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I could so do this

Posted Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 10:59 am GMT -5 in Biking,Business,Cars at 10:59 AM
DitchWithLyft

The $300 Lyft credit and 11-month Metro Go-To card would be awesome…

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2018 at 10:59 am

Destruction from within

Posted Thursday, September 13th, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Business,Work at 12:34 PM

Still wish they would’ve blown it up

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm

BotATweet: Camera rentals

Posted Monday, September 10th, 2018 12:25 pm GMT -5 in Business,Photography at 12:25 PM

I don’t think your camera rental business will rent many cameras when you require a $4K deposit

Originally published by DK on September 10, 2018 at 12:25 pm

Bernie Sanders

Posted Thursday, September 6th, 2018 12:46 pm GMT -5 in Business,Quotes at 12:46 PM

Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act

Originally published by DK on September 6, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Anaheim vs. The Mouse

Posted Friday, August 17th, 2018 01:49 pm GMT -5 in Business,Disney,Links at 1:49 PM

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-disneyland-hotel-subsidy-20180815-story.html#

Originally published by DK on August 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Delta bought an oil refinery?

Posted Friday, July 13th, 2018 07:49 am GMT -5 in Business,Links at 7:49 AM

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/09/03/delta-air-lines-refinery-bet-is-about-to-pay-off-a.aspx

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2018 at 7:49 am

I’m an outlaw, quick on the draw

Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2018 09:02 am GMT -5 in Business,Politics at 9:02 AM

Respect our authoritay

Originally published by DK on July 12, 2018 at 9:02 am

You don’t say…

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 08:38 pm GMT -5 in Business,News at 8:38 PM

This may or may not be a crisis

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 8:38 pm

Thanks, Bill

Posted Monday, March 12th, 2018 09:42 pm GMT -5 in Business,Technology at 9:42 PM

How did Microsoft ever get this big?

Originally published by DK on March 12, 2018 at 9:42 pm

Enjoying my promotion to CIO

Posted Thursday, February 1st, 2018 11:48 am GMT -5 in Business,Links,Technology,Work at 11:48 AM

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/super-bowl-52-how-the-nfl-and-us-bank-stadium-are-ready-to-make-digital-history/

Originally published by DK on February 1, 2018 at 11:48 am

Tribe helping tribe

Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 03:52 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos at 3:52 PM

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4370860-win-all-us-leech-lake-officials-break-ground-site-new-casino

Originally published by DK on December 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Herbert Simon

Posted Monday, November 6th, 2017 02:17 pm GMT -5 in Business,Quotes at 2:17 PM

A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention…

Originally published by DK on November 6, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Nice addition to/from Delta

Posted Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 08:57 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football,Work at 8:57 PM

At least I think this was new…

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2017 at 8:57 pm

Where music shows get made

Posted Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 01:42 pm GMT -5 in Business,Concerts,Links,Music at 1:42 PM

http://davidbyrne.com/journal/the-secret-place-where-music-shows-get-made

Originally published by DK on October 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm

RIP Golden’s Deli

Posted Friday, September 15th, 2017 10:58 am GMT -5 in Business,Food,Links at 10:58 AM

http://www.startribune.com/golden-s-a-lowertown-deli-classic-closes-its-doors/444497363/

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

A New Era with Chuck

Posted Monday, June 26th, 2017 01:02 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Travel,Work at 1:02 PM

The 2017 Cisco Live Keynote @ Mandalay Bay

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Learn the system

Posted Sunday, June 4th, 2017 08:54 pm GMT -5 in Business,Cars at 8:54 PM

Free downtown parking feels like winning the lottery

Originally published by DK on June 4, 2017 at 8:54 pm

St. Paul 1st

Posted Saturday, April 8th, 2017 07:48 pm GMT -5 in Business,Design at 7:48 PM

Glad that sign is back

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2017 at 7:48 pm

My Top 7 Online Publications

Posted Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 12:52 pm GMT -5 in Business,News,Politics,Reading,Technology at 12:52 PM

