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The world needs more bacon flights

Posted Thursday, March 31st, 2016 02:47 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:47 PM

Matt was right again

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2016 at 2:47 pm

It’s a hard dad life

Posted Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 12:51 pm GMT -5 in Art,Food at 12:51 PM

Get Some @ Grumpy’s 

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2016 at 12:51 pm

A Decade of Publishing

Posted Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 08:49 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 8:49 AM

Today marks ten years since the first post here at 7minutemiles.com.

Ten. Flipping. Years.

I can hardly believe it. As I do every year, here are the latest stats from the server logs:

6,769 Posts
198 Pages
351 Comments
61,428 unique visitors in 2015
1,617,437 pages displayed

As of today, I’m running WordPress 4.4.2 with a highly-customized theme and 18 active plugins (Wordfence Security, Twitter Tools, Social and Alpine PhotoTile for Instagram playing key roles on the home page). Just noticed that several of my plugins aren’t really being supported or developed any more, so I should probably start cleaning those out and/or looking for replacements.

Speaking of replacements, I used to use a plugin called WP Audioscrobbler to pull my last played information from last.fm. That feature broke when they updated their API to version 2, so I’ve been looking for a way to replace that. A UK developer named Sam Kitson wrote a nice blog post about using jQuery and JSON to access that data, but I haven’t spent enough time trying to figure it out. He was kind enough to respond via email with an offer of assistance, so hopefully I’ll get that working again shortly.

Also on the list of (hopeful) future development: coding new mobile-friendly data entry screens for the run log and golf scores database, adding my long-delayed video post type and creating a responsive design option for smaller screens. It’s getting tougher and tougher to find free time to work on these things, but it would be good to keep those web development skills somewhat fresh.

I’d also like to give a quick shout-out to Brian Stucki and his company Macminicolo. I’ve been a customer of his operation for many years and have always received great service and fair pricing. This site runs on a five-year-old Mac mini with the AMP stack (Apache, MySQL and PHP) in their Las Vegas data center and has never had any major issues (remote OS upgrades are sometimes a bit scary, but that’s the case with all colocated machines).

As always, thanks for visiting!

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2016 at 8:49 am

It’s a game changer

Posted Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 07:59 am GMT -5 in Football,Links,Work at 7:59 AM

http://www.archdaily.com/784289/us-bank-stadium-a-game-changing-multi-purpose-nfl-stadium

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2016 at 7:59 am

America at Grand Casino Hinckley

Posted Monday, March 28th, 2016 12:38 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Food,Music at 12:38 AM

When I was little growing up in St. Paul, we had an old turntable that I used as my own personal DJ station. The volume, treble and bass knobs let me create simple “mixes” on the fly, which I thought sounded awesome. The smaller 45 rpm singles were my main source of entertainment, which I eagerly used my allowance on every few weeks at the old Montgomery Ward on University Avenue. Full-size LPs were an expensive luxury, so I only got those a few times a year as gifts (Donna Summer’s On the Radio and Eagles Live were two favorites).

I remember numbering my 45s and hanging them on nails in my closet. One of the early single digit platters was America’s A Horse with No Name, which I loved to mix because it started off so quietly. Played the heck out of that one. When I bought my first bird, Ken the cockatiel, we had a silly inside joke about changing the lyrics to “I’ve been through the desert on a chicken named Ken.”

Good times.

My parents owned History, America’s Greatest Hits on vinyl, so I learned about all of their other songs: Sister Golden Hair, Ventura Highway, I Need You, Sandman, Tin Man and, one that spoke to me as a personal anthem, Lonely People. Never had seen them live, but that changed last Friday at 7:30pm, when Colleen and I drove up to Grand Casino Hinckley.

Wasn’t really sure what to expect, since one of the original three members, Dan Peek, died in 2011. The two surviving members, Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, were joined by the former touring bassist from Three Dog Night (Richard Campbell), the former drummer from ska band Reel Big Fish (Ryland Steen) and a talented young guitarist named Bill Worrell, who is the son of their sound engineer (Bill’s LinkedIn profile here).

The show had no opener and started right on time with an interesting video collage of vintage photos and videos of their 45+ year career. This was my first show in the ballroom at Hinckley and I didn’t really like it much – the seats were too close together, row 13 seemed really far away from the stage and we couldn’t see behind the tall people in front of us. They also didn’t have the guitars or the lead vocals connected for the first 15-20 seconds of the opening song, which was a bummer.

The biggest letdown, though, were the voices of Dewey and Gerry. The former sounded fine (but would lose power halfway through each song), while the latter just sounded weird (one reviewer said it sounded like a sick chipmunk). Apparently all three original members wrote songs and whoever wrote the song would sing lead. That meant the Dan Peek songs were basically covers (Don’t Cross the River, Lonely People, Woman Tonight) and all of the Beckley songs were weird (I Need You, Sister Golden Hair, Daisy Jane). I thought Sandman and Ventura Highway sounded the best overall and had high hopes for the closing song (which I learned was originally called Desert Song). Dewey was pretty much out of juice by that point of the night, though.

