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New Dan Wilson Single

Posted Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 11:31 am GMT -5 in Links,Music at 11:31 AM

http://blog.thecurrent.org/2013/10/dan-wilson-debuts-new-single-disappearing/

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2013 at 11:31 am

Navin R. Johnson

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 09:22 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 9:22 PM

Lord loves a workin’ man; don’t trust whitey; see a doctor and get rid of it…

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Chef’s new deli burger

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 06:42 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 6:42 PM

Thumbs up

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm

The bat cave

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 12:18 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Work at 12:18 PM

In the rafters above the casino

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Prepping for HD

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 12:16 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Technology,Television at 12:16 PM

DirectTV satellite dishes up on the roof

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

So sad (although too cold to play)

Posted Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 12:15 PM

The tarps are on at The Wilderness

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

The rib special

Posted Monday, October 28th, 2013 07:33 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 7:33 PM

$9.99 with players club card, Grand Grill Americana, Grand Casino Hinckley

Originally published by DK on October 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm

The best stories start here

Posted Monday, October 28th, 2013 07:27 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 7:27 PM

…I just haven’t had any yet.

Originally published by DK on October 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm

2013 Monster Dash Half

Posted Monday, October 28th, 2013 02:10 pm GMT -5 in Running at 2:10 PM

When I signed up for the 2013 Monster Dash half marathon, it was with the intent of running fast enough to keep my corral one option for Twin Cities, since my last Monster time in 2009 was about to expire. Turns out I qualified for corral one with my last marathon time (and again this year), so I didn’t really need to run it after all. I did want to see the new St. Paul course, though, and the weather turned out to be very nice for late October.

For a course that supposedly has a 400-foot net drop, it seemed pretty hilly in spots. Going backwards on Summit is pretty cool, but I’m still not wild about that stretch along Shepard Road. Parking worked out well for me and was just like going to a Wild game. Too bad so many others got stuck in traffic, causing the 10 minute delay in the start. The race is chip-timed, though, so I don’t really think they had to do that (especially with the cold wind making people who got there on time suffer).

I really didn’t think I was in any condition to run a PR, given the lack of mileage since TCM. My half PR from 2009 seemed too fast to beat, but I found the 1:40 pacer and started the race with her. After a mile or two, I found the pace comfortable and pushed ahead of that group (hoping I wouldn’t get caught later). I did OK with splits for most of the race, trying to keep them around 7:30:

  • 7:22, 7:27, 7:32, 7:16, 7:13, 7:35, 7:29, 7:28, 7:31, 7:38, 7:37, 7:55, 7:21

That twelfth mile almost did me in and I really had to push hard on mile thirteen to get the 35 second PR. I’m not really sure what happened that mile either – no big hills and just a little headwind. In any case, very happy I didn’t lose it.

Physically, this was a tough race, as I felt something in my right leg around mile six and felt pretty sore the next day. It all seems better now that I finally got some rest. Hoping to get in a few light treadmill workouts this week, as I try not to do a two month taper leading into Disney.

This has been a great running year for me. As I tweeted earlier, the run log shows PRs in every distance except for the 5K (which I missed by 45 seconds). The one mile, 10K, half and marathon marks all got updated in 2013 – hurray for aging! And the best part is I feel like there is still room for improvement across the board.

Onward to 2014…

Originally published by DK on October 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Nice room

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2013 06:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:10 PM

The basement at Burch with kid two and the old lady, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Walk on the Wild Side (RIP Lou)

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2013 02:41 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 2:41 PM

Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets, looking for soul food and a place to eat…

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Worth the drive

Posted Sunday, October 27th, 2013 02:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 2:35 PM

Kid two (the fish) at her latest swim meet (in lane 7)

Originally published by DK on October 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

M Doughty Plays Soul Coughing

Posted Saturday, October 26th, 2013 06:09 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music at 6:09 PM

Fun show last night at First Avenue with Terry to see Mike Doughty play songs from Ruby Vroom, Irresistible Bliss and El Oso. I thought he was going to play all three albums in their entirety, but I’m pretty sure that didn’t happen (don’t have the set list to confirm). He started right at 9:15 and I think we were out the door by 11, so that doesn’t seem like enough time for three whole albums.

Some of the songs were “reimagined” a bit, but overall it was a very familiar show for fans of Soul Coughing. I had seen them once at First Ave and I’ve seen him solo once or twice, but there were a number of songs I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard live before. My all time favorite Soul Coughing song is Screenwriter’s Blues, which he played by himself (and with an awesome sounding turntable as backup).