* paid subscriber

(Also just resubscribed to the print edition of The Economist)

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Dayton’s, no more

Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Business,History,Shopping at 9:01 PM

End of an era 🙁

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Marketing Genius

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 11:35 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos at 11:35 PM

Terrible scratch-off gameplay; brilliant targeting

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2017 at 11:35 pm

Badass business cards

Posted Monday, February 20th, 2017 12:17 pm GMT -5 in Business,Design,Football at 12:17 PM

That really says it all, doesn’t it?

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Top 7 Stocks I’d Buy

Posted Monday, February 20th, 2017 08:43 am GMT -5 in Business,Personal at 8:43 AM
  • Apple (APPL)
  • Coca-Cola (KO)
  • Disney (DIS)
  • McDonald’s (MCD)
  • Nike (NKE)
  • Target (TGT)
  • 3M (MMM)

(if I had a portfolio)

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2017 at 8:43 am

Annual meeting swag

Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2017 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Business,Fashion,Work at 4:34 PM

Thanks for the hat, downtown council 

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Credit Unions Forever

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:48 pm GMT -5 in Business,History at 1:48 PM

Joined NWAFCU almost 32 years ago – can’t believe they used to have your SSN right on the statement

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

That new scoreboard though

Posted Monday, January 9th, 2017 11:33 pm GMT -5 in Business,Sports,Technology at 11:33 PM

Nice job on the remodel so far

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2017 at 11:33 pm

Spot the monkfish

Posted Monday, December 12th, 2016 04:58 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Travel at 4:58 PM

Home of the lame training session

Originally published by DK on December 12, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Finally

Posted Monday, November 21st, 2016 08:50 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos at 8:50 PM

More hotel rooms coming to Mystic Lake 

Originally published by DK on November 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm

Armory looks weird inside

Posted Friday, June 3rd, 2016 12:33 pm GMT -5 in Business,Design,History at 12:33 PM

Not what I expected…

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm

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 Medium.com

Originally published by DK on May 16, 2016 at 1:58 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

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

Makers and Managers

Posted Thursday, February 25th, 2016 09:27 am GMT -5 in Business,Links at 9:27 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/magazine/meet-is-murder.html?_r=0

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

The Open War in Los Angeles

Posted Sunday, February 14th, 2016 10:46 am GMT -5 in Business,Football,Links at 10:46 AM

http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/14752649/the-real-story-nfl-owners-battle-bring-football-back-los-angeles

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2016 at 10:46 am

Super Bowl on WordPress

Posted Saturday, February 6th, 2016 09:40 pm GMT -5 in Business,Football,Links,Technology at 9:40 PM

http://www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2016 at 9:40 pm

2015 G2E in Las Vegas

Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2016 12:41 am GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Food,Friends,Travel,Work at 12:41 AM

Last week I had two different people ask me if I missed the casino world. After some inner reflection, I realized I do a little bit – it’s an exciting industry filled with a lot of great people. I still enjoy visiting places like Mystic Lake and figuring out which machines are new, how they change floor layouts, what types of promotions they run to attract more business and other aspects of the operation (which I still feel is one of the best around).

This also made me realize that I never wrote up a trip summary from last fall’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, held way back on September 28 – October 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. I hadn’t planned to attend this event originally, so my hotel choices were a bit limited and I ended up at the newly branded LINQ (formerly the Imperial Palace). While the location is great, I don’t think I’ll be going back there again. Nothing majorly horrible – I just prefer other resorts.

G2E is a huge show and I was lucky enough to attend five times during my casino career. The same companies and people are usually present every year and you have the added benefit of the Vegas Strip as a backdrop. This usually leads to a number of great (free) parties and the 2015 edition was no different. This time I held back a little on the drinking side of things, but was excited to finally see the inside of Tao, Lavo and Omnia. It was also great fun to spend time with Vanessa, Jason, Ryan, Peter, Shannon, Mike, Jenn and EJ. Hope to see all of them again at some point.