They did have some good between-song banter and it was fun to hear stories about George Martin becoming their producer after the first three albums. Seemed really strange they didn’t have any merch to sell – we heard several people in the crowd wanting to buy stuff.

We stopped for a late dinner afterwards at Grand Grill Americana, which surprisingly had a very short post-concert line. Colleen had a dinner salad and the fish fry, while I had a cup of Marge’s wild rice soup (which had yucky mushrooms) and the Nueske’s® bacon chicken sandwich with fresh-cut chips. I’ve been mostly happy with the food at this restaurant, but the service always seems to be slow. This night had the added frustration of several manager type people just standing around talking to each other and not doing anything to improve service delivery.

After spending a lot more time at Mystic Lake since I’ve been back in the Twin Cities, I have to say I now prefer them in every area: better players club benefits, much better food, better entertainment venues, no comparison between golf courses, nicer hotel rooms and a better gaming floor. We did hit a butterfly progressive on Black Orchid, but I find it harder and harder to justify an hour and 15 minute drive that way (sorry, Mel). The new bar was nice looking, but I just don’t drink those craft beers…

Next casino show: Foreigner at Mystic on 4/9

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2016 at 12:38 am

I’ll take that any time

Posted Sunday, March 27th, 2016 05:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 5:23 PM

MK vs. DK @ Cedarvale Lanes

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Grandma’s photo album

Posted Sunday, March 27th, 2016 03:29 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Photography at 3:29 PM

Don’t think I have a lot of these

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Pug Life

Posted Sunday, March 27th, 2016 02:26 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Pets at 2:26 PM

Easter Sunday in St. Paul

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Tom Hagen

Posted Saturday, March 26th, 2016 08:40 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 8:40 PM

Mr. Corleone never asks a second favor once he’s refused the first, understood?

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Easter trouble

Posted Saturday, March 26th, 2016 05:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays,Pets at 5:21 PM

Louis, pickles, comics and Cooties

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

Five flutterbys (x2) = $87.77

Posted Saturday, March 26th, 2016 01:35 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 1:35 AM

Black Orchard @ Grand Casino Hinckley 

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2016 at 1:35 am

Running for chicken

Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2016 08:51 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Running at 8:51 PM

…and bourbon. WeRunMpls hits 4Bells

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 8:51 pm

And behind this door…

Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2016 05:54 pm GMT -5 in Design,Football,Sports at 5:54 PM

Love this design – Skol Vikings

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 5:54 pm

The other football

Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2016 05:52 pm GMT -5 in Food,Sports,Work at 5:52 PM

Chelsea v. AC Milan in Minneapolis, 8/3/2016

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Hank Kingsley

Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2016 05:47 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 5:47 PM

I mean Larry is a wonderful guy, he’s kind, funny, rich – my god he’s the boss. I’d date him if I could…

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm

A fish sandwich and a…

Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2016 12:53 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:53 PM

The fried cod sandwich @ Monello, Minneapolis 

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm

It’s baaaack

Posted Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 07:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Weather at 7:08 PM

Hopefully just a few days of pain

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2016 at 7:08 pm

Summerfest Management Rocks

Posted Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 10:54 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Links,Music,Travel at 10:54 AM

http://summerfest.com/2016-lineup/

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2016 at 10:54 am

The Kings are still so good

Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 08:29 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 8:29 PM

Like them every game (except when they play us)

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Covering your prow

Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 01:39 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 1:39 PM

Making progress on the upper surface

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm

I spy a Metrodome

Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 01:38 pm GMT -5 in Design,Football,Work at 1:38 PM

More scenes from the skyway tour

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Skyway Sushi

Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 01:36 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:36 PM

Sights from today’s mapping project

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

Celebrating #18 @ Louis

Posted Sunday, March 20th, 2016 07:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 7:15 PM

SK with Grandma and Grandpa in St. Paul

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm

Straight from Hawaii

Posted Sunday, March 20th, 2016 07:13 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 7:13 PM

Pineapple Hi-Chew from Auntie Lynn

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2016 at 7:13 pm

Overheated

Posted Sunday, March 20th, 2016 01:11 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 1:11 PM

So much to shred

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Should’ve been bald

Posted Saturday, March 19th, 2016 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,History at 6:25 PM

Why can’t I have normal hair?

