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Randy

Posted Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 11:48 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 11:48 PM

Instead of video games that take batteries and software, our kids will play with squirrels!

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Have you ever purchased virtual currency?

Posted Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 11:07 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Technology at 11:07 AM

IGT’s Double Down Casino on Facebook

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

TBF in the Grey Lady

Posted Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 09:09 am GMT -5 in Food,Links at 9:09 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/dining/twin-cities-embrace-their-nordic-food-heritage.html

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

Fairways and Greens

Posted Monday, July 30th, 2012 04:03 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Links at 4:03 PM

http://fairwaysandgreens.com/articles/959-fortune-ate-fun-for-golfers

Originally published by DK on July 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

A Beacon from 1909

Posted Monday, July 30th, 2012 02:40 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 2:40 PM

Lift Bridge Channel Light, Duluth, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Is it live?

Posted Monday, July 30th, 2012 02:36 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 2:36 PM

Got quality and skill both beyond belief…

Originally published by DK on July 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Week Two Training Update

Posted Monday, July 30th, 2012 01:14 pm GMT -5 in Marathons,Running at 1:14 PM

Week two is in the books and things are progressing nicely (as the graph above shows). The knee felt a little off this week, but still far from anything I’d consider painful. Heels are still sore (I’m sure the standing desk routine isn’t helping with that), but the stretches feel good and I’m just glad to be building up mileage again.

Only other note from this week of training was a reminder of the importance to remain flexible with scheduling. So many people get stressed out by having to miss a day or changing things up, but life happens. I didn’t follow the plan exactly this week, but still ended up doing all of the miles eventually.

30 miles on tap for this week…

Originally published by DK on July 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Duluth Needs Your Help

Posted Monday, July 30th, 2012 09:39 am GMT -5 in Links at 9:39 AM

http://www.unitedwayduluth.org/LongtermFloodRecoveryFund.aspx

Originally published by DK on July 30, 2012 at 9:39 am

Greatest Voices of Rock and Roll

Posted Sunday, July 29th, 2012 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music at 3:43 PM

I don’t know about that title, but Paul, Peter, Tommy and their pals put on a pretty good show last night at Fortune Bay in Tower, Minnesota. The crowd was older (as expected), but everyone seemed to really get into it, highlighted by the audience participation during I’m Henery the Eighth, I Am.

Other song highlights included Hanky Panky, Crimson and Clover, I Think We’re Alone Now and the potentially troublesome Indian Reservation (with the lyrics changed to Chippewa Nation).

I shot the meet and greet before the show and continued shooting during all three acts (see after the jump or visit the Fortune Bay Facebook page). Peter Noone and Paul Revere both signed autographs after their sets and everyone seemed friendly.

Attendance for the show was around 1600 and Lynyrd Skynyrd is up next on August 11.

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

In Her Music Box

Posted Sunday, July 29th, 2012 03:11 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:11 PM

…it makes her Daddy laugh, it’s her magic trick…

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Friendly faces in the beer tent

Posted Sunday, July 29th, 2012 03:09 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends at 3:09 PM

The Greatest Voices of Rock and Roll concert, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Doesn’t get much better than this

Posted Saturday, July 28th, 2012 09:12 am GMT -5 in Running at 9:12 AM

Duluth Lakewalk Trail, Duluth, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

Steve and His Pony

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 11:32 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Wildlife at 11:32 PM

Steve at the Children’s Barn, St. Louis County Fair, Chisholm, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

E.B. White

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 11:30 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Reading at 11:30 PM

A fair is a rat’s paradise.

