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  • Treadmill 10K followed by an extended walk thanks to Paul Stastny 11 hours ago
  • Cloquet to Hinckley on I-35 totally clear – thanks MNDOT 17 hours ago
  • Perfect roads from Vermilion to Cloquet (home to low-price gas stations) 18 hours ago
  • The new Minnesota Lottery site and logo look nice, IMO – mnlottery.com 23 hours ago
  • Nice work if you can get it: Bryz will get more than $1.6 million/year from Philly for the next 14 years to not play for them 1 day ago
  • Treadmill worked fine tonight – 10K during the gross CSI rerun 2 days ago
  • Switched to baked potato this week @ Sunset Steakhouse At Fortune Bay instagram.com/p/m3qksiQ6G4/ 2 days ago

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
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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

quote posted Sunday, March 30th, 2014 11:20 pm GMT -5
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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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So much to melt still

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Welcome Back

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First day at the new job

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Another 767

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She’s still there

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Haute Doggery Swagger

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Hello, old friend

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Tiny Jackpot #2

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Tiny Jackpot #1

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Waiting for a spot

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While Frank Sinatra sings stormy weather, the flies and spiders get along together, cobwebs fall on an old skipping record…

- John McCrea

quote posted Friday, March 21st, 2014 01:28 pm GMT -5
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Cake at Brooklyn Bowl LV

Friday, March 21st, 2014 10:20 am GMT -5

Somehow Cake was one of those bands I just never caught live – the closest I came was Summerfest last year, when they were playing on one of the free stages. Unfortunately it was scheduled at the exact same time as Tom Petty, so I missed out yet again. The new Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at the Linq opened two weeks ago and was kind enough to schedule three straight nights with John McCrea, the incredible trumpeter Vince DiFiore and the rest of the gang – all for the low, low price of $40.

How could I refuse that rock and roll lifestyle?

The venue was very nice – I got my ticket scanned first and received a wristband that allowed me to wander freely. I’d heard that the fried chicken by Blue Ribbon wasn’t to be missed, so I hit the bar in the restaurant section and ordered up a vanilla malt and the half chicken dinner (mixed). It was very good – big portions of spicy, juicy chicken at a very reasonable price (with great service).

Doors were listed as 6 p.m., with an 8 p.m. start (which I thought was pretty early for Vegas). When I walked over to the music area, it was pretty much empty. The setup is multi-level and kind of reminded me of the old Glam Slam (but with better sight lines). At 7:15, I decided to stake out a claim at the front of the stage. They had the usual artist monitors facing one way and a few floor speakers pointed towards the audience (including one directly in front of me). Sound was good and I didn’t even notice the full floor of people behind me all night – my own private Cake show!

John McCrea was three feet in front of me all night, with Vince DiFiore a few feet to my left – his distinctive trumpet a highlight of the evening (and something I never realized was such a huge part of the Cake catalog). Guitarist Xan McCurdy also plays a number of memorable hooks and bassist Gabe Nelson and drummer Paulo Baldi were both solid (even if they seemed a little bored most of the night).

The band played two sets with an intermission between, along with a two song encore of Short Skirt, Long Jacket and The Distance (hurray!). Lots of songs from the 2011 release Showroom of Compassion: Federal Funding, Long Time, Mustache Man and Sick of You. They opened with Frank Sinatra and played a wide range of songs, including Wheels, Satan is My Motor, Mexico and an awesome version of Sad Songs and Waltzes (after McCrea broke a guitar string and needed a song with no guitar for him).

The Cake Forest expanded to Nevada, which was pretty cool. One lucky woman from the audience is now the proud owner of the desert willow that you can see in the picture above. Speaking of pictures, the “house rule” of no photography or video is dumb – I know some people ruin the experience by holding up their giant phones for the whole show, but this policy isn’t social media friendly and just isn’t enforceable these days. Especially when you have people bowling off to the left, drinking at the many side bars and have staff members shooting photos for their own social media accounts.

Up next: Drive-By Truckers at First Avenue on 3/27.

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Good Morning Governor

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Half chicken mixed

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