The drummer and standing bass player were both very good on the other songs and Doughty seemed to be having lots of fun riffing wildly on guitar at times and playing around with lots of electronic triggers and drum pads on a couple songs. He also knew exactly where he was, citing Uptown and St. Paul during Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago. Yay, Shelbyville!

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm

The Trip to Pirate’s Cove

Posted Saturday, October 26th, 2013 03:07 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:07 PM

She was a part of my heart, now she’s just a line in my face…

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Kid one makeup

Posted Saturday, October 26th, 2013 01:42 pm GMT -5 in Holidays at 1:42 PM

Off to work the Fortune Bay Halloween contest

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Screenwriter’s Blues

Posted Saturday, October 26th, 2013 12:26 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 12:26 AM

It is 5 am and you are listening to Los Angeles…

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

I’ve got balls

Posted Friday, October 25th, 2013 11:06 am GMT -5 in Golf at 11:06 AM

Team Titleist “TEST” golf balls

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser

Posted Friday, October 25th, 2013 01:43 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music at 1:43 AM

Blue Öyster Cult under the big top at Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2013 at 1:43 am

Whatever, Minnesota

Posted Friday, October 25th, 2013 01:32 am GMT -5 in Cars,Weather at 1:32 AM

It’s time, I guess…

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2013 at 1:32 am

The set list

Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2013 08:00 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music at 8:00 PM

Blue Öyster Cult at the Bay

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Halloween Slots

Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2013 02:35 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Holidays at 2:35 PM

The House of the Dead slot, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

The stage is set

Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2013 02:32 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Music at 2:32 PM

Blue Öyster Cult at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

BÖC

Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2013 12:32 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 12:32 PM

Seasons don’t fear the reaper, nor do the wind, the sun or the rain…

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm

She said “Butt”

Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:50 PM

8oz butt steak, twice baked potato, Sunset Steakhouse, Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Support MMRF Boston

Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 09:42 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Links at 9:42 PM

http://www.active.com/donate/2014mmrfBoston/bgervais

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Established 1903

Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 02:03 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 2:03 PM

Cook, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Lunch with TB

Posted Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 11:51 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 11:51 AM

Montana Cafe, Cook, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

Tech overload

Posted Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 05:27 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 5:27 PM

iOS 7.0.3, OS X Mavericks 10.9 & HP Chromebook 11

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

A new type of computer

Posted Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 01:00 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 1:00 PM

HP Chromebook 11

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Waiting Room

Posted Monday, October 21st, 2013 05:59 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 5:59 PM

Not as good as the song…

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Land of ice and snow

Posted Monday, October 21st, 2013 02:24 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 2:24 PM

Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Homer

Posted Sunday, October 20th, 2013 07:24 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 7:24 PM

If Jesus had a gun, he’d be alive today…

Originally published by DK on October 20, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Monster Ready

Posted Sunday, October 20th, 2013 05:08 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Running at 5:08 PM

Last long training run before the Monster Half – Minnehaha Creek, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on October 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Hudson Halloween

Posted Sunday, October 20th, 2013 11:59 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 11:59 AM

Party at the in-laws, Hudson, Wisconsin

Originally published by DK on October 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

Color Explosion

Posted Saturday, October 19th, 2013 04:28 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 4:28 PM

15th hole blaze of glory tree, Les Bolstad

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Mr. Miller contemplating retirement

Posted Saturday, October 19th, 2013 04:27 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 4:27 PM

Fifth hole, U of M Les Bolstad golf course

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Calm before the storm

Posted Saturday, October 19th, 2013 04:25 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:25 PM

Putting green at Les Bolstad

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

Golfin’ with Goldy

Posted Saturday, October 19th, 2013 10:47 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 10:47 AM

…and the Miller brothers, U of M golf course

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

Carl Spackler

Posted Saturday, October 19th, 2013 08:58 am GMT -5 in Golf,Quotes at 8:58 AM

Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort?

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

Lunch with kid two

Posted Friday, October 18th, 2013 11:20 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 11:20 AM

Eagan Whichwich

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

Not your father’s Dom

Posted Friday, October 18th, 2013 12:45 am GMT -5 in Concerts at 12:45 AM

Dom Irrera at Mall of America

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2013 at 12:45 am

So long, JNUC 2013

Posted Thursday, October 17th, 2013 03:15 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Theater at 3:15 PM

Guthrie Red

Originally published by DK on October 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Parking ramp art

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 08:14 pm GMT -5 in Art,Theater at 8:14 PM

Guthrie parking ramp water feature

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Upstairs VIP at Aria

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 06:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,Technology at 6:19 PM

JNUC Party, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Marvel Bar Cheetos

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 05:53 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:53 PM

…plus a Gold Rush

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Beautiful night for a party

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 05:25 pm GMT -5 in Food,Technology at 5:25 PM

JNUC party at Aria, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Pinball Wizard

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 08:14 am GMT -5 in Personal at 8:14 AM

He stands like a statue, becomes part of the machine. Feeling all the bumpers, always playing clean…

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2013 at 8:14 am

Best. Water stop. Ever.

