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Running out of school conferences

Posted Thursday, October 4th, 2018 11:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 11:38 PM

Last year at SES

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2018 at 11:38 pm

Then and now

Posted Friday, September 28th, 2018 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 10:45 PM

Finally found the “then” pic

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 10:45 pm

Back with the fishes

Posted Thursday, September 27th, 2018 07:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Swimming at 7:54 PM

MK in lane five @ Falcon Ridge

Originally published by DK on September 27, 2018 at 7:54 pm

Leon from way in the back

Posted Thursday, September 20th, 2018 09:47 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 9:47 PM

Palace GA is the worst

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2018 at 9:47 pm

Senior Pix on the North Shore

Posted Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 04:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Photography,Schools at 4:31 PM

Last weekend we did a very quick jaunt up to Grand Marais to shoot senior pictures for kid two. Sites included Jay Cooke State Park, Grand Portage National Monument, Naniboujou Lodge, Croftville Road, Grand Marais lighthouse and Gooseberry State Park. Not the greatest weather (and light), but we ended up with a bunch of good ones (full gallery after the jump).

Side note: a photographer friend of ours recommended West Photo in Minneapolis for gear rental. I priced out renting a Nikon D750 with a nice portrait lens for the weekend and found the $150 fee to be reasonable, but then they asked for a “first-time renter” deposit of $4200. Ah, nope.

So we ended up with my trusty old (like really old – 2004?) Nikon D70 and my iPhone X with portrait mode. Surprisingly, I was happiest with the majority of the iPhone shots and only a handful of the Nikon shots. Anxious to get my new silver iPhone Xs later this week, since Gruber wrote a ton about the upgraded camera features on that model. Still not taking the D850 off my wish list, but it’s surprising how the world of photography is changing.

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Canadian bacon, eh?

Posted Saturday, September 15th, 2018 06:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 6:23 PM

Thanks, Sven and Ole

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm

What to do, what to do

Posted Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 05:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Mini Posts,Shopping,Technology at 5:58 PM

Everyone in my family wants a new phone. With the upcoming Apple event next week, I need to come up with a plan that doesn’t involve taking out a mortgage. I really preferred the days when your phone was subsidized by your plan, even if you were still paying hundreds of dollars overall. Now I have an expensive service plan *and* an expensive monthly payment for my iPhone.

As I’ve expressed before, I’m not a fan of my latest phone, the X. Everyone else seems to love theirs, so maybe I just have a lemon. About the only thing I really like is the camera, which, while still not a replacement for a real camera, is often “good enough.” After a huge increase lately in junk calls, I could do without the phone part, to be honest. If they released a modern iPod touch with a reasonable data-only plan, I could probably get away with that.

Haven’t switched carriers in a while either – no real complaints with AT&T (or T-mobile when I had that), but maybe it’s time to shop around. Also curious to see what happens with the Apple Watch, iPad, Air and Mac mini (if anything). It’s seems about time for Apple to release some lust-worthy stuff again – it’s been a while, no?

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Record-breaking! 2,046,533

Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 02:01 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,History,Links at 2:01 PM

https://www.mnstatefair.org/about-the-fair/attendance/

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Made it all the way

Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 10:30 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 10:30 AM

Kid two, first day of senior year ❤️

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2018 at 10:30 am

Can’t believe it’s five years

Posted Saturday, September 1st, 2018 04:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 4:21 PM

Miss you too, Grandpa Smith

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 4:21 pm

NotATweet: Happy birthday mom

Posted Saturday, September 1st, 2018 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 3:43 PM

Missing my mom on what would’ve been her 74th birthday today 🎂❤️

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Nice surprise from an old friend

Posted Thursday, August 30th, 2018 08:56 am GMT -5 in Family,Friends at 8:56 AM

Thank you, Glo-Bug

Originally published by DK on August 30, 2018 at 8:56 am

Someday I will have one too

Posted Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 10:39 am GMT -5 in Family at 10:39 AM

It will say “Kingsbury”

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2018 at 10:39 am

Somebody flies home today

Posted Monday, August 27th, 2018 06:17 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 6:17 AM

