Top Shot: A Slow Spin

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On May 31, 2010, a stunning tornado formed along the dryline in southeast Colorado. This very slow moving tornado did EF-1 damage to an outbuilding, but otherwise moved only about two miles per hour, dodging most homes. Photograph by Jason Persoff

Fall Storm Over the Flat Tops by Alex Burke
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Near Trappers Lake, Colorado - September 2013 Ektar 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens 1 second at f22, no filters Home developed in c41 press kit You never know what you’ll get in the mountains this time of year. These storms moved in and started pouring rain on me, then turned to heavy snow by nightfall.

Pawnee Buttes and Wildflowers by Alex Burke
Via Flickr:
Pawnee National Grasslands, Colorado - June 2015 Ektar 100 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens ½ second at f22 1 stop soft GND filter The Pawnee Buttes just exploded with wildflowers this June! I’d never seen so many of these purple ones all over the place, and a few weeks before there were yellow flowers as far as the eye could see. Gotta love these wet springs like this year :)

Meet and Greet

So… I was going to wait to tell this story but I honestly can’t sleep because I keep thinking about it haha!

Today I woke up and gave a really big speech on education and innovation that is being sent to the US Department of Education, and it went incredibly well. After that I was just excited about the Fall Out Boy concert and had an idea to pass out YRBC flyers so I edited a picture of us to tell people about our videos and stuff. It looked a little something (or exactly like) this:

While I was working on that my mom told me she was going to text my little sister’s piano teacher who is Elisa Stump’s aunt to see if she could get us meet and greet passes. I didn’t think anything would come of it but whatever so i picked out an outfit and my friend that was going with me came over. I was upstairs grabbing something when my mom called down for me and she told me that I was going to met Fall Out Boy, but we had to leave right then.

We quickly stopped at a drug store that printed out the little picture things I wanted to pass out and the lady who checked me out was a huge FOB fan and had seen our videos! So we headed into Denver and I tried to come to terms with the idea that I was about to meet freaking Fall Out Boy. My friend was excited too, but he spent most of his time helping me keep calm. 

We parked, and got to the gate where they asked for our ID and initially couldn’t find our names (because we were added to the list maybe two hours before) so this lady had to come over and check the recent additions to the list and gave us wristbands. We waited forever in line but met some really amazing people who were excited to check out the YRBC! We inched closer and closer to my favorite band and I would see these people walking away that had just met them crying. At one point I even saw Patrick Stump stick his head out from behind the screen to catch some people whose photo didn’t turn out right. But I felt surprisingly calm.

Since we were last minute/didn’t pay the ridiculous amount for a Denver VIP pass we were near the very end of the line. My friend and I got ready to meet them, we weren’t allowed to bring anything with us except if we had a gift. So I pulled out four of the YRBC photos and got ready to meet Fall Out Boy. 

When it was our turn we walked over and immediately I saw Joe Trohman (my fave band member) and that was my only “HOLY CRAP THESE PEOPLE ARE REAL” moment because I pulled myself together. I was asked to stand in the center by Pete and I started talking about The Younger Blood Chronicles, so I showed Pete the picture and he said “Oh yeah I’ve seen these before!” I told them that I played Joe and the real Joe seemed really excited about that. Andy and Patrick were pretty quiet up to this point. So we took our picture with Fall Out Boy and Andy Hurley asks about my FOB shirt so I show it to him. And Pete Wentz asks if the photos are for them, so I give them all to him, and the photo op manager guy is like “So where can we see these videos?” and Pete was like “There’s a link on here!” Then it was time to wrap it up so everybody told me (and I guess my friend who doesn’t have much to do with YRBC) to keep up the good work and to enjoy the show, so I start to walk off when Patrick thanks me for recreating their videos. Right before I left I told them all to look out for my two friends at the Salt Lake City show the next night and Patrick asked if it was the rest of the cast and I just said “Yeah” even though Kelley wouldn’t be there (Sorry Kelley, I was flustered and out of time) and then I think I said thank you and left.

Typing it out it seems much longer than it was, it’s mostly just a blur. Occasionally I’ll remember something random that a band member said to me and I would freak out all over again. But I totally kept my calm and it was great. My friend and I went and found our seats (which were really really really really good seats) We were far away enough that you could get a picture of the whole stage but close enough that you could actually see the band members. After the small pit area in front of us started to fill up we realized that our meet and greet wristbands were really similar to the pit area wristbands, they were the same color but had different writing on them. So we started plotting to go stand in the pit for Fall Out Boy.

I sat through Max, Hoodie, and Wiz because I’m not huge into them and I wanted to save up my energy for Fall Out Boy. Everyone was smoking weed and the dude next to us asked us if we wanted any but we told him I had asthma and we don’t smoke so he put out his blunt and when he was smoking later he blew away from me which helped a lot. During Wiz a shirt they were throwing out landed in my lap so I gave it to him because he came for the Wiz Khalifa part and I was really just there for Fall Out Boy. Let’s fast forward to Fall Out Boy because that’s what I care about.

My friend made fun of me because I was acting just as excited to see them perform as I was when I met them. After sitting out for so long I went crazy and was dancing and screaming and it was great. We were more on the Joe side of the stage so I was very excited about that and took WAYYY too many pictures of Joe. I won’t go into too much detail here because concerts are really a you-had-to-be-there sort of thing. But about halfway through I asked my friend if he wanted to go down to the pit to see if we could get in but he thought it would be too crowded. So I left my bag with him and went by myself, the guy checking wristbands was super chill and didn’t check my wristband’s writing. I had so much fun chilling in the pit, I stayed down there until the encore then I ran up to go beg my friend to come with me to see Saturday from the pit so we both got in and got so close to the stage to hear their finale. It was so amazing. Everything worked out for us.

Seriously the best night of my life. Pictures to come soon!

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