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Second Kingsbury?

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:38 pm GMT -6 in Family,History,Running,Travel at 1:38 PM

First from Eagan, first of those born on 1/19 – my results sheet and bib from the 1996 Bloomsday 12K in Spokane

Cookie says it’s time to eat

Posted Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 02:50 pm GMT -6 in Art,Food,Travel at 2:50 PM

Come and get it

Top Five Filet

Posted Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 01:37 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 1:37 PM

This was amazing – Vic and Anthony’s, Houston

Just in time to check out

Posted Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 11:42 pm GMT -6 in Travel,Work at 11:42 PM

So frustrating 

Roman numerals forever

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:53 pm GMT -6 in Football,Travel,Work at 9:53 PM

Super Bowl LI, Houston, Texas

Almost ready for the big show

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:31 pm GMT -6 in Football,Travel,Work at 9:31 PM

Super Bowl LI prep @ NRG Stadium

Best club decor ever

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:29 pm GMT -6 in Design,Football,Travel,Work at 9:29 PM

Deep in the heart of Texas @ NRG Stadium

I ❤ chutes

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:27 pm GMT -6 in Football,Travel,Work at 9:27 PM

It is home to the rodeo, after all

Frontier will pay – right?

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:25 pm GMT -6 in Shopping,Travel at 9:25 PM

And from Forever 21, even (except for the hat)

Giant helmets in Texas

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 10:14 am GMT -6 in Football,Travel,Work at 10:14 AM

The credentials cut down on the long walk

Locked down

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2017 04:08 pm GMT -6 in Football,Travel,Work at 4:08 PM

Can’t walk anywhere in this town

Jack the Rabbit 

Posted Monday, January 30th, 2017 05:19 am GMT -6 in Travel,Work at 5:19 AM

Part I: MSP-DEN on Flight 333

States left to visit

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

(I think this is accurate)

The (semi) new Sub Pop store

Posted Friday, December 16th, 2016 06:42 pm GMT -6 in Music,Shopping,Travel at 6:42 PM

Opened three years ago at SEA-TAC

Amazing PJ exhibit @ SEA-TAC

Posted Friday, December 16th, 2016 05:43 pm GMT -6 in Art,Music,Travel at 5:43 PM

Tons of great posters, but this was my favorite 

How many chickens do you need?

Posted Friday, December 16th, 2016 04:21 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 4:21 PM

A lot, according to Tulalip Casino

Favorite plate ever

Posted Friday, December 16th, 2016 04:19 pm GMT -6 in Cars,Travel at 4:19 PM

Classic Porsche headed south to Seattle

We rode this one too

Posted Friday, December 16th, 2016 03:28 pm GMT -6 in Travel at 3:28 PM

Spirit of British Columbia over, Spirit of Vancouver Island on the way back

Bucket list item #32

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 09:12 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Travel at 9:12 PM

“Watch the lights turn on over Victoria Island”

A grander era

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 09:07 pm GMT -6 in History,Travel at 9:07 PM

So much more elegant than email and Snapchat

The moose outside should’ve told ya

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 09:02 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Pop Culture,Travel at 9:02 PM

So much nationalism up here (just like 🇺🇸)

Orca and the Empress

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 08:57 pm GMT -6 in History,Travel at 8:57 PM

The Fairmount was a little worn, but so full of history

Seaplane flights and tours

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 08:53 pm GMT -6 in Travel at 8:53 PM

So cool – would love to do this sometime 

Fish and chips forever

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 08:47 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 8:47 PM

Or Poutine – take your pick (Irish Times Pub, Victoria BC)

Amazed he wasn’t frozen

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 11:46 am GMT -6 in Travel,Weather at 11:46 AM

Chinese Garden @ Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens in snow

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 10:52 am GMT -6 in Nature,Travel,Weather at 10:52 AM

These plants are also not very happy

Frozen ferns

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 10:47 am GMT -6 in Nature,Travel,Weather at 10:47 AM

Bet they aren’t very happy

End of the road

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 10:44 am GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 10:44 AM

So glad this place was open in Port Renfrew

French Beach Postcard

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 10:41 am GMT -6 in Nature,Travel at 10:41 AM

Just like the North Shore (but with saltwater)

From Edina to Victoria

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12:56 am GMT -6 in Hockey,Travel at 12:56 AM

One of us

Great bears of history

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12:51 am GMT -6 in Museums,Travel at 12:51 AM

From an amazing section of the Royal BC Museum 

OFF! OFF! OFF!

