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Baby Steps

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The headliners

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I love this man

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, January 21st, 2017 09:26 pm GMT -6

Trombone Shorty before RHCP

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Ted and Red – Scary AF

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Friday at the Mall

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Wimped out on traversing the truss today, but I’ll get there eventually (I hope)

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, January 20th, 2017 07:08 pm GMT -6

Welcome to MoA Timmy Ho

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The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter…

- Winston Churchill

quoted Friday, January 20th, 2017 09:29 am GMT -6

Birthday #25 Highlights

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A progressive for you

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Licking his lips

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Wide open on the 10th tee

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What a great birthday surprise 

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The Sea Change 🐟 sandwich 

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Flights to Houston finally booked for Super Bowl prep week

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 11:16 am GMT -6

The Tuesday night special

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My people have returned home

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 06:17 pm GMT -6

This Chrome 56 SSL thing means I need to bump certs up the learning list (and study secure server ratings like Qualys)

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 01:48 pm GMT -6

A rush, a glance, a touch, a dance…

- City of Stars

quoted Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 12:42 pm GMT -6

Never really our thing

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One last hurrah

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Dinner tonight while watching La La Land at the theater: nachos and popcorn

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, January 16th, 2017 10:23 pm GMT -6

No waiting

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Dave opening for Charlie

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Best concert value in recent memory @TurfClubMN tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 15th, 2017 09:09 pm GMT -6

Blondie at the Minnesota Zoo

story posted Sunday, January 15th, 2017 12:05 am GMT -6

When the sun comes out in January and the temperature gets above 10F, Minnesotans can be seen out and about without jackets. Days like these help us forget how good we have it in the summer when the Music in the Zoo season is in full force. We didn’t go to a ton of concerts during the 2016 run, but the Blondie show on June 11th was an overall music highlight of the year. This was another bucket list artist for me and I really had no idea that Deborah Harry was 70 years old (now 71).

As Jon Bream wrote in his (short) review, Debbie was joined by original Blondie members Chris Stein (guitar) and Clem Burke (drums), along with three other younger performers. Minneapolis band Step Rockets opened the show.

There were so many great songs from my youth: One Way or Another, Call Me, The Tide Is High and Heart of Glass were all wonderful. The highlight for me, however, was the version of Rapture that included a segue into Prince’s Kiss and (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party) by the Beastie Boys.


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States left to visit

story posted Saturday, January 14th, 2017 06:29 pm GMT -6
  • Maine
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Delaware
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • West Virginia

(I think this is accurate)

She’s back in action

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Happy birthday Megan

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Chili ❤ Jenga 

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Creative Mornings with Daniel

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I love Japan so much 🇯🇵

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, January 12th, 2017 10:36 pm GMT -6

Lunch break with SK

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Happy Birthday MK

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They say it’s your birthday. It’s my birthday too, yeah…

- The Beatles

quoted Thursday, January 12th, 2017 11:17 am GMT -6

Sweet 16

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The bane of my existence 

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First run in a month – thanks Shannon

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 06:10 pm GMT -6

WordPress security update 4.7.1 tested and deployed – addresses the PHPMailer issue (and others)

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 03:38 pm GMT -6

You know the commute is bad when the watch tells you it’s time to stand up (twice)

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 09:09 am GMT -6

That new scoreboard though

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Wolves + Fhima =

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Swaggiest Bro-Coach to Have Ever Swagged –

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, January 9th, 2017 11:21 am GMT -6

Concert Goals

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After almost exactly a year, finally coded a new solution to automate “last played” from to my site footer

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 09:39 pm GMT -6

Now the long horns are gone, and the drovers are gone, the Comanches are gone and the outlaws are gone…

- Coyotes

quoted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 09:37 pm GMT -6

The Cure at Xcel

story posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 05:30 pm GMT -6

For all the loss we experienced in the music world in 2016, it was nice to attend a number of concerts by acts that I’ve had on my list for years. The Cure hadn’t played a Minnesota date in 20 years, so when their June 7th show at Xcel was announced, I really didn’t care how much it was – we were all going.

Turns out prices were reasonable, but for some reason it was only a half-house setup. I got tickets during the initial on-sale, but then the promoter did something I’ve never seen before: they pushed the stage back and switched it to a full arena layout (which made our seats worse). I ended up buying four new tickets and was able to refund the original purchase (but had to float the extra money for a few weeks).