Yay! Missed Little Chef a ton

Originally published by DK on August 27, 2018 at 6:17 am

Happy brunch times 🐙

Posted Sunday, August 26th, 2018 12:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:25 PM

So proud of kid one

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2018 at 12:25 pm

Meta Bean Tourists

Posted Sunday, August 19th, 2018 04:49 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Travel at 4:49 PM

Warm and crowded @ Cloud Gate

Originally published by DK on August 19, 2018 at 4:49 pm

LIVING THE DREAM

Posted Saturday, August 11th, 2018 08:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Skiing at 8:56 PM

I love this picture so much ❤️

Originally published by DK on August 11, 2018 at 8:56 pm

Happy Bey Day

Posted Thursday, August 9th, 2018 12:52 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 12:52 AM

Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2018 at 12:52 am

I know a Dewey

Posted Friday, August 3rd, 2018 07:44 pm GMT -5 in Family at 7:44 PM

Right, Risiroo?

Originally published by DK on August 3, 2018 at 7:44 pm

First timer at CHS Field

Posted Sunday, July 29th, 2018 05:01 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Family,Sports at 5:01 PM

Hope they play better than last night

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Little Chef in her element

Posted Friday, July 13th, 2018 07:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 7:56 PM

She’s making my dinner

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2018 at 7:56 pm

All the best places

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 07:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 7:56 PM

Nice to see Lynn at the candy store

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 7:56 pm

MK’s first visit to Glensheen

Posted Saturday, July 7th, 2018 02:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 2:47 PM

(Not the Musical)

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Dad’s new sidewalk

Posted Sunday, July 1st, 2018 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Housekeeping at 12:50 PM

Lookin’ good

Originally published by DK on July 1, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Happy birthday, CK 🎂 🎉

Posted Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 03:36 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 3:36 PM

One more until the big one…

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Kid one must be home

Posted Thursday, June 21st, 2018 06:58 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 6:58 PM

Such a creative artist 👩‍🎨

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2018 at 6:58 pm

Cisco Live! Orlando 2018

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Technology,Travel,Work at 3:08 PM

Last week I attended my second Cisco Live! conference in Orlando (last year was my first in Vegas; next year will be San Diego). It blows my mind how much it must cost to host 25,000 people in a facility like the Orange County Convention Center – setup, food twice a day, video production for keynotes and sessions, utilities, staffing, etc. And then there was the customer appreciation event Wednesday night at Universal Studios, which not only included exclusive access to the original park for four hours, but also had free food and drinks everywhere and big name concerts from Leon Bridges, Cake and Sam Hunt. No wonder my annual maintenance bill never goes down…

Speaking of bills, I needed to do this trip on the cheap, so I stayed with my brother and his wife and leaned on them for ground transportation (along with some 25% off Lyft rides). He took me to Animal Kingdom on Sunday night after I arrived so I could check out the new(ish) Avatar stuff. Na’vi River Journey has the cool Audio-Animatronics Shaman of Songs, while Flight of Passage lived up to the nearly two hour wait. We had dinner at the excellent Satu’li Canteen, which really elevates the whole theme park food quality experience, in my opinion.

My conference pass this time was a new intermediate “Imagine” badge, so I didn’t get access to all of the sessions (or a T-shirt or backpack). It did get me into all of the keynotes and Innovation Showcase presentations, though, along with the “World of Solutions” trade show, the party at Universal and free food for breakfast and lunch each day. I found most of the sessions to be useful and not just a week-long sales pitch to buy new stuff (like you get at some conferences). I learned about a lot of new technology trends, including improved security techniques, software-defined networking and container-based development, along with the evolution of the Cisco platforms and products we’ve deployed at the stadium (which thankfully I don’t need to replace right away).

After the conference wrapped up, I had a little extra time to kill before flying home (I wish the standby rules for Delta were more customer friendly). I spent some more time checking out all the changes at Disney Springs, where I had had dinner earlier in the week with my brother at Art Smith’s wonderful Homecomin’ restaurant. World of Disney was half-closed for remodeling, but I still managed to find some things for people. It was interesting to see retail additions like UNIQLO and the dining scene continues to impress with the likes of Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar and The Boathouse (in addition to all of the old favorites). Also caught Deadpool 2 at the AMC and made a quick trip to Tampa to check out the very impressive Seminole Hard Rock Tampa complex.