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 08:12 am GMT -5 in Friends,Running at 8:12 AM

Andrina at the JNUC 5K, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2013 at 8:12 am

Great spot for a conference

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 08:10 am GMT -5 in Television,Theater at 8:10 AM

JNUC at the Guthrie

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2013 at 8:10 am

JNUC 5K

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 07:04 am GMT -5 in Charities,Running at 7:04 AM

An early run in Minneapolis for charity

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2013 at 7:04 am

Pinball Wizard

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 09:47 pm GMT -5 in Art,Games at 9:47 PM

Bally Wizard!

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm

The Pash museum

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 07:32 pm GMT -5 in Music at 7:32 PM

Custom Apple guitar, Pash Bash

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2013 at 7:32 pm

Lyle Lanley

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 03:29 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Quotes,Television at 3:29 PM

You know, a town with money’s a little like the mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it, and danged if he knows how to use it!

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm

And finally…the Dowling

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 3:28 PM

JNUC at the Guthrie

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Back to the red theater

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 12:41 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 12:41 PM

JAMF User Conference, Guthrie

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

St. Paul Central represent

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 09:39 am GMT -5 in Technology at 9:39 AM

Chip Pearson at the JAMF Nation User Conference, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

Rainy on the River

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 09:29 am GMT -5 in Museums,Weather at 9:29 AM

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2013 at 9:29 am

Minneapolis Stonecutters

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 06:46 am GMT -5 in History at 6:46 AM

The Minneapolis Club

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2013 at 6:46 am

Tempo Intorno al Tavolo

Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 6:41 PM

When I received the email from Luci Ancora in St. Paul, I thought Chef Stephen Smith had read my mind when designing the menu:

Antipasto
Pizzeta with Apples & Gorgonzola

Insalata e Zuppa
Choice of Insalata Mista, Cesare, or Daily Soup

Primo
Saffron Risotto

Secondo
Roasted Porkloin with Fried Potato and Marinated Raddicchio

While I still prefer the original Ristorante Luci, Ancora has really grown on me. The dinner on Sunday was excellent, service was good and overall it was an excellent value. And oh that pizzeta!

Colleen switched her last course to fish (can’t remember what it was) and we both enjoyed some nice glasses of wine with the meal. Decided to skip dessert, as I’ve done plenty of snacking this post-marathon week.

Time around the table, indeed…

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Brother Ali – Left in the Deck

Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 09:32 am GMT -5 in Links,Music at 9:32 AM

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2013 at 9:32 am

Guaranteed

Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 08:20 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:20 AM

I know all the rules but the rules did not know me…

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2013 at 8:20 am

Cheesedog Halloween

Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 08:19 am GMT -5 in Fashion,Holidays at 8:19 AM

Target T-shirt, Eagan

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2013 at 8:19 am

Tooth trouble

Posted Monday, October 14th, 2013 08:18 am GMT -5 in Personal at 8:18 AM

My life-long dentist in St. Anthony Park

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

Something different

Posted Sunday, October 13th, 2013 01:59 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:59 PM

The number 1 from Taco John’s, Cloquet, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on October 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

The VC lunch crew

Posted Saturday, October 12th, 2013 02:32 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 2:32 PM

Ann and her boys, Big Alex and Steve the Mayor, Vermilion Club

Originally published by DK on October 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Scott Adams

Posted Saturday, October 12th, 2013 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Business,Quotes at 12:26 PM

The people who use systems do better…

Originally published by DK on October 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Why I love the Twin Cities

Posted Saturday, October 12th, 2013 10:35 am GMT -5 in Food,Links at 10:35 AM

http://www.vita.mn/best-of/227113911.html

Originally published by DK on October 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

Recovery run

Posted Friday, October 11th, 2013 06:43 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Running at 6:43 PM

Eight miles on Gold Mine Trail and Echo Point Road, Lake Vermilion

Originally published by DK on October 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Don MF Johnson

Posted Friday, October 11th, 2013 01:34 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Links,Music at 1:34 PM

Originally published by DK on October 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Yum – feeling better

Posted Thursday, October 10th, 2013 08:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 8:05 PM

Chicken dinner from the deli, Fortune Bay Resort Casino

Originally published by DK on October 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm
 

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