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Florida 💜 Purple

Posted Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football,Work at 9:01 PM

Brian and Patti visit our little project

The Arcs at First Avenue

Posted Monday, May 30th, 2016 09:25 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 9:25 PM

This is probably a new record for most-delayed blog post after an event, but it was almost exactly six months ago that we saw The Arcs in the Mainroom at First Avenue. The show was a Tuesday night deal (12/1/2015), which I usually like to avoid these days. But how can you miss out on seeing someone like Dan Auerbach play that room?

I’ve never seen The Black Keys live, so this side project is the best you can do right now. They are mainly playing festivals this summer, returning to the area on September 17th for Festival Palomino, presented by the always excellent Trampled By Turtles. The Yours, Dreamily debut album sounds great, which make me want to see The Black Keys even more now.

Since it’s been so long, I don’t remember too many specifics. Here is a review by Colton Davis that I found (along with his setlist after the jump). The Mariachi Flor De Toloache cover of Come As You Are was cool, as was Dan’s white “rocket-ship” guitar and the dual drummer setup stage right.

Set List (according to Twin Cities Media):

  • Stay In My Corner
  • Bad Girl
  • Pistol Made of Bones
  • Put a Flower in Your Pocket
  • The Arc
  • Nature’s Child
  • Little Baby (The Blue Rondos cover)
  • Cold Companion
  • My Mind
  • Chains of Love
  • Everything You Do (You Do For You)
  • Too Young to Burn (Sonny & The Sunsets cover)
  • I Want a Holler
  • Outta My Mind
  • Velvet Ditch
  • Aretha

Grad party preview

Posted Monday, May 30th, 2016 08:51 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Photography,Schools at 8:51 PM

Sneak peek of the decorations 


Posted Monday, May 30th, 2016 03:26 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:26 PM

People call me rude, I wish we all were nude, I wish there was no black and white, I wish there were no rules…

Bowler fierce

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 08:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 8:08 PM

But still kicked her butt

Hidden Gem

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 03:50 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums,Travel at 3:50 PM

Huge names in a small city – Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona

Border towns

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 03:13 pm GMT -5 in Football,Shopping,Travel at 3:13 PM

Winona Shopko is bipolar

The train was broken :(

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 01:16 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Games at 1:16 PM

Little Oscar’s in Hampton, Minnesota 

Shroom Season

Posted Saturday, May 28th, 2016 11:48 am GMT -5 in Nature,Weather at 11:48 AM

Near the pool, Eagan, Minnesota

Band Box Breakfast Burger

Posted Friday, May 27th, 2016 12:49 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:49 PM

Damn, that hit the spot

Mikey Boom-Boom

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 10:02 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 10:02 PM

Marco in the big house

Just like a Disney set

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 09:28 pm GMT -5 in Sports at 9:28 PM

I’ll never tire of this view

The Scholar

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 10:07 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 10:07 AM

Eastview Academic Excellence Awards

I Want You

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 10:56 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:56 PM

The guilty undertaker sighs, the lonesome organ grinder cries…

Nice remodel

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 09:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Sports at 9:47 PM

Minnie & Paul’s @ Target Field

Food Day @ the Stadium

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 08:43 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 8:43 PM

All-star lineup for this fall

U of M Night

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 08:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Sports at 8:38 PM

Twins v Royals with pizza and free hat

Fun times at Mystic

Posted Monday, May 23rd, 2016 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family at 9:59 PM

Casino nights with kid one are the best

Dinner @ Sweet Lou’s

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 08:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:52 PM

Lou Nanne’s, Edina

Lax Awards

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 04:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 4:50 PM

MK and her squad @ Buck Hill

Headshot – Hers

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 04:36 pm GMT -5 in Family,Photography,Work at 4:36 PM

Hers wins, hands down – Allina Health

Headshot – His

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 04:35 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Photography,Work at 4:35 PM

U.S. Bank Stadium – SMG

Custom laces

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 04:20 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Shopping at 4:20 PM

Purple (of course)


Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 03:54 pm GMT -5 in Pop Culture,Quotes at 3:54 PM

It didn’t go as hoped but that’s okay…

Outlet mall winning

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Food,Shopping at 2:56 PM

Found everything I was looking for

Zero pars

Posted Saturday, May 21st, 2016 04:00 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 4:00 PM

That hasn’t happened for a while – Gross National, Minneapolis 

Final lax?

Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 07:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 7:31 PM

MK and EW @ BSM

Ohana Means Family

Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Design,Family,Work at 7:29 PM

USBS signage

We’ll take these

Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016 07:27 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football at 7:27 PM

The family in Valhalla

Randal Graves

Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2016 09:00 am GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 9:00 AM

Buncha savages in this town…

Block Prints

Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 10:46 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 10:46 PM

SK and her beautiful art

Golf Day 2016

Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 10:45 PM

Oak Marsh 10th, Oakdale, Minnesota

2016 TC 1 Mile

Posted Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 10:20 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Running,Work at 10:20 PM

As I likely wrote the first three times I ran this race, the TC 1 Mile is one of the hardest distances I run every year. Even the Superior 50K was a different kind of pain than I experience when trying to run 5,280 feet as fast as I can. My arms feel oxygen deprived, breathing is a challenge throughout, I never seem to have a kick at the end and I usually want to double over after crossing the finish line. Strangely enough, I’m always back to normal in about ten minutes.

This year was unique in a lot of ways. First off, they changed the course again because of the Nicollet Mall construction, moving to a riverfront course near the Mill City Museum and the Guthrie. Second, I was captain of a Corporate Team Challenge group representing U.S. Bank Stadium. Lastly, I’m three years older than the last time I ran this distance (and much, much slower).

The new course was extremely convenient to our office, so our team of eight just walked over for the start. The CTC wave was the very first one at 6:30pm and we made the rookie mistake of standing at the back of the corral. When the race started, our faster runners had to dodge and dart around people for the first quarter mile. Special shout-out to Jordan for being the group photographer, cheering squad and boot storeroom all rolled up in one.

I wanted to run four equal 90-second splits, but only did the first one at that pace, hitting the half-way mark ten seconds over the goal. I’ll admit I basically threw in the towel at that point and didn’t look at my watch again until I crossed the finish line at 6:47, a full 37 seconds slower than 2013. I’d say maybe 10 seconds of that was due to poor positioning at the start, but it was still disappointing.

The team, though, did great – I’m very proud of everyone. Shannon broke seven minutes, Marlon won the overall crown and we all talked about coming back next year prepared to take it to the next level. The post-race party at Day Block Brewing was very nice and several members of our team won door prizes. We ended up getting a table downstairs for drinks and dinner – quite a fun way to spend a beautiful spring Thursday in Minneapolis.

Official 2016 Results

Senior Forum @ SES

Posted Monday, May 16th, 2016 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 9:24 PM

SK rocked it – so proud of her ❤️

A Message from the Artist

Posted Monday, May 16th, 2016 01:58 pm GMT -5 in Business,Links,Music at 1:58 PM

View story at

Beautiful day at the Creek

Posted Sunday, May 15th, 2016 03:00 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:00 PM

Ridges at Sand Creek, 4th tee

Dinner at the Tap

Posted Saturday, May 14th, 2016 05:16 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:16 PM

Saturday stop on the way to Mystic

It’s TG approved

Posted Saturday, May 14th, 2016 05:15 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Technology,Work at 5:15 PM

The new production control room @ USBS

V is for Victory

Posted Saturday, May 14th, 2016 05:13 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 5:13 PM

7-6 lax win over Woodbury


Posted Saturday, May 14th, 2016 11:30 am GMT -5 in Shopping at 11:30 AM


Top Seven Albums

Posted Saturday, May 14th, 2016 12:20 am GMT -5 in Music at 12:20 AM

The Current’s 893 Essential Albums was a really cool and interesting exercise. It was funny how upset some people were about the results, but everyone needs to chill out – we all have our own opinions on how an “essential” album is defined.

