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  • Jonathan Ive has more than 5,000 patents? Now I really feel like a slacker 1 day ago
  • How did I not know about a Christopher Guest series set in the UK with the guy from The IT Crowd? 2 days ago
  • Funny how the 60 mile bike ride didn’t really make the 15 mile run any easier – Minnehaha, Harriet & Calhoun 2 days ago
  • Bravo to the pyro on Bone Lake who set off the 20 minute private mortar show – the Alan Parsons Project Sirius intro was a nice touch 3 days ago
  • Volunteering isn’t quite the same as running @ Afton State Park 3 days ago
  • The stats and story of the New Horizon mission to Pluto are fascinating – scheduled to get there in 10 days 4 days ago
  • The new trail feature at Lebanon (just after the big hill) is really nice 4 days ago


Phil is the man

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Congrats graduates!

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Food trucks @ the Tapemark

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A Granny Dozen

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Tapemark volunteers at work

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Breakfast with Timmy Ho

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Rolling Stones at the Bank

Thursday, June 11th, 2015 12:01 am GMT -5

One week ago I was part of the sell-out crowd of 42,500 fans watching rock history unfold as the Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour visited the Gopher football stadium at the University of Minnesota. With a large chunk of the tickets topping out around $400, this was one expensive show. I decided to bite the bullet on a mid-range ticket in the lower level corner (around $150), but Colleen opted out. DGS picked up two pretty cool tickets at the side of the stage the day before and I was a bit jealous as Mick took several walks down that side of the huge setup, stopping about 20 feet away from his seats. The trade-off was his semi-obstructed view of the center stage and the three giant video screens that really made this a stellar concert experience.

That overall production quality goes to show that you get what you pay for. I don’t know all the logistics behind this tour, but I imagine it takes hundreds of people to put on this show with multiple semis full of equipment, costumes, lighting and pyro. The tour is only stopping in 15 cities and there appears to be a minimum of three days between shows. Mick (71), Keith (71), Charlie (74) and youngster Ronnie (68) had lots of other musician support, including the wonderful VocalEssence choir during the first song of the encore (You Can’t Always Get What You Want). That was a highlight of the night for me, along with Miss You, Sympathy for the Devil and the closer, Satisfaction.

“The world’s greatest rock and roll band” really lived up to the moniker all night. Jagger looked great, sounded awesome and still has all the trademark moves. Ronnie Wood is simply a rock and roll badass who often played guitar holding a cigarette between his middle and ring fingers while holding a pick with his thumb and index finger. Charlie Woods looked happy to be there all night, pounding the skins like someone half his age. And what can you say about Keith Richards? It’s a miracle the guy has survived this long – he really did remind me of the White Walker king from Game of Thrones. Too bad the long walkway that jutted out into the main floor didn’t get closer to my end of the stadium.

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Rollin’ with the fatness, you don’t even know what the half is. You gotta pay to play, just for shorty bang bang to look your way…

- No Diggity

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Trolling with Shuey

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Best Grand Old Day secret

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Alabama Shakes @ Hall’s Island

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 04:22 pm GMT -5

As a fan of history (and Minneapolis), I was excited when First Avenue announced that Father John Misty and Alabama Shakes would be playing a show at Historic Hall’s Island on May 30th. Then I was like – where the hell is Historic Hall’s Island? And why I have I never heard of it before now? Seems like everyone in town had pretty much the same reaction. But hey, I’m always up to try something new…

Turns out Hall’s Island isn’t really an island any longer – the east channel dried out and was filled in a while ago, but the the area has a really interesting back story. Named after Dr. Pearl M. Hall, the area that’s now between the Broadway and Plymouth bridges on the east side of the Mississippi was once home to public bathhouses and was slated to host a garbage incinerator at one point. Boom Island is just south of this area (also no longer an island), then comes Nicollet Island (which really is an island) and finally St. Anthony Falls. I also loved the story about the dead fly contest – way to be creative, Strib!

Initially, we thought it would be difficult to get there and find parking. Colleen pre-purchased parking in “lot four,” which was located two blocks over from the park, next to the Graco building on Marshall. We basically took I-94 to the Broadway exit, crossed the river, turned on Marshall and were right there. It was easy to get out too, but we took Hennepin back into downtown to grab some late food afterwards at Eli’s Food and Cocktails (first time there – it’s been on the list for a while due to their “best late night dining” awards).

The concert setup really only used half of the park – the area closest to the river was fenced off and the part being used was long and narrow. The stage was up front by Plymouth, with beer stands and food trucks on the sides and porta-potties in the back. The Minneapolis skyline made for a nice backdrop behind the stage and the sun was at our backs all afternoon. Doors were at 4:30 and I can’t remember now what the actual set times were for both acts, but Father John Misty played for just over an hour and the Alabama Shakes set was about 90 minutes (which included songs from both albums, but no Hold On – they didn’t even play that song at Paisley Park two nights later). The Riemenschneider review can be found here and the set list (also per Chris) can be found after the jump (along with a few photos).

