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My favorite pays again

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2015 09:18 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 9:18 PM

Turned $40 into $450 on Black Orchid @ Grand Hinckley

2015 Get in Gear 10K

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2015 12:00 am GMT -5 in Running at 12:00 AM

Last weekend was the 38th annual Get in Gear 10K – my 14th in a row (15th overall). I had a nice little streak going of sub-50 races (six in a row) that all averaged 7-something minute miles. This year I started with a 7:32 first mile, but felt a really weird pain in my chin that I’ve never experienced before. With my big race coming up next month, I decided to dial it back and ran the rest of race with splits of 8:16, 8:31, 8:44, 8:36 and 8:31 for an official time of 52:23 (8:26 average pace). This was good for 662nd place (out of 2626) and 59th in my age group (out of 136). Slowest time since 2008 – and far from my 44:40 PR two years ago – but I also didn’t get hurt before Superior.

The best story from this race, though, had to be 8-year-old Faith Quinn from Winona. She was announced before the start as the 7-year-old course record holder from last year, back to race again. I saw her in front of me at the start and she looked all of about four feet tall and fifty pounds soaking wet. I passed her in the first quarter mile or so, but she caught up not much later and I never saw her again. Not sure if she set the 8-year-old course record, but she beat me by four minutes and ran a 7:47 pace. Nicely done, Faith.

The weather the night before was rainy, but that system moved out by race time and the weather overall was very nice for running: light wind, mid-40s, dry and a little sun mixed in during the race. I also saw Shannon out running the boulevard in the opposite direction, cheering people on as she got her own training run in for the day. All the other race logistics were mostly unchanged from prior years – easy packet pick-up on Friday and nice post-race refreshments afterwards (although Pearson apparently didn’t send any salted nut rolls this year).

Congrats to all the finishers and hello spring – so glad to have you back…

Searchable 10K results

Gone Squatchin

Posted Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 10:56 am GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Video at 10:56 AM

Dinner at Revival

Posted Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 01:31 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:31 AM

Last week Colleen and I decided to check out the fried chicken hype machine that is Revival Minneapolis. The southern food spinoff by Corner Table’s Thomas Boemer has been the talk of the town since it opened. Lots of food critics I follow online have been raving, as have several chefs and restaurant industry people. They don’t take reservations and waits have reportedly been long, so we decided to try later on a Thursday night and still ended up waiting 70 minutes for a table. Was it worth the wait?

Earlier in the day, the Revival Twitter account had a tweet about a newly christened “Wilford Brimley”: their burger, substitute mac and cheese and add two pieces of Tennessee hot chicken. Alas, our server had never heard of it and that tweet now seems to be gone, but that’s what I wanted. Minneapolis Eater has named the burger “hottest in Minneapolis St. Paul” and the recent City Pages Best Of for 2015 awarded them the coveted “Best Fried Chicken” title.

The burger was very good – two tasty patties with cheese, mayo, pickles and some awesomely thick slices of top notch bacon. The mac and cheese wasn’t bad, but I was hoping for more. Then there was the chicken. Our server had asked me if I wanted southern style or Tennessee hot. Colleen was ordering southern style, so I decided to get hot, which our server said was her favorite. I completely regret that decision – there is flavorful hot and then there is burn your lips, sweat down your forehead hot. I don’t enjoy the latter and had to remove all the skin and breading to eat any of it. I was extremely enviously of tables that ordered whole chicken platters southern style, which is what I’d get next time (and the farm greens salad with buttermilk dressing and cornbread croutons). Along with her chicken, Colleen also had biscuits with sorghum butter and house pickles. She said the biscuits were her favorite thing, which isn’t a great sign when you are the pickle queen.

So was it worth the wait? Probably – I’d just like a do-over. Our server was great and everyone there is working under a lot of stress due to the crowds. The room isn’t very big and they really could use a dedicated host to handle all the people standing around waiting (both inside and outside). All you really want as a guest in those situations is fairness and we had several people get served before us because new arrivals weren’t being tracked very well. The food is very good, although I can think of at least two places that have fried chicken I like better (Sandcastle and Lyn 65).

