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Fake Mick in the house

Posted Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 11:38 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Music at 11:38 PM

Satisfaction, The International Rolling Stones Show

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Arctic Monkeys

Posted Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 11:22 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 11:22 PM

Why’d you only call me when you’re high?

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Jimmy Dorsey VIP

Posted Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 08:12 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Music at 8:12 PM

Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm

RIP Donald Smith, 1919-2013

Posted Monday, December 30th, 2013 10:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 10:24 PM

Tonight we lost one of the most important people in my life, Donald Leslie Smith. As I wrote after my grandfather’s 90th birthday, he was many, many things during his life. My mom is the oldest of his five kids, I am the first of the six grandchildren and my daughters are the first of six great grandchildren.

Grandpa Smith was married for 65 years to my Grandma Helen, who passed away almost exactly six years ago. During the course of his 94 years, he was a B-17 bomber pilot in World War II (and prisoner of war) and a banker with several different places during my lifetime (Liberty State Bank in St. Paul, a new bank he helped launch in Minnetonka and First National Bank in Minneapolis).

He helped advise me when I started my golf guide business, providing seed money, advice and serving on the board of directors (he proudly wore our golf shirts long after the company was done). When I started golfing, we played many rounds together at the Highland nine-hole course and I fondly remember him walking the Willingers course with me without a cart (no small feat, given the hills on the back nine).

We traveled together to the World’s Fair in Vancouver and I remember many summers on the North Shore when the Smiths would stay at the cabin next to us on Croftville Road. Colleen and I almost bought their house on Benhill Road when they decided to move to Mendota Heights and once they were on that side of town, he loved to take me out to eat at Cherokee Tavern on Smith Avenue. Holidays and birthdays at both houses hold a special place in my heart – lots of love, people, dogs and kids everywhere.

Thank you, Grandpa, for everything you did for me and our family – we will miss you dearly…

Donald L. Smith
November 24, 1919 – December 30, 2013

Obituary

Born November 24, 1919 Died quietly with his loving family around him 12/30/13. Preceded in death by his parents Walter and Edna, beloved wife of 65 years Helen, and brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Evelyn. Survived by children Karen (Michael) Kingsbury, Greg, Jeff (Joyce Riestenberg-Smith), Stacey (Richard) Kohner, and Linda (David) Arcand, as well as six grandchildren, David, Brian, Lynn, Laura, Thomas, and Peter, six great grandchildren, and a nephew and nieces. A veteran of World War II, Don piloted B-17’s out of Italy. His plane was shot down, and he was a POW for the last 15 months of the war. Back home, he worked in banking, first for the First National Bank of St Paul and finally retiring from National City bank of Minneapolis in 1989. He was always very involved in community activities, first with the St Paul Jay-Cees and the Winter Carnival, and later with the United Way and as a school volunteer. Don made friends easily, and most friendships lasted a lifetime. Don loved his family, especially his wife Helen. They loved traveling together, taking regular trips to Hawaii, Europe, Washington State, the North Shore, or anywhere a friend wanted to go. He also enjoyed a good game of cards. He and Helen played bridge with the Innijiska Club for over 50 years. Even in his last year, Don still played bridge twice a week, as well as numerous games of Gin and Cribbage. An avid reader, he was always fascinated with history. Don was the Eternal Optimist. He always said he felt he’d lived through the most interesting time in human history, though he worried how the world would be for his great-grandchildren. Don was a wonderful man, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held at St Stephens Lutheran Church in West St Paul Friday, 1/24/14, with a visitation at 10:00 and a service at 11:00. The family requests any memorials be made to Second Harvest, The Humane Society, or The Friends of the library.

Originally published by DK on December 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Gas pump command line?

Posted Monday, December 30th, 2013 07:59 pm GMT -5 in Cars at 7:59 PM

Blue screen reboot at Holiday – thanks Microsoft!

Originally published by DK on December 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Cold and red

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 05:04 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 5:04 PM

The “best” Claes, if you are from Minnesota

Originally published by DK on December 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Sushi and the fish

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 5:02 PM

Kid one and the Frank Gehry sculpture, Walker Art Center

Originally published by DK on December 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Poster swag

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:11 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 4:11 PM

Claes poster at the Walker

Originally published by DK on December 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm

More Claes mice

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:10 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 4:10 PM

Claes Oldenburg at the Walker

Originally published by DK on December 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Spoon bridge model

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:06 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 4:06 PM

The novelty spoon in the Mouse House, Walker Art Center

Originally published by DK on December 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Fri Fry

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:02 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 4:02 PM

The old lady at the Walker

Originally published by DK on December 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Sunday art day in the city

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:01 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 4:01 PM

Claes Oldenburg at the Walker, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Chicken teriyaki – Minneapolis style

Posted Saturday, December 28th, 2013 07:57 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:57 PM

Zen Box Izakaya

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm

One please

Posted Saturday, December 28th, 2013 06:54 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:54 PM

Japanese whiskey flight at Zen Box, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Frozen Nessie?

