7 Minute Miles

Harper’s new toys in Eagan

Posted Thursday, June 21st, 2018 11:24 am GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Links,Work at 11:24 AM


Happy birthday Jen!

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 10:47 am GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays at 10:47 AM

Best accountant ever

Smack Shack luck x2

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 10:46 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Charities,Food,Friends at 10:46 AM

They aren’t going to let Toyya and I play there any more

End of an era

Posted Monday, June 4th, 2018 01:30 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Friends,Golf at 1:30 PM

Congrats to the Klas and Cody families on a great Tapemark run

Go Knights Go

Posted Monday, May 28th, 2018 08:29 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Hockey at 8:29 PM

Herm and AF @ T-Mobile Arena

The ball-eating tree looms

Posted Friday, May 25th, 2018 12:29 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 12:29 PM

Number four @ Keller with Ed and Leo

Only one of the night

Posted Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 12:21 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Friends at 12:21 AM

…but great to visit with JL

Bike month continues

Posted Friday, May 11th, 2018 03:14 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Food,Friends at 3:14 PM

A little hard to ride after half a Carbone’s large

Needed this day

Posted Saturday, April 21st, 2018 08:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Friends at 8:48 PM

Should be drop-dead tired, but I’m not

Thanks John & Cathy

Posted Sunday, March 4th, 2018 02:20 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Travel at 2:20 PM

Nice to be back again

Peter and the bar

Posted Friday, February 16th, 2018 10:57 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 10:57 PM

Celebrating with Johnny Cash’s bar in NE

My partner in crime

Posted Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 10:53 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Technology,Work at 10:53 PM

He’s the secret weapon

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

Happy birthday, Herm

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 12:08 am GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays at 12:08 AM

The perfect touch

Getting the crew to St. Paul

Posted Monday, December 11th, 2017 07:22 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 7:22 PM

Thanks for visiting Lowertown Jen & Toyya

Skol Shuey!

Posted Sunday, November 19th, 2017 01:16 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 1:16 PM

It’s a Schuster sighting in Medtronic Club

They are the floor

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 07:10 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Friends,Music at 7:10 PM

MK and EW @ Macklemore, Palace

Tonight we met Ted

Posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 10:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 10:31 PM

So great catching up with Yuki @ Saint Dinette

Pash brought the snow

Posted Friday, October 27th, 2017 04:37 pm GMT -5 in Friends at 4:37 PM

Talk to him, Super Bowl

Our mini 30 year

Posted Sunday, October 15th, 2017 07:20 pm GMT -5 in Friends at 7:20 PM

RIP Tiera ❤️

He should be here every game

Posted Sunday, October 15th, 2017 05:16 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends at 5:16 PM

Great to see this guy sub in at the last minute

The Klas Family Rocks

Posted Saturday, September 30th, 2017 08:06 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music at 8:06 PM

Sitting on the Klas bench at the State Fair Rummage event

Real life CSI (from MN)

Posted Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 09:14 am GMT -5 in Friends,Links,News at 9:14 AM


Or what?

Posted Sunday, August 13th, 2017 06:56 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 6:56 PM

Signs, signs, everywhere signs…

Color by Kendra

Posted Sunday, August 13th, 2017 06:54 pm GMT -5 in Art,Baseball,Friends at 6:54 PM

So cool – artwork @ CHS Field

I spy a Snoopy bunker

Posted Friday, August 4th, 2017 08:36 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Work at 8:36 PM

Golf with ops @ Highland National

The Science of Pixar

Posted Saturday, July 29th, 2017 07:51 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Friends,Movies,Museums,Science at 7:51 PM

Not what I expected, but still cool stuff

Before the storm

Posted Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 08:40 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Weather at 8:40 PM

Nine holes @ Inver Wood before we were pulled off by Thor

Bruno Mars at T-Mobile Arena

Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music,Travel at 7:29 PM

It seems like forever ago already, but one of the highlights of our Vegas trip last month was a private concert by Bruno Mars at the new T-Mobile Arena that the Golden Knights will call home. The Cisco Live! conference had around 28,000 attendees and most of them tried to squeeze into the arena for the roughly 80 minute set (with no opener and no encore).

We had passes to get in early and were herded to the upper level concourse for free food and drinks. Before the full doors opened, we worked our way down to the arena floor and I got a spot on the end of the front barrier. Bruno and his crew spent more time in the middle of the stage, but it was still a great spot to watch them up close. Conference organizers handed out free hats with flashing lights, so the place was really more electric than it would normally be with a bunch of nerds.

Kid two was more than a little salty that 1) I got to see him first and 2) that I was that close (when Bruno came to my side of the stage, he was literally about four feet away). Ended up taking way more video than usual, just so she could experience it too. No merch for sale and I didn’t get a set list, but it was pretty much what you’d expect. My favorites were the big hits: That’s What I Like, 24K Magic, Just the Way You Are and (of course) Uptown Funk.