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12:48 am GMT -6 in Museums,Travel at 12:48 AM

More dioramas at the Royal BC Museum

This museum was spectacular 

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12:08 am GMT -6 in Links,Museums,Travel at 12:08 AM

http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/

Life size Mammoth

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 07:57 pm GMT -6 in History,Museums,Travel at 7:57 PM

Royal BC Museum dioramas rule

BC Totems

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:37 pm GMT -6 in Art,Museums,Travel at 12:37 PM

Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria

Orca at our hotel

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:35 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Travel at 12:35 PM

CK outside Abigail’s 

I ❤️ 🇨🇦

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:25 am GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 12:25 AM

Poutine Forever

Canadian best sellers

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:23 am GMT -6 in Reading,Travel at 12:23 AM

Why not?

Greatest country in the world?

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:18 am GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 12:18 AM

Canada has so much going for it, eh?

Networking in Seattle

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:14 am GMT -6 in Food,Technology,Travel at 12:14 AM

Jack’s Fish @ Pike’s Place

Spot the monkfish

Posted Monday, December 12th, 2016 04:58 pm GMT -6 in Business,Food,Travel at 4:58 PM

Home of the lame training session

Quick stop at the market

Posted Monday, December 12th, 2016 04:52 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Travel at 4:52 PM

Pike’s Place is very, very cold today

The sleigh to Seattle

Posted Monday, December 12th, 2016 09:39 am GMT -6 in Family,Travel at 9:39 AM

SY283, MSP-SEA, seats 19D & 19E

Our home for the week

Posted Sunday, December 11th, 2016 11:18 pm GMT -6 in Links,Travel at 11:18 PM

http://www.abigailshotel.com/

The Spirit of British Columbia

Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2016 12:29 am GMT -6 in Links,Travel at 12:29 AM

http://www.bcferries.com/onboard-experiences/fleet/profile-spirit_of_british_columbia.html

Been to two of these

Posted Monday, July 25th, 2016 07:07 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends,Links,Travel at 7:07 PM

http://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurants/photos/best-bars-america-food-lovers.html

Sushi @ Ruyi

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 07:14 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Travel at 7:14 PM

That reminds me of someone…

One rose away from $5800

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 07:12 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Travel at 7:12 PM

Someday? Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, Milwaukee 

That’s a nice touch

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 07:11 pm GMT -6 in Technology,Travel at 7:11 PM

New hotel room phone = name on handset

Gritty Sauce Forever

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 07:09 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 7:09 PM

Almost the same as I remember 

Common sense

Posted Sunday, July 10th, 2016 12:26 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 12:26 PM

We hope you have enjoyed reading it

The traveler has returned

Posted Thursday, July 7th, 2016 08:04 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Travel at 8:04 PM

…safely. ❤️

Happy Trails, SK

Posted Sunday, June 26th, 2016 06:39 pm GMT -6 in Family,Travel at 6:39 PM

Westward bound

Good Grand Marais Food Tips

Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 09:18 am GMT -6 in Food,Links,Travel at 9:18 AM

http://www.startribune.com/ask-the-restaurant-critic-where-to-go-in-grand-marais-summer-parties-and-more/383344441/

40th Annual Grandma’s Marathon

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2016 03:41 pm GMT -6 in Marathons,Running,Travel at 3:41 PM

When the good people at Grandma’s Marathon announced plans for the 40th anniversary of the race, I perked up when they said runners who registered early would get a special jacket. When they published a picture of the medal, I signed up right away.

Guess I’m still a sucker for nice bling.

Lots of other people were apparently excited by this year too, with 9,100 runners selling out the race for the first time in quite a while. This was my eighth Grandma’s (and 26th marathon), but I hadn’t been up there to run since 2011. Love the race and how the city embraces the weekend, so I’m not sure why I waited so long to return again.

