True Rosie Lockwood relaxes under a face mask and cucumbers during her friend Kate Hollingsworth's birthday party and spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Alex Farris
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2015.03.04
Before going to Guatemala for the second time in the last week of February (photos by former IU journalism dean Jim Brown on the trip website), the Star sent me on four photo assignments. The first two, on the first Saturday of the month, could not be more different: a regional high school wrestling tournament in the early afternoon, and, stretching into the wee hours of Sunday morning, Nelly's concert at The Vogue. The latter photos, for some reason, never made it to the website, but they most certainly happened.

The following weekend, I covered a child's birthday party put on by a kids' spa treatment company. I never before had taken a photo of seven-year-olds with cucumbers and masks on their faces, so cross that off the bucket list. And the day after Guatemala, I was thrown back into the mix of American culture with the most Hoosier thing imaginable: a high school basketball game played in an overflowing gym. Southport played Evansville Reitz, previously undefeated, and pulled away in the final minute for an 88-80 victory. These are probably my best basketball photos since my time at the IDS, not least because of the enthusiasm of the players and fans (but also because I wasn't afraid to use 3200 ISO).

Also, photos I took in December were finally published. Local DJ Oreo Jones has a cooking show with all the trappings of a public access show a la "Wayne's World." It's called Let's Do Lunch, and it features local chefs and music acts. I covered the filming of an episode the night before my biochemistry final (don't worry, I got an A in the class), and the photos and story finally ran online on Feb. 4, and seven color photos made it into the next day's local section (four on the front!).

There. Now I'm all caught up.

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Referee Brandon Shramek calls out points for the championship match at 126 lbs. between Chad Red of New Palestine and Ngun Uk of Perry Meridian during a high school wrestling regional meet at Perry Meridian High School, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Referee Brandon Shramek calls out points for the championship match at 126 lbs. between Chad Red of New Palestine and Ngun Uk of Perry Meridian during a high school wrestling regional meet at Perry Meridian High School, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Alex Farris
Jordan Napier of Perry Meridian wraps up the 132 lbs. championship match with Matthew McKinney of Warren Central during a high school wrestling regional meet at Perry Meridian High School, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Jordan Napier of Perry Meridian wraps up the 132 lbs. championship match with Matthew McKinney of Warren Central during a high school wrestling regional meet at Perry Meridian High School, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Alex Farris
Jared Timberman of New Palestine attempts to escape from Brandon James of Perry Meridian in the 138 lbs. championship match during a high school wrestling regional meet at Perry Meridian High School, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Jared Timberman of New Palestine attempts to escape from Brandon James of Perry Meridian in the 138 lbs. championship match during a high school wrestling regional meet at Perry Meridian High School, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Alex Farris
Trent Pruitt of Warren Central gains the upper hand over Noah Warren of Perry Meridian in the 145 lbs. championship match during a high school wrestling regional meet at Perry Meridian High School, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Trent Pruitt of Warren Central gains the upper hand over Noah Warren of Perry Meridian in the 145 lbs. championship match during a high school wrestling regional meet at Perry Meridian High School, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Alex Farris
Nelly performs at The Vogue, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The concert, presented by Creative Carter Group, was the launch party for 93.9 The Beat. Nelly performs at The Vogue, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The concert, presented by Creative Carter Group, was the launch party for 93.9 The Beat. Alex Farris
Nelly performs at The Vogue, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The concert, presented by Creative Carter Group, was the launch party for 93.9 The Beat. Nelly performs at The Vogue, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The concert, presented by Creative Carter Group, was the launch party for 93.9 The Beat. Alex Farris
Nelly performs at The Vogue, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The concert, presented by Creative Carter Group, was the launch party for 93.9 The Beat. Nelly performs at The Vogue, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The concert, presented by Creative Carter Group, was the launch party for 93.9 The Beat. Alex Farris
Heather Bline, whose birthday was Saturday, was brought on stage to sing with Nelly at The Vogue, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The concert, presented by Creative Carter Group, was the launch party for 93.9 The Beat. Heather Bline, whose birthday was Saturday, was brought on stage to sing with Nelly at The Vogue, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015. The concert, presented by Creative Carter Group, was the launch party for 93.9 The Beat. Alex Farris
Kate Hollingsworth, 7, celebrates her birthday with a spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties at her home in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Kate Hollingsworth, 7, celebrates her birthday with a spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties at her home in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Alex Farris
Rosie Lockwood relaxes under a face mask and cucumbers during her friend Kate Hollingsworth\'s birthday party and spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Rosie Lockwood relaxes under a face mask and cucumbers during her friend Kate Hollingsworth's birthday party and spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Alex Farris
Rosie Lockwood reads a magazine while soaking her feet during her friend Kate Hollingsworth\'s birthday party and spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties at Hollingsworth\'s home in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Rosie Lockwood reads a magazine while soaking her feet during her friend Kate Hollingsworth's birthday party and spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties at Hollingsworth's home in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Alex Farris
Jessica Johnson, co-owner of Pretty and Posh Parties, paints the nails of Kate Hollingsworth, 7, during Hollingsworth\'s birthday party and spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties at her home in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Jessica Johnson, co-owner of Pretty and Posh Parties, paints the nails of Kate Hollingsworth, 7, during Hollingsworth's birthday party and spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties at her home in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Alex Farris
Pretty and Posh Parties co-ownder Jessica Johnson talks with Dami Adenike and Mila Shaw during their friend Kate Hollingsworth\'s birthday party and spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties at Hollingsworth\'s home in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Pretty and Posh Parties co-ownder Jessica Johnson talks with Dami Adenike and Mila Shaw during their friend Kate Hollingsworth's birthday party and spa treatment provided by Pretty and Posh Parties at Hollingsworth's home in Fishers, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Alex Farris
Southport students hold newspapers in front of their faces as Evansville Reitz players are introduced before the Southport boys\' basketball team\'s 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Southport students hold newspapers in front of their faces as Evansville Reitz players are introduced before the Southport boys' basketball team's 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Alex Farris
Southport senior DeMari Davis and Evansville Reitz senior Nate Hansen chase a loose ball during the Southport boys\' basketball team\'s 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Southport senior DeMari Davis and Evansville Reitz senior Nate Hansen chase a loose ball during the Southport boys' basketball team's 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Alex Farris
Evansville Reitz junior Dru Smith loses the ball between Southport junior Joey Brunk and junior Elijah Walton during the Southport boys\' basketball team\'s 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Evansville Reitz junior Dru Smith loses the ball between Southport junior Joey Brunk and junior Elijah Walton during the Southport boys' basketball team's 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Alex Farris
Southport fans cheer as victory nears in the Southport boys\' basketball team\'s 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Southport fans cheer as victory nears in the Southport boys' basketball team's 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Alex Farris
Southport players and fans celebrate after the Southport boys\' basketball team\'s 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Southport players and fans celebrate after the Southport boys' basketball team's 88-80 victory over Evansville Reitz at Southport High School, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Alex Farris

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