For me, good albums have always been about the whole: does it flow from one song to the next, does it make you want to sit and listen to the whole thing at one time, is it devoid of clunkers? Since I devoted more time to focused, extended listening when I was younger, most of my top albums are older. There are a lot of newer albums that I like a lot, but just don’t get a chance for many repeat listens.

When I was little, my parents picked what vinyl we had in the house. Sgt. Pepper was my ultimate – listening to the whole thing over and over again. When I hear one song from that album on the radio now, I instantly know what song should play next. It’s the first album I thought of when The Current announced their promotion.

Keeping with the theme of this site, I tried to come up with a list of seven. This is really an impossible task when you have tens of thousands of songs in your iTunes library, but I gave it the old college try. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a bunch and the list will probably be different next year (or even next week), but here you go:

  • Arctic Monkeys – AM (#377)
  • Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill (#59)
  • David Bowie – Let’s Dance (#245)
  • Gorillaz – Demon Days (#138)
  • Prince – Parade (NR)
  • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles (#18)
  • Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (#102)

Presented in alphabetical order, with The Current ranking in parenthesis

Plus one more old favorite I just can’t delete: Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega (NR)

2016 Lake Minnetonka Half

Posted Friday, May 13th, 2016 09:00 pm GMT -5 in Running at 9:00 PM

Ever since moving back to the metro area, I’ve been working my way through lots of things on the list of lists page. The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon has been on my race list for a long time and 2016 was finally my year to try it out. Founded in 1980, this is a race that my friends Jeff and Deb have run many times and raved about, so I was excited to try it out (even though they were out of the country this year). Part of the MN Run Series, the race is produced by the same people who do Goldy’s Run, which I also crossed off the list this year.

Got to tour half of the Wayzata school district during the registration process and on race day: packet pick-up was at Wayzata West Middle School, while primary race day parking was at Wayzata Central Middle School. They had the same odd bib assignment process as Goldy’s, but the line moved much faster this time. The parking lot at the school on race morning was a mess – all the spots were full, but they didn’t put up closed barricades until about a hundred cars cycled through. I parked on a nearby side street and walked over to the shuttle buses, which dropped us off near the starting line in downtown Wayzata.

The course was very scenic, but much hillier than I expected. Weather that day was very pleasant for May 1, although it was a little chilly waiting for the start in the shade and wind. They had a four wave start, which really helped spread out the masses. I was hoping to stay under two hours and ended up with a 1:54:33 (8:45 pace). That was good for 832nd out of 2,525 total finishers and 64th in my age group of 132 (full results here).

Watch splits: 8:24, 8:06, 8:27, 8:23, 8:20, 8:40, 8:35, 9:02, 8:54, 9:04, 9:16, 9:12

The finish line area in Excelsior was very nice and the shuttle busses back to the school were easy to find and left promptly when full. It would’ve been nice to hang out at sponsor Jake O’Connor’s Public House for a while, but that was not in the cards, unfortunately.

It’s easy to see why this is a popular race that’s been around a long time – add it to your list and you too can purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka… 💜


Posted Friday, May 13th, 2016 07:58 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 7:58 PM

Likely our last visit to Pizza Ranch for a while

Since 1939

Posted Friday, May 13th, 2016 12:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,History at 12:48 PM

Band Box Diner, Elliot Park, Minneapolis 

The 2016 TC 1 Mile Crew

Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016 09:44 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Running,Work at 9:44 PM

U.S. Bank Stadium corporate team challenge 

Can’t believe this is to code

Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016 01:35 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 1:35 PM


Carb mission accomplished

Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016 01:32 pm GMT -5 in Food,Running at 1:32 PM

Carbonara at Sea Change before the TC 1 Mile  

Wish this was not fake $

Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016 01:30 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Technology at 1:30 PM

Screenful of wild symbols on the Konami app

What were the odds?