Clark Kent in the house

Posted Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 01:21 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Movies at 1:21 PM

New Superman The Movie slots @ Fortune Bay Resort Casino

The Wilderness has returned

Posted Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 01:20 pm GMT -5 in Food,Golf at 1:20 PM

Award-winning apps: pork belly lollipops

Ready for summer

Posted Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 07:56 am GMT -5 in Nature at 7:56 AM

Someone put the dock in – guessing Steve the (Former) Mayor

Frank Miller Blues

Posted Monday, April 27th, 2015 08:30 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:30 PM

Frank Miller ain’t got no money, but he’s been drinkin’ all day…

Hello club

Posted Monday, April 27th, 2015 06:30 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 6:30 PM

Casino Club from the Grill

Such a great tradition

Posted Sunday, April 26th, 2015 05:03 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 5:03 PM

Ott shakes Duuuuub’s hand while Kaptain Koivu watches

Chris profiles Charlie

Posted Sunday, April 26th, 2015 11:57 am GMT -5 in Links,Music at 11:57 AM

They Might Be Giants @ First Ave

Posted Saturday, April 25th, 2015 05:53 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music at 5:53 PM

The Johns (Linnell and Flansburgh) have been making nerd music out of Brooklyn since 1982, but it was the timing of my kids being the right age when No! and Here Come the ABCs came out that will forever (re)brand this group for me. Our kids also loved their theme song to Malcolm in the Middle (Boss of Me) and waited in line to get photos and autographs at the old Borders bookstore in Richfield off 494. My other TMBG memory is from our college days – they played a concert in Madison that was held off campus and there were signs up everywhere advertising “They Might Be Busses” to transport people to and from the show.

Colleen and I went to the sold out show at First Avenue last weekend, part of the tour to support the newest album, Glean. There were no openers and it was packed by the time we got in (extremely long lines flowed out in both directions from the front doors). We did get a decent spot to the right of the soundboard, though, and stayed for the entire show (two main sets with an intermission and a couple of encores). Very old, nerdy crowd that was mostly polite throughout.

Strangely enough for a sold-out show, the only online review I saw by the local media was this one from the Current Blog, which covered everything nicely. Robot Parade was the only “kid” song all night, but the language mentioned in the story wasn’t a big deal, since they weren’t letting in anyone under 14 (even with a parent for this 18+ show). John Linnell looked like he hadn’t aged a day since we last saw him, while John Flansburgh kinda looked like Will Sasso playing George Lucas on MadTV.

Set List (per the Current Blog):

  • The Mesopotamians
  • Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2
  • Can’t Keep Johnny Down
  • Number Three
  • Dead
  • Bills, Bills, Bills (Destiny’s Child cover)
  • When Will You Die
  • Skit: Mom TMBG Phone Call
  • Erase
  • Man, It’s So Loud In Here
  • Why Does The Sun Shine?
  • Good To Be Alive
  • 32 Footsteps
  • The Famous Polka
  • Doctor Worm
  • Minneapolis
  • Cyclops Rock
  • The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
  • Underwater Woman
  • Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (The Four Lads cover)
  • With The Dark
  • Call You Mom
  • Authenticity Trip
  • Answer
  • James K. Polk
  • They’ll Need a Crane
  • Let Me Tell You About My Operation
  • Ana Ng
  • Encore 1:
  • Mammal
  • Older
  • Birdhouse in Your Soul
  • Encore 2:
  • Robot Parade

Next show: Leon Bridges at First Avenue on April 26th

Gold Medal Day

Posted Saturday, April 25th, 2015 02:55 pm GMT -5 in History,Weather at 2:55 PM

Minneapolis doesn’t suck

HSRA mini-reunion

Posted Saturday, April 25th, 2015 01:34 pm GMT -5 in Friends at 1:34 PM

Studio Phil, Jared and Talia @ Mikey Boom-Boom’s new house, Blaine

Prom shopping

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015 02:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 2:42 PM

SK and the silver dress @ Macy’s MOA


Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015 02:41 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:41 PM

New York style hot pastrami and Swiss on egg white @ Cecil’s 


Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015 02:34 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:34 PM

Minnesota is Dew Country

Squad @ Cecil’s

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015 01:34 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 1:34 PM

SK, MK and Jack in St. Paul

Playoff (gray) beard

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015 01:32 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Hockey at 1:32 PM

Way too much gray – go Wild!

