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Baked with Butter

Posted Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 06:19 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 6:19 PM

Awesome dinner at the Sunset Steakhouse

Originally published by DK on April 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Eddie Valiant

Posted Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 08:19 am GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 8:19 AM

Got a thing for rabbits, huh?

Originally published by DK on April 30, 2014 at 8:19 am

Webcam works again

Posted Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 06:03 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Work at 6:03 PM

Fortune Bay Marinacam

Originally published by DK on April 29, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Bill Summerville

Posted Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 02:05 pm GMT -5 in Quotes at 2:05 PM

Service is our craft. We have to train and practice and it’s something we have to work at, but great service is something we create.

Originally published by DK on April 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Won’t be long now

Posted Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 12:38 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 12:38 PM

The covers are off and the pond is almost ice free on the 12th hole on The Wilderness at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on April 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

That’s a huge motor

Posted Monday, April 28th, 2014 07:36 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 7:36 PM

The May grand prize, Fortune Bay Resort Casino

Originally published by DK on April 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

The Rams Chapter

Posted Monday, April 28th, 2014 08:59 am GMT -5 in History,Schools at 8:59 AM

Can’t believe the principal used a stamp…May 26, 1983, Ramsey Junior High School, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on April 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Posted Monday, April 28th, 2014 08:55 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:55 AM

Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage…

Originally published by DK on April 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

Burnt Sugar at the Walker

Posted Sunday, April 27th, 2014 11:52 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Museums,Music at 11:52 PM

Social media can sometimes freak me out a bit. I posted on Twitter that I didn’t know what to expect from Burnt Sugar at the Walker on Saturday night. Just before the show started, my phone vibrated – their official Twitter account favored my tweet. I posted a pic from the show to Instagram (and Twitter) and that tweet got re-tweeted, followed by a personal reply too. You never know who’s in charge of their account, but it’s a whole new world in fan interaction, that’s for sure.

Colleen purchased tickets to this show after she read that Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid would be the conductor. I was initially reluctant to go, since the last time she bought tickets to the Walker (Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche), it was just plain weird. Living Color was the first band we ever saw live at First Avenue, but when you read the intro on the Burnt Sugar web site, it makes you wonder exactly what you will see:

BURNT SUGAR THE ARKESTRA CHAMBER is a ter­ri­tory band, a neo-tribal thang, a com­mu­nity hang, a soci­ety music guild aspir­ing to the con­di­tion of all that is molten, glacial, racial, spa­cial, oceanic, mythic, antiphonal and telepathic.

There was really nothing to worry about – this was just a group of very talented musicians interpreting the songs of Steely Dan (read more in this Star Tribune preview article). I was never a big Steely Dan fan growing up, so I’m not sure if all the songs they did were covers, but the big hits like Deacon Blues and Kid Charlemagne jumped right out as songs from my 70s childhood.

I loved reading the program notes and the bios of all the performers. There are some serious Kevin Bacon connections going on with this group: V. Jef­frey Smith played saxophone on all the big Billy Ocean songs, bass player Jared Michael Nick­er­son recorded and toured with Bernie Wor­rell and Freedy John­ston, while trombonist Dave Smith was listed as being on the cast of Treme.

Vernon Reid was a very enthusiastic group leader – both of the band and of the audience. He unfortunately played very little guitar over the course of the evening, but the other musicians more than made up for that. The vocalists were all very strong and it was fun to see Leon Gru­en­baum play the “Sam­chillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee.”

Still trying to figure out what a freak-a-phone is, though…

Originally published by DK on April 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Chocolate awesomeness

Posted Sunday, April 27th, 2014 08:41 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Food at 8:41 PM

The Diane Yang contribution to the Stetson benefit, Amsterdam Hall

Originally published by DK on April 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Top shelf help tonight

Posted Sunday, April 27th, 2014 06:33 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Food at 6:33 PM

Chef Klein (Meritage) at the Stenson benefit, Amsterdam Hall, St. Paul

Originally published by DK on April 27, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Kid Charlemagne

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 11:23 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 11:23 PM

All those dayglow freaks who used to paint the face, they’ve joined the human race…

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Minneapolis chicken and waffles

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 11:20 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:20 PM

Boneyard, Uptown

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Get in Gear 2014

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 05:57 pm GMT -5 in Running at 5:57 PM

Thirteen years in a row! Minnesota’s Annual Rite of Spring, the Get in Gear races at Minnehaha Park, just keep getting better and better – well organized, the best running value of the year, a scenic course and believe it or not, decent weather for two years straight. Well, OK, today’s easterly 17MPH wind was not so nice coming across the Lake Street Bridge (and up the dreaded hill near St. Thomas), but otherwise it was pretty great running weather – especially compared to the rest of 2014.

