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We make you smile

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 10:22 PM

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Highland Park, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Suck My Kiss

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 03:39 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:39 PM

Should have been, could have been, would have been dead. If I didn’t get a message goin’ thru’ my head. I am what I am…

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Lunch at the new place

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 11:42 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:42 AM

Fika, American Swedish Institue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2012 at 11:42 am

Waiting for the Peppers

Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 08:27 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 8:27 PM

The whole family at the Red Hot Chili Peppers show at Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Does that make me a god?

Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 06:10 pm GMT -5 in Links,Movies at 6:10 PM

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Need a scraper, stat

Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 09:19 am GMT -5 in Cars,Nature at 9:19 AM

Hard frost on the Fit, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

Wouldn’t want to be Mary

Posted Monday, October 29th, 2012 05:26 pm GMT -5 in Links,Marathons,Running at 5:26 PM

http://www.nyrr.org/newsroom/nyrr-news-service/wittenberg-time-on-our-side-with-hurricane

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

An Open Letter To NYC

Posted Monday, October 29th, 2012 01:07 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 1:07 AM

Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten. From the Battery to the top of Manhattan…

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2012 at 1:07 am

New York City 2012

Posted Monday, October 29th, 2012 01:01 am GMT -5 in Food,Marathons,Running,Travel at 1:01 AM

It will seem like a miracle if I actually get to finish line of the New York City Marathon next Sunday. First it took me three years to get picked in the lottery. Then the year I get picked, I have no money and get my first injury in 17 years of racing. And now here comes Hurricane Sandy to wreck havoc on race and travel logistics.

I originally planned to find sponsors to help with the money part, but each plan fell through one way or another. Unfortunately the whole family won’t be coming with, but thanks to my parents and some kind friends who live in New York, kid two gets to join me on the adventure. I also had enough frequent flier points to get a free ticket from Delta, which helped a lot.

My knee has felt much better since I switched back to a more padded shoe (my red Mizuno Wave Rider 15s), so I’m hopeful that won’t be an issue. I’ve stuck with the Runner’s World training program for the past 15 weeks and have only missed two workouts. In fact, my mileage chart the past two months has been the highest it’s ever been, peaking at nearly 190 miles in September.

I’m not sure if a PR is in the cards given the uncertainty with my knee, but it wouldn’t surprise me either. I’d love a 3:45, but anything under 4 would be wonderful at this point. I’ll be wearing bib number 27466 and start in orange wave #2, corral #27. There is a “track my runner” feature available, but it looks like they actually charge for it. Live race coverage will also be available nationwide on ESPN2 from 8am-11:30am central.

Weather pending, the kid and I will fly out on Halloween morning and spend the first half of the trip at the Yotel New York City at 570 Tenth Avenue (West 42nd Street). It’s near Times Square and the race expo, so that should be perfect. Hoping to get discounted tickets to see Peter and the Starcatcher on Thursday night and visit MoMA on Friday night (Target free day).

On Saturday, we switch to the other side of Manhattan and check in at The Pod Hotel 51 at 230 East 51st Street, near the United Nations. That night we will have pasta dinner at Alfredos of Rome in Rockefeller Center, which I am super excited about (it was my favorite restaurant at EPCOT before it shut down in 2007).

I’m supposed to take the Staten Island Ferry to the start of the race, which runs through all five boroughs (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan) and finishes in Central Park (race map here). My wave starts at 10:05am eastern and who knows what the weather will be like.

If everything works out, we will have a day and a half of sightseeing after the race, flying back on Tuesday night. I’d like to visit the Statue of Liberty on Monday and whatever else we missed before the race (Empire State Building, B&H).

Now back to watching the weather forecasts…

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2012 at 1:01 am

The Black Bear Monster Burger

Posted Sunday, October 28th, 2012 08:45 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 8:45 PM

Don actually made it half way – the 2lb, 14oz burger at Seven Fires Steakhouse, Black Bear Casino Resort, Cloquet, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm

My plan for 12 outside is slipping away

Posted Sunday, October 28th, 2012 10:46 am GMT -5 in Nature at 10:46 AM

It just keeps coming down, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

Totally unprepared for this

Posted Sunday, October 28th, 2012 07:48 am GMT -5 in Cars,Nature at 7:48 AM

Woke up to several inches of snow – first time for the Fit, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

Strength does not come from physical capacity

Posted Saturday, October 27th, 2012 03:27 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 3:27 PM

The new NetApp SAN has been racked at work

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Ministry

Posted Saturday, October 27th, 2012 02:32 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 2:32 PM

Why are you dressed like it’s Halloween? You look so absurd, you look so obscene…

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Cold inside and out

Posted Saturday, October 27th, 2012 02:27 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 2:27 PM

The tent for Hairball Halloween, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Keep Calm and Carry On