On the business side of things, I love evaluating new slot machines. As you can see in the photo gallery after the jump, licensed theme games continue to be extremely popular. My favorite new titles were The Simpsons, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey and Cirque du Soleil Kooza (a natural for Vegas slot floors if there ever was one). Games I felt were duds include Caddyshack (dislike 3×3 reel games), Frogger (complete waste of a license, poor gameplay, major let down from normally strong Konami) and Space Invaders (skill-based arcade games will only work when you have controls as good as the originals, IMO).

A few other items I remember from the show floor include seeing Pitbull promote his new Playboy slot machine (along with multiple Bunnies), a James Bond-themed welcome party and the Ultimate Chef Showdown judged by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and Gavin Kaysen’s mentor, Daniel Boulud. I also had an interesting discussion at the MICROS booth (now owned by Oracle). Turns out I’m not the only one who feels the merger has basically destroyed what was once a solid, reliable business partner.

Speaking of food, I had quite a long list of Vegas restaurants I wanted to visit. I was hoping to hit db Brasserie at the Venetian right away, but they were “out of food” by the end of lunch that day. Spots that were open: Hash House A Go Go at the LINQ, Giada at the Cromwell, Bouchon at the Venetian and Yusho at the Monte Carlo. All were wonderful.

Ended up taking a red-eye home, so I had a lot of time to walk around various properties on the last day of the trip. I hiked over to New York, New York to get a glimpse of the new arena being built by MGM and AEG (now called T-Mobile Arena). The new hole in CityCenter where The Harmon used to stand was a bit dramatic. I also stopped in at the Bellagio Gallery of Art and took in the Picasso – Creatures and Creativity exhibition (for free, thanks to MyVegas).

Perhaps this post was best left unwritten, as now I just want to go back again…

Originally published by DK on February 4, 2016 at 12:41 am

Inglewood for $3 Billion

Posted Thursday, January 21st, 2016 08:25 am GMT -5 in Business,Football,Links,Sports at 8:25 AM

http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2016/01/19/los-angeles-rams-nfl-ownership-meeting

Originally published by DK on January 21, 2016 at 8:25 am

Just like Beetlejuice

Posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 07:53 pm GMT -5 in Business,Cars at 7:53 PM

Hennepin County Service Center for driver’s license renewal 

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

How low can you go?

Posted Friday, January 15th, 2016 10:38 pm GMT -5 in Business,Cars at 10:38 PM

$1.66 a gallon at an SA in Golden Valley, Minnesota 

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2016 at 10:38 pm

Wells Fargo

Posted Friday, January 8th, 2016 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Business,Quotes at 3:40 PM

A sign is made to be seen…

Originally published by DK on January 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Lightning has struck me twice

Posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 08:22 am GMT -5 in Business,Football,Links,Sports at 8:22 AM

http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/12/22/super-bowl-xlvii-blackout-superdome

Originally published by DK on December 30, 2015 at 8:22 am

Worst Ticketmaster Experience Yet

Posted Thursday, December 17th, 2015 11:02 pm GMT -5 in Business,Concerts,Music at 11:02 PM

Everything about that was lame

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2015 at 11:02 pm

Cisco HQ

Posted Friday, December 11th, 2015 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Business,Travel at 3:25 PM

So many buildings, such an expensive neighborhood 

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Guy Kawasaki

Posted Thursday, December 10th, 2015 01:29 pm GMT -5 in Business,Quotes,Technology at 1:29 PM

Lesson #1: Fear is a great motivator

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Hello there Guy

Posted Thursday, December 10th, 2015 01:25 pm GMT -5 in Business,Technology,Travel at 1:25 PM

