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A very high swing

Posted Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 10:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 10:33 PM

Not walk the truss terrifying, but still uncomfortable 

Summer in St. Paul

Posted Sunday, July 30th, 2017 11:14 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Personal,Weather at 11:14 PM

My hometown rocks

SQUIRREL!

Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 10:34 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Personal at 10:34 PM

Big River Pizza is cool (#1)

Jason’s GoFundMe Page

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

https://www.gofundme.com/rt7b2h-jasons-recovery-fund

Happy to be home

Posted Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 09:23 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 9:23 PM

Haven’t been here much the past two weeks

Seven Pet Peeves

Posted Friday, June 2nd, 2017 08:46 am GMT -5 in Personal at 8:46 AM
  • Slow drivers in the left lane
  • Slow golfers
  • Talkers at concerts
  • Hashtags
  • Two spaces after a period
  • Jargon/buzzwords
  • Cigarette butt litter

52 Reasons to Love MSP

Posted Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 08:58 am GMT -5 in Links,Personal at 8:58 AM

http://mspmag.com/arts-and-culture/general-interest/52-reasons-to-love-the-twin-cities-right-now/

Why hello May

Posted Monday, May 1st, 2017 12:45 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Personal at 12:45 PM

At this rate, the Super Bowl will be over before you know it

Never tire of this view

Posted Monday, May 1st, 2017 12:43 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Personal at 12:43 PM

West Side Story meets Lowertown 

7 Things I’ve Never Tried

Posted Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 9:50 PM
  • Coffee
  • Cigarettes
  • Skydiving
  • 100 mile trail race
  • Country club membership
  • Mile High Club membership
  • Patience

Sunny in Lowertown 

Posted Thursday, April 6th, 2017 09:48 am GMT -5 in Personal,Running,Weather at 9:48 AM

Now to turn up the temps a little

Bigger is Better

Posted Saturday, March 25th, 2017 05:23 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Television at 5:23 PM

Taller windows; bigger TV

Don’t miss you, rainy traffic jam

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 05:44 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Personal,Weather at 5:44 PM

The choo-choo don’t slow down

Life in Lowertown

Posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Housekeeping,Personal at 12:15 PM

Change is good, right? Well, we’ve been charging ahead full force the past month. Kid one moved out and into her own apartment mid-February, while the rest of us decided to pack it up and move back to the city. Today marks three weeks in our new loft in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, which the local boosters describe as:

A vibrant artists’ quarter filled with beautiful workspaces, hip cafes, fine dining and the stunning CHS Field.

We are kitty-corner from the wonderful St. Paul Farmer’s Market in the Rayette building, which we share with the home of my all-time favorite cheeseburger, Saint Dinette. The building has had an interesting history, opening as a millinery in 1911, with stints as the home of Aqua Net hairspray and as a parking ramp before being converted to lofts in 2014. We downsized from three bedrooms to two, but added 13 foot ceilings, huge windows and a layout that seems much larger than before (ours is the Monroe, with 1,459 square feet). I love the exposed brick, industrial columns and lack of carpeting throughout (finally got to toss our crappy vacuum cleaner).

In addition to the suburb-to-city change, transportation has also been turned on its head. We still have two cars, but one is parked here and the other is in storage. Colleen gets a discounted transit pass from her employer and now rides the bus to work (express plus a short transfer). I bought a monthly Go-To card from Metro Transit and ride the Green Line trains to and from the stadium. The Union Depot station is a block over and takes just under 40 minutes to drop me off right across Chicago Avenue from the Legacy Gate (and/or the skyway entrance). I can’t express how much of a quality of life improvement it is to not drive in metro rush hour traffic any longer. Now I plug in my headphones, check social media, read stories, play games and just relax. Hoping to eventually sell one car and just stick with one (which kid two uses to drive herself to school).

