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  • Have fun all of you G2E people 10 hours ago
  • Almost forgot this pic: @ct_turf missed one dandelion on the 16th (or fake 7th) – https://t.co/Wajt5qwJML 11 hours ago
  • Getting there and back was challenging, but great fun today at Hazeltine for Ryder Cup practice rounds – course looks great @ct_turf 11 hours ago
  • I still visualize him hitting perfect practice shots at the 3M Championship every time I’m in a bunker – https://t.co/ZSU4rlMg2l 2 days ago
  • Still just love the design of the new Tradewinds Buffet @ticasino – nicely done 2 days ago
  • Damp and buggy: walked 18 holes at Theodore Wirth with the Millers and shot 91 from the whites 3 days ago
  • Finished Master of None and started Longmire, stocked up at Golf Galaxy, homecoming pictures for kid two and a $20 trip to Mystic Lake 3 days ago

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Caviar Dreams

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They broke the plane

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The more I practice, the luckier I get…

- Arnold Palmer

quote posted Monday, September 26th, 2016 08:43 am GMT -5
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Winky, winky

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Homecoming 2016

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The handicap buster

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That’s the spirit

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Interesting take on poutine

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Practically paying me to attend

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…your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance, well, they’re no friends of mine…

- Safety Dance

quote posted Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 08:40 am GMT -5
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Eastview Royalty

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Proud of the fans

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Humid, but cool

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You can call me Al

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The Vikings Cut

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Delta Club is *close*

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SNF on ice

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The loser presser 

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She’s a classic

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South St. Paul chicky 

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Bowler (thug) life

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Are you ready for some football?

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On your mark

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Tribute (of another form)

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Food truck days are numbered

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Who moved the art?

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Pizza traditions

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DNF at 2016 Superior 50

Monday, September 12th, 2016 12:42 am GMT -5

The (not so) new job has wreaked havoc with my running plans this year. My overall year-to-date mileage is the lowest it has been since I started the run log (barely 450 miles), work meetings have conflicted with almost all the weekly WeRunMpls runs and the first Vikings game meant I had to break my streak of nine straight Milk Runs at the Minnesota State Fair. It’s a minor miracle I finished Grandma’s Marathon in June and the Afton 50K in July with semi-decent times. Unfortunately, those two races gave me false hope that I could still run the Superior Fall 50 while being significantly undertrained.

While I have lots of experience with marathons and two difficult 50K trail races under my belt, this jump to 50 miles was a much bigger challenge than I expected. I mean, really, look at this course elevation graphic – 25,000 feet of total elevation change. Portions of the trail are more like rock climbing than running. The winner had a pace of 10:22 Minute Miles. Only 75 people out of 174 starters finished the 50.

Brutal.

So on top of my work/training issues and one of the toughest courses in the country, I had logistical problems, rain and a whole lot of mud to make it even more challenging. Since I neglected to reserve a room closer to Lutsen, I stayed with my sister in Duluth. This meant a 1:30am alarm to get on the road by two so I could catch the 4am bus to the starting line. It rained that entire time, peaking just when we arrived in Finland. I checked in, pinned on my number and waited for the always excellent John Storkamp to lead us out to the start.

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Sonny and Cindy @ CCC

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Obstructed view?

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I never knew what a carbohydrate was, turns out that it’s all the snacks I love…

- Let’s Eat

quote posted Saturday, September 10th, 2016 10:13 pm GMT -5
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Va Bene carbo load

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One entire year

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Milkjam send-off

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Only two more left

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3 HRs for the Bulldozer

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Rich is a player

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These daughters rock too

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The daughters rock

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Abe Crop Art

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The Revolution at First Avenue

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 10:45 pm GMT -5

When The Revolution announced the first two shows at First Avenue, I knew I wanted to be there (the third show was added later). The $65 ticket price ($78.54 with fees) was the highest I’ve ever paid at that venue, but it’s been a tough four months since Prince died and I was hoping for a bit of closure. After reading Andrea Swensson’s review of the first night on The Current Blog, it sounded like I needed to bring a large box of Kleenex with me. Turns out the second night was personally a much different experience for me: glad I went, but not at all what I was expecting emotionally.

It’s hard to be critical of a group of musicians that are also clearly in mourning, but this show was rough around the edges and at times was just plain hard to listen to. Part of that was obviously due to the missing key ingredient up front, but I just don’t like Wendy’s voice (nothing personal). It helped when André Cymone came out a few songs into the show and I thought Bilal did an amazing job on The Beautiful Ones, but I could barely listen to Sometimes It Snows In April (which is one of my top 7 Prince songs of all time). It was clearly heart-felt and personal, but wasn’t up to Prince standards.

My other primary criticism was the song selection. The Revolution officially played on four albums: 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day and Parade. You could argue that André Cymone and Dez Dickerson could maybe claim some of the older songs, but it didn’t seem right to me to have them play songs like Controversy, Uptown and Let’s Work. To me, those aren’t Revolution songs. But, hey, if this was what Wendy, Lisa, Brown Mark, Bobby Z. and Dr. Fink wanted as a tribute, so be it.

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Fresh chicken for David

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A Friday on the course

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Cluck yeah, indeed

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How was the game, coach?

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We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams…

- Willy Wonka

quote posted Monday, August 29th, 2016 10:18 pm GMT -5
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The Ryder Cup nears

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Classic neon, classic fair food

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Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Marathon - 3:43:32
  • 2016 Mileage: 452.7

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