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Anxious for tomorrow

Posted Sunday, March 31st, 2013 08:17 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Links,Music at 8:17 PM

http://www.mnzoo.org/musicinthezoo/

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Stevie Nix

Posted Sunday, March 31st, 2013 06:38 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 6:38 PM

She got high for the first time down by the banks of the Mississippi River. Lord, to be 17 forever…

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Whole family workout

Posted Sunday, March 31st, 2013 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Running at 6:31 PM

The whole family came over to the clubhouse tonight – yay!

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Easter treat

Posted Sunday, March 31st, 2013 01:19 pm GMT -5 in Family at 1:19 PM

Sadie and her Easter bone, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Still too cold

Posted Sunday, March 31st, 2013 10:43 am GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 10:43 AM

Freezing in Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2013 at 10:43 am

Look who’s open

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2013 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:39 PM

The branch office – Grand Ole Creamery Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

The new Uptown is nice

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2013 02:15 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 2:15 PM

…but a little pricey (and I miss sitting in the balcony with the whole family).

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Best. App. Ever.

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2013 01:21 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:21 PM

Buffalo Chips, The Lowry Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I’ll take at least two

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2013 01:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:02 PM

The specials at The Lowry, Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Pete Campbell

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2013 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 12:50 PM

Why do they get to decide what happens?

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Uptown Kicks

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2013 12:49 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 12:49 PM

Kid one wearin’ moccasins that others have been walkin’ in

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Trying out The Lowry

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2013 12:43 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:43 PM

Lunch at The Lowry, Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Happy Easter from myVegas

Posted Saturday, March 30th, 2013 11:04 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Technology at 11:04 AM

Finally won the 50,000 chip bonus

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

Full house at Zantigo

Posted Friday, March 29th, 2013 12:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:04 PM

Lunch with kid one, Woodbury, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Rocky Valentine

Posted Friday, March 29th, 2013 10:23 am GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 10:23 AM

A chick that won’t quit…

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

Grand Marais Sign Repair

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2013 11:26 pm GMT -5 in History,Links at 11:26 PM

http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Gunflint-Trail-Entry-Sign-Repair

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

John Lennon

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2013 02:26 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 2:26 PM

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted…

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Skeet Skeet on the loose

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2013 02:22 pm GMT -5 in Family at 2:22 PM

Bird swag

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

The purple flash

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2013 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Running,Sports at 12:15 PM

Kid two trying the elliptical for the first time, Clubhouse exercise room, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Goodbye warmth

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 5:22 PM

Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Geezer Crossing Ahead

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 02:33 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Travel at 2:33 PM

Sun City, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Beautiful day in the sun

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 01:45 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 1:45 PM

Sun City, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Look who I found

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 11:40 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:40 AM

Alex and Steve the Mayor, Sun City, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

Alice’s Place

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 12:09 am GMT -5 in Personal at 12:09 AM

Alice Cooperstown, Raving Party, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2013 at 12:09 am

Charcuterie

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 12:06 am GMT -5 in Food,Personal,Travel at 12:06 AM

The Arrogant Butcher, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2013 at 12:06 am

The Arrogant Butcher

Posted Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 12:04 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:04 AM

Thumbs up, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2013 at 12:04 am

Every other ad in Arizona

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 07:33 pm GMT -5 in Links,Politics,Television at 7:33 PM

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/104259/they-took-our-jobs

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Public Art

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 07:01 pm GMT -5 in Art,Travel at 7:01 PM

Sculpture in the Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Held

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 06:38 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Work at 6:38 PM

Video poker at IGT, Indian Gaming 2013, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Tradeshow Ribbon Cutting

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 11:52 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel,Work at 11:52 AM

Indian Gaming 2013, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

Outdoor breakfast

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 10:23 am GMT -5 in Personal at 10:23 AM

Steve’s Green House Grill, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 10:23 am

Late night calorie recovery

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 12:55 am GMT -5 in Biking,Running at 12:55 AM

