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The guts of a kiosk

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 06:47 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography,Work at 6:47 PM

New Western Money kiosks, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Good luck, Mr. Berglund

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 12:22 am GMT -5 in Biking,Links at 12:22 AM

http://www.arrowheadultra.com/

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2012 at 12:22 am

Colorado 2012 Mini-Vacation

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 09:36 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Skiing,Travel at 9:36 PM

When my daughter’s favorite group, Atmosphere, announced they were performing in the first ever winter show at my favorite venue, Red Rocks, we had to figure out a way to make that happen. After some mad Google Mapping and creative budgeting, the road trip was on.

We packed up the MINI and hit the road last Thursday afternoon. After a quick stop at the Axel’s Bonfire in Eagan to eat some free birthday Bull Bites, we drove to Lincoln, Nebraska (420 miles). Holiday Inn Express was our hotel of choice this trip, thanks to their decent breakfast food and relatively low prices.

On Friday, we drove from Lincoln to Littleton, Colorado (500 miles) and checked in earlier than planned at the hotel. I totally forgot about the time change, so we had an extra hour before the concert started. We hit the local King Soopers grocery store to check on discounted lift tickets (not a great deal – skipped it) and had dinner at a surprise Chick-Fil-A (totally forgot they are in Colorado). I don’t care what anybody says – that food is damn tasty!

The concert was scheduled to start at 7:30, but I wanted to hike around Red Rocks before the sun went down. We had about 45 minutes of daylight, which turned out to be just about perfect. Since we were so early, we also got an awesome parking spot in the VIP area immediately below the main exit. We hung out in the car until gates opened at 6:30 and made a beeline to the merch table, which unfortunately was at the very top of the amphitheater. Many stairs later, the kid got what she wanted and we hiked back down to row ten to watch the show (it was general admission, so we took what we could get).

The bill consisted of Get Cryphy, Grieves and Budo, Common and headliner Atmosphere. Get Cryphy was playing as soon as the gates opened, which was nice. The set by Grieves and Budo was brief, but entertaining. Technical difficulties delayed the start of the Common set by about 30 minutes – I felt bad for his band (two keyboardists, a drummer and an MC), who just sat there in the cold the whole time.

I’ve listened to most of the Atmosphere albums, but there are still a lot of songs I just don’t know. This was not a problem for the kid, though, who sang along to everything. I do know that God Loves Ugly was the opening song and Brother Ali finally came out for the very last song (which wasn’t really an encore, as all the performers went off stage for only a minute or two at the end). The crowd was a little rowdy, but the close quarters and movement helped keep it warmer. A few snowflakes added character, along with lots of “special” smoke in the air, too…

The show ended around 11:45 and we were able to beat the worst of the traffic, thanks to our great parking spot. We made it back to the hotel around 12:30 and were back on the road by 8:30. I decided to skip Beaver Creek this time, opting to take the Loveland Pass over to Arapahoe Basin. I-70 looked good on the traffic cams at 7AM, but all three lanes were bumper-to-bumper about five miles up the grade. We finally made it to the Loveland Pass exit and I white-knuckled it up and over the treacherous two-lane road with no guard rails. Even driving my own car with snow tires, I wasn’t comfortable at all and will probably skip that option in the future.

A-Basin was just perfect. I had been there once before in high school and not much had changed. I take that back – they had a great new high-speed detachable lift right in front of the base chalet and a nice mid-mountain restaurant called the Black Mountain Lodge, where we had lunch. Rentals were quick and easy for the kid and I loved the pricing, which was cheaper than what we paid in Minnesota. Since they consider teens to be kids and not adults, her lift ticket and rental was only $59. Add in my $74 adult ticket and you had quite the Colorado bargain.

We took most of our runs off of that high-speed quad, with the “green” run Sundance being her favorite. Parts of that run are steeper than most “blacks” in Minnesota, so I didn’t mind skiing it like a mid-length cruiser. I was also quite fond of High Noon and took a few runs from the top of the mountain too. I would’ve done more up there, but the wind really picked up as the day went on. We managed around ten runs total before stopping around 3PM.

The rest of the trip was basically a big highway blur: Arapahoe to North Platte, Nebraska (320 miles), overnight one last time at the Holiday Inn Express, followed by 640 miles back to Minnesota on Sunday. We stopped for a steak lunch in Omaha at the lovely Upstream Brewing Company in the Old Market part of town and had some boring Wendy’s in Clear Lake, Iowa, for dinner.

Great trip, but oh so short. First vacation in three years, though, so I’ll take whatever I can get.

Now to figure out how to finally become a ski bum… 🙂

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Seems like a good deal (for Vegas)

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 03:57 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 3:57 PM

Super Bowl party at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Is It Live

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 03:33 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:33 PM

Connect, eject, and collect respect…

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm

This week at work – more kiosks!

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 03:33 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography,Work at 3:33 PM

Four new CXC 4.0 TITO/ATM/bill-breaker kiosks from Western Money Systems, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Look, it’s a Blunderbuss!

