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Titleist Nobu Haihara Print

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2007 03:14 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:14 PM

The Titleist website runs promotions all the time. I sometimes run the risk of increased junk mail to enter these and this week it paid off–I won a limited edition Nobu Haihara giclee print valued at $300.

I like the looks of the new Titleist gear this year:

I’d like to get fitted this year and get the season started right…

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2007 at 3:14 pm

1981-82 Minnesota North Stars Postcards

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2007 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 3:43 PM

Top Row (l to r): Bobby Smith, Curt Giles, Dino Ciccarelli, Jack Carlson
Bottom Row (l to r): Mike Eaves, Neal Broten, Steve Christoff, Steve Payne

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2007 at 3:43 pm

S&S Stick Kids at the Wild vs Calgary Game

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2007 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Hockey at 1:31 PM

In a promotion sponsored by S&S Tree and Horticultural Specialists, two kids are selected to sit on the bench during each Wild pre-game warm-up. On Tuesday this week, my kids were picked!

The night was a total blast (apart from the Wild losing in a shoot-out). We arrived a little before six and picked up four will-call tickets for the game (last row of club level, center ice). A friendly Wild representative met us at the security desk next to gate one and brought us down to arena level. After signing release forms, the kids each picked out helmets to wear.

We all took a quick tour around the entire lower level–past the media interview room, both locker rooms, down the hallway the Wild take to get on the ice (which had new, large, signed photos of game highlights on the wall), through the Fishing Lodge (and the Kevin Falness studio), past the media dining room, officials lounge and the Zamboni garage. I stayed in the Zamboni tunnel while the kids were on the bench, while my wife stayed in the stands next to them (only the kids got to be on the bench).

It was hard to get good photos of them from where I was behind the goal, but I did get a shot of the scoreboard when they were on the videoscreen. I also got a few good action shots of the players. Josh Harding was the only player to talk to the girls, but Keith Carney gave them a big smile. The kids both got pucks from the practice afterwards–what a great experience.

Thanks to S&S and the Wild for the great prize!

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2007 at 1:31 pm

Twins Spring Training in Florida

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2007 12:52 pm GMT -5 in Sports at 12:52 PM

In honor of the new Twins season, here is a picture my brother took from spring training in Fort Myers, Florida, a few weeks ago. My dad, sister and brother went there for the first time this year and had a great time. Professional hockey, golf and football are more my thing, but I’ll likely be a bigger Twins fan if they ever get that nice new stadium built…

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Office Helper

Posted Monday, March 26th, 2007 10:38 am GMT -5 in Personal at 10:38 AM

Working from home today and getting a little help from a friend…

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2007 at 10:38 am

North Stars Treasure Trove

Posted Monday, March 26th, 2007 08:31 am GMT -5 in Family,Hockey at 8:31 AM

My wife and I were cleaning out the garage and came across a box her mother had brought over. It was full of old North Stars memorabilia–this autograph of Neal Broten next to Chexx Hockey is my favorite. There are also some cool postcards that I will scan later this week…

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2007 at 8:31 am

2007 Season Officially Open

Posted Friday, March 23rd, 2007 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 1:27 PM

Manitou Ridge in White Bear Lake reportedly opened today at noon (their phone was busy), along with Emerald Greens in Hastings. I believe Parkview in Eagan takes the prize, though–they opened on Wednesday. Welcome to the 2007 Minnesota golf season!

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2007 at 1:27 pm

Old Man Carney and Wes Walz Player Appearance

Posted Monday, March 19th, 2007 09:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Hockey at 9:47 PM

Tonight my oldest daughter and I went to the last Wild Unplugged player appearance, featuring Keith Carney and Wes Walz at Major’s Sports Bar in Bloomington. This was the last one of the year and, as usual, was very crowded.

We elected to get a table after the Q&A and wait for the line to die down. It never really did and we were lucky to get our autographs before the cutoff. I talked with host Kevin Falness after the broadcast and thanked him for the wonderful job he does at these events and on the Pondcasts. We chatted for about five minutes about different things–including how great all of the players have been to my daughter at these player appearances. He said the whole locker room is full of truly nice guys.