Stay Fit at Hyatt, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 12:55 am

Final – Wings 3, Yotes 2

Posted Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 12:23 am GMT -5 in Hockey,Travel at 12:23 AM

Suite 1213 @ Jobing.com Arena

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 12:23 am

Suite ice in the desert

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 08:21 pm GMT -5 in History,Travel at 8:21 PM

Coyotes-Red Wings at Jobing.com Arena, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 8:21 pm

These guys are still here

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 04:02 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 4:02 PM

Piggy sand sculptures, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Beautiful day in Phoenix

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 02:36 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 2:36 PM

18th floor, Hyatt Regency, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Time for work

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 10:51 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 10:51 AM

Indian Gaming 2013, Phoenix, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

H.I.

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 12:41 am GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 12:41 AM

I tried to stand up and fly straight, but it wasn’t easy with that sumbitch Reagan in the White House…

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 12:41 am

Who took that one?

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 12:36 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 12:36 AM

A candid golf shot from Anderson, third hole, Cattail Course, Whirlwind Golf Club, Chandler, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 12:36 am

Cool as ice

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 12:34 am GMT -5 in Personal at 12:34 AM

Ice sculpture at the NIGA welcome reception, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 12:34 am

Cactus sighting

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 12:33 am GMT -5 in Golf,Travel at 12:33 AM

Whirlwind Golf Club, Chandler, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 12:33 am

Tee markers

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 12:31 am GMT -5 in Golf,Travel at 12:31 AM

Cattail Course at Whirlwind Golf Club, Chandler, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 12:31 am

My favorite hole today

Posted Monday, March 25th, 2013 12:28 am GMT -5 in Golf,Travel at 12:28 AM

The par three fifteenth “Horn Toad,” Cattail Course, Whirlwind Golf Club, Chandler, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2013 at 12:28 am

The results are in

Posted Sunday, March 24th, 2013 11:56 pm GMT -5 in Running at 11:56 PM

http://allarizonarunningevents.com/2012_Results/Chasing%20the%20Sun%202013.htm

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm

And now a little golf

Posted Sunday, March 24th, 2013 12:22 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 12:22 PM

Vice Chairman’s Tournament, Whirlwind Golf Club Cattail Course, Chandler, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Chased the Sun

Posted Sunday, March 24th, 2013 11:35 am GMT -5 in Personal at 11:35 AM

Chasing the Sun 7K, 29:30 (7:17 pace), Phoenix , Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

Fiesta says no thanks

Posted Sunday, March 24th, 2013 01:44 am GMT -5 in Travel at 1:44 AM

Overpriced watering the desert, Hyatt Regency, Phoeniz, Arizona

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2013 at 1:44 am

Raising Arizona

Posted Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 08:44 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 8:44 PM

We figured there was too much happiness here for just the two of us, so we figured the next logical step was to have us a critter…

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

We have equipment

Posted Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 08:34 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 8:34 PM

Delta flight 1717, MSP-PHX

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Ike’s on Concourse F

Posted Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 08:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:08 PM

The new Ike’s at MSP

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Dinner at Union Rooftop

Posted Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 04:03 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 4:03 PM

Last night we decided to take the whole family to an early dinner at one of the new Minneapolis hot spots, Union. Located on the corner of the former Shinders at Hennepin and eighth, you have the option of either the first floor bar and dining room or the third floor rooftop – which was what we reserved for 5:15. That was really early, but we also got to enjoy an incredible amount of sunshine during our meal. The hostess said they hope to have the sliding glass roof open by the end of April.