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 02:11 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 2:11 PM

http://thirdmanrecords.com/

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Everyone needs a Rossi dartboard

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2012 11:03 am GMT -5 in Photography,Skiing at 11:03 AM

Ski rental office, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

Watch the Throne

Posted Sunday, January 29th, 2012 09:32 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:32 PM

Preach.

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Loveland Pass is not for the faint of heart

Posted Sunday, January 29th, 2012 09:30 pm GMT -5 in Photography,Travel at 9:30 PM

My first (and likely last) time driving over Loveland Pass, Colorado

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Ski chalet food sure is improving

Posted Sunday, January 29th, 2012 10:06 am GMT -5 in Food,Photography,Travel at 10:06 AM

Smoked 1/4 chicken and sides, Black Mountain Lodge, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

Ski bums are made, not born

Posted Sunday, January 29th, 2012 09:06 am GMT -5 in Photography,Skiing,Travel at 9:06 AM

Mid-mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

Guarantees

Posted Saturday, January 28th, 2012 11:34 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:34 PM

Just another zombie walking blindly through your ghost town…

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Why yes it is, yes it is

Posted Saturday, January 28th, 2012 11:26 pm GMT -5 in Photography,Skiing,Travel at 11:26 PM

Sign in the A-frame Lodge, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Modern Man’s Hustle

Posted Saturday, January 28th, 2012 03:21 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:21 AM

Riding the outer ring of your own private Saturn, thoughts scattered all across the grey matter…

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2012 at 3:21 am

Slug on the Rocks

Posted Saturday, January 28th, 2012 03:07 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Photography at 3:07 AM

Atmosphere at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, Colorado

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2012 at 3:07 am

Please note the “no pickles” sticker

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012 08:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Photography,Travel at 8:08 PM

Chick-Fil-A, Littleton, Colorado

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

A room with a view

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012 06:55 pm GMT -5 in Photography,Travel at 6:55 PM

View from room 316, Littleton Holiday Inn Express, Littleton, Colorado

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012 05:53 pm GMT -5 in Photography,Travel at 5:53 PM

I-76, somewhere in northeast Colorado

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Have you found yours?

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012 05:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links at 5:01 PM

http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Locator

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Mumford and Sons

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012 04:59 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 4:59 PM

Lead me to the truth and I will follow you with my whole life…

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

That’s a big bridge

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2012 04:53 pm GMT -5 in Photography,Travel at 4:53 PM

The Great Platte River Road Archway, Kearney, Nebraska

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

That Iowa officer doesn’t look so hot

Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2012 11:49 pm GMT -5 in Photography,Travel at 11:49 PM

Antique City Amoco Station, Walnut, Iowa

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm

@DRUNKHULK

Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2012 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Quotes at 3:25 PM

GIRL WHO ONLY EAT MCNUGGET FOR 15 YEAR IN HOSPITAL! BET THIS IS FIRST DOCTOR SHE EVER SEE NOT NAMED PEPPER!

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Shiny new toys

Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2012 03:23 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography,Work at 3:23 PM

IGT’s Red Hot Fusion video slot, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Tomorrow Night

Posted Thursday, January 26th, 2012 10:10 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Links at 10:10 AM

http://www.redrocksonline.com/

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

Lunch at the Tower Cafe

Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 05:42 pm GMT -5 in Food,Photography at 5:42 PM

Lunch with Mayor Steve, Tower Cafe, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Norman

Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 09:38 am GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 9:38 AM

Nudge nudge. Snap snap. Grin grin, wink wink, say no more?

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2012 at 9:38 am

Strange vendor swag

Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 09:37 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography at 9:37 AM

It’s a USB hub, but hit the button to visit their site, videopoker.com

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

Mike Doughty

Posted Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 05:11 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 5:11 PM

Makelloser Mann, Makelloser Mann…

Originally published by DK on January 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Working from the suite today

Posted Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 02:15 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography,Work at 2:15 PM

Room 532, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

And the nominees are…

Posted Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 09:57 am GMT -5 in Links,Movies at 9:57 AM

http://oscar.go.com/nominees

Originally published by DK on January 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

Kid Rock

Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2012 05:08 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 5:08 PM

Monday’s just a bitch, Tuesday’s such a bother, Wednesday’s like watchin’ dead flowers grow…

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Winter, she has returned

Posted Monday, January 23rd, 2012 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography at 5:02 PM

Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm

She never was a big fan of the dentist

Posted Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Photography at 5:22 PM

Kid one on an early visit to the dentist, Edina, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Dessa

Posted Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 05:05 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 5:05 PM

Back to the wall, bat to the ball, back at the drawing board…

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Not my favorite, but still good

Posted Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 05:00 pm GMT -5 in Food,Photography at 5:00 PM

Bambini, Punch Pizza, Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

My new 2012 avatar?

Posted Saturday, January 21st, 2012 04:30 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Photography,Pop Culture at 4:30 PM

South Park Studios Avatar Creator

Originally published by DK on January 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Winter Winds

Posted Saturday, January 21st, 2012 03:16 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:16 PM

Was it love or fear of the cold that led us through the night?