Last time I saw Mr. Kawasaki was at the MHS

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

One of today’s speakers

Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 08:41 pm GMT -5 in Business,Reading,Technology at 8:41 PM

Jacob Morgan, Futurist and Global Thought Leader

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm

The Cisco DJ

Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 03:29 pm GMT -5 in Business,Music,Technology,Travel at 3:29 PM

See, I wasn’t joking

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm

CEO Sighting

Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 11:18 am GMT -5 in Business,Technology,Travel at 11:18 AM

Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2015 at 11:18 am

Keynote below Moscone

Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 10:51 am GMT -5 in Business,Technology,Travel at 10:51 AM

This seems familiar, somehow

Originally published by DK on December 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

Welcome, me

Posted Monday, December 7th, 2015 06:27 pm GMT -5 in Business,Travel at 6:27 PM

Lots of personalization going on at the Marriott Marquis

Originally published by DK on December 7, 2015 at 6:27 pm

The decline and fall…

Posted Friday, December 4th, 2015 12:39 am GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Links at 12:39 AM

http://fortune.com/2015/06/05/caesars-losing-las-vegas/

Originally published by DK on December 4, 2015 at 12:39 am

Reflections

Posted Monday, November 23rd, 2015 12:27 pm GMT -5 in Business at 12:27 PM

Norwest in the IDS (or whatever they are called now)

Originally published by DK on November 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

That’s a big US

Posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 03:30 pm GMT -5 in Business,Work at 3:30 PM

South-side signage getting prepped for install

Originally published by DK on November 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

My new office is complete

Posted Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Business,Movies,Work at 6:25 PM

Yes, I picked out a red stapler

Originally published by DK on November 4, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Steve Wynn

Posted Friday, October 16th, 2015 10:39 am GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Quotes at 10:39 AM

…the reason that these extraordinary non-gaming attractions exist is because the damn casino is the cash register…

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

Welcome to Mystic Lake

Posted Thursday, October 15th, 2015 10:27 am GMT -5 in Business,Casinos at 10:27 AM

Strategic planning sessions

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2015 at 10:27 am

Tao was beautiful

Posted Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 02:34 am GMT -5 in Business,Casinos,Food,Travel at 2:34 AM

Aristocrat G2E Party

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2015 at 2:34 am

Thoughts on Treasure Island

Posted Monday, September 21st, 2015 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos at 9:01 PM

I don’t usually write a lot about casinos on this site, but there has been so much Minnesota news this year, I just can’t pass up the opportunity to offer a little commentary. I’ll start off with Treasure Island Resort and Casino, operated by the Prairie Island Indian Community outside Red Wing, Minnesota. Like many rural Minnesota casinos, they are Goodhue County’s number one employer, with a large gaming floor (roughly 2200 slots, 50 tables and bingo), 500 hotel rooms, RV park, marina, 24-lane bowling center, multiple dining options and the Island Event Center, which can seat 3000 people for concerts and other events. The tribe also purchased the Mount Frontenac Golf Course in 2000, which is located about 22 miles south of the casino on highway 61. Oh, can’t forget the 120 passenger yacht Spirit of the Water,” which is unique among casinos in the state.

We started visiting Treasure Island early on, long before they added all these newer amenities. An early favorite memory was getting my first royal flush on a quarter video poker machine. I’m pretty sure this was when I was still a poor college student, so instead of $1000 for a max coin bet ($1.25), I won a grand total of $62.50. Still not bad for a single quarter bet, but I later learned a nickel machine pays $200 on a 25-cent bet. Other memories include seeing Ron White in concert (and watching him drive a scooter all over the casino afterwards), bowling during the 2012 Super Bowl and watching A Brulé Christmas last year.