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Ely Blueberry Festival 2012

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 11:02 pm GMT -5 in Family at 11:02 PM

Lynn, Mom and Dad, Ely Blueberry Festival, Ely, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Kid two’s favorite at the county fair

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 10:43 pm GMT -5 in Wildlife at 10:43 PM

Baby pig, St. Louis County Fair, Chisholm, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Ate way more of this than I care to admit

Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2012 10:08 pm GMT -5 in Food at 10:08 PM

Sausage and pepperoni pizza, Vermilion Club, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Hole-in-three

Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2012 03:18 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:18 PM

The infamous 18th hole at Pier 77 Mini Golf, Lake Vermilion, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

sudo is assumed

Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2012 10:07 am GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Technology at 10:07 AM

http://krypted.com/mac-os-x-server/changes-in-mountain-lion-server/

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

Love Shack

Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2012 09:30 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:30 AM

Tin roof, rusted.

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

It Goes to Eleven

Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2012 09:17 am GMT -5 in Golf at 9:17 AM

I received an email about the Links100 people giving away a trip to the Ryder Cup at Medinah, which reminded me that I did actually create a favorite courses list on their site. Can’t remember if I wrote about this when I originally made it, so here it is again – my favorite 11 golf courses I’ve played:

  • The Wilderness at Fortune Bay
  • Interlachen
  • Hazeltine National
  • Northland Country Club
  • White Bear Yacht Club
  • Pasatiempo
  • Willingers Golf Club
  • TPC Harding Park
  • We-Ko-Pa (Saguaro)
  • The Classic at Madden’s
  • Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek)

What should I add next?

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

The new cat – so far, so good

Posted Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 11:11 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 11:11 PM

No major issues yet with the upgrade to Mountain Lion

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

Good Lord

Posted Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 09:36 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:36 PM

What language are the tears when they’re fallin’ from your eyes?

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Mission Accomplished

Posted Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 09:28 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 9:28 PM

Jockey from Target, Virginia, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm

The Smell of New Blacktop

Posted Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 02:17 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 2:17 PM

Parking lot resurfacing, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Steve Martin is my hero

Posted Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 08:48 am GMT -5 in Links,Music at 8:48 AM

http://soundcloud.com/wblandre/steve-martin-kevin-nealon

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

Peter Alliss

Posted Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 08:47 am GMT -5 in Golf,Quotes at 8:47 AM

Stay sleeping, son, someday you’ll be overweight. And out of work.

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

Hurray for Kitten!

Posted Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 08:23 am GMT -5 in Friends,Links at 8:23 AM

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

Summer at the Lake

Posted Monday, July 23rd, 2012 11:38 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 11:38 PM

Dinner with Mary, Alex and Steve the Mayor, Birch Point, Lake Vermilion, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Week One Training Report

Posted Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 11:20 pm GMT -5 in Marathons,Running at 11:20 PM

Week one of the Runner’s World training guide that I mentioned here is now in the books. The 25 miles seemed pretty light, but I don’t want to rush things and get hurt again, so I just stuck to what they said to do. The second week is almost exactly the same, so it should be smooth-sailing for now.

The knee seems to be mostly back to normal, but the heels continue to hurt a little. I put the longer shoe laces back on the Kinvaras, as the Boston ones kept coming untied. I also tried the new lacing method Jake referred me to (see here) and it does seem to improve blood circulation. My shins were also a little sore today at the end of nine, but they are fine now.

Happy (and very thankful) to be building up the mileage chart again!

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Beautiful Maria of My Soul

Posted Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 10:37 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:37 PM

Though we’ll always be apart, locked forever in a dream…

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Happy Birthday Gertie Bird!

Posted Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 04:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends at 4:25 PM

Gertie’s First Birthday Party, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Tree Distortion Field

Posted Saturday, July 21st, 2012 10:30 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 10:30 PM

Odd-looking pine trees, Carson Park, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm

The Joker

Posted Saturday, July 21st, 2012 09:30 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:30 PM

I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker…

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Happy 75th Birthday Uncle Bill

Posted Saturday, July 21st, 2012 09:28 pm GMT -5 in Family at 9:28 PM

Uncle Bill with kid one and two, Carson Park, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Ms. Megan Goes to Medtronic