Posted Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 12:49 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports at 12:49 PM

21000 to one – Podolak one seat over

Shusters in the house

Posted Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 12:47 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 12:47 PM

John and Cathy, Minneapolis 

My Name is Jonas

Posted Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 08:42 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:42 AM

The choo-choo train left right on time, a ticket costs only your mind…

The MSF talent booker is amazing

Posted Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 08:27 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Links,Music at 8:27 AM

Shag Swag

Posted Sunday, May 8th, 2016 07:31 pm GMT -5 in Art,Fashion,Television at 7:31 PM

This used to be in my room on Lombard Avenue

Mom Day @ The Lowry

Posted Sunday, May 8th, 2016 11:11 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 11:11 AM

Four-course brunch in Uptown

Three perfect shots

Posted Sunday, May 8th, 2016 10:04 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 10:04 AM

…gets you a par @ The Summit’s 15th

Cheeky lil’ Devil

Posted Sunday, May 8th, 2016 10:02 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Games at 10:02 AM

Something new from IGT @ Treasure Island

Nokomis Life 2016

Posted Friday, May 6th, 2016 06:51 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Weather at 6:51 PM

Fried Chicken Friday @ Sandcastle, Minneapolis 

Billion Dollar View

Posted Friday, May 6th, 2016 05:46 pm GMT -5 in Work at 5:46 PM

Can’t wait for July 1st

Vanilla Ice

Posted Friday, May 6th, 2016 08:42 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 8:42 AM

Word to your mother…

Prince and the Sexual Revolution

Posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016 09:43 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 9:43 PM

You’re Just a Sinner I Am Told: Prince & the Sexual Revolution

First time visitor

Posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016 09:37 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Running at 9:37 PM

Never been to Bryn Mawr until today

A top five smell

Posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016 09:34 pm GMT -5 in Nature at 9:34 PM

Lilacs in spring are so wonderful 

Band on the Run

Posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016 08:58 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Quotes at 8:58 AM

Well, the undertaker drew a heavy sigh, seeing no one else had come. And a bell was ringing in the village square, for the rabbits on the run…

Welcome to our home

Posted Thursday, May 5th, 2016 08:52 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 8:52 AM

The Rabbit Hole, Minneapolis 

Look who’s hiding inside

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 04:42 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Work at 4:42 PM

Badger hiding in the cabins

Food truck invasion

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 12:25 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:25 PM

We found a whole herd on 2nd

MK is in so much trouble

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Football,Work at 12:24 PM

Who let them in here?

Guest or employee?

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 12:23 pm GMT -5 in Shopping at 12:23 PM

That endcap looks like ass

2016 Get in Gear 10K

Posted Monday, May 2nd, 2016 11:01 pm GMT -5 in Running at 11:01 PM

Saturday marked my 15th straight Get in Gear 10K in Minnehaha Park. Last year broke my streak of six years under 50 minutes (52:23) and I was really hoping to get back under that threshold. When I passed the five mile mark right at forty minutes, I thought I had it made. Of course, I also forgot how long that last 0.2 can take…

The weather this year was perfect for running: sunny, low 40s and a light wind. Started off a little too fast, but stayed relatively consistent after that (watch splits of 7:22, 7:49, 8:22, 8:26, 8:21 and 8:14). The official results page seems to be broken, only displaying gun time and not chip time. My watch showed an unofficial time of 50:28, so I’m getting closer to the old days. That was good for 568th out of 2336 (and 46th in my age group).

Not much else to report from this year’s event. Dropped off three pairs of old shoes before the race that I had tried to donate at REI a few weeks back, which was nice. Took off right after I finished so I could get to the packet pick-up for the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon, followed by golf at Valleywood with Brad. Walking the hills of Apple Valley carrying a heavy golf bag was surprisingly easy, so that was a good training sign for the rest of the 2016 racing calendar.


Posted Monday, May 2nd, 2016 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 8:21 PM

That’s what I do. I drink and I know things…


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  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2018 Mileage: 53.8

Upcoming Races

  • Get in Gear 10K - 4/28

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