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Somebody has a card now

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This is so me

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The clearance rack

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I stuck around St. Petersburg, when I saw it was a time for a change…

- Sympathy for the Devil

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Rock and Roll Finish

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Hey, I know those guys

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Always claim your free play

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2015 Stillwater Half Marathon

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 12:28 am GMT -5

One week after running John Storkamp’s wonderful Superior Spring 50K in Lutsen, a friend and colleague talked me into doing his race, the Stillwater Half Marathon. Starting at 8AM on May 23rd, this was a very different experience from the last time I ran a half in Stillwater. Ryan bought the race two years ago and has tweaked the course both years. It turns out that was a popular choice – the number of participants nearly doubled this year to around 1100 people (5K and half combined).

Full disclosure: Ryan provided me with a complimentary entry in exchange for feedback on the race. Thankfully, I don’t have to make up nice things to say – this was a fun, well-organized race that a vast improvement on my 2009 experience. The new course runs along the Gateway Trail for the first nine miles or so, which was nice and flat (with no real road traffic to deal with). There are some short, nasty hills at miles 10 and 11, but the finish is all downhill (including a steep drop at the actual finish line just in front of Pioneer Park).

Race day morning was low stress and easier than I expected. Race headquarters was located at the Water Street Inn in downtown Stillwater and runners were instructed to park nearby. I found a spot in a city ramp a few blocks over (on Second between Mulberry and Myrtle) and walked over to registration to get my shirt, bib and timing chip. The room had many helpful staffers, race numbers were posted on the wall if you didn’t know yours and there were lots of extra large safety pins to attach your bib. That whole process took me about 45 seconds, so I walked back to my car and dropped off the extra stuff.

The start to the half marathon was located just off highway 36, almost all the way back to I-694. There were two rows of busses parked on north Water Street – one side for 5K participants and the other side for the half marathon. I boarded the first bus to leave for the start and our driver got a little lost. There were people that knew where we should be going, though, so he turned the school bus around and got us to the start with plenty of time to spare.

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Storms on the Horizon

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Birch Point Visitor

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AAA got a good chance in major markets, but ratings were bad and the stations flipped format…

- Bob Lefsetz

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No filter fly-by

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Better than I expected

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There Be Dragons

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Kids in the Hall at the State

Friday, May 29th, 2015 07:44 pm GMT -5

Shortly after I staggered across the finish line at the Superior Spring 50K in Lutsen, I hopped in the car and drove south as fast as I legally could to catch the Kids in the Hall at the State Theater in Minneapolis. The tickets said it started at 8:00pm, so my extra slow race made it a lot tighter than I planned. Ended up missing the first two and a half sketches, but I was glad I told Colleen to drive on her own and meet me there.

We had really great seats this time: main floor center, row B, with two seats right on the aisle. That made it easy for me to sneak in with an usher during a quick break and I really liked being so close. This wasn’t really the second row (there were two rows in the orchestra pit), but it was fun to really see all of their facial expressions without having to use a pair of binoculars. We both parked at the new “secret” ramp at the end of Hennepin, since everything else was full due to the Piano Man also performing at Target Center that evening.

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So shines a good deed in a weary world…

- Willy Wonka

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Why the long face?

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Sheesh – how’d I miss this?

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Par-4 Fifth @ Eveleth

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Go Vikings!

- AP

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Guess it’s official now

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New approach to 14

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Dad’s new hooptie

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Where’d everyone go?

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We aren’t bad people, but we did a bad thing…

- Bloodline

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Not just donuts

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Trampled By Turtles @ First Ave

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 11:33 pm GMT -5

The day after my double-dip concert night, I was back at First Avenue with the whole family for Trampled By Turtles. As with all sold out shows there now, you really need to get there shortly after doors if you want a good spot, so we sat through opener Web of Sunsets from beside the soundboard. Colleen really didn’t care for them, but I was still glad we got there early for the good spot.

This was your “standard” (excellent) Turtles show – and I think the first time we got to hear most of the new songs from Wild Animals. The girls have basically worn out the CD playing Repetition, so I’m sure that was the highlight for them. For me, it’s basically any song that gets a Fiddle Turtle solo (aka Ryan Young) – that man is just freakin’ amazing. Erik Berry also made some magic with his mandolin, something I hadn’t really associated with them in the past.

Strangely enough, I didn’t see any of the music reviewers post anything on this show and has a slug for it, but nothing is listed so far. Guess I need to start taking notes again for some of these shows (or ask for the set lists from the engineer). We will be heading north in July to see them again at Bayfront Park, along with MK’s favorite John Mark Nelson, Actual Wolf, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, The Lowest Pair and Field Trip. Guessing there will be just a bit more coverage of that one…


Dinner at the Tap

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Clever Girl

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Another pre-race pasta

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Easy Street

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Express Lube No More

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The Eight Course Menu

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Play Mr. Whiskers online

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  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Marathon - 3:43:32
  • 2015 Mileage: 367.5

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