Posted Saturday, July 21st, 2012 12:12 am GMT -5 in Friends at 12:12 AM

Megan’s “Final Appearance” Allina party, Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2012 at 12:12 am

Indiana Jones

Posted Saturday, July 21st, 2012 12:06 am GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 12:06 AM

It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

The Original Pancake House

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2012 10:26 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 10:26 AM

Breakfast with kid two, The Original Pancake House, Edina, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

Minneapolis Hipster

Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012 10:46 pm GMT -5 in Family at 10:46 PM

Kid one at the Walker, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Nice Leaderboard

Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012 10:14 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Links at 10:14 PM

http://scores.theopen.com/en/Leaderboard.aspx

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Adult Fudgesicle

Posted Thursday, July 19th, 2012 09:46 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:46 PM

Fudgesicle with caramel peanut butter and fudge sauce, Gather By D’Amico, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2012 at 9:46 pm

News from the Northland

Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 10:59 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 10:59 PM

I haven’t written many longer posts here lately, but I think I’ll try harder to find something other than pictures, quotes and links to post (although I do still like the flowing columns look of the main 7 Minute Miles page).

Today I received a call from an old friend, which was wonderful. As we caught up, it really hit me how fast time passes and how many things happen before you even realize it. For example, last week was my two year anniversary at Fortune Bay.

Two. Years.

Work continues to be pretty great. Busy, but great. Fortune Bay had put off a lot of capital projects the past few years and everything seems to be happening right now: new roof, carpeting, chairs, slot bases, sidewalks, curbs, parking lot resurfacing, etc. The web site rebranding is going OK, but I still have a lot of work to do adding additional features. We’re busy training in a new team member and starting to plan for a replacement storage system that will be installed late summer.

The summer concert series starts soon, with Tommy James and the Shondells, Paul Revere and the Raiders and Herman’s Hermits on July 28, Lynyrd Skynyrd on August 11 and Larry the Cable Guy on August 31. I’ll likely work the first two, but have a conflict with Larry and Music on a Stick at the Minnesota State Fair.

I realized this week that I haven’t played golf on The Wilderness in a month and a half. That’s partly because the course has been busy, the weather has been hot and I’ve been conserving money. Miss it, but I’ll be back with some guests shortly.

My recent post about marathon training mentioned a schedule that started this week. So far, so good as far as the knee is concerned. My only real concern after two runs is heel pain – I really need to follow the plantar fasciitis exercises better. I’ll leave the fall marathon specifics for a later post, as I need to finalize sponsorship details before I can commit 100% to running this particular race.

The biggest stressor in my life right now relates to the photo of the “for sale” sign I posted last week: a short sale of our home in Eagan. No excuses – we got in this mess and we need a way out. The numbers involved are depressing, the process is long and complicated, it’s hard on the whole family and uncertainty abounds. We have good people helping us, though, and we’ll find a solution.

Another thing I hope I find is my wedding ring. It disappeared sometime this week and damned if I can remember where I had it last. Eternal gratitude and a (very small) reward to anyone who can help me find it (see this post for a photo).

More babble soon…

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I Misunderstood

Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 09:11 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:11 PM

I thought she was saying good luck, she was saying goodbye…

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Closer than Red Rocks

Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 11:59 am GMT -5 in Concerts at 11:59 AM

Atmosphere Fall Tour, Cabooze Outdoors, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

And more Minneapolis

Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 03:35 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links at 3:35 PM

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/best-affordable-restaurants-in-minneapolis

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Beautiful day on Vermilion

Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 01:14 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 1:14 PM

Lily pad in the Fortune Bay Marina, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Marathon Training Plan

Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 11:57 am GMT -5 in Marathons,Running at 11:57 AM

I haven’t really followed a formal marathon training plan since I ran my first one a long, long time ago. I saw this one, though, in a recent Runner’s World magazine and decided I’d give it a try.

