Going downtown

_C1_8688.JPGIf you ever find yourself in a fire or medical emergency 13.1 miles away from the nearest road, never fear: Several firefighters around here can run that distance with a helmet, an air tank and other gear weighing 40 or 50 pounds.

About half a dozen of them proved it Sunday in Fayetteville’s Hero Half Marathon, a fundraiser for the Fayetteville Firefighters Scholarship Fund and other charities and a commemoration of the many firefighters who’ve died doing their jobs. One or two hundred other participants joined them on a route around Lake Fayetteville and south to the heart of town.

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I expected to find people a couple hours later lying totally exhausted at the finish line, but most of these weirdos were talking and walking around as if it were just a normal day. The firefighters, including the first woman firefighter to complete the race, showed a little more fatigue after it all, but even they were soon joking around — after ripping off the gear.

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_C1_8986.JPGWell done, everybody. Thanks for looking.

Catching up

IMG_7747.JPGThere’s more than 3,000 people in this photo — more than live in a dozen different towns in Washington County and more than twice as many people in my entire high school in Nebraska. They’re having hundreds of conversations and maybe a few arguments. Lots are standing, but some are kneeling. There are kids and parents and cousins and buddies and a whole lot of strangers. Some are Texas State fans, if you can spot the maroon in the sea of crimson. All of that life in a single frame.

IMG_7743.JPGIt’s taken me way too long to have these pictures ready. The two above are from the Sept. 17 Razorback game, my first. It was a good time, though it made me miss Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium. Anyway, that’s it for my words this time. Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, have some much quieter snapshots of the latest leg of the Razorback Greenway trail.

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The One Rule

_C1_6593Skateboarding, foosball, bowling, Ultimate — this was a weekend of games.

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_C1_6591For some reason, the phrase “Life’s a game” popped up in my mind while looking through this crop of photos. Do you think life’s a game? Some people put a lot of thought into the question, tackling it from a cynical or philosophical perspective. I don’t know the answer, but I do know there’s no redo button in those games (video games excluded) or in life. Whatever you do, good or bad, is a permanent part of the history that leads into every second. There’s no taking back a moment — it’s the one rule.

This fact might sound scary, but what are you going to do? Only what you can. Just don’t forget the rule, I guess. And give yourself something to celebrate every now and then.

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_C1_6714By the way, bowling alleys make great birthday spots. A dozen of us went there to celebrate my co-worker’s Big Double-3. I’m pretty bad at bowling, but the company made up for the scores.

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_C1_6759Sunday was way too windy for Ultimate, but life has its windy days, too, am I right?

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_C1_6856Thanks for spending a moment here,

Dan

Game Day

_C1_0951It was a cool, rainy start to the Razorbacks football team’s home season yesterday, a day more fitting to late October than early September. After four years of Nebraska marching band and football, I’d been looking forward to my first game day here. Despite the 60-some degrees and drizzle, dark red cars waving Razorback flags flooded downtown bringing tens of thousands of people, and it felt a little bit like being back in Lincoln.

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_C1_0936I hadn’t been able to walk around aimlessly during game day for years — the marching band’s schedule was always fairly packed. I saw a lot: a lot of young women and men in their Saturday finest (many times I felt as if I’d wandered into a Ralph Lauren catalog), a lot of mixed-race families, a lot of women holding hands, a lot of red. I’d say the crowd was a bit more diverse than Nebraska’s but half the size; the stadium wasn’t full. Sorry, Fayetteville — you didn’t match Lincoln today.

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_C1_1111Away from the stadium, the campus was quiet, with occasional roars from the crowd breaking the stillness. The rain faded. The Razorbacks beat Nicholls State University 73-7.

I experimented a bit this day, such as placing subjects near the edge of the frame and shooting from the hip. I hope the results look all right.

Thanks for looking,

Dan