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  • I would give just about anything right now for a three hour nap with no coughs 11 hours ago
  • Finally broke down and went to the doctor today (after an entire night of constant coughing and no sleep) – hoping meds help soon 1 day ago
  • Much harder to cough when you keep shoveling food in your mouth 2 days ago
  • Wait a minute, where was Billie Joe on Saturday night? 3 days ago
  • Sitting in the old people seats @ Midway Stadium instagram.com/p/s58Z9fQ6PW/ 4 days ago
  • Today has consisted solely of cough syrup, Advil, the new episode of Sons of Anarchy and season five of Californication 5 days ago
  • RIP Maelstrom – SK won’t miss the trolls, but it was always one of my EPCOT favorites 5 days ago

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New fair secret spot

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Another normal corn roast day

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MK and Har Mar Superstar

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Everyone is here today

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Haley Bonar

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The New Northrup

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Are most 12th holes par threes?

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Well kept and sporty

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It’s coming

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Hello horsies

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Haven’t been here in a while

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Lunch with JH

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Such a beautiful spot

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And one day I’ll be fine, but until that day is mine…

- On Tuesdays

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Milk Run 2014

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 09:13 pm GMT -5

It’s funny, I just read my 2013 Milk Run post and this year was similar in a lot of ways: it was very hot for the race (making a PR unlikely), it got a lot hotter as the day went on, I got my free shake at the Dairy Building and I tried a bunch of new foods afterwards. MK joined me for her fourth year in a row, while SK said she was sick and stayed home (breaking her streak of seven years). Former Olympian Carrie Tollefson was also there, chatting with us afterwards and posing for a group photo.

The quest for a state fair age group ribbon continues. My watch time of 24:10 showed splits of 7:10, 8:35 and 7:30, which barely kept me in the seven minute range (7:47 pace). That was good enough for 85th out of 549 male finishers, though, and 8th in my age group (which had 44 finishers this year). The top four guys in my category finished with times of 17:47, 20:34, 20:41 and 23:16, so it’s still in the realm of possibility. My middle mile was slow this year primarily because I stopped to get water in order to prevent premature death. I also decided easing up was a smarter plan than getting injured before New York.

Changes this year included a slightly altered course that started and ended outside the new West End Market and very different early morning access to that entire part of the fairgrounds (the gate near the start is now closed to pedestrians and cars). I’ll write more about my West End opinions in another post – I was opposed to the removal of Heritage Square, but it’s turned out different than I expected. The new course is probably a little faster than before, with a bigger downhill in the last mile.

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Victory Links Golf Course

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 06:26 pm GMT -5

As the Star Tribune recently reported, golf in Minnesota is having a bit of trouble these days. If my experiences the past two weekends are any indication, part of the damage is self-inflicted. Let’s start with Victory Links Golf Course in Blaine.

This course opened in 2003 and has been on my list of places to play ever since. It is one of a handful of courses that opened after I produced my golf guide, so I had neither played nor photographed it before our visit. I just knew it was part of the National Sports Center complex, which bills itself as the largest soccer complex on earth (along with the largest ice arena in the world). I also knew it was part of the First Tee program and had multiple sets of tees to encourage youth play.

Once we arrived, the scorecard showed it was designed by PGA TOUR Design Services, Inc., with distances ranging from 2834 yards all the way up to 7045 yards from the tips. The official web site says Victory Links was “designed to be as inviting as an executive course and yet challenging enough to host a PGA Tour event.” Unfortunately, the course doesn’t seem to have a lot of character – I can’t recall a single hole I would consider “signature,” and it was tough to find anything that was especially photogenic.

It also seems that somewhere along the way, focus was lost. In my opinion, it’s too tough for beginners (even from the forward tees). Conditioning on many of the holes was very good, but it’s highly unlikely the tour would ever hold an event there. I’m guessing that maybe the original plans called for the course to host state high school tournaments, but the MSHSL doesn’t agree (at least for now).

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Such a great app

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Man it’s a hot one, like seven inches from the midday sun. I hear you whisper and the words melt everyone…

- Smooth

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Mini family reunion

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Beautiful clouds tonight

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Walleye Mac and Cheese

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Close, but no cigar

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Daa on Daa

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Fishy Fair Girl

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A little too spicy

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Tradition #2

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Tradition #1

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The Flash

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Guess which one was fastest

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The new (old) arch

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Scenes from the Clunie 9

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Our new baby

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A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Pretty great intersection

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Three generation lunch

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One happy Needle Doctor patient

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Ward 6 know fish and chips

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Sliced Bread

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In the land of sky blue waters

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Hey baby

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Nature is cool

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A Random Brain Dump

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 12:43 am GMT -5

Some of the stuff floating around my head during last night’s run:

  • It was truly an honor to meet Gordy on his birthday – 87 years young and still working every day
  • Biology is against me, but I firmly believe that my fastest races are still ahead of me
  • I had completely blocked out the fact I got a “C” in high school calculus until today
  • Selected school celebrity crushes: Molly Ringwald, Rebecca De Mornay, Belinda Carlisle and Olivia Newton-John
  • The death of Robin Williams, like Kurt Cobain before him, hit me in ways I can’t really describe in words
  • There are so many old friendships that I miss today – need more happy hour reunions
  • Only applied to four colleges: Harvard, RPI, Air Force Academy and Naval Academy
  • Original career dreams: aeronautical engineer, pilot, cartographer and ski bum
  • Current dream jobs: runDisney manager, Mystic Lake VP, JAMF crew, ski bum
  • Test at work said I manage stress well – that’s a lie
  • My top four methods to manage stress: exercise, get enough sleep, make todo lists and declutter
  • I don’t fully understand how rural economies are sustainable (even with broadband)
  • Right now, metro > outstate for me and I want to be with my daughters full-time before Christmas
  • Like many golfers, I don’t play as much now as I used to. Reason #1: it’s not as consistently fun as my other sporting options
  • A friend recently told me he doesn’t view slot machines as entertainment. That is a major problem for the casino industry
  • Auditoriums full of rude people are probably the biggest cause of Hollywood’s box office decline this summer. That and the big screen TV next to my couch with Blu-ray, AppleTV and cheap snacks in the kitchen
  • I give it a new shot every week, but I find Windows 8 to be just awful
  • My five-year-old MacBook Pro is still cruising along, but it’s age is starting to hinder some of my workflows
  • Apple should hire me to show them just how frustrating using the Finder and typing on iOS can be
  • When Candy Crush refuses to sync my progress with Facebook, I feel incomplete
  • Can’t wait to go to the Minnesota State Fair for my 45th year in a row – hello chicken in a waffle cone
  • Things I need less of in my life: secondhand smoke, gambling, debt, politics, pounds on the scale and inches around my waist
  • I’ve never purchased more than a few articles of clothing at one time – an entire wardrobe is crazy talk
  • Part of me misses owning a house, but I’d never buy another one like I had before
  • The Simpsons is really an amazing body of work
  • Where are all the bunnies? What will I tweet when I get home?
  • Eating Timbits and a bag of chips after a run really defeats the whole purpose, doesn’t it?

That was a lot of stuff for a relatively short run…

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Me and the birthday boy

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Running out of summer

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Club Level Upgrade

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Vino @ the VC

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One giant walleye

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  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
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  • 2014 Mileage: 914.2

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