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm

40 Years and Counting

Posted Saturday, March 19th, 2016 06:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 6:24 PM

My aunt and uncle in Preston, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Uncle Turkey (in spirit)

Posted Saturday, March 19th, 2016 01:45 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Holidays at 1:45 PM

Anfinson 40th Anniversary @ The Branding Iron, Preston

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Where the nose comes from

Posted Saturday, March 19th, 2016 01:43 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 1:43 PM

My great grandfather Charles

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Five hookers = $110

Posted Thursday, March 17th, 2016 08:34 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Holidays at 8:34 PM

The luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day – Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on March 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Oscar Wilde

Posted Thursday, March 17th, 2016 08:10 am GMT -5 in Holidays,Quotes at 8:10 AM

Work is the curse of the drinking classes…

Originally published by DK on March 17, 2016 at 8:10 am

5•8 Juicy Lucy

Posted Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 06:17 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:17 PM

Wish I could remember the name of the original owner

Originally published by DK on March 16, 2016 at 6:17 pm

Free Cone Day

Posted Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 10:44 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Family,Food at 10:44 PM

MK at the North Eagan DQ

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm

Oceanaire Revisited

Posted Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 10:43 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 10:43 PM

Happy hour with Toyya and Danielle

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm

Green lemonade season

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 8:47 PM

St. Patrick’s Day @ Raising Cane’s Apple Valley

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Paging Dr. Dewey

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:46 pm GMT -5 in History,Schools at 8:46 PM

The very first Eastview principal (1997)

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Sing, sweet nightingale

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:45 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 8:45 PM

MK @ her beautiful choir concert

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:45 pm

A Colossal Breakfast

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:39 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:39 PM

The St. Anthony Park edition – a new dentist tradition?

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:39 pm

Coming Soon

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:35 pm GMT -5 in Business,Work at 8:35 PM

The new parking ramp and Wells Fargo Skyway

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2016 at 8:35 pm

The 2016 grill season is on

Posted Sunday, March 13th, 2016 03:07 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:07 PM

Brats on the grill, two days in a row

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Off to the Rabbit Hole

Posted Sunday, March 13th, 2016 03:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Work at 3:05 PM

SK on her way to work

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Stavros Milos

Posted Saturday, March 12th, 2016 04:43 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 4:43 PM

You don’t get to be the supermarket king of Minnesota without making a few enemies…

Originally published by DK on March 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Second to last show

Posted Friday, March 11th, 2016 11:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Sports at 11:10 PM

MK and the Cheese Dog @ Apple Valley Ice Arena

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2016 at 11:10 pm

Good, better

Posted Friday, March 11th, 2016 07:26 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 7:26 PM

Happy hour table pull tab winnings = $601

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2016 at 7:26 pm

My first Lowertown Line

Posted Thursday, March 10th, 2016 11:15 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Television at 11:15 PM

Cactus Blossoms @ TPT St. Paul with MK

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2016 at 11:15 pm

Big River Pizza

Posted Thursday, March 10th, 2016 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Music at 6:41 PM

MK before Lowertown Line with the Cactus Blossoms

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Best lunch steak around

Posted Thursday, March 10th, 2016 03:16 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:16 PM

Murray’s is a Minneapolis classic – $20 for a perfect steak and au gratins

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Bravo, Erin – we love TBF

Posted Thursday, March 10th, 2016 10:31 am GMT -5 in Food,Links at 10:31 AM

http://twincitieswine.com/2016/03/qa-with-sommelier-erin-rolek-of-the-bachelor-farmer-minneapolis/

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2016 at 10:31 am

Best March day ever?

Posted Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 09:45 pm GMT -5 in Weather at 9:45 PM

70F in March. In Minnesota. You betcha.

Originally published by DK on March 8, 2016 at 9:45 pm

The Burger @ Sea Change

Posted Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 09:40 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:40 PM

Tasty – definitely a keeper

Originally published by DK on March 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm

The March Concert

Posted Monday, March 7th, 2016 09:42 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 9:42 PM

Bravo, MK, beautifully played

Originally published by DK on March 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Violet

Posted Monday, March 7th, 2016 09:32 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 9:32 PM

It’s good to be in love, whatever age…

Originally published by DK on March 7, 2016 at 9:32 pm

Disappointing loss

Posted Sunday, March 6th, 2016 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 10:45 PM

Blues over Wild, 4-2

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Sunday brunch @ Copper Kettle

Posted Sunday, March 6th, 2016 02:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 2:35 PM

SK and MK with the grandparents in Eagan

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2016 at 2:35 pm

When nerds run wild

Posted Friday, March 4th, 2016 07:47 pm GMT -5 in Technology at 7:47 PM

Room 404 @ the 511 Building, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on March 4, 2016 at 7:47 pm

The Pretzel Men

Posted Friday, March 4th, 2016 07:46 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:46 PM

…make some damn good pretzels

Originally published by DK on March 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm

The Tourney 16

Posted Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 11:57 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Hockey at 11:57 PM

Great to visit with Mikey Boom-Boom down @ the X

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Surprise dinner with SK

Posted Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 06:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:19 PM

…and she even paid! Punch on Grand

Originally published by DK on March 2, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Yippee-ki-yay

Posted Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Business,Movies,Pop Culture,Work at 3:28 PM

Up on the roof of the IDS Tower, Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on March 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Hans Gruber

Posted Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 03:26 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 3:26 PM

Do you really think you have a chance against us, Mr. Cowboy?

Originally published by DK on March 2, 2016 at 3:26 pm

So. Many. Ribbons.

Posted Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 08:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 8:41 PM

Raining ribbons @ C Finals

Originally published by DK on March 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm
 

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