day. It was also by far the busiest day in the Computer Mine Booth, so I didn’t even take many cell phone pictures. The ones I did aren’t great, but I thought I would share them in case somebody was interested to know what the Big Convention looks like:


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The Convention Floor.

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More convention floor.

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You get the idea.

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The area at the top of the picture is the Exhibitor Lounge. It is wear you go to get a break and absolutely terrible iced tea.

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This area is the International Lounge.

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Privacy, but no roof.

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These guys are super annoying. Super. Annoying.

Because there aren’t many, I’m also going to share the cell phone pictures from Day 5 and then combine all the “real” camera pictures from Day 5 and Day 6 and the cell phone pictures from Day 6 into one post. There aren’t many of them. There wasn’t much free time when the Big Convention starts.

Day 5 pictures:


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Setting up the booth.

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Kim making friends.

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Maybe “friends”.

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I believe they are pen pals now.

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After the Big Convention concluded for the day, Kim and I went back to Garrett’s so she could bring back popcorn for some people.

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The lady working the popcorn stand told us that the popcorn wouldn’t be any good the next day, which made me panic a little bit. I had bought Elizabeth and Scottie D.’s popcorn 2 days before this and it would be 2 more days before I would be able to deliver it at a minimum. But frankly I think she was full of it. Elizabeth didn’t complain about her popcorn. Scottie D. didn’t complain about his.

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After the Korean Barbecue place that Kim “loved”.

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Kim was cold and had to wait inside.

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After getting back dinner I took a short walk around the area to admire the street art.

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Chicago, Illinois

One last post about my work trip to Chicago! Then we can move on to other trips I’ve been on lately!

The Windy City: Day 3C

I have a confession to make here. When I decided to combine cell phone pictures with the “real” camera pictures into the same posts, I would have made my life a lot easier if I had realized that I hadn’t changed the clock settings on my camera after Daylight Savings ended or began or whatever it does in the spring. For that reason, putting the pictures in chronological order is something that fails me at times.

Anyways, we will begin where we left off last Friday. Lowell and I had walked to Buckingham Fountain, just to see that it wasn’t turned on. After the disappointment we began walking to some restaurant where the sales team hosts everybody for apps and brews at a restaurant as a “thanks” for working the Big Convention.


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View from near Buckingham Fountain.

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Chicago Rules? This should be a universal rule.

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I wish I knew what this sticker said, but I do know that generational wealth is one of the great evils of our time.

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I really don’t know what this is.

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The Bean again. But this time you had to go through a security checkpoint to see it.

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The Bean from farther away.

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I had never heard of Garrett Popcorn, but apparently it is where it’s at in the popcorn world.

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I was tasked with bringing back popcorn for Elizabeth and for Scottie. D. Elizabeth’s order was more complicated.

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I left the “party” to go get the popcorn. But I decided to head back.

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On my way back I saw the signs of the houseless situation in Chicago.

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Walking back to the hotel with Jodi, Michelle, Michelle, Lowell, and not pictured Cathie.

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Remember when I said Lowell’s room had a much better view? I wasn’t foolin’.

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That mural is way better than the nachos at the Taco Pub.

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Have I mentioned that I love street art?

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This mural was on one of the walls of the hotel.

That concludes Day 3 of the work trip to Chicago. Day 4 was like a 13 hour work day. My only pictures are of the Big Convention. So I might combine Day 4 and Day 5. We’ll see where it itches when we get there.

THE WINDY CITY: DAY 3B

Time for the second collection of images from Day 3 of my work trip to Chicago. The final day of any real photography… for the most part. The rest of the days were filled with work… boring work.

When we left off, Lowell was feeding birds in a park street corn from a food truck:


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They loved the street corn so very much!

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Buckingham Fountain – I should have known it wasn’t running, but we walked like a mile to it…

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To get a heavy dose of disappointment…

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Still cool looking though…

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And just begging you to go wading in it…

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Old Michigan steams like a young man’s dreams…

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It’s Herbie Hancock…

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Would’ve been pretty cool if it had been on.

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My Grandpa Paris had lion sculptures flanking his driveway. I don’t know why everybody doesn’t.

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One more collection of images from Day 3 of my trip to Chicago to share.

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NOTE: WHILE NEXT MONDAY ISN’T A HOLIDAY IT IS THE DAY BEFORE A HOLIDAY, I MIGHT BE BUSY ON THAT DAY AND YOU MIGHT BE BUSY THAT DAY, SO MAKE PLANS FOR SUBMITTING ACCORDINGLY.

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


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RETAIL

RETAIL! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

An astute observer that has a physical Photography 139 Calendar may notice that this week says MUSIC and not RETAIL. That was a typo that wasn’t caught by my proofreader. Mostly because I didn’t have my proofreader look over the calendar. So don’t take a music picture, unless it is at a music store. This theme was suggested by Elizabeth.

