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7 Minute Miles Turns Four

Posted Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping at 1:27 PM

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of the first post on 7minutemiles.com. An update on stats:

  • 882 Posts
  • 128 Pages
  • 29 Categories
  • 167 Non-Spam Comments
  • 42,621 Spam Comments

These numbers reflect the integration of the old golfing, hockey, run and skiing in Minnesota sites.

I’ve been thinking about new designs and features lately – stay tuned!

The Happy List

Posted Thursday, March 18th, 2010 11:31 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 11:31 PM

I haven’t really been writing much here the past few months. Part of that is due to the new job at 318, but mainly I just haven’t felt like writing.

The 2009-2010 Minnesota winter hit me harder than usual – I’ve definitely felt the “winter blues” this year. The warm weather this week has helped (especially by melting most of the snow), but the forecast calls for more below-freezing temps and I’m sure we have at least one more snow storm before summer.

It’s also easy to get down when thinking about all the issues in the world – the economy, the collapse of housing values, rising health care costs, unemployment, earthquakes, etc.

As a sort of coping mechanism, I’ve been compiling a list of things that make me happy. For the three or four of you who read this site on a regular basis, most of these won’t be too shocking:

  • Social bonds – family and friends
  • Fitness – running, golf, skiing, mountain biking, racquetball
  • Eating out
  • Travel (and Motoring)
  • Nice weather
  • Trees, mountains and water
  • Pop culture – TV, movies and concerts
  • Cities and their associated cultural amenities
  • Attending hockey games
  • Casino gaming
  • Learning new things and staying informed

As I look over this list, I realize how lucky I’ve been in this life and really shouldn’t get too down. Geez, I’m starting to sound like a Ben Folds song…

New Clubhouse Rises at Hazeltine

Posted Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 09:24 am GMT -5 in Golf at 9:24 AM

I noticed while driving through Chaska yesterday the new clubhouse at Hazeltine National Golf Club is progressing nicely:

You can also track daily progress on their live web cam.

State Number 39 – Nebraska

Posted Saturday, March 6th, 2010 08:10 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel,Work at 8:10 PM

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit a state for the first time (which hasn’t happened in a long time). A project for 318 took me to a client in north-central Nebraska, which turned out to look a lot like southeast Minnesota. The towns we stayed in all had populations under 3500 people and all the people we met were very friendly.

In hindsight, it probably would have been quicker to drive, but we flew Air Tran to Omaha (via Milwaukee) and drove about three and a half hours from there. Lodging for this trip was the Super 8 in O’Neill and our Mazda 3 came from Enterprise. Not a perfect travel experience, but nothing too awful either. Side note: Budget at OMA rents all three current MINI models.

You know you are in a remote area of the country when the nearest Walmart is almost two hours away. AT&T’s cell coverage was surprising good, though, and it seemed like every restaurant had free wi-fi. We ate at all the local spots in O’Neill and Atkinston and I sampled the Nebraska beef more than once.

With Nebraska off the list, I’m down to 11 states left to visit. A drive from Minnesota to the Gulf Coast (via Kansas City) would cross off half of them, but I’m not sure when (or if) I’ll try that. Might be fun, though…


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  • Trampled by Turtles - 5/4, Palace
  • Kenny Chesney - 5/5, USBS
  • Caroline Smith - 5/17, Cedar
  • I Love the 90s - 5/18, Mystic Lake
  • David Byrne - 5/17, Orpheum
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