7 Minute Miles

Happy to be done, but the second dose side effects really kicked my butt today

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 07:56 pm GMT -5

Almost had a long wait on my bike ride, but then the choo-choo just stopped and the gate came up

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, April 18th, 2021 04:16 pm GMT -5

It’s beyond our wildest dreams!

pic posted Sunday, April 18th, 2021 10:54 am GMT -5

Bulldoge Nino Visit

pic posted Saturday, April 17th, 2021 10:13 pm GMT -5

Fred sits alone at his desk in the dark. There’s an awkward young shadow that waits in the hall…

- Fred Jones Part 2

quoted Saturday, April 17th, 2021 10:07 pm GMT -5

‘Twas a beautiful day for golf in Jordan – shot an 84 at Sand Creek

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, April 17th, 2021 08:25 pm GMT -5

Everything’s better in person

pic posted Friday, April 16th, 2021 10:01 pm GMT -5

Far from marathon shape, but very grateful to still be movin’ in 2021

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, April 15th, 2021 10:27 pm GMT -5

Quick Banza lunch

pic posted Thursday, April 15th, 2021 10:22 pm GMT -5

Casino math: Mystic has an April points race – leader at midpoint has already gambled $1.3M coin-in to win a Lincoln Corsair

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, April 15th, 2021 04:09 pm GMT -5

Cool – the WordPress 5.7.1 update just fixed the spacing issue with my theme (that started with 5.7)

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 11:12 pm GMT -5

Livin’ the Rudie life

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pic posted Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 02:00 pm GMT -5

Starting to make plans for our 30th wedding anniversary in December. I think this looks decent

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 05:31 pm GMT -5

Back to basics

pic posted Monday, April 12th, 2021 03:28 pm GMT -5

Team Descente

pic posted Sunday, April 11th, 2021 06:12 pm GMT -5

Electrical Meeting ✅

pic posted Sunday, April 11th, 2021 02:49 pm GMT -5

A Return to Baseball

story posted Sunday, April 11th, 2021 01:45 pm GMT -5

Looking back through the archives, I don’t think I’ve ever actually written about our baseball ticket group. State Farm Insurance Agent Kirk Detlefsen (and his family) have been running a Twins season ticket group for quite some time. I was introduced to them through my Northwest Airlines mentor six years ago and have been hooked ever since.

Each season, Kirk buys up a bunch of season tickets in different sections, then divides them into shares at various price points. A ticket “draft” is held every year and each shareholder picks the games they want to attend. Usually this is held in February in the Delta Club with snow on the field, guest speakers from the Twins and an assortment of ballpark food available for purchase. We didn’t have one at all in 2020 and the 2021 version was held via Zoom (of course). Kudos to all the Detlefsens for pulling that off (and managing 100% digital tickets for the first time ever).

The smallest share in the group is two tickets to two games in the Champions Club. Since these seats are super expensive (and generally not available to the general public via single game sales), this was a nice way to splurge once a year (I split the share with my uncle). After a few years of that, we switched to a share with two seats for ten games in the Delta Club. That’s what we currently have, although it appears that our actual seats may be all over this season because of capacity restrictions.

So what was the return of fans like?

Read more…

Buzzed through book two – pretty sure I know why @AndrewRCraven liked it ☔️

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, April 10th, 2021 10:26 pm GMT -5

You’d think after all these years, I’d know how to dress for April baseball ⚾️ 🥶

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, April 10th, 2021 02:13 pm GMT -5

Thank you, science – so happy to be back @SaintDinette in person ❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, April 9th, 2021 07:25 pm GMT -5

With Wirecutter backing, bought the Archer AX50 WiFi6 router. Now TP-Link won’t upgrade to WPA3 via firmware 😠

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, April 9th, 2021 04:19 pm GMT -5

Kate’s Sky High Flip

pic posted Friday, April 9th, 2021 02:24 pm GMT -5

New doge cage sticker

pic posted Friday, April 9th, 2021 01:59 pm GMT -5

I’ll take top 10% of patrons

pic posted Thursday, April 8th, 2021 06:51 pm GMT -5

Sensory overload: Masters, Twins, Frozen Four, WiFi monitoring, vaccination security cameras and work email/chat

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, April 8th, 2021 04:48 pm GMT -5

Ready for the jabs

pic posted Thursday, April 8th, 2021 09:28 am GMT -5

Best Zantigo in town

pic posted Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 11:11 pm GMT -5

Excited to help this weekend

pic posted Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 10:02 pm GMT -5

The neighbors are back! Good luck to the @SaintDinette crew – see you on Friday

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 07:43 pm GMT -5

This Shields and Yarnell episode of The Muppet Show is wild – she died of an aneurysm in 2010 (and had moved to Norway)

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 04:15 pm GMT -5

This cherry donut though…

pic posted Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 05:49 pm GMT -5

Not just chippies

pic posted Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 09:55 am GMT -5

Really looking forward to the May flowers 🌸

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, April 5th, 2021 11:50 pm GMT -5

Summer in April

pic posted Monday, April 5th, 2021 06:58 pm GMT -5

What a lark!

