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@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 08:45 am GMT -5

Work it, Jim

pic posted Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 11:11 pm GMT -5

Fancy baseball night

pic posted Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 09:18 pm GMT -5

Hard to make good choices when there is a self-serve nacho bar

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 07:11 pm GMT -5

Our new neighbors are cool

pic posted Monday, May 15th, 2017 08:01 pm GMT -5

Saints baseball is back! Can’t believe this is next door to our loft

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, May 15th, 2017 07:09 pm GMT -5

She wasn’t too bright, but I could tell when she kissed me, she knew how to get her kicks…

- Raspberry Beret

quoted Monday, May 15th, 2017 02:01 pm GMT -5

Aerosmith at the Final Four

story posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 11:00 pm GMT -5

My job took me to Phoenix for the Final Four college basketball tournament this year (in anticipation of our stadium hosting in 2019), where I learned a lot about the preparation and logistics needed to put on this major event. With the first two semifinal games on Saturday and the finals on Monday night, I was able to sneak away on Sunday, April 1, to attend the Capital One JamFest.

The NCAA puts on a series of concerts over the weekend each year, but this was the only day I could go to the Arizona edition. This turned out great, as that day had the lineup I most wanted to see:

  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  • Blink 182
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Aerosmith

I’ve seen the Night Sweats and Macklemore before, but Aerosmith was on my bucket list (I think Blink 182 skipped my generation – don’t think I knew any of their songs, to be honest). Leon Bridges played the night before and made a quick cameo with Nathaniel Rateliff during S.O.B., which was cool (I’ve seen Leon a few times, but was still sad his set was during the semifinal games).

The local paper has a summary of the day here, which was highlighted by massive crowd control issues at Margaret T. Hance Park. Thankfully my NCAA credential got me in, because there was no way the police were letting in more than 20,000 people. I got there just as Night Sweats took the stage, positioning myself in front of the sound board and large lighting tower. I ended up getting pushed up farther and farther with each act, which included my first close-up encounter with a real mosh pit during the Blink set (waaaaay too intense for my tastes).

The concerts went on for seven and a half hours, which meant I nearly passed out from dehydration by the end. In hindsight, I was glad that I didn’t give up my spot, as watching Steven Tyler from about 15 feet away singing Dream On was a lifetime concert highlight for me (pictures after the jump). The openers sounded great, Blink was almost as energetic as their fan base, Macklemore put on a high-quality set reminiscent of his Minnesota State Fair show, while the Bad Boys of Boston really lived up to my high expectations (hard to believe those guys are all nearly 70).

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Yet another St. Paul classic

pic posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 08:45 pm GMT -5

My little Tweety friend

pic posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 06:47 pm GMT -5

Mother’s Day 2017 @ IHOP

pic posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 12:37 pm GMT -5

Slow 15 miler along the Mississippi with lilacs blooming, 0.067 bpm, one wild turkey and less than 5 weeks until Grandma’s

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 10:51 am GMT -5

Congratulations to @GopherSoftball – that was a fun title game to watch

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 13th, 2017 08:25 pm GMT -5

“Back” in the 80s again at Gross National

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 13th, 2017 02:01 pm GMT -5

Good, Better, Best

pic posted Friday, May 12th, 2017 11:05 pm GMT -5

Mystic Lake probably dislikes small time gamblers like me, but I’m A-OK winning progressive jackpots on 40-cent bets 🍀

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, May 12th, 2017 10:50 pm GMT -5

Lightning strikes twice

pic posted Friday, May 12th, 2017 10:28 pm GMT -5

Survived another TC 1 Mile, just barely staying in the sixes 🏃🏻

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, May 11th, 2017 08:25 pm GMT -5

J/K – had the cheeseburger again

pic posted Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 10:26 pm GMT -5

At this time tomorrow, I will (hopefully) be done with the TC 1 Mile without any major issues

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -5

At some point I’d like to figure out how WordPress automatically handles retina images – my posts look way different on the new iMac

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 04:08 pm GMT -5

Work road trip 

pic posted Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 12:21 pm GMT -5

Didn’t realize the Bandon Dunes/Sand Valley Mike Keiser is also Recycled Paper Greetings

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 01:56 pm GMT -5

Should’ve been a biologist 

pic posted Sunday, May 7th, 2017 09:01 pm GMT -5

I’m not sure that I agree with you a hundred percent on your policework there, Lou…