We lived in downtown St. Paul the first year out of college at Galtier Plaza, but this area is now completely different. I read somewhere that Lowertown now has 3500 residents and I’m pretty sure about half of them have dogs, which makes me very happy (even though allergies still prevent us from adding to the total). Mears Park is a block west and has a mini restaurant row, with Bulldog, Barrio, Public Kitchen + Bar and Handsome Hog. Big River Pizza is across the street, with the eclectic Golden’s Deli a few doors south of that. There are a ton of additional restaurants nearby and we are super excited for Saints games to start. Our Twins ticket group also has Saints tickets, so we are buying one share this season to see how it goes. The stadium is literally on the other side of the building you see above.

In addition to having the option of that cheeseburger downstairs six days a week, the building has a bunch of other great amenities. The workout room is just perfect – it’s exactly what I would design if I had the opportunity: all Life Fitness gear, two treadmills, a room full of spin cycles, free weights, an elliptical, squat rack, benches and more. There are two large TVs with DirectTV and a speaker system that you can supposedly plug stuff into (can’t seem to get that part working so far). It’s conveniently located one floor below our unit and now I don’t have to go outside in the winter any more to exercise. The downtown YMCA teaches a free spin class one night a week and may bring back a yoga class later in the year too. Once it gets warmer, I will have some great new running and biking routes along the Mississippi that I can’t wait to try.

Directly across from the exercise room is the “Sinatra Lounge,” which is a shared community space that has a fireplace, bar, multiple TVs and a pool table. We’ve already spent a lot of time shooting pool – I really like having access to that again (and free is even better). Up on the roof, there is a community patio that includes a gas fire pit, grill, all-season TV and speaker system. The views of the river and surrounding areas are stellar, day or night. The office manager and maintenance guy are great, the mail and package delivery systems seem to work well and I love having chutes for trash and recycling. My only (small) issues so far are the overly complicated thermostat and the noise from one of the garage door openers.

We are mostly unpacked now, with just a few areas that need to be cleaned up (and a few more things to hang on the walls). Once that’s done, we’d love to have visitors – drop me a line at dk@7minutemiles.com and we will see you soon in Lowertown!

Keep St. Paul Cool

Posted Sunday, March 5th, 2017 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 4:34 PM

Screw boring – this is the place to be

It’s Official

Posted Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 8:19 PM

Can’t believe we live here now

So long, suburbs

Posted Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 06:22 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 6:22 PM

It’s finally over

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)

Time to start over

Posted Monday, February 20th, 2017 08:34 am GMT -5 in Personal at 8:34 AM

Had that penny wine bottle since high school

Top 7 Food Favorites

Posted Sunday, February 19th, 2017 03:32 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 3:32 PM
  • Potatoes (any style)
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Steak
  • Fried Chicken
  • Pizza
  • Egg McMuffins
  • Carbonara

First apartment for kid one

Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2017 05:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 5:26 PM

Sad tear, happy tear

Hanging in the rafters again

Posted Friday, February 10th, 2017 04:36 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Work at 4:36 PM

More dirt events this week

States left to visit

Posted Saturday, January 14th, 2017 06:29 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Travel at 6:29 PM
  • Maine
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Delaware
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • West Virginia

(I think this is accurate)

Fingers crossed

Posted Saturday, December 31st, 2016 10:54 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 10:54 AM

Really hope this works out

Option #1 – Uptown

Posted Monday, December 26th, 2016 04:29 pm GMT -5 in Family,Housekeeping,Personal at 4:29 PM

Searching for a new place in 2017

Bucket list item #32

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 09:12 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Travel at 9:12 PM

“Watch the lights turn on over Victoria Island”

Code is Power

Posted Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 11:24 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal,Technology at 11:24 PM

When my automated Twitter plugins stopped working last week, I started thinking about ways to replace the tweet section at the top of 7 Minute Miles. Twitter Tools and Social used to pull in the last 7 tweets automatically, but the plugin authors decided to stop supporting them back in February (RIP Alex King). Twitter also seems to change up their developer connections from time to time, so all plugins will break at some point if they aren’t maintained.

