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  • As someone who studied history for many years in high school and college, reading social media today is just painful 13 hours ago
  • Shot an embarrassingly high score from the whites at The Summit – the hills caught up with me 14 hours ago
  • Turkey butts @ The Summit Golf Club instagram.com/p/3HBEOsw6Ox/ 16 hours ago
  • Loretta Lynn is a badass – wish I could go to one of the shows at Mille Lacs next weekend 1 day ago
  • Just finished off my rainy day Netflix binge of Bloodline – thanks to Brad for the recommendation 1 day ago
  • Donuts, gas, Hank, rain and free play 2 days ago
  • Damn Blackhawks get the last laugh 2 days ago

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Lynn and Gordy

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Gordy does fish too

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Busy as a beaver

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New stuff at The Wilderness

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GFO 2015

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More than pizza and wings

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Sports Illuminati

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They must be havin’ a hard time getting gigs…

- Emmett Fitz-Hume

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Perhaps

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Hospital = Cossetta

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All good in St. Paul

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Nook lunch with mom and dad

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A horse of a different color

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Pre-downpour at Nokomis

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Love one day meets

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Hello again Sand Creek

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Spring doesn’t suck

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Wut?

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Right on, Microsoft

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She’s gonna lose the man that really loves her. In the silence I can hear their breaking hearts…

- Right Next Door

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My favorite pays again

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2015 Get in Gear 10K

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 12:00 am GMT -5

Last weekend was the 38th annual Get in Gear 10K – my 14th in a row (15th overall). I had a nice little streak going of sub-50 races (six in a row) that all averaged 7-something minute miles. This year I started with a 7:32 first mile, but felt a really weird pain in my chin that I’ve never experienced before. With my big race coming up next month, I decided to dial it back and ran the rest of race with splits of 8:16, 8:31, 8:44, 8:36 and 8:31 for an official time of 52:23 (8:26 average pace). This was good for 662nd place (out of 2626) and 59th in my age group (out of 136). Slowest time since 2008 – and far from my 44:40 PR two years ago – but I also didn’t get hurt before Superior.

The best story from this race, though, had to be 8-year-old Faith Quinn from Winona. She was announced before the start as the 7-year-old course record holder from last year, back to race again. I saw her in front of me at the start and she looked all of about four feet tall and fifty pounds soaking wet. I passed her in the first quarter mile or so, but she caught up not much later and I never saw her again. Not sure if she set the 8-year-old course record, but she beat me by four minutes and ran a 7:47 pace. Nicely done, Faith.

The weather the night before was rainy, but that system moved out by race time and the weather overall was very nice for running: light wind, mid-40s, dry and a little sun mixed in during the race. I also saw Shannon out running the boulevard in the opposite direction, cheering people on as she got her own training run in for the day. All the other race logistics were mostly unchanged from prior years – easy packet pick-up on Friday and nice post-race refreshments afterwards (although Pearson apparently didn’t send any salted nut rolls this year).

Congrats to all the finishers and hello spring – so glad to have you back…

Searchable 10K results

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Dinner at Revival

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 01:31 am GMT -5

Last week Colleen and I decided to check out the fried chicken hype machine that is Revival Minneapolis. The southern food spinoff by Corner Table’s Thomas Boemer has been the talk of the town since it opened. Lots of food critics I follow online have been raving, as have several chefs and restaurant industry people. They don’t take reservations and waits have reportedly been long, so we decided to try later on a Thursday night and still ended up waiting 70 minutes for a table. Was it worth the wait?

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Clark Kent in the house

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The Wilderness has returned

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Ready for summer

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Frank Miller ain’t got no money, but he’s been drinkin’ all day…

- Frank Miller Blues

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Hello club

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Such a great tradition

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They Might Be Giants @ First Ave

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 05:53 pm GMT -5

The Johns (Linnell and Flansburgh) have been making nerd music out of Brooklyn since 1982, but it was the timing of my kids being the right age when No! and Here Come the ABCs came out that will forever (re)brand this group for me. Our kids also loved their theme song to Malcolm in the Middle (Boss of Me) and waited in line to get photos and autographs at the old Borders bookstore in Richfield off 494. My other TMBG memory is from our college days – they played a concert in Madison that was held off campus and there were signs up everywhere advertising “They Might Be Busses” to transport people to and from the show.

Colleen and I went to the sold out show at First Avenue last weekend, part of the tour to support the newest album, Glean. There were no openers and it was packed by the time we got in (extremely long lines flowed out in both directions from the front doors). We did get a decent spot to the right of the soundboard, though, and stayed for the entire show (two main sets with an intermission and a couple of encores). Very old, nerdy crowd that was mostly polite throughout.

Strangely enough for a sold-out show, the only online review I saw by the local media was this one from the Current Blog, which covered everything nicely. Robot Parade was the only “kid” song all night, but the language mentioned in the story wasn’t a big deal, since they weren’t letting in anyone under 14 (even with a parent for this 18+ show). John Linnell looked like he hadn’t aged a day since we last saw him, while John Flansburgh kinda looked like Will Sasso playing George Lucas on MadTV.

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Gold Medal Day

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HSRA mini-reunion

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Prom shopping

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Magical

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Truth

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Squad @ Cecil’s

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Playoff (gray) beard

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Finisher Shirt Friday

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SK at the new joint

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April Icicles

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Not nice, Mother Nature

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We will fight to the end. We will stand and defend. Our flag flying high and free…

- Wild Anthem

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Season tickets

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From Cretin to Minneapolis

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  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Marathon - 3:43:32
  • 2015 Mileage: 277.9

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