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She’s on the menu

pic posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 02:19 pm GMT -5

Bon voyage and safe travels to kid two on her exciting concert journey to Ireland 🇮🇪

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 02:16 pm GMT -5

Another St. Paul tradition

pic posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 01:38 pm GMT -5

Ireland-bound 🇮🇪 

pic posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 07:01 am GMT -5

Dolly Parton at Grand Casino

story posted Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 10:47 pm GMT -5

When my mom stopped to visit the loft earlier this week, we were talking about upcoming concerts and she mentioned that Dolly Parton is one of her favorites. That reminded me I never posted the pictures from the show last summer at Grand Casino Hinckley. The Pure and Simple Tour stopped for a Wednesday evening show in their outdoor amphitheater on July 20, 2016 and thanks to Hinckley’s amazing general manager Mel Towle, we got to sit front and center (seriously, Mel is one of the best people in the entire casino world).

Growing up, I probably knew Dolly more for the movie 9 to 5 than for her country music. I also thought it was cool that we shared a birthday (hello, Edgar Allan Poe). Seeing her perform live, it’s really hard to believe she is 70 (now 71). Gotta believe Dolly and Debbie Harry must have some sort of Secret 70 Club that prevents the effects of aging.

Don’t have a set list or much recollection of the show now – I just remember it was really sunny at the start and that she was quite the entertainer. I think we also waited in the parking lot afterwards for nearly as long as she played (guessing the Hinckley police force is not a fan of summer concert nights). Looking at set lists from other stops, she did hit all the big ones: Jolene, Islands in the Stream, 9 to 5, Coat of Many Colors and I Will Always Love You.

Thanks, Sugar!

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The neighborhood grocer

pic posted Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 10:15 pm GMT -5

Look what else is now closer

pic posted Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 08:12 pm GMT -5

And all the people say, try to catch up, motherfucker…

- When They Come For Me

quoted Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 05:14 pm GMT -5

Top 5 for me (maybe top 3)

pic posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 05:53 pm GMT -5

Lunch with the scholar

pic posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 04:14 pm GMT -5

Life in Lowertown

story posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 12:15 pm GMT -5

Change is good, right? Well, we’ve been charging ahead full force the past month. Kid one moved out and into her own apartment mid-February, while the rest of us decided to pack it up and move back to the city. Today marks three weeks in our new loft in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, which the local boosters describe as:

A vibrant artists’ quarter filled with beautiful workspaces, hip cafes, fine dining and the stunning CHS Field.

We are kitty-corner from the wonderful St. Paul Farmer’s Market in the Rayette building, which we share with the home of my all-time favorite cheeseburger, Saint Dinette. The building has had an interesting history, opening as a millinery in 1911, with stints as the home of Aqua Net hairspray and as a parking ramp before being converted to lofts in 2014. We downsized from three bedrooms to two, but added 13 foot ceilings, huge windows and a layout that seems much larger than before (ours is the Monroe, with 1,459 square feet). I love the exposed brick, industrial columns and lack of carpeting throughout (finally got to toss our crappy vacuum cleaner).

In addition to the suburb-to-city change, transportation has also been turned on its head. We still have two cars, but one is parked here and the other is in storage. Colleen gets a discounted transit pass from her employer and now rides the bus to work (express plus a short transfer). I bought a monthly Go-To card from Metro Transit and ride the Green Line trains to and from the stadium. The Union Depot station is a block over and takes just under 40 minutes to drop me off right across Chicago Avenue from the Legacy Gate (and/or the skyway entrance). I can’t express how much of a quality of life improvement it is to not drive in metro rush hour traffic any longer. Now I plug in my headphones, check social media, read stories, play games and just relax. Hoping to eventually sell one car and just stick with one (which kid two uses to drive herself to school).

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Grandparent Approved

pic posted Sunday, March 19th, 2017 11:52 pm GMT -5

Pool in the Sinatra Room

pic posted Sunday, March 19th, 2017 04:34 pm GMT -5

Most frustrating player to watch during this slump, IMO https://t.co/FdV8DfFcUE

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 18th, 2017 07:26 pm GMT -5

Tried out first new outdoor training route – ran 5 miles along the sunny St. Paul riverfront

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 18th, 2017 05:44 pm GMT -5

Saturday morning in Lowertown 

pic posted Saturday, March 18th, 2017 08:56 am GMT -5

I ️❤️ high ceilings

pic posted Saturday, March 18th, 2017 01:10 am GMT -5

Not a single progressive won

pic posted Saturday, March 18th, 2017 12:35 am GMT -5

Pig of the Day

pic posted Saturday, March 18th, 2017 12:33 am GMT -5

Two streetwise cops busting criminals

pic posted Friday, March 17th, 2017 01:18 pm GMT -5

E-Type at the office

pic posted Friday, March 17th, 2017 01:17 pm GMT -5

Scenes from the train

pic posted Friday, March 17th, 2017 09:02 am GMT -5

The watch says move streak now at 29 days (with 93 days to Grandma’s)

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 16th, 2017 11:38 pm GMT -5

Cisco wallpaper & ringtones

pic posted Thursday, March 16th, 2017 05:21 pm GMT -5

Wednesday night in St. Paul

pic posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 08:32 pm GMT -5

Best neighbor ever

pic posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 07:29 pm GMT -5

Aww, why didn’t we get Mix Master Mike with Metallica?