Since the updates stopped, I learned that my wife and dad both read that section regularly for information instead of visiting Twitter itself. I looked at a lot of other Twitter WordPress plugins and couldn’t find anything that did exactly the same thing as Twitter Tools, so I looked at other ways to incorporate tweets into this site.

What I’ve decided to try is a new, automated post for each tweet. I’ve installed the Import Tweets as Posts plugin by Chandan Kumar and modified it to change the post format to “status.” It’s set to look for new tweets every two minutes and assign each post to a new “tweets” category.

I had to modify my functions.php file to add status to the post-formats array and wrote some new code for the homepage to style the display of these new tweet posts. The plugin even supports URL links and sets attached photos as the featured image. I’ll still need to find a way to automatically send links of full posts to Twitter, but this works for now.

Code rules…

A full year of stadium life

Posted Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 07:34 pm GMT -5 in Football,Personal,Technology,Work at 7:34 PM

Today is my one year anniversary as IT director at that little building in downtown Minneapolis. This timing also corresponded to an all-staff task of writing individual reviews of what we’ve accomplished in the past year and I found the exercise a fun way to self-reflect. It’s really amazing how much progress has occurred, both physically with the building and professionally with our team.

There are still many things that need to be done, but I’m happy with where my group stands right now. We learn from every event and will get better and more efficient as we gain knowledge from what are some really unique and exciting experiences. It’s stressful and time-consuming, to be sure, but it’s also rewarding in ways that are unlike anything else I’ve seen during my career.

As I wrote in my review, this role is challenging on many levels: multiple partner organizations, political pressures, limited staffing resources, event-driven scheduling, a vast physical environment and multiple, complex systems. On the technology side of things, I get to work in familiar areas like networking, telephone systems, digital signage, mobile devices and workstations. But everything in the building is larger than life, so I’ve learned a lot about scaling and performance (especially with WiFi and cloud-based tools).

Technology is great, but I really feel that communication and customer service are just as important (if not more). With so many different groups in this project, it’s crucial that we manage those relationships properly to be successful. Everyone is important: the guests that pay to attend events, the state officials that entrust us to operate the building, the vendors that have provided the tools we use, the partner organizations that provide complimentary services, the team members on our own staff and, of course, the primary tenant that drives so many key decisions.

I’m very proud of the technology support team we’ve built so far. My one full-timer was a wonderful find (thanks Pash) and is rapidly developing into an all-star on par with the best I’ve had the pleasure of working with in the past. Our part-time event staff is vastly over-qualified for the tasks I ask them to perform, but it’s nice to know all that brain-power is there if we need it.

Lastly, I’m proud of the Skol Service pin I was awarded after a very long game day (see above). Staff recognition often gets overlooked, but even small tokens of appreciation like this can go a long ways in keeping people motivated and focused on providing excellent service. Excited to see what the next 365 days have in store…

Are you crazy?

Posted Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 11:14 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links,Personal,Work at 11:14 PM

http://www.madfeed.co/2016/speakingout/

The Mind Controls Everything

Posted Sunday, September 18th, 2016 09:44 am GMT -5 in Football,Links,Personal,Work at 9:44 AM

http://thelab.bleacherreport.com/i-m-not-the-lone-wolf/

The Revolution at First Avenue

Posted Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Personal at 10:45 PM

When The Revolution announced the first two shows at First Avenue, I knew I wanted to be there (the third show was added later). The $65 ticket price ($78.54 with fees) was the highest I’ve ever paid at that venue, but it’s been a tough four months since Prince died and I was hoping for a bit of closure. After reading Andrea Swensson’s review of the first night on The Current Blog, it sounded like I needed to bring a large box of Kleenex with me. Turns out the second night was personally a much different experience for me: glad I went, but not at all what I was expecting emotionally.