Finisher Shirt Friday

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015 01:25 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Marathons,Running at 1:25 PM

The governor said so

SK at the new joint

Posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 06:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Work at 6:40 PM

Caribou Coffee, Eagan

April Icicles

Posted Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 08:32 am GMT -5 in Weather at 8:32 AM

Winter’s back on Birch Point, Lake Vermilion

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Posted Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 08:31 am GMT -5 in Nature at 8:31 AM

A new visitor to Birch Point this morning

New Charlie cures what ails you

Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 01:16 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 1:16 PM

Not nice, Mother Nature

Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015 11:50 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Weather at 11:50 PM

Sometimes it snows in (late) April

Wild Anthem

Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Hockey,Music,Quotes at 10:22 PM

We will fight to the end. We will stand and defend. Our flag flying high and free…

Season tickets

Posted Sunday, April 19th, 2015 01:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 1:04 PM

Dad’s favorite seat in 317

From Cretin to Minneapolis

Posted Sunday, April 19th, 2015 01:03 pm GMT -5 in Sports at 1:03 PM

Molitor magnet giveaway

Nemesis no more?

Posted Saturday, April 18th, 2015 03:16 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:16 PM

The sixteenth @ Willingers, Northfield

Walkies with kid two

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015 05:24 pm GMT -5 in Family at 5:24 PM

MK @ Nokomis

Spring blooms in Minneapolis

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Weather at 5:22 PM

Walk around Nokomis with MK

Opening Day on Nokomis

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015 05:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 5:19 PM

So happy to be back to support Doug and Amy @ Sandcastle this season

My last watch

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015 11:54 am GMT -5 in Art,Design,Technology at 11:54 AM

Movado graduation present from my parents (high school or college?)

Magical Moments 2015

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015 10:59 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 10:59 AM

SK and her speech team (photo courtesy of Tammy Lough)

Wild Viewing Party

Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2015 07:49 pm GMT -5 in Food,Hockey at 7:49 PM

And for free, even


Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2015 12:46 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 12:46 PM

Have you had your plus sign today?

Good morning, Sugar

Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2015 10:04 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Music at 10:04 AM

Dolly Parton slots @ Fortune Bay

Lower those docks!

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 11:49 am GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 11:49 AM

Big Bay is almost ready to go

The last of the ice

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 11:48 am GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 11:48 AM

Birch Point, Lake Vermillion

Tax Day Burger Special

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 11:47 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:47 AM

Good Ol’ Days, Tower

Is this the Onion?

Posted Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 03:33 pm GMT -5 in Links,Politics at 3:33 PM

Play Ball!

Posted Monday, April 13th, 2015 02:34 pm GMT -5 in Sports at 2:34 PM

Twins 2015 home opener vs. KC

New pizza night

Posted Sunday, April 12th, 2015 09:44 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 9:44 PM

Red Wagon Pizza Company, Minneapolis

Best mobile experience (again)

Posted Sunday, April 12th, 2015 03:55 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Technology at 3:55 PM

The Masters app on iOS 

Hello? Anybody home?

