Thursday, October 30, 2008

10.30.08 sick daze part two

I visited Lexi and gave her a big red dog since she's not feeling well. Poor thing has a case of Strep throat. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

10.29.08 the exercise gods punished me

I skipped out of my morning group workout ten minutes early to get some stuff done before the sun came up. I was stopped by this train on my way to the grocery store and had to wait for TEN MINUTES. Argh!

I did make it to the store and I now have noms in the fridge.

10.28.08 this is gonna have to do

I was in Wellington on Tuesday evening when I realized that I hadn't shot anything that might be good for this blog, so this is what I came up with.

Earlier in the day, I photographed a Boeing Machinist walking the picket line (not terribly exciting). I also spent time in the courtroom photographing a man convicted of capital murder. I was there when he was told that the jury could not reach a unanimous decision on the death penalty. You'd think he'd be thrilled with this news, but he growled at me on his way out of the courtroom while I was firing away.

Monday, October 27, 2008

10.27.08 babushka

I photographed the installation of a giant bronze sculpture at Wichita State University created by artist Tom Otterness. At the base of the giant "Millipede" is this tiny figure -- he calls a babushka -- pushing the bug forward. She's a cute little babushka.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

10.26.08 a self-proclaimed "funny old guy"

I did a quadruple-take before I finally figured out that the hair sticking up from this guy's head was actually fake and part of his hat. He told me that he considers himself a "funny old guy" and likes to get that reaction out of people.

10.25.08 lots of treats and one trick

This is from the first of three Halloween parties I attended on Saturday. That's Norton sticking out his tongue, sporting red satiny wings. I took him to a Pug-O-Ween costume party where he met up with 20 of his puggy friends and I only stepped in poop once. 

The second party was animal-friendly, but Norton couldn't attend. I went to Night of the Living Zoo at the Sedgwick County Zoo with some friends and their children. 

The final party was not kid-friendly, but there was a ginormous St. Bernard in the house. There was also a keg, lots of people in crazy costumes and Karaoke with choreographed dancing. 

Saturday, October 25, 2008

10.24.08 CRG isn't the only artistic Green

Ma Green (Carter's mama who is known throughout Wellington by this moniker) does early sketches for a painting she is making for her grandson, Kendall. She is a prolific painter and seamstress. 

Friday, October 24, 2008

10.23.08 rainy days

It's been rainy and cold in this neck of the woods (that's a little saying I picked up from Al Roker) lately and I'm looking forward to a weekend warmup. Good sleeping weather, folks (that one is from local meteorologist Dave Freeman).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

10.22.08 help

Molly gave me habanero peppers from her garden. These things are freakin' HOT! I won't let Carrie Rengers get near them (you'll have to ask her to tell you that story herself). 

Anyway, I'm not sure what to do with these. I've used them before in a jerk chicken recipe, but I'm searching for something new. Any ideas?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

10.21.08 spooky

I went to a haunted house today and miraculously made it out alive. BWAH-HA-HA.

10.20.08 This is why I can't have nice things

I got a little muddy on a tour of the construction of the Intrust Bank Arena. A very nice county official who was on the tour and suggested the muddy route (before realizing just how muddy it was) got on his knees and cleaned my shoes with a wet paper towel. It was very chivalrous, but felt a little awkward.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

10.19.08 kissing monkeys

This is Max. He's a 10-year-old Capuchin monkey who was hanging out at the Renaissance Festival I covered. 

His penchant for sticking out his tongue cracked me up. His owner said that there was another monkey at the festival who would French kiss for $1. I didn't seek out that monkey. 

Saturday, October 18, 2008

10.18.08 for less than the price of a cup of coffee per day

Lexi looks like she's walking the mean alleyways in a South American country, but she's navigating the streets of Wellington, Kansas. She was in town (with her mama) listening to the raucous sounds of the Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco band.

Friday, October 17, 2008

10.17.08 heptathlete


Shot this around 6:30 a.m. at the end of our Shocker Fitness workout. Joe has written a profile of Emily, one of our coaches. 