pic posted Monday, April 5th, 2021 03:54 pm GMT -5

Best when hot

pic posted Monday, April 5th, 2021 01:35 pm GMT -5

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight…

- The Muppet Show Theme

quoted Sunday, April 4th, 2021 07:49 pm GMT -5

Warm river ride

pic posted Sunday, April 4th, 2021 06:47 pm GMT -5

Giant cheezy & Jell-O eggies

pic posted Sunday, April 4th, 2021 01:33 pm GMT -5

Great to see @Bigdad3233 and his son today at Brookview – the kid took all the money

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 09:08 pm GMT -5

Favorite sale of the year

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A cold, blustery start

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The Tourney ‘21

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Straight Outta Cannon Falls

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Springtide Splendor ‘21

pic posted Thursday, April 1st, 2021 10:29 pm GMT -5

Finally read a book before watching the movie – liked the book waaaaay better

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, April 1st, 2021 08:35 pm GMT -5

These two, though ❤️

pic posted Thursday, April 1st, 2021 05:58 pm GMT -5

Not the same grilled

pic posted Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 05:19 pm GMT -5

A very green green

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Lots of little ones

pic posted Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 05:13 pm GMT -5

15 Years of Publishing

story posted Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 10:20 pm GMT -5

Happy 15th birthday, 7 Minute Miles! Current stats:

  • 12,192 Posts
  • 216 Pages

Skipping unique visitors or page counts this year, as my web server logs are all mixed up after the big move to AWS Lightsail. I do hope to get that cleaned up soon – want to learn how the new nginx logs differ from Apache (which I used for years). WordPress.com stats report 8,066 visitors in 2020, along with 20,522 views, but I don’t really know how they calculate that. They also report that the “Reflections on Spring Hill Golf Club” post continues to be one of my most visited stories of all time. Rather hoping this will be the year I actually play there…

Won’t get too much into the technical weeds this time, as I have a lot of things cooking right now that I’m sure I’ll cover in more detail soon. Aside from the move to virtual AWS servers, I’m still on WordPress (v5.7) with the same old custom theme and the same set of plugins I had last year. Hoping for a new look in 2021, but I don’t know the timing of that launch yet. No new functionality recently – just lots of under the hood things (including a fix for the weird SSL/emoji issue).

Thanks for visiting!

Today’s work lesson: FET-10G != SFP-10G-LR

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 02:53 pm GMT -5

My guilty indulgence

pic posted Monday, March 29th, 2021 02:24 pm GMT -5

Golf round cancelled due to weather, so I spent the afternoon moving servers in AWS – I think most bugs have been squashed

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, March 27th, 2021 05:51 pm GMT -5

Great food, cocktails and company tonight at Chip’s Clubhouse in Saint Paul

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, March 26th, 2021 07:33 pm GMT -5

Brian Christopher Slots

story posted Friday, March 26th, 2021 04:42 pm GMT -5

It seems hard to believe, but I’ve now been out of the casino industry almost six years. Being an old person, I still visit casinos on a regular basis (more on that age demographic thing later). I keep in touch with a number of my former colleagues and suppliers and get an occasional industry newsletter in my inbox from time to time. A recent one had a link to a story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that I thought was super interesting: The Plaza downtown was opening an area of their slot floor dedicated to a YouTuber named Brian Christopher.

As a nerd, I’m normally pretty open to new gaming trends, but I never fully understood the desire to watch other people play video games on Twitch (and other services). To see that a major casino in Vegas was partnering with someone who records himself playing slot machines was surprising to me, given what I know about casino marketing and security. I started following the BC Slots channel on YouTube about a month ago and I have to admit I now understand the appeal.

So what’s this all about?

Read more…

Here’s some money. Go see a Star War.

- Lucille Bluth

quoted Thursday, March 25th, 2021 05:14 pm GMT -5

Had serious doubts at the start, but shorts were the right call for today’s lunch break ride

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, March 25th, 2021 02:18 pm GMT -5

Not bad for an amateur

pic posted Thursday, March 25th, 2021 10:59 am GMT -5

Took me longer than expected, but now running phpMyAdmin 5.1.0 with PHP 8.0.3

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 07:08 pm GMT -5

The Easter Classic

pic posted Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 12:21 pm GMT -5

Added sausage this week

pic posted Monday, March 22nd, 2021 05:24 pm GMT -5

Can’t believe the Menards guy is the richest Cheesehead (and what’s with all the Mars candy billionaires?)

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, March 22nd, 2021 04:50 pm GMT -5

Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2021 Run Mileage: 191.2
  • 2021 Bike Mileage: 127.4

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Upcoming Races

  • Get in Gear 10K - 4/24/21
  • Milk Run 5K - 8/29/21

Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Twins vs. Pittsburgh - 4/23/21
  • Wild vs. Vegas - 5/5/21
  • Wild vs. Blues - 5/12/21
  • Twins vs. White Sox - 5/19/21
  • Twins vs. Detroit - 7/28/21
  • Twins vs. Cleveland - 8/18/21

Upcoming Concerts

  • Def Leppard - 7/8/21, USBS
  • Doobie Brothers - 8/31/21, Grandstand
  • Rammstein - 9/3/21, USBS
  • Cloud Cult - 9/9/21, Orchestra Hall
  • Trampled By Turtles & Wilco - 9/18/21, Treasure Island
  • George Strait - 11/13/21, USBS
  • Dave Simonett - 11/26/21, Fitzgerald
  • Elton John - 3/22/22, Xcel
  • Rage Against the Machine - 5/15/22, Target Center

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