We don’t have any more game tickets right now, but hope to get one or two playoff games from my relatives. Go Wild!

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2007 at 9:47 pm

Spring Visitors 2007

Posted Sunday, March 18th, 2007 05:50 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 5:50 PM

Here’s a little montage of recent visitors to the backyard, including our first robins of the year.

Originally published by DK on March 18, 2007 at 5:50 pm

WCHA Final Five Tourney

Posted Friday, March 16th, 2007 11:28 am GMT -5 in Hockey at 11:28 AM

Headed to the Xcel in a few minutes to catch the semifinals of the WCHA Final Five tournament.

Afternoon Game: UND vs. St. Cloud State
Evening Game: Gophers vs. Badgers

Third place game is tomorrow at 2, followed by the championship at 7. Go Gophers!

Originally published by DK on March 16, 2007 at 11:28 am

City Pages Best of the Twin Cities Voting

Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2007 08:21 am GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 8:21 AM

It’s that time of the year again. Go and vote–I get lots of great ideas from the results of this every year.

If it wasn’t for the City Pages Best of the Twin Cities issue, I would have never discovered Barbette. Mmm…Barbette…

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2007 at 8:21 am

St. Paul Central Class of 1987 Reunion Alert

Posted Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 01:01 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 1:01 PM

Today I received this in my inbox.

I’ve been a free member on classmates.com for a long time, but today I closed my account. They were always on the brink of being useful, but unless you “upgraded” to the gold level, you quickly ran into a dead end. Today I wanted to add a link to this site, but that’s against their terms of service. How to remove my profile was hidden pretty good, too. Adios, classmates.com–I hardly knew ya.

As for the reunion itself, I’m feeling a little anxiety, to be honest. Twenty years is a long time. The last one was OK and I love visiting with people, but I’d almost rather just have a big picnic BBQ at Como Park, play some golf and have a nice dinner afterwards. Somehow these things never work out that way, though. Of course, if you’re not willing to volunteer, you can’t complain, right?

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Loading Up iPhoto

Posted Monday, March 12th, 2007 11:22 am GMT -5 in Personal at 11:22 AM

This weekend I spent some time cleaning up my iPhoto image library, clearing out some work photos and adding some old files I had in directories outside of the program. I also started to set up keywords, which will work great once I find the time to tag 22,000+ photos.

The montage above is from the summer of 2000 when our current house was constructed. Hard to believe that was seven years ago already…

Originally published by DK on March 12, 2007 at 11:22 am

Roseau Rams Win Class AA Title

Posted Saturday, March 10th, 2007 11:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,Hockey at 11:09 PM

My daughter and I had a great time at the final session of the state boys hockey tournament tonight. Congrats to Roseau for taking home “all the marbles” for the seventh time.

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Tourney Time – Class AA Boys Hockey

Posted Thursday, March 8th, 2007 09:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Hockey at 9:26 PM

Roseau about to take down Woodbury

Today was quarterfinal day for Class AA boys hockey at the Minnesota State High School League tournament in St. Paul. We bought a ticket package this year to thank clients and get prepared for the new hockey.mn site. The seats were very nice: upper level, row two, center ice.

The first session had two games: Roseau vs. Woodbury and Hill-Murray vs. Rochester Century. I thought the Woodbury students in the stands were very rude (booing the Roseau players as they were being introduced) and I was glad to see them get spanked, 7-2. This was Roseau’s 31st appearance at state–show no respect, lose big.

The second game was great. The private Catholic school Hill-Murray is always a powerhouse, but Rochester played them tough and had the best 3-on-2 goal I’ve seen in a long time (behind the back, centering pass, goal). The chants during that game made me smile:

  • “Pub-lic-Scho-ols”
  • “We-Can’t-Hear-You”
  • “Je-sus-Loves-Us”
  • “Da-ddies-Mon-ey”
  • “Good-Bye-Rich-Kids”

Despite being more than twice as old as all of them, I didn’t feel as old this year as in past years. Lots and lots of youthful excitement and school spirit. Nothing else like it…

Speaking of youth, my oldest daughter wrote me a hockey poem tonight:

I have the puck
I’m skating down, down, down
Soon the goalie sees me, I see him
My stick goes up –
and BAM!
Soon the puck is in the net.
Shootout

Tomorrow night: Class AA semifinals.