Thursday, October 16, 2008

10.16.08 blue

Shot this at a Machinists rally. I'm a sucker for a blue background.

10.15.08 rooftop aerial

I shot this on a rooftop balcony. It's the sun hitting a large pool of water and I think it looks like it could be an aerial photo of a North Carolina beach. Am I nuts? I have been consuming a lot caffeine lately, maybe it's making me hallucinate.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

10.14.08 sick daze (sorta)

Lexi stayed home from school on Tuesday on accounta she had a fever. I relieved Denise for an hour so she could fulfill a speaking engagement she had planned awhile ago.

While Denise was wowing the crowd, I had a great time with the sick girl. We played with dolls, sculpted Play-Doh (that's what the pink blob is on her head) and I gave her a short phonics lesson where I struggled to explain why the J in Jungman doesn't sound like the juh, juh, juh, jaaaay in Jaime (she'll get that soon).

As soon as her mama came home, she acted like she really was sick and then I later saw this pathetic photo Denise posted of her. It doesn't look anything like the girl I partied with. Maybe we should have another sick day today? 


Sunday, October 12, 2008

10.12.08 Firefighters Memorial Service

I've covered the Kansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service four years in a row (I was actually thanked in the program because they used one of my pictures on the cover). They always hang a GIGANTIC flag between two fire engines and this is the first year I've shot it from this perspective.

10.11.08 Moustachiod men

See the family resemblance? They wear them well.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

10.10.08 Mudbugs at the Fun Barn


The Mudbugs were back at the Fun Barn where we performed in the First Annual Old-Time Music Festival

I love that crazy barn! Floyd, the colorful owner of the joint, told me that he originally built the place just to house his junk (pictured above). Look closely and you'll see a rotating boot in the center of this crazy hanging concoction.

You must check out this photo of our washboard player Juliah sporting Mudbugs maternity clothing. At left is Greg who is the creator of our logo and the co-creator of the baby girl inside of Juliah.  

Thursday, October 9, 2008

10.09.08 Bluegrass (and more) at Botanica

Robin, Kenny, Jenny Lou (and I forgot the bass player's name) jam during their show at Botanica. 

They played music from "Songs from the Garden" during the first set and the Cherokee Maidens performed the second. I hadn't seen the Maidens before tonight and I was blown away. I'll post pictures of them soon.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

10.08.08 shadow puppet

Does it look like a bunny? Not so much, huh? It's not easy to make a shadow puppet with one hand a take a picture with the other. I must improve this technique.

Monday, October 6, 2008

10.06.08 and you thought you had seen it all

Yep, it's "Wichita's Hill-Billy" sipping some Texas tea at the QT. This, um, vehicle, belongs to a guy named King David (no joke). 

Surprisingly, this is only second time I've only seen it around town. I'm guessing it doesn't run so well and spends a lot of time not moving.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

10.05.08 red wine and goods from the vine

Denise picked these tomatoes from her garden today. Her goods are reflected in a glass of warm and fuzzy wine, at least that's how it made me feel. (Kenny, aren't you glad I didn't shoot another alcoholic beverage at Oeno?)

10.04.08 dancing with the dogs

That's Denise behind the curtain with one of the Buselt's Golden Retrievers. We were all at the Sedgwick County Park setting up our makeshift photo studio at Woofstock

Denise took a pretty hilarious video and photo of me shooting the pups. Look closely and you'll see orange earplugs inside my listeners. I was happy to have volunteers there to get the attention of the animals by barking, clapping and squeezing fluffy dogs toys and I was even happier when Tom Shine showed up with earplugs for me.

Friday, October 3, 2008

10.03.08 the sun sets over Big Lots

The Big Lots around the corner from my home is closing. I dashed in tonight to see if they had anything that I just had to have. They couldn't pay me to take home the little junk that they had left in that place. 

I thought the light fixture in the parking lot looked a little like an alien against the blue sky. R.I.P. Big Lots.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

10.02.08 don't mess with my tutu

I was at Friends University today photographing the ballet dancers when I shot this of the ladies putting on their shoes. Not an easy task in a tutu.