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Features > Russellville, IN (April 2008) > Ashlee's Prom


Daniel and I went down to Indianapolis, Indiana and saw our friends JR and Steph for breakfast then we went on to Russellville to visit his niece Ashlee. Daniel brought hair extensions and all his styling stuff to make Ashlee perfect for her Senior prom. Following are photos of she and Dan, her date (we saw her dad Gene and brother Michael).


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Our good friends Melissa and Steve let us stay in their house in Indianapolis even though they were out of town - they even left us cookies!


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Such a comfortable place - it even had GE appliances!


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Ultra-realistic (or post-modernist) flowers


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It's Yertle the Turtle!


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Steve is a quite accomplished artist and architect and he made these cardboard levels of interlocking stairways during school I believe


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Thankfully Steve didn't have to go to school starting in 1922, but these are some interesting schematics from Milwaukee Public Schools Boys Technical High School from March 9, 1922


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Fascinating beads hanging from the ceiling


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Spring reaches Indiana faster than Wisconsin...


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Next we met my friend JR and his wife Stephanie and their son Ashton for breakfast at a quiant bagle shop in Broadripple. What fun toys children get!


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Here JR and Steph secure Ashton into his stroller for a walk.


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Again...early spring...whee...


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Ice delivery is very useful


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This was a very nice set of trails in Broadripple (and beyond I think) - the Monon Rail-Trail (the name sounds kind of ominous like a war memorial or something though...)


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A colorful bridge


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If you feed one...


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A colorful flag next to a salon


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Daniel, Steph, and JR


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Ashton


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Sadly someday old people will say "I remember when gas was only $3.49 a gallon" - hopefully they'll also say "I remember when cars ran on gasoline...or even oil derivatives"


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Driving out to Russellville - what a pretty piece of infrastructure


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The theme of the prom was "Midnight at the Oasis"


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Daniel brought all his fancy Paul Mitchell tools and products


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Luckily the extensions he purchased (for something like $90) were almost the exact shade of Ashlee's hair


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Her nails were already done


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Lots of curls


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It's ALIVE..well it was alive...or came from a real living person at least


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The screws that Michael (Ashlee's brother) works with for plating/machining/etc


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Doesn't Ashlee look pretty?


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Enter Ashlee left


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Ashlee and Dan pre-fancy clothes


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Photos by rustic buildings are always nice


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Trees are good too


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Kids these days and their cellular telephony devices!


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Just one last finishing touch


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The gas station was closed in Russellville, but when the population is 340 I suppose one can wait or head to another town for gas


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Gene drove us around a tour of the countryside near Russellville and here's quite a grand publics work project likely to put into a new water line


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Could Betsy Ross have concieved of fuzzy dice with an American Flag theme?


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Covered bridges were built because it improved the lifetime of the bridge by a factor of 8 or so (80 years versus 10) due to protection of structural elements from the weather. It also helped that cattle were less startled when transported over covered bridges.


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This building was the first general store in the area and is quite old, but not too operational anymore


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This is obviously a modified photo - in this space used to be a neat tree with a harvester or other conveyor belt routed from the branches down to a rock to appear as a giant slingshot. However, all that was left of the tree was a burnt stump so either the owner decided to burn the tree to get rid of wacky tourists taking photos or someone wanted to neutralize this weapon of mass destruction before it fell into enemy hands.


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See the definition of quaint - a place for the childrens to wait for the bus!


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Driving around the countryside in a pickup truck


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