Here are most of the items we selected off the menu:

  • Donut holes savory with shallots, bacon, & vasterbotten cheese 6
  • Assorted Seasonal Cheeses with Preserves & Walnut Bread 16
  • Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Egg & Garlic Brioche Crumble 9
  • Crispy Chicken with Smoked Bacon, Poached Egg, Frisée Salad & Creamy Grits 19
  • Skirt Steak Frites with Porcini Béarnaise 22
  • Grilled Rainbow Trout with Smoked Ham and Artichoke Chips 22
  • Union Manhattan – cognac, carbonated cocchi barolo chinato, bitters
  • PersianPussyCat – pomegranate gin, orange, vanilla, rose
  • Sorbets and pineapple upside-down cake

I was a little concerned our youngest, pickiest eater wouldn’t try anything, but she did great with the cheese tray and the chicken. Drinks were really good, but I was disappointed with the donut holes (which every review I’ve read rave about). The rest of my meal was great, though: adding poached egg to a Caesar salad was brilliant and the crispy chicken was similar in presentation to the one at Borough (but different with the grits instead of buttery mashed potatoes).

Speaking of Borough, it seemed to me that these two restaurants have similar goals, but execute them a little differently (and perhaps towards different clientele). Colleen thought the music at Union was aimed towards a demographic a little older than us, but I’m pretty sure my old self is squarely in the group they try to please. Borough’s music was much hipper, with barely a hint of classic rock.

As you can see from the prices, they were reasonable for the type of restaurant Union strives to be. The atmosphere on the rooftop was lovely and I’d really like to see it at night too (preferably with the roof open and temps in the 70s). Service was very good from all staff we had contact with and included an actual “de-crumbing” and refolding of napkins when people in our group left the table to wash hands.

We walked through the first floor area to get to the elevator and I thought the vibe was pretty cool – high ceiling, industrial warehouse feel and Rube Goldberg-like connected ceiling fans reminiscent of those at the Raffles Long Bar in Singapore. The elevator is very slow and doesn’t hold many people, so prepare for a potential bottleneck there when it’s busy.

Very nice evening at yet another strong dining choice in the Twin Cities…

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Where’s the limo?

Posted Friday, March 22nd, 2013 08:32 pm GMT -5 in Photography at 8:32 PM

Alley behind the old Dayton’s ramp, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Lunch with an old friend

Posted Friday, March 22nd, 2013 03:11 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 3:11 PM

Lunch with Mark Basel at Tavern in France, Edina, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Dowager Countess

Posted Friday, March 22nd, 2013 10:19 am GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 10:19 AM

Edith, you are a lady! Not Toad of Toad Hall…

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

And something new

Posted Thursday, March 21st, 2013 05:24 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:24 PM

Which Wich, Cliff Road, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Something different

Posted Thursday, March 21st, 2013 01:54 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:54 PM

America’s Roast Beef, Yes Sir!

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Judas Priest

Posted Thursday, March 21st, 2013 11:06 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:06 AM

Breaking the law, breaking the law…

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2013 at 11:06 am

Yes Please

Posted Thursday, March 21st, 2013 10:41 am GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 10:41 AM

Phoenix Forecast

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

It’s Smucker’s Good

Posted Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 12:39 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 12:39 PM

Tamarack, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Golfweek 2013 Best MN Courses

Posted Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 04:05 am GMT -5 in Golf at 4:05 AM

Golfweek’s 2013 Best Courses You Can Play list is out and here are the Minnesota rankings:

  • 1) Wilderness at Fortune Bay
  • 2) Giants Ridge (Quarry)
  • 3) Deacon’s Lodge
  • 4) Dacotah Ridge
  • 5) StoneRidge
  • 6) Meadows at Mystic Lake
  • 7) Jewel GC
  • 8) The Classic at Madden’s
  • 9) Rush Creek
  • 10) The Preserve at Grand View Lodge

We’re number one! We’re number one!

Played all of them, with the exception of numbers three and seven. Add those two to the list of golf goals for this season…

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2013 at 4:05 am

So sad the treadmill is gone

Posted Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 09:22 pm GMT -5 in Running at 9:22 PM

Out for repair…

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Getting Noticed

Posted Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 04:25 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Theater at 4:25 PM

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/blogs/199043511.html

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

March 18, 2013 at 10:20pm

Posted Monday, March 18th, 2013 10:21 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 10:21 PM

Fortune Bay pool, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Words. Words. Words.