After setting a PR last year of 44:40, I was really nervous about trying to repeat anything close to that time. I’m at least ten pounds heavier and another year into the masters category, so there were two strikes against me right off the bat. Throw in the crappy winter for outdoor training and I had no idea what would happen. I started the race with a 6:55 first split, which seemed way too fast and made me panic a little about finishing without having to stop and walk. I was breathing harder than normal and my calf muscles were very sore. The rest of the splits were all in the sevens – 7:23, 7:41, 7:41, 7:37 and 7:32.

My Garmin said the first mile was way off from where the sign was located, but the rest of the course was pretty much spot on. I felt pretty good coming across the Ford Bridge, but knew my final time wasn’t going to be close to last year. The final stretch went OK, but I finished with a watch time of 46:34 (almost two minutes slower than last year).

Some other stats from the results page:

  • Official time of 46:35 (7:30 pace)
  • Overall: 374 out of 3014
  • Men: 281 out of 1338 Males
  • Age Group: 25 out of 160 Males in the M45-49 Age Group

The finish area had water and Gatorade this year and the food was back in the main pavilion again. Does it get any better than Great Harvest raisin bread, salted nut rolls, bananas and chocolate milk? There was also a yogurt vendor with peanut butter spread samples, but my hands were full by the time I made it to their table. The shirt was technical again (cotton is dead and gone forever, it seems) and the bags were super nice (with an innovative design).

Up next: TC 1 Mile on May 8 (guessing that PR will be tough to beat too)

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Never thought this would happen

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 04:09 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Technology at 4:09 PM

I was seriously beginning to wonder if they ever awarded the jackpot…

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

The original Mac’s

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 01:17 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:17 PM

Fish and chips in St. Paul

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

My Buddy Don

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 01:15 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 1:15 PM

Como Zoo primate house, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Feed Me Seymour

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 12:28 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 12:28 PM

Como Park Conservatory

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Bonsai!

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 12:26 PM

Ordway Japanese Gardens, Como Park

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Baby E

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 12:01 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends at 12:01 PM

Walk for bubbies, Como Park

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Triple G

Posted Saturday, April 26th, 2014 12:00 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends at 12:00 PM

Walk for bubbies, Como Park

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Beach Boys

Posted Friday, April 25th, 2014 05:25 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 5:25 PM

And she’ll have fun, fun, fun ’til her daddy takes the T-Bird away…

Originally published by DK on April 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Beautiful packet pick-up day

Posted Friday, April 25th, 2014 02:39 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Running at 2:39 PM

Get in Gear 10K at Minnehaha Park

Originally published by DK on April 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Celebration Lunch

Posted Friday, April 25th, 2014 12:07 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:07 PM

Leeann Chin, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on April 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Third time’s the charm

Posted Friday, April 25th, 2014 12:06 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Family at 12:06 PM

Kid one passed her test!

Originally published by DK on April 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Finisher Shirt Friday

Posted Friday, April 25th, 2014 09:50 am GMT -5 in Fashion,Running at 9:50 AM

2014 Dopey Challenge

Originally published by DK on April 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

Dinner with the Old Lady

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014 08:44 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:44 PM

One pepperoni, one sausage and mushroom at Pig Ate My Pizza

Originally published by DK on April 24, 2014 at 8:44 pm

He ate my pizza

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014 08:41 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:41 PM

Pig Ate My Pizza, Robbinsdale

Originally published by DK on April 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm

This is just gross

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014 05:14 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Weather at 5:14 PM

More late April snow showers in Minnesota

Originally published by DK on April 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm

I’d take a black one please

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014 01:36 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Casinos,Links at 1:36 PM

Originally published by DK on April 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

No idea where this was

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 05:31 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:31 PM

Bimbo’s Octagon

Originally published by DK on April 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Special saves the day

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 07:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 7:05 PM

Bay Street Grill fish and chips

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

It’s a Jackpot Empire

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 1:27 PM

New slot on the floor

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

More sharing, fewer tests

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 08:22 am GMT -5 in Links,Work at 8:22 AM

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/255840891.html

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

Ice *never* out?

Posted Monday, April 21st, 2014 09:29 pm GMT -5 in Weather at 9:29 PM

Birch Point is frozen forever, it seems

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Ice not quite out

Posted Monday, April 21st, 2014 03:03 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 3:03 PM

Duluth Harbor, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Hecho en Mexico

Posted Monday, April 21st, 2014 11:29 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:29 AM

Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2014 at 11:29 am

Snoop Dog

Posted Monday, April 21st, 2014 08:31 am GMT -5 in Family at 8:31 AM

Kid one at Children’s Hospital for PT

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

Too Steep a Cost

Posted Monday, April 21st, 2014 12:49 am GMT -5 in Links,Sports at 12:49 AM

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/climbing/mountaineering/The-Value-of-A-Sherpa-Life.html

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2014 at 12:49 am

Surprise eggs

Posted Sunday, April 20th, 2014 07:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 7:27 PM

Regina’s Candies of St. Paul

Originally published by DK on April 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Easter special from Madison