Amazing performer, great show (more pics after the jump).

Never been to this one

Posted Thursday, July 20th, 2017 02:00 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 2:00 PM

Thanks for lunch, Mark

Stripes or solids?

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 09:13 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Sports at 9:13 PM

Nice to finally play again

It’s a wrap!

Posted Sunday, July 16th, 2017 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Sports,Work at 6:31 PM

X Games year one is in the books – learned so much

Jason’s GoFundMe Page

Posted Saturday, July 15th, 2017 12:06 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Links,Personal at 12:06 PM


Fries and a phosphate

Posted Friday, July 7th, 2017 10:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 10:09 PM

Thanks JV for reminding me about Annie’s

Shusters on twelve tee

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 07:54 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 7:54 PM

36 holes @ The Wilderness is too much for my tired hands

The Andersons on three tee

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 12:21 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 12:21 PM

The Wilderness is still the greatest

John on Vermilion

Posted Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Travel at 7:11 PM

Back on Birch Point

Herm sighting in Nevada

Posted Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 09:12 am GMT -5 in Friends,Travel at 9:12 AM

Great catching up in the pool

Watch out, Vegas

Posted Saturday, June 24th, 2017 11:52 am GMT -5 in Friends,Travel,Work at 11:52 AM

The Vegas virgin has arrived

2017 Grandma’s Marathon

Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 08:45 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Marathons,Running,Travel at 8:45 PM

With my lack of miles this spring, I wasn’t expecting much from Grandma’s this year. What happened last Saturday, though, was really something else. Talked into this race by my colleague Shannon, I was hoping to keep up with her for at least the first half. She followed a real training plan, though, and I had only one long run in the last month (and only 162 miles for the year).

The forecast looked warm (again), with clouds and a strong chance of rain. We rode the train to the start, which amazingly had no line to board this year. One last bathroom line wait and we were off. We stayed in front of the 4:15 pacer for a few miles, then I told her to take off (which she did, finishing in a strong 4:17). I crossed the 10K mark in 1:02:29 and was hoping to hold on to a ten minute pace. Unfortunately, a mile later I experienced a pain behind my right knee that I had never felt before. I tried the walk/run thing several times, but ended up basically walking the next 19 miles to the finish.

I believe last year was the first year they expanded the official race limit from six to seven hours, so I kept doing the math in my head to make sure I could walk and still get an official finish. When I finally got downtown, I asked a police officer when the streets re-opened and found out I had 30 minutes left to walk the last mile. No problem, right? I hobbled on and crossed the finish line after 6 hours and 36 minutes (nearly three hours slower than my PR – full stats here).

During that time, the green flags turned to yellow, the sun came out (frying my neck and face), it rained twice and the temp surged past 72F. Walking that long created large blisters on both feet, which caused me to walk crooked (and hurt my ankles). Most of the food was gone at the finish line, but I still got the coveted finisher shirt and medal. The music tent had a nice merchandise stand, so I was able to keep the race poster tradition alive too. The long walk from Canal Park up the hillside to the car was a struggle, as was the shower at my sister’s apartment. Hopped in the car and drove back to the metro right away to get to the Pantages for the Seu Jorge Bowie tribute show (which was amazing – story to come).

Not really sure what my running future holds now. I did sign up for the Donut Run in August (and am still registered for the Get in Gear next year). I’ll leave my name in the London lottery (since I didn’t have to pay anything and there’s like a 2% chance I’ll get picked). To be honest, it’s rather nice to not have any pressure to train right now – plenty of other stressors these days…

Dara and the Strip Club

Posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 12:46 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Links at 12:46 PM


Shannon before kicking ass

Posted Saturday, June 17th, 2017 11:21 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Marathons,Running,Travel at 11:21 PM

4:17 in her first Grandma’s (and it was hot again)

Excited to try these out

Posted Friday, June 9th, 2017 08:39 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 8:39 AM

My new “jackpot” clubs – thanks, Golf Pro Cody

Happy Birthday Jen!

Posted Monday, June 5th, 2017 07:49 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 7:49 PM

Three martini Mondays are a great way to celebrate @ Freehouse

Jayhawks at Minnesota Zoo

Posted Monday, May 29th, 2017 10:39 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music at 10:39 AM

Music at the Zoo is such a great series (and venue). Sue McLean and Associates does a great job booking every year, (usually) keeping prices reasonable for a wide variety of acts to choose from each summer. Last year, the Jayhawks made their Zoo debut on July 1 with a great show that I would’ve missed if not for my friend DGS and his extra ticket.

