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There’s no sign of life, it’s just the power to charm. I’m lying in the rain, but I never wave bye-bye…

- Modern Love

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Sushi, Sushi, Sushi

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Quite a birthday dinner

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A Future Piper?

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MK Birthday Montage

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Happy Birthday Risiroo!!!

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EV Freshman Wind Ensemble 

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Enter through the alley

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Thin White Duke Forever

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If you say run, I’ll run with you. And if you say hide, we’ll hide…

- Let’s Dance

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One Fast Fish

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Haven’t been here in a while

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Le Sueur Country Club

Friday, January 8th, 2016 11:25 pm GMT -6

As the temps are just about to plunge toward zero this weekend, it’s nice to think back to last September 19th and my second new course in 2015. The Miller brothers have played here a number of times, but this was my first visit to Le Sueur Country Club. Located about an hour from home, it’s a straight shot down highway 169 towards Mankato (although we took the back roads).

LSCC is a semi-private course and the normal non-member green fees are $50 all the time. Brad had purchased certificates somewhere, so it cost us less than that. Carts were not available that day, but we planned to walk the hilly course either way (see pics after the jump). The par 70/72 course has four sets of tees and we played the par 72 blue tees at 6117 yards (the tips were 6365 yards, while the whites were only 5329).

Don’t really have much of a review or many opinions to share on this layout. Pace of play was very slow – I’m sure a lot of those walkers were used to having carts, which didn’t help. The elevation changes were cool, but also lead to a lot of missing local knowledge that I wish I’d had before playing those holes. Had a decent sandwich at the turn while we waited for the backup to clear on the par three tenth hole, but that’s about it.

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Welcome to the Rabbit Hole 

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Patch cable sighting

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A sign is made to be seen…

- Wells Fargo

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Curdburger + tots

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Making a Hamburglar

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A beautiful sight

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He’s just another power junky. Just another silk-scarf monkey…

- King of Hollywood

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It’s about Badgers

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All-time favorite sammich

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Riverview Style

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Cooking with Betty

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Put the grenade pin in your hand, so you understand who’s boss…

- Matilda

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alt-J at The Roy

Friday, January 1st, 2016 08:44 pm GMT -6

I’ve wanted to see English band alt-J every time they’ve visited the Twin Cities, but somehow always missed out on tickets. When their September 17th show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium was announced, I made sure to hit the ticket sites right when they went on sale. Both kids wanted to go, so I ended up with three excellent seats straight across from the stage in the upper reserved section (albeit not side-by-side). Brooklyn-based San Fermin was also on the bill.

To be honest, I don’t really know the names of many alt-J songs, but I really like their sound. Joe and Gus have such unique voices, plus how can you not like a song about Matilda? I also didn’t know the delta sign story about how the ∆ symbol can be typed on a Mac with the key sequence Alt+J (thanks, Wikipedia). The entire evening was enjoyable, but the light show got to be a little much by the end. It was impressive (see the pics after the jump), but they were treading very close to seizure territory…

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Golf at The Jewel

Friday, January 1st, 2016 07:48 pm GMT -6

While still far below my peak year, 2015 wasn’t too bad for number of rounds played (28). In fact, it was the most golf I played in one season since 2012. I also crossed two courses off the rather long list of new courses I’ve wanted to visit. Mr. Miller and I hit the first one, The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minnesota, on September 4th.

This Hale Irwin design normally costs $70 to walk during the summer, but our visit was about a week into the off season. This brought the walking price down to $40, which seemed like a great deal for a course of this quality. They weren’t very busy on this beautiful fall Friday, but the lot was full of collegiate golf vans when we finished the round.

The 800 acre layout had a good variety of holes ranging from wide open, flat prairie holes to tight, tree-lined holes with rolling elevation changes. The conditioning was perfect and there were five tees to choose from, including the 6014-yard white tees we selected (the tips stretch to 7050 yards). The only negative we experienced all day was an inattentive maintenance crew on the back nine that had no desire to stop working to let us play through.

The clubhouse was very nice and the staff in the pro shop were friendly and helpful. I’m not sure I would make the drive down from the Twin Cities to pay the normal rate, but $40 is a steal. More pics after the jump.

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Captain SK

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A New Year @ SMM

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Last run of 2015

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NYE in St. Paul

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BÖC at Mystic Lake

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 03:50 pm GMT -6

Where can you find Terri Traen from KQRS, Officer Frank Poncherello, Miss Illinois and Buck Dharma (and the rest of Blue Öyster Cult) on one stage, for free? Why, that would be the Second Annual Northern Thunder Motorcycle Rally at Mystic Lake, of course. The three day event was held August 21-23 in Prior Lake and also included a free outdoor concert by The Fabulous Thunderbirds on Friday night.

The BÖC show was scheduled to be outdoors too, but was moved inside to the 2100-seat Mystic Showroom when thunderstorms threatened. It was first-come, first-serve for seating and we ended up in the second row. These guys were entertaining when they played the tent at Fortune Bay and didn’t disappoint at Mystic either. The set wasn’t super long, but all of the hits were played, including (Don’t Fear) The Reaper, Godzilla, and Burnin’ for You.

We also learned all about the hook-and-cross symbol, as a few lucky souls got to purchase some really cool shirts with the design (they must have had extremely limited stock, as they were sold out almost right away). There was also a fight in the front row between some older, hard-core fans and a younger couple who thought it would be cool to stand in front on the other group and shoot video on their phone. Canes were used as weapons and the whole group was tossed by security. Good times.

More pics after the jump.

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When he gets to thinking you’re all his own, let him know that you can take him or leave him alone. That makes him mad, boy, hot dog, that makes him mad!

- Wanda Jackson

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James Vincent McMorrow at the Zoo

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 02:48 pm GMT -6

New Years Resolution #1: clear out the backlog of draft posts on this site.

Looks like the oldest one is from a Music at the Zoo concert from way back on August 24th. Our friend gave us two comps to a show by the Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow, who has two albums (Early in the Morning from 2010 and Post Tropical from 2014). Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Kevin Garrett opened what was a nice evening of music.

We didn’t know much about either performer, but sometimes those are the best kind of concerts to attend. JVM covered Steve Winwood’s Higher Love on an EP that also included the cool song We Don’t Eat, both of which he sang during this show. And that’s about all I remember – more photos after the jump.

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The progressives really do hit

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Last day at the Bou

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Buddy is a Caniac

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The 2015 “Best Nine”

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Such a sucker for bling

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Many Bothans died to bring us this information…

- Mon Mothma

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One is the loneliest (seat)

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Tonight I’ll dream while I’m in bed, when silly thoughts go through my head…

- We’re Going To Be Friends

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Fans from the Northland

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Still a rough ingress

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The new place has heat, right?

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Winter art in Minnesota

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