Posted Monday, March 18th, 2013 08:48 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Running at 8:48 PM

My site has become heavily weighted towards photos, quotes and links lately – sorry to all of you who prefer actual words and stories. I’ve been inspired, though, by people like Charlie Parr and projects like Scintilla and Reverb, where people like Kat and Meredith (whom I’ve never met in real life) write fascinating stories that I love to read. I’m also inspired by other runner/writers like Susan, Jean and Courtenay (one of whom I have actually met), who write posts that help me set new running goals, find new places to eat and visit and provide perspective on life in general.

Words have this nasty habit of getting me in trouble, but I need to write to organize my thoughts, share with others and stay sane. While I have no trouble speaking face to face now (not always the case), writing is something that I can massage, edit and tweak until I feel it’s just right. So let’s see where this goes…

I almost feel a bit like Garrison Keillor talking about last week in Lake Wobegon – it’s been a long winter on Lake Vermilion and I get the impression that even the snowmobilers are ready for it to end. Yesterday’s low was -26F, however, and my commute today from the Twin Cities was foiled by 6-10 inches of new, (nearly) Spring snow. I would positively be insane by now if not for the business trip I have booked for next week in Phoenix (conference here, hotel here and golf here).

Work has been terribly stressful the past few weeks – lots of drama, political intrique and a big system upgrade scheduled for later this week that I’m hoping doesn’t go sideways. The trade show next week looks to have a number of good presentations scheduled and I’ll be playing in a golf tournament with our tribal chairman and CEO on Sunday at one of the best courses in Arizona. All that, plus free drinks – what could possibly go wrong?

I’ve not done a great job managing email or personal projects lately – the work inbox sits at 351 messages and my personal email is at 32. Add in the move to the new townhouse and a looming tax deadline and you have the recipe for stress overload. Unpacking, web projects for friends (TM, BSP, BK, DS – haven’t forgot about you all, promise!) and trying to keep up with a haphazard training schedule while not getting sick has been a challenge.

Speaking of training, I now have three official races lined up: Get in Gear 10K, TC 1 Mile and the Twin Cities Marathon. With New York likely out of the picture, I’d still like to add another long race, but I’ll have to see how the money goes. Deadwood and the Goofy Challenge are high on the list, but both come with large price tags.

On the advice of Jake, I registered for my first MinneBar today. It’s free and I was informed Mr. Edge will be there, so it must be good. I have an idea for a new project, so maybe if I listen to people way smarter than me, it will give me a little push in the right direction.

Until next time…

FrozenJack

Update: looks like I will be golfing here instead of We-Ko-Pa.

Originally published by DK on March 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

The work pantry

Posted Monday, March 18th, 2013 04:27 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:27 PM

Trying some new non-refrigerated stuff

Originally published by DK on March 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I miss Barbary Coast

Posted Monday, March 18th, 2013 03:32 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Links,Travel at 3:32 PM

http://lasvegasblog.harrahs.com/las-vegas-casinos/bills-gambling-hall-saloon/bills-to-re-open-as-gansevoort-las-vegas-after-185-million-renovation/

Originally published by DK on March 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Highway 33

Posted Monday, March 18th, 2013 11:54 am GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 11:54 AM

So lame – Cloquet, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

Old school coins

Posted Monday, March 18th, 2013 07:17 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 7:17 AM

Nickel Joker Poker, Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 18, 2013 at 7:17 am

It’s a classic

Posted Sunday, March 17th, 2013 09:19 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 9:19 PM

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/1552422/richard-thompson-discusses-songwriting-new-album-at-sxsw

Originally published by DK on March 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Luck of the Irish

Posted Sunday, March 17th, 2013 04:35 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 4:35 PM

Finally! Only took about 5,000 spins to win this on St. Patrick’s Day, myVegas on Facebook

Originally published by DK on March 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm
 

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