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Benefits of running

Posted Friday, January 31st, 2014 12:36 pm GMT -5 in Running at 12:36 PM

Yes, yes and yes

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2014 at 12:36 pm

The tradition continues

Posted Thursday, January 30th, 2014 11:44 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 11:44 PM

Post-concert visit to Dairy Queen

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Made it just in time

Posted Thursday, January 30th, 2014 09:48 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 9:48 PM

Kid one band concert, EHS

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Lots o’ sleds

Posted Thursday, January 30th, 2014 07:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Sports,Weather at 7:09 PM

ALS Blizzard Run stops at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Insert Money

Posted Thursday, January 30th, 2014 01:03 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 1:03 PM

New Zuma game from Spielo

Originally published by DK on January 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

I Love Lottery Math

Posted Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 11:05 pm GMT -5 in Links at 11:05 PM

http://www.mnlottery.com/games/lotto_games/all_or_nothing/

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Hello Timnuts

Posted Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 02:45 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 2:45 PM

Almost ready for Tim Hortons at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on January 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm

71 years young + 135 miles

Posted Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Weather at 9:24 PM

The amazing Erv Berglund at the finish of the Arrowhead 135, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Teddy Covers and the Big Game

Posted Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 07:59 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Links,Sports at 7:59 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/video/sports/football/100000002674585/the-wizards-of-odds.html

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Pete Seeger

Posted Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 03:13 pm GMT -5 in History,Music,Quotes at 3:13 PM

I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody.

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Awesome buffet options today

Posted Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 02:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 2:06 PM

The new Tamarack at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

The Power of Song – RIP Pete

Posted Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 11:07 am GMT -5 in Links,Music at 11:07 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Seeger

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

Rhyme or Reason

Posted Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 12:30 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 12:30 AM

Follow you must, Rick Rubin my little Padawan…

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2014 at 12:30 am

2014 Running Plans

Posted Monday, January 27th, 2014 11:30 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Marathons,Running at 11:30 PM

All these crazy Arrowhead 135 athletes have me inspired to set some goals for 2014 and start to seriously decide on races for the year. I’m currently only registered for one race right now – the Get in Gear 10K on April 26th. I’m also in the New York City Marathon lottery, but will likely email them to take my name out (no money for a full-blown New York trip this year).

So what do I want to do? Registration for the TC 1 Mile opens Saturday and I’ll sign up and try to make it four in a row versus Megan. I’ve got the ultra bug and probably should’ve signed up for the Superior 50K, but that race just filled. Both of their fall races (the 50 and 100) require a previous trail ultra, so those will have to wait. I’m seriously considering the Zumbro 50 that Megan did last year, but it’s coming up soon (April 12th) and I’m not sure I really want to run much outside the next few weeks. Oh, I’d like to do this sometime too…

I still really want to run the Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon in South Dakota on June 1st, but that would require at least one hotel night expense. I really missed Grandma’s last year and have a place to stay for that race (June 21st). The other benefit to that race is that since it usually doesn’t fill, I can wait until the last minute and still register.

With New York likely out, my fall marathon spot opens up and I’d kinda like to check Iowa off the 50-state list by running the Des Moines Marathon on October 19th. I’d miss Twin Cities, but those two races are always too close together, so maybe I’ll take a year off from the hometown race.

Decisions, decisions…

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm

The Greatest Generation

Posted Monday, January 27th, 2014 11:29 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 11:29 PM

My grandfather the B-17 pilot

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Can’t wait for breakfast

Posted Monday, January 27th, 2014 11:26 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:26 PM

New flavor from Mountain Dew

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Dara at the Rabbit Hole

Posted Sunday, January 26th, 2014 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 10:22 PM

http://mspmag.com/Eat-And-Drink/Articles/Restaurant-Reviews/Rabbit-Hole/

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Hello Cecils

Posted Sunday, January 26th, 2014 01:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:35 PM

Family lunch in Highland

Originally published by DK on January 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Ain’t no party like a BWW party

Posted Saturday, January 25th, 2014 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:47 PM

Dinner with the family

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2014 at 8:47 pm

All Hail King Donald

Posted Friday, January 24th, 2014 04:05 pm GMT -5 in Family at 4:05 PM

RIP, Mr. Smith – winter carnival pic from 2012

Originally published by DK on January 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Shameless

Posted Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 07:49 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 7:49 PM

They are going to be mad at us…

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Poor car

Posted Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 07:32 pm GMT -5 in Cars at 7:32 PM

Little Red is cursed – hit and run

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Twins affiliate of the year

Posted Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Sports at 7:29 PM

The WELY hardware

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

The source of joy and pain

Posted Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 11:33 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 11:33 PM

The HD upgrade rack

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Boyd Crowder

Posted Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 08:13 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 8:13 PM

A man who speaks out of both sides of his mouth deserves to have it permanently shut…

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Pioneer Press Smith Obituary

Posted Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 04:41 pm GMT -5 in Family at 4:41 PM

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/twincities/obituary.aspx?n=donald-leslie-smith&pid=169167157&fhid=2880

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2014 at 4:41 pm

It’s almost here

Posted Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 10:02 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 10:02 AM

Tim Hortons at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2014 at 10:02 am

Sunset Wine Dinner

Posted Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 10:23 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 10:23 AM

Wonderful night with Chef Dan and Joe Toohey from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Sunset Steakhouse, Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on January 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

Team

Posted Monday, January 20th, 2014 03:09 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:09 PM

I’m kind of over gettin’ told to throw my hands up in the air…

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

The birthday girls

Posted Sunday, January 19th, 2014 07:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 7:21 PM

Birthday dinner at Carbone’s Randolph

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Thanks Minneapolis Parks Board

Posted Sunday, January 19th, 2014 04:19 pm GMT -5 in Running,Weather at 4:19 PM

Great winter running trails in the 612

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Pond Hockey!

