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Lindstrom loves cookies

Posted Saturday, August 4th, 2018 02:29 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 2:29 PM

More cookies than I’ve ever seen in one place

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm

King of the North

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 08:36 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:36 PM

Long live Gordy

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Most lupine ever

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 08:30 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 8:30 PM

This one was outside the candy store

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 8:30 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

Quick hit at the Bear

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 11:43 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 11:43 AM

Could Black Bear possibly be looser than Mystic now?

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 11:43 am

Swedish

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 11:31 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:31 AM

Don’t ever change, Gordy

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

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

Dexter was their favorite

Posted Saturday, July 7th, 2018 11:22 am GMT -5 in History,Travel at 11:22 AM

Glensheen Carriage House

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2018 at 11:22 am

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

This was a nice one

Posted Friday, June 15th, 2018 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 1:28 PM

Glad I took a couple hours to visit

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2018 at 1:28 pm

$140 on a 45-cent bet

Posted Friday, June 15th, 2018 09:50 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 9:50 AM

Hard Rock Tampa is super nice

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2018 at 9:50 am

Cake does not disappoint

Posted Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 10:54 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Music,Travel,Weather at 10:54 PM

Enough with the live in the moment crap, though

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2018 at 10:54 pm

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

Innovation Showcase

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Technology,Travel,Work at 2:56 PM

Lots of interesting presentations @ Cisco Live!

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm

Florida NerdFest 🤓

Posted Monday, June 11th, 2018 08:58 am GMT -5 in Technology,Travel,Work at 8:58 AM

Cisco Live! 2018, Orlando

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2018 at 8:58 am

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

Off to Orlando

Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2018 06:25 am GMT -5 in Travel,Work at 6:25 AM

The early air choo-choo

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2018 at 6:25 am

City of Stars

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:36 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Music,Travel at 6:36 PM

Is this the start of something wonderful and new? Or one more dream that I cannot make true?

Originally published by DK on April 3, 2018 at 6:36 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

Check and check

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:32 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 6:32 PM

Covered them both on this vacation

Originally published by DK on April 3, 2018 at 6:32 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

Knott’s memory #2

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 06:49 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 6:49 PM

Crazy long waits here these days

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 6:49 pm

Knott’s memory #1

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 05:54 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 5:54 PM

It was much more impressive when I was little

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 5:54 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

Doges love Dole Whip

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:46 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Pets,Travel at 11:46 AM

Isn’t that right, Luna?

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

Magical

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:44 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:44 AM

Fireworks over Big Thunder

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:44 am

So good we did it again

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:42 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 11:42 AM

Plaza Inn FTW

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:42 am

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

What a wonderful place

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:37 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:37 AM

Got our money’s worth on Sunday

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:37 am

An instant classic

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:35 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:35 AM

The single rider line is key

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:35 am

The choo-choos of Disneyland

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:33 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:33 AM

I love you, choo-choo

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:33 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

Crowded, but very cool

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:22 am GMT -5 in Museums,Science,Travel at 12:22 AM

Can’t believe I never went there until now

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 12:22 am

Too far to walk this time

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:18 am GMT -5 in Travel at 12:18 AM

Observatory to Hollywood sign = 3.5 miles each way

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 12:18 am

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

LA Slut

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:55 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:55 PM

Just like Vegas

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:55 pm

Don’t want to know this

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:54 pm GMT -5 in Museums,Science,Travel at 11:54 PM

Sidewalks @ Griffith Observatory

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:54 pm

Childhood favorite #4

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:01 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 11:01 AM

The wildest ride in the wilderness

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:01 am

The corn dog was on point

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:00 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 11:00 AM

Red Wagon on Main Street

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:00 am

Childhood favorite #3

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 04:13 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 4:13 PM

Pirates Forever

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Someday (I hope)

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 04:09 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 4:09 PM

Club 33 @ New Orleans Square

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Childhood favorite #2

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 1:28 PM

Still mostly the same as when it opened

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Childhood favorite #1

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 10:59 am GMT -5 in Disney,Travel at 10:59 AM

Love, love, love the Matterhorn

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2018 at 10:59 am

Leaving Las Vegas

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 05:14 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes,Travel at 5:14 PM

Used to be I could drive up to Barstow for the night…

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Don’t mess with Samurai

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:35 am GMT -5 in History,Museums,Travel at 3:35 AM

Great exhibit at BGFA

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2018 at 3:35 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

Marketing geniuses

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:30 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Hockey,Travel at 3:30 AM

Who would’ve thought Vegas would go hockey mad?

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2018 at 3:30 am

Shark Reef was A+

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Nature,Travel at 8:21 PM

Mandalay Bay presentation was really cool

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2018 at 8:21 pm

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

No, *you* the frog

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 02:42 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Games,Travel at 2:42 PM

My alternative to Orchid

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2018 at 2:42 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

Linq alley keeps improving

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 12:05 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Travel at 12:05 PM

Too bad the hotel part is so awful

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2018 at 12:05 pm

It me

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 12:04 pm GMT -5 in Art,Travel at 12:04 PM

Don’t remember posing for this

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Back at the Mirage

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Travel at 3:28 PM

For two nights…

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2018 at 3:28 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

Mixed feelings

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 07:15 am GMT -5 in Travel at 7:15 AM

I want to love you, Sun Country

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2018 at 7:15 am

Watch out, clown

Posted Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 06:20 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:20 AM

Chick-fil-A breakfast is A+

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2018 at 6:20 am

Waiting for Hotlanta

Posted Monday, March 19th, 2018 07:27 am GMT -5 in Travel at 7:27 AM

Delayed by an oxygen mask

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2018 at 7:27 am

21st Century Clown

Posted Monday, March 19th, 2018 06:16 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:16 AM

This was quick and easy, MSP

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2018 at 6:16 am

Looks like I need to go back

Posted Thursday, March 8th, 2018 10:56 am GMT -5 in Golf,Links,Travel at 10:56 AM

https://www.golfadvisor.com/articles/streamsong-course-debate-17673.htm#.WqFntxpOhkU.twitter

Originally published by DK on March 8, 2018 at 10:56 am

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

Originally published by DK on March 4, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Still a classic

Posted Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:59 PM

VC 🍕

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2018 at 9:59 pm

Trains rule, example #597

Posted Monday, January 22nd, 2018 04:20 pm GMT -5 in Travel,Weather at 4:20 PM

No driving today, thank you

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2018 at 4:20 pm

A turkey to close 🦃 🎳

Posted Thursday, October 19th, 2017 08:42 am GMT -5 in Family,Sports,Travel at 8:42 AM

Not bad for being rusty

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2017 at 8:42 am

Is this Thunder Bay?

Posted Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 10:20 pm GMT -5 in Design,Travel at 10:20 PM

Radisson Duluth seems a bit frozen in time

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Five stars all the way, baby

Posted Thursday, October 5th, 2017 08:53 am GMT -5 in Links,Travel at 8:53 AM

https://www.thekingsburyhotel.com/

Originally published by DK on October 5, 2017 at 8:53 am
 

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