- Marge

quoted Sunday, May 7th, 2017 08:57 pm GMT -5

The back held out

pic posted Sunday, May 7th, 2017 11:25 am GMT -5

Pidde is a ringer – beat me by 7 strokes at Gross National

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, May 7th, 2017 10:52 am GMT -5

The Homerun

pic posted Sunday, May 7th, 2017 12:03 am GMT -5

Life is hard. And so am I…

- The Eels

quoted Saturday, May 6th, 2017 10:19 pm GMT -5

Porky’s Rig

pic posted Saturday, May 6th, 2017 10:18 pm GMT -5

Not the flush I wanted

pic posted Saturday, May 6th, 2017 10:12 pm GMT -5

Threw my back out on the first tee at Sand Creek, then played 91 painful shots from the forward tees

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 6th, 2017 12:18 pm GMT -5

Damn you west coast overtime games

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 6th, 2017 01:27 am GMT -5

Annual Gopher Night with the Twins

pic posted Friday, May 5th, 2017 07:31 pm GMT -5

Can’t get any higher

pic posted Friday, May 5th, 2017 07:00 pm GMT -5

That iTunes thing is nothing, though, compared to downloading a large archive from Box

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, May 5th, 2017 04:23 pm GMT -5

Bugs me that the new iTunes MiniPlayer window doesn’t show the song title now when you mouseover

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, May 5th, 2017 04:05 pm GMT -5

Award-winning Juke

pic posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 10:15 pm GMT -5

My lunch visitor

pic posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 10:13 pm GMT -5

Dinner and Frankie Lee at the Turf Club

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 08:44 pm GMT -5

Back at the Turf Club 

pic posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 08:43 pm GMT -5

I’m on the wrong side of the music business: David Geffen sells Malibu house for $85m, Sting lists NYC penthouse for $56m

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 11:31 am GMT -5

Look – not a cheeseburger!

pic posted Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 07:29 pm GMT -5

Drinking alone on a Tuesday night in Lowertown

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 06:47 pm GMT -5

Why hello May

pic posted Monday, May 1st, 2017 12:45 pm GMT -5

Never tire of this view

pic posted Monday, May 1st, 2017 12:43 pm GMT -5

It would appear that I’m successfully in the ballot for the 2018 London Marathon – how many draws will it take?

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, May 1st, 2017 10:56 am GMT -5

We're all in this together

pic posted Monday, May 1st, 2017 02:02 am GMT -5

Great show tonight by @HFTRR, but I wish they went Cedar -> Mainroom instead of Fine Line

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, May 1st, 2017 12:01 am GMT -5

2017 Get in Gear 10K

story posted Sunday, April 30th, 2017 11:20 am GMT -5

The 2017 edition of the Get in Gear 10K is in the books and I knew it was going to be a slow one for me. I’m not really sure how to explain it, though. I’m usually undertrained every year for this race, but had been able to turn in decent times the past seven years. This was my 16th in a row (17th overall) and GiG remains one of my favorite running events on the Minnesota race calendar: very well organized, beautiful course and huge turnout of “my people.”

The weather this year was a bit brisk, with a cold wind at the start. The sun came out, though, and I felt OK during the second half. I decided to start towards the back this year, so my first mile was slower as I wove through people. If I could throw out that mile, I would’ve just barely been at a sub-9:00 pace (far, far from my PR pace of 7:12). The rest of the race was fairly consistent, as I really didn’t want to force anything after all my heart tests. Here are the Apple Watch splits: 9:22, 8:43, 8:56, 8:55, 8:59, 9:04 (55:57 chip time – 9:01 Minute Miles). The results page showed me at 950 out of 2530 overall, 609 out of 1117 males and 70th out of 130 in my age group.

Seemed like there were a lot more half marathoners this year. Found out at the Lake Street bridge that they had a new course, so that probably explained the renewed interest. Looks nice, but Get in Gear will always be a 10K event for me.

A few other random notes:

  • Took the train from our new house, transferring at the stadium from green line to blue. Took an hour overall and worked out fine.
  • Great Harvest raisin bread and Pearson’s salted nut rolls both made a return appearance this year.
  • It looked like they were giving medals to finishers of all four events (2K, 5K, 10K and half). Hoping this was just for the 40th anniversary and that they don’t go overboard with bling expense like some people in town.