The plan gives me Mondays and Thursday off, which is usually when I commute, so that’s perfect. The long runs stay on Sundays, but I can swap those to Saturday as needed and I’m sure I’ll throw in some mountain bike and golf cross-training too.

More on my target fall race once I get things firmed up…

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

Trying to get mine there…

Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 09:04 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 9:04 AM

Ducks in a Row slot machine, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2012 at 9:04 am

Hurray for Minneapolis

Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 08:50 am GMT -5 in Links at 8:50 AM

http://adage.com/article/news/minneapolis-a-midwest-s-marketing-overachiever/236047/

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2012 at 8:50 am

Pizza tastes good

Posted Monday, July 16th, 2012 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:24 PM

Kid one and her cheese pizza, Axel’s Bonfire, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Tried it and liked it

Posted Monday, July 16th, 2012 12:18 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 12:18 PM

http://preyproject.com/

Originally published by DK on July 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Air Conditioned Walking Track

Posted Sunday, July 15th, 2012 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Shopping at 8:47 PM

Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Good Times (Sick Pimpin’)

Posted Sunday, July 15th, 2012 07:52 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 7:52 PM

She keeps the music down, so her neighbors don’t complain; keeps the drama up, so she doesn’t forget the pain…

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm

A Touch of Sweden

Posted Sunday, July 15th, 2012 07:46 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping at 7:46 PM

Kid one and two, IKEA, Bloomington, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Big Ass Fan

Posted Sunday, July 15th, 2012 07:44 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 7:44 PM

Big Ass Fan, IKEA, Bloomington, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

The Sign is Up

Posted Saturday, July 14th, 2012 06:42 am GMT -5 in Personal at 6:42 AM

House for Sale, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

Itchy and Scratchy Marathon

Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2012 08:12 pm GMT -5 in Links,Television at 8:12 PM

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Fifty State Update

Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2012 02:21 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 2:21 PM

No, not the marathon fifty state thing – just the state visit count. I thought I was at 40 out of 50 after visiting Missouri this week, but I guess I’m still at 39, since I’m pretty sure I’ve never actually been to Delaware. Not sure how that got on the visited list…

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Clouseau

Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2012 01:06 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 1:06 PM

That is correct, yes. Chimpanzee minkey…

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Vincent Vega

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 09:39 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 9:39 PM

I don’t think Buddy Holly’s much of a waiter.

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Adios Ameristar

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 09:38 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 9:38 PM

Last day there, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, St. Charles, Missouri

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm

This (Tweetbot for Mac)

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 09:32 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology at 9:32 PM

http://tapbots.com/blog/tweetbot/tweetbot-for-mac

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Where my maintenance contract $ goes

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 12:21 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 12:21 AM

Oasis 360 ice sculpture, Ameristar Resort Casino Spa, St. Charles, Missouri

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

Favorite. Appetizer. Ever.

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 12:12 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 12:12 AM

Macaroni and cheese, topped with smashed Cheez-its and served in a cocktail glass, Ameristar Resort Casino Spa, St. Charles, Missouri

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

Found the Waterworks

Posted Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 12:38 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 12:38 PM

St. Charles Co. Waterworks, Ameristar Resort Casino Spa, St. Charles, Missouri

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Cousin Eddie

Posted Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 11:42 am GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 11:42 AM

I haven’t seen a beatin’ like that since somebody stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose.

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

Shifty McGee

Posted Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 11:36 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 11:36 AM

Clever theming, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, St. Charles, Missouri

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

Only one hand left to get

Posted Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 01:30 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 1:30 AM

Dealt Four Kings, 100 Hand Poker, Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, Missouri

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2012 at 1:30 am

Our Host Site

Posted Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 01:15 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Work at 1:15 AM

Oasis 360 User Conference, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, St. Charles, Missouri

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2012 at 1:15 am

Explore St. Louis, Louis

Posted Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 12:52 am GMT -5 in Travel at 12:52 AM

Visitor information booth, St. Louis Airport, St. Louis, Missouri

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2012 at 12:52 am
 

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