Both Ross and Chris had nice write-ups of the show, which (just like Sir Paul) ran for nearly three hours and included 34 songs and *four* encores. Almost linked to the City Pages negative review, but decided not to after reading the comments (never read the comments).

Just about every show we saw after April 21 either mentioned Prince, dedicated a song to him or performed a cover. Mr. Smith was a little subtle – “The pressure of holding a purple guitar is really getting to me.” Speaking of Mr. Smith, I just couldn’t stop thinking about him versus Mecha-Streisand on South Park. And as Kyle says, “Disintegration is the best album ever.”

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Sweet 16 Bowling Party

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I’ll take a 147 and a 112 with a cracked rib

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 02:38 pm GMT -6

Hard to believe it's the big 1-6

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Not auto-linking blog posts to Twitter any longer, but has five new stories – stop by and say hi

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 10:01 pm GMT -6

Paul McCartney at Target Center

story posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 08:51 pm GMT -6

When Paul McCartney played Target Field in August 2014, I just couldn’t pull the trigger on expensive seats in an unknown venue (at least from an acoustics standpoint). Then the reviews came out and I was in serious regret mode. And as the last few years have shown, if you want to see someone in concert, do it when you have the chance.

Sir Paul may be getting up there (he turns 75 in June), but his concerts are still marathons (just like Bruce and Neil). When the One on One tour was announced, I cringed a bit when I saw Target Center listed. That venue has gotten much better over the years, but I still prefer Xcel (especially when the tickets are pricey). I pulled some strings to get the best tickets I could for the price category we wanted and ended up about ten rows up on the side (and not in the $250 section).

This show was everything I had hoped for – nearly three hours of non-stop classics from a true rock and roll superstar. Based on Ross Raihala’s review, it was very similar to what I missed at Target Field. Our May 4th concert was almost two weeks after Prince’s death, so the one noticeable change was the addition of Let’s Go Crazy to the encore (which was heartfelt, but didn’t follow the actual lyrics). Sounded like the May 5th show was a carbon copy of the night before, so I’m glad we didn’t try for both shows.

The production quality of this show was top-notch. The rising platform, background video boards, lighting and pyro were all incredible – I can still feel the heat from Live and Let Die in my mind. The only flaw in the production were the two boom cameras on each side of the stage that continuously blocked sightlines all night. Telephoto lenses, anyone? As a child of the 70s, I’d also take more Wings, but it’s hard to complain about 40 songs – especially when they include Let It Be, Hey Jude and Eleanor Rigby.


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Apple Watch Nike+ First Impressions

story posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 08:27 pm GMT -6

When the first Apple Watch came out, it didn’t appeal to me due to the lack of built-in GPS. The only way I could really justify spending that much on a watch would be if I was replacing my Garmin for running. The thought of requiring your iPhone to be close in order to get accurate mileage defeated the whole purpose of having a watch, in my mind. Then Apple announced the Apple Watch Nike+ right around the same time my Forerunner 610 died. A colleague offered to pick one up for me to try and I’ve been wearing it daily ever since.


  • The animated Mickey Mouse watch face makes me smile (every single time).
  • Battery life is better than expected – I recharge nightly, but have never used more than 25% in a day.
  • Unlocking my laptop when the watch is nearby works well and saves time.
  • The personal tracking features (pulse, daily “circles”) are handy and should help me improve overall health.
  • Once fine-tuned, the notifications between the phone and the watch are generally useful and reliable.
  • The Nike+ watch band is easy to put on and is more comfortable than my old Garmin.


  • Just don’t like wearing watches every day (but don’t want to lose tracking data).
  • Haven’t had a lot of outdoor runs yet, but the Nike run club app doesn’t seem very accurate for pace, sometimes doesn’t draw the on-screen route and has had issues synching with the Nike website.
  • Indoor treadmill runs are way off – I manually add miles to my run log and just wear the watch to earn the exercise circle time.
  • Speaking of the circles, right now it just creates anxiety about filling or not filling all three daily – don’t really need something new to remind me all the time about how I’m falling behind in my health goals.
  • The special exercise awards are a great idea, but when you fail to award them when earned, people will get pissed off (looking at you, Thanksgiving award that is still missing).
  • The watchOS seems to be a little flakey, restarting at odd times.
  • Siri is Siri – I’d even take 50% accuracy at this point.