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 05:56 pm GMT -5

Ever? Never ever?

pic posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 12:28 pm GMT -5

So put a quarter in your ass ’cause you played yourself…

- Hey Fuck You

quoted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 08:24 am GMT -5

*Almost* made it through the entire happy hour menu at McKinney Roe

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 07:22 pm GMT -5

Water is life

pic posted Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 06:52 pm GMT -5

Not everything is set, but two weeks in with loft living and train riding = two big thumbs up

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 08:23 am GMT -5

The Spring ’17 Choir

pic posted Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 06:56 am GMT -5

Hippo Campus @ First Avenue

pic posted Sunday, March 12th, 2017 08:59 pm GMT -5

Sunday snowstorm? No problem

pic posted Sunday, March 12th, 2017 08:54 pm GMT -5

Looks like Minnesota United will fit in to the Twin Cities sports scene just fine

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, March 12th, 2017 06:07 pm GMT -5

The Wild deserved better than that (although I’ll gladly trade regular season losses for playoff wins vs. Chicago)

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, March 12th, 2017 02:14 pm GMT -5

Drkulas Throwdown

pic posted Saturday, March 11th, 2017 02:41 pm GMT -5

It only took me 40+ years to try coleslaw – not bad

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 11th, 2017 02:03 pm GMT -5

Thanks, Mikey Boom-Boom

pic posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 11:38 pm GMT -5

So. Much. Wire.

pic posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 08:20 pm GMT -5

Ah, Dayton’s

pic posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 08:18 pm GMT -5

Listening to Dre on the train just seems like the right way to finish off the work week

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, March 10th, 2017 05:10 pm GMT -5

History lives in St.Paul

pic posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 07:31 am GMT -5

No upsets this time

pic posted Thursday, March 9th, 2017 10:02 pm GMT -5

Best prep tourney anywhere

pic posted Thursday, March 9th, 2017 07:03 pm GMT -5

I love my office

pic posted Thursday, March 9th, 2017 11:05 am GMT -5

We doin’, big pimpin’, we spendin’ cheese…

- Jay-Z

quoted Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 11:21 pm GMT -5

Half price apps in the new 'hood

pic posted Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 06:09 pm GMT -5

Damn you Jake Allen

pic posted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 10:08 pm GMT -5

Another solid EVHS concert

pic posted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 04:00 pm GMT -5

Mmm…Taco Tuesday

pic posted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 01:28 pm GMT -5

Hard to believe AP only has one career playoff win

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 09:14 am GMT -5

OK fellow Central grads – anybody out there willing to match my $50 for Lydia? https://t.co/e7aEsk5w1N

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, March 6th, 2017 10:13 am GMT -5

Anniversary Week in Victoria

story posted Monday, March 6th, 2017 01:00 am GMT -5

Last December was our 25th wedding anniversary. We hadn’t taken a real vacation since 2013, but thanks to the little windfall from Mystic Lake, that was going to change. We reviewed a lot of options from the bucket list, but weather and my work schedule limited our real choices. We could squeeze five days in between Monster Jam and the Vikings and wanted to go somewhere new (even though Florida, SoCal and Vegas were all very tempting). And the winner was…Victoria, British Columbia.

It actually was part of my bucket list (#32 – Watch the lights turn on over Victoria Harbour) and the average temps for that region in December are usually moderated by the Pacific. Unfortunately, as one local informed us, this was the first snow Victoria had seen in 20 years. It was very weird seeing green bowling lawns, flowering plants, outdoor running fountains…and small piles of snow. It stayed in the 30s (F) the whole time we were there, with a fair amount of wind to make it seem even colder. We packed appropriately, though, so it wasn’t nearly as bad as Vienna during Christmas market season.

We flew Sun Country into Seattle and rented from National’s Emerald Aisle (love both of those companies and had great experiences again this trip). TripAdvisor had great things to say about Abigail’s Hotel in Victoria (including most romantic hotel and #1 hotel in Victoria), so I booked four nights there. It was amazing – daily breakfast cooked to order, beautiful rooms and lobby, friendly staff and a central location that was an easy walk to the harbour area. They even upgraded us to a nicer room for our anniversary at no charge and left us a personalized card and gift upon arrival.

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Treadmill upgrade at the new joint

pic posted Sunday, March 5th, 2017 11:03 pm GMT -5

Spot the sibling at Spring training

pic posted Sunday, March 5th, 2017 05:16 pm GMT -5

Still seems weird to me that college baseball has metal bats, but the pros do not

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, March 5th, 2017 04:37 pm GMT -5

Keep St. Paul Cool

pic posted Sunday, March 5th, 2017 04:34 pm GMT -5

Saturday night Gophers

pic posted Saturday, March 4th, 2017 07:41 pm GMT -5

Got stuck in this one

pic posted Saturday, March 4th, 2017 07:39 pm GMT -5

Rules of Golf silliness: relief from a sprinkler head inside a bush?

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 4th, 2017 03:54 pm GMT -5

Introduced SK to The Burger

pic posted Friday, March 3rd, 2017 11:08 pm GMT -5

Listening to Sturgill Simpson in our new Lowertown loft – all I need now is a flannel shirt, some craft beer and a beard

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, March 3rd, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -5

We’re so fucked. Shit outta luck. Hardwired to self-destruct…

- Metallica

quoted Friday, March 3rd, 2017 09:35 am GMT -5
 

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