Posted Sunday, April 12th, 2015 02:54 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:54 PM

Can’t wait for the return of Friday fried chicken @ Sandcastle

Ready to heckle

Posted Saturday, April 11th, 2015 10:15 am GMT -5 in Friends,Technology at 10:15 AM

The Edge presents @ minnebar

Nerdfest 2015

Posted Saturday, April 11th, 2015 08:16 am GMT -5 in Technology at 8:16 AM

minnebar @ Best Buy HQ


Posted Friday, April 10th, 2015 08:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:38 PM

Walked to Coldstone with SK & MK

School meet @ Riptide

Posted Friday, April 10th, 2015 03:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 3:47 PM

MK feels right at home

Lunch with the sickie

Posted Friday, April 10th, 2015 12:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:04 PM

SK @ Eagan Carbone’s


Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2015 01:47 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 1:47 PM

Another lucky winner @ Fortune Bay

I am IT

Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2015 01:45 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Work at 1:45 PM

Nett Lake job fair

The Other David Kingsbury

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 11:58 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Running,Sports at 11:58 PM

A few years ago when you Googled my name, this site would show up on the first page of search results, often battling for position with Dr. David Kingsbury from Johns Hopkins University and with a bankruptcy attorney in Apple Valley, Minnesota. When Hugh Jackman decided to become Wolverine, however, the online David Kingsbury universe changed forever. London-based David Kingsbury (above) is Mr. Jackman’s personal trainer and he developed the Wolverine Workout that has bumped all the other David Kingsburys of the world down the Google results hierarchy.

I’ve owned the domain for a long time, but never really used it (there was a re-direct set to for years). On a lark, I decided to email the UK DK to see if he would be interested in swapping the domain for a customized training program. I believe his initial reply was “that would be brilliant!” So now Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and I all have something in common…

He sent me a detailed questionnaire to fill out and asked me to send some “before” photos (which I’m too embarrassed to post right now). I told him about my running goals for the year and my current commuting schedule and he produced multiple training and nutrition documents that I still need to study and research. I was initially planning to start the new training routine before my 50K trail race this spring, but priorities shifted and I won’t realistically be able to start until a few other things fall into place.

I’m very excited about starting this new program and finally paying attention to my upper body and core. After years of running and biking, leg strength has never really been a major issue. The past few years have been depressing on the weight front, though, with most of that accumulating in a growing beer belly (even though I don’t drink beer). My arms have never been very strong, so toning those and shedding some inches around the middle would be extremely welcome (not to mention a likely boost for my golf game). I’d also like to improve my flexibility, which was getting bad even before I pulled a muscle in my back last weekend lifting boxes.

My run log so far this year doesn’t look great, but right now I’m less concerned with mileage totals and more interested in cross-training for variety (and to prevent boredom). I’m really looking forward to the Lebanon Hills mountain bike trails to reopen for the season and my first race of the year is coming up soon (Get in Gear 10K on April 25th). I probably won’t be fully prepared for the Superior 50K on May 16th, but it felt great to run last weekend at Lebanon (even if was just 6.8 miles).

If things go the way I want, I’ll complete those races with decent times, start the new training plan and look for a fall marathon to run fast (Des Moines?). Throw in the State Fair Milk Run 5K that MK and I just signed up for and 2015 should be a great fitness recovery year.

Best Men Around

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 08:17 pm GMT -5 in Links,Marathons,Running at 8:17 PM

Fire and Ice

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 02:59 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Weather at 2:59 PM

Recently burned rough on number ten, followed by three inches of snow 

WTG Wild – Bonus Hockey!

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 09:11 am GMT -5 in History at 9:11 AM

Wild clinch playoff berth with 2-1 win @ Chicago

One to three

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 09:09 am GMT -5 in Cars,Weather at 9:09 AM

Stupid April snow…

Grgich Hills Wine Dinner

Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 10:52 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 10:52 PM

Last month Fortune Bay food and beverage manager Carrie Matthias invited Sean Barrett from Grgich Hills Estate of Napa Valley to host a special wine dinner at the Sunset Steakhouse. Chef Dan Schimka created a wonderful six course menu – five of which came with wine. He was really excited about the night, inviting me into the kitchen beforehand for a multi-spoon sampling of the various sauces and a sneak peak of the courses.

Mr. Barrett was a great speaker, talking about the history of Grgich Hills and each specific wine. He also had extra bottles for sale at cost to those who wanted to take some home, with prices ranging from $29 to $62 a bottle. He commented at the end of the night that the evening was a bargain at $59 per person, stating that he does these all over the country and something similar in Chicago or San Francisco would easily cost $150-$200.