I don’t remember too many specifics now, so I’ll send you over to Jon Bream’s review at the Star Tribune. I do remember the quirky openers Folk Uke, who sang some great R-rated songs: Shit Makes The Flowers Grow, BJ to a DJ and Motherfucker Got Fucked Up. A few more pics after the jump. You can view the 2017 lineup here (we are going to Robert Cray on July 12).

2017 TC 1 Mile

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 12:04 am GMT -5 in Friends,Running,Work at 12:04 AM

A week ago Thursday was my fifth TC 1 Mile (and second as a captain in the Corporate Team Challenge). We had a small team this year, but I found it funny that the U.S. Bank Stadium team was larger than the U.S. Bank team (we also had more people than Best Buy, Cargill, Medica, Buffalo Wild Wings and HealthEast). This qualified us for the fastest team competition, which required a minimum of five participants (with at least one woman and one person 40 or older). Our combined time of 1:02:46 was good for second to last place, but I’m extremely happy with our group. The winning team from 3M was amazing: a blazing 25:30, which included a 4:38 by a 46-year-old (!).

Our two fastest runners from last year did not return to defend, so I was just trying to stay in the sixes (while not getting injured before Grandma’s). My PR was set in 2013 (6:10) and I’ve been all over the map (6:20, 6:28 and 6:47) before trotting to a 6:58.4 this year. This was good for 726th out of 1,962 overall and 52nd out of 103 in my age group. I still really like the new route by the Guthrie, but could’ve swore we turned left at Izzy’s and not one block further down. That was a tough one mentally, but the bigger problems were my lack of training and the extra weight my doctor wants me to shed.

Thanks to Shelly, Liz, Erin and Sarah for joining me this year – well done!

Work it, Jim

Posted Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 11:11 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Friends,Sports at 11:11 PM

Mr. Cunningham does such a great job for the Twins (and Wild)

The back held out

Posted Sunday, May 7th, 2017 11:25 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf at 11:25 AM

Sunday round with Leo @ Gross National

Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

Posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 11:28 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Friends,Music at 11:28 PM

I’ve run into my friend RW the past two days in a row, which reminded me of the Lauryn Hill concert at First Avenue last September (that I never wrote about). You can read Chris Riemenschneider’s review of the 9/4/2016 concert here, since this is all I really remember from that night:

  • We loved the Fugees and were sad we hadn’t seen any of her other recent visits.
  • It was the most money we’ve ever spent on a First Avenue ticket.
  • We learned RW is a true First Ave VIP and got us one of the tables upstairs.
  • Ms. Hill completely lives up to the diva reputation (and her band probably wanted to kill her by the end of the show).

That cover of Nothing Compares 2 U was amazing, though.

Not sure why all the pictures from this show were so terrible, but here you go…

Back in Sun City

Posted Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 07:20 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel,Weather at 7:20 PM

Round number two was a little rougher

All the Minnesotans are here

Posted Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 03:05 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Travel at 3:05 PM

Golf with John and Cathy @ Palmbrook CC, Sun City, AZ

Didn’t seem like 30 years

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 10:33 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 10:33 PM

Great visit with St. Paul Central classmate Paul Diedrich @ Okra

Behind the board

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 12:29 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Friends,Music at 12:29 AM

Son Volt @ First Ave with DGS

Pool in the Sinatra Room

Posted Sunday, March 19th, 2017 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Friends at 4:34 PM

SK and Kodos visit Lowertown

Thanks, Mikey Boom-Boom

Posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 11:38 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Hockey at 11:38 PM

World-class amateur hockey

Fun to be back with WeRunMpls

Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 08:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Running at 8:09 PM

Sorry I brought down the pace average

Kid one wanted poutine

Posted Monday, February 13th, 2017 02:57 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 2:57 PM

And I just happened to have a gift card to Grumpy’s (thanks, JK)

Professional courtesy

Posted Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 03:12 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Hockey,Work at 3:12 PM

The Twin Cities sports IT world rocks – thanks, Josh

Inch by inch

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 02:18 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Work at 2:18 PM

Jeanene and I will totally finish this off

Well that was really something

Posted Sunday, February 5th, 2017 10:44 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Work at 10:44 PM

Thanks for the invite JV (and SV)

What a great birthday surprise

Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 03:11 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays,Reading at 3:11 PM

Thank you, Mr. Skoglund – made my day 

The Sea Change fish sandwich

Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 03:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 3:09 PM

It had been waaaaay too long

Chili hearts Jenga

Posted Saturday, January 14th, 2017 12:27 am GMT -5 in Friends,Games,Pets at 12:27 AM

Love that doge

Tom’s #1! Tom’s #1!

Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 09:47 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Links at 9:47 AM

The Mobile Golfer’s Top 50 Golf Courses You Can Play in America: Nos. 10-1

Sweet 16 Bowling Party

Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 02:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays,Sports at 2:54 PM

Thanks, Cedarvale

Bob Mould at First Avenue

Posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 06:46 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Friends,Music at 6:46 PM

The day Prince died, Bob Mould played a micro show at the Turf Club in St. Paul. This was a preview for back-to-back nights in the mainroom at First Avenue, the first of which DGS and I planned to attend. Still in shock from the purple news, the club was a very calming and welcoming place for us to be. They had the screen down over the stage before the show (as usual), but that night it was a non-stop loop of Prince pictures (see the gallery after the jump).

After an early dinner at the Depot Tavern, we got inside right at doors in order to catch both opening acts – Fury Things and The Suicide Commandos. Both openers were good – Fury Things opened up for Bob in the mainroom in 2015 (and that Entry show in 2014 that I still regret not attending). The Commandos are older than both of us, but still bring it in a big way.

While I was never a big Hüsker Dü fan back in the day, I loved Sugar and have all of Mould’s solo albums (and have since gone back for the early stuff too). The latest Patch the Sky album received great reviews and even got a fair amount of airplay on The Current. In an interview with Chris Riemenschneider before the Minnesota shows, the 55-year-old Mould talks about three solo albums in four years, working through personal issues in San Francisco and how he takes care of himself by eating right and getting to the gym every day.

I didn’t get a set list to this show, but Chad Werner at City Pages had a nice write-up. It was a blistering rock and roll show and the cover of “When You Were Mine” was a nice touch (even with the tour manger singing lead). The only disappointment was the sound engineer from a video crew that thought it would be cool to set up a dual-mic rig in front of the soundboard, perfectly blocking our view of center stage. Boo!

From the Bob Mould Facebook page:

I never spoke with Prince. He always struck me as a private guy. Maybe he was shy around strangers. We never had much actual interaction – a couple nods in passing, but no real words were exchanged.

The Twin Cities of the 1980s was a very special time for all of us local musicians. There were the North Minneapolis R&B artists, the South Minneapolis guitar rock bands, and in the center of it all was First Avenue/7th Street Entry.

I’ve seen Prince perform sold out shows with The Revolution at First Ave, he and a rhythm section jamming as a guitar/bass/drums three piece in the Entry for 30 people, and was selfishly frustrated when he took over “the main room” for 25 days of filming Purple Rain.

I had the pleasure of spending seven days recording the basic tracks for my first solo album at Paisley Park in December 1988. It was the most professional studio I had ever seen at that point in my life. On the seventh day, I moved from the B room to Studio A, which was Prince’s primary room. I remember seeing Sheila E’s percussion in one of the isolation booths. The large control room was decorated with several of Prince’s scarves. It certainly felt like Prince’s home.

Prince was an artist through and through – always pushing himself to new levels, often creating controversy through his actions and words, and ultimately creating a lifetime of wonderful memories for the world with his incredible volumes of published (and unheard) works.

I heard the news while driving from Tomah WI to Minneapolis. I immediately flipped on The Current 89.3 FM to make sure what I was hearing was true. Sure enough, there was a live report from outside Paisley Park confirming the sad news of Prince’s passing.

I’m two blocks from First Avenue as I write these words. Friday and Saturday nights, I will walk that same stage we all know from the movie. The exterior walls of First Avenue are covered with stars to honor the musicians who made an impact on music fans in Minnesota.

Make no mistake: Prince was the brightest star in these Northern skies. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow musicians. Prince’s music will give consolation and comfort to the collective grief. Godspeed.

Emma Boo and Roo

Posted Saturday, December 31st, 2016 04:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football,Friends at 4:05 PM

…in the house.

Should’ve started months ago

Posted Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Sports,Work at 7:29 PM

Team member ultimate football (and field goal contest) 🏈

Rich and John in the news

Posted Saturday, December 17th, 2016 08:20 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Links,Technology at 8:20 PM


As You Like It

Posted Friday, December 9th, 2016 11:51 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 11:51 AM

Pizza with DGS in St. Paul


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  • Trampled by Turtles - 7/7, Bayfront
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  • Dan Israel - 7/26, Music in Mears
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  • Jack White - 8/6, Armory
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  • Kind Country - 8/16, Music in Mears
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  • Pearl Jam - 8/20, Wrigley Field
  • Twilight Hours - 8/23, Music in Mears
  • Erik Koskinen - 8/30, Music in Mears
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  • Liz Phair - 9/15, First Ave
  • Hamilton - 9/18, State
  • Leon Bridges - 9/20, Palace
  • Avett Brothers - 10/11, Mystic Lake
  • Ed Sheeran - 10/20, USBS
  • Hippo Campus - 11/23, Palace
  • Elton John - 2/21/19, Target Center
  • P!nk - 5/5/19, Xcel