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Logan was in charge of handing out candy this year.

I saw this scene from atop an overpass but there isn't really a safe place to stop so I had to take it from ground level.  Trust me it looks cooler from above.

I like this one.  Sometimes you just have to grab the camera, set the ISO to 3200 and start shooting.  It CAN work out.

I've always been fascinated by this switch and telephone booth next to it.  I'll have to try again to get a shot with a train in it.

I ran the Lagomarcino's Coco Beano 5K today.  This was the fourth year for the race and I have ran all four which is really the only reason I ran at all.  I like having the streak and want it to continue.  I've lost a lot of conditioning since the half marathon and I continue to battle the plantar fasciitis.  On one hand I'm glad I'm able to continue running but I'm also worried that continuing to run will prolong my injury.  This is a photo of some of the walkers finishing up.

This was the mess I found in my driveway when I got home from work.  I'm not complaining though.  This butternut tree loses all of it's leaves at once.  I pick them up and it's done.  We have a sycamore tree in the front yard which loses leaves and branches year round.  There will still be leaves on it when the snow flies and it will drop leaves on top of the snow which makes my yard always look messy.  I will take this kind of one and done mess any time.

Autumn is not my favorite season but there is one great thing about this time of year.  Count Chocula is back on the shelves!

This guy was in our house.  I thought he was injured because he was just sitting there on the junk mail.  I started snapping pics and the next thing I knew he was flying around so I grabbed a rolled up newspaper and was able to whack him out the air on my second swing.  It might have been luck but I choose to believe that I still have good hand eye coordination.

Something about this clothes hamper caught my eye as it was lit by the TV.  We recently had a discussion at work about TV's in the bedroom.  Some are against it, I am not.  How about you?

Here's another "The Way Things Were" photo.  The fact that I paid $3.39 for gas is pretty boring today, but in ten years this will be an interesting photo.

My youngest brother lives in Iowa City.  Today the whole family met up out there and went to Wilson's Orchard.

Our friends Ronnie and Missy had a hay rack ride tonight.  I tried taking some photos but the iPhone flash is so bright in peoples eyes that it's nearly impossible to get one where people aren't squinting or blinking.  This one illustrates that point well.

There are three kinds of photos I like to take.  The first is just good "photography".  The second is family memories and the third which I don't get as much is a photo that can be kept to show "the way things were".  I think this one qualifies.  How long will redbox continue to be around with all the options for streaming video?  We still use it occasionally and tonight we watched "Guilt Trip".

The days are getting shorter which means it's often dark before I get around to taking a photo.  I don't want this project to deteriorate into a bunch of cell phone selflies but that's what it is today.

In a time when many schools are cutting art and music programs I'm glad to live in a town where art is still important.  With the help of an organization called CAPA (Children's Art Preservation Association) the Jr. High takes a couple art field trips each year.  Madison went on these trips when she was in Jr High and now Logan is going.

Madison had to get fingerprinted for her job at the nursing home.  I went with her to the local community college which is about 20 miles away.  When we got there it was discovered that she didn't have the necessary paperwork.  It all worked out after a call back to the home and then a fax to the college.  I wonder how this situation would have been different when I was a kid.  We had phones and fax machines back then but I'm not sure that we generally thought to use technology like that.  In 1987 (when I was 16) we would have first needed to find a phone book to look up the nursing home number.  In this case she used the internet on her smart phone to find the number.  I think the college would have had a fax machine in 1987 but would the nursing home?  Or would we still be standing there waiting for the mail man to bring it?

I think photos of the cars you own are fun to look back on when that car is no longer around.  Here is a nice shot of the car my wife drove for several years and now my daughter is driving.

She's off to the Homecoming dance.

Nicole and I went out for supper and I realized that I forgot my phone and hadn't taken a photo.  There were options to get a photo like borrow Nicole's phone or snap something random after we got home but I decided to skip a day and be OK with it.  Later, I was looking through my photos and realized that I took this one during the day.  So I didn't miss a day after all.  
Our IT guy works out of the corporate office which is in Indiana.  If we have internet or network problems I'm the one that calls him and tries to fix it.  I always snap a picture of this mess before I start moving wires around so I can put it back the way it was if I need to.

It's a sad day.  This was one of my favorite barns and is along a route that I run quite often.  It looks so great in the late afternoon sun and now it's being torn down.

Why is it that some things are like riding a bike and other things if you don't use it you lose it?
The Rubik's cube has a little of both for me.  I learned to solve it when I was in Jr. High and there are certain moves that I don't even think about, my hands just do them but there are other moves that I forget if I don't touch a cube for awhile.

Madison got a job working in the kitchen at a local nursing home and I had to get a shot of her in her hair net.

I only missed 3 games in the football pool which put me in a eight way tie for first going into the Monday night game.  Ties are broken based on total points in the last game, closest guess wins the pot.  My guess of 44 was closest to the actual total of 58 but I still had to split the pot because another guy also had 44.

I started my morning by watching Chase Jarvis interview Austin Kleon.  In the interview Austin talked about how small things get big over time.  Snapping two legos together is a small thing but if you add a piece everyday you can build the Millennium Falcon over time.  
It reminded me of another interview I watched recently where Benny Lewis talked to Tim Ferriss about language learning.  Becoming fluent in a second language is a big thing that takes years but you don't have to be fluent in order to get value from a language.  Learning a few basic greetings and how to respond to them is a small thing and easy to do.  Learning to order food in an ethnic restaurant is another small thing that is pretty easy to learn.  Put a bunch of these small things together and you can have a lot of fun with your second language.
Somehow this got me thinking about an article I read on a blog called AJATT about aiming to fail.  "Don't be afraid to fail", isn't anything new or groundbreaking but I like his example.  

He say's "I have friends who won’t go ice-skating with me because they’re afraid of falling. They have fallen 0 times. 0 failures. They have never failed at skating. But they also can’t skate…at all. In fact, I imagine the best skaters have also fallen the most times."

Today, I decided to do something small, that was bound to be a failure in the hopes that it would lead me down the path towards something bigger.  After I took Tuesday's photo of a runner at sunset, I imagined doing a series of landscape photos with runners in them.  Turning those ideas into actual photos seems like a big thing to me.  The first step is finding locations that would look good with a runner in them.  I'm not sure if this one is going to work but at least I started searching.  This photo represents my first lego block, learning to say ¿Cómo estás?, and my first fall on the ice.

Today, I took a little hike on a trail at the local state park and just shot whatever caught my eye.

Madison was hanging out withe her friends, Logan went to Chicago with my Mom so Nicole and I went out to Applebee's.  By the end of the night I realized I hadn't taken a photo all day so a quick Hipstamatic selfie it is.

I've never been a believer in high tech running shoes but I can't deny that I've had my share of aches and pains over the last year or so.  I've allowed myself to be talked into investing in better shoes but I can't pull the trigger on shoes with a three digit price tag knowing that they'll be wore out in about six months.  I discovered that instead of paying $110 for the new model, (Asics Gel Cumulus 15) I can buy last years model (Asics Gel Cumulus 14) for $65 on Amazon.  Now if I could only find some 13's for $30 I'd be all set.  

I think everything looks better in Diego and Uchitel 20

I was photographing the sunset and a runner popped over the hill.  I'm pretty shy, so pointing my camera at another person out in the middle of nowhere is hard to do.  The composition could be better but I'm glad I took the photo.
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