Posted Saturday, December 28th, 2013 05:27 pm GMT -5 in Weather at 5:27 PM

Lake if the Isles snow sculpture

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

A perfect winter day

Posted Saturday, December 28th, 2013 05:27 pm GMT -5 in Weather at 5:27 PM

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

…or not

Posted Saturday, December 28th, 2013 05:26 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Sports,Weather at 5:26 PM

Thin ice warnings on Isles, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Thinking of Grandpa

Posted Saturday, December 28th, 2013 02:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 2:38 PM

St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Jewel shower (x2)

Posted Friday, December 27th, 2013 04:31 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 4:31 PM

Norse Warrior at Diamond Jo

Originally published by DK on December 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm

It was better than that today

Posted Friday, December 27th, 2013 04:30 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 4:30 PM

Diamond Jo slot payout

Originally published by DK on December 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Bob and Crystal at Ike’s

Posted Thursday, December 26th, 2013 11:33 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 11:33 PM

So nice to visit, drink good wine and eat good food in Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I love Minneapolis

Posted Thursday, December 26th, 2013 11:31 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 11:31 PM

…even in winter (I guess).

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm

If it can walk or fly…

Posted Thursday, December 26th, 2013 01:34 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:34 PM

Famous Dave’s Uptown

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Happiest girl ever

Posted Thursday, December 26th, 2013 12:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Technology at 12:53 PM

Kid one and her new phone, Uptown Apple Store, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Jerk

Posted Thursday, December 26th, 2013 12:41 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:41 PM

Penzey Spices Uptown

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Trying out the Keurig

Posted Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 09:51 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 9:51 PM

Auntie Lynn and the girls

Originally published by DK on December 25, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Grandma & Grandpa Klaus

Posted Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 09:49 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 9:49 PM

Kid one and the grandparents

Originally published by DK on December 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Holiday coffee girls

Posted Wednesday, December 25th, 2013 02:30 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 2:30 PM

Kid one and two with their joint gift

Originally published by DK on December 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Kid one made

Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 09:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 9:02 PM

Birthday cake for Grandma Jean

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Wine sweaters?

Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 08:11 pm GMT -5 in Holidays at 8:11 PM

Brilliant!

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm

In-law Art

Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 08:05 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 8:05 PM

Grandma Jean’s painting

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Festive Dinner Spread

Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 07:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 7:31 PM

Mother-in-law birthday/Christmas in St. Paul

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Wanz

Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 05:26 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Music,Quotes at 5:26 PM

It’s Christmastime – doin’ it Wanz style…

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Five Grand from 15 Cents

Posted Monday, December 23rd, 2013 04:43 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 4:43 PM

Some lucky player won $5,220.05 on a 15-cent Shadow of the Panther spin

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Ours was yellow too

Posted Monday, December 23rd, 2013 01:05 pm GMT -5 in History,Technology at 1:05 PM

Old rotary phone, Tower Thrift Shop

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Free 4onthefloor at First Ave

Posted Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 10:35 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Music at 10:35 PM

Another great sold out show for BD1 and the band at First Avenue this weekend. It just kills me that we haven’t booked these guys at the resort – complete no-brainer, in my opinion. This concert was our Christmas present from kid one and she paid for the tickets entirely from her own work income – thanks, kiddo!

The opening lineup had some people I would’ve normally seen, but we decided to stop in at The Depot Tavern first for some drinks (and snacks). 4otf wasn’t scheduled to start until 11:30 and I’d say we got there just as Communist Daughter was starting up. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a band get cut off at First Avenue before, but it undeservedly happened to them.

When we first came in, the place was packed. We pushed our way over to the merch table, then headed upstairs. I hadn’t been on the second floor for a long time and now I remember why – the sound is terrible and all the worst talkers hang out up there. The sight lines were good, but we decided to head back downstairs and maneuver ourselves behind the soundboard.

The headliners started about ten minutes later than scheduled, but the new light and smoke effects were worth the extra set up. Rupert was of course there, along with someone in a gorilla suit and two people operating a giant smoke ring cannon. Colleen and I disagreed about the quality of the new guitarist, but we were both very happy to have them play David Bazan’s Wolves at the Door, which Colleen had requested on their Facebook page.

The show lasted until about 1 a.m. and included an encore with dedications to former First Ave staffer Billy Sverkerson and singer-songwriter Zach Sobiech, who we saw perform Clouds with them at the Current’s birthday party earlier this year.

