Saturday, December 1, 2012

ThinkKit Day 1: My Year in Photos

The opening salvo in the 30 day ThinkKit blogger challenge is depicting my year in photos. They give us the option of one photo or a gallery.  For those of you that know me, I can ramble and get a little wordy.  So, it should be no surprise that I'm not content with just one picture describing my year.  

My Little Warrior Princess

I raise girls and when my oldest (above) was born, I vowed that I would raise them to be strong, smart, and self-determined.  Needless to say, I was a proud poppa when I witnessed this earlier this summer: a crowned, pink Minnie Mouse clad paladin wielding a sword and shield.  So far, so good. 

A Super View of the Super Bowl

I work downtown and have a heck of a view of downtown Indy.  I'm on the 9th floor of the OneAmerica building which means I'm across the street from the Indiana State House.  I snapped this picture during the Super Bowl and thought I had to include it if nothing more than my obligatory Super Bowl reference. 

State Fair Junkies

If you don't know, now you know: I try to maintain my Hoosier street cred by attending the Indiana State Fair three to four times a year for as long as I've lived here in Indy.  The agriculture displays, the 4-H, the people watching...I love it all.  I guess I'm a foodie, but despite fitting the description of a typical foodie, I devour the 'cuisine' that is State Fair food.  I don't know that I always try the weird deep fried novelty of the year.  But I'm known for eating a couple of dinners, and a dessert or two, given any one visit.  And I always start my State Fair food experience by eating at the Pork Tent.  Primarily because I love that magical animal, but also because I like saying Pork Tent.  I'm a simple guy like that.

2012: The Year of Weddings

This year was a great party wedding year.  My good friend and college roommate Jason got married out in Denver.  A really close friend, who might as well be a brother, Derek and his wonderful wife Suzanne also tied the knot.  My younger cousin Whitney's wedding was a great time.  Last, but not least, my brother got hitched to a wonderful girl.  Pictured above are this generation's Ford men (sans Dakota) with grandma at my brother's wedding.  Good times.

The Pride of Indianapolis  

Hats off to the city for taking advantage of the Super Bowl to further saturate this city in art.  This is one of my favorites for obvious reasons. This guy here is where it's at because he knows what this town is about:  
“All my jokes are Indianapolis...All my attitudes are Indianapolis. My adenoids are Indianapolis. If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis.”

We love you too.

Closing The Door On My M.A.

Years ago, pre-kids, I was bored and had some extra time on my hands.  So, I signed up for a graduate class on a whim and ultimately chose to pursue an M.A. in Applied Communication at IUPUI.  My initial motivation was purely educational. My undergrad was at the Kelley school of Business down in Bloomington.  So, the notion of college level liberal arts classes was new to me.  It was a tremendous experience and I've met some unbelievably smart and inspirational people, including my adviser pictured above, Dr. Cathrine Dobris.  The crazy thing about my graduate studies is the relevance and connection to my work as a User Experience web designer.  It's dumb luck, really.  It's been really gratifying to be able to apply my graduate studies to my professional work.  Communication theory has the opportunity to bring a different and beneficial perspective to a User Centered Design practice.  There's more to come from me on this relationship.

I'm from the corn fields of east central Indiana.  This is me wondering through the fields at my family farm.


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