Originally published by DK on March 8, 2007 at 9:26 pm

The Queen at the Heights with an Ike’s Chaser

Posted Sunday, March 4th, 2007 01:00 am GMT -5 in Food,Movies at 1:00 AM

My wife and I had a nice night on the town Saturday, thanks to my mom watching the girls. We went to see Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning performance in The Queen at a theater we had never visited before, the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights.

Opened in 1926, the Heights claims to be the Twin Cities longest continuously operated show house. The theater was beautiful and we made sure to catch the organist playing the very unique Wurlitzer organ before the show. After about 20 minutes, the disco ball lights came on, the organ dropped down and the movie started. Wow.

Being a Kingsbury, I love all things British. I thought the movie was very good and it made me want to visit London again. We’ve been to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster and Buckingham Palace and it fun seeing all of them again. I’d really like to take the girls there soon–it’s such a great city.

After the movie, we stopped by one of my favorite downtown Minneapolis restaurants, Ike’s. I think they stopped publishing their website (it used to be ilikeikes.com), but here are a few reviews. Ike’s serves one of my favorite burger and fries combos in town, all in a great 1940s cocktail lounge atmosphere. How can you not like a place that brings you hot chocolate chip cookies and dum dum suckers when you’re finished?

Originally published by DK on March 4, 2007 at 1:00 am

Joining the HDTV Revolution

Posted Thursday, March 1st, 2007 07:55 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 7:55 PM

Our TV for the past 12 years, a 42-inch Sony rear-projection CRT model, finally gave up the ghost. Best Buy had some good deals over the President’s Day weekend, so it was time for me to finish researching HD and decide. It also helped that we received a nice tax refund and a 24 month interest-free financing offer.

After many hours of reading pages at the AVS Forum site, I decided on a 50-inch Sony Grand Wega SXRD rear-projection 1080p unit (KDS-50A2000). The owner’s thread for this model at that site is more than 300 pages! That is a great reference site, but it can be a little overwhelming.

My goals were to find something that had the following traits:

  • future-proof (1080p, HDMI)
  • reasonable price
  • work well with my existing equipment
  • allow me to upgrade components later

This model wasn’t the $6,000 unit I’ve been lusting after, but I think it’s a nice compromise. Due to the snowstorm last weekend, Best Buy had to delay the delivery by a few days. It came on Tuesday this week and I’ve spent the past few days tweaking, moving components around, buying new cables at Target (twice) and visiting the Comcast store to pick up an HD cable box.

I now have a progressive scan DVD player connected via component cables (that claims to output a “545p” signal), the Comcast HD box via component and our old EyeHome unit connected via composite cables. Standard-definition DVDs look pretty good (they aren’t being upscaled), standard-def channels are OK and HD channels look spectacular.

I wish there was more HD programming, but I guess that’s coming. This site provides a nice guide to local sports programming in HD, which is what I’m most interested in. There are also a number of HD On Demand options from Comcast, including Versus hockey highlights and a limited selection of free HD movies.

Now all I need is to have Playstation 3 prices come down and I’ll be all set…

Originally published by DK on March 1, 2007 at 7:55 pm

The Snow Drought Is Over

Posted Thursday, March 1st, 2007 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 6:41 PM

Before this week, we were around two feet below our normal seasonal snowfall. All of the big storms this year had gone around us–until last weekend. I’d estimate we received about a foot then and today was part two, with another nine inches (and it’s still coming down).

The plows in Eagan have been timely and thorough (although I suppose it helps to have no cars parked on most streets). I put the snowblower away today so I could get some exercise and the plows helped out by pushing the heavy, wet stuff to the end of the driveway.

I made it in to the office today for a 9:30 meeting, but left at lunchtime. Driving was horrible, with most streets in St. Paul covered with a nice sheet of ice. I almost got into a multi-car pileup that was hiding around the bend of a single lane freeway entrance. I was only going about 30mph, but the anti-lock brakes on the Mini had to work overtime to stop in time. Fun!

Originally published by DK on March 1, 2007 at 6:41 pm
 

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