Posted Sunday, January 19th, 2014 11:55 am GMT -5 in Hockey,Sports at 11:55 AM

The view from Sandcastle, Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

Jake Bugg at First Avenue

Posted Sunday, January 19th, 2014 12:30 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 12:30 AM

My first (real) concert of the year was a good one. Nineteen-year-old British singer Jake Bugg put on a great show at First Avenue Friday night. It was a little on the short side, but that’s not too surprising, seeing as he only has two albums.

The hype is building for Bugg – the British tabloids are calling him the next Dylan and he is up for British Male Solo Artist at the 2014 Brit Awards. Local scribe Chris Riemenschneider tweeted last night that Bugg is the “real deal” and I was really looking forward to seeing him live after getting both albums for Christmas.

It was just Bugg, a drummer and a bass player, yet the sound was very full for a three piece. Two Fingers, What Doesn’t Kill You, Taste It, Lightning Bolt and Slumrise Sunrise were all great live and I was very happy to hear Neil Young’s Hey Hey, My My as the second song in the encore. His slow songs, like Broken, were a nice change of pace – too bad the First Ave crowd still can’t shut the hell up and listen.

We arrived just at the end of the first opener, The Skins, and couldn’t believe how crowded it was already. Guess you need to get there at doors now for sold out shows in order to get close. We did get a spot on the stairs next to the sound board, though, before the second opener started. The Albert Hammond, Jr. set seemed extra loud to me, which was actually nice compared to my last few First Ave shows. I thought several of their songs were quite good and heard the Current playing them today too.

Up next: Charlie Parr at the Cedar on February 1st.

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2014 at 12:30 am

Dr. Evil

Posted Sunday, January 19th, 2014 12:05 am GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 12:05 AM

Why must I be surrounded by frickin’ idiots?

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2014 at 12:05 am

Ribbons at big meets are cool

Posted Saturday, January 18th, 2014 07:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 7:32 PM

Eighth place in the St. Croix Swim Club Open, 100 IM

Originally published by DK on January 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Homemade chicken wild rice

Posted Saturday, January 18th, 2014 07:31 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:31 PM

Haven’t tried it yet, but looks great!

Originally published by DK on January 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm

On her way to a PR!

Posted Saturday, January 18th, 2014 03:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 3:32 PM

2.5 second PR in the 100 breast

Originally published by DK on January 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Workout rewards

Posted Saturday, January 18th, 2014 01:25 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:25 PM

Chick-fil-A Apple Valley

Originally published by DK on January 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Mama don’t whip little Buford

Posted Friday, January 17th, 2014 12:21 pm GMT -5 in Music,Travel at 12:21 PM

http://wdwsongarchive.blogspot.com/2008/01/country-bear-jamboree.html

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Mr. Carson

Posted Thursday, January 16th, 2014 09:57 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 9:57 PM

To misquote Dr. Johnson, if you are tired of style, you are tired of life…

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

2014 Inaugural Dopey Challenge

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 10:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Marathons,Running,Travel at 10:58 PM

When runDisney announced the inaugural Dopey Challenge, I was intrigued. The “old” Goofy Challenge of running the half marathon Saturday and the full marathon Sunday was on my bucket list, but I was just too nervous to pull the trigger and try it (even though both my brother Brian and my running partner Megan had Goofy medals in their collections). The new Dopey would add a 5K on Thursday and a new 10K race on Friday, for a grand total of 48.6 miles in four days. Sold!

This was an expensive race entry ($495 early bird), but a lucky slot machine in Kansas justified a one-time splurge (at least in my running-deranged mind). The 7000 Dopey slots filled rather quickly and both Megan and Brian missed out. My brother decided to go Goofy again for the second time, while Megan signed up for the full (her tenth).

The expo opened at 10am on Wednesday and was expanded this year to include the baseball stadium (in addition to the HP Field House and the Jostens Center). There was a separate line just for people who wanted to buy the limited edition New Balance runDisney shoes, which I heard started to form at 4:30am. The Field House had the usual packet pickup, along with most of the race shirts and a new runDisney merchandise shop. Jostens Center held all the rest, including the runDisney booth where I stood by Jeff Galloway again and listened in on a few conversations. With all of the shirts, I left Wide World of Sports with a pretty heavy race bag.