Originally published by DK on January 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Little was known of the Router

Posted Saturday, January 21st, 2012 03:15 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology at 3:15 PM

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/in-which-i-fix-my-girlfriends-grandparents-wifi-and-am-hailed-as-a-conquering-hero

Originally published by DK on January 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Creative Marketing Rules

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2012 09:26 pm GMT -5 in Links,Movies at 9:26 PM

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Kudos to Representative Kline

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2012 09:04 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Photography at 9:04 PM

We rarely agree on policy, but this made my day…

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2012 at 9:04 pm

My hometown pizza joint

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2012 09:02 pm GMT -5 in Food,Photography at 9:02 PM

The Original: Carbone’s on Randolph, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Birthday dinner at Manny’s

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2012 11:36 am GMT -5 in Food,Photography at 11:36 AM

The filet, mac and cheese and a Macallan Cask Strength Scotch, Manny’s Steakhouse, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2012 at 11:36 am

The Beatles

Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2012 11:23 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:23 AM

You say it’s your birthday. Well it’s my birthday too, yeah…

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2012 at 11:23 am

The Hangover – who needs the game?

Posted Thursday, January 19th, 2012 10:46 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography at 10:46 AM

The Hangover slots, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

Captain Renault

Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 10:51 am GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 10:51 AM

I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

Originally published by DK on January 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

Probably can’t ride it home, but still nice

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography at 3:43 PM

Polaris 600 Pro R Rush snowmobile, Trail to Fortune giveaway, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

The Only Exception

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 03:10 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:10 PM

I’ve got a tight grip on reality, but I can’t let go of what’s part of me here…

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Colonel Mustard, in the Casino, with the Jackpot

Posted Monday, January 16th, 2012 05:35 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Links at 5:35 PM

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150526489028909

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

New Business Cards

Posted Monday, January 16th, 2012 04:45 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography,Work at 4:45 PM

The new logo and color scheme, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Too much fried stuff this weekend

Posted Sunday, January 15th, 2012 11:28 pm GMT -5 in Food,Photography at 11:28 PM

Fish and Chips from Mac’s – good stuff, but need to work it off this week…

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Chazz

Posted Sunday, January 15th, 2012 11:23 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Music,Quotes at 11:23 PM

No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative…

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Slug

Posted Saturday, January 14th, 2012 11:40 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:40 PM

How many licks does it take to get to the center of your universe?

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Cool on several levels

Posted Saturday, January 14th, 2012 05:55 pm GMT -5 in Links,Photography,Sports at 5:55 PM
Originally published by DK on January 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Doc Holliday

Posted Saturday, January 14th, 2012 05:28 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 5:28 PM

There’s no normal life, Wyatt, it’s just life. Get on with it.

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Kid Party at Bryant Lake Bowl

Posted Saturday, January 14th, 2012 05:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Photography at 5:24 PM

Birthday party for kid two at Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Bouncy Birthday Party

Posted Saturday, January 14th, 2012 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Photography at 5:02 PM

Megan’s 30th Bouncy Birthday Party, Sky Zone Minneapolis, Plymouth, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Saint Paul Fish and Chips

Posted Friday, January 13th, 2012 11:02 am GMT -5 in Food,Photography at 11:02 AM

Mac’s Fish & Chips, Hamline and Larpenteur, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

Run-D.M.C.

Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2012 05:09 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 5:09 PM

Now Peter Piper picked peppers, but Run rapped rhymes…

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Birthday Excitement

Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2012 05:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Photography at 5:05 PM

Kid two opening her new Hello Kitty headphones, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Happy Birthday Kid Two

Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2012 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Family,Photography,Travel at 4:39 PM

From an earlier era, kid two at Disneyland, Anaheim, California

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Speaking of the Wilderness

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 05:33 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Photography,Work at 5:33 PM

We’re #40

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Winter has returned to the Wilderness

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Photography,Work at 3:25 PM

Clubhouse, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Captain EO

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 12:57 pm GMT -5 in Music,Pop Culture,Quotes at 12:57 PM

We’re bringin’ brighter days, they’re all in line, waitin’ for you…

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Fiesta Guards the New Key

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 12:53 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Photography,Work at 12:53 AM

Fiesta the Lobster with a new design Fortune Bay Resort room key, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2012 at 12:53 am

Bill Rutherford

Posted Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 02:50 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 2:50 PM

Princeton can use a guy like Joel.

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Favorite Krypted Post Ever

Posted Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 02:49 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Technology at 2:49 PM

http://krypted.com/sites/removing-a-domain-name-from-a-google-search/

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Another MINI Milestone

Posted Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 02:47 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Photography at 2:47 PM

9:00AM, January 9, 2012, approaching Tower, Minnesota – the MINI hits 127,000

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Oh Well

Posted Monday, January 9th, 2012 12:09 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 12:09 PM

Don’t ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to…

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm
 

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