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Sleds are back

Posted Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 10:34 pm GMT -5 in Sports,Weather at 10:34 PM

Snowmobile parking at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Uptown Swag

Posted Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 02:46 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Fashion at 2:46 PM

Kid one and two before the show

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

A cat and John Goodman

Posted Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 12:11 pm GMT -5 in Movies at 12:11 PM

Uptown Theater, Inside Llewyn Davis

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Depot food rocks

Posted Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 12:00 am GMT -5 in Food,Music at 12:00 AM

Poutine (with bacon), Bavarian grilled cheese and the Hold Steady cocktail

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

Wonka on the tree

Posted Saturday, December 21st, 2013 06:01 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 6:01 PM

Kingsbury Christmas Tree 2013

Originally published by DK on December 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Buzzfeed #26

Posted Saturday, December 21st, 2013 03:03 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Marathons,Running at 3:03 PM

http://www.buzzfeed.com/markjoyella/26-things-that-make-perfect-sense-when-you-run-the-ms2

Originally published by DK on December 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Hello Gertie

Posted Saturday, December 21st, 2013 01:51 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Pets at 1:51 PM

Sarah’s new puppy!

Originally published by DK on December 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Cookie Season

Posted Saturday, December 21st, 2013 12:56 am GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 12:56 AM

Peanut butter Christmas cookies

Originally published by DK on December 21, 2013 at 12:56 am

Pete Schweddy

Posted Thursday, December 19th, 2013 10:50 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 10:50 PM

No one can resist my Schweddy Balls…

Originally published by DK on December 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Dolly and her butterflies

Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 05:10 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Music at 5:10 PM

IGT Dolly Parton slot machine

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Atisokanigamig

Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 05:09 pm GMT -5 in Museums at 5:09 PM

Today’s afternoon meeting at the Bois Forte Heritage Museum

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm

So long, Walt

Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 09:55 am GMT -5 in Links,Technology at 9:55 AM

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304858104579264313155801216

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

A chilly sunrise

Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 09:08 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Weather at 9:08 AM

Sunrise over Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2013 at 9:08 am

‎Clark W. Griswold

Posted Sunday, December 15th, 2013 09:35 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 9:35 PM

…you taught me everything I know about exterior illumination.

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm

The fish goes for 500

Posted Sunday, December 15th, 2013 05:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 5:53 PM

Her first 500m

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Stone cold training

Posted Sunday, December 15th, 2013 05:49 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Running,Weather at 5:49 PM

17.3 miles with Megan in Minneapolis (+3F)

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Harvey and Rabbitt

Posted Sunday, December 15th, 2013 11:36 am GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Video at 11:36 AM

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

Anniversary cone

Posted Saturday, December 14th, 2013 10:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 10:56 PM

Extra love from kid one @ Cold Stone Creamery Eagan

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Turn off your mobile

Posted Saturday, December 14th, 2013 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums,Television at 8:47 PM

The British Arrows 2013, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Pork Katsu

Posted Saturday, December 14th, 2013 08:03 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:03 PM

Buttermilk fried pork cutlet, The Rabbit Hole, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Chilly Dip Fishy

Posted Saturday, December 14th, 2013 03:49 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 3:49 PM

Kid two at Riptide, Apple Valley, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

The Green Line

Posted Saturday, December 14th, 2013 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Links,Video at 3:43 PM
Originally published by DK on December 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Gemma

Posted Saturday, December 14th, 2013 01:50 am GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 1:50 AM

Vulnerability, is a liability. No place for it in this life.

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2013 at 1:50 am

Lunch with mom

Posted Friday, December 13th, 2013 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 2:56 PM

Firelake Grill, Radisson Blu, MOA

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm

BHMS at the MOA

Posted Friday, December 13th, 2013 01:02 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Holidays,Music at 1:02 PM

Kid two at the Mall of America

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Baritone at MOA

Posted Friday, December 13th, 2013 12:33 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 12:33 PM

Grandma and kid two, Mall of America

Originally published by DK on December 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Post-concert Perkins

Posted Thursday, December 12th, 2013 10:51 pm GMT -5 in Food at 10:51 PM

Country Club melt, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Aby Selfie

Posted Thursday, December 12th, 2013 09:52 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 9:52 PM

Aby Wolf at Triple Rock, Doomtree Blowout 9

Originally published by DK on December 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Triple Rock Will Call

Posted Thursday, December 12th, 2013 07:34 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 7:34 PM

Doomtree Blowout 9, Triple Rock Social Clib, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 12, 2013 at 7:34 pm

More fun with cars

Posted Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 04:14 pm GMT -5 in Cars at 4:14 PM

Damage from getting stuck and trying to use a cable to pull the Fit out

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Mushu in the house

Posted Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 10:57 am GMT -5 in Art,Casinos,Movies at 10:57 AM

Dragon’s Law by Konami

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

Laurie & Philip

Posted Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 09:38 am GMT -5 in Friends,Links at 9:38 AM

http://www.laurieandphil.com/

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

Missing the green

Posted Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 04:05 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:05 PM

Golf ball rack

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Cable porn

Posted Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 09:59 am GMT -5 in Technology at 9:59 AM

That’s some nice wiring…

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2013 at 9:59 am
 

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