It’s hard to be critical of a group of musicians that are also clearly in mourning, but this show was rough around the edges and at times was just plain hard to listen to. Part of that was obviously due to the missing key ingredient up front, but I just don’t like Wendy’s voice (nothing personal). It helped when André Cymone came out a few songs into the show and I thought Bilal did an amazing job on The Beautiful Ones, but I could barely listen to Sometimes It Snows In April (which is one of my top 7 Prince songs of all time). It was clearly heart-felt and personal, but wasn’t up to Prince standards.

My other primary criticism was the song selection. The Revolution officially played on four albums: 1999, Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day and Parade. You could argue that André Cymone and Dez Dickerson could maybe claim some of the older songs, but it didn’t seem right to me to have them play songs like Controversy, Uptown and Let’s Work. To me, those aren’t Revolution songs. But, hey, if this was what Wendy, Lisa, Brown Mark, Bobby Z. and Dr. Fink wanted as a tribute, so be it.

There are lots of stories with photos out there to read on these shows: Cecilia Johnson at The Current for night two, Ross Raihala and Chris Riemenschneider were also both there for night two, while Chad Werner at City Pages had a much higher impression of the first night than I did for my show. Apollonia looked great (as did Cymone) and I didn’t know about Brenda Bennett until I looked her up later. Celebrity super-fans Maya Rudolph and Questlove were clearly having a good time. Wish I would’ve saw Har Mar Superstar on the bike. Overheard that the sound guy (who looked like Mr. Bean) was the same one who mixes for Justin Timberlake.

Back there again tonight for Ms. Lauryn Hill.

  • Let’s Go Crazy
  • Computer Blue
  • America
  • Mountains
  • Do it All Night
  • Let’s Work
  • Uptown
  • Party Up
  • Little Red Corvette
  • 1999
  • Sometimes it Snows in April
  • Raspberry Beret
  • The Beautiful Ones
  • Private Joy
  • When Doves Cry
  • Controversy
  • ENCORE:
  • Kiss
  • Baby I’m a Star
  • Purple Rain

UPDATE: Jay Gabler writes about night three for The Current Blog, while Jon Bream covers the whole series for the Strib.

RIP, Mr. Baker

Posted Saturday, August 13th, 2016 05:01 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Personal at 5:01 PM

Rough year, 2016

Farewell to my friend

Posted Friday, June 17th, 2016 11:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Personal at 11:05 PM

Tears, memories and fellowship in Tower

Our exclusive little club

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:06 am GMT -5 in Personal,Travel at 1:06 AM

These are the Dave’s I know…

Time to face the music 

Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2016 06:51 am GMT -5 in Personal at 6:51 AM

AMC – Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 

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

Can’t believe this is to code

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

SIDEWALK

My Top 7 Prince Songs

Posted Sunday, April 24th, 2016 12:46 am GMT -5 in Music,Personal at 12:46 AM

Really an exercise in futility, but here you go:

  • Erotic City (Dance Mix)
  • 17 Days
  • Sometimes It Snows In April
  • D.M.S.R.
  • The Beautiful Ones
  • Kiss (Extended Version)
  • Sign O’ The Times

Honorable Mention: The Question of U, Under the Cherry Moon, Head

First Avenue, the day after

Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2016 09:31 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Personal at 9:31 PM

4/22/2016

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!

Overheated

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

So much to shred

Proud to Be

Posted Sunday, February 7th, 2016 10:52 pm GMT -5 in Links,Personal,Politics at 10:52 PM

Thomas Edison

Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2016 09:44 am GMT -5 in History,Personal,Quotes at 9:44 AM

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

Choo-choo!