With my work schedule completely out of control right now, I was not nearly as prepared for this race as I would’ve liked to be. I did get in long runs of 17.5, 21.5 and 15 miles in the weeks leading up to the race, but there wasn’t much in the way of short weekday runs (or any cross-training or speed work). Add in my Garmin dying the week of the race and a forecast for hot and humid weather and my time expectations for this race went out the window.

My A, B, C and D goals were all very low-key: get an official finish under seven hours to get the damn medal, beat my worst Grandma’s time (5:26:54), keep it in the fours and, finally, try to beat my Des Moines time (4:37:23). Three out of four was pretty good on a day when the weather warning flags went from green to yellow to red to black as the day went on.

We stayed at my sister’s apartment again and I got dropped off downtown to catch the train to the start. I thought getting there at 4:50 was plenty of time, but the line to board was already down the street. Capacity must be way higher than it seems, though, as everyone in line before me only filled the front half of the train. Talked with three other runners on the way to Two Harbors, including a friendly woman from Colorado and a sixty-year-old gentleman who is a fan of the Galloway run-walk method.

We arrived at the starting line just before seven and I actually waited in line for a port-o-potty (which I think is a first for me). Maybe I missed it, but I don’t think they did the flyover before the start (which was always a highlight for me). Looked around a bit to see if I could find anybody I knew, but decided to head to the chute when it got crowded. No real announcement to start this year either – everyone just started moving slowly to the line and we were off.

Running without a Garmin was strangely liberating. I just wanted to take it slow and let my muscles take over instead of my brain. The only anxiety I had was due to the 4:15 pacer, who I traded places with twice. This race doesn’t have many clocks on course, so I knew I hit the halfway mark around 2:10. After that I had no idea until mile 25, but I knew I was going slower the second half because of walk breaks through each water stop to rehydrate, take on ice and sponges and pour water over my head (all tricks I learned the last time it was too hot).

As I’ve said before, this race takes on a whole new feel when you enter Duluth city limits after mile 18. The crowd support is amazing and they helped me run non-stop from the last water stop at mile 25 to the finish line, where I finished in 4:47:36 (10:59 Minute Miles). Full results can be found here, including my official splits (10K – 59:02, 13.1M – 2:10:22, 20M – 3:30:47 and 25M – 4:34:45).

Next up: Afton Trail Run 50K on July 2

Anniversary bling acquired

Posted Sunday, June 19th, 2016 12:24 am GMT -6 in Marathons,Running,Travel at 12:24 AM

Grandma’s Marathon 40th Anniversary Medal

Felt weird to be back

Posted Friday, June 17th, 2016 11:07 pm GMT -6 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 11:07 PM

Quick stop at the Y Store

Adios Levi’s Stadium

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:17 am GMT -6 in Football,Technology,Travel at 1:17 AM

Great hosts with excellent insight

Goooooooooooooal

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:13 am GMT -6 in Football,Travel at 1:13 AM

There were actually three: Uruguay 3, Jamaica 0

Better than Candlestick

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:10 am GMT -6 in Football,Travel at 1:10 AM

In everything but location

A pair of Ninerds in the wild

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:08 am GMT -6 in Football,Technology,Travel,Work at 1:08 AM

I think they prefer Nidorks

Our exclusive little club

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 01:06 am GMT -6 in Personal,Travel at 1:06 AM

These are the Dave’s I know…

Cat Cora lobster mac

Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016 03:07 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 3:07 PM

Thanks for the tip, SF Eater – Gate 55

Hidden Gem

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 03:50 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Museums,Travel at 3:50 PM

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

Border towns

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 03:13 pm GMT -6 in Football,Shopping,Travel at 3:13 PM

Winona Shopko is bipolar

Seagulls love donuts

Posted Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 05:12 pm GMT -6 in Art,Food,Travel at 5:12 PM

My mom bought this print in Grand Marais

Summerfest Management Rocks

Posted Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 10:54 am GMT -6 in Concerts,Links,Music,Travel at 10:54 AM

http://summerfest.com/2016-lineup/

Straight from Hawaii

Posted Sunday, March 20th, 2016 07:13 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Travel at 7:13 PM

Pineapple Hi-Chew from Auntie Lynn

2015 G2E in Las Vegas

Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2016 12:41 am GMT -6 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…

Beignet Central

Posted Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 09:25 am GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 9:25 AM

Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans

 

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  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
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