See you in San Diego?

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Happy Father’s Day

Posted Sunday, June 17th, 2018 10:47 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 10:47 AM

Wish I could be in Grand Marais with you today

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2018 at 10:47 am

Disney Springs night

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Travel at 6:25 PM

Iron Chef, no more! Hitting up Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2018 at 6:25 pm

Hard to believe it’s 20 years

Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2018 06:33 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 6:33 PM

Mr. Safari from day one

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm

The family tree

Posted Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 09:49 am GMT -5 in Family,History at 9:49 AM

Mom, dad and both grandparents on the marryin’ day

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2018 at 9:49 am

Wasn’t expecting this

Posted Monday, May 28th, 2018 08:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Shopping at 8:35 PM

Kinda like finding a “Bort”

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2018 at 8:35 pm

First hooptie for kid one

Posted Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 11:13 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Family at 11:13 PM

Slug bug blue

Originally published by DK on May 22, 2018 at 11:13 pm

Artist at work

Posted Sunday, May 20th, 2018 11:10 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 11:10 PM

So nice to have SK back in Lowertown

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2018 at 11:10 pm

Sisters reunited

Posted Sunday, May 20th, 2018 04:51 pm GMT -5 in Family at 4:51 PM

SK has returned from Ohio

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2018 at 4:51 pm

Barbie tables

Posted Saturday, May 19th, 2018 01:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:24 PM

MK schooling me @ Big River Pizza

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Happy Mother’s Day, CK

Posted Sunday, May 13th, 2018 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 9:24 PM

Hope Santa made it to the U on time

Originally published by DK on May 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm

Up on the roof

Posted Monday, May 7th, 2018 08:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:08 PM

Took long enough this year

Originally published by DK on May 7, 2018 at 8:08 pm

SES Prom 2018

Posted Monday, May 7th, 2018 02:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 2:10 PM

Last Friday was MK’s first School of Environmental Studies prom, which was held in the Wabasha Street Caves. We took a few pictures of the fancy couple at the top of Ramsey Hill before a pit stop at Big River Pizza and their dinner at Louis (pics after the jump).

Only one year left. 😕


Originally published by DK on May 7, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Overwhelmed

Posted Sunday, April 29th, 2018 11:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Housekeeping,Personal at 11:54 PM

So much work left to do

Originally published by DK on April 29, 2018 at 11:54 pm

Crawling with art

Posted Sunday, April 29th, 2018 11:53 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 11:53 PM

I spy someone’s reflection

Originally published by DK on April 29, 2018 at 11:53 pm

BRP first timer

Posted Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 10:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 10:08 PM

Finally got Grumps down to see MK

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2018 at 10:08 pm

Manhattan Beach FTW

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:34 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 6:34 PM

Still my favorite in South Bay

Originally published by DK on April 3, 2018 at 6:34 pm

The beachcomber

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Travel at 6:31 PM

SK ❤️ seashells

Originally published by DK on April 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm

🎶 City of stars… ❤️

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:30 pm GMT -5 in Family,Movies,Travel at 6:30 PM

La La Land Day, part II

Originally published by DK on April 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Boysenberry everything

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 05:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 5:53 PM

This place has changed a lot

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm

Toy Story 1, Buzz 0

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:39 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Games,Travel at 11:39 AM

At least I beat her on one of them

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:39 am

Luigi knows how to drive

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:29 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 11:29 AM

Such an original “simple” ride

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:29 am

🎶 Remember me… ❤️

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 3:40 PM

Coco forever

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 3:40 pm

We are all Groot

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Movies,Travel at 12:34 PM

They better leave the Tower alone in Florida

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Grand Central = Midtown Global

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:13 am GMT -5 in Art,Family,Food,Travel at 12:13 AM

Just warmer (and with pigeons)

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 12:13 am

Spring has sprung

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:34 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel,Weather at 3:34 AM

At least in Nevada

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2018 at 3:34 am

Lions, Tigers and Dolphins

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Travel at 8:19 PM

MK @ the Secret Garden

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2018 at 8:19 pm

Gordo owns Vegas now

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 12:07 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 12:07 PM

Seriously, he’s everywhere now

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2018 at 12:07 pm

These scallops are raw!