Posted Thursday, January 14th, 2016 09:04 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 9:04 PM

I love the choo-choo

Tiny ballot this year

Posted Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Politics at 6:41 PM

Two items, five bubbles to fill in

So long, and thanks for all the fish

Posted Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 10:46 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Personal,Work at 10:46 AM

It’s been a blast, Fortune Bay

Something Big on the Horizon

Posted Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 09:00 am GMT -5 in Personal,Sports,Work at 9:00 AM

Time to let the cat out of the bag:

Next month, I will be become the Director of IT for the new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

I’d like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout the process and look forward to bringing this exciting project to life. I’d also like to thank Chairman Leecy and the entire Bois Forte Band of Chippewa for the opportunity to be a part of the Fortune Bay team the past five plus years. The Wilderness at Fortune Bay will always be one of my favorite golf courses in the world and the Lake Vermilion area is simply stunning. Thanks also to Mary and Alex on Birch Point for everything – you are the best!

#Skol

Miss you, Mr. Sound Effect

Posted Saturday, September 19th, 2015 10:04 pm GMT -5 in History,Personal at 10:04 PM

Tom Keith memorial, Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul, Minnesota 

Almost looks not crowded

Posted Saturday, September 5th, 2015 01:18 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Photography at 1:18 PM

The east Skyride station by the Food and Horticulture buildings

Only $2.50 per slide

Posted Saturday, September 5th, 2015 01:16 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Pop Culture at 1:16 PM

The Giant Slide (from the Skyride)

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

Community Pride

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2015 08:08 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 8:08 PM

Highland Park, St. Paul

This is so me

Posted Friday, June 5th, 2015 01:51 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Personal at 1:51 PM

…according to the rest of the family, anyway.

Hey, I know those guys

Posted Thursday, June 4th, 2015 03:15 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Sports,Work at 3:15 PM

Bois Forte sign outside TCF Bank Stadium, Minnesota

Easy Street

Posted Friday, May 22nd, 2015 10:53 am GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 10:53 AM

Kingsbury Drive, Eagan, Minnesota

Fire, FIRE, FIRE!

Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 09:57 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 9:57 PM

Fireplace on Birch Point, Lake Vermilion

Be Kind

Posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 09:53 am GMT -5 in Business,Links,Personal at 9:53 AM

http://boz.com/articles/be-kind.html

Perhaps

Posted Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 11:37 am GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 11:37 AM

Wisdom from a cookie

All good in St. Paul

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 10:22 am GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 10:22 AM

Her surgery went smoothly (so said the doctor)

Right on, Microsoft

Posted Friday, May 1st, 2015 12:07 am GMT -5 in Personal,Technology at 12:07 AM

First good thing from Microsoft in ages…

The Other David Kingsbury

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 11:58 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Running,Sports at 11:58 PM

A few years ago when you Googled my name, this site would show up on the first page of search results, often battling for position with Dr. David Kingsbury from Johns Hopkins University and with a bankruptcy attorney in Apple Valley, Minnesota. When Hugh Jackman decided to become Wolverine, however, the online David Kingsbury universe changed forever. London-based David Kingsbury (above) is Mr. Jackman’s personal trainer and he developed the Wolverine Workout that has bumped all the other David Kingsburys of the world down the Google results hierarchy.

I’ve owned the davidkingsbury.com domain for a long time, but never really used it (there was a re-direct set to 7minutemiles.com for years). On a lark, I decided to email the UK DK to see if he would be interested in swapping the domain for a customized training program. I believe his initial reply was “that would be brilliant!” So now Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and I all have something in common…

He sent me a detailed questionnaire to fill out and asked me to send some “before” photos (which I’m too embarrassed to post right now). I told him about my running goals for the year and my current commuting schedule and he produced multiple training and nutrition documents that I still need to study and research. I was initially planning to start the new training routine before my 50K trail race this spring, but priorities shifted and I won’t realistically be able to start until a few other things fall into place.

I’m very excited about starting this new program and finally paying attention to my upper body and core. After years of running and biking, leg strength has never really been a major issue. The past few years have been depressing on the weight front, though, with most of that accumulating in a growing beer belly (even though I don’t drink beer). My arms have never been very strong, so toning those and shedding some inches around the middle would be extremely welcome (not to mention a likely boost for my golf game). I’d also like to improve my flexibility, which was getting bad even before I pulled a muscle in my back last weekend lifting boxes.