While this is the first time that RETAIL has been a theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE, it isn’t the first time that a similar theme has been used. Check out these submissions from the past for inspiration for this week:


WEEK 18 - STORE - SARAH KARBER
Week 18 – Sarah Karber

WEEK 141 - STORE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Week 141 – Micky Augustin

WEEK 141 - STORE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Week 141 – Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 390 - STORE - SARAH TOOT
Week 390 – Sarah Toot

WEEK 390 - STORE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Week 390 – Elizabeth Nordeen

This is the last of the Friday Reminders. Nobody made a case for keeping them going, so apparently they won’t be missed.

Happy photo harvesting!

The Windy City: Day 3A

Day 3 of my work trip to Chicago was the last day I really got to take any pictures of consequence. Every day after this was mostly filled with boring work stuff. Including Day 4 which was like a 13 hour or so work day. So after we get through the pictures of Day 3, the rest of the days will just fly by. Probably.

I started Day 3 wandering around the streets around the hotel taking a little photography before the Computer Mine training session that lasted from like 8 AM to like 12 PM. Or at least it did for a few of us.


Chicago, Illinois
I love street art so much!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
You didn’t think I wouldn’t post some flowertography, did you?

Chicago, Illinois
Well, did you punk?

Chicago, Illinois
I didn’t know Chicago also had a Harlem until this moment.

Chicago, Illinois
Almost… almost enough bird poop for me.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Would you believe that Kim has never ridden on a train? Not even a subway?

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Almost enough dirt, rust, and grime for me.

Chicago, Illinois
More tulips in this flower bed than all of Orange City.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
I didn’t bring any of my normal flowertography lenses, but that is okay.

Chicago, Illinois
This guy invited Tony to a party after inviting him to a party. Tony did not attend cause he is a fun hater.

Chicago, Illinois
And maybe this conversation was the impetus for Tony to think about quitting smoking.

Chicago, Illinois
4 hours of my life that… well you know. But Steve V. was pumped.

Chicago, Illinois
In Miami we spent most of Day 2 trying to get machines working. In Chicago we only had to spend a couple hours tinkering with machines. Kim was pleased.

Chicago, Illinois
It took a long time for Lowell and I to find lunch, but eventually we stumbled across these food trucks.

Chicago, Illinois
Like 6 of 8 were taco trucks.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
I love the mascot so much!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois
Lowell fed these guys some of his street corn.

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And they couldn’t get enough!

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

After eating, Lowell and I headed for Buckingham Fountain, but that is a tale for another day.

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


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‘SCAPE

‘SCAPE! What a great theme for Year 10 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what is a ‘SCAPE picture? The “‘” in the theme name allows you to substitute in a few words. Your submission could be a LANDSCAPE or a WATERSCAPE or a CITYSCAPE.

Well for one thing, it is a great theme for me to remind you that you can include the town your picture was taken in or the county and I will include that with your submission.

Did you know that the first photograph ever taken was of a landscape?

“View from the Window at Le Gras” was captured by Nicéphore Niépce, in 1827. It features a very abstract view from Niépce’s window.

It would be another 12 years before somebody would think to take a “photograph” of a stupid human. I assume the 2nd picture ever taken was of a dog.

With this theme, you are literally touching the absolute deepest root of photography. Wow! That is powerful to think about. But maybe you are still confused about what LANDSCAPE photography is. Here is a definition from the Wiki:

Landscape photography commonly involves daylight photography of natural features of land, sky and waters, at a distance—though some landscapes may involve subjects in a scenic setting nearby, even close-up, and sometimes at night.

Photography of artificial scenery, such as farm fields, orchards, gardens and architecture, may be considered “landscape” photography as well. Even the presence of man-made structures (buildings, roads and bridges, etc.) or art (such as sculpture) may be considered “landscape” if presented in artistic settings or appearing (or photographed) in artistic style.

Further, landscape photography is typically of relatively stationary subjects—arguably a form of “still life.” This tends to simplify the task, as opposed to photography of kinetic or live subjects. However, landscape photography often overlaps the activity of wildlife photography and the two terms are used somewhat interchangeably; both wildlife and landscapes may be elements of the same picture or body of work.

This isn’t the first time that ‘SCAPE or something similar was a theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. Here is a look back at a few submissions from years past to inspire you:


WEEK 60 - LANDSCAPE - CARLA STENSLAND 3
Carla Stensland – Week 60

WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett – Week 111

WEEK 111 - LANDSCAPE - SARAH KARBER
Sarah Karber – Week 111

WEEK 165 - LANDSCAPE - JESSE HOWARD
Jesse Howard – Week 165

WEEK 223 - LANDSCAPE - MICKY AUGUSTIN
Micky Augustin – Week 223

Nobody objected to me killing off the Friday reminder. So next Friday will be the last Friday reminder. Then it will go the way of the dodo bird.

Happy photo harvesting!