The Family Fun 5K event on Thursday had the latest start of the week, with the fireworks going off at 6:15am. It was fairly warm and humid for the first three races, with a wonderful cold front moving through on Saturday night before the marathon on Sunday. The last three races all started at 5:30am and I’d say getting up so early four days in a row was probably the hardest part of the challenge for me (2:45am on Sunday was just brutal).

I ended up semi-racing the 5K and 10K and dialed down the pace for the last two. Given my relative lack of training the previous month, I was very happy with all of the times:

  • 5K – 24:27 (7:52 pace)
  • 10K – 51:09 (8:14 pace)
  • Half – 1:58:04 (9:00 pace)
  • Full – 4:11:49 (9:36 pace)

My brother helped me pick out the cool Pirates of the Caribbean costume for Sunday, while the giant mouse hands and ears made a return appearance in the half. Megan ordered a Duffy costume from an Etsy vendor online and the crowd response was awesome (especially from cast members) – pretty sure she was the only Duffy in the field too.

Spent a little time in all four parks while I was down there, but for the most part, I just hung out with Brian and his wife Patti while soaking in the non-Minnesota winter weather. Thanks for the kind hospitality you two!

Only one other confirmed and registered race entry right now in 2014 – the Get in Gear 10K on April 26th. Lots of others I’d like to do, but we’ll see how much I can budget for entry fees this year…

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Three amigos

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 10:27 pm GMT -5 in Family at 10:27 PM

Kid selfies

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Wallet reminder #2

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 5:02 PM

Unused Fastpass for Jungle Cruise

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Wallet reminder #1

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 05:01 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 5:01 PM

Park hopper RFID card

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

A “lite” lunch at Houlihan’s

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 03:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 3:31 PM

Lunch with the wife in Eagan

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Embrace winter, embrace winter…

Posted Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 12:53 pm GMT -5 in Weather at 12:53 PM

Dumb

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Goes fast when it works

Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 11:09 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Travel at 11:09 PM

The cool Delta inflight status screen

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Beat the plane to MCO

Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 1:31 PM

Still supposedly on time, though…

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Henry

Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 09:25 am GMT -5 in Music,Travel at 9:25 AM

And now, a heart rendering ditty, by our own growler of song, Liver Lips McGrowl. Sing it, Mac!

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2014 at 9:25 am

Big Al sings the blues

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2014 06:57 pm GMT -5 in Music,Travel at 6:57 PM

Blood on the saddle, blood on the ground…

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Tiki Time

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2014 03:45 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 3:45 PM

Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, WDW

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Dole Whip #2

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2014 03:44 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 3:44 PM

Adventureland treats

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Meal provided daily

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2014 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 3:43 PM

New signage at Big Thunder

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

My Pal

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2014 02:19 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 2:19 PM

Dopey near his new ride

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Happy Birthday Megan

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2014 02:16 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Travel at 2:16 PM

Tea Cups in Fantasyland

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

The Disney cro-nut

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2014 11:32 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:32 AM

Croissant donut with cinnamon at the Refreshment Port, EPCOT

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

Bluebird day at EPCOT

Posted Monday, January 13th, 2014 09:57 am GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 9:57 AM

Spaceship Earth at EPCOT

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2014 at 9:57 am

Happy birthday kiddo

Posted Sunday, January 12th, 2014 02:58 pm GMT -5 in Family at 2:58 PM

Kid two back in the day…

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Done

Posted Sunday, January 12th, 2014 10:13 am GMT -5 in Marathons,Running,Travel at 10:13 AM

Dopey Challenge 2014

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2014 at 10:13 am

Duffy and the Pirate

Posted Sunday, January 12th, 2014 04:12 am GMT -5 in Friends,Marathons,Running,Travel at 4:12 AM

Ready to roll at the marathon

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2014 at 4:12 am

Megan and her posse

Posted Saturday, January 11th, 2014 07:54 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Travel at 7:54 PM

Megan, Joan and Becky, Downtown Disney

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Tonight’s Earl selection

Posted Saturday, January 11th, 2014 07:53 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 7:53 PM

Hawaiian BBQ (and more mac and cheese), Earl of Sandwich

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Critters instead of snow

Posted Saturday, January 11th, 2014 04:42 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Wildlife at 4:42 PM

My lizard buddy

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Really too hot for mouse hands

Posted Saturday, January 11th, 2014 08:53 am GMT -5 in Running,Travel at 8:53 AM

Before the start of the half

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

Duck Dynasty

Posted Saturday, January 11th, 2014 07:57 am GMT -5 in Running,Travel at 7:57 AM

Walt Disney World half marathon

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2014 at 7:57 am

You must be this tall

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014 06:13 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Travel at 6:13 PM

Yoda Disney shirt

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm

A monorail sunset

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014 06:12 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 6:12 PM

Magic Kingdom

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Colorado Mickey?

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014 06:10 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Travel at 6:10 PM

Main Street USA

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Pirate marathon inspiration

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014 04:51 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 4:51 PM

Jack Sparrow pirate tutorial, Adventureland

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Dole whip selfies

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2014 04:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 4:50 PM

Pineapple-vanilla swirls

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm
 

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