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Powderpuff 2010 Team Photos

I was able to attend one of the M2 team practices earlier this week and took a few pictures that were used in this excellent video (at 1:35 and 5:43) that M2 Caroline Ball put together. I was keeping them under wraps until after they played the video at school today, but now I can share them with you. :]

Images from yesterday's game will be coming soon!

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Powderpuff Football 2009

Stritch's Powderpuff football game is an annual M1 vs. M2 event (first-year vs. second-year medical students) where the girls play flag football and the guys are the cheerleaders. With this year's game just around the corner, it seems like an appropriate time for me to post a few images from last year's game -- a brutal event that almost ended the tradition forever.

Alicia was on the M1 team last year (wearing light-blue shirts), and the odds were stacked against them. They knew that no M1 team had ever won a Powderpuff game, but they didn't know that that was because it was "tradition" that the M2s would turn "flag" football into a knock-down, drag-out, no-holds-barred, full-contact, bone-crunching blood sport. (Conveniently, the "referees" were students from the M2 class.) Clothing was torn, hair was pulled (instead of flags), ribs were bruised, teeth were knocked out, enemies were made, and the administration nearly put the kibosh on the event for good.

This year, Alicia's class is in charge as the new M2s, and they've decided to clean up the game. Budget funds have been diverted from the purchase of beer kegs to the hiring of legitimate refs for the game, and no hanky-panky will be tolerated.

Last year's combination of the excessively muddy field and the M2s' wanton violence provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture these overly-competitive young women beating the pulp out of each other. With sunny weather and referees in the forecast this year, I don't expect my images from this year's game to be anywhere near as compelling as these. ;]


Kudos to the Stritch '13 women for putting up with that "flag" football! I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been smiling after playing in this game. (I probably would have been in the hospital.) ;]

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Jill + Preston’s Engagement!

A big congratulations! to my brother, Preston, and his now-fiancée, Jill, on their recent engagement! He popped the question last night at Balloon Fiesta during the evening balloon glow, when the pilots anchor their balloons and light them up like huge lanterns. Preston's original plan was to ask Jill during a balloon ride, but both of the rides we arranged (one of them as a backup) were cancelled due to unfavorable wind conditions. Thankfully Preston and Jill are easygoing and flexible, and they really liked how it turned out in the end. :]

I wasn't fully prepared for the unexpected nighttime photography...so I hope you will enjoy the on-camera flash and silhouette shots. ;] And of course I've included some images of Jill's custom-designed bling bling ring -- nice job, Preston! Images of the rest of Balloon Fiesta will be forthcoming.

Oh, and it also happens to be Jill's birthday today -- so happy birthday, Jill!

Marco Campa - October 12, 2010 - 01:55

Guys! my best wishes!, I am just trilled and super happy for your engagement! thanks for sharing such beautiful images, Jill & Preston! love you guys! God bless you always!

Ken and Mary Lou Kurtz - October 13, 2010 - 08:39

Congratulations Jill and Preston!!!!!!!
We are so very anxious to meet you, Jill. You must be a super gal for Preston to fall in love with you. Welcome to the Kurtz clan! All our love, Grandma and Grandpa Kurtz

Living on Cloud 9 | JILLM - October 17, 2010 - 17:03

[…] 20 min in the parking lot because I couldn’t find it.) The beautiful photos taken by Austin HERE, capture all my excitement and joy of the […]

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Balloon Fiesta 2008

Alicia and I attended the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico a couple years ago -- what an incredible production! According to the organization that runs the event, it is "the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States" -- and we can believe it! Attendance for some of the events approaches 100,000 people!

We got to go up in a balloon ourselves, which was great, but even better was each weekend morning's "Mass Ascension", where 500+ balloons of all shapes, sizes, and colors take off in two huge waves from the 78-acre launch field -- certainly one of the most incredible sights we have ever witnessed.

We enjoyed it so much that we're going again this year. In honor of the occasion, I though I'd post a few of the images we were able to capture last time.

Emma - October 7, 2010 - 12:35

These are fantastic pictures. How fun! I think this is my favorite by far!!! Well done.

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Hoover Dam

It's been two months since my last post -- my apologies -- but I'm sure this won't be the last time I go a while without posting. Life just happens sometimes. :] I have half a dozen posts on the back burner right now, so I suppose I'll start with the oldest.

Alicia and I attended the 2010 WPPI Convention in Las Vegas earlier this year, and since neither Alicia nor I had ever been to Las Vegas, we decided to arrive a few days early to play tourist. The Hoover Dam was only a 40 minute drive, so we couldn't pass it up. We decided to spring for their most extensive tour (the "Dam Tour"), which took us 530 feet down into the depths of the dam.

We admired the impressive art deco architecture and marveled at one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. The Hoover Dam is like the Grand Canyon in that pictures can't possibly do it justice. It's well worth the visit if you're ever in the Vegas area.

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