My run log so far this year doesn’t look great, but right now I’m less concerned with mileage totals and more interested in cross-training for variety (and to prevent boredom). I’m really looking forward to the Lebanon Hills mountain bike trails to reopen for the season and my first race of the year is coming up soon (Get in Gear 10K on April 25th). I probably won’t be fully prepared for the Superior 50K on May 16th, but it felt great to run last weekend at Lebanon (even if was just 6.8 miles).

If things go the way I want, I’ll complete those races with decent times, start the new training plan and look for a fall marathon to run fast (Des Moines?). Throw in the State Fair Milk Run 5K that MK and I just signed up for and 2015 should be a great fitness recovery year.

Love getting this email

Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 11:07 am GMT -5 in Personal at 11:07 AM

2015 State Fair Milk Run 5K registration is now open

This makes me happy

Posted Friday, January 30th, 2015 11:51 am GMT -5 in Personal at 11:51 AM

Bell Let’s Talk social media campaign

A History of Education

Posted Monday, October 13th, 2014 05:00 pm GMT -5 in History,Personal,Schools at 5:00 PM

There has been a lot of talk recently about the value of higher education, which made me think about my particular path (which I’m still paying for, by the way). I’ve also seen some people talking about GPA and SAT scores on job applications – even for “experienced” workers like me. I haven’t tracked down my SAT or GMAT results, but I did recently finish a transcript quest.

My high school in St. Paul only charged $5 for this service, but the transcript arrived without info for tenth grade. I contacted the district data office and the helpful person there was able to retrieve everything from microfiche (yes, I am that old now). The best part was that new document also included grades seven and eight, so I now have results for every graded class I’ve ever taken. You can take a look at all this schoolin’ on this page or formatted all pretty like on this PDF.

Overall, I must say I’m a little overwhelmed at just how many classes I took over the years. I’m also relatively proud of my GPA at each school – ranging from a high of 3.8 at Ramsey Junior High to an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for my BBA degree (3.5 at UND and 2.8 at UW-Madison). The 3.4 for my Carlson MBA probably could’ve been higher, but I was also working full-time while I took those classes at night. My high school didn’t do honors ranking for GPA when I was there, so that 3.7 likely would’ve been different on a 5.0 scale.

Was it worth it? Definitely. I might pick different areas of study if I had to do it all over again, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of those great teachers and centers of learning. People often ask me how I know how to do the things I do and this coursework summary is a huge part of it. Wonderful educators like Sandy Fox, Richard Demers, Randy Dunham and Robert Hansen made learning fun and interesting. I can’t thank them enough.

I once toyed with the notion of pursuing a PhD in educational technology, but I think I’m done with formal coursework. I still love learning new things, though, usually spending an hour a day reading about trends, following industry news or watching video tutorials. I also like to occasionally pick out a new challenge and find web development code examples or learn how to use iPhones and iPads in new ways. Many of those projects end up on this site too (still hoping to add a video post type soon).

Long live the scholars!

Great turnout

Posted Saturday, September 27th, 2014 12:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 12:48 PM

NAMI Walk 2014, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis

NAMI Walk 2014

Posted Saturday, September 27th, 2014 12:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 12:45 PM

Everybody walks on SK’s day

Wise words from Alisha

Posted Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 01:38 pm GMT -5 in Links,Personal at 1:38 PM

http://blog.redcurrent.com/2014/09/22/you-are-not-alone-starting-a-conversation-about-mental-illness/

A state fair classic

Posted Saturday, August 30th, 2014 04:27 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 4:27 PM

Giant Slide

New fair secret spot

Posted Saturday, August 30th, 2014 04:24 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 4:24 PM

The porch of the fair po-po office is my new favorite place to sit and people watch

Hey baby

Posted Friday, August 22nd, 2014 12:17 pm GMT -5 in History,Personal,Photography at 12:17 PM

My baby photos from 1969

 

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