Posted Saturday, October 27th, 2012 06:01 am GMT -5 in Family,Work at 6:01 AM

Work Halloween party costume, with makeup by kid one

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2012 at 6:01 am

Stockholm Syndrome

Posted Friday, October 26th, 2012 10:46 pm GMT -5 in Food at 10:46 PM

That’s what I had (and it was great), but you really can’t go wrong with any of these, Marvel Bar, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

TBF continues to impress

Posted Friday, October 26th, 2012 10:16 pm GMT -5 in Food at 10:16 PM

Pork sausage, toasted farro, wine-plumped cherries, pickled cucumber, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Such a great song

Posted Friday, October 26th, 2012 11:01 am GMT -5 in Links,Music at 11:01 AM

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

I think something might be wrong with dad

Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2012 10:06 pm GMT -5 in Television at 10:06 PM

Frozen Randy, South Park’s “A Nightmare on Face Time”

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Bird of Sorrow

Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2012 04:26 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 4:26 PM

You’ve squandered more than you could borrow, you’ve bet your joys on all tomorrows…

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Still too many

Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2012 04:25 pm GMT -5 in Music at 4:25 PM

The remains after several garage sales and trips to Cheapos

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

Too bad we gave away all of our rakes

Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2012 01:50 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 1:50 PM

The maple tree in back has finished shedding, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm

John Waters

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Quotes at 1:53 PM

I would never want to live anywhere but Baltimore.

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Where did the rest of that building go?

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 01:40 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 1:40 PM

The William Donald Schaefer Building, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Should’ve ordered the small

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 12:29 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:29 PM

Wisconsin Mac & Cheese with Chicken (1300+ calories), Noodles & Company, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Adios Micros

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 10:00 am GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 10:00 AM

Last day of the Micros Users Conference, Hyatt Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2012 at 10:00 am

McNulty

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 08:44 am GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 8:44 AM

I wonder what it feels like to work in a real police department?

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

The transition to white has begun

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 08:38 am GMT -5 in Links,Skiing at 8:38 AM

http://www.schweitzer.com/

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

Fiesta feels right at home by the harbor

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 08:33 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 8:33 AM

Fiesta visits the Hyatt Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

Chains aren’t all bad

Posted Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 01:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:22 PM

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Lester Freamon

Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 09:45 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 9:45 PM

A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It’s the shit that happens while you’re waiting for moments that never come.

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Nice menu for a conference event

Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 09:21 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:21 PM

Dinner menu, Micros Users Conference, Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Here Be Dragons

Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 05:54 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 5:54 PM

Dragon Water Boats, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Incapable of being fatigued

Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 01:21 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 1:21 PM

The Baltimore inner harbor water taxi “Indefatigable”

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Bunk Moreland

Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 12:25 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 12:25 PM

You happy now, bitch?

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Sloop-of-war

Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 12:21 pm GMT -5 in History,Travel at 12:21 PM

USS Constellation, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Ride the Seadog

Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 06:21 am GMT -5 in Travel at 6:21 AM

Seadog Speedboat Tours, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2012 at 6:21 am

The Sign

Posted Sunday, October 21st, 2012 08:25 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 8:25 PM

Domino Sugars, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Omar

Posted Sunday, October 21st, 2012 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 8:24 PM

All in the game yo, all in the game.

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

The view from the Hyatt

Posted Sunday, October 21st, 2012 08:05 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 8:05 PM

Inner Harbor, 7th floor, Hyatt Regency, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Elevation zero feet

Posted Sunday, October 21st, 2012 06:52 pm GMT -5 in Running at 6:52 PM

Garmin map from today’s harbor run, Baltimore, Maryland

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm

MICROS Users Conference

Posted Sunday, October 21st, 2012 09:28 am GMT -5 in Links,Technology,Work at 9:28 AM

https://webapps.micros.com/muc/

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

My ride to Baltimore

Posted Sunday, October 21st, 2012 09:25 am GMT -5 in Travel at 9:25 AM

Delta flight #2081, MSP-BWI, Airbus 320, Gate C5, Terminal 1

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

Burrell

Posted Sunday, October 21st, 2012 07:35 am GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 7:35 AM

It’s Baltimore, gentlemen; the Gods will not save you.