Posted Sunday, April 20th, 2014 03:49 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 3:49 PM

Root beer drops from James J Chocolate Shop

Originally published by DK on April 20, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Easter egg hunt in St. Paul

Posted Saturday, April 19th, 2014 05:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 5:42 PM

Auntie Lynn and kid two on Ashland

Originally published by DK on April 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Happy Steak Girl

Posted Friday, April 18th, 2014 10:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 10:26 PM

Burch Steakhouse, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on April 18, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Brynden the Blackfish

Posted Friday, April 18th, 2014 05:59 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 5:59 PM

The laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth…

Originally published by DK on April 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Well that’s new

Posted Friday, April 18th, 2014 11:00 am GMT -5 in Golf at 11:00 AM

First round of the year, new Valleywood clubhouse, Apple Valley

Originally published by DK on April 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

Where’s the Panera Girl?

Posted Thursday, April 17th, 2014 07:37 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 7:37 PM

Chicken Caesar plus Mac and Cheese

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Free to a loving home

Posted Thursday, April 17th, 2014 07:36 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Movies,Pop Culture at 7:36 PM

AT-AT conquers Northeast

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Should’ve stayed in math at RPI

Posted Thursday, April 17th, 2014 12:28 pm GMT -5 in Links,Work at 12:28 PM

http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/jobs-rated-2014-ranking-200-jobs-best-worst

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Play

Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 05:47 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Technology at 5:47 PM

…video poker at Fortune Bay

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Casino Club

Posted Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 12:40 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 12:40 PM

Today’s Bay Street Grill lunch selection

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Morrissey

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 10:35 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:35 PM

You’re not right in the head and nor am I. And this is why, this is why I like you, I like you, I like you…

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Mayor of Munchkinland

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 08:37 pm GMT -5 in History at 8:37 PM

Back in our day, we had a *printed* version of The Onion every week…

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm

The 2014 Edition is Here

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 06:15 pm GMT -5 in Links at 6:15 PM

http://www.citypages.com/bestof/

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Some grass showing

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 04:33 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 4:33 PM

15th hole at The Wilderness

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Nice rack

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 04:30 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:30 PM

The new Ledge Liquor store

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm

It’s across from the post office

Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 03:20 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:20 PM

SuLu’s Expresso Cafe, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm

New Turtles Sample

Posted Monday, April 14th, 2014 04:07 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 4:07 PM

http://blog.thecurrent.org/2014/04/trampled-by-turtles-share-first-single-off-new-album-wild-animals/

Originally published by DK on April 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Hockey night with kid two

Posted Sunday, April 13th, 2014 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Hockey at 6:31 PM

Wild vs. Preds – last regular season game of the 2013-14 season

Originally published by DK on April 13, 2014 at 6:31 pm

David Feherty

Posted Sunday, April 13th, 2014 05:07 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Quotes at 5:07 PM

He’s lost his marbles!

Originally published by DK on April 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

First timer

Posted Sunday, April 13th, 2014 02:58 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:58 PM

Tacos at Qdoba Eagan

Originally published by DK on April 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

The New 17s

Posted Saturday, April 12th, 2014 05:35 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Running at 5:35 PM

Mizuno Wave Rider 17s

Originally published by DK on April 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Good sessions @Minnebar

Posted Saturday, April 12th, 2014 10:47 am GMT -5 in Technology at 10:47 AM

Pack Your Own Chute session at Best Buy HQ, Richfield

Originally published by DK on April 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

First game of the year

Posted Friday, April 11th, 2014 07:42 pm GMT -5 in Food,Sports at 7:42 PM

…plus Butcher and the Boar rib tips (which weren’t as good as I’d hoped).

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2014 at 7:42 pm

$400 a seat?

Posted Friday, April 11th, 2014 07:40 pm GMT -5 in Sports at 7:40 PM

All-Star Game coming to Target Field

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Finals for the Fish

Posted Friday, April 11th, 2014 04:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 4:25 PM

Junior High Championship, Riptide Pool

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Tom Staggs

Posted Friday, April 11th, 2014 02:22 pm GMT -5 in Business,Personal,Quotes at 2:22 PM

When your job is adding happiness to peoples lives, you end up having a happy life yourself…

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Thanks Billy (and Chad)

Posted Friday, April 11th, 2014 02:06 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 2:06 PM

Billy Reed’s Caesar Burger with crumbled blue cheese, Monte Carlo Restaurant, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Since 1906

Posted Friday, April 11th, 2014 11:50 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:50 AM

Monte Carlo Bar and Food, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

The New Ledge

Posted Thursday, April 10th, 2014 04:33 pm GMT -5 in Work at 4:33 PM

Making good progress…

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Stevie Nicks

Posted Thursday, April 10th, 2014 03:30 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:30 PM

It’s hard to think about what you’ve wanted. It’s hard to think about what you’ve lost…

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm
 

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