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Too much red for Warren

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10 Things Great Leaders Say

Monday, April 7th, 2014 08:28 pm GMT -5

Normally not a fan of the business success/guru stuff, but I liked this story from Inc. that a friend linked to on Twitter today. Here’s the tl;dr version:

  • Congratulations
  • Here’s what happened
  • Here are our challenges
  • Here are our objectives
  • Here’s what I’m hearing
  • Here’s what I’m thinking
  • Thank you
  • Why don’t you tell us…
  • Let me introduce…
  • Here’s how we compare

Thanks, Ed!

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New AV Gear

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Let the rock-off begin!

- Tenacious D

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First of the Year

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A Night at Paisley Park

Monday, April 7th, 2014 12:37 am GMT -5

Prince has always been an interesting person to follow – musical genius, recluse, sex symbol, regular symbol, prolific (musically and legally) and a huge part of Minnesota music history. Purple Rain was my first album, quickly followed by the entire back catalog. I stuck around for the next few years: Around the World in a Day, Parade, Sign “O” the Times and Lovesexy were all strong albums and I even liked Batman and Graffiti Bridge a fair amount, but Diamonds and Pearls signaled the beginning of the end for me. Throw in a lot of great B-sides over the years and a few recent hits, though, and it’s enough to stay interested in an extremely talented musician.

I had seen Prince live a few times before: once at the former Glam Slam in Minneapolis and once in a two-song benefit performance at the Metrodome for Special Olympics on July 20, 1991 (where he performed, oddly enough, Diamonds and Pearls, followed by Baby I’m A Star). I think I also saw him at the old Saint Paul Civic Center during the Parade Tour on October 3, 1986, but I’m not positive about that one (ARC?).

Last night I finally decided to make the trek to Chanhassen for one of the “special evenings” at Paisley Park. Dessa and Aby Wolf had been posting on social media that they would be performing for sure at 11pm, so I thought the $30 door charge was worth it just to see them (and it definitely was). The whole night was a trip, to be honest…

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New York Strip + Old Fashioned

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Happy steak girl

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Getting better all the time

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Ghosts of Wild Past

Friday, April 4th, 2014 07:19 pm GMT -5

OK, not all of them – Koivu and Veilleux are still here. I miss the days of the first-come, first-serve Minnesota Wild player appearances. Once they changed the autograph policies, it basically became impossible for me to attend these any longer. More samples after the jump.

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My first kid-served Panera

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Same

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April 4th in Hell

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Now springtime only reminds me of Tracy’s tears. Always cry 4 love, never cry 4 pain…

- Sometimes it Snows in April

quote posted Friday, April 4th, 2014 12:43 am GMT -5

Occasionally I drank with the harlots…

- Tyrion Lannister

quote posted Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 07:01 pm GMT -5
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Panther Swim Team

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Happy Eighth Birthday

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 01:55 pm GMT -5

Last Sunday was the eighth anniversary of the first post here at 7minutemiles.com. Some current stats:

  • 4,662 Posts
  • 184 Pages
  • 989 Comments
  • 72,947 unique visitors in 2013
  • 577,953 pages displayed in 2013
  • 486 average unique daily visitors last month

Still running WordPress on a Mac mini co-located in Las Vegas. Not much in the way of theme design changes this year – I’m pretty happy with the way it looks and functions (particularly the ability to update easily from mobile devices). There are some new things I’d like to experiment with this year, but I’ll probably use a different domain for that.

Thanks for visiting!

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Mystic is different now

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Wild Alaska Progressive

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Slot Cat

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News from the NIGC

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100x Fireworks

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Hot Chick Plate

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Getting closer

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I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.

- Lloyd Dobler

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Pash’s Mac 30th Party

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Sunset Over MVCC

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Not so hidden falls

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Hello again reeeever

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Brooklyn, Bronx…

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Drive-By Truckers at First Avenue

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 01:29 am GMT -5

Since I’ve never seen them before, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Drive-By Truckers at First Avenue. I mean, I have several of their albums (including the new English Oceans) and just saw former DBT singer Jason Isbell there. Wasn’t really expecting a 31-song, three hour show though…

As Chris Riemenschneider wrote in his review, many people grew tired by the end, with a steady flow leaving before the last song. I got there early to catch Portland’s entertaining Blitzen Trapper, stood on my usual first step up by the side of the sound board and was very tired by the end of DBT’s main set. I headed for the back bar right after Hell No I Ain’t Happy and hung out there just to see how long they would play. It was almost like the end of the last Har Mar Superstar show I saw at the Turf Club – they didn’t seem to want to leave the stage.

I wish I would’ve listened to the new album more before this show, seeing how much of it they played. A lot of times I can just sit back and enjoy groups when I don’t know a lot of the songs, but that’s a little tougher when it goes on for three hours. It also turns out that I like Patterson Hood’s voice more than Mike Cooley (no offense – he’s strong too), so half of the songs I liked more than the others. The guitar work on all of them was pretty damn strong, though. I’ll have to brush up on my DBT history – the crowd was obviously way more knowledgeable about the older tracks than I am.

The eventual end of the show was very “rock star,” with each person leaving the stage one by one as the song continued. The last man standing was Brad “The EZB” Morgan, the drummer with one of the most awesome beards I’ve ever seen. The Hood incident with the guy in the audience was sweet – he must’ve been sharing notes with Isbell on how to deal with jerks. Too bad more acts (and venue staff) don’t deal with “bad actors” in this manner. And take all the drunk bro talkers with them, please…

Two other things I really liked last night: 1) Blitzen Trapper covering Joe Walsh’s Rocky Mountain Way and 2) the free glasses of ice water left out on the bar at the end of the night. I’m guessing they’ve always done the water thing, but this was the first time (in all these years) that I’ve noticed it. Set list (according to Chris) after the jump.

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Hell No, I Ain’t Happy. But I ain’t too crappy, too crappy at all…

- Drive-By Truckers

quote posted Friday, March 28th, 2014 03:43 pm GMT -5
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Maximum Strength

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Getting better

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Foggy, snow night in the 612

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Oh, that sauce

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Old school

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Select a door

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Let’s try this again

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Another (blurry) milestone

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The truck is back!

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He’ll calm down after he drinks lunch…

- PHB

quote posted Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 12:19 pm GMT -5
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Don’t be a jerk, chicken

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It’s blue

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Hoser nickel

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Mixed Timbits

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