You can read the full menu and wine list in the photos after the jump, but my favorite item was the petite char-grilled salmon (above) with braised fennel, caramelized carrots, parsnips and blood orange butter sauce (oh that sauce!). All the courses were great – well prepared and presented, high quality ingredients and large portion sizes. Chef asked me later what I would change and I can’t think of a single thing. Simply a superb evening – bravo team!

Now that *is* major

Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 03:37 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 3:37 PM

Buffalo progressive tops $30K

Still very frozen

Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 03:36 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 3:36 PM

One month to melt before opener

Love getting this email

Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 11:07 am GMT -5 in Personal at 11:07 AM

2015 State Fair Milk Run 5K registration is now open

Paradise By The Dashboard Light

Posted Monday, April 6th, 2015 01:34 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 1:34 PM

What’s it gonna be boy, yes or no?

Nerdfest 11 this weekend

Posted Monday, April 6th, 2015 12:01 pm GMT -5 in Links,Technology at 12:01 PM

Border Rivalry

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2015 11:46 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Sports at 11:46 AM

At the mother-in-law’s house for Easter

Top 5 burger @ Heartland

Posted Saturday, April 4th, 2015 11:04 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:04 PM

Lenny’s “new” spot is very nice

A new angle

Posted Saturday, April 4th, 2015 05:32 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 5:32 PM

Section 122, row 24 for Wild-Detroit

Record Collector

Posted Saturday, April 4th, 2015 02:05 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Music at 2:05 PM

I found you on the road
on Croftville Way
a few summers ago
I had never seen anything like you before
only stories of how beautiful you were
you were the perfect square
crafted from oak and a deep brown metal
with the pristine silver needle
shining ever so slightly as the sun
reflected off of your metal edge
and the waves of Superior
hit the shore down by the bay
The people who gave you away had
a particularly unique taste in music
Records ranging from classic country
to “Sounds of the Loon”
(a record that is exactly what it says it is)
I lugged you home along Croftville Way
and fiddled around with you on the
floor of our classically nostalgic cabin
I found some speakers and your sound
was the most melodic I had ever heard
People always told me that music sounded
best when you played it
and when I heard you
I became a
Record collector

– SK (republished with permission)


Posted Friday, April 3rd, 2015 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 7:11 PM

She’s nice inside and out, like a Cadbury’s Creme Egg…

It’s good to be back

Posted Friday, April 3rd, 2015 03:21 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:21 PM

First round of the Minnesota season at the “new” Keller

A beautiful surprise

Posted Friday, April 3rd, 2015 07:58 am GMT -5 in Family at 7:58 AM

…from the beautiful SK


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  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2018 Mileage: 53.8

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Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Monster Jam - 4/7
  • Twins vs. Houston - 4/9
  • Supercross - 4/14
  • Twins vs. Reds - 4/27
  • Twins vs. Detroit - 5/21
  • Twins vs. Cleveland - 6/3
  • Tapemark - 6/8-10
  • Twins vs. Boston - 6/20
  • Summer X Games - 7/19-22
  • Twins vs. Cleveland - 7/30
  • Twins vs. Pittsburgh - 8/15

Upcoming Concerts

  • Graveyard Club & Rushmore - 3/22, Fitz
  • Cloud Cult - 4/7, Orchestra Hall
  • Trampled by Turtles - 5/4, Palace
  • Kenny Chesney - 5/5, USBS
  • Caroline Smith - 5/17, Cedar
  • I Love the 90s - 5/18, Mystic Lake
  • David Byrne - 5/17, Orpheum
  • David Byrne - 5/18, Orpheum
  • Trampled by Turtles - 7/7, Bayfront
  • Jack White - 8/6, Armory
  • Beyonce & Jay Z - 8/8, USBS
  • Pearl Jam - 8/18, Wrigley Field
  • Pearl Jam - 8/20, Wrigley Field
  • Taylor Swift - 8/31 & 9/1, USBS
  • Ed Sheeran - 10/20, USBS