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2012 at 7:35 am

Behind this door lies some awesome chips

Posted Saturday, October 20th, 2012 11:42 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:42 PM

Back door, Anchor Fish and Chips, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Happy Birthday, King George

Posted Saturday, October 20th, 2012 06:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:48 PM

Cousin George’s Birthday Cake, Hudson, Wisconsin

Originally published by DK on October 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm

The fish has a new pool

Posted Friday, October 19th, 2012 09:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 9:47 PM

Kid two at Bluewater Aquatic Center, Apple Valley, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Everyday People

Posted Friday, October 19th, 2012 06:26 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 6:26 PM

Different strokes for different folks and so on and so on and scooby dooby doo…

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Dewey’s Cafe

Posted Friday, October 19th, 2012 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Family at 6:04 PM

Kid two, Dewey’s Cafe, Wescott Library, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Art from my twentieth birthday

Posted Thursday, October 18th, 2012 09:58 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 9:58 PM

TODAY series, artist On Kawara, 1989, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

The spoon at night

Posted Thursday, October 18th, 2012 09:38 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 9:38 PM

Kid one and two, Walker Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Time for an upgrade

Posted Thursday, October 18th, 2012 10:57 am GMT -5 in Technology at 10:57 AM

My new work phone has arrived

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2012 at 10:57 am

Virginia Woolf

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Food,Quotes at 12:50 PM

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Originally published by DK on October 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

The covers are on at The Wilderness

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 12:45 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:45 PM

That didn’t take long – eleventh green, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I need a new turntable

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 12:36 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 12:36 PM

http://www.recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

Originally published by DK on October 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Tamarack Favorite #2

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 12:24 PM

Club Sandwich with fries, Tamarack Restaurant, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

A Prairie Home Companion

Posted Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 10:34 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Theater at 10:34 AM

I know there are some people who don’t like A Prairie Home Companion, but you have to admire the longevity and Americana that is live radio. Plus the show put the Fitzgerald and my hometown of St. Paul on the map and introduced me to a lot of music I wouldn’t otherwise hear. Last Saturday was no exception:

In addition to the guests, there was the usual music from Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, which included an awesome cover of Louis Armstong’s What a Wonderful World by Pat Donohue.

This was the first show I had seen in person since Tom Keith passed away, so it was weird to see Steve Kramer from The Wallets doing sound effects with Tim Russell and Sue Scott.

Garrison Keillor has had several skits in the past that hit home for me and he did it again during Tales from Lake Wobegon, we he started talking about the old English teacher visiting the casino.

Good stuff.

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

It’s up to Walt to call a halt

Posted Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 09:52 am GMT -5 in Links,Pop Culture at 9:52 AM

http://www.retronaut.co/2012/10/disney-artists-strike/

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

That’s levitation holmes

Posted Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 09:43 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 9:43 AM

How ’bout the power of flight? That do anything for ya?

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

It’s been way too long, my friend

Posted Monday, October 15th, 2012 08:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:22 PM

Medium pepperoni pizza, Vermilion Club, Lake Vermilion, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Squirrel Murphy

Posted Monday, October 15th, 2012 08:18 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 8:18 PM

Now that’s a girl I could take advantage of…

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Halloween Spirit at the Bay

Posted Monday, October 15th, 2012 04:41 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 4:41 PM

Gift Shop Witchy Poo, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm

One of my least favorite days

Posted Monday, October 15th, 2012 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:39 PM

First closed day of the season, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Get Down with P.O.S.

Posted Monday, October 15th, 2012 02:30 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 2:30 PM

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/14451-get-down-ft-mike-mictlan/

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

The First 10,000 Miles

Posted Monday, October 15th, 2012 01:40 pm GMT -5 in Cars at 1:40 PM

Today the odometer on the Fit passed 10,000 miles, so I thought I’d post my initial experience with “Little Red”:

  • Gas mileage has ranged from 33 to 38, depending on how much city driving I did.
  • I wish the tank was a little bigger – I need to refill too often (but each visit to the gas station is much cheaper than the MINI).
  • The pattern on the cloth seats seems to be a trash magnet – very hard to keep them looking clean.
  • The iPod integration is great – I’ve even figured out how to jump to albums, artists and playlists.
  • Two things I miss from the MINI: 1) an outside temperature gauge and 2) heated front seats.
  • Love having enough room for my golf clubs in the trunk and still having space for five people in the car.
  • The windshield cracked in a major way after a teeny, tiny rock (or grain of sand) hit the “one in a million” spot below the wiper blade, but insurance replaced it with real factory glass.
  • The oil change light came on today, saying the oil life was at 15%.

Curious to see how it does in the snow, which I’m sure will be here any day now…

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

That’s It That’s All

Posted Sunday, October 14th, 2012 03:57 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:57 PM

Well I’m a freaky streaker like Winnie the Pooh, T-shirt and no pants and I dance the bugaloo…

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Post-run reward/football fare

Posted Sunday, October 14th, 2012 03:54 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:54 PM

Feeling a little guilty, but it was 22 miles

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

The traditional sarcastic dance

Posted Sunday, October 14th, 2012 03:07 pm GMT -5 in Links,Television at 3:07 PM

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/tech-talk-iphone-5/1420759/

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

That’s a big bowl of cheese

Posted Saturday, October 13th, 2012 11:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 11:24 PM

Kid two at the pasta bar, Trattoria da Vinci, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm
 

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