Looking at the latest Garmin products, I probably would’ve spent more and had less in terms of total features and future growth options. The reduction in features might actually be a good thing, but the Apple Watch should get better over time via software updates. I don’t really use any third-party apps right now (outside of the Nike app), but new ones get released all the time. Once I start running and biking outside again, I’ll report back…

Bob Mould at First Avenue

story posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 06:46 pm GMT -6

The day Prince died, Bob Mould played a micro show at the Turf Club in St. Paul. This was a preview for back-to-back nights in the mainroom at First Avenue, the first of which DGS and I planned to attend. Still in shock from the purple news, the club was a very calming and welcoming place for us to be. They had the screen down over the stage before the show (as usual), but that night it was a non-stop loop of Prince pictures (see the gallery after the jump).

After an early dinner at the Depot Tavern, we got inside right at doors in order to catch both opening acts – Fury Things and The Suicide Commandos. Both openers were good – Fury Things opened up for Bob in the mainroom in 2015 (and that Entry show in 2014 that I still regret not attending). The Commandos are older than both of us, but still bring it in a big way.

While I was never a big Hüsker Dü fan back in the day, I loved Sugar and have all of Mould’s solo albums (and have since gone back for the early stuff too). The latest Patch the Sky album received great reviews and even got a fair amount of airplay on The Current. In an interview with Chris Riemenschneider before the Minnesota shows, the 55-year-old Mould talks about three solo albums in four years, working through personal issues in San Francisco and how he takes care of himself by eating right and getting to the gym every day.

I didn’t get a set list to this show, but Chad Werner at City Pages had a nice write-up. It was a blistering rock and roll show and the cover of “When You Were Mine” was a nice touch (even with the tour manger singing lead). The only disappointment was the sound engineer from a video crew that thought it would be cool to set up a dual-mic rig in front of the soundboard, perfectly blocking our view of center stage. Boo!

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Crayola at the work house

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A little NYC at the MoA

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It’s official: I’m moving in with the @SaintDinette cheeseburger on 3/1

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, January 6th, 2017 10:56 am GMT -6

Väsen at the Cedar

story posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 09:19 pm GMT -6

The night before we went to see fake Foreigner at Mystic Lake, we were at the Cedar Cultural Center to see a Swedish original, Väsen. Founded in 1990, we first discovered this unique group when they were a guest on A Prairie Home Companion at the Fitzgerald in St. Paul.

Väsen has released 16 albums, but we only have two in our iTunes library (so far). It’s a bit hard to describe their sound, but let’s just say the nyckelharpa is an amazing instrument. Olov Johansson is a World Champion nyckelharpa player and the other two members of the trio, Mikael Marin (viola) and Roger Tallroth (guitar), combine to create a Scandinavian folk sound that is reminiscent of the theme song to the TV show Lilyhammer.

They joked that they play too many polskas, but what a fun night of music.

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Interlachen still top MN course (#54, Spring Hill at #69)

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 02:51 pm GMT -6

Shocked that Spring Hill bumped Hazeltine out of the Top 100 Golf Digest list

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 02:43 pm GMT -6

After 25 years of wandering around the suburbs, it’s time to go home

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 01:06 pm GMT -6

Foreigner at Mystic Lake

story posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 09:48 pm GMT -6

This Saturday night casino show back on 4/9/2016 was the one that finally made me realize I need to research old groups *before* I buy tickets. Foreigner songs were a big part of my formative years and I had never seen them live. While I knew Lou Gramm was out of the picture, I figured Mick Jones was still worth the money, right?

Well, turns out Mick was sick that night and we ended up paying waaaaay too much money to hear what was essentially a Foreigner cover band. It was really weird, though, that I was one of the few people in the sold-out, 2100-seat venue that seemed to care. I mean, just check out this glowing review from Dave Rubene at Twin Cities Media.

What the hell, people.

I will say, the musicians themselves were talented and it was cool to have them bring out the local high school choir during the encore. I also really have a soft spot for many of these songs – particularly Juke Box Hero, Waiting for a Girl Like You and Urgent. This wasn’t enough, however, for me to get over how the new lead singer sounded nothing like the original.

Set list and pictures after the jump.

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Good luck this weekend to everyone at runDisney

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 06:36 am GMT -6

This place hasn't really changed much since I was in high school

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The Great Purge of ‘17 has begun

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, January 2nd, 2017 04:29 pm GMT -6

So long, dragon

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