Several little birdies have told me the casino has had quite a bit of staffing and revenue drama the past year, but major decisions are still being made: the new Tado Steakhouse opened in March, the Tradewinds Buffet just reopened after a major remodel and they broke ground in May on a $19 million pool expansion that will include a fitness center, spa/salon, lazy river, zero depth pool and a swim-up bar. Colleen and I liked Tado – it’s a beautiful room with good food. Service wasn’t the best, but we did visit right after they opened. Brad and I tried to stop for lunch at the new buffet after golfing at The Jewel, but they refused to seat us at 2:01. Ugh.

We had another recent negative experience with a security guard, but the service recovery was laudable. Colleen and I stopped at their convenience store outside the casino before heading in to play. She bought a soft drink there, but a casino guard wouldn’t let her bring it in the building. Their marketing department sent me an email after our visit and I let them know about her experience. Within a day, I had a personal reply from Security Manager Leslie Keplin apologizing and explaining their policy. Very nice.

Treasure Island competes aggressively with Mystic Lake and Grand Casino Hinckley for the bulk of the Twin Cities market and must spend a ton of money on advertising and promotion. They sponsor just about every major sports team in Minnesota and my dad and uncle love spinning the wheel at Wild and Twins games. They have both redeemed multiple hotel stays and various amounts of free play. I even won $100 in free play during a Twins game and used it by visiting my old friend Kenny in the tiny, non-smoking area way back by the poker room (they also have a larger non-smoking area near bingo).

Overall, I like what they are doing for their community (and for southeastern Minnesota). I always thought they were close to our house, but it’s more than twice as far as Mystic Lake (which is still my favorite). On my last visit, I noticed that they seem to get a lot of traffic from Rochester, which I imagine is the closest gaming option for those guests (along with Diamond Jo in Iowa). I’ve never been a fan of their outside visuals, but the tropical theme inside is well executed, as is their social media. They have expanded in a patchwork fashion over the years, but it’s now coming together nicely…

Originally published by DK on September 21, 2015 at 9:01 pm

Ready for Halloween

Posted Monday, September 7th, 2015 11:00 pm GMT -5 in Business,Holidays at 11:00 PM

Target has already switched

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Anne Weisberg

Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 10:42 am GMT -5 in Business,Quotes at 10:42 AM

The mark of a great leader is that they have a strong team and don’t need to be there all the time themselves…

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

The new lab

Posted Friday, August 28th, 2015 09:28 pm GMT -5 in Business,Personal at 9:28 PM

It’s 4:20 somewhere

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2015 at 9:28 pm

They are coming along

Posted Thursday, August 27th, 2015 04:51 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos at 4:51 PM

A new look for Fond-du-Luth Casino in Duluth

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Looks like trouble to me

Posted Thursday, August 27th, 2015 04:49 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos at 4:49 PM

IGT service van outside Fond-du-Luth

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Hinckley winning the mailbox

Posted Friday, August 21st, 2015 01:52 pm GMT -5 in Business,Casinos at 1:52 PM

One week of mailers from Grand Casino Hinckley 

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm

406% Growth at RCA

Posted Thursday, August 13th, 2015 08:23 am GMT -5 in Business,Links at 8:23 AM

http://www.inc.com/profile/red-circle-agency

Originally published by DK on August 13, 2015 at 8:23 am

Looking good KJ

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 06:13 pm GMT -5 in Business,Friends at 6:13 PM

Talented lawyers. Superior employers.

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

RIP Seven Corners

Posted Saturday, July 18th, 2015 05:54 pm GMT -5 in Business,History at 5:54 PM

This is shockingly different for St. Paul

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Bob Lefsetz

Posted Monday, June 1st, 2015 01:38 pm GMT -5 in Business,Music,Quotes at 1:38 PM

AAA got a good chance in major markets, but ratings were bad and the stations flipped format…

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2015 at 1:38 pm

New approach to 14

Posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 10:46 pm GMT -5 in Business,Friends,Golf at 10:46 PM

TPH attacking the 14th green from a “unique” spot

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Express Lube No More

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015 06:46 pm GMT -5 in Business at 6:46 PM

Demo has begun…

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm
 

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