Up next: TC 1 Mile on May 11th

Another new neighbor (2 blocks over)

pic posted Sunday, April 30th, 2017 10:22 am GMT -5

Nice job HBO on the rock and roll induction show – Lenny Kravitz and Letterman were so great

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, April 29th, 2017 10:03 pm GMT -5

Garbage at the Skyway Theater

story posted Saturday, April 29th, 2017 09:08 pm GMT -5

Digging back into the concert archive from last year, I was extremely happy to finally cross Garbage off the bucket list on July 7, 2016, at the Skyway Theater in downtown Minneapolis. As a graduate of UW-Madison, it always seemed like a fail that I had never seen them live before. And then to have the show at a venue I had never been to before was a double bonus.

The Skyway (capacity just under 2,000) was…interesting. Definitely one of the louder spots in town, we could literally feel the entire building shake when we walked under it from the old Dayton’s parking lot. We never did see it with the house lights up, so I’m not entirely sure how it was set up. I also didn’t go upstairs into the balcony, but Colleen said it had concrete rows to sit on (with no actual seats).

I’ve had a crush on Shirley Manson ever since I heard her on a radio interview way back in the day (that I can now barely remember). The Scottish lead singer thing always seemed like a weird combination for a band from Madison, but it’s worked out well for them. Manson is now 50 (49 when she played this show), but still had huge stage presence and boundless energy. Her vocals sounded wonderful and she honestly seemed happy to be back in Minneapolis. I hadn’t had much of a chance to listen to their new (at the time) album Strange Little Birds before the show, but it’s really grown on me since.

The other reason I was really excited to finally see Garbage was Butch Vig. Unfortunately, the 61-year-old drummer and producer was ill and recovering back in LA (according to Shirley). In addition to playing with Garbage, he’s produced albums for a who’s who of my iTunes library: Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Foo Fighters and Muse (among others). The replacement drummer was fine, but if they ever come back again, I’ll go again to try and see Butch.

As for the actual show, here are a couple of reviews I found. Great to hear both the new songs and classics like Only Happy When It Rains, Why Do You Love Me and Sex Is Not the Enemy. A set list from and a few pictures after the jump.

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Takin’ my time. I’m slowin’ down a little bit…

- Tom Petty

quoted Saturday, April 29th, 2017 03:16 pm GMT -5

The creek was a-flowin’ 

pic posted Saturday, April 29th, 2017 03:13 pm GMT -5

Slowest time in eight years, but still under an hour

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, April 29th, 2017 10:08 am GMT -5

Another great visit – thanks, Chef

pic posted Friday, April 28th, 2017 09:14 pm GMT -5

Economist: global price of jet fuel has fallen by half since 2014

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, April 28th, 2017 06:25 pm GMT -5

It’s been too long, Cap

pic posted Friday, April 28th, 2017 12:48 pm GMT -5

I run so I can do this

pic posted Thursday, April 27th, 2017 08:46 pm GMT -5

Thanks for the dogs, Franky

pic posted Thursday, April 27th, 2017 08:31 pm GMT -5

Always wanted the purple ones

pic posted Thursday, April 27th, 2017 08:29 pm GMT -5

Saints don't bother with a tear stained eye

pic posted Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 12:23 pm GMT -5

RIP Jonathan Demme – Stop Making Sense one of the best concert films of all time

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 10:58 am GMT -5

Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

story posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 11:28 pm GMT -5

I’ve run into my friend RW the past two days in a row, which reminded me of the Lauryn Hill concert at First Avenue last September (that I never wrote about). You can read Chris Riemenschneider’s review of the 9/4/2016 concert here, since this is all I really remember from that night:

  • We loved the Fugees and were sad we hadn’t seen any of her other recent visits.
  • It was the most money we’ve ever spent on a First Avenue ticket.
  • We learned RW is a true First Ave VIP and got us one of the tables upstairs.
  • Ms. Hill completely lives up to the diva reputation (and her band probably wanted to kill her by the end of the show).

That cover of Nothing Compares 2 U was amazing, though.

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Wish I liked beer more

pic posted Monday, April 24th, 2017 05:55 pm GMT -5

First in person Minnesota United FC game with a great group of people

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 07:28 pm GMT -5

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Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Marathon - 3:43:32
  • 2017 Mileage: 188.9

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