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 03:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 3:22 PM

SK @ Gordo’s Vegas

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Damn tourists

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 01:55 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 1:55 PM

Had to stop – it was on the way

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2018 at 1:55 pm

N.E.R.D.

Posted Sunday, March 25th, 2018 12:02 am GMT -5 in Family,Music,Quotes at 12:02 AM

I’m an outlaw. Quick on the draw. Somethin’ you’ve never seen before…

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2018 at 12:02 am

Wild vs. Preds, Audi Edition

Posted Saturday, March 24th, 2018 11:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Hockey at 11:42 PM

Tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators was a great game for the home team, who are in a tight playoff race. It was also a great game for Colleen and I, as we were invited by my uncle to sit with him in the Audi Quattro seats. These seats are not available for every game (it’s the spot where Pierre McGuire stands between the benches when NBC does the broadcast), but they were up for auction to season ticket holders and my uncle bid and won. This was a good thing, because the face value of $1550 per seat is just a little out of my price range.

We had to register our car ahead of time so we could park where the players park. Our little Honda Civic fit right in with the Mercedes, Audis and the Maserati. Our friendly host for the night, Jared, met us at the loading dock and took us to the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club for dinner. Matt Anderson made an appearance and we had a very nice buffet dinner before down to ice level. The team photographer took shots of us outside the locker room and on the Wild bench before warmups. We also got to watch the team exit the locker room before we hit up the Audi Quattro Club.

Sitting between the two benches was really something else. We couldn’t hear as much banter as I would’ve liked, as the plastic “glass” around us was tall and fairly sound-proof. There were a few f-bombs dropped towards Koivu and Prosser, which was very entertaining. I wish I had a better camera with me than just my phone, but you can see the best shots after the jump.

After the first period, Jared escorted us up to the press box for a tour, which was fun. I’ve been up there before, but never during a game. Got to say hi to Russo in the hallway and took a peek inside their video control room before heading back to the seats (and missing the first Wild goal while riding the elevator back down to main concourse). We skipped going back to the Quattro Club and headed to our car immediately after the game (which had surprise gift bags in the back seat). Nice game experience touches, to be sure…

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2018 at 11:42 pm

Winter market almost over

Posted Saturday, March 24th, 2018 01:11 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:11 PM

SK @ Octo

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Kindle on, dude

Posted Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 06:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Reading,Shopping at 6:53 PM

Colleen’s Third Kindle

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Ready for prom

Posted Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 01:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 1:47 PM

Beautiful dress for a beautiful girl

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm

She’s back running

Posted Monday, March 12th, 2018 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,Running at 9:59 PM

Two miles along the mighty Mississippi

Originally published by DK on March 12, 2018 at 9:59 pm

Matching smiles

Posted Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 10:21 pm GMT -5 in Family at 10:21 PM

MK and Piggy

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2018 at 10:21 pm

Dad’s new roommate

Posted Monday, March 5th, 2018 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 5:22 PM

At least for a few weeks

Originally published by DK on March 5, 2018 at 5:22 pm

No longer a teen 😢

Posted Saturday, February 17th, 2018 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 5:22 PM

Happy birthday, SK ❤️🎉🎂

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

Had to do this one

Posted Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 10:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal,Sports at 10:00 PM

Miss you, Mom ❤️

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm

Kinda strange, but good

Posted Thursday, February 8th, 2018 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 2:48 PM

Fish and chips @ Dark Horse

Originally published by DK on February 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm

The hats were a hit

Posted Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 10:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Football at 10:50 PM

Hey kids, line up here in front of the Johnnie Walker

Originally published by DK on February 6, 2018 at 10:50 pm

So. Much. Fun.

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 08:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays at 8:58 PM

The Lowertown Speakeasy was a hit

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm

What a Wonderful World

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 08:19 am GMT -5 in Family,Music,Quotes at 8:19 AM

I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do? They’re really saying I love you…

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2018 at 8:19 am
 

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